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Plus-minus rating for Shayne Gostisbehere during Union’s 7-4 win in NCAA title game

Tiny Union College of Schenectady, N.Y. wrote its own Rocky story at the Wells Fargo Center. Led by Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere, the Dutchmen captured their first NCAA hockey title, beating powerhouses Boston Colege and Minnesota in the Frozen Four.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on honoring the Taney Dragons, the Eagles’ kicker situation and the difficult road ahead for the Union.

After falling behind by two goals early in Game 2 of their series with the Rangers, the resilient Flyers respond with four straight goals and Ray Emery stops the next 29 shots as the Flyers post a 4-2 victory to even series at 1-1 and end their Madison Square Garden losing streak at nine games. Rookie Jason Akeson scores the tying goal. Luke Schenn scores the winning goal.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles return against Cardinals After week off for bye, Eagles return to action Sunday (4 p.m.) against Cardinals in battle of 5-1 teams. Game to be held in Glendale, Ariz., where Eagles hope to return on Feb. 1 for Super Bowl.

2. Sproles, Kendricks questionable RB Darren Sproles, LB Mychal Kendricks listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Cardinals, as is center Jason Kelce. Sproles, who sprained his medial collateral ligament (MCL) during 27-0 win over Giants, and Kendricks, who hasn’t played since suffering calf injury Sept. 15 against Colts, were both limited participants in practice this week and will be game-time decisions. Kelce (sports hernia) wasn’t expected to play until Nov. 2 at Houston. RB Chris Polk (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday. Guard Evan Mathis, who tore medial collateral ligament (MCL) in left knee in season opener, returned to practice Wednesday. Because he was put on short-term injured reserve, Mathis not eligible to play until Nov. 10 vs. Panthers.

3. Eagles preview show at special time Join Gordon Glantz, Josh Landsburg and Eric Fisher at special time (3-3:30 p.m.) Sunday as they preview Eagles-Cardinals game. Other topics will be Flyers’ decision to recall defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and preview of Sixers’ season. To express an opinion, ask a question or simply to listen in live, please call 1-805-727-7014. (To listen to past shows, click here)

4. Flyers call up Gostisbehere With defenseman Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, who formed the Flyers’ top defensive pairing entering this season, both expected to miss 4 weeks with lower-body injuries, Flyers call up 21-year-old defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere from Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Gostisbehere, a third-round draft pick in 2012, has 2 assists in 3 games with Phantoms. He led Union College to NCAA Championship last spring at Wells Fargo Center. Coburn has been sidelined since being injured in season opener. MacDonald injured during Wednesday’s win over Penguins. Coburn took pregame warmup before Tuesday’s game at Chicago, but didn’t play. Zac Rinaldo to miss Saturday’s game against Red Wings due to “upper body” injury sustained against Penguins. Veteran center Vincent Lecavalier, sidelined since Oct. 11 after being hit in left foot by shot from defenseman Mark Streit, returns to practice Friday and hopes to return to lineup next week.

5. Flyers host Red Wings After winning 2 of 3 games on difficult road trip, Flyers return home tonight (7 p.m.) to battle Red Wings. On Wednesday, Sean Couturier registers 2 primary assists, seals victory with empty-net goal as Flyers bounce back from shutout loss to Blackhawks with 5-3 triumph over host Penguins. R.J. Umberger scores at 6:50 of 3rd period to break 2-2 tie. Exactly 2 minutes later, Read scores on pretty move after nice feed by Couturier. Penguins reduce Flyers’ lead to one goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation, but Couturier’s goal seals victory. Mark Streit, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare score for Flyers in 1st period. Goals was 1st of Bellemare’s career. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek assist on goals by Streit, Umberger. Ray Emery makes 22 saves to earn victory. Flyers have won 10 of their last 12 games on Penguins’ home ice.

6. Royals take Series lead Giants respond to Royals’ 2 runs in top of 6th inning with 2 runs in bottom of 6th, but Royals’ vaunted bullpen holds them scoreless rest of way in 3-2 Kansas City victory in Game 3, giving Royals 2-1 lead World Series. Relievers Kelvin Herrera, rookie Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland pitch 4 scoreless innings, although Herrera allows run to score while escaping jam created by starter Jeremy Guthrie with nobody out in 6th. Game 4 is tonight (8 p.m.) in San Francisco.

7. Broncos defeat Chargers Peyton Manning connects with Emmanuel Sanders for 3 TD passes as Broncos cruise past visiting Chargers, 35-21, to improve record to 6-1. On Sunday, Bengals host Ravens (1 p.m.) and Saints host Packers (8:30 p.m.). Cowboys host Redskins on Monday (8:30 p.m.).   (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of this page.)

8. State vs. State Penn State, which has lost two straight games, hosts 13th-ranked Ohio State tonight (8 p.m.). In other games today, Temple plays at Central Florida (5 p.m.), Villanova hosts Morgan St. (3:30 p.m.), Penn visits Yale (1:30 p.m.) and Delaware plays at William & Mary.

9. Rollins wins Clemente Award Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins named co-winner of Roberto Clemente Award, given for contributions on and off the field which best represent MLB. Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko is the other co-recipient of the Award, named after Hall of Fame Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while on humanitarian mission to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua. This is 1st time players have shared Clemente Award. In other Phillies news, interim president Pat Gillick, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. both speak of rebuilding during interviews this week. Gillick tells Comcast SportsNet that Phillies may not contend until 2107 or 2018. Yet Phillies re-sign veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore to 1-year, $2 million contract. Sizemore batted .253 with 3 homers, 12 RBI in 60 games for Phillies after being acquired last season. Earlier this week, Phillies re-sign pitcher Jerome Williams to 1-year, $2.5 million contract. Williams posted 4-2 record, 2.83 ERA in 9 starts this past season after being acquired by Phillies. They also avoid arbitration by signing pitcher Cesar Jimenez to 1-year contract.

10. U.S. qualifies for World Cup Carli Lloyd scores twice in the 1st half as U.S. defeats Mexico, 3-0, in CONCACAF semifinals at PPL Park, gaining measure of revenge for loss to Mexico at same stage of tournament 4 years ago. U.S. earns berth in World Cup and in Sunday’s championship match (5 p.m.) at PPL Park. Costa Rica, which defeated Trinidad and Tobago on penalty kicks, 3-0, after regulation and overtime ended in 1-1 tie, will face U.S. in title game. Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago will meet in 3rd-place game Sunday (3 p.m.), with winner advancing to World Cup and loser missing tournament.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Women’s Soccer
CONCACAF Tournament
Semifinals
Costa Rica 1, Trinidad and Tobago 1 (Costa Rica wins on penalty kicks, 3-0)
U.S. 3, Mexico 0
(at PPL Park)

Saturday
Red Wings at Flyers, 7 p.m.
College Football
Temple at C. Florida, 5 p.m.
Ohio St. at Penn St., 8 p.m.
Delaware at William & Mary, 12:30 p.m.
Penn at Yale, 1:30 p.m.
Morgan St. at Villanova, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday
Eagles at Arizona, 4 p.m.
Union at Columbus, 4 p.m.
(Ends regular season)
Women’s Soccer
CONCACAF Tournament
Third-place match
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico, 3 p.m.
Championship match
U.S. vs. Costa Rica, 5 p.m.
(at PPL Park)

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Kings at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Sixers at Indiana, 7 p.m.
(Season opener)

Thursday
Flyers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Friday
Sixers at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday
Flyers at Florida, 7 p.m.
Heat at Sixers, 7 p.m.
(Home opener)
College Football
E.Carolina at Temple, noon
Maryland at Penn St., TBA
R.Island at Delaware, noon
Villanova at Richmond, 12:30 p.m.
Brown at Penn, 1 p.m.

Sunday
Eagles at Houston, 1 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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