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Unanswered points by Eagles after Vikings take 7-0 lead in NFC Championship Game

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.

The selection of Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft has generated unbridled enthusiasm among Sixers fans. But Eric Fisher cautions that fans need to be patient with the young Sixers this season.

Chairman Ed Snider says the Flyers’ culture “is to win.” But is that culture, which includes a heavy dose of loyalty, also responsible for the Flyers’ failure to win a Stanley Cup since 1975?

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Eagles overwhelm Vikings Nick Foles completes 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards, 3 touchdowns and the defense produces 3 turnovers as the Eagles crush the Viking, 38-7, in NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles advance to Super Bowl LII to face defending-champion Patriots, who posted 24-21 victory over Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Vikings scored touchdown on game’s first drive, but it was all Eagles after that. Patrick Robinson turns momentum around with 50-yard interception return for TD, starting string of 38 unanswered points. Eagles build 24-7 lead by halftime. Alshon Jeffery catches 2 TDs. Zach Ertz catches 8 passes for 93 yards.

2. Super Brady leads Patriots comeback QB Tom Brady, limited in practice late this week after injuring throwing hand during practice on Wednesday, completes 2 touchdown passes to Danny Amendola in final 10 minutes of 4th quarter as Patriots rally from 10-point deficit to defeat visiting Jaguars, 24-20, in AFC Championship Game. Patriots will defend their their title in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 against the Eagles, 38-7 winners over Vikings in NFC Championship Game. Brady completes 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards, 2 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffers concussion, wasn’t available for comeback.

3. Streaking Sixers visit Grizzlies Sixers, winners of 6 of last 7 games, visit Memphis tonight (8 p.m.). On Saturday, Sxers blow double-digit lead in 3rd quarter, but use 13-0 run in 4th quarter to pull away from Bucks for 116-94 victory over visiting Bucks. Sixers (22-20) win for 6th time in 7 games, jump ahead of Bucks (23-22) and Pacers (24-22) into 6th playoff position in Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid leads Sixers with 29 points, 9 rebounds. Ben Simmons contributes 16 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, starting at shooting guard due to injuries to JJ Redick (left leg), Jerryd Bayless (sore wrist), adds 16 points.

4. Konecny lifts Flyers past Caps in OT Travis Konecny, who had goal and assist during Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Devils, scores 27 seconds into overtime to boost Flyers past host Capitals, 2-1. Flyers (23-16-8), who win for 7th time in last 8 games, jump over Penguins and Rangers into playoff position in Eastern Conference. Konecny fights way past defenseman John Carlson on boards at center ice, moves left to right in slot and fires home game-winner. Michael Raffl opens scoring 6:12 into 2nd period, but Alex Ovechkin ties it with power play goal with 16 seconds left in 2nd period. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott makes 27 saves. Flyers to visit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).

5. Flyers send down Sanheim Flyers send rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim to Phantoms, call up defenseman Mark Alt. Sanheim a healthy scratch in 8 of last 9 games.

6. Halladay had morphine in system Former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay had morphine in his system when he died in plane crash in November in Gulf of Mexico, according to autopsy released Friday. Halladay also had amphetamines, zolpidem (generic name for Ambien) in his system. Reports have described drugs in Halladay’s system as trace amounts, and autopsy report doesn’t indicate whether these drugs contributed to Halladay’s fatal crash.

7. Owls close out Quakers Temple scores final 12 points to defeat host Penn, 60-51. Quakers take 51-48 lead on Caleb Wood’s 3-pointer, but don’t score again. Obi Enechionyia, Shizz Alston Jr. lead Owls with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Ryan Betley, AJ Brodeur pace Quakers with 12 points apiece. In Saturday’s other games, James Demery scores 25 points, Pierfrancesco Oliva adds career-high 22 as Saint Joseph’s pulls away in 2nd half for 68-46 triumph over visiting Fordham; Jalen Brunson scores 23 points to lead top-ranked Villanova to 81-61 victory over host Connecticut; Richmond scores final 7 points to break tie, post 81-74 victory over La Salle despite 27 points by Explorers’ B.J. Johnson; and James Madison edges Drexel, 75-73, despite 21 points, 10 rebounds by Tramaine Isabell, extending Dragons’ losing streak to 5 games. On Thursday, Towson jumps out to 16-point advantage by halftime, cruises to 90-68 victory over visiting Drexel.

8. Embiid named All-Star starter Sixers center Joel Embiid named starter for All-Star Game. Embiid, averaging 23.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots, is joined in Eastern Conference voting by Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sixers guard JJ Redick to miss at least 10-14 days after suffering small crack in fibular head of left leg in collision during Sixers’ 117-111 victory over Raptors on Monday. Rookie Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in draft, practices in 5-on-5 situation at Sixers practice, but he still has discomfort in his shoulder and his shot isn’t in proper form, according to Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

9. Cardinals hire Panthers DC Wilks Cardinals hire Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks their head coach, filling void left by Bruce Arians’ departure. In other NFL news, Titans name Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel their new head coach, replacing Mike Mularkey. Titans beat Chiefs in playoff opener before losing to Patriots.

10. Chung upsets Djokovic Unseeded Hyeon Chung upsets Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), to reach Australian Open quarterfinals. Njokovic was playing 1st tournament since taking time off for elbow injury after Wimbledon. Chung’s quarterfinal opponent will be unseeded American Tennys Sandgren, a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 6-3 winner over 5th-seeded Dominic Thiem. In other 4th-round men’s matches, 2nd-seeded Roger Federer rolls to 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Marton Fucsovics; 19th-seeded Tomas Berdych cruises to 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini; top seed Rafael Nadal struggles to 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 victory over 24th-seeded Diego Schwartzman; 6th-seeded Marin Cilic defeats Pablo Carrena Busto a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 (3); and 3rd-seeded Grigor Dmitrov reaches quarterfinals with 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) win over Nick Kyrgios. In women’s draw, 17th-seeded Madison Keys upsets 8th-seeded Caroline Garcia, 6-3, 6-2, to earn quarterfinal match against 14th-seeded Angelique Kerber, a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 winner over Sue Wei Hsieh. 2nd-seeded Caroline Wozniacki cruises into quarterfinals with 6-3, 6-0 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova. Wozniacki’s quarterfinal opponent will be unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro, a 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 winner over Annet Kontaveit. Top seed Simona Halep, 4th-seeded Elina Svitolina and 6th-seeded Karolina Pliskova advance in straight sets.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
No games scheduled

Saturday
Flyers 3, Devils 1
Sixers 116, Bucks 94
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 81, Connecticut 61
St. Joseph’s 68, Fordham 46
Temple 60, Penn 51
Richmond 81, La Salle 74
J.Madison 75, Drexel 73

Sunday
Flyers 2, Washington 1 (OT)
NFC Championship
Eagles 38, Vikings 7

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Sixers at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Tuesday
Flyers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Providence at Villanova, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday
Bulls at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Massachusetts at La Salle, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m.
Temple at Cincinnati, 9 p.m.

Thursday
Lightning at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Elon at Drexel, 7 p.m.

Friday
Sixers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday
Men’s Basketball
Northeastern at Drexel, 2 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Penn, 7 p.m.

Sunday
Sixers at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Villanova at Marquette, 1 p.m.
Connecticut at Temple, 8 p.m.

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