Years as Penn’s head coach for Al Bagnoli, who will coach final game Saturday at Cornell

The Blackhawks (pictured) and Ducks are among the challengers the Kings must fend off just to battle through the loaded Western Conference and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins, Rangers and Penguins are top contenders in the Eastern Conference, but Eric Fisher predicts another team from the East will break through and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. How will the Flyers fare? Read the preview to find out.

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Bill O’Brien deserves some credit, but his success at Penn State has been overstated. The Nittany Lions will be better off with a head coach fully committed to the program and university.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Clash with Titans After 53-20 loss to Packers, Eagles (7-3) try to get back on track next Sunday (1 p.m.) against visiting Titans (2-8), who let 11-point lead slip away in 4th quarter Monday night during 27-24 loss to Steelers. Last Sunday, Aaron Rodgers throws for 341 yards, 3 TDs and Packers score on interception return, fumble return and punt return en route to easy victory. Eagles fall into first-place tie in NFC East with Cowboys. Mark Sanchez completes 26 of 44 passes for 346 yards, 2 second-half TDs and 2 interceptions. Jeremy Maclin makes 9 catches for 93 yards, TD. Jordan Matthews has 5 catches for 107 yards, TD. LeSean McCoy rushed 23 times for 88 yards. Packers’ Randall Cobb catches 10 passes for 129 yards, and Jordy Nelson has 4 receptions for 109 yards.

2. Lindros, LeClair enter Hall together Legion of Doom linemates Eric Lindros, John LeClair inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame prior to 3-2 loss to Wild. Lindros, LeClair stand together as they offer thanks and reflect on career together as Flyers. Former Legion of Doom linemate Mikael Renberg part of the ceremony. Lindros accumulated 659 points in 486 games with Flyers, winning NHL MVP Award in 1994-95 season and leading Flyers to Stanley Cup Finals in 1997. LeClair reaches 50 goals 3 straight seasons, finishes Flyers career with 643 points in 649 games.

3. Wild’s late goal sinks Flyers Jason Zucker scores with 45 seconds remaining to lift Wild to 3-2 victory over Flyers, who have lost 4 straight. Claude Giroux ties game with power play goal with 3:30 remaining in regulation. Mark Streit also scores for Flyers. Injured defensemen Luke Schenn, Andrew MacDonald return to lineup. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto sits out with “lower body” injury sustained during Wednesday’s loss to Rangers. Flyers host Blue Jackets tonight (7 p.m.).

4. Suns scorch Sixers Sixers lead after 1st quarter, but Suns blow them away in 2nd quarter, cruise to 122-96 victory. Sixers fall to 0-12 this season. Franchise record for losses at start of season is 15, set by 1972-73 Sixers, who finished 9-73. Michael Carter-Williams paces Sixers with 18 points. K.J. McDaniels, Alexey Schved come off bench to add 17 and 15 points, respectively. Isaiah Thomas leads Pacers with 23 points. Philadelphia native Markieff Morris contributes 18 points for Suns. Sixers send rookie forward JaKarr Sampson to Delaware 87ers of D-League. Sixers try to get off schneid tonight (7:30 p.m.) at New York.

5. Don’t cry, Wolff Eagles put safety Earl Wolff on injured reserve list with lingering right knee injury, meaning he won’t play remainder of season. Wolff started in place of Nate Allen against Texans. Eagles re-sign cornerback Roc Carmichael to fill Wolff’s roster spot. Guard Matt Tobin, starting in place of Todd Herremans, cleared to practice after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

6. Blue Devils defeat Owls Quinn Cook scores 18 points, freshman center Jahlil Okafor scores 16 and grabs 8 boards as Duke hands Temple 74-54 loss at Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn. Will Cummings paces Owls with 18 points. In another game Friday, Damion Lee sinks career-high 8 3-pointers en route to 32 points, but Drexel squanders 12-point halftime lead in 72-70 loss to USC in Charleston Classic.

7. Raiders upset Chiefs Rookie QB Derek Carr leads late TD drive to boost Raiders past visiting Chiefs, 24-20, for their first victory this season. On Sunday (8:30 p.m.), Giants to host Cowboys in NFC East battle. In other games Sunday, Patriots host Lions (1 p.m.); Seahawks host Cardinals (4:05 p.m.); and Broncos host Dolphins, 4:25 pm. On Monday (8:30 p.m.), Saints host Ravens.  (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of this page.)

8. Settling Howard’s family feud Daily News reports Ryan Howard settles lawsuits and counter-suits with his family over money. Family had handled Howard’s finances for most of his career. Out-of-court settlement reached last month. Phillies add left-handers Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan and right-hander Nefi Ogando to 40-man roster.

9. Wildcats vs. Blue Hens Sixth-ranked Villanova (9-2) visits Delaware (6-5) today (noon) in regular-season finale. In other games today, Penn State plays at Illinois, noon, and Penn visits Cornell (12:30 p.m.) in final game of Al Bagnoli’s 23-year tenure as Quakers’ head coach.

10. Snow causes Bills-Jets game to move to Monday Heavy snow in Buffalo area, where an additional 1-3 feet of snow expected to fall by end of day Friday — on top of 5 feet of snow that has already fallen — causes NFL to shift Jets-Bills game to Monday in Detroit.

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Spurs 100, Sixers 75
Men’s Basketball
St. Joseph’s 52, Drexel 49
Temple 82, La. Tech 75
Villanova 81, Maryland-Eastern Shore 44

Men’s Basketball
Rider 73, Penn 57
La Salle 60, Quinnipiac 58

Celtics 101, Sixers 90
Rangers 2, Flyers 0
Men’s Basketball
Gonzaga 94, St. Joseph’s 42

Wild 3, Flyers 2
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 72, Bucknell 65
Charleston Classic
Miami 66, Drexel 46
(at Charleston, S.C.)

Suns 122, Sixers 96
Men’s Basketball
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Duke 74, Temple 54
(at Barclays Center in Brooklyn)
Charleston Classic
USC 72, Drexel 70
(at Charleston, S.C.)

Blue Jackets at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
College Football
Villanova at Delaware, noon
Penn St. at Illinois, noon
Penn at Cornell, 12:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
St. Peter’s at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
Vermont at St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
Lafayette at Penn, 7 p.m.
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Temple vs. UNLV, 7 p.m.
(at Barclays Center in Brooklyn)

Titans at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Charleston Classic
Drexel vs. Penn St., 3:30 p.m.
(at Charleston, S.C.)


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Sixers predictions

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The cold, hard truth

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Karma coming for NCAA

Internal NCAA emails, turned over as part of discovery in a lawsuit, reveal that NCAA officials had doubts whether the organization had the right to impose draconian sanctions on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Top 10 list

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Putting it on the Line

November - 19 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

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Fantasy Fisching: Playoff push

November - 14 - 2014 Reporter: Jacob Fischer Respond

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Heel Turns: Philly goes hardcore

November - 14 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek god of wrestling previews Saturday’s card for Tommy Dreamer’s “House of Hardcore VII,” which signals a return to the old ECW Arena. Achilles Heel also tells you why you should go out of your way to watch Impact Wrestling next week, why Ring of Honor’s tag team tournament and when WrestleMania tickets will go on sale.

Eagles-Packers preview: Huge challenge

November - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Eagles face their biggest challenge yet when they battle the Packers on Sunday (4:25 p.m.) at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes during the first half last Sunday. Eric Fisher has 10 questions to ponder during Sunday’s game.

Putting it on the Line

November - 12 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Trying to build upon last week’s success, Eric Fisher selected the favorites in his top five games. The Eagles-Packers game is not among Eric’s featured picks … but he likes the favorite in that game as well. Unfortunately, that favorite isn’t the Eagles. Read the story to find out Eric’s picks for Week 11.

Flyers Notebook: Defense holds together

November - 11 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The much-maligned Flyers defense has held steady despite the absence Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald, who combine to form the No. 1 pairing. Eric Fisher takes a closer look at Nicklas Grossmann (pictured) and the other defensemen who have stepped up and kept the team afloat.

Eric Lindros career highlights