PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 8
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!
Upcoming Game: 2/4 vs. New England Patriots (Super Bowl LII)
The team has landed in Minneapolis and is just 5 days away from taking the field. Doug Pederson told ESPN he has installed about 85% of the game plan and wants the players to stay focused as they head into the home stretch. While the team gears up for Super Bowl 52, some good news broke about the 2018-19 season as Carson Wentz spoke to the media for the first time since tearing his ACL.
Wentz told reporters he is ahead of schedule in his rehab and expects to be ready for the opener next season. He Doug Pederson, and Howie Roseman could take home some hardware before Sunday night as Wentz is up for the MVP Award and Offensive Player of the Year, Pederson up for Coach of the Year, and Roseman Executive of the Year. These awards will be handed out during the NFL Honors Awards Show on Saturday night at 9 pm EST. For now, eyes are on the main prize.
(24-23) Upcoming Games: 1/31 @ BKN Nets, 2/2 vs. MIA Heat, 2/3 @ IND Pacers
Following two back-to-back losses including a 107-95 downing in Milwaukee last night, the Sixers are now 7-4 in the month of January. The team has climbed to a 24-23 record following a recent surge of 10 wins in their last 14 games. With the loss last night, Philadelphia remains the 8th seed in the conference, yet still sits only two games out of the 5th seed!
Although still a young team with late-game errors costing them a few chances to seal multiple victories, they are a much-improved bunch. Ben Simmons has become more and more aggressive in the second half as of late although still passive at times. Nonetheless, the team is in good shape heading into February as they close out this month with a very winnable game in Brooklyn.
Joel Embiid was also named to Team Curry for the All-Star Game taking place on Sunday, February 17th. Embiid, Dario Saric, and Ben Simmons will also play together in the Rising Stars Challenge featuring a World vs. U.S. team matchup.
(24-17-8) Upcoming Games: 1/31 @ WSH Capitals, 2/1 @ NJ Devils, 2/3 vs. OTT Senators
The Flyers split a pair of tilts last week before the All-Star break, winning in OT on the road in Detroit and getting demolished 5-1 at home to the Lightning. Travis Konecny scored again to win the game in overtime, stealing the puck from Dylan Larkin and scoring short side. Konecny has really begun to produce playing on the first line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. He’s finally able to show off his speed and knack for scoring.
The game against the Lightning was one to forget. The Flyers stood no chance against the best team in the NHL as they were blitzed for 5 goals. Konecny scored the only goal for the Flyers on the powerplay.
Good fortune did not continue in the All-Star game as the Metropolitan Division lost in its only game 7-4. Giroux, the Flyers’ only All-Star scored a goal on a breakaway.
Over the weekend, the Phillies added another pitcher. While not a starter, Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) was signed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. K-Rod is 4th all-time in Major League Baseball in Saves and could provide competition this spring for the role of the closer. He found himself a free agent last year after getting knocked around in Detroit and seeing his pitch velocity dip. If K-Rod can regain some form, he could become a valuable assist to an already deep bullpen. Rumors were also kicked up about the Phillies interest in free agent starter Yu Darvish. Nothing has happened yet, however, as it nears time for the start of spring training players may soon be finding new places to play.
(20-1) Upcoming Games: 2/1 vs. Creighton 2/4 vs. Seton Hall
Sitting at the top of the mountain is a great feeling for a college basketball program. Nova is #1 in the rankings yet again and is coming off a week in which they had an impressive win against Providence and a close road win against Marquette. The team returns home to face Creighton for the first time this season ahead of a Sunday matinee matchup with a great rebounding team in Seton Hall lead by Angel Delgado.
The true test for the Wildcats will be the fact that they will more than likely be without Phil Booth for the rest of the regular season. Nova needs to continue to have a “next man up” mentality if they want to continue to play at a high level and most importantly, continue to win games.
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