PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 10
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!
After losing both their offensive coordinator and QB coach shortly after the greatest win in Eagles history, the search was on and quickly ended. After interviewing two internal candidates, Wide Receivers coach Mike Groh beat out Running Backs coach Duece Staley and will become the right-hand man to Doug Pederson. Groh will enter his second year with the team and did an incredible job developing Agholor and Ertz.
In player news, some rumors have surfaced that the Eagles may be looking to trade Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and 36-year-old veteran Jason Peters for the right price in an attempt to recoup some draft picks. News also broke that WR Alshon Jeffery had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff he battled through all season.
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 around the corner (March 15th).
(31-19-10) Upcoming Games: 2/22 vs. CBJ Blue Jackets, 2/24 @ OTT Senators
(30-25) Upcoming Games: 2/22 @ CHI Bulls, 2/24 vs. ORL Magic, 2/25@ WAS Wizards
Most of the Sixers had a nice week off to rejuvenate as the All-Star festivities took place in LA this past weekend. The young trio of Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid played together in Friday Night’s Rising Stars challenge for the victorious “World” team. Embiid then showcased his talents with the leagues best in a competitive 148-145 All-Star game where he posted 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks in 20 minutes of action for the faltering Team Steph. Embiid and company represented the city well although some fans questioned the decision to play following an absence from the Sixers’ win over the Heat last Wednesday night due to ankle soreness.
Philadelphia currently holds onto the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference after claiming six of their last seven matchups and riding a five-game win streak. The team has won 11 straight home games dating back to a January 11th loss to the Celtics and currently stand just two games out of the 4th seed.
The Phillies are back in action as the whole squad is back together in Clearwater to start the week. Much is being made of new manager Gabe Kapler’s “Be Bold” style. Between creative approaches to training and developing personal relationships with players, Kap is coming out swinging with his style of management which has certainly caught the interest of many in the baseball world. The Phillies begin play later this week with a string of games over the weekend as they face off against the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Yankees. If anything is to be expected this spring it’s that there will be many unexpected moves being made with this roster. Look out for numerous configurations in the lineup, players playing multiple positions, and the continued development of the starting rotation.
BONUS: Be on the lookout for rumors swirling around Pitcher Jake Arrieta and the Phillies. According to multiple reports, dialog has begun between the two as the Phillies front office has admired Arrieta since his days in Baltimore.
(24-3) Upcoming Games: 2/21 vs. DePaul, 2/24 @ Creighton
Nova stays #3 in the rankings this week despite being upset at Providence last week. After that loss, Nova bounced back and played well at #4 Xavier. Xavier’s home court advantage was clear from the beginning of the game and anytime a visiting team can come in and get a win in a hostile environment, it is impressive. The Wildcats hosts DePaul during Senior Night this upcoming Wednesday in a game they should win. The game on Saturday at Creighton will be a much tougher test, but they are favored to win that matchup as well. It is key that Nova continues to play well heading towards the end of the season and more specifically, heading towards March Madness.
Nova has three senior players who do not play in the regular rotation and began as walk-ons. Although they rarely get the chance to play, walk-ons play an integral role in the development and success of the team. Hopefully, Jay Wright starts the walk-ons for Senior Night.
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