McCoy, Reid, Cox Attend Jeremy Maclin’s Wedding

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — LeSean McCoy reunited with Andy Reid at Jeremy Maclin’s wedding this weekend.

Related: Michael Vick Has Ankle Surgery: ‘I Could Still Be A Good Quarterback’

McCoy, 28, posted some photos on his Instagram account.

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Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox was in attendance as well.

Of course, McCoy was traded by Chip Kelly after the 2014 season and Maclin signed with Reid in Kansas City.


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Doug Pederson: Dak Prescott ‘Didn’t Have To Win’ For Dallas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott are two of the most exciting young players in the National Football League.

Both quarterbacks are entering their second season, leading their respective NFC East team.

Related: Carson Wentz Takes Cowboys Hat Off Fans’ Head

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked about Prescott on The Doomsday Podcast with Ed Werder and Matt Mosley, which was released on Monday.

“He didn’t have to win the games for them,” Pederson said of Prescott with the Cowboys, who lost in the divisional playoffs after a 13-3 regular season. “He knew that he had a good defense, a tremendous offensive line, a great runner. He had some veteran players that he could rely on and he learned that early, as soon as he had the opportunity to play and that was from day one. That’s something that a young quarterback sometimes, takes them awhile to figure out the game that way. That’s the impressive thing is he learned to handle that business that well, utilize the people around him, and understand that he didn’t have to go win the game.”

The Eagles, who finished 7-9 last year, went out and got Wentz some more offensive weapons in Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and most recently power running back LeGarrette Blount.

Related: Carson Wentz Confirms He Had Vision Correction Surgery

Pederson believes the Wentz vs. Prescott rivalry is just getting started, in a difficult NFC East division.

“Hopefully this will be a battle for many years to come,” Pederson said of the Eagles vs. Cowboys.

“You look at the NFC East over the last few years, the decades, Tony Romo has been in there for many years with Eli Manning,” said Pederson. “And now you’ve got kind of the young quarterbacks coming in, even in Washington with Kirk Cousins — is a relatively young quarterback. With Dallas and with Dak, and we’ve got Carson, and the Giants still have a great quarterback in Eli Manning. And really this is a division where all four teams have the guy they want.”

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Fantasy Baseball Winners Find Value On Waiver Wire Where Others Can’t See It

By Sam McPherson

Most baseball fans have either read the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis or seen the movie version starring Brad Pitt. The lesson the book and the movie convey is that you have to think differently to find value in the sport—to uncover talent where no one else is looking. The same is true in fantasy baseball, where league championships are often won or lost on the waiver wire through the middle months of the long season. Winning owners have to see the value where no other owner in their league does.

What does this mean? It often means picking up a player with a flaw or two, although the player has many strengths, too, which is what the smart owner is targeting with the acquisition. The trick is managing just how much of the flaws you can tolerate while reaping the rewards of the strengths. A player may be hitting .220 this year, but if he steals bases like there’s no tomorrow, he is worth putting in your lineup frequently enough to emerge with a positive result after the flaws and strengths are factored into the equation.

Players to Get Onto Your Roster Now

1. Matt Bush, RP, Texas Rangers: He was the first overall pick of the 2004 Major League Draft, but due to personal problems, Bush didn’t make his MLB debut until last season. He’s now the closer for the Rangers, the hottest team in baseball. He has five saves while posting an 11.6 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate right now. Bush cut his teeth nicely last year in the majors, and considering his mental fortitude at this point in reaching MLB after all he endured, we like his chances to keep the closer role for Texas.

2. Justin Bour, 1B, Miami Marlins: He is quietly one of the more consistent hitters at his position in MLB. Since the start of the 2015 season, Bour has hit .262, .264 and .262 in each year, respectively. His OPS has been on the rise, too: .800, .824 and now .862 this season. He has ten home runs in 2017, and Bour is on pace for the best power season of his career. Assuming he stays healthy, he is going to have a great year in the middle of the Miami lineup.

3. Justin Smoak, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: He is a .226 career hitter, but he has power. All those HRs can help any team, and this year, Smoak has 10 of them already. He also currently has a seven-game streak with a run scored, and that can help any fantasy team, too. Smoak’s current .279 batting average probably will come down a bit, but the power will remain no matter what. He averaged one HR every 18.6 at-bats the last two years, and this season, Smoak is hitting one out every 14 at-bats. 

4. José Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins: In 14 starts last season, Berrios got hammered, but he’s still only going to be 23 years old later this week when his birthday comes around. He’s showing he learned something from last year, with two wins this year and 15 strikeouts in just 15 1/3 innings so far. Grab him now before some other owner in your league does. Berrios may take his lumps here and there, but overall, you’re going to be happy with him for the next four-plus months.

Players to Sit/Drop This Week

1. Carlos Gómez, OF, Texas Rangers: He’s hurt with a serious hamstring injury, and even though he’s old, Gómez plays a game still based on speed. Hamstrings affect speed, but they also affect a player’s ability to play defense and hit (lower-body stability). Gómez peaked in 2013 and 2014, and he’s been going downhill since those two All-Star seasons. He was off to a decent start this season (four HRs, five SBs), but there’s no guarantee he will come back from the injury at the same level. He’s more likely to decline upon return at age 31.

2. Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Don’t fall for his five wins and 3.44 ERA. Hellickson is striking out half as many batters as he did last season, and that’s a bad sign for any pitcher that has just turned 30 years old. His 1.027 WHIP also looks good, but Hellickson has just 20 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. His numbers just aren’t sustainable when he isn’t missing bats at all. Plus, he’s also surrendering HRs at a higher rate than at any other point in his career. Trade him if you can to a lesser-informed owner in your league.

3. Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants: He also has a hamstring problem, and according to reports, Pence hasn’t even started running yet in an attempt to rehabilitate the injury. That’s not good news at his age (34). Remember, Pence played in just 158 games combined in 2015 and 2016, and he’s not getting any younger. He has just a .627 OPS this year, as well, and with a bum hammy, don’t expect Pence to come back and play at full speed any time soon, let alone a high level that will help your team.

4. Trevor Cahill, SP, San Diego Padres: A one-time All-Star selection in 2010, Cahill is now on the disabled list with shoulder problems. That’s never a good sign, and Cahill has almost 1,200 innings on that shoulder. But after appearing almost solely as a reliever in 2015 and 2016, the Padres moved him back to the rotation this year with good results so far (3.27 ERA, 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched). However, clearly Cahill’s shoulder hasn’t liked the transition, so be wary of any news on him when he comes back from the DL.


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3 Injured In Del. School Bus Accident

NEWARK, Del. (CBS) — Three people have been transported to the hospital after a crash involving a school bus in Newark, Delaware, Monday morning.

Delaware State Police say a car and school bus crashed at the intersection of Harmony Road and Ruthar Drive, just after 8 a.m.

The bus was carrying around 30 students from the Las Americas Aspira Academy in Newark.

Two children on the bus and the driver of the car were taken to local hospitals.

Their injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.


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Foreign Policy Analyst Grades Trump’s Saudi Arabian Address A Success

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Foreign policy analyst Ed Turzanski praised Donald Trump’s speech on terrorism in Saudi Arabia, telling Chris Stigall on Talk Radio WPHT that Trump sent a clear, firm message to a soft ally.

“Trump is threading a needle very carefully, very tactfully. Look, criticize him for his Twitter use, for any number of things, but this first leg of this trip was a very strong success. It created leverage for us in our dealings with the Saudis because of the arms deal and, also, he spoke to them just about as directly as any America President ever had about their own failings, but he did so in a way that didn’t close the door. It actually makes it clear that they need us and we recognize it.”

Turzanski, the John Templeton Fellow and co-Chair for the Study of Terrorism at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, believes the tone and tenor of the address will help in forwarding America’s national interests.

“Trump is speaking to them very clearly about what America stands for and what the common goal is, how we all have to put shoulder to the wheel wherever we have responsibility and means in order to deal with the common problems, and he gave them a name. He talked about Islamic extremism. He talked about things that previous Presidents would not have walked into their homes, looked them dead in the eye, and said to them.”

He feels the reaction of critics to this speech are hypocritical, given that narrative surrounding Trump’s persona in the White House to date.

“I would say to critics, first of all, make up your mind. Which would you prefer, do you want someone who is going to be tactful, diplomatic, trying to find common ground and advance the ball or do you want someone to come in and say screw you, go to hell, harsh memo to follow?”
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Pope Francis Explores Possibility Of Ordaining Married Men As Priests

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pope Francis has begun exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests to make up for a serious shortage in the church.

A little over a month ago, the pope began gathering information on married clergy in private meetings with Canadian bishops from eastern rite traditions – in particular, the Ukrainian Catholic Church which has allowed its clergy to marry and serve in the church for centuries.

Here in Philadelphia, the rector of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northern Liberties is married.

Father Roman Pitula has a wife and three children and got married while still in seminary.

Pitula says he finds it helpful to have a dual role as a married man and a priest.

“It gives you an understanding of what a family is all about, what people face, maybe in difficulties they face, so it helps a little bit to counsel them or help them in a special way.”

As to what the Roman church might do, Pitula says it’s a difficult issue.

“It’s hard to predict what can happen in the future. There are some talks and some steps, maybe proposals of Pope Francis opinions by that.”

Pitula says the Roman Catholic Church had married clergy until the 11th century and, in recent years, has admitted to the priesthood married Anglican clergy who convert to Catholicism.

Pitula says he believes God will help the pope and church authorities decide what is best for the Roman church.


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News, Politics and Entertainment with The Chris Stigall Show | May 22

Chris reviewed Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, missing funds left over from the Democratic National Convention and Jim Kenney’s appearance in a 60 Minutes segment about sanctuary cities. He spoke with foreign policy analyst Ed Turzanski about the implications of Trump’s speech.

6:19 Donald Trump delivered a speech in Saudi Arabia yesterday on confronting terrorism.

6:35 What’s Trending: Cher, Celine Dion, Piers Morgan, Drake, The Rock, Saturday Night Live, Katy Perry

6:48 Saturday Night Live intimated that Donald Trump may not be President when the show returns in the Fall.

6:50 Billy Bush addressed the ‘Access Hollywood video‘ with the Hollywood Reporter.

7:00 Chris speaks with foreign policy analyst Ed Turzanski to assess Donald Trump’s speech on terrorism in Saudi Arabia.

7:24 Philly.com: DNC Host Committee promised to give leftover funds to charity.

7:36 The Hill: Republicans fear for their safety as anger, threats mount.

7:37 Roger Ailes’ son said he is ‘coming after’ his fathers detractors.

7:39 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney participated in a segment on 60 Minutes about sanctuary cities.

8:35 What’s Trending: Olympic medals, Chris Cornell, Sea Lion


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Sea Lion Grabs Girl And Pulls Her Into Water

By David Williams

RICHMOND, British Columbia (CNN) — Some tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a little girl and dragged her into the water.

Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a dock at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, when the California sea lion popped its head out of the water.

Fujiwara grabbed his phone and started shooting video.

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He says the animal attracted a lot of attention and the girl and her family came to the edge of the dock.

“Her family started feeding the animal and the sea lion started to become comfortable,” Fujiwara said. In the video, you can hear people laughing and whistling at sea lion and holding their hands over the water, as if they were holding a treat.

At one point, the sea lion lunges within inches of the little girl’s face. It seems like a friendly move, and the girl cackles with delight.

That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again — grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water.

A man, who Fujiwara thinks was a relative, jumps in after her and bystanders pull them to safety.

“After being pulled back onto the dock, the family quickly walked away from the area without saying much,” Fujiwara said. “They were probably very shaken up and just wanted to get away from the sea lion as fast as possible.”

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Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, told CNN that the girl and her rescuer were not hurt, and that he is trying to get more information about the incident.

He says the harbor is on the sea lions’ migratory route and that males sometimes swim into the area looking for free food.

Baziuk says that they’ve been warning visitors not to feed the animals for years.

“It’s not Sea World, it’s a place where you buy fish,” Baziuk said. “If you feed the animals like this you’re asking for trouble.

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Report: Lakers ‘Will Take Hard Look’ At De’Aaron Fox

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Everyone expects the Lakers to select California native and UCLA guard Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick next month.

Related: Rumors: 76ers Should Pursue J.J. Redick In Free-Agency

However, while Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony acknowledges Ball is the “heavy favorite” to go No. 2 overall, he’s reporting the Lakers will “take a long hard look at De’Aaron Fox.”

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This is particularly noteworthy for the Sixers, who own the third overall pick, and could be interested in the guard — Fox or Ball — that the Lakers pass on.

Fox, 19, is a 6-4 point guard from Kentucky. Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 steals in 29.6 minutes per game as a freshman. Fox shot just 17 for 69 (24.6-percent) from three-point range.

 

Ball, 19, is a 6-6 point guard from UCLA. Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.8 steals in 35.1 minutes per game. Ball was much better than Fox from three-point range, making 80 of his 194 attempts (41.2-percent).

Related: Ben Simmons’ Sister Does Not Like LaVar Ball

Ball has the second highest true shooting percentage (%TS) and the lowest usage amongst top guards since 2010.

The favorite to go No. 3 overall to the Sixers seems to be Kansas’ Josh Jackson, but obviously the Lakers’ selection at No. 2 could play a major impact on who Philly selects.


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Chase Utley First To Confront Giancarlo Stanton When Benches Clear

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chase Utley is still the man.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was drilled in the back by Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling, with LA leading 7-0 in the 9th inning of Friday’s game.

Stanton, 27, didn’t like it. He challenged Stripling and the benches cleared. Guess who sprinted from the Dodgers bench, going neck-to-neck with Stanton?

38-year-old Chase Utley.
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Then on Sunday, Utley made this ridiculous diving catch and throw.

On Thursday, Utley became the first leadoff batter since 1954 to successful put down a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly, and steal a base while getting a hit in each of his at-bats, according to Ned Colleti.

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Race, Gender, Fame All Issues As Cosby Jury Selection Starts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to famous alumni Bill Cosby’s nearby home for career advice, her complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury.

Lawyers this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to spend two weeks or more sequestered nearly 300 miles (482 kilometers) from home.

The case has attracted worldwide publicity the judge hopes to shield from jurors when the trial starts June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. Jurors are being chosen in Pittsburgh starting Monday.

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“You want to see if they’re a celebrity-conscious person — if they read celebrity stuff, if they worship celebrity,” trial consultant Howard Varinsky said. “Prosecutors have to be very worried about fans.”

The lawyers also will be weighing a potential juror’s race, gender, age, occupation and interests as the questioning gets underway. They hope to tease out whether they relate more to the beloved actor who brought the world Fat Albert, Dr. Cliff Huxtable and bemused quips about family and fatherhood, or a woman who was rebuffed when she first filed a police complaint, only to relive the case a decade later after Cosby’s testimony from her lawsuit became public and dozens of other accusers came forward to support her.

“In a normal case, juries are all banging the door to get out, bringing up every hardship in the world,” Varinsky said. “But on this case, you’re going to see people that may lie to get on, and people who convince themselves that they can be fair, but they can’t.”

“Whatever side you’re on, you have to really weed through this,” he said. “I’m looking (as a consultant) for every single micro-expression, each body movement.”

3 Bill Cosby Accusers Have Their Distress Claims Dismissed 

Jurors will be dismissed “for cause” if they admit to strong views about the case or persuade the judge they have family, health or financial situations that prevent them from serving. After that, each side can strike seven people during jury selection and three more when they choose alternates.

Accuser Andrea Constand went to police in January 2005 to report that Cosby had sexually assaulted her a year earlier. She had left Temple the previous March and was back home in the Toronto area, setting aside a life in basketball to retrain as a massage therapist.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to press charges. Constand then sued the comedian, negotiating a settlement after he gave sworn testimony about a string of sexual liaisons with young women. Cosby admitted giving some of them pills or alcohol beforehand.

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New prosecutors read that testimony and reopened the case in mid-2015. Cosby was arrested on Dec. 30, 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.

He told a talk show host this week that he hopes to beat back the charges and resume his career.

“I want people to understand my work as an artist and a performer,” he said. “I want to get back to the laughter and the enjoyment of things that I’ve written and things that I perform on stage.”

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Consumers’ Checkbook Offers Advice On Hiring A Lawn Service

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Tired of the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence? Perhaps it’s time to hire a service to help you achieve the lawn of your dreams.

You’ll want to choose carefully — according to a new survey from Delaware Valley Consumers’ Checkbook choosing the wrong lawn care service can mean spending a lot of green for mediocrity.

Kevin Brasler, Executive Editor of Delaware Valley Consumers’ Checkbook stopped by CBS3 Eyewitness News This Morning to discuss the things that every homeowner should know about hiring a lawn care service.

To access Checkbook’s lawn care ratings for the next month for FREE visit: http://bit.ly/2qGVESY

 

 


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