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Victories for Panthers this season, losing just once

A trio of transfers helped Temple win six straight games, but an injury to Will Cummings has reminded the Owls which player is the foundation of their success. In this edition of College Hoops Notebook, Eric Fisher also examines Penn’s effort against Villanova, the divergent experiences of a pair of former Saint Joseph’s guards in the NBA and looks back at one of La Salle’s greatest teams.

The Phillies’ payroll is almost double the Royals’ payroll, but the biggest difference between the World Series-bound Royals and the Phillies is the qualities they value in players while building their respective teams.

Disdain for the two head coaches, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll, leaves Eric Fisher without a rooting interest in Super Bowl XLIX.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Broncos, Panthers look Super Broncos, Panthers to meet in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday (6:30 p.m.). Panthers LB Thomas Davis has hopes of playing in Super Bowl 50 despite having surgery on broken right arm after NFC Championship Game. Broncos QB Peyton Manning playing in his 4th Super Bowl.

2. Super Bowl preview show We will break down and analyze Super Bowl 50 at a special time (11:30 a.m.-noon) Sunday during PhillyPhanatics.com’s Super Bowl Preview Show on Blog Talk Radio. Ron Opher, Josh Landsburg and host Eric Fisher will analyze the matchups and predict a winner. The Sixers’ options as they approach the trade deadline and the impact of Sean Couturier’s injury on the Flyers are other likely topics of discussion. To ask a question, express an opinion or simply to listen in live, please call 1-805-727-7014. You can also listen to the show live, or later in archive, at blogtalkradio.com. (To listen to past shows, please click here.)

3. Flyers lose in shootout Keith Yandle scores with 12.9 seconds left in regulation, then Rangers win shootout to notch 3-2 victory over host Flyers, whose 3-game winning streak ends. Rangers score on both shootout attempts. Flyers don’t score in either of their shootout attempts. Shayne Gostisbehere contributes goal, assist for Flyers. Ryan White, who provides screen on Gostisbhere’s second-period power play goal, puts Flyers back ahead with goal 5:46 into 3rd period. Goalies Steve Mason, Henrik Lundqvist make 26 saves apiece. Wayne Simmonds, who had scored 2 goals in each of previous 2 games, receives match penalty, automatic ejection in 1st period for punch to jaw of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh after McDonagh cross-checks him in head. Nick Cousins replaces injured Sean Couturier in lineup. Flyers play at Washington on Sunday (noon) in 2nd half of back-to-back afternoon games against division rivals.

4. Couturier likely out for month Center Sean Couturier, who played 2 games after missing 3 with “lower body” injury, expected to miss four weeks after recurrence of the same injury during Thursday’s 6-3 victory over Predators. Couturier had 16 points in his last 16 games. Flyers call up Nick Cousins from Phantoms to fill Couturier’s roster spot.

5. Wildcats get revenge, could be No. 1 Third-ranked Villanova avenges defeat by Providence two weeks ago by defeating 11th-ranked Friars, 72-60, on their home court. Darryl Reynolds, starting in place of center Daniel Ochefu (concussion) leads four Wildcats in double figures with 19 points, 10 rebounds. With No. 1 Oklahoma State losing to Kansas State and No. 2 North Carolina losing twice, Villanova could be No. 1 in new poll. In Saturday’s other games,  Mark Williams scores season-high 16 points, Central Florida putback at buzzer waived off as visiting Temple escapes with 62-60 victory, pushing head coach Fran Dunphy ahead of Temple legend John Chaney and into first place among Big 5 coaches with his 517th career win; Shavar Newkirk scores 17 points, DeAndre Bembry adds 16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists as St. Joseph’s bounces back from loss to St. Bonaventure with 82-60 triumph over host Fordham; Darien Nelson-Henry (18 points, 12 rebounds), Max Rothschild (14 points, 11 rebounds), Matt Howard (12 points, 11 rebounds post double-doubles as Penn defeats visiting Harvard, 67-57; Drexel scores just 10 points in first half of 60-38 loss to host Charleston, the Dragons’ 8th straight defeat; and Rhode Island hands La Salle its 8th straight defeat, 79-62. On Friday, Nelson-Henry scores 19 points (17 in 2nd half), freshman Jake Silpe contributes 13 points, 8 assists, 5 steals as Penn defeats visiting Dartmouth, 71-64, to notch its first Ivy League victory this season.

6. Sixers win without Smith Jahlil Okafor scores 22 points, grabs season-high 17 rebounds and point guard T.J. McConnell, starting in place of Ish Smith (ankle injury) contributes 17 points, 6 assists as Sixers defeat visiting Nets, 103-98. Robert Covington gives Sixers lead they never relinquish with 3-pointer with 1:16 remaining in regulation. Nerlens Noel adds 18 points for Sixers, who will host Clippers on Monday (7 p.m.). Sixers pay tribute to Darryl Dawkins, who died in August, during Saturday’s game.

7. Report: Flyers-Penguins outdoors in 2017 ESPN reports Flyers will face Penguins in outdoor game in 2016-17. Other media have reported outdoor game between Flyers, Penguins under discussion.

8. Eagles suspend search  Eagles have suspend search for new personnel chief until after NFL Draft. At news conference introducing Doug Pederson as Eagles head coach, owner Jeffrey Lurie said team would hire new personnel chief and that front-office structure not determined. But now it appears that Howie Roseman will once again be in charge of draft, as well as signing free agent.

9. Favre headlines Hall class; no for T.O. Former Packers QB Brett Favre headlines 8-man Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Other inductees will be Orlando Pace (offensive tackle); Kevin Greene (DE/LB); Marvin Harrison (WR); former head coach Tony Dungy; Ken Stabler (QB); Dick Stanfel (guard); and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Harrison was a teammate of current Broncos QB Peyton Manning on Super Bowl-winning Colts team coached by Dungy. Stabler and Stanfel, nominated by Senior Committee, both died last summer. Former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens, in his 1st year or eligibility, did not receive enough votes for induction.

10. Newton named MVP Panthers QB Cam Newton named NFL MVP by Associated Press. Panthers’ Ron Rivera named AP coach of year. Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips named AP assistant coach of year. Other award winners include Texans DE J.J. Watt (defensive player of year), Bucs QB Jameis Winston (rookie of year), Chiefs safety Eric Berry (comeback player of year), and 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (Walter Payton NFL man of year).

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Washington 106, Sixers 94
Men’s Basketball
Penn 71, Dartmouth 64

Saturday
Rangers 3, Flyers 2 (Rangers win shootout, 2-0)
Sixers 103, Nets 98
Men’s Basketball
Temple 62, C.Florida 60
St. Joseph’s 82, Fordham 60
Villanova 72, Providence 60
Charleston 60, Drexel 38
Penn 67, Harvard 57
R.Island 79, La Salle 62

Sunday
Flyers at Capitals, noon

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Clippers at Sixers, 7 p.m.

Tuesday
Ducks at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Kings at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
St. Joseph’s at G.Washington, 7 p.m.
La Salle at Davidson, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Sabres at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Connecticut at Temple, 7 p.m.
Drexel at Delaware, 7 p.m.

Friday
Men’s Basketball
Penn at Columbia, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Devils at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Drexel at Northeastern, 1 p.m.
Penn at Cornell, 6 p.m.
La Salle at St. Joseph’s, 8 p.m.
St. John’s vs. Villanova, 8 p.m.
(at Wells Fargo Center)

Sunday
Flyers at Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
S.Florida at Temple, 3 p.m.

FOR LEAGUE-WIDE SCORES AND STANDINGS, CLICK ON THE LINKS UNDER THE “STANDINGS” HEADING IN THE SIDEBAR TO THE RIGHT, OR IN THE HEADING AT THE UPPER-RIGHT OF THIS PAGE

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Heel Turns: NFL copying WrestleMania

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The Flyers hope to leap over five teams in order to move into playoff position, and they have games in hand on all five. With 15 games in 29 days, February could make or break the Flyers’ playoff hopes. Eric Fisher also examines how much the Flyers missed Sean Couturier, John Scott’s All-Star adventure and Canada’s woes.

College Notebook: Soaring Hawks aiming high

January - 31 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

St. Joseph’s is riding its second 7-game winning streak this season as it makes its case for an NCAA Tournament bid. In this edition of College Basketball Notebook, Eric Fisher also examines Temple’s inconsistency, when Villanova can avenge a key loss and why there is hope for Penn’s future.

Heel Turns: Triple H good for business

January - 30 - 2016 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling explains why WWE felt the need to make Triple H champion. Achilles Heel also speculates about a possible WrestleMania 32 match for Brock Lesnar, reviews the Royal Rumble and explains why NXT’s talent acquisitions are good for wrestlers with independent organizations.

Sixers Notebook: Trade Okafor or Noel?

January - 30 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Although Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, two of the Sixers’ young big men, were selected for the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that their games don’t mesh on the court. Should one of them be traded?

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