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Philly Sports: Down to the Wire

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There’s plenty of storylines year-round in the city of Philadelphia. From deadlines to big games, we’re here to get you caught up on all the action happening this week in the sports landscape!

Eagles

Upcoming Games: 12/10 @ LA Rams (4:25)

Now 10-2, the Eagles dropped their second game of the season and suffered their first loss since Week 2 in Kansas City. After being on the short end of a 24-10 loss to Seattle, the Eagles will now look to bounce back against the 9-3 Rams in the second game of a West Coast swing. Looking to get back on track and take back the NFC, Carson Wentz and recently-extended wideout Alshon Jeffery will need to turn the page this week and put in a solid week of practice while staying in Anaheim as they get set for another game against a playoff contender in the Collesium.

Sixers

Upcoming Games: 12/7 vs. LA Lakers

The Sixers split last week with a pair of wins and losses and fell to 13-10 after a 115-101 loss last night against the Suns. They currently hold onto the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. Later this will be their second meeting with  Lonzo Ball and the Lakers. Joel Embiid scored a season-high 46 points in LA on November 15th and looks to continue his dominance while Ben Simmons builds on his Rookie of the Month honors from November. 

Flyers

Upcoming Games: 12/6 @ EDM Oilers     12/7 @VAN Canucks

The Flyers ended their 10-game losing streak last night with a 5-2 win over Calgary in the first of three tilts during a trip up north. Goalie Brian Elliott made 43 saves in the win and has been a bit of a bright spot in what has been a down year thus far. Through 27 games the Flyers rank 12th out of 16 in the conference, yet find themselves just 8 points out of a Wild Card spot. Coach Dave Hakstol has been on the hot seat and may look to shake up the lines for secondary scoring going forward.

Phillies

The baseball offseason is heating up as every team converges in Orlando, Florida for the 2017 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. The Phillies led by General Manager Matt Klentak and new Manager Gabe Kapler look ahead to next season by making moves via free agency or trade to boost the competitiveness of the young roster. Keep an eye out for an article later today on what to expect at the winter meetings from the Phillies and other top storylines from around the league.

Villanova(4)

Games This Week: 12/5 vs. #12 Gonzaga     12/10 vs. LaSalle.

Villanova is currently ranked #4 in the nation with an 8-0 record. Their most notable achievement of the season occurred in the Bahamas after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Nova has been led by the great play of juniors Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges. Brunson has elevated his play with an increased role and is arguably the best point guard in the country. Bridges has taken over more of a scoring mentality, shooting the ball with great efficiency. His defensive abilities are just as good, if not better than they were before, making him arguably the best two-way player in all of college basketball. Nova has a tough test tonight against #12 Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. This game will mark the first matchup of the season with a ranked opponent and will be a true test to see were this Nova team really stands. They will end the week playing against Big Five rival LaSalle, a game that everyone expects Nova to win.

 

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