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Points for Jimmy Butler in his Sixers home debut, a win over Jazz

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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Butler boosts Sixers Jimmy Butler pours in 28 points, making 12 of 15 shots from field, to boost Sixers to 113-107 triumph over Jazz in his home debut. Joel Embiid contributes 23 points, including 13 in 4th quarter. JJ Redick adds 16 points, and Ben Simmons finishes with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists. Butler has 7 assists. Sixers build 14-point lead in 1st quarter, but Jazz whittle that down until eventually taking lead during 2nd half. Sixers visit Hornets tonight (7 p.m.).

2. Flyers host Lightning Calvin Pickard expected to start in goal for Flyers today (1 p.m.) against Lightning, with Alex Lyon serving as his backup. Starting goalie Brian Elliott left Thursday’s 3-0 loss to Devils with “lower body injury” sustained on Kyle Palmieri’s wraparound goal 13:52 into 3rd period. Elliott expected to miss at least 2 weeks. Keith Kinkaid makes 29 saves for Devils. 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 hit goal post 5 times.

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. Eagles activate TE Richard Rodgers, who hasn’t played since sustaining knee injury during preseason, from injured reserve. Eagles place TE Josh Perkins (knee) on injured reserve.

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

6. Goodman powers Quakers Devon Goodman scores career-high 27 points to lead undefeated Penn to 78-71 victory over Northern Iowa at Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Quakers will face Kansas State, which demolished Eastern Kentucky, 95-68, in semifinals Sunday (7:30 p.m.). In other games Friday, Shizz Alston Jr. scores 18 points and Quinton Rose, Nate Pierre-Louis add 16 apiece as Temple defeats Loyola of Maryland, 81-67,  and 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. Saint Joseph’s, which posted 20-point win over Wake Forest in opening round, will face West Virginia, a 63-57 loser against Western Kentucky, in consolation round Sunday (4 p.m.).

7. 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?

8. 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).

9. 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. In other Sixers news, 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.”

10. NASCAR title on line Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, defending champion Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano compete for NASCAR Championship at Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday (3 p.m.) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Sixers 113, Jazz 107
Men’s Basketball
Temple 81, Loyola-Maryland 67
Paradise Jam
Penn 78, N.Iowa 71
(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.

Sunday
Eagles at Saints, 4:25 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Paradise Jam
Penn vs. Kansas St., 7:30 p.m.
(at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
Myrtle Beach Invitational
St. Joseph’s vs. W.Virginia, 4 p.m.
(at Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Suns at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Legends Classic

Temple vs. VCU, 9:30 p.m.
(at Barclays Center in Brooklyn)
Paradise Jam
Penn vs. TBD
(at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

Tuesday
Men’s Basketball

Legends Classic
Temple vs. St. John’s/California, TBD
(at Barclays Center in Brooklyn)

Wednesday
Pelicans at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Flyers at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Boston U. at Drexel, 3 p.m.

Thursday
Men’s Basketball
Advocare Invitational
Villanova vs. Canisius, 1:30 p.m.
(at Orlando, Fla.)
Wooden Legacy Tournament
La Salle vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m.
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Friday
Rangers at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Cavaliers at Sixers, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Advocare Invitational
Villanova vs. Memphis/Oklahoma St., TBD
(at Orlando, Fla.)
Wooden Legacy Tournament
La Salle vs. Northwestern/Fresno St., TBD
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Saturday
Flyers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
College Football
Penn St. at Michigan St., 4 p.m.
Temple at Connecticut, TBD
Men’s Basketball
Stockton at Penn, 2 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at William & Mary, 4 p.m.

Sunday
Giants at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Sixers at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Drexel at Bowling Green, 3 p.m.
Advocare Invitational
Villanova vs. TBD
(at Orlando, Fla.)
Wooden Legacy Tournament
La Salle vs. TBD
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

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