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It's time to bench Chase Utley — Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:04 AM Chase Utley is hitting .103, the lowest batting average of any qualifying player in baseball. In today's video commentary, Mike wonders when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg will sit him.

To Russia With Love — Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 3:01 AM The following is a list of notable former NHL players who went on to play in the Kontinental Hockey League: Player Last NHL Recent KHL Ilya Kovalchuk 2012-13 SKA-St.

Will Flyers draft Russian? There is risk involved — Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 3:01 AM If Craig Button's ability to predict the future is to be trusted, the Flyers and their general manager, Ron Hextall, will face an interesting decision when it comes time for them to make the No. 7 overall pick in next month's NHL draft.

Just like his Oregon team, Kelly's Eagles will focus on run — "They're so varied in what they do, and they're making you defend the entire field from sideline to sideline, from the line of scrimmage to the end zone," Casteel said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "He has multiple ways to attack you, and you have to play with discipline and eye control because he's reading people all over the field.

Free-Agent Signings — Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015, 3:01 AM The Eagles agreed to terms with the following undrafted rookies: WR Rasheed Bailey, Delaware Valley University, Roxborough High (6-2, 205); G Brett Boyko, UNLV (6-7, 301); G Malcom Bunche, UCLA (6-6, 320); C Mike Coccia, New Hampshire (6-3, 302); WR Devante Davis, UNLV (6-3, 215); LB Jordan Dewalt-Ondijo, Duke (6-4, 240); TE Andrew Gleichert, Michigan State (6-5, 264); WR John Harris, Texas (6-2, 218); G Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney (6-4, 298).

Eagles can find offensive lineman without drafting them — Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015, 3:01 AM The myopia of the moment suggests that Chip Kelly has done irrevocable damage to the Eagles and their offense, for both the near and distant futures, by failing to select at least one offensive lineman in this year's NFL draft.

Get over Mariota; Bradford is Eagles' QB — Sam Bradford is still the Eagles' presumptive starting quarterback. It is worth reminding everyone of that fact in the wake of what happened Thursday night - that whirlwind of speculation and source-speak before the NFL draft that indicated just how much Chip Kelly wanted Marcus Mariota and how far he was willing to go to get him.

The 'draft experience' in Philly? — Eventually, the NFL decided to keep the draft in New York, holding it at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center that year before settling into Radio City in 2006, but that long-ago flirtation with the Philadelphia area is relevant again after the last few days.

D'Angelo Russell makes sense for 76ers — Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 9:31 AM In today's video commentary, Mike discusses whether the 76ers should draft for their biggest need or take the best available talent, and why D'Angelo Russell makes sense for Philly.

After riots, the sounds of silence at Camden Yards — Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 3:01 AM BALTIMORE - Everything was so clear and sharp: the crack of the bat, the thwock of the ball into the catcher's mitt, the clip-clop of cleats against a dugout's concrete steps and floor. Every noise had an easily identifiable source.
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May 05, 2015

Once the #Knicks promote Isiah to team president, the #Sixers should fire Sam Hinkie & hire Phil Jackson because he's a winner. My column:

May 05, 2015

RT @phillysport: Will the Flyers take a chance on drafting much-hyped D-man prospect Ivan Provorov? @mikesielski on the risk involved:

May 05, 2015

In today's episode of The Broad View, we suggest, ever so delicately, that Chase Utley ought be benched: #Phillies

May 05, 2015

RT @phillysport: WATCH: In today's video commentary, @mikesielski says it's time for Chase Utley to be benched.

May 04, 2015

Jeff Francoeur had a double and a triple tonight. Chase Utley doesn't have a double all season. Or a triple. #Phillies

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