Kendra Wilkinson’s husband Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett loses job to Michael Vick

Hank Baskett's football career just went to the dogs. The Philadelphia Eagles yesterday handed walking papers to Baskett, husband of former Playboy model and reality-show star Kendra Wilkinson, to make room on the roster for another player: Michael Vick, the ex-con quarterback at the center of an infamous dog-abuse scandal. According to, Baskett, 27, was cut after moving to the Philly suburbs following his wedding this summer at the Playboy mansion - where 24-year-old Wilkinson co-starred as one of Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends in the E! reality series, "The Girls Next Door." Wilkinson, who is expecting the couple's first baby in December, is now the star of her own E! reality show, "Kendra," on which her wide receiver hubby is often featured. No word on whether Baskett will get more air time now that he's unemployed. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Andy Reid: Donovan McNabb to remain Philadelphia Eagles QB in 2010

ARLINGTON, Tex. - Donovan McNabb believes he still has "a bunch of years" left as the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. But his performance Saturday night won't stop the speculation that he'll soon be run out of town."I say it every year," McNabb said after the Eagles' 34-14 loss to the Cowboys Saturday night. "I want to be here and don't want to be anywhere else."That's fine, but it may not be his choice after losing in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career. Under pressure all game, McNabb struggled to complete 19 of 37 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Worse, he was just 4-for-10 for 39 yards in the first half as the Eagles fell into a 27-7 hole.However, it wasn't his performance that raised doubts about his future. It was his situation. The 33-year-old had his contract restructured last June, and the Eagles gave him a $5 million raise over the next two seasons. But they also refused to extend the deal beyond 2010. That raised red flags all around the City of Brotherly Love, especially since the Eagles have two talented backups in Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb. And it won't go unnoticed that Vick had the Eagles' biggest play Saturday night - a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin."Donovan is a great quarterback," Eagles running back Brian Westbrook said. "We wouldn't have had the success we had without him."And according to Eagles coach Andy Reid, they will still have more. Asked if he expects McNabb to be his starter in 2010, he said, "Yes, I do."That answer, however, probably won't be enough to stop the questions from being asked. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick teams up with BET for documentary series

NFL star Michael Vick will include a TV show.BET has picked up "The Michael Vick Project," a docu-series produced by Vick's company, along with DuBose Entertainment and Category 5 Entertainment, that will follow his return to football and his life outside of the game. "I am not doing this documentary to show people that I am back and unchanged by the experience of the last few years," Vick said in a statement. "I'm allowing the cameras to see the truth - the good, the bad and the ugly results of my decisions - with the sincere hope that it will positively affect others' lives and prevent someone out there from making the same mistakes I did." Eight episodes of the show will begin airing in 2010. Vick returned to the NFL this season, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles after serving 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting business. Loretha Jones, BET's president of original programming, said the show was "about second chances" and that the network was excited to tell Vick's complete story. NASCAR: Time for change Hoping to boost viewership, NASCAR and its television partners Fox, ESPN/ABC and TNT will shift to more consistent starting times. Next season's East Coast races will start at 1 p.m. Eastern time, West Coast-based events at 3 p.m., and all night races, except for one, at 7:30. "I think we started to tamper with something we shouldn't have," said Fox Sports' chairman, David Hill Races have been starting later on Sunday afternoons as networks tried to capture part of the bigger audiences that watch television as the day wears on. The inconsistent times, however, have been partly blamed for lower ratings this season. "We realized that even though we're artificially trying to goose the figures," Hill said, "it wasn't doing any good whatsoever with the core fan that created this sport and turned it from a regional sport into a major national sport." Hill also suggested that while there may be some falloff at the start of next season, Continue Reading

New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith thinks Big Blue can throw on Philadelphia Eagles

Giants receiver Steve Smith has respect for the Philadelphia Eagles' defense and said their cornerbacks are "good" and "savvy." He also thinks they're vulnerable. "I think sometimes they get caught with their eyes in the backfield," Smith said. "You can run right by them sometimes. We're not going to be surprised if we're wide open down the field on a play." Though that quote won't sit well down at the other end of the Turnpike, it sums up what the Giants feel about the Eagles defense heading into their NFC East showdown in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Giants fancy themselves as a big-play passing offense. Against the Eagles, they're convinced they will have opportunities for those plays. "They're going to be there," Smith insisted. "There are going to be a few plays where we're wide open. We've just got to make a play." That, of course, is the key. Over the last two weeks, in losses to the Saints and Cardinals, the Giants have lamented too many missed opportunities. Against the Saints, Smith was wide open early for an easy touchdown only to have Eli Manning's pass sail over his hands. Against the Cardinals, Mario Manningham dropped what should've been a long touchdown in the fourth quarter. Against the Eagles' blitzing attack, they can't fail when they have those chances. "When you do have time to hit a big play you've got to take advantage of it," Manning said. "You've got to hit it." Giants receivers have hit the Eagles plenty. Plaxico Burress had four 100-yard receiving games against the Eagles in his five seasons with the Giants. That included an overtime win on Sept. 17, 2006, when Burress (6-114) and Amani Toomer (12-137) combined for 18 catches and 251 yards. There is a risk, though. The Eagles have 21 sacks this season, tied for second-most in the league. So failing to capitalize on one-on-one coverages could be costly. They also have only given up 13 pass plays of more than 20 yards, and only three have gone for longer than Continue Reading

Months after signing quarterback Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles hand out animal welfare grants

PHILADELPHIA - Months after facing criticism for signing convicted dogfighter Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles are making good on a pledge to support animal welfare groups.The team on Monday unveiled a program called TAWK, which stands for Treating Animals With Kindness. The initiative aims to reduce animal abuse, encourage spaying and neutering and end dogfighting through public education and awareness.The Eagles awarded grants of $50,000 each to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, the Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane Society of the United States.Team spokeswoman Pamela Browner-Crawley says Vick is working with children to discourage them from dogfighting.Vick served 18 months in prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

New York Giants want to exact revenge after losing to Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 playoffs

The Giants desperately need a win on Sunday to stop their little slump from turning into a full-blown crisis. But that's not the only reason they want it.The truth is they've been looking forward to giving the Philadelphia Eagles a little payback for a while. "Yes," said Giants linebacker Danny Clark. "I felt like we had the best team in football last year and I wanted to go to that second consecutive championship. And that was the team that cost us. I definitely have a bad taste in my mouth from Philly." It's been 10 months since the Eagles became the first team to beat the Giants twice at Giants Stadium in the same season, winning 20-14 in early December and again, 23-11, in the divisional round of the playoffs. In the span of six weeks, they did as much damage to the Giants as Plaxico Burress did in one unfortunate night. And the Eagles reveled in it. They were quick to talk about how much easier it was to play the Giants without their No. 1 receiver. The Giants (5-2) haven't forgotten the image of Donovan McNabb, late in the playoff game, scrambling onto the Giants' sideline at the end of a run and picking up the phone to their coaches' booth in a showboating move. "We kept the picture up all offseason," Clark said. "It sits pretty heavy on us." So do their back-to-back losses to the Saints (48-27) and Cardinals, who beat the Giants 24-17 at Giants Stadium on Sunday night. Their struggling quarterback has weighed heavily on the Giants, too, after Eli Manning threw three interceptions against the Cards, including one into double coverage to end the Giants' comeback attempt at the Arizona 21 with 1:08 left in the game. That's more of a concern, considering the Eagles' defense felt it had solved Manning and the Giants' passing attack in their two encounters in December and January. Manning was an ineffective 28-of-56 for 292 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in those games. Both interceptions came in the playoff game. Manning, who has completed just Continue Reading

New York Giants need to restore order by beating Philadelphia Eagles across the street from Series

PHILADELPHIA - There is no finger on the panic button - at least not yet. That's what Tom Coughlin has stressed to his team all week: that the Giants are still in pretty good position at the top of the NFC East standings, as they join the Yankees in invading Philadelphia Sunday. There's no reason to be worried, even after two straight crushing defeats. "We have a half-game lead in the division and we have absolutely nothing to be moping around about," Coughlin said. "A loss is a loss. Move on. You have to bounce back." It's really as simple as that as the Giants (5-2) get back into division play this afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles (4-2). At another time, this game might have been a grudge match for the Giants, who were punched out of the playoffs by the Eagles last year at home in the divisional round. But they've got more important issues to deal with now, such as a defense that was humiliated in a 48-27 loss in New Orleans two weeks ago, then gave up a few too many big passing plays in a 24-17 loss to Arizona last Sunday night. And an offense that has been out of sync for two weeks, directed by a quarterback who is in a two-game slump. Those are significant issues for a team that was 5-0 and isn't exactly used to losing. The Giants are on just their third two-game losing streak in the last three seasons, and they haven't lost three straight since a four-game slide in November and December of 2006. That's one of the reasons Coughlin met with his 13-player Leadership Council on Wednesday, just to make sure his team's psyche was okay. He made sure to tell his team before its first practice of the week that, "Look, you can't do anything about yesterday. But what you do today can help you for tomorrow." "I don't think we needed coach Coughlin to tell us that," said linebacker Antonio Pierce. "It doesn't matter if we were in last place. We're playing the Philadelphia Eagles, the team that knocked us out of the playoffs two of the last three years. Continue Reading

‘Girls Next Door’ star Kendra Wilkinson engaged to Philadelphia Eagle Hank Baskett

It's official: Hugh Hefner's youngest ex is gearing up for an aisle walk. Outspoken "Girls Next Door" star Kendra Wilkinson is engaged to hunky Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, Hefner confirmed in a statement to the Daily News on Thursday. And he plans to give her away. RELATED STORY: HOLLY: HEF'S HIGH MAINTENANCE"Kendra Wilkinson has met someone who she would like to spend the rest of her life with," the Playboy founder said. Playboy Mansion this coming June." RELATED STORY: BRIDGET'S OUTWilkinson, 23, only recently admitted that the two were an item, just after confirming that she and Hefner, 82, had split. PHOTOS: MEET THE SHANNON TWINS"He's a fine piece of a--," Wilkinson told Chelsea Handler last month about her new beau. "He's hot." The couple live on separate coasts, but keep in, uh, touch via online video connector Skype. According to Wilkinson, it's "way better than phone sex." Ahem. Wilkinson, who dated Hefner for four years, is currently moving out of the Playboy Mansion. "I want Hef to be happy," she has said. "That's all I care about." Hefner recently cleaned house, splitting with longtime loves Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, as well as Wilkinson. He's since moved on with 19-year-old twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, with, he says, more ladies to come.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

VIDEO: Stephen A. Smith hints Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is racist

Stephen A. Smith has created yet another controversy for himself by suggesting that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offseason roster moves have been racially motivated. The ESPN loudmouth used Monday's episode of "First Take" to question what Kelly's true reasons were in getting rid of black players like LeSean McCoy, Trent Cole and Jeremy Maclin while keeping Riley Cooper, the underproducing white wide reciver who was filmed using racial epithets at a Kenny Chesney concert in 2013. "Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable," Smith said, before hinting that a player's skin color, not talent, is what Kelly is most interested in. "We’re sitting there looking at some of the decisions Chip Kelly makes and I’m like, what is up with that? You got to be his kind of guy, you know, and I’m like, Cooper is your kind of guy?" Fellow “First Take” pundit Skip Bayless said he "totally agree[d]" with Smith but was more than happy letting his co-host go it alone with the more inflammatory allegations. “Let’s get beyond the system. The operative word is 'culture.' The culture is what resonates with me more profoundly because I’m loking at Chip Kelly and, I’m like, really? “I’m going to repeat this. Gone: Lesean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, you know, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Cooper. Really? Really?” Smith’s race-bating rant against Kelly comes months after he served a one-week suspension for his comments in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal suggesting that domestic abuse victims shared some responsibility for physical assault. “Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” Smith said in July in resopnse to the video of Rice dragging his unconscious wife, Janay Palmer, out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. “If we come Continue Reading

Byron Maxwell guarantees a Super Bowl appearance for the Philadelphia Eagles

Byron Maxwell isn’t shy about his expectations for the 2015 Philadelphia Eagles. They’ll be playing in Super Bowl 50, at least according to him. “You can take that as a guarantee,” Maxwell told “That’s just me believing in my team and the product we’re going to put out there on the field. I really do believe that. I have no choice but to think that way.” RELATED: CHIP KELLY DENIES RACISM BEHIND EAGLES' ROSTER MOVES Fresh off of two Super Bowl appearances with the Seahawks, Maxwell sees plenty of similarities between his new squad in Philadelphia and his old one in Seattle. And that’s why he’s so confident that Chip Kelly’s Eagles will go to the Super Bowl. Asked what he thought he brought to the Eagles, Maxwell said, “Experience. Because I’ve been there before. Knowing what it’s like if we go that far. Because we’re gonna go that far this year — meaning the playoffs and the Super Bowl. We’re gonna go that far.” The similarities between the Seahawks and Eagles run deep, according to Maxwell. From the types of coverages that he’ll be playing in to the music at practice, the cornerback said it was the same on both squads. The coaches, Kelly and Pete Carroll, are also similar, he felt. “It’s pretty much the same,” Maxwell said. “They teach you mental toughness, and being strong, and checking in with yourself and competing with yourself and bringing the best out of yourself every day. That’s really what both of them try to get through to you. They might use different words, but that’s basically what they’re trying to get through.” Maxwell essentially declined comment on LeSean McCoy’s comments that Kelly got rid of “all the good black players.” The new Eagles cornerback said he doesn’t think about McCoy’s feelings and said he has a “good relationship” with Continue Reading