A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Bobrovsky shuts out Flyers Former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky makes 36 saves, registering his 7th shutout this season as Blue Jackets beat visiting Flyers, 1-0. Flyers, with just 8 games remaining, trail Islanders, Bruins by 6 points in chase for final wild card berth in Eastern Conference, but must jump over Lightning (trail by 5 points) and Hurricanes (1 point) as well. Alexander Wennberg deflects in shot by Kyle Quincey for game’s only goal. Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth makes 20 saves. Flyers visit Penguins on Sunday (7 p.m.).
2. Embiid has surgery Sixers center Joel Embiid has arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in left knee. Surgery was in Los Angeles, where Embiid will remain for “conservative” approach to rehabilitation, according to doctor who performed surgery in statement released by Sixers. Embiid played 31 games during rookie season, which is actually his 3rd season since being draft by Sixers. He did not play during first 2 seasons due to injuries.
3. Dallas Green dies Dallas Green, manager for 1980 Phillies team that won franchise’s 1st World Series title, dies of kidney disease at age 82. As Phillies farm director, Green helped build the team that excelled from 1975-83, including 1980 World Series win. Green began his professional baseball career as pitcher for Phillies. He later coached and managed in minor leagues, served as scout and adviser in Phillies organization. He left Phillies to become Cubs GM, then later managed Yankees and Mets before returning to Phillies organization.
4. Saric, Sixers bounce back against Bulls Dario Saric pours in career-high 32 points, grabs 10 rebounds to help Sixers bounce back from 25-point loss to Thunder with 117-107 triumph over host Bulls. Shawn Long contributes 18 points, 7 rebounds in just 20 minutes. Sixers recover from early deficit, build 26-point lead, then fend off late charge by Bulls. Jahlil Okafor sits out again with knee soreness. Sixers visit Pacers on Sunday (6 p.m.).
5. Kentucky, out-Foxes UCLA De’Aaron Fox pours in 39 points to lift 2nd-seeded Kentucky past 3rd-seeded UCLA, 86-75, in South Region. Wildcats will face top seed North Carolina, a 92-80 winner over 4th-seeded Butler, on Sunday (5:05 p.m.). In East Region, 8th-seeded Wisconsin battles back from 12-point deficit in final 4:15, only to have 4th-seeded Florida prevail, 84-83, when guard Chris Chiozza dribbles length of floor and drills 3-pointer at buzzer. Gators will face 7th-seeded South Carolina, which demolishes 3rd-seeded Baylor, 70-50, on Sunday (2:20 p.m.).
6. Bulldogs fend off Mountaineers West Region top seed Gonzaga fends off challenge from 4th-seeded West Virginia, reaches Elite Eight with 61-58 triumph. Bulldogs will face 11th-seed Xavier, a 73-71 upset winner over 2nd-seeded Arizona, tonight (6:09 p.m.). In Midwest Region, 3rd-seeded Oregon nips 7th-seeded Michigan, 59-58, will face top-seeded Kansas, which erases 1st-half deficit and crushes 4th-seeded Purdue, 98-66, tonight (8:49 p.m.).
7. Phillies find relief in tie Three relievers competing for spots with Phillies pitch Saturday during 3-3 tie with Red Sox in Grapefruit League game. Alec Asher starts, allows 3 hits, 2 runs in 3 innings. Adam Morgan allows solo home run in 3 innings. Joely Rodriguez strikes out 3 in 2 scoreless innings. Morgan, Rodriguez are lefties. Former Phillie Kyle Kendrick limits Phillies to 2 runs in 6 innings. Phillies tie game on Chris Coghlan’s sacrifice fly in top of 9th inning. Clay Buchholz scheduled to start Sunday (1 p.m.) when Phillies host Pirates.
8. Phillies send Goeddel to minors Phillies send outfielder Tyler Goeddel, pitcher Jake Thompson to minors. Goeddel, who spent all of last season with Phillies, likely to end up with Class AA Reading due to logjam of outfielders at Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Thompson started 10 games for Phillies last season. Reliever Dalier Hiniosa, infielder Hector Gomez, catcher Logan Moore assigned to minor-league camp.
9. Eagles consider Kelly green Eagles withdraw all except 1 proposal to NFL for new rules. One of withdrawn proposals would have opened possibility of Eagles changing helmets to match Kelly green uniforms worn by Eagles before switch to current midnight green.
10. ex-Penn State president Spanier convicted Jury convicts former Penn State president Graham Spanier of 1 misdemeanor count of child endangerment over handling of 2001 incident involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier acquitted of conspiracy and 2nd child endangerment charge. Spanier’s lawyer, who did not produce any defense witnesses, says Spanier will appeal verdict.
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Sixers 117, Chicago 107
Yankees 3, Phillies 2
Blue Jackets 1, Flyers 0
Phillies 3, Red Sox 3
Sixers at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Flyers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Pirates at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Phillies at Blue Jays, 6 p.m.
Senators at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Blue Jays at Phillies, 6:30 p.m.
Hawks at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m.
Phillies at Pirates, 1 p.m.
(Spring training, split squad)
Islanders at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Sixers at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Rays at Phillies, 1 p.m.
(End of spring training)
Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Union at D.C. United, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Flyers at Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
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