Now to the latest on Bryce Harper:
Except for more rumors.
Tidbits from Jon Morosi and Buster Olney don’t give us a clearer picture, but it does sound like the race is pretty much down to either the Phillies or the Giants. Maybe the Nationals, too, but I doubt that.
Sources told MLB.com on Wednesday that the Nationals have no plans to give Harper a mega-deal comparable to Machado’s 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, likely ending any chance for Washington’s longtime face of the franchise to remain with the club. The Nationals offered Harper a contract worth $300 million over 10 years before the end of the 2018 regular season. Harper and his agent Scott Boras rejected the deal.
So it’s probably a two team race. Andy Martino thinks the Giants have a better chance of landing Harper. We’ll see.
Brian Dawkins threw out his pitch to Harper last night:
— Brian Dawkins (@BrianDawkins) February 20, 2019
In non-Harper news, would fans have booed Manny Machado on Opening Day if he didn’t hustle? And the team is poised to sign Yhoswar Garcia, a top outfielder in Latin America, when the international signing period begins in July.
Start your day off with a brand new episode of the Crossing Broadcast.
Good news for the Sixers: Zhaire Smith returned to practice with the big club.
Bad news: Joel Embiid is out for a week and Furkan Korkmaz tore his meniscus.
The Embiid-less Sixers return to action tonight as they host the Miami Heat at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Off the court, Mark Wahlberg interviewed Jimmy Butler for Interview Magazine and they discussed Tom Thibodeau and other topics.
Anthony poses an interesting question: Should the team trade away Wayne Simmonds, only to bring the forward back this offseason?
They’re in Montreal tonight to take on the Canadiens at 7:30 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
There’s some Eagles stories to read today! First, Jason La Canfora lists the Eagles as a team who could be interested in Le’Veon Bell.
Jordan Matthews didn’t have anything good to say about the PhillyVoice article on Carson Wentz.
A good guide on what to know about Nick Foles and the franchise tag.
In college hoops, Georgetown gave Villanova their second straight loss in a 85-73 win.
St. Bonaventure edged La Salle 62-60.
In other sports news, Zion destroyed his shoe:
Zion's shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
Plenty of athletes and President Obama wished him well. Including Carlos Boozer. Sort of:
Get Well Soon @ZionNPS
— Carlos Boozer (@MisterCBooz) February 21, 2019
Landon Collins cleaned out his locker. But not completely.
The Steelers are truly a wreck.
In the news, Jussie Smollett was arrested and faces a felony for filing a fake police report.
Here’s how to bet on the Oscars in New Jersey.