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Points for Pelicans center Anthony Davis on Sunday, setting All-Star Game record

Dez Bryant catches three touchdown passes as the Cowboys take sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 38-27 victory over the Eagles, who now need help from other teams to qualify for the playoffs.

Gordon Glantz employs some old-school math to evaluate the Eagles’ quarterback situation. His conclusion is that the Eagles’ best realistic option is to bring back Nick Foles as the starter.

Mo’Ne Davis and Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons are the media darlings as the Little League World Series begins. But Eric Fisher says the Dragons’ success or failure should not be played out on national television.

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Eagles’ Top 10 needs

Posted by Eric Fisher On January - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Following their 7-9 campaign, the Eagles have numerous areas in which they need to upgrade in order to close the gap with the rest of the NFC East and become a top contender.

10. Defensive tackle If the Eagles can’t agree to contract terms with Bennie Logan, they will need another defensive tackle, and it will be difficult to find one as good as Logan.

9. Center The Eagles reversed Chip Kelly’s habit of not drafting offensive linemen last year, but, unless they’re able to re-sign veteran Stefen Wisniewski, they don’t have a suitable replacement if Kelce suffers a long-term injury.

8. Play-caller At times, Doug Pederson seems to be a master at creating game plans. But teams seemed to adjust to the Pederson’s schemes as the year progressed, resulting in particularly poor first halves. He is overaggressive on fourth down, which is compounded by poor play calls on fourth down. Either Pederson needs to amend his approach or he needs to turn over the play-calling to offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

7. Defensive end The versatile Connor Barwin excelled at linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, but he struggled as a defensive end in defensive coordinator Jim Schwart’s Wide-9. Barwin says he’s willing to take a pay cut to remain an Eagle, but will the team want to keep him? Vinny Curry was a huge disappointment after signing a lucrative contract.

6. Defensive coordinator? If you can’t find a way for the versatile Connor Barwin to be effective in your defense, and your defense gives up more big plays than any team in the NFL, perhaps all of the blame shouldn’t be put on the players. Jim Schwartz’s attacking style feasts on teams with offensive line problems, but struggles against teams with better offensive lines and veteran quarterbacks. He probably deserves another chance next season, but some may disagree.

5. Running back Ryan Matthews’ career-threatening injury, his injury history and his salary make it unlikely he will return to the Eagles next season. Unless they’re prepared to move forward with Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Kenjon Barner and Byron Marshall, the Eagles need to acquire or draft a reliable No. 1 running back.

4. Linebacker Despite Doug Pederson’s positive comments about Mychal Kendricks after the Cowboys game, it’s difficult to believe that the Eagles would bring back Kendricks at anywhere close to his current salary. And there isn’t an obvious young backup, so they need at least two linebackers.

3. A good first-round draft pick Regardless of the position, it’s imperative that the Eagles draft a player who can contribute right away and become a solid starter with their first-round selection.

2. Cornerbacks One reason the Eagles give up more big plays than any team in the NFL is their starting cornerbacks aren’t very good. How many consecutive years can we accurately say “the Eagles cornerbacks aren’t very good?”

1. Receivers Jordan Matthews is the only member of the receiving corps who should be guaranteed a spot on the roster next season.

Top 10 Flyers fighters

Posted by Eric Fisher On November - 16 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With the Flyers honoring their “tough guys” against the Jets as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, we present the Top 10 fighters in Flyers history. The rankings are based on the players’ time with the Flyers.

10. Mel Bridgman A tough middleweight more than willing to stand toe-to-toe. The man who succeeded Bobby Clarke as Flyers captain is more often remembered for his three-round bout against the Kings’ Steve Jensen during a record-setting brawl in 1979.

9. Rick Tocchet Tocchet was a terrific fighter. Even after he developed into an elite right wing, Tocchet was more than willing to drop the gloves, as many unfortunate opponents discovered.

8. Craig Berube Before becoming the Flyers’ head coach, Berube carved out a 17-year career with his toughness.  Had two stints with the Flyers, including the first five years of his career. Piled up more than 150 penalty minutes, building his totals with frequent fights, for 12 straight seasons.

7. Eric Lindros Those who provoked Lindros to the point that he dropped his gloves were often on the receiving end of a beating. After Lindros’ first NHL fight, at age 19 against Lee Norwood of the Blues, Norwood said, “I wrestled a bear when I was 20 years old at the Pennsylvania State Fair in Harrisburg. That bear wasn’t as strong as that kid.”

6. Sandy McCarthy At one point, McCarthy was, arguably, the NHL’s best fighter. He was slightly past his prime as a fighter when he joined the Flyers, playing 71 games over two seasons, but McCarthy was still an intimidating presence. Only the top fighters in the league dared to challenge McCarthy.

5. Paul Holmgren The Flyers president and former general manager was an eager and loyal defender of his teammates. Holmgren’s lowest penalty total during his seven full seasons with the Flyers was 168 minutes. Holmgren never stopped fighting, but he transformed himself from an enforcer into an extremely valuable player, scoring 30 goals during the 1979-80 season.

4. Donald Brashear A feared heavyweight, Brashear spent three-plus seasons with the Flyers. He was one of the best fighters in the NHL while with the Flyers.

3. Dave Schultz The “Hammer” was symbolic of the Broad Street Bullies. People often forget that Schultz scored 20 goals in 1973-74, the season the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup. The reason they don’t remember the 20 goals is Schultz piled up 348 penalty minutes. He obliterated that mark the next season, compiling a record-smashing 472 penalty minutes while the Flyers won their second Stanley Cup.

2. Dave Brown The big left-hander was among the top fighters in the NHL while patrolling the wing for the Flyers during the mid-to-late 1980s. In fact, he may have been the NHL’s top fighter during that stretch. Brown returned to the Flyers a few years later for a four-year stint.

1. Behn Wilson Drafted sixth overall in the 1978 NHL Draft, Wilson never lived up to lofty expectations. He didn’t come close to earning a spot on the PhillyPhanatics.com Top 10 list of Flyers defensemen. But he was a vicious fighter, usually battering those foolish enough to fight him and earning the top spot on this list.

Classic George Steele (RIP) match, interview