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Carson Wentz to hold 2nd AO1 Foundation Charity Softball game in May

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Carson Wentz to hold 2nd AO1 Foundation Charity Softball game in May

Carson Wentz’s inaugural AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game was a resounding success, so it’s not much of a surprise that the event is back. 

The AO1 Foundation on Monday afternoon announced the second-annual game will be held at Citizens Bank Park again on Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Tickets won’t go on sale for a while, but you can bet they’ll go quickly. The inaugural event — held on June 1, 2018 — sold 25,000 tickets and raised over $850,000. 

Like last year, the night will start with a home run derby at 6:30 p.m., followed by the softball game at 7:30. Wentz got a ton of his teammates at the game last year and it made for a good night. He and Jordan Hicks were captains and picked their respective teams. There will again be a silent auction and merchandise will be sold at the event in May. 

Maybe this year, Wentz will even be able to play in the game. He obviously didn’t play in the first one as he was rehabbing from his torn ACL and LCL. 

At the inaugural event, there was a huge crowd for a charity game and the atmosphere throughout the night was really fun. Last year, parking was free and gates opened at 4 p.m.

To put that crowd in perspective, 11 MLB teams had lower than 25,000 people in average attendance in 2018. Wentz might come close to filling Citizens Bank Park this year after he filled the lower bowl last year. 

According to the AO1 Foundation, the money raised from this year’s event will go to the Haiti Sports Complex, Wentz’s Thy Kingdom Crumb Food Truck and the AO1 Foundation’s Outdoor Program. 

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Pitt runs Philly Special to snap UCF's winning streak

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Pitt runs Philly Special to snap UCF's winning streak

The Philly Special will never die, it appears.

Friday night, NFL Network named the mind-boggling touchdown pass from Trey Burton to Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII the 10th greatest play in NFL history.

Saturday, Pitt football used a version of the play to pull off a big upset over No. 15 UCF, who came into the contest with a 27-game non-bowl game winning streak, the longest in the FBS.

On 4th-and-3, wideout Aaron Mathews found QB Kenny Pickett for the score. Alex Kessman's extra point gave Pitt the lead. 

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said after the game on ESPN that the play call was "Pitt Special."

I'm not sure any football fans will ever think of that play as anything other than the Philly Special, but give credit to Narduzzi and his team for a gutsy call and perfect execution. 

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Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

With DeSean Jackson out for Sunday and Alshon Jeffery questionable, the Eagles on Saturday signed wide receiver Greg Ward from the practice squad to the active roster.

To make room on the 53-man roster, they placed second-year offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on injured reserve for a second consecutive year with a back injury.

This is Ward’s first time on a 53-man roster, but he’s been in camp with the Eagles the last three summers and gotten better each year.

Ward is mainly a slot receiver, so if he does get on the field on offense Nelson Agholor would be outside. 

Earlier this week, Ward spoke about how he prepares, regardless of if he’s going to play or not.

“Honestly, I stay ready every week, because you never know,” he said. “Whenever my name is called, it’s called. If it’s not this week, if it’s not next week, I’m still going to prepare like I’m playing  every single week. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

Once the Eagles practiced Wednesday without adding an outside receiver it seemed like a lock that Ward would get the promotion, because he was able to practice all week and get the same reps whether he was on the 53 or the practice squad.

Without Ward, the Eagles had only three healthy receivers on the roster — Agholor, Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

Ward, a quarterback at Houston, first joined the Eagles in 2017 and spent the season on the practice squad. He was in camp again in 2018, then spent this past winter in the Alliance of American Football, catching 22 passes for 214 yards in eight games. When the AAF folded, he rejoined the Eagles.

Ward caught six passes for 87 yards and a 38-yard touchdown from Clayton Thorson in the preseason.

He was released with the final roster cutdown and signed to the practice squad as soon as he cleared waivers.

As for Mailata, it was really the smartest move for the Eagles, since the only alternative was releasing a player they didn’t want to release.

Depending on how he’s doing and depending also on other injuries, he would be a candidate to rejoin the 53-man roster after eight weeks on IR.

Mailata, like Ward, has never played in an NFL game.

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