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Elliott, Flyers Hold On for Win Over Blue Jackets

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Playing in Columbus has been no picnic for the Flyers. In the last 14 years, the Flyers have just one win at Nationwide Arena, an overtime win in February 2018. Until Wednesday night.

The Flyers entered the Thanksgiving holiday on a high note, securing a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets behind stellar play from Brian Elliott in the third period.

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Eagles Sign Kicker Jake Elliott To Five-Year Extension

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

After the Eagles recently extending long snapper Rick Lovato, it should come as no surprise that the Eagles are looking at extending his closest teammates.

On Wednesday, the Eagles signed kicker Jake Elliott to a five-year extension.

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Ben Simmons Needs to be More Aggressive if he is to Increase his Points Per Game

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 11-6, have lived up to most expectations to start the year. When the starting five plays together, the team looks like one of the best in the entire NBA. Although this team has seen a lot of success to kick off the season, one player seems to have taken a hit and has been put in the spotlight.

Ben Simmons, so far this season, is not off to the statistical floor he has put up throughout his career. He is currently averaging 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. Now those numbers are not bad by any stretch, but you would like to see a little more in the scoring department from one of your All-Stars.

When this team was constructed, you knew that everyone’s numbers were going to take a hit since there are more mouths to feed, but Simmons is scoring four fewer points per game than he was last season. Some of that has to do with a focus on his pure point guard nature and trying to set up his teammates to score instead of himself, and some of it has to do with still being unwilling to shoot the ball regularly from outside of five feet away from the basket.

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Flyers-Blue Jackets: Game 25 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers returned to the win column on Monday night with a regulation win, holding on for a 2-1 win over Vancouver. That brought their November record to 7-2-4, a total of 18 points in the month, which is tied for second in the NHL.

The Flyers look to go into a brief break for Thanksgiving on a high note, traveling to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Eagles/Sixers Podcast: I Hate It Here

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By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Right after Carson Wentz recorded the worst game we've seen from him in awhile, Joel Embiid did him one better and went scoreless in a game for the first time in his career. How will the Eagles & Sixers rebound with their respective franchise cornerstones? Tune in as Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein break down the poor performances and give their analysis on the teams moving forward.

 

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Phillies Sign Veteran Utility Player Josh Harrison

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The Phillies have signed their first player in the 2019-2020 offseason.  No, it is not a big name player.  In fact, it is not even a major league deal.  But the Phillies have added a veteran player on a minor league contract that will have the opportunity to be a useful piece off of the Phillies bench in 2020.

According to Matt Gelb of the Athletic, the Phillies have signed utility player Josh Harrison:

Harrison was a teammate of one of the prominent current Phillies.

Making a name for himself in Pittsburgh as someone who could play all over the baseball diamond, Harrison spent 2011 through 2017 playing alongside Andrew McCutchen.  The pair were close friends on the Pirates, and upon McCutchen's trade to the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2018 season, Harrison requested a trade himself.

At the time of the trade, Harrison told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that the loss of McCutchen and Gerrit Cole were hard on him:

“Baseball is a business and I understand that trades are part of the business. While I love this game, the reality is that I just lost two of my closest friends in the game. Cole and Cutch were not just friends, they were the best pitcher and best position player on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now, I am the most tenured member of the Pirates, I want to win, I want to contend, I want to win championships in 2018, 2019 and beyond.

Could Cole join the Phillies too to reunite the trio?

The Phillies will likely be in on Cole.  But for Spring Training at least: two of his former teammates and friends are reunited on the Phillies.  Though a minor league deal, the 26th roster spot in 2020 will make room for players like Harrison.  He just may stick.

In nine major league seasons, Harrison is a career .273 hitter over 878 games.


Safety Chris Johnson Fills Vacant Spot On Practice Squad

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With the recent transfer of Rudy Ford to the injured reserve, the Eagle had just three safeties on the roster and none on the practice squad.

In a move to address that, the Eagles added Chris Johnson to the practice squad.

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Phillies, Flyers Court Fans Who Couldn't Care Less About the Phillies or Flyers

By Mitch Nathanson, Historical Columnist 

Seeking to capitalize on the growing number of fans not in any way interested in actually watching professional sports, executives of both the Phillies and Flyers have recently undertaken bold initiatives to tap into this burgeoning market.

“We recognize that along with those fans who actively dislike our club and boo vociferously,” an unnamed Phillies executive said recently⃰ who requested anonymity lest he be relieved of his duties for stating the obvious, “there exists a larger demographic that actually prefers not engaging with us at all.”  The Phillies are one of a growing number of MLB clubs seeking to engage these non-engagers by providing a game-day experience designed to enable them to completely forget the fact that they’re not only at a major league stadium but in fact paid good money to be there.  “We try to do whatever we can to make an evening with us feel like an evening without us.  If we’ve done our job, the only time a fan realizes he’s at a Phillies game is when he is swiping his debit card.” 

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Eagles Activate Three-Week Practice Window For Cre'Von LeBlanc

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

While there was much fanfare about the release of Jordan Matthews over players like Mack Hollins, there is little doubt why the spot on the roster needed to be opened up at this point in time.

On Tuesday, the Eagles announced that they had officially activated the 21-day window for injured corner Cre'Von LeBlanc to practice with the team.

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Flyers-Canucks Observations: Finishing Strong

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Monday night’s game for the Flyers against the Canucks felt an awful lot like Saturday’s game against Calgary. Perhaps the only difference was that there was no late bounce that went against the Flyers that forced overtime. The head coach certainly noticed it.

“I thought this looked a lot like the last game from the second period on,” Alain Vigneault said. “We dominated totally. We got the second goal. We needed two big saves tonight at the end and we got them both, a five-on-four save and a six-on-five save, which was great to see from Carter.”

For a change, the Flyers did not need overtime or a shootout to decide a game, securing a 2-1 win over Vancouver on Monday night. Here are some observations from the win.

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