Philly March Madness: (1) Julius Erving vs. (8) Simon Gagne

Philly March Madness: (1) Julius Erving vs. (8) Simon Gagne

Over the next few weeks at The700Level, we'll be posting poll        matchups as part of our Philly March Madness competition.                   Examine the       cases of the two fine Philadelphia       athletes      below,    and     cast     your  vote at  the bottom as  to      which  you     think should    advance to         the next   round.  And       as always,   feel   free to explain    your     selection        and/or      debate the   choices    in the comments  section.

With the first round completed, we're presenting our second round matchups with some YouTube clips we feel to be definitive of the respective athletes' greatness during their time in Philly. If you think there's another, better video we should have used, we'd love to hear about that below as well.

(1) Julius Erving

(8) Simon Gagne

    Who should advance to the next round?Market Research

First-Round Results:

East Bracket:

(1) Julius Erving (91.8%) over (16) Von Hayes (8.2%)
(8) Simon      Gagne (77.9%) over (9) Seth Joyner (22.1%)
(5) Eric Lindros (70.3%)      over (12) Eric Allen (29.7%)
(4) Randall Cunningham (77.6%) over    (13)   Shane Victorino (23.4%)
(11) Cole Hamels (82.1%) over (6)  Mark     Recchi (17.9%)
(14) Tug McGraw (51.1%) over (3) Moses Malone    (48.9%)
(7)   Darren Daulton (74.0%) over (10) Andrew Toney  (26.0%)
(2)   Chase   Utley (93.5%) over (15) Andre Waters (6.5%)

Midwest Bracket:

(1) Mark Howe (60.2%) over (16) David Akers (39.8%)
(9) Rod      Brind'Amour (73.6%) over (8) Rick Tocchet (26.4%)
(5) Brian Westbrook     (93.3%) over (12) Jayson Werth (6.7%)
(4) Mike Richards (85.1%)    over  (13) Trent Cole (14.9%)
(6) John LeClair (89.2%) over (11)    Clyde  Simmons (10.8%)
(3) Jimmy Rollins (75.8%) over (14) John Kruk    (24.2%)
(7) Lenny Dykstra (51.9%) over (10) Dave Poulin (48.1%)
(2)  Allen Iverson (83.1%) over (15) Jeremiah Trotter (16.9%)

West Bracket:

(1) Mike Schmidt (96.9%) over (16) Keith Byars (3.1%)
(9) Wilbert  Montgomery (59.4%) over (8) Jeff Carter (40.6%)
(5) Ron Jaworski  (83.5%) over (12) Bobby Abreu (16.5%)
(4) Ron Hextall (94.1%) over  (13) Andre Iguodala (5.9%)
(6) Mike Quick (59.8%) over (11) Hugh  Douglas (40.2%)
(3) Brian Dawkins (98.3%) over (14) Scott Rolen  (1.7%)
(7) Maurice Cheeks (51.9%) over (10) Eric Desjardins (48.1%)
(15)  Carlos Ruiz (58.9%) over (2) Tim Kerr (41.1%)

South Bracket:

(1) Reggie White (97.1%) over (16) Hersey Hawkins (2.9%)
(9) Troy  Vincent (51.8%) over (8) Curt Schilling (48.2%)
(5) Pete Rose (85.2%)  over (12) Peter Zezel (14.8%)
(4) Ryan Howard (86.3%) over (13) Jon  Runyan (13.7%)
(6) Pelle Lindbergh (51.0%) over (11) Keith Primeau  (49%)
(3) Donovan McNabb (84.5%) over (14) Bobby Jones (15.5%)
(10) Jerome Brown (51.8%) over (7) Brian Propp (48.2%)
(2) Charles Barkley (64.6%) over (15) Pat Burrell (35.4%)

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).