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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles, Falcons and Saints are "all in play" to hire former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.  Ex-Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo will reportedly meet with the Saints on Wednesday.  Spagnuolo has been most connected to his former home of Philadelphia, but the Eagles have yet to even fire or demote current Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo, and won't be a shoo-in for Spags' services if a bidding war erupts.

According to NFL Network's Jason LaConfora, the Raiders will reportedly interview Eagles OC Marty Mornhinweg for their head coaching vacancy.  Initial reports had new Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie prepared to hire Packers LBs coach Winston Moss as head coach, but he's lined up interviews with three offensive coordinators first. Even if McKenzie still has designs on hiring Moss, it's a good idea to pick the minds of respected offensive minds on his team's talent. Mornhinweg worked with McKenzie in Green Bay in the mid-90s.
The Phillies and LHP Cole Hamels avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million contract.
A massive (but well-deserved) payout for the arbitration-eligible left-hander. Hamels, 28, registered a 2.79 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 31 starts last season, striking out 194 batters in 216 innings for the NL East champion Phillies.

Hunter Pence requested $11.8 million and was offered $9 million from the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged Tuesday.  Pence earned $6.9 million last season while batting .314/.370/.502 with 22 homers, 97 RBI, eight stolen bases and an .871 OPS over 154 games between Houston and Philadelphia.

The Phillies and INF Wilson Valdez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, contract.  The deal carries a $930,000 base salary. Valdez posted a weak .249/.294/.341 batting line with one home run and 30 RBI in 99 games last season for the Phillies, but he's a versatile and capable defensive infielder.


Evan Turner (quad) is listed as a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Nuggets.  Turner was a late scratch on Monday and wass still hurting on yesterday. Coach Doug Collins said if the game was last night, Turner probably wouldn't be able to go.

Spencer Hawes has a strain of his left Achilles tendon and Coach Doug Collins said that if there was a game on yesterday, Hawes probably wouldn't be able to play. He's officially a game-time call for tonight's matchup against the Nuggets


Jaromir Jagr picked up a pair of assists in the Flyers' 5-1 win over Minnesota Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn his first in three games and just his third in his past eight contests.

The Flyers will play eight of their next 11 games on home ice after having played 20 of 29 contests on the road since Nov. 9 and they posted an impressive 12-6-2 record away from Wells Fargo Center during that span.