This Week in Philly Sports

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Newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd commented on his 50 game suspension in 2012, “I made an inexcusable mistake. Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance-enhancement reasons. I am mortified by my carelessness.” Phillies minor league club pitcher Christopher O’Hare was suspended for 50 games without pay for testing positive for the performance enhancing drugs.

The Phillies have been linked to rumors of signing veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett this past week. Former Phillies third baseman Michael Young has retired from baseball after 14 season and 2 trips to the Fall Classic. Former Phillie postseason hero Matt Stairs made an appearance at Wing Bowl 22 by channeling his inner Stone Cold Steve Austin and doing the trademark double fisted beer smash. Shown in this picture featured in Phillymag.com

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Nick Foles led Team Rice to the Pro Bowl victory and added one more award to his lengthy list of the past season as Foles was named the Pro Bowl MVP.

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The Eagles posted a 10 second Instagram video of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin running sprints at the NovaCare Complex showing the progress he’s made from the torn ACL. Running back LeSean McCoy appeared on Sportscenter on Thursday and McCoy said this, “It’s great to have a good season, win the rushing title, things like that, but it’s time to win a championship. We have so many diehard fans. When I was in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, I saw so many Eagles fans just going crazy for us.” McCoy also commented on Richard Sherman being in Philadelphia, “I like Sherman. I like his confidence, but not in the locker room in Philadelphia. It would be too much.”

Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce also made an appearance at Wing Bowl 22 but only ate a disappointing 65 wings. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie commented on trying to get a Super Bowl to Philly, “We’d be very excited to participate in that, and I think the community would embrace it wholeheartedly.”

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The Flyers shutout the Detroit Red Wings at home with the score of 5-0. The win snapped a four game losing streak as goaltender Steve Mason recorded 33 save shutout. Scott Hartnell notched two goals in the game as he played on the back on the top line. Mason said this about the win, “Any time you can play with the lead, that makes everyone calm down a lot.”

The Flyers opened up their California road trip with a 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Hard hitter Zac Rinaldo returned after missing 10 games with a sprained ankle; he drew 2 penalties and of course got a big hit on Nick Bonino. Shorthanded goals continued to hurt the Flyers as they allowed a ninth shortie are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for most short handed goals against. A rthanded goal was what the sealed the deal for the Ducks victory over the Flyers.

The Flyers shutout the Los Angeles Kings on the road with the score of 2-0. Steve Mason was outstanding as stopped all of the Kings 35 shots. Wayne Simmonds notched his 100th career goal in the win and Claude Giroux sealed the victory with a power play goal in the closing minutes of the third period. The Flyers even picked up the victory with the team recording a franchise record low 13 shots.

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The Sixers fell 124-113 to the Phoenix Suns at home at the Wells Fargo Center. Michael Carter Williams paced the team as he scored 22 points. Evan Turner played well also as he scored 21 points by going 7 for 12 from the floor and 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Philadelphia natives Marcus and Markieff Morris returned to their hometown and Markieff scored 13 points with 4 blocks and Marcus scored 4 points. The Sixers picked up a thrilling 95-94 victory win over the Boston Celtics in Bost0n. Spencer Hawes led the Sixers in scoring a team high 20 points on 7-14 from the floor which included 4 for 6 from three point range. Thaddeus Young pitched in 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Evan Turner scored 16 points on 6-17 shooting with six rebounds and eight assists. Turner missed a critical free throw late to tie the game but then made up for it as he hit the buzzer beating floater to give the Sixers the win. MCW was named to the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge team and MCW said the honor “means a lot” to him. It seems like all Philly sports figures are appearing at Wing Bowl because even Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared at Wing Bowl. Brown said this about Wing Bowl, “You go down there and see 19, 20,000 people at that hour of the morning and the lead up as you are walking through. People are saying hello and wishing you luck. I mean what a great city, what a great event. It’s unique. It was real eye opener.” The Sixers fell 125-99 at home to the Atlanta Hawks. Thaddeus Young was the only bright spot for the Sixers as he scored 29 points on 11 for 19 with 8 rebounds. The Sixers lost to the Detroit Pistons on the road with the score of 113-96. Michael Carter Williams missed the game due to shoulder soreness. Tony Wroten replaced Carter Williams in the starting lineup and Wroten led the Sixers with 18 points and 5 assists.

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