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NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is the longest-running mystery in Philadelphia sports history, and now the part of Sherlock Holmes is being played by Chip Kelly. The coach and his team are in search of that elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football award that stands 22 inches, weighs seven pounds, and has never been hoisted by a man in an Eagles uniform. The suspense is killing Eagles fans, the majority of whom were not alive when the franchise last won an NFL championship by beating Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in 1960 and many of whom wonder if they'll still be breathing when the team celebrates its next title.
SPORTS
March 10, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Ruben Amaro Jr. walked into Charlotte Sports Park yesterday morning flanked by head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and media-relations staffer Craig Hughner. Most combinations of people hold little meaning to be derived, but spend enough time watching baseball's rhythms from field level and you'll learn there are some that portend news. So when Amaro summoned reporters to the Phillies' dugout, there were only two questions left to ponder: Who is it? How bad is it?
SPORTS
March 5, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have a proposed trade in place that would send Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to two NFL sources. The trade cannot be finalized until Tuesday, when the new league year opens at 4 p.m. The blockbuster move sends the Eagles' all-time leading rusher to Buffalo for the 24-year-old Alonso, who played under Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon. Kelly spoke at a fund-raiser in Cherry Hill on Tuesday night, but when reporters asked about the McCoy trade, Eagles vice president of team security Dom DiSandro ushered him out the back door.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
During this quiet Eagles offseason in which the silence is only broken by rambling assumptions from the outside, it was a rare moment over the weekend when former general manager Howie Roseman cleared his throat and had something to say. What he said is that, at least from his point of view, one of the most popular recent assumptions isn't a very good idea. According to Roseman, who spoke at the Geek Thanksgiving known as the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, trading up in the first round of the NFL draft in order to get a coveted player is rarely worth what you have to give up. He doesn't recommend it. "The history of trading up for one player, when you look at those trades, isn't good for the team trading up and putting a lot of resources into it," Roseman said, "because the guys who are really good at the draft, if you're hitting on 60 percent of your first-round picks, that's a pretty good track record.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE DEAL wasn't yet complete. Ron Hextall and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman agreed to terms just after dinnertime on Sunday, but Hextall wanted doctors to review medical files. It had been in the works for days, since Yzerman expressed interest. With doctor approval, Hextall and Yzerman needed to wait for league staff to hustle back to the office in Manhattan in the middle of the night to register the trade. Before it was even finalized, Hextall tried to get Braydon Coburn on the phone.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers picked a good time to be a stumbling hockey team. If they had been entrenched in a playoff spot, first-year general manager Ron Hextall may have been a buyer - in a seller's market. Instead, Hextall made his second move before Monday's trade deadline that conjured memories of the most successful general manager in Flyers history. It was the late Keith "The Thief" Allen whose shrewd moves helped build the Flyers into Stanley Cup champions in 1974 and 1975. Hextall has a while before the Flyers can compete for a Stanley Cup, but his latest moves - getting four draft picks and a serviceable defenseman for an almost-40-year-old defenseman on the verge of retiring, Kimmo Timonen, along with underachieving Braydon Coburn - were a good start.
SPORTS
March 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
History shows that trading up for one player in the NFL draft is not favorable for the team that must surrender significant resources, Howie Roseman says. That was one of the topics the Eagles executive vice president of football operations addressed Saturday while he spoke on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The debate about trading up in the draft is relevant in Philadelphia because the Eagles would likely need to part with valuable picks and/or players if they want to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
SPORTS
March 3, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds doesn't want first-year general manager Ron Hextall to make any deals before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Monday. Truth be told, Hextall can't make any major moves unless he unloads some hefty salaries because the Flyers are close to the $69 million salary-cap limit. "I like the team we have," Simmonds said. "We've been playing pretty well. . . . Everyone likes each other, and if we can succeed, as is, I think that would be great. But I'm not the general manager, and I can't say what goes on. " The Flyers, crippled by a 9-17-6 road record, have 19 games left and are six points behind Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
SPORTS
March 3, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - The night before Howie Roseman's third draft as the Eagles' general manager in 2012, the deal with the Seahawks was already done. Once the Eagles were on the clock, Roseman picked up the phone and completed the trade, moving up from 15th to 12th overall to nab Fletcher Cox. "The trade was done 9 minutes before we picked," Roseman said on Saturday. "There was so much time on the clock that we then got another trade offer. Trade chat is nice, but moving up is really player driven.
SPORTS
March 2, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
IN AN EARLIER column, I said 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie was either a mad genius or just mad. After the deals he made at the NBA trade deadline, I am now convinced he's not only mad, he's completely insane. The result of trading Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels is that our remaining lineup is surely the worst in the NBA, and our two most interesting players to watch are gone. As a result, the Sixers could have four picks in the first round and five picks in the second round of this year's draft, plus Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid will most likely both be healthy next season.
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