A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Lions present challenge Eagles try to stretch winning streak to 5 games Sunday (1 p.m.) when they host Lions (7-5), the NFC North leader. Lions led by Calvin Johnson, NFL’s leading receiver. Reggie Bush is Lions’ top running back. They also have stout run defense. Eagles (7-5), coming off 24-21 win over Cardinals, are tied with Cowboys for first place in NFC East.
2. Couturier, Flyers clip Wings Sean Couturier scores 2 goals, assists on 2 others as Flyers rally with 5 unanswered goals to defeat host Red Wings, 6-3. Steve Downie, Matt Read also score as third line continues to click. Downie’s goal evens score in 1st period, but Flyers called for 6 consecutive penalties, resulting in pair of 5-on-3 power plays. Red Wings, missing Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, score just once on power play, yet take 3-1 lead midway through second period. Read’s goal 16:38 into 2nd period ties game. Claude Giroux ties game on power play 5:15 into 3rd period, then Couturier puts Flyers ahead 3:13 later. Scott Hartnell adds goal, 2 assists. Read also has 2 assists. Steve Mason makes 32 saves for Flyers (13-13-2), who play at Dallas on Saturday (2 p.m.).
3. MCW has sore knee Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams may not play Friday (7 p.m.) at Charlotte and Saturday (7 p.m.) against visiting Nuggets due to sore right knee. Carter-Williams missed 4 games earlier this season with bruised arch.
4. Sixers outlast Magic Michael Carter-Williams posts triple double as Sixers hold off shorthanded Magic in double overtime, 126-125, to halt 4-game losing streak. Carter-Williams finishes with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. Magic rookie Victor Oladipo also posts triple double (26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). Thaddeus Young contributes 25 points, 12 rebounds and Evan Turner adds 24 points before fouling out in overtime. Arron Afflalo scores game-high 43 points to pace Magic, who were without former Sixers center Nik Vucevic (ankle), Jameer Nelson (foot). Glen Davis adds 33 points for Magic. Sixers (7-12) return to action Friday at Charlotte.
5. Owls defeat Hawks Will Cummings, Dalton Pepper score 16 points apiece and Anthony Lee adds 15 points, 11 rebounds as Temple slips past visiting Saint Joseph’s 77-69. Lee made several key baskets after Hawks’ Langston Galloway ties game at 65-65 with 2 of his game-high 24 points. In other games that saw all City Six teams in action, Tavon Allen scores 23 points and Frantz Massenat contributes 21 points, 9 assists as Drexel wins in triple overtime for 2nd straight game, 85-82, against visiting Cleveland State; Darrun Hilliard scores 19 points to lead Villanova to 77-54 triumph over visiting Penn; and Tyrone Garland scores 17 points and Steve Zack adds 10 as La Salle defeats Hartford, 75-62.
6. Phillies trade Kratz Phillies trade catcher Erik Kratz, minor-league reliever Rob Rasmussen to Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Brad Lincoln, 28. Lincoln split time last season between Toronto and Class AAA. Phillies sign backup catcher Wil Nieves, 36, to replace Kratz. Phillies re-sign utility infielder Kevin Frandsen to 1-year, $900,000 contract and make qualifying offers to 4 players eligible for salary arbitration. Phillies make offers to pitcher Kyle Kendrick, relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry Jr. before Monday at midnight deadline.
7. Ellsbury switches sides Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury leaves World Series champion Red Sox for rival Yankees for 7-year contract reportedly worth $153 million. Red Sox sign closer Edward Mujica, whom they faced in World Series, to 2-year deal reportedly worth $9.5 million.
8. Repeat honor for Eagles’ Jones Punter Donnie Jones named NFC Special Teams Player of Week for 2nd straight game. Eagles had bye last week, but Jones put seven punts inside 20-yard line against Cardinals to win same award as after 24-16 win over Redskins.
9. Cutler, Briggs won’s face Cowboys Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle), LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) won’t return from injuries in time for Monday night’s game against visiting Cowboys (7-5), who are tied for first place in NFC East with Cowboys. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers practices in pads, but has not yet been medically cleared to play Sunday against Falcons. (For complete NFL scores and schedules, please click on “NFL” in standings section on lower right side of this page.)
10. Tomlin fined $100,000 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin fined $100, 000 by NFL for standing to close to field, forcing Ravens returner Jacoby Jones to slightly alter his route during Ravens’ Thanksgiving Day win.
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Wild 2, Flyers 0
Sixers 126, Magic 125 (2 OTs)
Flyers 6, Red Wings 3
La Salle 75, Hartford 62
Drexel 85, Cleveland St. 82 (3 OTs)
Temple 77, St. Joe’s 69
Villanova 77, Penn 54
No games scheduled
Sixers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Flyers at Dallas, 2 p.m.
Nuggets at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Texas vs. Temple, noon
(at Wells Fargo Center)
Tennessee St. at Drexel, 4 p.m.
Villanova at St. Joe’s, 6 p.m.
Wagner at Penn, 7 p.m.
MSG Holiday Festival
La Salle vs. Stony Brook, 11 a.m.
(at Madison Square Garden)
Lions at Eagles, 1 p.m.
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