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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Eagles try to keep hopes alive Needing help from other teams to make playoffs, Eagles (9-5) try to do their part to keep playoff hopes alive Saturday (4:30 p.m.) at Washington. Eagles must win final 2 games and hope Colts or Bears defeat Cowboys (10-4) or another wild card team upset. On Sunday, Cowboys got revenge for Thanksgiving defeat by handing Eagles devastating 38-27 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. Victory gives Cowboys sole possession of first place in NFC East with 2 games remaining. Dez Bryant catches 3 TD passes, all against CB Bradley Fletcher. Tony Romo completes 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs. Mark Sanchez completes 17 of 28 passes for 252 yards, but 0 TDs and 2 INTs. Eagles also turn ball over twice, including on opening kickoff. Cowboys jump out to 21-0 lead. Eagles storm back with 24 unanswered points, but Cowboys regain equilibrium, regain lead.
2. Cole has surgery on broken hand Eagles LB Trent Cole has surgery on fractured left hand, so he will miss Saturday’s game against Redskins. Fracture occurred during Sunday’s loss to Cowboys. Head coach Chip Kelly said QB Nick Foles’ broken collarbone has not healed sufficiently for him to play Saturday against Redskins. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has surgery after breaking bone in hand on Sunday against Eagles, but Murray not yet ruled out for Sunday’s game against Colts.
3. RGIII to start against Eagles Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says Robert Griffin III will start Saturday (4:30 p.m.) against visiting Eagles. QB Colt McCoy injured neck during Sunday’s loss to Giants.
4. Surprise! Flyers lose shootout Jakub Voracek only Flyers who can find back of net in 2-1 shootout loss to Panthers. Flyers have lost 10 straight shootouts. Voracek keeps Flyers’ hopes alive with goal in 3rd round of shootout, but Panthers win when Dave Bolland scores in 6th round. Voracek’s goal at 4:07 of 2nd period ties score, negating 1st-period goal by former Flyer Scottie Upshall. Flyers goalie Steve Mason makes 31 saves. Vincent Lecavalier returns to lineup after being scratched in 7 straight games. Flyers begin 8-game road trip Saturday (7 p.m.) at Toronto.
5. Sixers shoot for 1st home win Sixers (2-22), winless at home, host Hornets on Friday (7 p.m.). In previous game, Kelly Olynyk pours in career-high 30 points off bench to lead Celtics to 105-87 romp over host Sixers. Nerlens Noel paces Sixers with 19 points, 8 rebounds. Forward Furkan Aldemir, who signed 4-year contract, scores 2 points, grabs 2 rebounds in 9:32 in his Sixers debut. Former Sixer Evan Turner scores 12 points, dishes out 6 assists, grabs 5 rebounds. Sixers waive former St. Joseph’s player Ronald Roberts Jr., who was just called up from Delaware 87ers of D-League, to make room for Aldemir.
6. New Sixer Aldemir hurt Furkan Aldemir, who played first game with Sixers on Monday after signing 4-year contract, likely to miss Friday’s game with plantar fasciitis in right foot.
7. Eagles seeking some help Eagles need Colts to defeat Cowboys (4:25 p.m.) on Sunday while they beat Redskins on Saturday to climb back into first-place tie in NFC East. Eagles could also benefit in wild card picture Sunday if Bears defeat visiting Lions (1 p.m.), Bucs beat visiting Packers (1 p.m.) or Cardinals top visiting Seahawks (8:30 p.m.). In other games with playoff implications, 49ers host Chargers (8:25 p.m.) on Saturday, and, on Sunday, Saints host Falcons in NFC South battle (1 p.m.); Panthers host Browns (1 p.m.); Texans host Ravens (1 p.m.); Steelers host Chiefs (1 p.m.); and Raiders host Bills (4:25 p.m.). On Monday, Bengals host Broncos (8:30 p.m.). (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of this page.)
8. Reports: Phillies trade Rollins Multiple reports say Phillies trade Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers in exchange for pair of minor-league pitchers, Tom Windle and Zach Eflin, but trade isn’t official yet. Windle, a 6-foot-4 lefthander, was the Dodgers’ 2nd-round draft pick in 2013. Eflin, acquired by the Dodgers from the Padres in deal for outfielder Matt Kemp, was the Padres’ first-round choice in 2013. Rollins is Phillies’ all-time hits leader and is longest-tenured current athlete in Philadelphia. Rollins, 36, has 1 year and $11 million remaining on his contract. Phillies also trade left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo for Class AA reliever Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo had been with Phillies for 6 seasons.
9. Owls beat Blue Hens Quenton DeCosey and Jesse Morgan, a transfer from UMass playing his 1st game for Temple, score 16 points apiece to lead visiting Owls to 82-62 triumph over winless Delaware. Will Cummings contributed 11 points, career-high 10 assists.
10. Mavericks acquire Rondo Mavericks trade for Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, sending former Saint Joseph’s guard Jameer Nelson, forward Jae Crowder, center Brandan Wright, a 1st-round draft pick in 2015 and 2nd-round pick in 2016 to Boston, which also sends center Dwight Powell to Dallas.
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Celtics 105, Sixers 87
Lightning 3,Flyers 1
American 68, La Salle 66 (OT)
Buffalo 80, Drexel 70
No games scheduled
Panthers 2, Flyers 1 (Panthers win shootout, 2-1)
Temple 82, Delaware 62
Hornets at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Eagles at Redskins, 4:30 p.m.
Flyers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Villanova, 1 p.m.
(at Wells Fargo Center)
Drexel vs. Penn St., 2 p.m.
(at PPL Center in Allentown)
La Salle at Towson, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Marist, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Flyers at Winnipeg, 9 p.m.
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