Onward: Foles Will Start Remainder of Season

Onward: Foles Will Start Remainder of Season

It turns out Andy Reid truly did not need to cook up a
conspiracy theory to hold Michael Vick out of the starting lineup. All the head
coach had to do was say the words on Monday, and Nick Foles became the
Eagles’ starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

As recently as a few days ago, Reid claimed the offense would
stick with Vick as soon as he was cleared to play after his latest concussion,
but it seems reality set in sometime over the weekend. Reid acknowledged it was
the right move
based on where the team is at this point in the season, meaning
3-9, on the cusp of being mathematically eliminated from postseason play.

"Where we're at right now in the season, I think it gives this kid an
opportunity to play and finish it up," Reid said. "He's playing well
enough, number one, to where I think he can win football games for us,
and then two, I think where we sit at this position in the season, I
think it's the right thing to do. And then Michael, we have to make sure
he gets healthy. This thing has carried on a while here now, and I want
to make sure he's good to go."

Foles’ performance in Dallas on Sunday night may have helped
Reid turn, if he was ever honestly contemplating going back to Vick at all. It was by far the rookie’s best outing since he was first inserted
into a regular season game four weeks ago, connecting on 22 of 34 passes for
251 yards and a touchdown to go along with one sack and no interceptions. He
looked more comfortable in the pocket and pushing the ball down the field.

For the season, Foles is completing 60.9% of his attempts at
6.0 yards per attempt, with three scores to four picks – good for a pedestrian
73.3 passer rating through four games. It could be worse, as the defense has
bailed him out on several errant throws. He’s also been sacked eight times, and
lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

Obviously, this was the right call though, as most folks
would have been baffled to see Vick return to the helm. This is the right time
to evaluate a young quarterback, not one who could very well be playing
elsewhere next season. We’ll delve deeper into Vick’s future here somewhere
down the road.

As for Foles, at least he’s shown improvement in each of his
three starts. At this point, we’re not sure how much we’ll be able to judge
from the kid’s last four games, especially given the rash of injuries to key
players on offense, but we’re going to see something. Nobody can complain about
that.

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CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).