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Consecutive wins for Saints, who host Eagles on Sunday

We provide five keys to whether the Eagles will have success or failure this season.

The death of Flyers legend Rick MacLeish rekindles fond childhood memories for Gordon Glantz and a renewed appreciation for MacLeish’s outstanding talent and career.

Phillies fans demonstrated their appreciation for Ryan Howard’s career by giving the Big Piece a well-deserved emotional farewell during his final days as a Phillie.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Magic spoil Butler’s Sixers debut Magic score 21 straight points during 4th quarter to make Sixers’ 16-point lead disappear as they hand Sixers 111-106 defeat in Jimmy Butler’s debut. Butler finishes with 14 points, making 6 of 12 shots. JJ Redick, who replaces Markelle Fultz in starting lineup, paces Sixers with 22 points. Joel Embiid contributes 19 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists. Wilson Chandler adds 14 points. Former Sixer Nikola Vucevic leads Magic with 30 points. Butler to make home Sixers debut Friday (7 p.m.) against Jazz.

2. Flyers shut out; Elliott injured Keith Kinkaid makes 29 saves as Devils shut out Flyers, 3-0, to register their 2nd road win of season. To make matters worse, Flyers goal Brian Elliott leaves game with “lower body injury” sustained on Kyle Palmieri’s wraparound goal 13:52 into 3rd period. Elliott expected to miss at least 2 weeks. Forward James van Riemsdyk, who hadn’t played since 2nd game of season, returns to action. JVR called for goaltender interference (incidental contact) after brushing Kinkaid’s glove and mask, wiping out Shayne Gostisbehere’s power-play goal during 1st period.  Flyers’ power play goes 0 for 4, now 3 for last 43. Flyers, who hit goal post 5 times, to host Lightning on Saturday (1 p.m.).

3. Saints present tough task for Eagles Eagles travel to New Orleans to face Saints (8-1), who haven’t lost since season opener, on Sunday (4:25 p.m.). In previous game, Ezekiel Elliott rushes for 151 yards, including winning TD with 3:19 remaining, to boost Cowboys past host Eagles, 27-20. Both teams have 4-5 records, 2 games behind first-place Redskins (6-3). Eagles only score 3 point during 1st half, trail by 10 at halftime. Eagles twice tie score during 2nd half, but defense allows 75-yard TD drives on ensuing possession both times as Cowboys regain lead. Carson Wentz completes 32 of 44 passes for 360 yards, with most of that in 2nd half. TE Zach Ertz catches 14 passes for 145 yards, 2 TDs. In his Eagles debut, Golden Tate catches 2 passes for 19 yards. RT Lane Johnson doesn’t play due to knee injury.

4. Kelce cites lack of accountability Eagles center Jason Kelce, citing departed veterans such as TE Brent Celek, WR Torrey Smith and RB LeGarrette Blount, says “We’re missing that accountability” when asked about reasons for Eagles’ struggles. CB Ronald Darby tears ACL in right knee during Sunday’s 27-20 loss to Cowboys, will mist rest of season. RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), CB Jalen Mills (foot) don’t practice Thursday, but CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) returns to practice after missing past 2 games. RT Lane Johnson (knee), DT Haloti Ngata (knee) limited participants in practice.

5. Knights defeat Hawks Charlie Brown scores 28 points, setting career high for 2nd straight game, but Central Florida defeats Saint Joseph’s, 77-55, in 2nd round of Myrtle Beach Invitational. Taylor Funk  (16 points) was only other Hawk in double figures. In Wednesday’s games, 18th-ranked Michigan builds 27-point lead by halftime, destroys 8th-ranked Villanova on its home court, 73-46; Trevor John makes 8 3 pointers en route to 26 points as Drexel crushes Division III opponent Bryn Athyn, 118-41; and Florida defeats visiting La Salle, 82-69, despite 21 points by Explorers’ Pookie Powell.

6. Phillies go Young at pitching coach Phillies promote Chris Young from assistant pitching coach to head pitching coach,, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He replaces Rick Kranitz. Phillies promote Young after he was offered head pitching coach position by another team, according to NBCSportsPhiladelphia’s Jim Salisbury, citing baseball source. Aaron Nola finished 3rd in NL Cy Young Award voting, behind winner Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer. Salisbury also reports Phillies release 1b/OF Justin Bour. Will Phillies make big splash in free agency by signing either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? Will they add starting pitcher?

7. Seahawks edge Packers Seahawks pull out 27-24 victory over visiting Packers in battle of teams on outskirts of NFC playoff picture. In Sunday’s games, NFC East-leading Redskins host Texans (1 p.m.) in battle of 6-3 teams; Cowboys visit Falcons in battle of 4-5 teams; Chargers host Broncos (4 p.m.); and Vikings visit Bears (8:20 p.m.). In marquee Monday night matchup (8:15 p.m.), Chiefs (9-1) visit Rams (9-1).

8. Sixers trade for Butler Sixers acquiring swingman Jimmy Butler from Timberwolves in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and 2022 2nd-round draft pick. Sixers also acquire 2nd-year center Justin Patton, who is sidelined after having surgery in September to repair broken foot. Butler, a 4-time All-Star, acquired by Wolves from Bulls at trade deadline last season. Butler, 29, asked to be traded earlier this season. Butler averaging 21.3 points per game this season. Covington, a terrific perimeter defender, averaging 11.3 points. Saric, 24, averaging 11.1 points, 6.6 rebounds.

9. High noon Three games at noon on Saturday, with Temple hosting South Florida,  16th-ranked Penn State visits Rutgers, and Villanova visits Delaware. Penn visits undefeated Princeton at 1 p.m.

10. Smith may miss entire season Zhaire Smith joins good company by being latest Sixers rookie to play very little, or not at all, during inaugural season. Smith, sidelined by broken foot suffered in summer league game, has had medical complications stemming from allergic reaction in September that required thoracoscopy (a small tube with camera inserted through chest to view lungs). Smith, a first-round pick acquired in draft night trade, may miss entire season. Statement from Sixers says, “His return to athletic training has yet to be determined and as such, there is no timetable for his return to play.”

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Sixers 133, Hornets 132 (OT)
Men’s Basketball
E.Michigan 66, Drexel 62
Temple 83, Detroit Mercy 67
St. Joseph’s 79, Old Dominion 64
Penn 92, Rice 76

Saturday
Flyers 4, Blackhawks 0
Memphis 112, Sixers 106 (OT)
College Football
Penn St., 22, Wisconsin 10
Temple 59, Houston 49
Harvard 29, Penn 7
William & Mary 24, Villanova 17
Stony Brook 17, Delaware 3
Men’s Basketball
Lafayette 77, La Salle 76
Villanova 86, Quinnipiac 53
(at Wells Fargo Center)

Sunday
Cowboys 27, Eagles 20
Men’s Basketball
Rutgers 95, Drexel 66

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Sixers 124, Miami 114
Men’s Basketball
St. Joseph’s 78, Monmouth 63

Tuesday
Panthers 2, Flyers 1
Men’s Basketball

Temple 81, Georgia 77
Penn 91, Lafayette 61

Wednesday
Orlando 111, Sixers 106
Men’s Basketball
Michigan 73, Villanova 46
Drexel 118, Bryn Athyn 41
Florida 82, La Salle 69

Thursday
Devils 3, Flyers 0
Men’s Basketball
Myrtle Beach Invitational
St. Joseph’s 89, Wake Forest 69
(at Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Friday
Jazz at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Loyola-Maryland at Temple, 7 p.m.
Paradise Jam
Penn vs. N.Iowa, 5:30 p.m.
(at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
Myrtle Beach Invitational
C.Florida 77, Saint Joseph’s 55
(at Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Saturday
Lightning at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Sixers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
College Football
S.Florida at Temple, noon
Penn St. at Rutgers, noon
Villanova at Delaware, noon
Penn at Princeton, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Drexel at La Salle, 4 p.m.
Furman at Villanova, 5 p.m.
Paradise Jam
Penn vs. E.Kentucky/Kansas St., TBD
(at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

Sunday
Eagles at Saints, 4:25 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Myrtle Beach Invitational
St. Joseph’s vs. TBD
(at Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

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