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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 7

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

Eagles

Upcoming Game: 2/4 vs. New England Patriots (Super Bowl LII)

Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to one of the most dominant playoffs wins in the Super Bowl Era, earning a spot in Super Bowl LII (52). “The Thrilla in South Phila” did not get off to the best start as the Vikings took the ball and marched right down the field. The Eagles would get on the scoreboard during the third possession of the game when Patrick Robinson returned a 50-yard interception to even the score. The team would go on to score 38 unanswered points and claim the NFC Championship. 

Foles had a performance for the ages with pin-point accuracy going 26/33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns. The defense also played incredibly well, forcing timely turnovers as fans filled the streets of Philadelphia post-game. The Eagles will make their third franchise appearance in the coveted final game of the season on February 4th at 6:30 pm in Minneapolis. As a result, no Eagles players will play in the Pro-Bowl next week.

 

Sixers

(22-21) Upcoming Games: 1/24 vs. CHI Bulls, 1/26 @ SA Spurs, 1/28 @ OKC Thunder

The Sixers took down two Eastern Conference playoff teams last week and have now won seven of their nine games, although squandering a late-game lead to Memphis last night. This week features four games in seven days and a lot of travel. The tough schedule concludes with two matchups against Western Conference opponents who are currently the 6th and 10th teams overall in the league. 

In player news, J.J. Redick will miss some time with a leg contusion. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot has filled in nicely though, with a career-high 6 three-pointers in last night’s 105-101 loss. With the league’s All-Star festivities set to kick off in roughly a month, Joel Embiid was named to his first All-Star team as well as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for January 14-21 after averaging 29.7 points and 12 rebounds in three games this past week.

Flyers

(23-16-8) Upcoming Games: 1/23 @ DET Red Wings, 1/25 vs. TB Lightning

In a crucial stretch of games in the last week, the Flyers won three of four against conference opponents. Despite starting last week with an uninspired 5-1 loss to the Rangers, the Flyers have rattled off three consecutive wins against the Leafs, Devils, and Capitals. Michal Neuvirth has spelled Brian Elliott to earn two wins during the week, only allowing three goals and making some big-time stops. Travis Konecny has become an overtime wizard paired with Sean Couturier in 3×3 and had both OT winners as the Flyers improved to 8-2 in their last 10 games.  

In other news, Travis Sanheim was finally sent down to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to get some playing time. Mark Alt has been recalled to take the 7th defenseman role. As things currently stand, the Flyers hold the first wildcard spot although only four points separate them from first in the wildcard to fifth. 

Phillies

Spring training is just right around the corner with pitchers and catchers reporting to Clearwater, Florida on February 14th. While there still has not been any action on the free agent or trade front, Baseball America released their 2018 Top 100 MLB Prospects list recently. The Phillies are represented again this year with five prospects in the top 100 including J.P. Crawford (16), Sixto Sanchez (25), Scott Kingery (31), Adonis Medina (84), and Adam Haseley (100). Notably, former top pick Mickey Moniak has fallen out of the top 100 and only time will tell if he makes back on the list.

 

Villanova

(18-1) Upcoming Games: 1/23 vs. Providence, 1/28 at Marquette

Excellence is rarely seen in this day and age, but the Villanova Wildcats continue to play excellent basketball. Nova enters another week #1 in the nation. Jalen Brunson continues to lead this team with his high basketball I.Q. and savviness on the court. He rarely makes mistakes and the team in general never beats themselves. While other teams in the country have played inconsistent, Nova has played consistently all season.

The emergence of freshman Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree has been a welcoming sign for a team that has had depth issues due to injuries. He isn’t going to carry a team offensively, but he does enough of the little things to help the team win. Nova has two games this week, the first is on Tuesday night against Providence and the second game of the week is on Sunday at Marquette. Nova should handle Providence with relative ease. The Marquette game could be another story. Nova was upset last season at Marquette, but I think the Wildcats will get the road win this time around.

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