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Consider the surprising Eagles rise, the diverting NFL draft, the shocking death of Roy Halladay. The Philly sports year presented nuance and depth. And that Rhys Hoskins kid is nothing less than hope in red pinstripes.
 
 
 
Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor falls into the endzone, top, backward with a 72-yard pass reception for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 8. The Eagles won 34-7. Read related coverage
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Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (13) and quarterback Carson Wentz celebrate the 10-yard pass and touchdown they teamed up on in fourth quarter play against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 23. Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, lifting the Birds to a 34-24 win over Washington. Read related coverage
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Hear from the photographer
Behind the lens:
Great sports photography isn’t just about capturing the peak action moments — the long touchdown pass, a play at the plate, a steal, and monster dunk. When the players and the fans in the stadium are celebrating those moments, the sports photographer has to stay focused to capture the excitement and jubilation that follows. Such was the case when Carson Wentz and Nelson Agholor celebrated a touchdown pass in their win over Washington.
— Clem Murray
 
Eagles running back Jay Ajayi scores on a 46-yard run past Denver Broncos’ free safety Darian Stewart during the second quarter on Nov. 5 at Lincoln Financial Field. Read related coverage
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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stands with Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham and strong safety Malcolm Jenkins during the national anthem before the Eagles played the New York Giants on Sept. 24 at Lincoln Financial Field. Lurie, along with other NFL team owners, stood in solidarity with players who were taking a knee to protest police brutality and racial inequities in the criminal justice system. It was a stark visual rebuke to President Trump’s sharp criticism of athletes who have staged silent protests during the anthem. Read related coverage
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Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (right) and defensive end Brandon Graham stop San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard during the third quarter on Oct. 29 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 33-10. Read related coverage
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Quarterback Carson Wentz, below, eludes Redskins’ inside linebacker Mason Foster, seen in midair, during the Eagles 30-17 win over Washington in Landover, Md., on Sept. 10. Read related coverage
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with Eagles' pick Derek Barnett, a defensive end, during the NFL Draft in Philadelphia in April. Read related coverage
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Phillies' Ty Kelly gets dunked with water by first baseman Tommy Joseph after the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in 11 innings. Kelly’s hit with the bases loaded scored Joseph for the winning run on July 29. Read related coverage
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Phillies’ centerfielder Odubel Herrera loses his helmet while batting against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on April 21.
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Back in the dugout, right, Phillies starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson reacts to being taken out of the game — with a lead — against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park on June 4. Hellickson got a no decision as the Phillies came from behind to win 9-7. Read related coverage
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The Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins celebrates a three-run homer against the Miami Marlins with teammate Nick Williams in the third inning at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 23.
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The rookie was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for the Phils. They finished with a record of 66–96, putting them in last place in the National League East for the second time in three seasons. Rhys brought some hope and a reason to cheer when he hit 18 home runs in his first 34 games, but then, along with the rest of the team, he hit a slump.
 
The Flyers came up short in their Stadium Series game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 25. Flyers’ right wing Wayne Simmonds leaps while watching the puck fly during the team’s 4-2 loss at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Read related coverage
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Sixers center Joel Embiid and guard T.J. McConnell celebrate McConnell’s game-winning basket against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 11. Read related coverage
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Sixers guard Ben Simmons shoots over forward Derrick Favors during the team’s 107-86 win against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 20. Things seem to have changed for the 76ers this year. The former NBA laughingstocks have sold out each of their eight home games this season. The team is among the NBA leaders in home attendance and has been receiving positive attention nationally while on the road. Read related coverage
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Dawn Staley, coach of the University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team, gets words of praise from former Temple University men’s basketball coach John Chaney at her alma mater, Murrell Dobbins Technical High School in Philadelphia, on April 6. The school honored Staley for coaching her team to the NCAA women’s basketball championship title. Read related coverage
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Appealing to a higher authority, Villanova fans hold up an oversized photo of Pope Francis to root for the men’s basketball team. The Wildcats beat the Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 on Jan. 29.
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Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (center) loses the basketball against Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ (left) and guard Bronson Koenig during the second round of the NCAA basketball championship tournament on March 18 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Wildcats were eliminated from the tournament with the Badgers’ 65-62 win. Read related coverage
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The Philadelphia Soul gather around the trophy to celebrate winning the Arena Bowl 30 Championship after they beat the Tampa Bay Storm 44-40 at the Wells Fargo Center on Aug. 26. Read related coverage
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Neumann-Goretti players celebrates their win over Archbishop Wood at the boys’ Catholic League high school baseball final at Immaculata University on May 27. Neumann-Goretti won the championship, 6-4. Read related coverage
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Alyssa Wilson of Donovan Catholic High School competes in the shot put during the Penn Relays at Franklin Field on April 27. Read related coverage
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Andrew Persaud of Upper Merion buries his face in his jersey after the team’s 39-37 loss to Penncrest in the PIAA District 1 Class5A boys' basketball championship at the Pavilion at Villanova on March 4. Read related coverage
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Brandy Halladay, widow of Phillies’ great Roy Halladay, walks off the stage after delivering a eulogy for her husband. The beloved and accomplished pitcher was killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Nov. 7. Read related coverage
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