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Ryan Howard isn't done with baseball, still training his butt off

Ryan Howard isn't done with baseball, still training his butt off

Ryan Howard's career with the Phillies has come to an end but that doesn't mean his baseball career is over.

Many people believe Howard can still play. Charlie Manuel for one. The Big Piece himself for another.

In a new video posted by Whistle Sports, Howard gives us a look at the training he's doing to ensure he's in the best possible shape he can be in to start the 2017 season with another club.

"The mindset this year is just to continue to train and prepare myself for another season," Howard said.

He's up early, getting his swings in around 6:30 in the morning to begin the day. He says that during a typical hitting session he'll hit between 140 and 150 balls to build up endurance. 

Howard follows the work in the cage with a more physical workout with his trainer. It doessn't look like a whole lot of fun.

The Big Piece did hit 25 home runs in 2016 but his slash line was less than optimal. As you can see in the below video, he's doing everything he can to make sure his career isn't over just yet.

Nolan Patrick shows his wizardry with through-the-legs pass for goal

Nolan Patrick shows his wizardry with through-the-legs pass for goal

We've heard so much about Nolan Patrick's vision and passing ability.

Now we know why.

Patrick on Tuesday delivered the first jaw-dropping highlight of his NHL career when he slickly dropped a pass through his legs for a trailing Dale Weise, who finished the play with the Flyers' fourth second-period goal of the night (see observations).

You can watch the play in the video above … and just, wow.

Patrick, only 19 years old, does it so naturally and without even looking — at all — in Weise's direction.

Some Flyers were seen on the bench smiling in amazement of the teenager.

And it probably won't be the only time.

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his wild new hairstyle

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his wild new hairstyle

Joel Embiid said plenty with his words on Tuesday afternoon when he called the decision to have a minutes restriction in the teens to begin the season "f-----g BS."

He also sent a message with his fresh new look.

Jojo showed up to practice on the eve of the Sixers' season with a new hairstyle -- some cornrows remeniscent of the last great Sixer to captivate the city of Philadelphia.

No, not Andrew Bynum.

We're talking about Allen Iverson.

"I had the old hairstyle for a long time so I just wanted something new," Embiid said. "I know my mom won't be happy but it's only for a couple of days."

Robert Covington saw a resemblance, "Everybody was shocked. Told him he’s going to be the new AI.”

Was he inspired by somebody? Anybody?

"I just wanted something new, something crazy. I never do anything crazy, so..."

"I think it looks OK," Embiid said, always his toughest critic.