Vick to Start At Quarterback Whenever He Is Able

Vick to Start At Quarterback Whenever He Is Able

If Nick Foles is in fact the future of the Eagles’
franchise, then that future will have to wait. At his day-after press
conference, Andy Reid left little doubt that Michael Vick will be the starter
whenever he’s able to return from a concussion, which might be as soon as next
Monday night against Carolina.

The announcement might be disheartening to fans that would
like to see what Foles brings to the table, or are just looking for any reason
the Eagles can remain relevant. What we’ve seen through one-and-a-half games was
not nearly enough to make any kind of firm evaluation about what the team has
in the third rounder out of Arizona.

That said, Foles hasn’t exactly looked NFL-ready, either. He’s
completed 43 of 78 passes for 423 yards, which are good for a subpar 55.1
completion percentage and 5.4 yards per attempt, while throwing 1 touchdown to
3 interceptions.

That’s not to suggest Foles hasn’t shown any promise. He throws
a nice ball and makes some good decisions. The Eagles lacked the ability to go
vertical on Sunday though. Foles was eased into his first start in Washington
with all types of screens and quick passes, but when they did try to go down
the field, the young quarterback either didn’t trust what he saw, or simply
could not get the ball there. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were held to a pair of
catches for five yards, which just about sums up Foles’ inability to make
things happen on the outside  

Obviously it’s not entirely his fault. The offensive line is
bad, and the Philadelphia was constantly in long down and distance thanks to a
combination of an ineffective running game and multiple backbreaking penalties. But while it
hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Vick either, it’s difficult not to draw
the conclusion he still gives the Birds the best chance to win – not that
expectations are very high.

Vick is said to be improving, and the Eagles will see where
he’s at as the week progresses. Should he start if healthy, or should Andy roll
with Foles regardless?

I don’t think it matters much. It’s not like Reid will be
the person making the decisions next season.

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Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jaylen Brown sank a 3-pointer from the right corner while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, part of a five-point possession for Boston that lifted the Celtics to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

The Celtics were down 96-95 when Brown connected while being fouled by Marcus Morris. Brown missed the ensuing free throw, but Detroit couldn't come up with the rebound, and Tobias Harris was called for a loose-ball foul. Marcus Smart added two free throws to put Boston up 100-96.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, but he went 1 of 11 on free throws and was taken out for some key possessions toward the end to prevent Boston from fouling him.

Lakers crushed by Spurs in first home game since front office shakeup
LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Lakers 119-98 on Sunday in Los Angeles' first home game since Magic Johnson took over the franchise's basketball operations.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won four straight and nine of 11.

Pau Gasol added 15 points against his former team, and the Southwest Division leaders had little trouble with the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 15 of 19.

Five days after owner Jeanie Buss put Johnson in charge of basketball operations, the Lakers' dismal season still hasn't changed much, although new Lakers acquisitions Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis got limited playing time.

Rookie Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 22 points as the Lakers fell to 19-41, ensuring their fourth consecutive non-winning season (see full recap).

Antetokounmpo scores 28 as Bucks hold off Suns
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, Tony Snell made a clinching 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Phoenix Suns, 100-96 on Sunday.

Michael Beasley added 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 as the Bucks swept the two-game season series with the Suns. Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and Snell had 13.

TJ Warren led the Suns with 23 points. Alan Williams scored a career-high 17 points and tied his season high with 15 rebounds, while Devin Booker added 15 points and Eric Bledsoe had 11.

Clinging to a one-point lead, the Bucks came out of timeout with Monroe inbounding the ball to Antetokounmpo. He dribbled the clock down before passing to Brogdon, who whipped the ball to Snell in the corner. Snell hit a 3 with a defender flying at him.

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks.

The Kings will pair Bishop with Jonathan Quick in a remarkable veteran goaltending tandem down the stretch of the regular season. Quick returned only Saturday from a 59-game absence with a serious groin injury.

The Kings gave up Budaj, junior defenseman Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and another conditional pick. Los Angeles received Bishop and Tampa Bay's 2017 fifth-round pick.

Both teams are scrapping to get into playoff position over the next six weeks. The Kings (30-27-4) are just outside the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference, while the Lightning (27-25-8) are seven points back of a playoff spot (see full story).

Report: Wild get Martin Hanzal from Coyotes
A person with knowledge of the trade says the Minnesota Wild have acquired Czech center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Details on the return to Arizona were not immediately available.

Hanzal was considered one of the top rental players available ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.

The move signals an aggressive approach from the Wild, who lead the Central Division and Western Conference by three points over the Chicago Blackhawks.