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Consecutive postseason field goal attempts made by Packers kicker Mason Crosby

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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Embiid, Sixers battle past Bucks After being held without field goal in 1st half, scoring just 4 points, Joel Embiid bounces back to finish with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocked shots as he leads Sixers to 113-104 victory over host Bucks. Sixers, playing without point guard T.J. McConnell (sprained wrist) and center Nerlens Noel (sprained ankle), end 9-game losing streak against Bucks. Dario Saric adds 17 points as 8 Sixers score in double figures. Sixers win for 6th time in last 8 games. Sixers to host Atlantic Division-leading Raptors on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

2. Packers oust Cowboys in epic battle Cowboys battle back from 15-point deficit during 2nd half, but Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal as time expires boosts visiting Packers to 34-31 triumph. Crosby has made 23 straight postseason field goals. Aaron Rodgers throws for 356 yards, 2 TDs for Packers, who will visit Falcons next Sunday for NFC Championship game. In Saturday’s NFC game, Matt Ryan passes for 338 yards, 3 TDs against Seahawks’ vaunted defense as Falcons advance to NFC Championship Game with 36-20 victory. In AFC playoffs Sunday, Steelers’ Chris Boswell kicks NFL playoff-record 6 field goals, holding penalty wipes out 2-point conversion late in 4th quarter as Chiefs lose to visiting Steelers, 18-16. Steelers will visit Patriots next Sunday in AFC Championship Game. On Saturday, former Eagle Dion Lewis becomes 1st player in NFL postseason history to have rushing TD, receiving TD and return TD (98 yards on kickoff) in same game as Patriots defeat visiting Texans, 34-16, to reach their 6th straight AFC Championship Game.

3. Flyers fall apart in 3rd Flyers allow 4 goals during 5-minute span in 3rd period, lose to host Capitals, 5-0. Justin Williams, Matt Niskanen score 2 goals apiece during that span. First Capitals goal comes in 2nd period after bad turnover by Michael Del Zotto. Capitals win 9th straight game. Flyers lose 9th straight on road. Flyers begin “bye” week, with no practices until Friday and no games until Saturday.

4. Villanova celebrates return to No. 1 After returning to top of national rankings, Villanova pulls away in 2nd half for 76-46 shellacking of Seton Hall. Kris Jenkins scores 16 points to lead 5 Wildcats in double figures. Villanova (18-1) spent 1 week at No. 3 before returning to top of national rankings Monday. Top-ranked Baylor drops to No. 6 after being blown out by 7th-ranked West Virginia. Wildcats jump ahead of 2nd-ranked Kansas even though Jayhawks receive more first-place votes. Villanova (17-1), which blew out Xavier and beat St. John’s last week.

5. Price is right for Explorers Jordan Price scores 23 points, dishes out 5 assists to lead La Salle to its 4th straight win, a 79-69 decision over visiting George Washington. In Saturday’s games, redshirt freshman Donte DiVincenzo comes off bench to score 19 points, help 3rd-ranked Villanova defeat host St. John’s, 70-57. at Madison Square Garden despite poor shooting by Wildcats; Sammy Mojica scores 9 points, snares 15 rebounds, dishes out 10 assists to power Drexel’s 76-60 triumph over visiting Delaware; Saint Joseph’s attempt to rally from 13-point halftime falls short against visiting Richmond, 70-66, despite 17 points by Hawks’ Lamarr Kimble, 14 by Nick Robinson; Tulsa hits winning shot with 3 seconds remaining to defeat host Temple, 70-68, despite career-high 25 points by Shizz Alston Jr.; and Penn loses for 2nd straight night, 82-70 to Brown, despite 20 points by Matt Howard, 19 by Darnell Foreman.

6. Sources: Phillies close on Saunders PMultiple reports say Phillies close to signing left-handed hitting outfielder Michael Saunders, who made AL All-Star team with Blue Jays in 2016 before tailing off during 2nd half of season. Phillies avoid arbitration with SS Freddy Galvis, reliever Jeanmar Gomez by signing them to 1-year contracts. Galvis, who hit 20 homers and drove in 67 runs, to be paid $4.35 million for 2017.  Gomez, who led the Phillies in saves, receives contract that reportedly pays him $4.2 million. Cesar Hernandez is remaining Phillie eligible for arbitration.

7. Flyers alumni ties Penguins alumni Flyers alumni, Penguins alumni battle to 3-3 tie at Wells Fargo as part of Flyers’ celebration of 50th anniversary of franchise. Dave Brown, Danny Briere, Eric Desjardins score for Flyers. Ryan Malone scores first 2 goals for Penguins, Tyler Kennedy scores tying goal. After Saturday’s appearance, Bob Clarke, Bill Barber “retire” from alumni games. Legion of Doom (Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mikael Renberg) reunites.

8. McDermott seems to fit the Bill(s) Bills hire former Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as head coach. McDermott, a La Salle High graduate, was defensive coordinator for Panthers. McDermott replaces Rex Ryan. In other NFL coaching news, Rams hire 30-year-old Sean McVay as head coach, making Redskins offensive coordinator youngest head coach in NFL history. Broncos hire Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to replace Gary Kubiak, who retires. Joseph was defensive backs coach for Kubiak with Texans. Broncos hire former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, a position he held before going to San Diego.

9. Union trade up in 2nd round Union, without a 1st-round pick in MLS Superdraft, trade their second 2nd-round pick, No. 42 overall, and allocation money to Minnesota to move up to 3rd pick in 2nd round (No. 25 overall). With No. 25 pick, Union select South Florida midfielder Marcus Epps. With 33rd overall pick, Union select Clemson defender Aaron Jones. Draft continues Tuesday, with Union having one 3rd-round pick (No. 55) and two 4th-round picks (Nos. 77, 82).

10. Snuka dies at 73 Pro wrestling icon Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka dies at age 73. Snuka had been in hospice care in Florida. Earlier this month, Lehigh County judge cites Snuka’s medical condition when dismissing murder charge against Snuka in 1983 death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in Whitehall Township hotel room.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Sixers 102, Hornets 93
Men’s Basketball
Yale 68, Penn 60

Saturday
Boston 6, Flyers 3
Washington 109, Sixers 93
Men’s Basketball

Villanova 70, St. John’s 57
Richmond 70, St. Joseph’s 66
Tulsa 70, Temple 68
Drexel 76, Delaware 60
Brown 82, Penn 70

Sunday
Washington 5, Flyers 0
Men’s Basketball
La Salle 79, G.Washington 69

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Sixers 113, Milwaukee 104
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46

Tuesday
No games scheduled

Wednesday
Raptors at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Temple at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Massachusetts, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Men’s Basketball

Davidson at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Drexel at Elon, 7 p.m.

Friday
Trail Blazers at Sixers, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball

Providence vs. Villanova, noon
(at Wells Fargo Center)
Drexel at UNCW, 4 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Penn, 7 p.m.

Sunday
Flyers at Islanders, 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
La Salle at VCU, 2 p.m.

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