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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edition 2

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 Games: 12/17 @ NY Giants

The Eagles captured their 10th NFC East championship in franchise history this past Sunday with a thrilling 43-35 victory against the LA Rams but it came at a cost. MVP-leading candidate Carson Wentz took a hit to the knee while diving for a touchdown that was negated by penalty. Wentz ended up getting sandwiched between two defenders and was taken to the locker room. The team has since confirmed his season is over (torn ACL). The Eagles now look to Nick Foles as the QB and will have to make plenty of adjustments to compete come playoff time. On the upside, fans may get their first look at rookie cornerback Sidney Jones who will practice in full for the first time this season. For more on this story click here

Sixers

Upcoming Games: 12/12 @ MIN T-Wolves, 12/15 vs. OKC Thunder

The Sixers took their lumps over the past week suffering four straight setbacks. After dropping two winnable games at home to the Suns and Lakers (both under .500), and then the first and second of a three-game road swing, the team finds themselves back at an even record of 13-13. In one week, the 76ers slid from the 5th to 8th playoff spot but will have to regroup and try their luck at beating the Northwest-division leading Timberwolves (16-11). However, the team will be shorthanded with guys like Joel Embiid (back tightness), Robert Covington (back soreness), TJ McConnell (shoulder), Markell Fultz (shoulder), and Justin Anderson (lower leg) all trying to get back from injuries. The team also traded away the frustrated Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas along with a second-round pick in the acquisition of Trevor Booker from the Nets last week.

Flyers

Upcoming Games: 12/12 vs TOR Maple Leafs

After the Flyers lost 10 straight, they have rattled off 3 consecutive wins against Western Canadian teams. Brian Elliott brought home the NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week with three victories, a 1.67 goals-against average, and a .954 save percentage. Elliott, who is known for his slow starts, has really turned things around and has played like a number one goaltender. Other notables are Jake Voracek (7 assists in the past 3 games) and Michael Raffl (goals in 3 straight). Hopefully, the Flyers can keep it going tomorrow at home with a tilt against the Leafs. 

Phillies

As the Winter Meetings progress through the week, the Phillies remain active on the rumor front as teams check in to players such as Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez. Reports have indicated the Phillies are kicking the tires on Baltimore’s Manny Machado and have also shown interest in Pitcher Jake Arrieta. They have also brought back pitcher Pat Neshek on a 2-year/16 million dollar deal according to multiple reports (although not official). With the two biggest names in Ohtani and Stanton finding new homes this off-season, free agency will surely ramp up in the coming days. Here is a preview of what to expect at this year’s Winter Meetings and the biggest piece the Phillies should add this offseason.

Villanova

Upcoming Games: 12/13 vs. Temple

The Wildcats enter the week as the #1 team in the nation after defeating ranked Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic. They also had a hard-fought win against a Big 5 rival in the LaSalle Explorers which improved their record to an impressive 10-0 to start the season. Nova’s only game this week is a road matchup against yet another Big 5 rival, Temple. Nova should beat Temple, but they need to play a little better then they did against LaSalle to do so.

Temple

Upcoming Games: 12/13 vs. Villanova

Despite two close losses against La Salle and George Washington, the Temple basketball team is playing up to the tournament-bid hype this season. The Temple guard-combo of Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose will need to keep up their combined 34.6 ppg as the schedule only gets more difficult starting with a matchup with top-ranked Villanova this week. Coach Dunphy has this team on the right track at 4-2 and third in the AAC. At this point, it’s a matter of keeping the momentum going.

 

Bowl Mania

While the College Bowl games begin to kick off this weekend, two local teams to keep an eye on are Temple and Penn State. Temple found its way to a Bowl game in a transitional year with new HC Geoff Collins and will play in the Gasparilla Bowl against Florida International University on December 21st at 8 pm. Penn State finished the season 9th in the CFB rankings and will square up against 11th ranked Washington on December 30th in the Fiesta Bowl at 4 pm before the College Football Playoffs start on New Year’s Day.

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