This Week in Philly Sports

 

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On Monday, former Phillie great pitcher Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball. Halladay talked about his time in Philly saying that, “Philly was the icing on the cake” and Halladay took out a full page in the Daily News thanking the Phillies fans.

General Manager Ruben Amaro addressed the rumors on Tuesday at the Winter Meeting in Orlando about the possibility of trading aces Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, “I’ve heard them. They’re silly. We’re built to win.” Manager Ryne Sandberg also commented on the rumors stating, “I don’t believe they are true.” According to reports this week at the Winter Meetings the Phillies are “selling crap out of him” when it comes to trading closer Jonathan Papelbon. On the last day of the Winter Meetings, the Phillies signed 33 year old pitcher Roberto Hernandez, also known as Fausto Carmona, to a 1 year worth $4.5 million and $1.5 million in incentives. The Phillies selected right handed pitcher Kevin Munson in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft but lost Seth Rosin, acquired in the Hunter Pence trade, to the Mets.

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28 by the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Nick Foles no interception streak ended as he threw a pick in the first half through the 1 in Foles starts this year. The real hero of this game was running back LeSean McCoy as he rushed for an Eagles record 217 yards, in the 4th quarter, and scored 2 touchdowns. The news around Shady McCoy just kept going as his jersey, gloves, and cleats were sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Safety Earl Wolff wore a helmet in Tuesday’s practice and he is now listed as day to day. The Eagles’ Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears, which was scheduled for 1 p.m., is now moved to 8 p.m. on Sunday Night Football. The week for Nick Foles got better as he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated but then downplayed what fans are calling a great honor by saying, “It’s a testament to the team and what we’ve been doing.” Veteran cornerback Carry Williams was limited at practice with what is only believed to be minor soreness. LeSean McCoy was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week following his 217 yard rushing performance in the “Snow Bowl”. The Eagles take on the Minnesota Vikings, but safety Earl Wolff is doubtful, so is linebacker Najae Goode with a sore hamstring, cornerback Carry Williams is probable with a sore hamstring, and cornerback Brandon Boykin is probable with a minor hip injury.

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Vinny Lecavalier is expected to be out 3 to 4 weeks with a back injury, as a result the Flyers recalled Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms for one game only to have him get sick, he was swapped out for Chris Vandevelde. The Flyers fell to the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in a shootout after giving up a third period lead. Forward Michael Raffl scored his first goal in the NHL and had his first multi point game. The Flyers went to Chicago to end their road trip and got shalacked 7-2 in goaltender Ray Emery’s return to Chicago since winning the Stanley Cup last season. Emery gave up 6 goals on 18 shots and was pulled in favor of goaltender Steve Mason who allowed 1 more. Emery sounded off on the horrific game saying, “I want to play with sore losers. I don’t want guys who are content with a game like that.”

The Flyers signed left wing Chris VandeVelde to a one year deal to bring him up in place of Tye Mcginn who was sick. The Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 as Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl scored. Forward Jakub Voracek assisted on both goals. This game saw the return of Danny Briere to Philly and he received a great ovation as well as a video tribute.

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Brayden Schenn was fined $2,230.77 for cross-checking on Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg.

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The Sixers fell to the Denver Nuggets 103-92 and were outscored by 11 points in the fourth quarter. MCW missed his 6th game of the season with an infection in his right knee. The Sixers lost again on their home floor to the Los Angeles Clippers 104-93 and MCW did not play in this game with the same injury. Thaddeus Young wiped off the quiet trade rumors as he said, “If they see fit to trade me, then hey, my time is up and I have to move on.” MCW missed his fourth straight game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the team lost 106-99. This loss drops the Sixers to 9-16 and 1-9 on the road. The Sixers had a 20 point lead at one point and committed 26 turnovers in the loss. Spencer Hawes said this about the loss, “It is a prime example, especially for a young team, when you get a team down you have to understand the situation.” MCW was out his fifth straight game with a right knee infection and lost 108-100 to the Toronto Raptors, The Sixers came back from a 15 point deficit and a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter. Tony Wroten hit five three pointers with 23 points and Evan Turner scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Sixers take on the 19-4 Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

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