Young shakes 'Dream Team' remark with win


Young shakes 'Dream Team' remark with win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Finally, Vince Youngs Eagles career is all about something other than his ill-advised Dream Team comment back in July.

Now, its all about winning.

Young, making his first start as an Eagle, overcame three interceptions to lead the Eagles to a 17-10 win (see story) over the NFC East-leading Giants Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.

Young threw touchdown passes to former Giant Steve Smith in the second quarter and Riley Cooper with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles win for the first time in three weeks and for the fifth time in a row at the Meadowlands.

With Michael Vick out for at least one game with two broken ribs, Young made his first start in almost exactly a year, since his final game with the Titans.

I had a couple jitters, said Young, a two-time Pro Bowl pick. Its been a while. Overall, I started to calm down and just let the game come to me.

Young completed 23 of 36 passes for 258 yards. After the Giants tied the game at 10-10 early in the fourth quarter, Young went 7 for 9 for 67 yards on an 18-play, 80-yard game-winning drive, capped by an eight-yard TD pass to Cooper that give the Eagles the lead for good.

Young became the first Eagles quarterback to throw three interceptions in a game and still win since Mike McMahon against the Rams in 2005.

As a quarterback, those types of things are going to happen, Young said. But Ive been preaching to our guys all week, we have four quarters. And if Im going to be preaching, if I have a mistake, just get ready for the next series, and thats what I did.

In the first half, Young was 8 for 18 for 89 yards with one TD and two INTs and a 38.7 passer rating.

In the second half, he was 15 for 18 for 169 yards, with one TD and one INT and a 103.2 passer rating.

He just kept firing, head coach Andy Reid said. He got better as he went, and he trusted his ability. Thats important, to have that ability.

Youngs 64 percent completion percentage is second-highest of his career in a game that hes thrown at least 30 passes.

Hes way more accurate than apparently you would think, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. He had some exceptional days at practice during the week, accuracy-wise, and thats why we brought him in. For this exact situation.

Young is now 31-17 as a starter in his NFL career. And because of that, the Eagles are 4-6 and with at least some hope going into the final six games of the season.

Vince is a competitor, offensive lineman Todd Herremans said. Hes out there playing, having a good time. You can tell hes somebody who really, really enjoys playing the game of football.

There is no word yet whether Vick will be healthy enough to play against the Patriots Sunday at the Linc. If not, Young will get start No. 2.

He was great in the huddle, great leadership, played great, LeSean McCoy said. Vince controlled everything.

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Union transfer contract of Michael Lahoud to Miami FC


Union transfer contract of Michael Lahoud to Miami FC

The Union have cashed in on Michael Lahoud.

After terminating his loan to the New York Cosmos on Tuesday, the Union recalled Lahoud and officially sold the 29-year-old midfielder to Miami FC of the NASL for an undisclosed amount.

“Mike always served the club in a professional manner during his time here,” said Union sporting director Earnie Stewart, who loaned Lahoud to the Cosmos this offseason. “We thank him for his service and want to wish him the best of luck in Miami and in his future endeavors.”

Lahoud, whose prorated $115,637.50 guaranteed salary comes off the Union’s salary cap, was acquired in 2012 in a trade with Chivas USA for defender Danny Califf. He made 58 appearances with the Union before being loaned out.

Eagles' left guard job is Allen Barbre's, but backups are pushing


Eagles' left guard job is Allen Barbre's, but backups are pushing

Allen Barbre is the Eagles’ starting left guard.

For now.

The 31-year-old offensive lineman started all 16 games at left guard in 2015, and as of Tuesday at OTAs, he was still a starter for Doug Pederson’s new-look offense.

But that could change.

There are several players pushing for the left guard spot. Among them are Stefen Wisniewski, Malcolm Bunche, Isaac Seumalo and Andrew Gardner.

“I definitely am trying to start somewhere,” said Wisniewski, a free-agent signing. “I think I would be a good starting left guard.”

Wisniewski, 27, signed a one-year prove-it deal in early April to join the Eagles (see story). After being taken in the second round of the 2011 draft, Wisniewski has started 77 of 80 possible games in the NFL. He clearly views himself as a starter in the NFL.

For the last two weeks, he’s been working with the second team at guard and center.

“Yeah, it’s weird. It’s definitely weird,” Wisniewski said. “I haven’t spent much time with the twos in five years. Probably a week or two. So it’s definitely different, but I’m just looking at it as a temporary thing, though.”

This offseason, the Eagles added veteran Brandon Brooks to play right guard, taking over for Matt Tobin, but Barbre is still slotted on the left side. In fact, to hammer the point home, the starting offensive linemen have their lockers in a row in the deep corner of the locker room, from left to right: Jason Peters, Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brooks, Lane Johnson.

So, as of late May, Barbre is still the starter.

“I really like where we're at. I like the depth at that position right now,” Pederson said last week. “But yeah, Allen Barbre is my guy and he's our starter.”

Wisniewski is the most accomplished of the backups pushing for that starting left guard spot, but he’s not alone.

Bunche, who was on the Eagles’ practice squad in 2015 after going undrafted out of UCLA, has been working with the second team at left guard during practice. And the second-year player thinks he has a shot at the starting job too.

“Oh yes. But not just that one,” Bunche said. “Throughout the season, anything can happen. That’s one thing that [offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland], he talks about it a lot, you never know when you’re number is going to be called. You just gotta stay in tune with what’s being called, the play-calling, the different techniques going into certain games. I feel I have an opportunity to take that spot if I wanted to. My mindset it to come in and get better each and every day.”

Another possible starting left guard isn’t with the team right now. Third-round pick Seumalo, from Oregon State, is back at school because of the NFL graduation rule and Oregon State’s quarters system. He would be a logical choice to compete for that starting job, but he’s missing valuable time at OTAs.

Meanwhile, Barbre, who had started just eight total games in his seven-year career before 2015, is trying to stave off his competitors. The veteran knows the team brought in a bunch of new offensive linemen this offseason (they have 17 on the roster). He just doesn’t care.

“Honestly, I wasn’t really worried about that,” Barbre said Tuesday. “Honestly, I thought I played fairly decent (in 2015), if you studied the film and you understood what went on. There was a lot of stuff that was tough on the O-line, so it made it kind of tough on us.”

The criticism of the offensive line last season was loud, especially criticism of the guard positions, but Barbre did his best to avoid it.  

“I don’t even read it,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t even care. You guys got your jobs and I have my job. We all have different things we have to do.”

Right now, Barbre’s job is to hold onto that starting spot, while Wisniewski and the rest try to steal it away.

Tonight's lineup: After benching, Odubel Herrera back in leadoff spot


Tonight's lineup: After benching, Odubel Herrera back in leadoff spot

It seems like Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has decided pulling Odubel Herrera in the seventh inning of a tied game on Monday is enough punishment for failing to run out a ground ball.

The centerfielder will be back in his customary leadoff spot when the Phillies take on Justin Verlander and the Tigers tonight at Comerica Park (see game notes).

Much of the talk surrounding the Phillies in the last 24 hours has centered on Herrera after Mackanin yanked him from the game Monday (see story). After all, Herrera's .335 batting average leads an offense-starved team that averages just 3.24 runs per game, second-worst in the majors. Before he was pulled on Monday, Herrera was 3 for 4 with an RBI and had a 15-pitch at-bat against starter Mike Pelfrey to start the game.

Tommy Joseph will start again at first base after clobbering his second homer of the season on Monday. Despite another night of immense struggles (see story), Ryan Howard is again in the lineup as the designated hitter in the American League park.

The only change to to the lineup from Monday see Carlos Ruiz starting behind the plate to catch Jeremy Hellickson.

Star outfielder Justin Upton will sit again for Detroit as he nurses a quad injury. Mike Aviles will start in his place in left.

Both teams' lineups can be found below.

1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Maikel Franco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Ryan Howard DH
6. Carlos Ruiz C
7. Cesar Hernandez 2B
8. Tyler Goedell LF
9. Peter Bourjos RF

1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. J.D. Martinez RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez RF
5. Nick Castellanos 3B
6. Cameron Maybin CF
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
8. Mike Aviles LF
9. Jose Iglesias SS