This Week in Philly Sports

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The Phillies started their offseason with the signing of 36 year old Marlon Byrd to a two year deal worth $16 million. Byrd played for the Phillies from 2002-2005.

Howard Eskin of Fox 29 and WIP reported that Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays were in serious talks to trade Jose Bautista to the Phillies for Dom Brown and more players. On Friday the Phillies signed relief pitchers Shawn Camp and Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro to minor league contracts with invites to spring training.

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The Eagles went into Lambeau Field and beat the Packers 27-13 which pushed the Eagles record to 5-5. Nick Foles came to down to Earth but still had an excellent game throwing 12-18, and 229 yards forand 3 touchdowns. Wide receiver Riley Cooper was the breakout receiver with 3 catches for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns and running back LeSean McCoy bounced back with 155 yards on 25 carries. The Eagles signed veteran kick returner Brad Smith and wide receiver B.J. Cunningham to the practice squad.

DeSean Jackson said he thinks fans at home should be more supportive of the team booing less and cheering more, suggesting that the negative response is having a negative effect on the players. DeSean Jackson, ” We need everybody in the stands really encouraging instead of the opposite. Trying to get that energy to be on our side.  I feel like it’s against us sometimes.”

Rookie safety Earl Wolff is out this Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Eagles have three starters that are probable in linebacker Mychal Kendricks , left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Bradley Fletcher.

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The Flyers went 2-1 on their recent road trip gaining 5 of 6 points out of the 3 games. The Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-0 as Jakub Voracek scored two goals and goaltender Steve Mason recorded his first shutout in orange and black. The Flyers then went into Pittsburgh against state rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins and won 2-1 as goaltender Ray Emery turned aside 30 shots. Brayden Schenn turned the corner in this game as he had both of the Flyer goals. The Flyers lost on Friday 3-2 in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets after giving up a 2-1 lead in the 3rd period.  The Flyers will now have a 3 game home streak.

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Head Coach Brett Brown coached his first game against his mentor and future hall of famer Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. The Sixers lost to veteran Spurs at home 109-85 and Evan Turner scored 20 points again. The Sixers defeated the Houston Rockets 123-117 in overtime as Michael Carter Williams sat because of a left foot injury. Two Sixers had career nights as Tony Wroten got a triple double of 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in his first career start and shooting guard James Anderson was the catalyst of the win as he scored a career high 36 points on 12 for 16 shooting. The Sixers went down to Atlanta and lost to Hawks 113-103 as point guard of the Hawks Jeff Teague went off for a career high 33 points.  MCW sat out this game with his left foot injury.

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