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Star Wars sports casting: Carson Wentz as Luke, Belichick as Emperor Palpatine, more

Metro Sports editors Matt Burke (Boston), Evan Macy (Philadelphia) and Joe Pantorno (New York) prepped for Star Wars week by casting the most popular athletes in U.S. sports today in their proper roles. Some were layups (Bill Belichick as Emperor Palpatine … the hoodie cinches it), most were...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 6:32pm

Red Sox should target Josh Donaldson: Danny Picard

Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee. By the time you read this, Manny Machado might also be bound for the Bronx.   Get over it.   For all the bitching and moaning that goes along with New York making blockbuster trades while the Red Sox figure out what their offseason plan of attack will be...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 4:52pm

Nick Foles — the good, the bad and the ugly

The Eagles are 11-2, and need to win two of three games against the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys to clinch homefield throughout the NFC playoffs. If reading this article, you already know the team will have a new quarterback for its 14th game — back up Nick Foles.  Here is the good, bad...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 4:45pm

Manny Machado Red Sox MLB Trade Rumors: Giants in on him too?

It is not wise to be reactionary in MLB when it comes to trades or free agent signings, but the Red Sox absolutely need to do something big in the next few weeks to ease the legit fears of their fan base. The 1-2 power punch of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton with the Yankees is foolproof....

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:48pm

Giants Spagnuolo, Eagles Pederson comment on Week 14 matchup

It hasn’t been an easy year for the Philadelphia Eagles in terms of injuries, and now head coach Doug Pederson’s team faces another big obstacle with the loss of Carson Wentz for the year. Wentz won’t see out the end of his second season in the NFL, the Eagles quarterback tearing...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:39pm

Darlington Nagbe deal with Atlanta United has crazy incentives

Atlanta United made a blockbuster trade on Wednesday, the ambitious MLS club making a deal with the Portland Timbers for Darlington Nagbe. The United States international now goes to a team that clearly has their sites set on MLS Cup. The deal for Nagbe involves the Eastern Conference side sending...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:24pm

Does putting cheese on injuries help? Lindsey Vonn thinks so

Lindsey Vonn is training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and doesn’t have time for injuries. Unfortunately, injuries seem to like her. She had to pull out of the World Cup Super-G race in Switzerland last weekend for a back injury, but her knee is what constantly...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 2:55pm

Fantasy football: QB start, sit, status of Aaron Rodgers, Nick Foles, more

It's crunch time. Picking the right starting quarterback this week will literally make or break your fantasy campaign. Here is some insight and news into Aaron Rodgers, Nick Foles and a few other important quarterback injury issues: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers If you held on to Aaron Rodgers,...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 2:22pm

Knicks Frank Ntilikina starting to pick his game up

Lonzo Ball might have had a few more points, but Frank Ntilikina came alive when it mattered most.  The New York Knicks rookie point guard outdueled the Los Angeles Lakers No. 2-overall pick on Tuesday night in a 113-109 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden, putting up a career-high 13...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 1:59pm

Bowling again, Temple aims to end inconsistent season on high note

Forget for a moment the name, because no kid ever grew up dreaming of playing in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl— whatever that is — in St. Petersburg. Look at the big picture instead. For the seniors it’s one final chance to wear that cherry-and-white uniform; in this case...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 1:23pm

And just like that, Flyers swap slump for streak

Claude Giroux stood in front of a gaggle of reporters inside the locker room after the Flyers’ 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday downright giddy while answering questions about the team’s four-game winning streak, his no-look, between the legs pass that led to the go-ahead goal...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 1:10pm

Giants Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie comments on Eli Apple's tweets

On a team that is 2-11, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is finding himself having to mentor and guide a young New York Giants team that has been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks. It is a role, the Giants cornerback said, that he is well suited for. Rodgers-Cromartie signed with the Giants in 2014...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:31pm

Mets sign Anthony Swarzak, get much-needed relief help

The New York Mets finally made a move at the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings, signing reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million deal on Wednesday, per Newsday's Marc Carig.  It's an important get for an organization that lost out on two of their top targets on Tuesday after Bryan...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:13pm

MLB trade rumors: Why Manny Machado, Yankees won't work

With Giancarlo Stanton having found a new home, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has suddenly become the crown jewel of the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings after his name was floated out on the trade market. Stanton's new team, the New York Yankees, have expressed interest in acquiring...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:50am

Source: Giovanni Savarese new Portland Timbers manager

Finally. After five seasons as head coach in the NASL with the New York Cosmos, Giovanni Savarese is getting his shot in MLS. Multiple league sources tell Metro that Savarese will be named the next head coach of the Portland Timbers. Savarese replaces Caleb Porter, who stepped down as Timbers...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:43pm

Fantasy football targets, avoids: Jimmy Garoppolo Wayne Gallman Lamar Miller

Garoppolo Injects Life Into 49ers It's been a long season for 49ers fans, with the team sitting at 3-10 and very little to be excited about. The mid-season trade with the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo has been the lone bright spot, and it could be the same for fantasy owners bitten by the...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:31pm

Source: Sacha Kljestan likely to be traded to Los Angeles Football Club

For a second straight year, the New York Red Bulls could be trading their captain.   Sacha Kljestan might be on the move, a league source tells Metro - the United States international potentially set to leave the Red Bulls. The league source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:14pm

Steelers licking chops with Tom Brady Patriots in funk

It's safe to say that Monday's game in Miami did not go anywhere near according to plan for the New England Patriots.   And while Bill Belichick (true to form immediately after a loss) did not have much to say, there really wasn't much he had to say.   The team's play...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:59pm

Burke: Patriots thrive after being humbled late in NFL regular season

The references that Bill Belichick was making in practice to his team were probably getting quite stale in the past few weeks. “Hey Gilmore, remember when you got torched on that play against Carolina two months ago?!” “Hey Malcolm, remember Alex Smith shredding you a few days...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:45pm

When will Carson Wentz be back, return? 2018 opener doubtful

Eagles fans better get used to seeing Nick Foles under center. After Carson Wentz' ACL-tearing hit against the Rams Sunday — a record-setting and NFC East clinching victory for the MVP front-runner — the news isn't really great for a speedy return. "Based on the video it...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:24pm