Blizzard on Sunday?

Blizzard on Sunday?

Lots of weather forcasters are pointing towards a snowy weekend for the Eagles' third consecutive home NFC Championship game.  On my ride in this morning I heard CBS3's Kathy Orr make a prediction of 4 to 16 inches.  The snow is likely to start Saturday evening and continue into Sunday with it stopping close to kick off at 3 PM.  It may or may not snow, but it also may snow a whole lot.  The big question everyone is asking is which team does this favor?  Today's Daily News article by Rich Hoffman makes arguments for both teams.  Both Ray Didinger and Anthony Gargano argue that a messy weather game helps the lesser team, which in this case, is the Atlanta Falcons.  Yes, they are a dome team, but they don't play like a typical dome team.  They have the leagues best running attack in Dunn, Duckett and Vick.  The Eagles rely a whole lot more on the pass, and a snowy game could hinder their ability to get the ball downfield.  Keep your eye on the forecast this week.  Which team do you think a snowy game helps?

Link: Philadelphia Daily News | 01/19/2005 | Rich Hofmann | A FLAKY FORECAST.

The Falcons want to run it, and a snowstorm logically makes for a running kind of day. The Falcons have excellent return teams, and ball security and those hidden yards mean even more if you're involved in one of those nasty, field-position struggles. On defense, their strength is in the front seven - again, players who are even more important in a slogathon.

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- contributed to this story.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Associated Press

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”