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Ben Simmons graces cover of first-ever Australian NBA 2K19

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Ben Simmons graces cover of first-ever Australian NBA 2K19

Philly, there’s another cover athlete in town.

Two weeks ago, news came out that Joel Embiid would be on the cover of NBA Live 19, meaning he is the first Sixer ever to be on the cover of that video game series. Thursday, we found out that Ben Simmons will be on the cover of NBA 2K19, on copies sold in Australia and New Zealand. This is the first-ever Australian-specific cover of NBA 2K.

The cover is pretty dope, and he joins Allen Iverson as the only Sixer to be on the cover of NBA 2K.

“It’s a huge honor to be recognized on the first-ever Australian cover for NBA 2K and represent the 76ers,” Simmons told Basketball Australia.

“The Aussie fans are super passionate about basketball and specifically NBA 2K, so it's very cool to be an ambassador for both.”

The cover, similar to the ones made for Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James this year, highlights words and accolades from Simmons’ short but already successful career.

With Embiid and Simmons on video game covers this year, it shows the global brand these two young stars are building and, with both having played only one season together, their star power will only grow as they achieve more on the court.

Copies are available on Sept. 11, but you may have to have a friend pick you up a copy or buy one off the internet to get your hands on this special edition.

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Brent Celek would rather retire than play for Cowboys

Brent Celek would rather retire than play for Cowboys

Need another reason to love Brent Celek?

Probably not — the standing ovation he got at the Sixers game in March just hours after being cut by the Eagles gives you a sense of the connection he has with Philadelphia fans.

But appearing Friday on 97.5 The Fanatic, Celek did the one thing guaranteed to get you in any Eagles fan's good graces — diss the Cowboys.

"Hell no. Do you think I would play for the Cowboys? Philly is my home," Celek said. "If they offered me 10 million, I still wouldn't go."

While Celek said back in March before being cut that he wasn't planning to retire, it sounds like his mind has shifted. He has a hard time imagining himself playing anywhere besides Philadelphia.

"I think I'm leaning more toward retirement," Celek said. "I've had a few offers, but none of them are worth leaving a city that I have been in for 11 years where I won the Super Bowl in my final year. It wouldn't feel right to put another uniform on."

Like seeing Brian Dawkins in a Broncos uniform, it would be bizarre to watch Celek suit up for another team. 

If he does find a new home, we know it definitely won't be Dallas. 

You can listen to the full interview with Celek here

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Mets pitcher records 1st MLB hit off Scott Kingery, jokes on social media

Mets pitcher records 1st MLB hit off Scott Kingery, jokes on social media

When someone gets a bloop single or a broken bat hit, they’ll often say “it looks like a line drive in the box score.” Does the same apply when your first major-league hit came off Scott Kingery lobbing pitches over the plate?

Thursday, in the midst of the Mets' 20-run victory, the Phillies used position players to record the final nine outs of the game. Roman Quinn pitched first and regularly registered in the upper 70s with his offerings, but Kingery on the other hand …

In the eighth inning, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was called on to hit for just the fourth time in his 12-year MLB career and he delivered with an RBI single off the soft-tossing rookie infielder. 

After the game, Blevins took to social media to make a joke about his first hit.

Mets fans had some fun with the moment, too.

While Dodgers fans, just didn’t get it.

The Phillies went on to win the second game of the twin bill, aided by a solo home run from Kingery. The Phils also gained a half-game on the Atlanta Braves in the standings, so we can have a laugh at this one.

Congratulations, Jerry, it’s a line drive off Kershaw in the box score.

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