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Phillies Reportedly Looking At Top Free Agent Bats; Would Have Considered Hunter Pence

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The Phillies need offensive help.  Big time.  And now, reportedly, the Phillies are going to be considering all big name free agent bats available in the outfield.   Without having to give up a first round draft pick to sign a player, this offseason would be as good as any to add some free agents to the team.

Heyman writes that the Phillies will do whatever they can to add offense:

The Phillies are targeting big-time free-agent outfielders and baseball people expect them to be in the mix for Jacoby EllsburyShin-Soo ChooNelson Cruz and possibly Curtis Granderson.

The Phillies have long been interested in Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, but there's no evidence to this point Miami would consider trading him.

All of those free agent names are left-handed except Nelson Cruz, which could mean some dominos fall that lead to other players leaving town.

Also, Heyman notes that the Phillies would have been interested in re-signing former Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence.  Pence, though, re-signed with the San Francisco Giants before ever hitting free agency, signing a six year, $90 million contract extension with just weeks to go in the 2013 season.

Heyman also notes that the Phillies will look at relief pitching and catching, too.

They have many pieces to go in building a competitive team.  As of now, the Phillies appear to be willing to be big players this offseason.


DeSean Jackson Limited Wednesday and Thursday

JacksonAfter tweaking his ankle in practice Wednesday, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been a limited participant in practice the past two days. Photo Courtesy: ABCLocal.com

On Wednesday Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson tweaked his ankle and as a result was limited in practice both on Wednesday and Thursday at the team prepares for Sunday's game in Oakland against the Raiders. 

“He hurt his ankle, but he should be fine,” Head coach Chip Kelly said before Thursday's practice. “We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”

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DeSean Jackson Limited Wednesday and Thursday

JacksonAfter tweaking his ankle in practice Wednesday, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been a limited participant in practice the past two days. Photo Courtesy: ABCLocal.com

On Wednesday Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson tweaked his ankle and as a result was limited in practice both on Wednesday and Thursday at the team prepares for Sunday's game in Oakland against the Raiders. 

“He hurt his ankle, but he should be fine,” Head coach Chip Kelly said before Thursday's practice. “We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”

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DeSean Jackson Limited Wednesday and Thursday

JacksonAfter tweaking his ankle in practice Wednesday, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been a limited participant in practice the past two days. Photo Courtesy: ABCLocal.com

On Wednesday Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson tweaked his ankle and as a result was limited in practice both on Wednesday and Thursday at the team prepares for Sunday's game in Oakland against the Raiders. 

“He hurt his ankle, but he should be fine,” Head coach Chip Kelly said before Thursday's practice. “We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5…SIXERS!! Game 1: Sixers vs. Miami Heat

Welcome the 1,2,3,4,5, Sixers, I am Greg and this will be my forum to spout off about the Sixers and NBA. I will write in this format all season, mostly because it can be quick and easy or drawn out and thoughtful, and that flexibility will be handy given my hectic schedule. After a game you all can expect 6 thoughts/musings/takeaways from that game. On off days I’ll give you a quick 6 on a random topic. Enough of the prep work, let’s get to tonight’s big win.

 

1. MC DUB!

Is there any other possible start to this column? The Sixers season started with an MWC dunk, and here was my reaction. From there MC Dub went from fringe lottery prospect to the owner of the greatest debut in NBA history. 22-12-9-7-1.This was a performance so epic that I received 22 texts about this game. I have to ask a series of questions in varying degrees of seriousness, can he possibly put up a better stat line than this? Has any NBA player ever peaked in their first game? His ROTY odds were 9 to 1, what are they in the morning? Is he going to become the darling of the city? Is he capable of 16 points, 8 assists, 2 steal a game averages over the whole season? Can we all agree to chant MCW, like we used to chant ECW every time MC Dub does something awesome?

 

All kidding aside, I was worried about MCW before tonight’s game, but he made me a believer in a single game. He did everything you hoped he would do. MCW knocked down jumpers, played crazy D, found open shooters and cutters, and he became the most popular Sixer since Iverson all in one night. I couldn’t be more excited. MCW! MCW! MCW!

 

2. Evan Turner…. All-Star

I have been an Evan believer for as long as he has been in the league.  This was the season where I swore I would be more rational in my ET coverage, and then my man goes and drops 26. I have been talking up the thought of ET being an All-Star this year for the last few weeks. This would be due to his circumstances more than his talent. Evan will lead this team in scoring (and FGAs), so come February there is a good chance that he gets picked for the big game based on his inflated PPG. To be fair, I am promoting Evan as an All-star because I hope the Sixers will be able to trade Evan for a higher return if he has the All-Star label next to his name. Tonight he played one of his best all-around games as a pro, plus he took 6 free throws. 6 FTAs per game would place Evan in the top 10 of the league. Maybe I sold my ET stock too low.

 

3. Big Macs? Already?

If 2 days ago you had set the over/under on Sixers games where they reach 100 points at 15, I would’ve gone under. Tonight they broke the 100-point mark, sent the fans home happy and I get a free hamburger. My hope is that we are bad team that loses 115-109 every night, which is way more fun to watch when compared to last year when they always lost 84-78. 

 

4. Let’s see this in February

The thing I loved about this win is that they didn’t give up when given the chance. When that Ray Allen 3 at the buzzer goes down and gives the Heat a 9 point lead, I would’ve understood if they came out with their heads hung low to start the 4th.  That did not happen; instead the 76ers played their hearts out and stole a game from the champs. If this team plays this hard all year, then Brett Brown is doing an amazing job. I want this type of energy and hustle in every game. It is easy to played inspired basketball when the arena is full and the champs are in town, but lets see how the team looks on those cold and lonely winter nights.

 

5. Brett Brown: Motivational Guru    

       The Sixers came out strong, and it is easy to understand why. Check out this exclusive look behind the scenes as Brett Brown address his team minutes before game time.

 

6. We must do our alma mater, we must do our alma mater.

         Only one way to celebrate a big win for the Sixers, so turn your speakers all the way up and CLICK IT


Eagles Have Winning Attitude According to Chip Kelly

ChipIn a locker room that bailed on their former head coach, Chip Kelly loves his team's attitude and the veterans have forged a family like atmosphere this season. 

In spite of losing back to back games against NFC East opponents, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loves the attitude of his team. 

"The one thing about this group is I think they have a great attitude," Kelly told reporters Thursday at the Novacare Complex. "Every single day they walk into this building and we talk about that all the time. That's their choice. It takes the same amount of time to be miserable as it does to be happy, and you choose what you're going to do." 

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Eagles Have Winning Attitude According to Chip Kelly

ChipIn a locker room that bailed on their former head coach, Chip Kelly loves his team's attitude and the veterans have forged a family like atmosphere this season. 

In spite of losing back to back games against NFC East opponents, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loves the attitude of his team. 

"The one thing about this group is I think they have a great attitude," Kelly told reporters Thursday at the Novacare Complex. "Every single day they walk into this building and we talk about that all the time. That's their choice. It takes the same amount of time to be miserable as it does to be happy, and you choose what you're going to do." 

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Eagles Have Winning Attitude According to Chip Kelly

ChipIn a locker room that bailed on their former head coach, Chip Kelly loves his team's attitude and the veterans have forged a family like atmosphere this season. 

In spite of losing back to back games against NFC East opponents, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loves the attitude of his team. 

"The one thing about this group is I think they have a great attitude," Kelly told reporters Thursday at the Novacare Complex. "Every single day they walk into this building and we talk about that all the time. That's their choice. It takes the same amount of time to be miserable as it does to be happy, and you choose what you're going to do." 

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Flyers acquire Downie from Colorado, trade Talbot

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Max Talbot spent parts of three seasons with the Flyers. He was traded to Colorado on Thursday in exchange for Steve Downie. Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com

With changes needed for the struggling Flyers, Paul Holmgren brought back a familiar face.

The Flyers acquired Steve Downie on Thursday, a former first-round pick for the Flyers, in exchange for center Max Talbot in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Talbot had just one goal and one assist in 11 games this season. In his career with the Flyers, Talbot scored 25 goals, including a career-high 19 in 2011-12, and added 21 assists for a total of 46 points in 127 games with the Flyers.

Downie, originally a Flyer, scored six goals and added six assists for 12 points in 38 games with the Flyers between 2007 and 2008. Downie scored a career-high 22 goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10. In 11 games during the 2013-14 season, Downie has one goal and six assists. 

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Flyerdelphia. You can follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.


Chip Kelly to Nick Foles: "Grip It And Rip It"

Nick FolesAfter a dismal performance against the Dallas Cowboys, Nick Foles has the opportunity to redeem  himself and capture the Eagles quarterback job Sunday in Oakland.                                  Photo courtesy: Washington Post.

Two weeks after playing the worst game of his professional career and perhaps one of the poorest showings of any Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in franchise history, Nick Foles will get back on the horse and take the ball Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

For Foles who for whatever reason rapidly regressed from his 133.3 passer rating three touchdown passes and one rushing score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just one week prior morphed into a less than pedestrian quarterback throwing for just 80 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. The challenge now for the second-year quarterback is putting that dreadful afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in the rearview. 

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