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Phillies Rumors: John Kruk's contract may be five years long

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

Philadelphia Phillies fans excited to hear Wall of Famer John Kruk as part of the team's television announcing team got a few nuggets of positive information Monday.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com says that an announcement from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia saying that they have formally hired Kruk is imminent. Zolecki also noted that Kruk seems extremely committed to his new position, both in terms of the amount of games he will work and the length of his deal:

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Embiid ruled out vs. Kings, won't travel to Dallas, San Antonio

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Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor  

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Joel Embiid suffered a left knee contusion against Portland on January 20, missed three games and returned against the Rockets on Friday to score 32 points in 27 minutes. Embiid was held out of the first night of the Sixers back-to-back in Chicago on Sunday, and many thought he'd play tonight, but he'll the makeup game against Sacramento and won't travel with the team to Dallas or San Antonio this week for the first leg of their road trip. His status for Miami and Detroit on February 4 and 6 is up in the air.

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2017 AHL All-Star Classic: Previewing the League's Showcase of Stars

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By Tommy Hendricks, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

On Monday night, PPL Center is expected to be sold out yet again this season. Only this time around, it will be the entire AHL and its brightest stars on display in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

Three of the Phantoms top players will look to do what Wayne Simmonds did for the Flyers, and bring home a divisional win and perhaps an MVP award to the organization. 

Those three Phantoms are forwards Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal, along with defenseman T.J. Brennan.

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Report: Redskins plan to pursue Bennie Logan if he hits free agency

Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor  

The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of holes to fill this offseason and are working on evaluating their current roster to see who stays and who goes. One of those players is defensive tackle Bennie Logan. The 27-year-old just finished his fourth season with the birds and if the Eagles don't resign him before March 9, he'll hit free agency, where another NFC East team might be ready to make their move. According to Mark Eckel of NJ.com, the Washington Redskins plan to pursue Logan in free agency if he's available.

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Okafor returns as Sixers, Kings sqaure-off in makeup game from November

Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor  

The Philadelphia 76ers (17-29) host the Sacramento Kings (19-28) this evening in the rescheduled game from November 30, when they were postponed due to unsafe playing conditions on the court. The Sixers have lost their last two after winning five of seven while the Kings have won three of their last four. Tonight's game has an earlier start time of 6:00 p.m. with the Kings having to fly to Houston for a game on Tuesday.

Joel Embiid will not play tonight as the team will continue to be cautious about his left knee contusion. According to the Sixers latest medical update, the 7-foot-2 center id doubtful for the teams' upcoming trip to Dallas and San Antonio and his status for Miami and Dallas at home is up in the air. Jahlil Okafor will start in his place. Brett Brown mentioned after shootaround on Monday that Okafor has handled the center situation like a star. He'll get 4-5 minute clumps tonight.

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Rise to All-Star Status Comes Full Circle for Simmonds

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Wayne Simmonds was back where it all began on Sunday. Back in the arena where he scored his first NHL goal in his third NHL game as a 20-year-old. Back in the arena he called home as a member of the Los Angeles Kings for three seasons after being their second-round pick in 2007.

On Sunday, Simmonds was the Most Valuable Player and scored the game-winning goal for the Metropolitan Division, taking center stage alongside names like Crosby, Ovechkin, McDavid, Carter and Doughty. 

The player who the Flyers acquired as part of a major roster shakeup, one who wasn't even the highlighted player in the trade return, was regarded as the best player on the ice on Sunday, and has been among the Flyers best for six seasons now, bringing his career truly full circle.

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Eagles Offseason Preview: Offensive Line

By Tucker Bagley, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

The Eagles offensive line went through some ups and downs in 2016 and as we turn the page to 2017, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

The team needs to consider the age of Jason Peters, the cap hit of Jason Kelce and the upside of guys like Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Isaac Seumalo when making their decisions over the next few months.

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League executive raves about Phillies power structure, future

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Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin (left) and general manager Matt Klentak (right) seem to have the Phillies headed in a positive direction. (Frank Klose/Sports Talk Philly)

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011 and are unlikely to end that run in 2017. Still, the organization is viewed very favorably around the league. 

As part of a Spring Training preview of the Phillies, John Perrotto of FanRag Sports spoke to an anonymous league executive who raved about the club's organizational power structure, their farm system and long-term ability to become a free-agent destination:

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