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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Pederson: Everyone didn’t play hard Eagles head coach Doug Pederson admits “not everybody” played hard during Eagles’ 32-14 loss to Bengals. Pederson also says he has been assured by Eagles management that he will return for 2nd season as head coach.
2. Bengals bash Eagles Bengals score on their first six possessions en route to 32-14 victory over listless visiting Eagles, who drop 6th straight road game. Eagles (5-7) don’t score until 4th quarter, with Bengals holding 29-0 lead. Bengals QB Andy Dalton completes 23 of 31 passes for 332 yards, 2 TDs. Carson Wentz completes 36 of 60 passes for 308 yards, 241 of which came after halftime. Wentz throws 3 interceptions. Eagles host Redskins next Sunday (1 p.m.).
3. No playoffs for Penn State NCAA selection committee chooses Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington for national playoffs, leaving out Big Ten champion Penn State, which will face USC in Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. On Saturday, Penn State rallies from 21-point deficit to defeat Wisconsin, 38-31, in Big Ten Championship Game. Nittany Lions (11-2) extend winning streak to 9 games. QB Trace McSorley completes 22 of 31 passes for 384 yards, 4 TDs. Saeed Blacknall catches 8 passes for 155 yards, 2 TD, including 40-yarder that cuts deficit to 28-14 late in 1st half and 70-yarder on first play of first 2nd-half possession. Saquon Barkley ties scores, 28-28, with 1-yard run, then, after Wisconsin takes lead with field goal, catches perfectly thrown 18-yard wheel route with 13:41 remaining to put Penn State ahead for good. Grant Haley, Marcus Allen combine to make key stop on fourth-and-1 in Penn State territory on Wisconsin’s final possession.
4. Owls sink Navy, go to Military Bowl After defeating Navy in American Athletic Conference Championship Game, Temple will go to Military Bowl on Dec. 27 to battle Wake Forest. Against Navy, Temple scores on its first 3 possessions en route to 34-10 triumph over 19th-ranked Midshipmen. Owls (10-3), who extend winning streak to 7 games, win program’s 1st conference title since 1967. Phillip Walker completes 16 of 25 passes for 199 yards, 2 TDs. Defends holds vaunted Navy rushing attack, which entered game averaging 342 yards, to 168 yards on 44 carries. Owls’ highly-ranked defense, which hasn’t allowed more than 13 points in its last 5 games, RBs Ryquell Armstead, Jahad Thomas each run for TD. Temple, which moves into Top 25 poll at No. 23, will find out its bowl destination today.
5. Sixers lose 7th straight Center Joel Embiid onlty has 7 points through 3 quarters as Sixers fall to Nuggets, 106-98, extending their losing streak to 7 games. Embiid finished with 16 points in his first sub-par game. Dario Saric, Ersan Ilyasova, Sergio Rodriguez pace Sixers with 17 points apiece. Center/forward Jahlil Okafor does not play due to stomach illness, will not make trip for tonight’s game (8 p.m.) in Memphis. Robert Covington (knee), guard Jerryd Bayless (wrist soreness) continue to be sidelined. Embiid also will miss tonight’s game (resting in 2nd of back-to-back games).
6. Read to miss month Forward Matt Read expected to miss month with “upper body” injury after being checked from behind into goal post. Flyers recall forward Taylor Leier from Phantoms, send down Scott Laughton, who has been healthy scratch past 5 games. Flyers host Panthers tonight (7 p.m.). On Sunday, Wayne Simmonds scores twice as Flyers extend winning streak to 5 games with 4-2 victory over host Nashville.Michael Raffl breaks 2-2 tie 16:37 into 2nd period. Chris VandeVelde adds empty-net goal in 3rd period. Flyers goalie Steve Mason makes 30 saves.
7. Wildcats No. 1 Villanova (8-0) moves to top of national rankings after top-ranked Kentucky lost to 11th-ranked UCLA. Wildcats face La Salle tonight (7 p.m.) at Palestra. On Saturday, Kris Jenkins scores 20 points, Josh Hart registers triple double (16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) as Villanova extends Big 5 winning streak to 16 games with 88-57 dismantling of visiting Saint Joseph’s, which loses its 4th straight game — and its 5th straight to Wildcats in the annual “Holy War.” In another Big 5 game, Temple scores final 6 points to fend off late charge by Penn, 70-62, to register its 5th straight victory. In other games, B.J. Johnson scores 22 points, Jordan Price adds 20 as La Salle bounces back from 2-point halftime deficit to post 83-73 victory over visiting Bucknell, and Kari Jonsson scores career-high 25 points to boost Drexel past host High Point (N.C), 78-72.
8. Giants, Redskins lose Ben Roethlisberger throws for 289 yards, 2 TDs as Steelers defeat visiting Giants, 24-14, to end their 6-game winning streak. In other games Sunday, Cardinals defeat Redskins, 31-23; Falcons rally to take lead on Chiefs, but 2-point conversion to go up by 3 points intercepted by safety Eric Berry, who returns in 100 yards to give Chiefs 2 points in 29-28 victory; Ravens destroy Dolphins, 38-6; Lions top Saints, 28-13; Packers defeat visiting Texans, 21-13; and Seahawks pulverize Panthers, 40-7, but lose safety Earl Thomas for rest of season with fractured lower leg. On Thursday, Cowboys slip past host Vikings, 17-15, for 11th straight win.
9. Report: Phillies sign Benoit Phillies agree to 1-year, $7.5 millon contract with reliever Joaquin Benoit, according to Comcast SportsNet’s Jim Salisbury. Benoit, 39, pitched well for the Blue Jays last season after being acquired from the Mariners, but did not pitch in the playoff due to a calf injury.
10. Talley era ends with playoff defeat Chase Vinatieri, nephew of NFL kicking great Adam Vinatieri, makes 40-yard field goal with 1:21 remaining to lift South Dakota State to 10-7 victory over visiting Villanova in second round of FCS playoffs. Loss ends Andy Talley’s 32-year tenure as head coach. Wildcats contain Jackrabbits’ high-scoring offense, limiting it to less than half its average in yards, but Villanova’s only score comes on Zach Bednarczyk’s 6-yard TD pass to Alex Padovani 2 seconds before halftime. Talley was 230-137-1 as Villanova’s head coach.
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Magic 105, Sixers 88
Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1
Celtics 107, Sixers 106
AAC Championship Game
Temple 34, Navy 10
Big Ten Championship Game
Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
S.Dakota St. 10, Villanova 7
Villanova 88, St. Joseph’s 57
La Salle 83, Bucknell 73
Temple 70, Penn 62
Drexel at78, High Point (N.C.) 72
Bengals 32, Eagles 14
Flyers 4, Nashville 2
Nuggets 106, Sixers 98
Panthers at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Villanova vs. La Salle, 7 p.m.
Kings at Sixers, ppd. (no date)
G.Washington at Temple, 7 p.m.
Lafayette at Penn, 8 p.m.
Oilers at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
No games scheduled
Stars at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Sixers at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Villanova vs. Notre Dame, noon
(in Newark, N.J.)
George Mason at Penn, 2 p.m.
Miami Hoophall Invitational
Temple vs. DePaul, 11:30 a.m.
La Salle vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m.
Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Flyers at Detroit, 5 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Drexel, 6 p.m.
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