Vick to Start Preseason Week 1, Foles Gets the Nod in Week 2

Vick to Start Preseason Week 1, Foles Gets the Nod in Week 2

Somehow this was even more anti-climactic than I was expecting.

The news that Michael Vick will start the Eagles’ first preseason game on Friday would not have meant much, because it wouldn’t necessarily be an indication he was going to start the regular season opener in Washington, or that he even owned a significant lead in the quarterback competition. Chip Kelly really drove that point home by announcing at the exact same time that Nick Foles will start the second preseason game next week.

In other words, don’t read too much into any of this. Chip acknowledged after practice on Wednesday that regardless of who got the first crack at the Patriots, both quarterbacks will have first-team reps, likely alternating series. In fact, supposedly the only reason Vick is getting the nod over Foles in game one is because it happens to land on his day in the rotation of who gets to go first.

I have to believe the head coach on this one. There just isn’t a whole lot of separation between the two passers in practice alone, and he’s reiterated time and time again that preseason games would be an important part of the decision making process.

Even Vick realizes this start is nothing to make a big deal over.

Kelly revealed a few other starters as well at positions where it wasn’t necessarily clear.

Jason Peters will be held out while he heals up his hammy. Allen Barbre gets the start at left tackle in Peters’ place, likely so Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson can get some work in at their projected spots at right guard and tackle respectively.

In the secondary, the starting corners will be Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin, as Cary Williams sits with a balky hamstring as well. And at safety, no real surprise, but Patrick Chung and Nate Allen are running with the first-string D.

Regardless of who is starting where, the excitement level is really on the rise. We’re just a little more than 24 hours away from the first preseason game of the Chip Kelly era. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen out there tomorrow night.

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).