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Consecutive losses for Flyers

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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Eagles bury Cowboys Eagles score 30 points in 2nd half to erase halftime deficit, crush Cowboys, 37-9. Eagles (9-1) win 8th straight game, virtually wrap up NFC East by taking 4-game lead on Cowboys (5-5). Eagles rush for 215 yards, including 91 by Jay Ajayi. LB Nigel Bradham puts icing on cake with 37-yard fumble return for TD in 4th quarter. Eagles intercept Cowboys QB Dak Prescott 3 times, including once by CB Ronald Darby, playing for 1st time since dislocating ankle in season opener. Eagles lose kicker Jake Elliott in 1st half due to potential concussion. Cowboys without RB Ezekiel Elliott, who is serving 6-game suspension. Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring), kicker Dan Bailey (groin), RB Darren McFadden, OT Tyron Smith (back, groin) inactive for tonight’s game.

2. Low five Ivan Provorov opens scoring, but Canucks respond quickly with 2 goals in 19 seconds to take lead en route to 5-2 victory over host Flyers, who lose 5th straight game. Canucks score 4 unanswered goals before Jakub Voracek scores during 3rd period. Goalie Michal Neuvirth pulled after allowing 4th goal. Rookie Brock Boeser, recruited to North Dakota by Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, scores twice for Canucks. Flyers visit Islanders on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

3. Sixers hammer Jazz Ben Simmons pours in 27 points, grabs 10 rebounds as Sixers defeat visiting Jazz, 107-86. J.J. Redick adds 20 points, and Joel Embiid contributes 15 points, 11 rebounds despite being questionable to play due to knee soreness. Sixers will host Trail Blazers on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

4. Gudas suspended 10 games NHL suspends Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas 10 games after being assessed major penalty, game misconduct for slashing Matthew Perrault on Thursday during shootout loss to Jets. In other Flyers news, Flyers will host Penguins in outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23, 2019. Flyers have lost previous 3 outdoor games, including one at Citizens Bank Park and one against Penguins at Heinz Field.

5. Saints rally for OT win over Redskins Drew Brees throws for 385 yards as Saints rally from 15-point deficit in final 3 minutes en route to 34-31 overtime victory over visiting Redskins, improving to 8-2 with 8th straight win. In other games early Sunday afternoon, Vikings vanquish Rams, 24-7, in battle of teams with 7-2 records; Giants win battle of field goals to upset visiting Chiefs in overtime, 12-9; Patriots power past Raiders, 33-8; and Ravens shut out Packers, 23-0. On Monday, Falcons edge Seahawks, 34-31. On Thursday, Ben Roethlisberger throws 4 TD passes, including 3 to Antonio Brown, as Steelers top Titans, 40-17. Steelers (8-2) score 17 points in 4th quarter.

6. Sixers reward Covington Sixers, small forward Robert Covington agree to 4-year contract extension worth $62 million, according to report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Covington is excellent defensive player who is developing into offensive weapon (16.5 points per game this year) with 3-point shot (49.5 percent this year)..

7. Towson defeats Penn Towson defeats Penn, 79-71, in 2nd round of Gulf Coast Showcase despite 25 points by Ryan Betley. On Monday, AJ Brodeur scores 25 points,Max Rothschild adds career-high 22 as Penn defeats Northern Illinois, 93-80, at Gulf Coast Showcase.

8. Barkley leads Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley carries 17 times for 158 yards, 3 TDs before leaving game early as 10th-ranked Penn State scores 42 points in 1st half en route to 56-44 triumph over visiting Nebraska, which scored 3 TDs in final 7 minutes of 4th quarter to make final score closer. In Saturday’s other games, Villanova defeats visiting Delaware for 6th straight time, 28-7, probably ending Blue Hens’ hopes for at-large bid to NCAA playoffs; Penn stops Cornell twice on plays at 1-yard line at end of game to secure 29-22 season-ending victory highlighted by Justin Watson’s 13 receptions for 192 yards and Karekin Brooks’ 146 yards rushing on 17 carries, and 15th-ranked Central Florida flattens host Temple, 45-19, to remain undefeated. In later game, 10th-ranked Penn State (8-2) hosts Nebraska (4 p.m.).

9. Truex captures 1st title Martin Truex Jr. edges Kyle Busch by .681 seconds in Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win his first overall NASCAR title. It’s also first NASCAR title for Furniture Row Racing.

10. Last ride Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 25th in Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday in his final NASCAR race. Earnhardt Jr. has been most popular NASCAR driver for past decade. It may also be final NASCAR race for 45-year-old Matt Kenseth, who finishes 8th Sunday one week after winning Can-am 500 in Phoenix. In related news, Danica Patrick reveals she will only compete in Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year and then will retire.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 104, Lafayette 57
Charleston Classic

Temple 88, Auburn 74
(at Charleston, S.C.)
Paradise Jam
Drexel 84, Houston 80
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

Saturday
Flames 5, Flyers 4 (OT)
Warriors 124, Sixers 116
College Football
C.Florida 45, Temple 19
Penn State 56, Nebraska 44
Villanova 28, Delaware 7
Penn 29, Cornell 22
Men’s Basketball
Penn 99, PSU-Brandywine at Penn 40
St. Joseph’s 71, Princeton 58
Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament
Northwestern 82, La Salle 74
(at Uncasville, Ct.)
Paradise Jam
Mercer 78, Drexel 59
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

Sunday
Eagles 37, Cowboys 9
Men’s Basketball
Charleston Classic
Championship game

Temple 67, Clemson 60
(at Charleston, S.C.)
Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament
Boston College 82, La Salle 61
(at Uncasville, Ct.)
Paradise Jam
Third-place game

Drake 90, Drexel 88
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Sixers 107, Jazz 86
Men’s Basketball
Gulf Coast Showcase

Penn 93, N.Illinois80
(at Estero, Fla.)

Tuesday
Canucks 5, Flyers 2
Men’s Basketball
Gulf Coast Showcase
Towson 79, Penn 71
(at Estero, Fla.)

Wednesday
Trail Blazers at Sixers, 7 pm.
Flyers at Islanders, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Miami vs. La Salle, 6 p.m.
(at Reading)
Battle for Atlantis
Villanova vs. W.Kentucky, 2:30 p.m.
(at Atlantis, Bahamas)
Gulf Coast Showcase
Penn vs. TBD
(at Estero, Fla.)

Thursday
Men’s Basketball
Battle for Atlantis
Villanova vs. Tennessee/Purdue, TBA
(at Atlantis, Bahamas)
Wooden Legacy Tournament
St. Joseph’s vs. Washington St., 6 p.m.
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Friday
Islanders at Flyers, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Battle for Atlantis
Villanova vs. TBD
(at Atlantis, Bahamas)

Wooden Legacy Tournament
St. Joseph’s vs. Harvard/St. Mary’s, TBD
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Saturday
Magic at Sixers, 7 p.m.
College Football
Penn State at Maryland, 3:30 p.m.
Temple at Tulsa, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Drexel at NJIT, 4 p.m.
Penn at Monmouth, 7 p.m.
Wooden Legacy Tournament
St. Joseph’s vs. TBD
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Sunday
Bears at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Temple at La Salle, 5 p.m.

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