Chiefs Have Discussed Nick Foles with Eagles, but Eagles Sticking to Their Story (For Now)

Chiefs Have Discussed Nick Foles with Eagles, but Eagles Sticking to Their Story (For Now)

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USA Today’s Mike Garafolo, who first reported the Kansas
City Chiefs would be interested in trading for Nick Foles, has followed up with
news that a potential deal was discussed with the Eagles last week. Don’t get
too excited though. The Eagles informed the Chiefs they intend to keep the
second-year quarterback.

It’s no surprise the topic would be broached at a time when NFL
executives are camped in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine, and there is no
indication as to how serious talks were. That said, it doesn’t sound like they
were all that substantial from the Eagles’ point of view:

The person, who spoke to USA TODAY
Sports on condition of anonymity because the conversations weren't to be
discussed publicly, said the Eagles conveyed to the Chiefs what they've been
saying through the media – they like Foles and plan on giving him a chance to
compete with Michael Vick for the starting job.

To summarize, there is a widely-held belief Foles will not
fit in Chip Kelly’s offense, and a trade is forthcoming. Kansas City became a logical
destination the moment they hired Andy Reid.

The Eagles maintain Foles will have a chance to win the
starting job. Even if you don’t believe their words, the action general manager
Howie Roseman took to trade back into the third round and select Foles in last April’s
draft suggests he likes the kid. When that decision was made, Roseman had to
know there was some chance the Eagles could be moving on from Reid within a
year.

Meanwhile, you have to wonder what the Chiefs would be
willing to give up. Their second rounder also happens to be the 33rd overall
pick in 2013, a steep price for an unproven quarterback, but anything less than
a two seems low given the progress Foles made.

All of which is to say a swap may not be as likely as some
people think, even if the rumor won’t be going away anytime soon. Then again,
everybody is available for the right price, so if Reid believes strongly in
Foles developing into a franchise quarterback, maybe the Chiefs do come over
the top with an offer.

>> Behind the scene, Chiefs and Eagles discuss Foles [USA Today]

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Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny stick around as Flyers send 10 to Phantoms

Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny stick around as Flyers send 10 to Phantoms

Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny are still alive.

The Flyers reduced their roster to 39 players on Thursday, assigning 10 players to the Phantoms for their separate training camp, which opens on Friday in Lehigh Valley.

There were no major surprises among today’s cuts.

Goaltenders Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon, both of whom were outstanding during exhibition play, report to the Phantoms as the No. 1 and No. 2 candidates in net.

Stolarz had a 1.36 goals against average and .944 save percentage in 88 minutes of game action. Lyon had a 0.67 GAA and .972 save percentage in 90 minutes of playing time.

Together, they teamed up for the 2-0 victory on Wednesday against the Devils (see 10 observations).

Also assigned were defenseman Robert Hagg and Reece Wilcox, plus forwards Radel Fazleev, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Tyrell Goulbourne, Corban Knight, Danick Martel and Mark Zengerle.

After four games in three nights, the entire camp roster had a complete off-day on Thursday.

Sanheim and Provorov have stood out on defense with the latter virtually certain to make the team.

Konecny was very impressive in exhibition play on Wednesday (see story), and will be given a long leash in camp because of the competition at forward.

Both he and Provorov are just 19 and can only go back to junior if they don’t make the final cut with the Flyers.

Schultz injury
Wednesday’s announcement that veteran defenseman Nick Schultz would miss 4-7 days with a lower body injury — a minor MCL sprain of the knee, according to sources — means extra opportunity for several younger defensemen.

Remember, Radko Gudas still is not 100 percent, but getting close to it with his right wrist (fracture). The two benefactors here could be Sanheim and Sam Morin. Provorov was going to be around until the very end, anyway.

The Flyers have four preseason games remaining. Schultz is expected to return for at least one of the final two games.

Inside Golf
The weekly 30-minute segment will feature the Flyers Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation when it airs on CSN on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.

Harry Donahue visited Trump National Golf Course in Pine Hill, NJ earlier this month to catch up with the Flyers. Others on hand are Mark Messier and ESYHF President Scott Tharp, plus Snider Hockey Chairman of the Board Bill Whitmore to learn about Snider Hockey.

The event raised over $1.6 million. You can catch the broadcast on CSN on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. It will also air on TCN on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.

Nerlens Noel thinks he and Ben Simmons can be a lockdown defensive duo

Nerlens Noel thinks he and Ben Simmons can be a lockdown defensive duo

GALLOWAY, N.J. — The Sixers' abundance of big men lends itself to numerous combinations in the frontcourt.

On Thursday, Nerlens Noel had his first experience playing with Ben Simmons. The center gelled with the rookie forward.

"It's a great duo, I think," Noel said following the morning practice session of training camp at Stockton University.

Noel has been paired with many big men during his career with the Sixers. Last season, he faced the challenge of playing out of position at times with Jahlil Okafor. The logjam prompted him to speak out about the current makeup of the roster (see story).

After playing with Simmons, Noel saw how the two can share the court.

"I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in."

Even though Simmons has yet to play an NBA game, Noel already envisions how he can help the Sixers.

"He just plays basketball the right way," Noel said. "When your big man does that, it makes it a lot easier because he is very versatile being a point-forward type. That opens up a lot of things for him to be able to open up for his teammates."