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Consecutive wins for Celtics, who post 92-88 win over Warriors on Thursday

The Phillies announced that Pete Mackanin will not returns as manager next season. Mackanin will serve as special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak.

The first team looks terrific in building a 17-point first-half lead during a 31-21 preseason win over the visiting Steelers. But the Eagles receive injury scares regarding LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin.

Fletcher Cox (pictured) returns a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown with 1:29 remaining, sealing the Eagles’ 30-17 season-opening victory and ending a 5-game losing streak against the Redskins and a 7-game road losing streak.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Eagles try to bury Cowboys Eagles (8-1) can virtually wrap up NFC East by defeat Cowboys (5-4) on Sunday night (8:30 p.m.). Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott won’t purse further appeals of 6-game suspension, will be unavailable until Christmas Eve. All Eagles on roster practice Wednesday. Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) does not practice Wednesday, not expected to play Sunday. WR Dez Bryant (knee), OT Tyron Smith (groin) don’t practice Wednesday. Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery says he will play Sunday despite ankle injury, but he’s listed as “questionable” on injury report.

2. Flyers lose late lead in shootout defeat Although Flyers end shutout streak, they lose lead with 49 seconds remaining, suffer 3-2 defeat when host Jets win shootout. Shooout score also 3-2. Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier get Flyers off to great start with goals in first 5:15 of 1st period, but Flyers don’t score again. Defenseman Radko Gudas assessed major penalty, game misconduct for slashing. Jets tie game with goalie pulled. Rookie center Nolan Patrick (“upper body” injury) returns to lineup after missing 9 games with what is suspected to be a concussion. Flyers host Flames on Saturday (1 p.m.).

3. Embiid overwhelms Lakers Joel Embiid pours in career-high 46 points, the most by a 76er in 11 year, as Sixers defeat host Lakers, 115-109. Embiid, who scores 19 points in 4th quarter, also contributes 15 rebounds, 7 blocked shots, 7 assists. Ben Simmons adds 18 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds while completely outplaying Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, who finishes with 2 points. Embiid has 78 points in past 2 games. Sixers return home Saturday (7:30 p.m.) to host defending-champion Warriors.

4. Report: Covington getting rewarded Sixers and small forward Robert Covington finalizing 4-year contract extension worth $62 million, according to report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Covington is excellent defensive player who is developing into offensive weapon with 3-point shot. Covington scored career-high 31 points Monday during win over Clippers.

5. Darby could return against Cowboys CB Ronald Darby, who dislocated ankle in season opener, full participant in practice, may return Sunday night (8:30 p.m.) against Cowboys. Eagles acquired Darby in preseason trade with Bills involving WR Jordan Matthews. One day after signing veteran LB Dannell Ellerbee, Eagles sign veteran OT Will Beatty to 1-year contract. Beatty, 32, played 7 seasons with Giants, but missed 2015 due to torn pectoral muscle, played just 6 games last season. To make room on roster, Eagles release OT Taylor Hart. Ellerbee, 31, was with Saints this summer, but foot injury led to his release. Eagles without MLB Jordan Hicks rest of season. To make room on roster, Eagles release CB Dexter McDougle. Redskins sign RB Byron Marshall off Eagles practice squad.

6. Owls reach Charleston final Obi Enechionyia scores 19 points, snares 10 rebound as Temple tops Auburn, 88-74, to reach championship game (Sun., 9:30 p.m.) of Charleston Classic. Owls will face either Clemson or Hofstra in title game. In another game Friday, Tramaine Isabell scores 21 points, Sammy Mojica (15 points) sinks go-ahead 3-point with 29 seconds remaining to lift Drexel past Houston, 84-80, in first round of Paradise Jam. On Thursday, Shizz Alston jr. scores 23 points, Quinton Rose adds 20 as Temple opens its season with 76-65 victory over Old Dominion in 1st round of Charleston Classic. In another local game Thursday, B.J. Johnson scores 30 points, grabs 10 rebounds to lead La Salle to 81-73 win over South Alabama.

7. Steelers trounce Titans Ben Roethlisberger throws 4 TD passes, including 3 to Antonio Brown, as Steelers top Titans, 40-17. Steelers (8-2) score 17 points in 4th qauarter. In Sunday’s games, Redskins visit  Saints (1 p.m.); Giants host Chiefs (1 p.m.); Raiders host Patriots (4:25 p.m.), and Seahawks host Falcons on Monday (8:30 p.m.).

8. Temple hosts Central Florida Temple has opportunity to make bowl statement Saturday  (noon) when it hosts 15th-ranked Central Florida. In other games Saturday, Penn State  hosts Nebraska (4 p.m.); Villanova hosts Delaware; and Penn hosts Cornell (1:30 p.m.).

9. NASCAR title on the line Four drivers compete for NASCAR’s championship race next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski qualified fro championship race..

10. Last ride Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final NASCAR race will be Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It may also be final NASCAR race for 45-year-old Matt Kenseth, who won Can-am 500 last weekend in Phoenix. In related news, Danica Patrick reveals she will only compete in Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year.

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LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Sixers 109, Clippers 105
Men’s Basketball
La Salle 75, Penn 71 (2 OTs)
Drexel 95, Arcadia 81
St. Joseph’s 86, Illinois-Chicago 82 (OT)

Tuesday
Minnesota 3, Flyers 0
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 113, Nicholls St. 77

Wednesday
Sixers 115, Lakers 109
Men’s Basketball
Penn 66, Navy 45

Thursday
Winnipeg 3, Flyers 2 (Jets win in shootout)
Men’s Basketball
La Salle 81, S.Alabama 73
Charleston Classic
Temple 76, Old Dominion 65
(at Charleston, S.C.)

Friday
Men’s Basketball
Villanova at Lafayette, 8 p.m.
Charleston Classic
Temple 88, Auburn 74
(at Charleston, S.C.)
Paradise Jam
Drexel 84, Houston 80
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

Saturday
Flames at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Warriors at Sixers, 7:30 p.m.
College Football
C.Florida at Temple, noon
Nebraska at Penn State, 4 p.m.
Delaware at Villanova, 1 p.m.
Cornell at Penn, 1:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
PSU-Brandywine at Penn, 11:30 a.m.
St. Peter’s at La Salle, 3:30 p.m.
Princeton at St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament
La Salle vs. Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.
(at Uncasville, Ct.)
Paradise Jam
Drexel vs. Liberty/Mercer, TBD
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

Sunday
Eagles at Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
Charleston Classic
Championship game

Temple vs. Clemson/Hofstra, 9:30 p.m.
(at Charleston, S.C.)
Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament
La Salle vs. Texas Tech/Boston College, TBD
(at Uncasville, Ct.)
Paradise Jam
Drexel vs. TBD
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

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