Flyers-Blue Jackets: Game 40 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

When the schedule was initially released, this date was circled on the calendar for two participants in tonight's game. An offseason trade between the Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets sent two veteran players to new destinations.

Those two players face their former teams on Thursday night. For the Flyers, it also may be the second time already this season that they reach double-digits on a winless streak.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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Kevin Frandsen Leaves the Phillies for the Washington Nationals

In November, the Washington Nationals fanbase learned that long time Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo would not return to the team's television broadcasts.  That left a large opening in their television booth, where Santangelo had spent the last 11 seasons.   Nationals television partner MASN has found their replacement, but it will come at the Phillies' expense.

Today the Washington Nationals announced that Kevin Frandsen, a former Nationals player, would be named color analyst alongside play-by-play broadcast Bob Carpenter on the team's television broadcasts.

Frandsen joined the Phillies as a part-time road game radio color analyst in 2018 alongside play-by-play broadcaster Scott Franzke, part of a three-Kevin rotation that included former Phillies Kevin Jordan and Kevin Stocker.  In 2019, Frandsen took on a greater role, doing all road games for the Phillies.

Long-time radio color analyst Larry Andersen began working exclusively on home game broadcasts in 2018.

So in addition to many spots on the major league roster, the Phillies will have a position to fill in their radio booth heading into 2022.

In addition to his role as a broadcaster, Frandsen hosts shifts on a variety of shows on MLB Network Radio.

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Report: Thybulle 'Close to Being Untouchable' in Simmons Trade Talks

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

There have been rumors for many months about the Philadelphia 76ers pulling the trigger on a deal to ship Ben Simmons to the Sacramento Kings. Things have heated up over the past couple weeks, and more came out today about those rumored discussions.

Keith Pompey, in his latest piece for The Inquirer, dumped a ton of major information about the talks between the Sixers and Kings.

"One source said Sacramento has considered packaging Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes and two first-round picks for Simmons, Harris and Matisse Thybulle. However, the source said the Sixers aren’t interested in that package.

Another source said the Sixers haven’t received a formal trade offer at this time. The source added that none of those talks have involved Thybulle or any of the Sixers’ other young players. Speaking of Thybulle specifically, the source added the second-team All-Defensive selection is close to being untouchable."

The Sixers' reported desire to package Simmons and Tobias Harris, who are owed a combined $68.9 million this season, is nothing new. Matisse Thybulle, the team's best perimeter defender, being "close to untouchable," on the other hand, is somewhat surprising.

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Roseman, Sirianni Endorse Jalen Hurts as Starting QB

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Philadelphia Eagles general manager/vice president/keeper of the closet Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni met with the media today to discuss the 2021-22 season and the Birds’ offseason. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Ruben Frank came right out of the gate asking about the Eagles quarterback situation.  Perhaps, probably not, Philadelphia can settle down a bit now that Howie the Wizard has addressed the situation. 

Here’s how it went:

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Birds Sign 11 To Futures Deals

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With their season over, the Eagles made a bit of a housekeeping move on Tuesday night.

The team signed 11 players to futures contracts that will bring them along with the Eagles to training camp.

The 11 players are listed below, but are essentially all the players who were on the team's practice squad this year.

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