This week in sports

By Kirk Manion
September 11, 2008

Hamels lead Phils into Home Stretch

As the month of September rolls around, the Philadelphia Phillies are entering into the home stretch towards the playoffs. As of Sept. 3, 2008, the Phillies are two games behind the New York Mets for first place in the National League East. The night before Cole Hamels pitched into the eighth inning and allowed no runs and five hits while leading the Phillies to a 4-0 win over a Washington Nationals team that was riding a seven-game winning streak. This win kept the Mets in striking distance. It was an expected win against the Nationals, who have the worst record in baseball, but when the ace of pitching staff throws a shutout it means a little more knowing Hamels is firing on all cylinders.

Flyers add another game to famous Spectrum

Because of the high ticket demand by fans who want to attend one more hockey game in the Wachovia Spectrum, the Flyers plan to add another preseason game in their former home. The Flyers will take on the Phantoms, their AHL affiliate, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Earlier, the Flyers announced they would play a preseason game at the Spectrum against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. This is the final year of the Spectrum, where the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup in 1974. The Flyers have invited their former captains to appear in a Sept. 27 ceremony connected to the preseason game. Eric Lindros, who had a stormy relationship with the club, has turned down the invitation because of a commitment regarding a memorial service.

Eagles gear up for 2008 to 2009 season

The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of excitement heading into this season because Donovan McNabb is healthy for the first time in over two years and the defense has improved their speed and playmaking ability this year. If McNabb stays healthy, the Eagles are a playoff caliber team. Over the first six years of his career, McNabb quarterbacked the Eagles to a 56-23 record. In the last three injured-plagued seasons, McNabb has not only missed 15 games but is just 17-16 in the games he has played. Eagle’s fans are hoping for a healthy McNabb to lead the team to a place he hasn’t seen since the Super Bowl in 2005, the playoffs.

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