Veterans Day meets home | Daily sports newsletter

Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean was raised in Mississippi by his mother, Neketta, who served in the Army. As a child, Dean accompanied her to work in nursing homes and US Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, where Dean had the opportunity to connect with veterans.

It ultimately shaped the person that Dean would become. “When he went to the VA, went to the nursing home, Nakobe came in and he made a difference,” says his mother. “It is very important to help others who are less fortunate than you. … He saw how what comes from the heart reaches the heart.”

“Veterans Day means so much to me,” he says. Dean finished his mechanical engineering degree in Georgia with the goal of designing prosthetic limbs for veterans. That goal is on hold for now while he continues his NFL career, but Dean continues to give back with his student wellness initiative in Philadelphia.

— Jim Swan, Inquirer Sports Staff, @phillysport, [email protected]

Nick Sirianni remains focused on Monday’s game against Washington – the Eagles are expected to win – but the head coach admitted he was thinking of his friend and mentor Frank Reich, who was fired from the Indianapolis Colts this week. Sirianni was the offensive coordinator at Indy before taking over the Eagles’ coaching job.

“…As you know what I think of Frank and how much I respect Frank as a person, how much I respect him as a football coach, you can probably imagine how I feel,” Sirianni said.

Sirianni didn’t rule out the possibility that Reich would eventually join the Eagles’ staff.

Next: The Eagles host the Washington Commanders Monday at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN).

Inquirer Eagles beat reporters EJ Smith and Josh Tolentino to preview the team’s Week 10 game against the Washington Commanders. Watch Monday at 7 p.m

The Flyers will welcome back one of their greatest players of all time on Saturday as Claude Giroux returns to Philadelphia for the first time since his trade last March.

Giroux, now with the Ottawa Senators, played 15 seasons for the Orange and Black, served nine as captain and ranks second in franchise history in games played, assists and points. Olivia Reiner and Giana Han recently caught up with “G” in Ottawa to gauge his feelings ahead of his homecoming in Philadelphia.

The Flyers’ first straight homecoming didn’t go well, as they lost 5-2 on John Tortorella’s return to Columbus after six seasons as Blue Jackets head coach. Salem County’s Johnny Gaudreau was a thorn in the side of the Flyers, scoring a goal and adding two assists to Columbus.

Next: The Flyers host Giroux and the Ottawa Senators for a Saturday matinee (1 p.m., NHL Network).

Standing in a quiet Phillies clubhouse last Saturday night, Rob Thomson told his players to be proud of their pennant-winning performance even though they were two wins away from the ultimate goal. But the end of an unexpected World Series run also brought a quick return to reality. Here’s how Nick Castellanos balanced his “excitement at spring training” with a candid admission about his first season with the Phillies. “Personally,” he said, “this has been one of the toughest baseball years I’ve ever had.” And understanding why Castellanos struggled so badly — and figuring out how to avoid a repeat in 2023 — are becoming top priorities owned by the Phillies.

Phillies Kyle Schwarber and JT Realmuto were rewarded with NL Silver Slugger Awards.

Bryce Harper expects the Phillies to get involved in the free agent market, as does David Murphy.

The 76ers’ defense was praised early in the season, with PJ Tucker, Daniel House Jr. and De’Anthony Melton joining the team in the summer and paired with Joel Embiid. In fact, Doc Rivers was drooling at the opportunity to make adjustments that included switching, trapping and picking full-court.

At the start of the season things didn’t quite go that way. Embiid missed time with the flu and knee pain, Tucker started slow while recovering from knee surgery and the guards couldn’t keep the players ahead. But now they feel they are gaining “clarity” and could soon live up to those lofty expectations.

Joel Embiid finished the tournament with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but the Hawks prevailed Thursday night in Atlanta.

Next: The Sixers play the second half of their home-and-home series against the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center (NBCSP) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

There are certain words that, once heard, change life forever. “You’re playing at the World Cup.”

For the Medford Messi, as Brenden Aaronson is affectionately known by fans who have followed his progress since he was young at the Union academy, it was a joy to hear those words.

He was also able to share the good news directly with his family as his grandparents were visiting him in England where he now plays for Leeds. Inquirer football writer Jonathan Tannenwald recaps the scene when Aaronson’s place in the United States men’s national team’s World Cup roster was confirmed.

Meanwhile, the USWNT made history, but not quite the delightful kind.

We’ve put together today’s newsletter with stories from Josh Tolentino, EJ Smith, David Murphy, Scott Lauber, Jonathan Tannenwald, Gina Mizell, Devin Jackson, Colin Beazley, Meghann Morhardt, Ed Barkowitz, Giana Han and Olivia Reiner.


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