Player (Claude Giroux) who played in 2010 Stanley Cup Finals left on Flyers roster

Connor Barwin (pictured) and the Eagles defense made a final stand late in the fourth quarter to seal a 34-28 victory and prevent the Rams from completing a historic comeback. The Eagles again scored touchdowns on special teams and defense.

With the NFL Draft and the initial free agency period behind us, Gordon Glantz looks at which Eagles may find themselves battling to remain on the roster when training camp begins.

The Sixers have become a national joke, but I fail to find the humor. The organization should be embarrassed by the putrid product it puts out on the floor. Instead, GM Sam Hinkie is patting himself on the back for the new-and-improved Tanking 2.0.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Reports: Eagles trading McCoy Multiple reports say Eagles agree to trade running back LeSean McCoy to Bills for LB Kiki Alonso. McCoy, the franchise leader in career rushing yards, has 2 seasons left on a contract extension with a salary cap hit of $7.5 per season. Alonso, who played for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, was named NFL Defensive Rookie of Year by Pro Football Writers Association for 2013, but missed 2014 season with torn ACL.

2. Eagles release Williams, maybe Cole, too Eagles release controversial CB Cary Williams, who has started every game past 2 seasons. Williams’ salary cap hit was supposed to be $8.1 million this upcoming season. There are also reports that Eagles plan to release veteran LB/DE Trent Cole and will allow LB/DE Brandon Graham leave via free agency. Safety Nate Allen, CB Bradley Fletcher also scheduled to become free agents this weekend.

3. Lightning strikes: Flyers trade Coburn Flyers trade defenseman Braydon Coburn to Lightning for 1st- and 3rd round picks in this year’s NHL Draft and 24-year-old defenseman Radko Gudas (6-4, 204), who is sidelined following knee surgery. Coburn has 1 year remaining on contract paying him $4.5 million per year. Coburn came to Flyers from Atlanta in terrific trade during 2006-07 season. Coburn at his best when paired with defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who was traded to Blackhawks last Friday for 2nd-round pick in 2015 NHL Draft and conditional pick (4th or 3rd round) in 2016 draft, but he never fulfilled the potential indicated by his size and skill. Flyers sign forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to 2-year contract extension.

4. Mason, Couturier boost Flyers Steve Mason, making 1st start since having arthroscopic knee surgery, turns away 34 shots as Flyers defeat visiting Rangers, 4-2. Flyers remain 6 points behind Bruins, 4 behind Panthers — who beat Lightning on Sunday — in race for final playoff berth from Eastern Conference.  Sean Couturier registers 2 assists, including on Michael Del Zotto’s game-winning shorthanded goal 1:19 into 3rd period. Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Wayne Simmonds (empty net) also score for Flyers, who return to action Tuesday (7 p.m.) against visiting Flames, who learn that captain Mark Giordano needs season-ending surgery on biceps. Nicklas Grossmann suffers “upper body” injury while blocking shot during 2nd period, does not return. Flyers sign left wing Tyrell Goulbourne, a 3rd-round pick in 2013 draft, to entry-level contract.

5. Eagles don’t franchise Maclin Eagles choose not to use franchise tag on receiver Jeremy Maclin before today’s 4 p.m. deadline. If Eagles had used franchise tag to prevent Maclin from becoming free agent, his salary next season would have been approximately $12.8 million. If Eagles unable to sign Maclin, he can begin speaking with other teams Saturday. release offensive lineman Todd Herremans, who has played tackle and guard for Birds. Eagles would save $2.8 million under salary cap during upcoming season. Herremans, 32, has 2 years left on 5-year extension he signed in 2012. Herremans, a 4th-round draft pick in 2005, has started 124 games for Eagles, but has missed 8 games due to injuries each of past 2 seasons.

6. Eagles sign LB Jones  Inside LB Brad Jones, who spent past 6 seasons with Packers, signs 2-year contract with Eagles. It’s unclear if Eagles are looking at Jones as backup or if his signing could lead to release of veteran LB DeMeco Ryans, who has a $6.9 million salary cap hit and tore Achilles tendon in November.

7. Phillies blow lead, settle for tie Phillies take 4-run lead into 9th inning, but Yankees score 4 times in top of 9th off reliever Mario Hollands to forge 5-5 tie in Grapefruit League opener for both teams. Ryan Howard, who tells reporters he’s focused on looking forward and staying positive, has 2 hits, RBI. Chase Utley, who sprained ankle during offseason, not in lineup  Tuesday. Aaron Harang to miss scheduled start Wednesday (1 p.m.) in rematch with Yankees. Kevin Slowey will start instead. Alex Rodriguez may make return to MLB in that game.

8. Raptors defeat Sixers DeMar DeRozan pours in 35 points, ex-Sixer Lou Williams adds 21 as Raptors snap 5-game losing streak with 104-103 victory over host Sixers, who were missing Robert Covington (elbow), Jason Richardson (knee). Ish Smith comes off bench to pace Sixers with career-high 19 points, 9 assists. Thomas Robinson comes off bench to score 13 points in 14:36 of action. Nerlens Noel leads starters with 17 points. Raptors guard and Philly native Kyle Lowry doesn’t play, Sixers return to action Wednesday (7 p.m.) against visiting Thunder, who will likely be without Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook. Sixers waive center JaVale McGee, acquired in trade deadline deal with Nuggets to help Sixers reach salary cap floor.

9. Wildcats win 10th straight Sixth-ranked Villanova storms back from 7-point halftime deficit to defeat host Xavier, 78-66, for its 10th straight victory. Dylan Ennis leads balanced attack with 16 points. Ryan Arcidiacono, Kris Jenkins contribute 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Wildcats. In other games Saturday, senior Freddie Wilson pours in career-high 24 points, Tavon Lee adds 22 as Drexel, with just 6 players, beats first-place William & Mary, 80-66; Rhode Island fends off La Salle, 59-56, despite 24 points by Jerrell Wright; Aaron Brown scores 15 points as Saint Joseph’s battles back to tie Richmond, only to see Richmond pull back ahead in final minutes and hand Hawks 63-57 defeat; and hosts Richmond (7 p.m.); and first-place Yale rallies to defeat Penn, 55-50, handing Quakers their 7th straight defeat despite 14 points by Antonio Woods.

10. Rangers get Yandle Defensemen at a premium at NHL trade deadline. Rangers acquire defenseman Keith Yandle, defenseman Chris Summers and 4th-round pick from Coyotes for defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2nd-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft and conditional 1st-round pick next season. Ducks re-acquire defenseman James Wisniewski from Blue Jackets for forward Rene Bourque, prospect William Karlsson and 2nd-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft. Red Wings send 3rd-round pick in 2016 to Devils for Marek Zidlicky. Panthers, who are battling Bruins and Flyers for final playoff berth in Eastern Conference, acquire former Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr from Devils for 2nd-round draft pick this year and third-round pick in 2016. Bruins acquire former Flyers center Max Talbot from Avalanche. Blackhawks, who acquired Kimmo Timonen from Flyers, acquire forward Antoine Vermette from Coyotes for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and 1st-round draft pick this year. Defending-champion Kings acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from Hurricanes for 1st-round pick and prospect Ronald McKeown, a defenseman selected with 50th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. Hurricanes also send defenseman Tim Gleason to Capitals for defenseman Jack Hillen and 4th-round draft pick this year. Capitals also acquire forward Curtis Glencross from Flames for 2nd- and 3rd-round picks in this year’s NHL Draft.

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Sixers 89, Wizards 81
Men’s Basketball
Brown 75, Penn 69

Flyers 4, Rangers 2
Men’s Basketball
R.Island 59, La Salle 56
Villanova 78, Xavier 66
Drexel 80, William & Mary 66
Richmond 63, St. Joseph’s 57
Yale 55, Penn 50

Pacers 94, Sixers 74


Raptors 114, Sixers 103

Flames at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(Spring Training opener)
Men’s Basketball
Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m.

Sixers at Okla. City, 8 p.m.
Phillies at Yankees, 1 p.m.
(Spring Training)
Men’s Basketball
La Salle at St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m.

Blues at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Astros at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(Spring Training)
Men’s Basketball
Temple at E.Carolina, 7 p.m.

Jazz at Sixers, 7 p.m. 89
Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(Spring Training)
Men’s Basketball
Columbia at Penn, 7 p.m.
Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
First round
Drexel vs. Charleston, 8:30 p.m.
(at Baltimore) 

Flyers at Boston, 1 p.m.
Hawks at Sixers, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado at Union, 4 p.m.
(Season opener)
Blue Jays at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(Spring Training)
Men’s Basketball
Connecticut at Temple, 2 p.m.
Villanova vs. St. John’s, 2 p.m.
(at Wells Fargo Center)
St. Joseph’s at R.Island, 2 p.m.
Dayton at La Salle, 4 p.m.
Cornell at Penn, 7 p.m.
CAA Tournament
(at Baltimore)

Flyers at New Jersey, 5 p.m.
Phillies at Rays, 1 p.m.
(Spring Training)


Eagles reshuffle nest

Multiple reports say the Eagles have agreed to trade running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiki Alonso. The Eagles release cornerback Cary Williams, and reports say they will release Trent Cole. Full story coming later.
Eagles reshuffle nest

Do you still believe?

After the Sixers traded away second-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams and rookie K.J. McDaniels at the trade deadline, do you believe in general manager Sam Hinkie’s plan to transform the Sixers into a contender?

Flyers trade Timonen

Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who has battled back into playing shape after being sidelined by blood clots, will receive a final opportunity to win a Stanley Cup after the Flyers traded him to the Blackhawks on Friday.

Hextall keeping it real

The Kimmo Timonen trade indicates that Flyers general manager Ron Hextall isn’t giving in to the temptation to sacrifice tomorrow for the promise of today. His focus at the trade deadline is on improving the future instead of making the playoffs this season.

Top 10 defensemen

With Kimmo Timonen being traded and Eric Desjardins being inducted in the Flyers Hall of Fame, we thought this was a good time to list the Top 10 defensemen in Flyers history.

College Notebook: Marching toward tourneys

March - 1 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

There is so much on the line during the first week of march, with Temple stating its case for an NCAA Tournament berth, Villanova trying to preserve its shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and Drexel playing for survival. Eric Fisher also highlights Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard rising to the occasion, Saint Joseph’s sophomore DeAndre’ Bembry’s remarkable streak ending and Penn’s chances of notching a victory before the season ends.

Heel Turns: Clearing path to WrestleMania

March - 1 - 2015 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling examines how Fastlane and RAW set up the card for WrestleMania 31. Achilles Heel also previews Ring of Honor’s 13th Anniversary show and tells you when Ring of Honor is returning to Philly, reminds fans that House of Hardcore VIII is coming to 2300 Arena on Saturday, and informs us of wonderful show on WWE Network involving Bret Hart.

Flyers Notebook: Trade options

February - 28 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Flyers have plenty of players, particularly defensemen such as Braydon Coburn (pictured), available to trade if they can find the right trade partners. In this edition of Flyers Notebook, Eric Fisher examines trade possibilities before Monday’s deadline (3 p.m.).

Fish ‘n Chips

February - 25 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on people still supporting Sam Hinkie, Ben Davis joining the Phillies’ broadcast crew, and what he didn’t learn this week.

Sixers Notebook: Chasing elusive future

February - 22 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie keeps trading away players for future draft picks. Those moves keep pushing the Sixers’ planned resurgence further into the future, raising legitimate questions about when — or if — that future will ever arrive.

NASCAR preview: Will Gordon go out in style?

February - 21 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Jeff Gordon (pictured) would love to win a championship in his final year as a full-time driver. Kevin Harvick is trying to repeat, but Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards, who has joined Joe Gibbs Racing, are among the top challengers for his championship. Eric Fisher previews the 2015 NASCAR season.

Kyle Busch breaks leg, foot in Daytona crash