The Flyers completed the second half of a back-to-back last night in Toronto. They got on the board early when Simon Gagne scored for the second straight game just 1:19 in. The Maple Leafs would respond immediately and tie it then later would take a 2-1 lead. With 1:25 remaining in the first, Jake Voracek tied the game. Brayden Schenn would score 54 seconds into the second period off a Toronto turnover. Jay Rosehill would get his first as a Flyer when he redirected a Sean Couturier shot with just over four minutes remaining in the second. Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk would cut the Flyers’ lead in half in the third with his 15th of the year. Luke Schenn would add an empty-netter to ice the game for a 5-3 Flyers victory. More here.
The Phillies were looking to avoid an opening series sweep to the Braves last night as they sent Cliff Lee to the mound. They got out of the first inning not trailing 2-0 for the first time this season. Ben Revere grounded into a fielder’s choice in the second that scored Laynce Nix to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Chase Utley would fly out to right field to open the lead up to 2-0. Lee was dealing as he threw 106 pitches over eight innings while allowing no runs, two hits, and striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon came on and got his first save of the year as the Phillies went on to win 1-0. It was the first time the Braves had lost a Kris Medlen start since May 23, 2010. More here.
Major college sports is riddled with scandal in recent years. Add Auburn football to the list of schools that are in the midst of NCAA violations. Reports surfaced the other day that the 2010 National Championship team had their test grades altered and the players were paid to play under former coach Gene Chizik. Now, ESPN is reporting that the team had an “epidemic” of synthetic marijuana use, also known as spice. Player’s repeatedly failed drug tests but the school’s athletic department decided that the results would be kept confidential. More here.