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DeSean Jackson's Free Agency Options Limited

DJax1Three days after his release by the Eagles, DeSean Jackson will begin his free agency tour with a visit to the Washington Redskins, monday. (Image courtesy of Philly.com)

DeSean Jackson will begin his free agency tour today with a visit to the Washington Redskins, but if he leaves the nation's capitol without a contract, he may find few other possible landing spots.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is expected to make a strong push to ink Jackson during his visit, however, many of the teams initially thought to have interest in Jackson have quickly dropped out of the sweepstakes.

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Looking at the League: Playoff berths, Toews and Malkin injured, Jumbo Joe's 1,200th NHL game

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The playoff picture is still a bit blurry in the Eastern Conference, but several of the teams in the Western Conference have grabbed a playoff spot. Along with the playoff race nearing an end, a new Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee was announced and is filled with several of the biggest names in the hockey World. There were also a few NHL milestones reached this week, as Vincent Lecavalier potted his 400th goal in the NHL this weekend. Here’s a look at the league:

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Phillies Sign Ronny Cedeño; Jimmy Rollins Heads To Pregnant Wife

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Some Sunday Phillies news broke today as the Phillies prepare for Opening Day tomorrow in Arlington, Texas:

Jimmy Rollins Could Miss Opening Day

Rollins has left the team to be with his pregnant wife, Johari, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Daily News.   We have mentioned a few times that Rollins could miss time within the first week of the season.   It very well could be right away, meaning that Jayson Nix could be the Phillies' Opening Day shortstop.

Phillies Sign Ronny Cedeño

Wait a minute, didn't the Phillies just release Ronny Cedeño?   The Phillies did, indeed.   Also in the same report, Lawrence reports that the Phillies and Cedeño agreed to a minor league deal, assigning Cedeño to AAA.   The Phillies were due to pay Cedeño a $100,000 roster bonus if they assigned him to AAA, but released him instead.

Perhaps Cedeño tested the open market and did not find a deal he liked, so he re-signed with the Phillies.   Cedeño could find himself in the majors should the Phillies place Rollins on the paternity list.


Philliedelphia's 2014 Predictions: AL and NL Wild Card Winners

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Yesterday we concluded our division winner predictions with the American and National League East. Today we will cover the "other teams" who make the playoffs by grant of a Wild Card. For the second year in a row now, the MLB will feature four (two per league) Wild Card teams who will face off against each other in order to play in the Division Series round of the playoffs. Last season Cleveland, Tampa, Cincinatti, and Pittsburgh all made the Wild Card spot. Here are our predictions on who will make it this come postseason.

Andrew Gillen:

AL Wild Cards: Rays (92-70), Royals (91-71)

Tampa Bay has been a contender just about every season since they fell to Philly in the 2008 World Series. I think they return to an even better form this season, and head to the Fall Classic. Kansas City can't win their division, but go over 90 wins and secure that second Wild Card slot.

NL Wild Cards: Reds (89-73), Diamondbacks (89-73)

I had the Reds winning it all last year. Obviously, that didn't happen, but I think they turn things around this year under new management. Arizona was in the playoffs in 2012, and have been a respectable team for the last few seasons. Look for them to sneak past the Pirates for the second Wild Card.

Erik Seybold:

AL Wild Cards: Indians (88-74), Blue Jays (87-75)

I like the Indians' chances this season in a Wild Card spot. They won't be able to keep it up with the Tigers in the central division, but they will win enough games and will return to the postseason this year. The Blue Jays will also make a statement as their blockbuster trades pay off. They won't be able to take a division championship, but will snag the Wild Card spot with no problem.

NL Wild Cards: Nationals (88-74), Cardinals (90-72)

The Nationals will make a trip to the playoffs this year as they take second in the NL East, beating the Phillies narrowly for the second Wild Card spot in the NL. The first spot will go to the Cardinals, who will yet again make it to the playoffs, but this time they won't have a division championship to accompany them.

Kevin Durso:

AL Wild Card: Orioles, Yankees

NL Wild Card: Giants, D'Backs 

I think the two most stacked divisions produce the most playoff teams. I really like the Orioles lineup and think the Yankees may be able to put together a playoff run. The Giants are always a threat to be a playoff contender and I personally like the Diamondbacks more than most. I think there is a lot of potential there

Check out who we pick for the yearly awards later tonight!


DeSean Jackson Visiting Redskins Monday

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DeSean Jackson's free agency tour will open Monday when the former Eagles receiver visits the Washington Redskins.

Multiple sources confirm reports that Jackson will meet with the Redskins front office on Monday and that owner Daniel Snyder could offer Jackson an offer that would be difficult for the six-year receiver to turn down.

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Flight Plan: Another Tough Week

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The Philadelphia Flyers' bench celebrates as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-2 at the Wells Fargo Center. Image c/o Amy Irvin of 38Photography.

With nine games remaining, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 85 points. After their win on Friday, the Flyers have 85 points to the New York Rangers’ 86 with two games in hand. Philadelphia will be playing two of the top teams in the league in three of their next four games and a desperate team in Columbus who is still fighting for a playoff berth.

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Game 74 Preview: Flyers out for revenge against red-hot Bruins

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Claude Giroux and the Flyers face Patrice Bergeron and the East-leading Boston Bruins on Sunday. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)

It has oftened been discussed when the Flyers turned their season around. One such date was a 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Jan. 25. 

The Flyers are 14-5-1 since that game.

The team that may have started it all returns for a Sunday afternoon match. The Flyers are Bruins face off at 12:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.

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This Week in Flyers' History: Week Ending April 6th

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The Flyers blew a 3-goal lead and lost to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, 5-4. No, this was not an April Fools’ joke. The Flyers’ fourth goal, however, was a historic one -- both for the team and for a left-handed sniper from Lindsay, Ontario. That goal was the 50th on the season for Rick MacLeish, the first Flyer to ever score 50 goals in a season.

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The streak is over!

Well, Jimmy Fallon was right: Philadelphia is not good enough to have the record, they could only tie it. The Sixers snapped their 26-game losing streak with a 123-98 victory Saturday night over Detroit.

The team talked about how Philadelphia will get behind a team or individual when warranted after witnessing the ovation Allen Iverson received to start the month, and tonight they saw it. As the final seconds of the laugher ticked off, the 17,500 in attendance rose and Marc Zumoff exclaimed, “It’s all over, it’s all over!”

They avoid standing alone in the record books with Cleveland, and secured their first victory in exactly two months. In other terms, since before the Super Bowl, Olympics and start of Spring Training.

Leading the way was, who else, the two most reliable members of the team, Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young. The duo each scored 21 points apiece. Henry Sims added 15, despite being tasked to defend and compete against one of the NBA’s best front courts.

Detroit all but quit the game when Brandon Jennings was ejected late in the first quarter. Philadelphia quickly erupted and had 70 points by halftime, a season high.  Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 20 points, adding 10 rebounds.

The lead would peak at 32, and things went so well Brett Brown was able to even pull his starters from the game. The five received the first of a few standing ovations the crowd would give them upon departing with 5:13 left.

Philadelphia gave the faithful group of fans that have visited the Wells Fargo Center to see them play two for the price of one. Not only did they avoid the NBA losing streak, they also stopped one game shy of the NBA record for the home losing streak, ending it at 18. It was their first home victory since Jan. 15 and first overall victory since Jan. 29—a game won by an Evan Turner buzzer-beater.  

It’s been a while, but it’s all over.