The Elites: Babin, McCoy, Peters Earn Trip to Pro Bowl

The Elites: Babin, McCoy, Peters Earn Trip to Pro Bowl

No surprises here. Jason Babin, among the NFL's top three sack leaders; LeSean McCoy, the NFC's top rusher and touchdowns leader; and Jason Peters, now a five-time all star, will all be making the trip to Honolulu this year for the Birds.

Of course, these guys were never not going to the Pro Bowl. They are are among the very best in the talents in the league.

Babin and McCoy have had two of the most prolific seasons in Eagles and NFL history. Babin is three sacks shy of Reggie White's single-season franchise record, while Shady broke the team's single-season records for touchdowns and rushing touchdowns, and is also second in the league in rushing yards.

It's Babin's second in as many seasons -- first as an Eagle -- while McCoy is going to his first.

Peters is one of the guys who made it all possible for McCoy. A huge, athletic run blocker who can take out would-be tacklers at the second level, Peters is also a dominant pass protector, and is gaining a reputation as quite possibly the best left tackle in the NFL.

Also of note is Cullen Jenkins, who was named a first alternate at defensive tackle. Jenkins arguably has been the defense's most consistent performer all season. Menacing against the run, with a solid 5.5 sacks against opposing quarterbacks, Jenkins also has emerged as a leader in the locker room.

Surprisingly, Nnamdi Asomugha is a second alternate. That would appear to have a lot to do with reputation, and the fact that there aren't a ton of top-line corners in the NFC.

On another note, there does not appear to be any major oversights as far as the Eagles and Hawaii are concerned. Trent Cole has a quiet 10 sacks, as usual. It took Brent Celek a bit too long to get out of the blocks. Not exactly a banner year for Mike Vick, either. If anything, perhaps Todd Herremans and even Evan Mathis were overlooked.

There's no denying the guys who made it though. They were at the top of their sport this year, and well deserving of their individual honors.

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.