2014 Philadelphia Eagles schedule released, full slate inside

2014 Philadelphia Eagles schedule released, full slate inside

The Philadelphia Eagles reported to the NovaCare Complex on Monday for voluntary workouts as part of Phase One of the offseason program. In case you needed more evidence though that training camp and football season are right around the corner, the NFL has released the 2014 regular season schedule.

The Birds will open their season at Lincoln Financial Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 7, then turn around and head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Monday Night Football the following week in one of four scheduled primetime games. Week 3, Philadelphia welcomes DeSean Jackson back, one of two games against Washington—the other to be played on a Saturday.

Of course, the crown jewel of this schedule is inarguably the Eagles’ clash with the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington at 4:30 on Thanksgiving Day. Mark your calendars now, folks—dinner just turned into lunch.

All NFC East teams meet twice in addition to playing every opponent in the NFC West and AFC South. The Eagles' unique opponents are fellow reigning division champions the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers, in Weeks 10 and 11 respectively.

The full slate of games is as follows:

Week 1 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Sun., 1p)
Week 2 @ Indianapolis Colts (Mon., 8:30p)
Week 3 vs. Washington (Sun., 1p)
Week 4 @ San Francisco 49ers (Sun., 4:25p)
Week 5 vs. St. Louis Rams (Sun., 1p)
Week 6 vs. New York Giants (Sun., 8:30p)
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 @ Arizona Cardinals (Sun., 4:05p)
Week 9 @ Houston Texans (Sun., 1p)
Week 10 vs. Carolina Panthers (Mon., 8:30p)
Week 11 @ Green Bay Packers (Sun., 1p)
Week 12 vs. Tennessee Titans (Sun., 1p)
Week 13 @ Dallas Cowboys (Thurs., 4:30p)*
Week 14 vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sun., 4:25p)
Week 15 vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sun., 8:30p)
Week 16 @ Washington (Sat., 4:30p)
Week 17 @ New York Giants (Sun., 1p)

*Thanksgiving

Sunday games starting with Week 5 are available for flex scheduling to Sunday night thanks to a new rule passed this year, so it's possible we will be seeing even more (or less) of the Eagles in primetime. Six is the maximum.

We haven't even reached the NFL Draft yet (May 8-10), but that won't stop folks from haphazardly trying to assign wins and losses now. What are your initial impressions of the Birds' schedule?

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and the Minnesota Twins roared back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 Monday night.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Baltimore bullpen.

A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins knot the score in the fifth, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21).

Adam Jones hit a three-run drive in the second inning off Kyle Gibson (1-4) for Baltimore (see full recap).

Peacock, Astros 1-hit Tigers
HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock and three relievers combined for a one-hitter and Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double to lead the Houston Astros to 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins with one out in the fifth inning.

Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win before Will Harris pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save to allow the Astros to bounce back after being swept by the Indians over the weekend.

Detroit's only hit was a single by Mikie Mahtook with one out in the third on a night the Tigers tied a season high by striking out 14 times. The team's only baserunner after Collins was Victor Martinez, who was plunked with one out in the seventh. But Houston still faced the minimum in that inning when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end the seventh.

The Astros struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk before scoring on the double by Altuve to make it 1-0 with one out in the first (see full recap).

Homers help Yankees top Royals
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and the New York Yankees once again downed Jason Vargas by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Monday night.

A reversed umpire's call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup (see full recap).

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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