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Penguins spoil Flyers' opener in 3-1 win

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Penguins spoil Flyers' opener in 3-1 win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tyler Kennedy and James Neal both scored goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Saturday.

Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers in the first game for both teams since the end of the 113-day NHL lockout.

Chris Kunitz added an empty-netter in the final seconds for the Penguins.

About 20,000 fans filled the Wells Fargo Center and they were welcomed back and thanked by the team in videotaped messages throughout the game.

The rivalry started early in this abbreviated season. The Flyers eliminated the Penguins in six games last season in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Counting the 2012 regular-season finale, the Penguins have played the Flyers eight straight games.

4.26.18: Rick Horrow sits down with Jeff Conroy, Chairman and Co-founder of Embody

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4.26.18: Rick Horrow sits down with Jeff Conroy, Chairman and Co-founder of Embody

Rick Horrow The Sports Professor sits down for an exclusive interview with Jeff Conroy. He breaks down the business of the NFL Draft and more from the $1 trillion-dollar business of sports in this week's 'Beyond The Scoreboard' with Rick Horrow.

By Rick Horrow

Podcast editor: Tanner Simkins

Guest info: Jeff Conry - Chairman / Co-founder, Embody. Embody is a medical company developing regenerative medical devices for the repair of tendon and ligament injuries, specifically the achilles tendon and rotator cuff tendon.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has a theory that may sound familiar to Wizards fans. The star shooting guard now hosts a podcast and said on his most recent episode that he could see DeMarcus Cousins teaming up with John Wall in Washington.

McCollum's Blazers happened to lose in the first round to Cousins' Pelicans, though Cousins did not play in the series due to injury. Now, McCollum has offered thoughts on his future.

Here is what McCollum said about Cousins potentially going to Washington on his Pull Up podcast, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine:

"No slight against the homie. I think he’s a very, very good player. But you just have to look at the team roster and try to figure out what’s best for that roster moving forward...

“I think team success, playoff success, factors in to decision-making with personnel moving forward. Obviously, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, AD will have input on what they decide to do going forward. So that’s something to keep an eye out on in the free agency.

“And if that is the case, Boogie would jump out in to the market as a free agent and be a very hot commodity, and could potentially team up with the Washington Wizards.

“You heard it here first. You heard that here first. You know that Kentucky connection, man. I could see that happening. That’s just something to think about going forward.”

The funny part of those quotes is that McCollum said "you heard it here first." Wizards fans, of course, have been banging that drum since, oh, 2010 when the two were drafted.

As it has often been throughout the last eight years, a reunion of Wall and Cousins is unlikely. Yes, Cousins is expected to hit free agency, but the Wizards currently do not have the money to sign him. They are in the luxury tax and would have to move some big contracts to make room.

Cousins is also coming off a torn Achilles injury. That creates major questions about his future and how much money teams will offer him. 

If healthy, Cousins would fit nicely with the Wizards who will need to get younger at the center position at some point. It just doesn't seem like a good bet given all the factors in play. 

You can listen to McCollum's full podcast here.

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