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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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.