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The Sun's Arizin: Monangai will stay with the Eagles in 2016

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Congrats to the former Villanova running back.

Villanova is moving in the polls again, and back in the right direction, after a strong opening to Big East play over the long holiday weekend. Hopefully that kept your spirits up on the first Monday morning of the new year.

That wasn't the only good news yesterday though. Former Villanova football standout Kevin Monangai signed a futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. That will keep him with the team through the offseason and into next year's training camp. It's a testament to the hard work Monangai has put in over the years, and especially in a long stint on the Eagles practice squad during the 2015 season. That isn't too different from how Villanova alums like Brian Finneran and Darrel Young -- who both started games in the league -- got their career's started.

And now, the "news."

Eagles sign 7 practice squad players to futures contracts | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Those seven players are: T Brett Boyko, G Malcolm Bunche, LB Brandon Hepburn, WR Freddie Martino, RB Kevin Monangai, DT Travis Raciti, LB Deontae Skinner.

Villanova is, again, the team to beat in the Big East | Metro
Jay Wright may not want to hear it — and you can be absolutely sure he’ll have his players minds’ focusing strictly on Seton Hall Wednesday and nothing else -- but once again it appears the Big East runs through Villanova this season.

Maryland responds from sluggish B1G opener to suffocate Northwestern | ESPN
Lots of Villanova nods in this article.

How to improve college basketball's early season | IndyStar.com
What if the people who stage a 68-team tournament at the end of every season staged a 16-team tournament at the beginning? What if it happened in December? And what if the winner was guaranteed an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament?

Lawyers from Penn State case against NCAA switch firms | Philadelphia Business Journal
Seiberling is a 2003 Villanova University School of Law graduate.

Virginia Basketball: Breaking down the Cavaliers' offensive success | Streaking The Lawn
UVa has the most efficient offense in the country... Yeah, we knew that already.

and then . . .

Zach LeDay helps Virginia Tech hold off No. 4 Virginia | ESPN
Zach LeDay scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and blocked London Perrantes' attempt to tie the game in the final seconds, and Virginia Tech stunned No. 4 Virginia 70-68 on Monday night.

Observations: Maryland's guards are the best in the nation | CBSSports.com
Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon are a big reason the Terrapins are winning, Oregon State is going to be tough to beat at home and more notes from CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

Daily News Football All-Star Team | MetroWest Daily News
A force on the offensive line for the Mohawks, Villanova-bound Fallon helped pave the way for Pierre-Charles and quarterback Ryan Smith.

Chargers, Raiders and Rams file for relocation to Los Angeles | CBSSports.com
The Chargers, Rams and Raiders officially filed papers for relocation to Los Angeles on Monday night.

KenPom Predictor | GamePredict.us
Pick two teams, and the site used the KenPom.com math to predict the outcome.

The Evolution of Friar Dom: America's Creepiest Mascot | Cox Hub
Friar Dom has gone through many changes over the years, but one thing has remained: his creepiness. #DontFallAsleep.