Not surprisingly, Villanova dominates the PhillyPhanatics.com All-City Six first team. In his final College Basketball Notebook of the season, Eric Fisher also examines the wealth of young talent in the City Six this season, wonders whether Temple head coach Fran Dunphy will feel the heat next season and posts a reminder about the Big 5 Hall of Fame banquet.
A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Flyers pounce on Penguins Flyers score 4 times during 3rd period, match season-high for goals in 6-2 triumph over host Penguins in final game of 4-game road trip. Flyers, with just 7 games remaining, trail Bruins by 6 points in chase for final wild card berth in Eastern Conference, but must jump over Islanders, Lightning and Hurricanes as well. Jordan Weal, Shayne Gostisbehere each register goal, assist. Claude Giroux contributes 2 assists. Valtteri Filppula gives Flyers 2-1 lead with his 1st goal since his 1st game as Flyer. Steve Mason makes 21 saves. Flyers host Senators on Tuesday (7 p.m.).
2. Pacers slam Sixers Pacers take early lead, keep visiting Sixers at bay during 107-94 victory. Sergio Rodriguez paces Sixers with 16 points. Robert Covington contributes 15 points. Shawn Long (15 points, 12 rebounds), Richaun Holmes (11 points, 12 rebounds) register double-doubles. Dario Saric scores 9 points, ending his string of double-digit games at 22. Jahlil Okafor sits out again with knee soreness. Sixers wrap up road trip Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) against Nets.
3. Feels like the first time Seventh-seeded South Carolina defeats 4th-seeded Florida, 77-70, in East Regional final to earn program’s 1st trip to Final Four. Gamecocks will play West top seed Gonzaga, which reaches Final Four for 1st time by defeating 11th-seed Xavier, 83-59, next Saturday (6:09 p.m.). In Midwest Regional final, Tyler Dorsey pours in 27 points to lead 3rd-seeded Oregon past top-seeded Kansas, 74-60. Ducks, who reach Final Four for 1st time since 1939, will face South top seed North Carolina, which defeats 2nd-seeded Kentucky, 75-73, on Luke Maye’s jumper with .3 seconds remaining, next Saturday (8:49 p.m.). Tar Heels use 12-0 run late in game to make 2nd straight trip to Final Four.
4. Embiid has surgery Sixers center Joel Embiid has arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in left knee. Surgery was in Los Angeles, where Embiid will remain for “conservative” approach to rehabilitation, according to doctor who performed surgery in statement released by Sixers. Embiid played 31 games during rookie season, which is actually his 3rd season since being draft by Sixers. He did not play during first 2 seasons due to injuries.
5. Dallas Green dies Dallas Green, manager for 1980 Phillies team that won franchise’s 1st World Series title, dies of kidney disease at age 82. As Phillies farm director, Green helped build the team that excelled from 1975-83, including 1980 World Series win. Green began his professional baseball career as pitcher for Phillies. He later coached and managed in minor leagues, served as scout and adviser in Phillies organization. He left Phillies to become Cubs GM, then later managed Yankees and Mets before returning to Phillies organization.
6. Franco, Knapp power Phillies Maikel Franco, Andrew Knapp hit 2-run homers in 5-run 1st inning as Phillies power past Pirates, 6-3, in Grapefruit League game. Phillies starter Clay Buchholz allows 5 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs in 3 1/3 innings. Vince Velasquez scheduled to start Monday (6 p.m.) when Phillies visit Blue Jays.
7. Phillies add, lose reliever Releiver Hoby Milner, picked up by Indians in Rule 5 Draft, returned to Phillies. Phillies grant reliever Sean Burnett’s request to be released. Phillies send outfielder Tyler Goeddel, pitcher Jake Thompson to minors. Goeddel, who spent all of last season with Phillies, likely to end up with Class AA Reading due to logjam of outfielders at Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Thompson started 10 games for Phillies last season.
8. Eagles consider Kelly green Eagles withdraw all except 1 proposal to NFL for new rules. One of withdrawn proposals would have opened possibility of Eagles changing helmets to match Kelly green uniforms worn by Eagles before switch to current midnight green.
9. Top seeds fall Morgan William pours in 41 points to lift 2nd-seeded Mississippi State to 94-85 overtime triumph against top-seeded Baylor in Oklahoma City Region final to earn Final Four berth. Mississippi State will face winner of Monday’s Bridgeport Region final (7 p.m.) between unbeaten Connecticut, which has won 110 straight games, and 10th-seeded Oregon. In Lexington Region final, 2nd-seeded Stanford edges top-seeded Notre Dame, 76-75, to reach Final Four. Cardinal will face winner of Monday’s Stockton Region final (9 p.m.) between top-seeded South Carolina and 3rd-seeded Florida State.
10. ex-Penn State president Spanier convicted Jury convicts former Penn State president Graham Spanier of 1 misdemeanor count of child endangerment over handling of 2001 incident involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier acquitted of conspiracy and 2nd child endangerment charge. Spanier’s lawyer, who did not produce any defense witnesses, says Spanier will appeal verdict.
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Sixers 117, Chicago 107
Yankees 3, Phillies 2
Blue Jackets 1, Flyers 0
Phillies 3, Red Sox 3
Indiana 107, Sixers 94
Flyers 6, Pittsburgh 2
Phillies 6, Pirates 3
Phillies at Blue Jays, 6 p.m.
Senators at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Blue Jays at Phillies, 6:30 p.m.
Hawks at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m.
Phillies at Pirates, 1 p.m.
(Spring training, split squad)
Islanders at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Sixers at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Rays at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(End of spring training)
Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Union at D.C. United, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Flyers at Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
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