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Eagles Re-Sign Paul Worrilow

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have signed the first player of their offseason.

While many fans may have forgotten that he was with the team in 2018, the Eagles have re-signed Paul Worrilow. The signing is official, according to a report from Delaware Online. Worrilow played high school football at Concord High School and college football at Delaware.

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Phillies Notes: Blanco, Florimon, Galvis, Joseph

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

February is just days away, which means spring training and regular season baseball will soon follow. Many former Philadelphia Phillies continue to find themselves 2019 roles within the game, even shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who was announced as the club's new special advisor on Tuesday.

Two of Rollins' former teammates with the Phillies — Andres Blanco, and Freddy Galvis, along other former Phillies in Pedro Florimon and Tommy Joseph — also recently made the headlines.

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Eagles Free Agent Evaluation: Jordan Hicks

By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Leading up to the start of free agency, Sports Talk Philly and Eagledelphia will be taking a look at the players on the Eagles roster who are scheduled to become free agents this offseason and how the team should look to handle each.

In this edition, we will be covering linebacker Jordan Hicks.


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A third-round pick of the Eagles in the 2015 draft, Hicks is set to reach free agency for the first time in his career. While he was certainly not the player that anyone expected the Eagles to draft with five other promising linebackers already at the position, Hicks is the only one still with the team.

It really cannot be argued that Hicks is not a productive player. In addition to being one of the better coverage linebackers in the league, Hicks has developed into a good spy and an effective pass rusher/run stopper. While many fans were not thrilled with Hicks this season, Hicks was leading the team in tackles with 58 following the second Giants game – a game he didn’t play. His turnover numbers aren’t there, but it is difficult for a linebacker to get interceptions when the pass rush isn’t getting home (which was the case for much of the beginning of the season) or force fumbles when there is no one else around to make the tackle and they need to wrap up rather than make a play on the ball.

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Stolarz Blanks Rangers, Flyers Streak Hits 5

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers carried a four-game winning streak and wins in five of the last six games into New York on Tuesday. In each of the six games, Carter Hart was in goal.

Hart earned a much-deserved break on Tuesday. His backup didn't do too bad.

Anthony Stolarz led the Flyers to a fifth straight win, making 38 saves in a 1-0 shutout win over the Rangers.

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Eagles Expected to Add Former Dolphins Defensive Coordinator to Coaching Staff

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have yet to officially replace the three coaches that they have let go this season, but they have plans to add an additional coach.

The Eagles plan to add Matt Burke as a defensive aide, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Burke has spent time with the Bengals, Lions and Dolphins.

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Jimmy Rollins Returns to the Phillies in Multi-Faceted Role

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While fans eagerly await an announcement of a free agent signing, the Phillies made another announcement on Tuesday.  The club is reuniting with one of their all-time Phillies greats, who will be re-joining the organization formally.  Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies all-time hits leader and MVP, will be joining the Phillies as a special advisor, the organization announced.

Rollins will fill a variety of roles, according to a release issued by the Phillies.  Rollins will be a presence in Spring Training, work with sponsors and suite holders, and take part in fan engagement and community outreach.

Executive Vice President David Buck said in a release from the Phillies that it simply made sense to have Rollins back:

"It goes without saying that Jimmy was a huge part of the team's success during the five-year run of division titles and he is one of the greatest players to wear our uniform," said Buck. "His acumen for both business and baseball makes this a natural fit. We are excited to have him back."

Rollins will be honored in a retirement celebration at Citizens Bank Park this season.

Rollins made his major league debut with the Phillies in 2000 and stayed with the club until the conclusion of the 2014 season.  After a December 2014 trade to the Dodgers, Rollins spent 2015 with the Dodgers and became a free agent.  After signing with the Chicago White Sox for 2016, Rollins was released by the White Sox in early June.

Rollins gave it one more chance with the San Francisco Giants in Spring Training 2017, but did not make the club.  Rollins had yet to retire, but has done some Postseason baseball with TBS, something that presumably he could continue into the future.

This role gives Rollins the flexibility to spend time with his young children, and at the same time return home to the Phillies and make an impact.


Around the NHL: GM Axing, All-Star Action, and Player Tracking

By Ryan Black, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

After eight days off, Philadelphia Flyers hockey finally resumed on Monday night. As you warm up for three more games on the schedule this week, let’s take a look back at recent news from around the league, including the shakeup in Edmonton, the All-Star spectacle in San Jose last weekend, and a big technology announcement that could change the NHL forever.

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Flyers-Rangers: Game 50 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers returned from the bye on Monday and picked up where they left off with a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It's just the beginning of a very busy week for the Flyers, as they prepare to play their second of four games on Tuesday night.

The Flyers hit the road and face the New York Rangers, who make their return from the All-Star break.

Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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ESPN, Las Vegas Preparing for Phillies to Sign Bryce Harper

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

The wait appears to be almost over for the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

A rumor-filled MLB offseason regarding Harper — which arguably began picking up considerable traction at the annual winter meetings in his Las Vegas hometown — may very well be nearing an end through late Monday/early Tuesday reports, fittingly out of the United States' gambling capital.

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Flyers-Jets: Postgame Review

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Carter Hart and the Flyers picked right back up where they left off before the break.

The result was a fourth straight win, a 3-1 defeat of the Winnipeg Jets that started off slow, but finished solid and steady.

More in our Postgame Review.

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