This Week in Philly Sports

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The Phillies have announced this week that longtime announcer Chris Wheeler is out of his job after 37 years of being with the club and Gary “Sarge” Matthews also will not return as color analyst. The Phillies said that both Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews will have a different roles in the organization. Wheeler said this in a statement,

“It’s be an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Phillies broadcast team for 37 years” and Gary Matthews said in a phone conversation,

“I enjoy working for the Phillies and want to be a Phillie.”

There have been rumors about Brad Lidge since Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews have been fired but Lidge shot it down by saying, “The timing right now is rough.” The Phillies announced on Wednesday that they’ve invited five more players to spring training that include right handed pitcher Ken Giles, left handed pitchers Jesse Biddle and Mario Hollands, third baseman Maikel Franco, and catcher Sebastian Valle.

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The Eagles failed to come out victorious in their first home playoff game since 2010 as they fell to the New Orleans Saints 26-24. The Win was the Saints first playoff road win in their 47 year history. The loss by the Eagles was their fourth consecutive playoff loss. Nick Foles certainly did not dazzle in his first playoff game in the NFL as Foles completed 23 out of 33 passes for 195 and tossed two touchdowns. Foles seemed to hold the ball for too long despite good protection and he took a twelve yard sack.

Alex Henery missed a 48 yard field goal on that drive which played big in the outcome of the game. LeSean McCoy was limited in the game as he carried the ball 21 carries for 77 yards and a low 3.7 yards per carry. DeSean Jackson had a lackluster game as well as he caught only 3 passes for 53 yards. Jackson did draw the 40 yard pass interference that led to the Zach Ertz go ahead touchdown. Jackson didn’t get the ball until 42 minutes in the game and is coaching blunder as Coach Kelly failed to give his biggest wide receiver weapon enough opportunities in a playoff game. The Eagles run defense played terrible as they allowed 185 yards on the ground. Eagles owner, Jeff Lurie, said this about the Eagles season, “Just the tip of the iceberg.”

DeSean Jackson said this about wanting a new contract, “I definitely feel it’s something deserving.” The Eagles signed seven players to future contracts including Emmanuel Acho, Emil Igwenagu, Brandon Bair, Michael Bamiro, B.J. Cunningham, G.J. Kinne, and Travis Long. DeSean Jackson commented again on his contract and said, “It got twisted.” According to a report, Eagles executive Tom Gamble is the leading candidate for the Miami Dolphins general manager job and quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor interviewed for the Dolphins offensive coordinator job. Cary Williams was fined for $15,000 for his horse collar tackle on Darren Sproles. Offensive tackle Jason Peters opted out of the Pro Bowl.

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Defenseman Mark Streit was named to Switzerland’s Olympic Team and Jake Voracek was named to the Czech Olympic Team. Captain Claude Giroux was left off of the Canadian Olympic Team. The Flyers picked up a 3-2 overtime victory on the road over the New Jersey Devils. In the win, Brayden Schenn was cut by Devils’ Dainius Zabrus skate. Schenn said this about the situation,

“I got lucky there, obviously. I don’t wear a shirt underneath my gear. I should probably change that. It could have been a lot worse. Just a little scrape.”

Matt Read is out with a concussion according to general manager Paul Holmgren. The Flyers picked up a 3-1 victory at home over the Montreal Canadiens giving the Flyers 10 straight wins at home. Goaltender Steve Mason picked up his 18th win of the season and the Flyers killed 19 consecutive penalty kills over the past six games. Andrej Meszaros had at least three points for the fourth consecutive time this season. Zac Rinaldo sustained a high ankle sprain, which can cause him to miss 6 weeks, in the 3-1 win over the Canadiens and as a result of this the Flyers recalled Tye McGinn from the AHL team.

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The Sixers recalled guards Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown from the Delaware 87ers. Thad Young had three 30 point games last week and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the performance. The Sixers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-95 in their first game back at the Wells Fargo Center after their six game road trip. Thad Young was the only bright spot as he scored 20 points in 28 minutes. The Sixers waived center Daniel Orton who played in 22 games for the club. The Sixers fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road 111-93. Thad Young finished scoreless on 0 for 7 in 21 minutes and Michael Carter-Williams scored a career high 33 points. The Sixers and the New Jersey Devils signed an online poker sponsorship deal as a partnership deal. The Sixers fell to the Detroit Pistons at home in the 114-104. Thaddeus Young led the team with 22 points and Spencer Hawes recorded his 12 double double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Sixers recorded 42 rebounds for the game as a team.

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