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Philly Sports: Down to the Wire

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 9

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

What a week of celebration it has been! After taking down the Patriots in Super Bowl LII (52), the Eagles and their fans celebrated with a championship parade up Broad Street this past Thursday. Although Doug Pederson received just one vote for the Coach of the Year award, he and the team got ultimate revenge by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time ever. While this team and coaching staff will go down in the record books forever, they did lose some key pieces this past week as QB Coach John DeFilippo joined the Vikings as their new Offensive Coordinator and former Eagles Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich signed a 5-year contract to become the 20th Head Coach in the Colts history. 

With a late start to the offseason, the Eagles will now get to work focusing on roster additions and cuts as the Free Agency period is just a little over a month away (March 15th).

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Flyers

(28-19-9) Upcoming Games: 2/13 vs NJ Devils, 2/16 vs. CBJ Blue Jackets, 2/18 @NY Rangers

The Flyers have won four-straight tilts dating back to last Tuesday and have now run their point streak up to five straight games(9pts). Now 3rd in the Metropolitan division and just 5 points back of the division-leading Capitals, Philadelphia has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Claude Giroux and company successfully stole two wins in as many games during their recent west coast swing including a fantastic 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights who are the best team in the West.

Giroux took home the NHL’s 1st Star of the Week honors for his great effort last week tallying six points in his last three games. The Flyers have a chance to separate themselves from some of the Wild Card teams this week as they host the Devils (3 pts behind), Blue Jackets (5 pts behind), and Rangers in three straight Meto divisional showdowns.

Sixers

(29-25) Upcoming Games: 2/14 vs MIA Heat

The Sixers have also been riding a hot streak going 3-0 this past week and improving to a season-best 4 games above .500 after Monday night’s 108-92 win against the Porzingis-less Knicks. Although quiet at the trade deadline, the team did manage to scoop up SG Marco Belinelli after clearing waivers Monday. Belinelli averaged 11.4 ppg off the bench, making 52 appearances for the Atlanta Hawks this season before agreeing to a buyout. Belinelli will wear number 18 and provide much-needed depth as Markelle Fultz is still a question mark. 

The Sixers will have just one game left before the NBA All-Star break where you can see  Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric in various activities. Joel took home the leagues Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors and even though Simmons was not named an All-Star replacement, he has continued to provide consistency and grow in the offense.

Phillies

The Phillies are back in action this week as pitchers and catchers are reporting to the club facilities in Clearwater, Florida on February 14th. The rest of the team will join them on February 19th. The Phillies have added some minor league depth and potential bench depth with the signings of utility infielder Adam Rosales and outfielder Colin Cowgill. The team has also lost two signees from earlier this off-season as pitcher Steven Geltz has been hit with a 100-game suspension following his third positive drug test and catcher Eric Fryer has decided to retire from baseball. No word on any possible free agent signings or trades to bolster the rotation have gone on. Rumors from baseball insiders have the Phillies more likely to sign 1-year free agents rather than long-term big money player(s), but at this time nothing has materialized.

Villanova

(23-2) Upcoming Games: 2/14@. Providence 2/17 @ #4 Xavier

Nova enters the week as the #3 ranked team in the nation after the Wildcats were upset by a red-hot St. John’s team that was coming off a huge upset over Duke. Nova bounced back nicely, however, defeating Butler 86-75. The team has continued to battle the injury bug as the most recent member of the team to have injury issues is Eric Paschall. The fact that the team continues to play well with all these injury issues is impressive. Nova shouldn’t have much trouble with Providence, but the game on Saturday at #4 Xavier could be a tough matchup. Xavier was completely dominated by Nova in the first meeting between these two teams, but expect Xavier to play better this time around, especially on their home court. Nova should still be able to overcome the injury adversity and closes out this week with two more victories.

 

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