Headlines: Kendrick's Ring Stolen, Magee to the Hall, LouWill, Ville, and Your NCAA Champs

Headlines: Kendrick's Ring Stolen, Magee to the Hall, LouWill, Ville, and Your NCAA Champs

A quick look at a few of the stories buzzing around last night and this morning...

I imagine the feeling of being handed your hard-earned World Series
ring is inversely proportional to the feeling of losing it or having it
stolen. Unfortunately, one WFC is experiencing the latter this morning.
Kyle Kendrick's home in Washington was burglarized last week, and among
the missing possessions were his ring and some other presumably
irreplaceable memorabilia such as a Ken Griffey Jr jersey. The Seattle
Times has more on the effed up story, including that KK's house was up
for sale and had an open house last week. [Seattle Times]

Just 922 wins into his career, Philadelphia University's Herb Magee
was elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Mo Cheeks fell short of the
cut. Ryan Feldman has more on Magee's esteemed career and the 2011
class, which includes Dennis Rodman and Chris Mullin, among others. [CSNPhilly]

LouWill, UConn, Danny Briere, and Ville Leino, and two local heavyweights in brewing square off, after the jump.

Lou Williams will miss the rest of the regular season with a hammy
strain, but hopes to return for the playoffs. We hope so too, LouWill.
That's a crappy way for a hell of a season to end, and the Sixers need
him contributing valuable minutes and big shots once the first round
starts. In the meantime, the Sixers will bring on Antonio Daniels. [CSNPhilly

Finally, how bad was that NCAA Championship Game last night? So bad
that just about every story chronicling UConn's win begins with some
discussion of how awful the actual game was, including how it had the
worst combined field-goal percentage since 1948 and fewest total points
since 1949. Pat Forde has more on the woeful stats, and I guess on how
great UConn is anyway or whatever. Unfortunately, the final game will be
remembered at least as clearly as the brilliant month they just had. [ESPN]

Ville Leino was appropriately pissed at his benching in the third
period of Sunday's loss to the Rangers. I say "appropriately" not
because he was underserving of the pine, but because being pissed is
exactly the desired effect of Lavvy sitting him down. It's time to play
with a fire under your ass, and there's no better reminder than feeling
the bench under it instead. 

The Flyers are also walking a fine injury line this week, with Danny
Briere expected out tonight along with Blair Betts. Ben Holmstrom has
been recalled to take some forward shifts until they're back, but the
presence of the veterans will be missed at even strength and on special
teams. Well, the penalty kill at least. Not sure there's anything to
miss on the power play these days. 

More on the final week of the regular season later today. 

We're nearing the finals of our own March Madness brackets, but for
the beer fans, two local heavyweights are squaring off for best
beer—Dogfish Head's 90 Minute and Victory's Prima Pils. Who you got? [BrewBound]

Oh, and your undefeated Fightins will be back on the field tonight,
hosting some special guests from New York. Any series predictions?

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Flyers fail to get revenge as offense quiet in loss to Predators

Flyers fail to get revenge as offense quiet in loss to Predators

BOX SCORE

No questionable penalty calls. No need to use a challenge. No last-minute heartbreak this time.

A furious nature was replaced with frustration after the Predators scored the lone goal at the Wells Fargo Center to beat the Flyers 1-0 Thursday night (see observations).

Predators third-line center Colton Sissons, who missed the first meeting between the two teams nine days ago, connected on the only goal of the game 3:49 into the third period as he blasted a shot that beat Michal Neuvirth to the far post.

“I’ve got to watch the replay to see if I was on the right angle, but it’s a tough play 2-on-1,” Neuvirth said. “Usually when it’s a tight game like that, it’s about one mistake and you got to move on.”

The Flyers appeared to have the play covered. However, when Kevin Fiala took control of the loose puck, Wayne Simmonds reached for it and that kickstarted the Predators’ rush for what ultimately proved to be the game-winning goal.

“It’s a tough play,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “You see the puck and you want to go get that loose puck. It’s a 0-0 game. It was a real good play on the cycle, and there’s scrum on the hashmarks there. It’s a tough play and, unfortunately, the puck got past Simmer and now it’s a race back up ice and they got a pretty good quality shot away.”

For a high-octane offensive team ranked second in goals scored, the Flyers are still looking to prove they can win the tight-checking, low-scoring games.

Overall, it was also a tough night for Flyers’ leading scorer Simmonds. He was dealing with a lower-body injury, and at times, appeared to be laboring on the ice. Simmonds also took a stick to his lip that required stitches, which essentially excused him from making any postgame comments.

The 1-0 loss marked the second time in the first seven games the Flyers have been shutout this season, and on both occasions Neuvirth has been the victim of the lack of offense.

“It’s tough to say,” Neuvirth said. “We had really good chances, but we couldn’t get one behind him. It was frustrating to see that, but we’ve got to move on and we got another big game on Saturday.”

Once again, the Flyers could have been bailed out by their power play. However, the two units collectively finished 0 for 5 for the third time this season. That’s because 6-foot-5 Pekka Rinne, who’s mobile for his size with one of the best glove hands in the league, stopped all 28 shots.

“That was a lot of battle,” Rinne said. “I was able to see the puck for the most part and make the first save always and a lot of times guys were bailing me out, too.”

Outside the Wells Fargo Center earlier on Thursday, the Flyers organization unveiled a nine-foot statue of founder and chairman Ed Snider prior to face-off with almost every member of the team’s Hall of Fame in attendance.

Unfortunately for the club, it was the only moment worth celebrating.

Notes, quotes and tidbits
• Filling in for the injured Jordan Weal, forward Jori Lehtera saw his first action of the season. He played on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Simmonds. Lehtera played 12:06 and finished the game without a shot on net. If Weal is unable to go Saturday afternoon, it will be interesting to see if Hakstol goes back to Lehtera or gives the quicker Matt Read a shot against a speedy Oilers team.

“Lehts did a good job,” Hakstol said. “To step in in game No. 7, not having played, I thought Lehts went out and played a real rock solid game. Lehts has been here. Lehts has done the work. You guys don’t see behind the scenes the kind of effort and what that takes as a teammate every day to stay ready.”

• The 1-0 loss comes exactly 50 years to the day the Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in their first-ever home game at The Spectrum. The last time the Flyers were shut out 1-0 on home ice was March 31, 2011 by the Atlanta Thrashers.

• Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere played a career-high 25:23. Not only has he regained his offensive form from his rookie season, but he’s refined his defensive game by using more body and less stick to gain position on his man.