Week (at least) that Joel Embiid is expected to miss due to left knee soreness

The news that Kimmo Timonen’s career is probably over inspires Eric Fisher to look back with appreciation at the quietly effective career of one of the best, and classiest, Flyers in franchise history.

Mo’Ne Davis and Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons are the media darlings as the Little League World Series begins. But Eric Fisher says the Dragons’ success or failure should not be played out on national television.

The 76ers announced on Wednesday that third-year center Joel Embiid’s first season of NBA action is over because of a meniscus tear in his left knee, and injury the Sixers didn’t initially reveal. Embiid played in just 31 games.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Phillies play 1st game today Cole Irvin, who went 14-4 with 2.57 ERA with Class AAA Lehigh Valley last season, to start Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener today (1 p.m.) against Rays. Outfielder Odubel Herrera leaves Wednesday’s workout early due to tightness in left hamstring.

2. Sixers win without Embiid Boban Marjanovic, starting in place of injured Joel Embiid, scores 19 points, grabs 12 rebounds to help Sixers defeat visiting Heat, 106-102. Sixers only score 16 points in 3rd quarter and fall behind, but they rally in 4th quarter for victory. Tobias Harris paces Sixers with 23 points, 11 rebounds. Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler contribute 21 and 18 points, respectively. Dwyane Wade scores 19 points in his final game in Philadelphia. Sixers to host Trail Blazers on Saturday (1 p.m.).

3. Embiid to miss at least a week Joel Embiid to miss at least a week due to left knee soreness. MRI shows no structural damage, according to Sixers. Head coach Brett Brown says All-Star Game did not make Embiid’s injury worse. Furkan Korkmaz tore meniscus during 112-109 loss to Celtics last week. No information provided about his return.

4. Hart pulled again in loss to Canadiens Carter Hart pulled after allowing 3 goals in a little more than 10 minutes for 2nd straight night as Flyers lose crucial game to host Canadiens, 5-1. Michael Raffl scores lone goal for Flyers. Brendan Gallagher registers hat trick for Canadiens, who move 10 points ahead of Flyers. NHL suspends Radko Gudas 2 games for high-sticking penalty against Lightning forward Steven Stamkos on Tuesday.  Flyers to host Penguins on Saturday (8 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field.

5. Rain threatens outdoor game Rain threatens to postpone Flyers’ game with Penguins on Saturday (8 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field. NHL to make decision tonight or early Saturday.

6. Padres land Machado Padres sign infielder Manny Machado to 10-year contract worth $300 million. Outfielder Bryce Harper likely won’t sign for less than Machado received. Phillies considered prime contenders to sign Harper.

7. Will Eagles franchise Foles?  Period begins for NFL teams to apply franchise tags to players. If Eagles put franchise tag on Nick Foles, it would give them control of his destination, but would cost them $25 million for this year, which would create salary cap issues.

8. Wildcats lose 2nd straight game Villanova suffers second straight road defeat, an 85-73 loss to host Georgetown, despite 26 points by Phil Booth. 17th-ranked Wildcats lose for 3rd time in last 4 games. In another local game Wednesday, St Bonaventure scores with 3 seconds remaining to edge visiting La Salle, 62-60, despite 20 points by Explorers’ Pookie Powell. On Sunday, Villanova squanders 17-point lead during 71-65 loss to host St. John’s. Joe Cremo paces 13th-ranked Wildcats with 14 points. Phil Booth and Eric Paschall add 13 and 11 points, respectively, but both only make 2 of 11 shots from field.

9. Sneaker issue hinders Duke Duke freshman Zion Williamson, likely the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has left sneaker come apart as he plants foot 36 seconds into game, resulting in right knee sprain as top-ranked Blue Devils fall to 8th-ranked North Carolina, 88-72, in highly anticipated game .

10. Phillies sign Nola to extension Phillies avoid arbitration with pitcher Aaron Nola by signing him to 4-year contract worth $45 million, according to multiple reports. Nola’s arbitration hearing, scheduled for Thursday, is canceled. According to reports, Nola’s salary would escalate from $4 million this season (along with $2 million signing bonus) to $15 million in final year, with club option for 5th year at $16.5 million.

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Men’s Basketball
Davidson 80, St. Joseph’s 72
Penn 82, Dartmouth 79 (OT)

Flyers 6, Red Wings 5 (OT)
Wings 14, New England 10
Men’s Basketball
Towson 92, Drexel 77
St. Louis 62, La Salle 49
Temple 70, S.Florida 69 (OT)
Harvard 75, Penn 68 (OT)

Flyers 3, Detroit 1
New England 17, Wings 11
Men’s Basketball
St. John’s 71, Villanova 65
(at Madison Square Garden)


No games scheduled

Lightning 5, Flyers 2

Men’s Basketball
Georgetown 85, Villanova 73
St. Bonaventure 62, La Salle 60

Sixers 106, Heat 102
Montreal 5, Flyers 1

Phillies at Rays, 1 p.m.
(spring training)
Men’s Basketball
Columbia at Penn, 8 p.m.

Trail Blazers at Sixers, 1 p.m.
Penguins at Flyers, 8 p.m.
(at Lincoln Financial Field)
Pirates at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(spring training)

Men’s Basketball
Tulsa at Temple, noon
Richmond at La Salle, 2 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Massachusetts, 2 p.m.
Delaware at Drexel, 5 p.m.
Cornell at Penn, 7 p.m.

Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m.
(spring training)
Men’s Basketball
Villanova at Xavier, 1:30 p.m.


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