Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

The last time the Flyers scored a goal was at the 3:51 mark of the second period in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday.

It’s been 156:09 of game time since their last goal. That’s two entire games, plus an entire period and the majority of another. You can’t win games if you don’t score.

For the second time in four days, the Minnesota Wild shutout the Flyers. This time, it was a 3-0 defeat, and the first goal came just 12 seconds in. 12.

This is a mediocre Flyers team, and it hasn’t been the same team that many fans have been used to for a very long time. The offense can be at the opposite ends of extremes at times, and head coach Dave Hakstol decided to move Jordan Weal up to the second line, centering Wayne Simmonds and Dale Weise to get something going. It obviously didn’t work.

The defense, when healthy, has been somewhat of a bright spot, with Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, and even rookie Robert Hagg leading the way.

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve Mason starts for Winnipeg when the Flyers play the Jets Thursday night and shut them out. Because that’s how the Flyers operate.

On the injury front, Nolan Patrick might play Thursday night against the Jets, while defenseman Andrew MacDonald will be skating today.

The Roundup:

It was an emotional day down in Clearwater at Roy Halladay’s memorial service. You can watch the entire ceremony here, or catch Brandy Halladay’s speech as well.

There were a numerous appearances, from Charlie Manuel, Cole Hamels, and even Chase Utley:

Even Chooch teared up.

The Eagles made another roster move Tuesday, signing veteran offensive tackle Will Beatty to a one-year deal. They released Taylor Hart in the process. This comes a day after signing linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

These are two pretty good veteran reserves to pick up. But what I love about both signings is how both of these players have won Super Bowls in the past. They know how to win and what it takes to win. They should be able to help an inexperienced group of players get to the highest point of football.

Along with these two signings comes the return of cornerback Ronald Darby. He should help the Eagles eventually on defense, pens Les Bowen of the Daily News:

Darby, 23, practiced fully with his teammates Monday for the first time since he dislocated his right ankle in the season opener, a month after the Eagles acquired him from Buffalo to be their top corner. Jalen Mills has played the left side in Darby’s absence, with rookie Rasul Douglas and vet Patrick Robinson taking over Mills’ former spot on the right. On Monday, Darby was back at his old post, opposite Mills, and the upshot seemed to be that he will start Sunday night at Dallas, though his snaps might be limited.

“There’s really nothing set in stone right now, because we don’t 100 percent know he’s going to be back,”  Schwartz said. “He’s trending the right way, was back on the practice field yesterday, was back on the practice field last week, doing some scout-team stuff. That’ll sort of start to develop as we go. We’ve got contributions from a lot of different guys this year. I would expect that to stay the same. But when we do get him back, it’ll be nice to get him back.”

Robinson presumably will move back into the nickel role when Darby is ready, but Douglas, who recently has been playing outside when Robinson moves down to the slot, wouldn’t seem to have a defined job. Douglas indicated Monday this wouldn’t be a problem for him.

Offensively, the Eagles now feel comfortable using Jay Ajayi with any play in their play book.

Don’t be surprised to see John DeFilippo become a head coaching candidate near the end of the season.

ESPN’s Football Power Index projects the Eagles will win 12.4 games, the most out of any team in the league.

Kevin Kinkead’s got a few observations from the Sixers’ big win over the Clippers from Monday night.

Meanwhile, Robert Covington is now eligible for a nice pay day.

The idea has been floated around that the Sixers could use some of this season’s cap space (approximately $15 million) to give Covington a significant immediate raise as part of his new contract. It would help the Sixers down the road to pay Covington a lot now because it could allow them to pay him slightly less when they’re closer to the salary cap.

If the Sixers do give Covington that 2017-18 raise as part of his reworked contract, by rule, he cannot see more than a 40 percent decrease in next year’s salary. So, as pointed out by the Sporting News, if the Sixers use all of their remaining cap space this season to give Covington his immediate raise, they would have to pay him a minimum of $10 million next season. Which they would anyway.

The Meek Mill story now involves a Sixers co-owner. Meanwhile, his judge is being investigated by the FBI.

Finally, we’re gonna see Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid against Lonzo Ball tonight. 10:30 start time on ESPN. Simmons is a big fan of animals, and that relationship started back home in Australia:

Simmons enjoyed going to the Melbourne Zoo as a kid and went last offseason. He has played with koalas, penguins and seals. He also had a lizard and birds when he was at LSU.

But one beast Simmons didn’t toy around with was Mike the Tiger, a mixed breed Bengal tiger that resides on LSU’s campus in a cage and serves as the school’s official mascot.

“Mike the Tiger, I definitely stopped by all the time to see him. Not in there in the cage. Just outside. He’d probably kill me. If it was a baby, I would go in there,” Simmons said.

In college hoops, Villanova crushed Nicholls State 113-77. The team also set a single-game record with 12 blocked shots. The Wildcats have a Saturday night matchup against Lafayette up in the Lehigh Valley.

Tonight, Penn looks to get their first win of the season as they host Navy at the Palestra.

Aronimink will be hosting two major championships by next decade.

The Newtown Square facility will host the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, once known as the LPGA Championship, and the 2027 PGA Championship.

Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA of America, said the 2003 Senior PGA, which was played on a soggy weekend in early June, was “very successful.”

“We continued to keep in communication with them really since then,” he said. “We continued the dialogue and ultimately it resulted in this great announcement today.”

In other sports news, with Marvin Bagley III getting poked in the eye, Grayson Allen put up a career-high 37 points to help top-ranked Duke beat second-ranked Michigan State.

After two of the top four teams lost last week, the latest College Football Playoff poll saw some movement:

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy believes that athletes who protest are patriots:

In the great tradition of the civil rights movement, these athletes are using non-violent, peaceful protest to work toward specific changes they want to see in their communities and their country. Because of this “controversy,” people are forgetting what these protestors are trying to change. It’s important for us to talk about it every day until it resonates, until change happens. Their demands are important, and today, I am adding my voice in support.

What is it that they want? Simply and succinctly: equality. Equal rights. Equal justice. Equal treatment by police and others in authority. Equal opportunity. The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence starts with, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” In over two centuries, from slavery to segregation to lynchings and police brutality to the mass incarceration of people of color, we have not even come close to that ideal. It is our systemic racial inequality, not athletes kneeling during the national anthem, that dishonors our country. If we truly want to honor our country, this must change. As Dr. Dyson said to our staff, “We just want you to be true to your words.”

Two Georgia Tech basketball players have been suspended for accepting benefits.

In the news, schools are closed in New Jersey after four teens (!) escaped a youth detention facility in Atlantic County. They were seen stealing a car and crashing into a Jeep and a home in Egg Harbor City.

RADIO WARS: Movement at WIP, as Jon Marks will replace the departing Chris Carlin, and Joe Giglio takes over nights.

Four people are dead and 10 are wounded in Northern California from a gunman killing people at random.

In Zimbabwe, a military coup is underway and President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest.

For some reason, Blake Shelton is People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Congratulations to EA for having the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit:

Finally, everyone in this movie theater, including myself, were stunned to hear Pikachu speak English:

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