Nnamdi Asomugha Released by Eagles as NFL Free Agency Opens

Nnamdi Asomugha Released by Eagles as NFL Free Agency Opens

In quite possibly the least stunning development to happen to
Philadelphia sports since Andy Reid was fired, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles have released Nnamdi
Asomugha
just minutes before free agency opened in the NFL.

Asomugha was scheduled to earn $15 million this season, but
it goes without saying that he’s failed to live up to five-year, $60 million
deal he signed in the summer of 2011. The Eagles will happily eat a cap hit of
$4 million to save $11.

It seemed plausible Asomugha might agree to a restructuring
given that this move had not come sooner. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also
simultaneously becoming a free agent, the team must now replace both starting
cornerbacks from last season.

Luckily for the Eagles, it’s a buyer’s market. There are
quite a few quality cornerbacks in free agency – including Sean Smith, who the
team has been linked to – and the draft is said to be deep at the position.

Philadelphia now has well over $40 million in cap space to
play with right now, so they should be getting busy. Free agency opened at 4
p.m.

As for Asomugha, he’ll go down as one of the biggest
free-agent busts of all time, here or anywhere else. After arriving from
Oakland hailed as one of the most dominant corners in the league, Asomugha had
just four interceptions in two seasons with the Birds.

At one time, quarterbacks would not even look at Asomugha’s
side of the field. In 2012, passers picked on Nnamdi with regularity, to the
tune of a 120.6 efficiency rating according to Pro Football Focus (via BGN).

No shortage of people getting in line to say good riddance
today. Hopefully the Eagles shop safe this offseason.

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Flyers reveal 2017 Stadium Series jerseys

Flyers reveal 2017 Stadium Series jerseys

Back in black.

The Flyers on Saturday morning revealed their 2017 Stadium Series jerseys for their Feb. 25 outdoor game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field.

With their 50th anniversary sweaters resembling their current away jerseys with gold outlining throughout, the Flyers have gone back to black and orange for the outdoor game.

The jersey is almost all black, with an orange name plate and an orange elbow stripe. Orange is sprinkled throughout the jersey.

In addition to the outdoor game, the Flyers will also wear the jersey against the Penguins on March 15 at the Wells Fargo Center, a Wednesday Night Rivalry game.

Pittsburgh unveiled its Stadium Series jersey back on Nov. 25, an all gold uniform in celebration of its 50th season.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story).