Foles, Eagles, Foles!: A legend is born. @FakeWIPCaller is ready to call the Eagles' quarterback controversy.

Foles, Eagles, Foles!: A legend is born. @FakeWIPCaller is ready to call the Eagles' quarterback controversy.

In Sunday's thrilling victory over Tampa Bay, Eagles fans got a glimpse at the future of the franchise -- and that future is Nick Foles.
Not only did Foles throw for 296 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, but he was poised, confident, and didn't choke at all. Foles led the first-place Eagles to a big victory and brought the Birds' supposed "quarterback controversy" to an instant end. He even ran for a touchdown, putting forever to rest that stupid idea about Foles not being able to run.

It's more clear than ever that Nick Foles -- and not Michael Vick, Matt Barkley or some other quarterback in next year's draft -- is the future of this team. Merrill Reese said on the morning show Wednesday that he wouldn't trade Foles for the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, and it's hard to disagree with him.

Let's look at Foles' two starts against the Bucs, both last December and Sunday, which represent a pretty fair cross-section of his ability. Foles threw for a total of 54 completions, 677 yards and 5 touchdowns. And, of course, two wins. Donovan McNabb, we all remember, couldn't beat the Bucs in 2003. Foles beat them in both 2012 and 2013.

And the best part of all is, he's only going to get better.

Foles, assuming Chip Kelly doesn't do something foolish like let Vick start on Sunday, will now have a chance to further cement his legend with a signature victory next Sunday against the Cowboys.

With Chip's offense in place and a frontline quarterback like Foles, my only concern is the Eagles' defense. If things don't improve soon, I'm concerned the Eagles will squander Nick Foles' prime.
We've been hearing since last year about that awesome quarterback class in the 2012 draft that's going to thoroughly shake up the league. Andrew Luck. RG3. Russell Wilson. Has Nick Foles' name been on that list?

No.

Not yet.

But after Sunday, it will be.

Other Philly sports takes:

- And how about Riley Cooper, huh? Four catches, 120 yards, a touchdown and complete redemption. I sure hope everyone who's bashed Cooper the last few weeks- especially the ones who wanted him cut in training camp- are ready to line up and apologize.

- On his weekly interview on the morning show Monday, Chip Kelly joked that if Angelo Cataldi were out for any period of time and the other members of the crew hosted in his place, the show "wouldn't miss a beat." That tells me one thing about Chip: He listens to the WIP morning show.

- It was great to see Danny Trejo, the actor who plays "Machete," show up at a Flyers game last week. But why didn't the Flyers offer him a contract, to play on the blue line? We know Trejo  can win a fight, and so what if he's almost 70 years old- he's not that much older than Jagr.

- For way too long, the Flyers organization has been living in the past of the '70s. Now, with Ron Hextall in the front office and Craig Berube coaching, they're finally, at last, living in the '80s. And if Berube doesn't work out, I'm all for the triumphant return to the bench of Mike Keenan.

- Speaking of which, I'm so glad to hear the Phillies have brought Larry Bowa back to the coaching staff. Having both him and Ed Wade back in the organizational fold really brings back the Phils' glory days. Anything to wash off the stink of the Charlie Manuel years. I can't wait for Bobby Abreu to be named special assistant.

- My Phillies offseason plan? Trade Ryan Howard for pitching. Move Jimmy Rollins down in the order. Spend some money on free agents for once. And most importantly, trade Domonic Brown. Boom- first place, here we come.

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Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

Best of NHL: Lee scores 2 power-play goals, Islanders beat Kings

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are on quite a nice roll.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals to lead the Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, giving New York its third straight win and fourth in the last five games.

"We've been keeping it simple of late," said Lee, who has four goals in two games against the Kings this season. "We've been getting shots on net and being more effective. I'll do my thing down low."

John Tavares had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored and Jean-Francois Berube stopped 34 shots to earn his first win in his third start of the season (see full recap).

Hartnell snaps tie as Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets would just as soon forget the second period of Saturday's game, when the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it.

Columbus didn't play much better in the third but withstood 15 shots and killed three penalties. Midway through, Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game , and the Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2.

Columbus got the win despite being outshot 37-20.

Hartnell scored in the first period and then netted the tiebreaker, helping the Blue Jackets overcome a horrendous second period - in which they managed only two shots on goal - to beat Carolina for the second time this week (see full recap).

Beagle scores in overtime, Capitals beat Stars 4-3
DALLAS -- Jay Beagle scored 19 seconds into overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov skated behind the net and put the puck in front to Beagle. His wrist shot beat goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got tangled with a defender and lost his footing.

The Stars led 3-1 and didn't allow Washington a power play until the third period, but then Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie scored with the man advantage in the first 5:26 of the period.

Adam Cracknell and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas on plays that originally were ruled no goal. Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist for the Stars (see full recap).

Bogosian scores in overtime, Sabres edge Canadiens 3-2
MONTREAL -- The Sabres couldn't score from in close on All-Star goalie Carey Price late in regulation Saturday night.

So Zach Bogosian teed it up from a ways out in overtime to lift Buffalo.

Bogosian scored his first goal of the season in overtime and the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.

Buffalo nearly broke through against Price near the end of the third period. Price made a pad save on Matt Moulson on a breakaway at 19:40, and then with six seconds remaining, he robbed Rasmus Ristolainen with a windmill glove save (see full recap).

 

Best of NBA: Kawhi Leonard scores 41, Spurs down Cavaliers in OT

Best of NBA: Kawhi Leonard scores 41, Spurs down Cavaliers in OT

CLEVELAND -- Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-115 in overtime on Saturday night despite missing starters Tony Parker and Pau Gasol.

Leonard scored six in OT, including a game-sealing dunk with 4.9 seconds left, as the Spurs regrouped after a late collapse in regulation.

David Lee, making a rare start in place of the injured Gasol, added 14 points as San Antonio improved to 18-4 on the road.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored 29 apiece for the Cavs, who had the last shot in regulation and had plenty of opportunities in the extra five minutes. Cleveland still had a chance to tie it in the final second of overtime, but Kevin Love missed a 3-pointer (see full recap).

Lillard, McCollum carry Portland to OT win over Boston
BOSTON -- Damian Lillard had a three-point play with 47 seconds left in overtime and finished with 28 points to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 127-123 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, snapping their four-game losing streak.

CJ McCollum scored 35 points to lead Portland, which lost in the closing seconds in Philadelphia on Friday night. Lillard added seven assists.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 41 points, his 14th time this season with 30 or more points. Marcus Smart and Al Horford each scored 17 for the Celtics, who have lost two straight after winning 13 of 16.

Thomas nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 to play in OT, pushing Boston ahead by one, but Al-Farouq Aminu was fouled on the next possession and hit both free throws to move Portland back in front.

Lillard then drove the lane, was fouled and hit the free throw. Mason Plumlee had a short jumper in the lane and a free throw in the closing 24 seconds (see full recap).

Booker scores 26 as Suns edge Knicks 107-105
NEW YORK -- Devin Booker scored 26 points and made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, and the Phoenix Suns beat the New York Knicks 107-105 on Saturday night.

Carmelo Anthony's attempt at a winning 3-pointer rimmed out as Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak and handed New York its second loss in a row.

Eric Bledsoe added 23 points for the Suns, while P.J. Tucker and Marquese Chriss each had 15.

Anthony led the Knicks with 31 points, Derrick Rose had 26 and Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 (see full recap).

Dekker scores career-best 30 leading Rockets past Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sam Dekker scored a career-high 30 points, James Harden added 29 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets leaned on their usual 3-point offense to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 119-95 on Saturday night.

Eric Gordon added 21 points as the Rockets built the lead to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter before easily coasting home.

Dekker, making his first career start in place of the ill Ryan Anderson, made 12 of 19 shots, including 6 of 11 from outside the arc. Houston shot 51 percent overall and 38 percent from distance.

Marc Gasol scored 32 points and Mike Conley added 15 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the third time in the last four.

Memphis struggled shooting the entire night, finishing at 37 percent and unsuccessfully tried to follow the Rockets' long-range attack but converted only 9 of 34 from outside the arc (see full recap).