Receiving yards for Cowboys’ Amari Cooper during Sunday’s 29-23 win over Eagles

Claude Giroux moves to wing this season in hopes of improving upon the 14 goals he scored last season. The Flyers will be fielding a relatively young lineup, with three centers 24 or younger and most of the defensemen in that range or younger.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the potential impact of the Eagles’ loss to the Lions, the Flyers’ roster and the Union’s precarious predicament.

Using the No. 2 selection in next week’s NHL Draft for whichever of the top two players — Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier — the Devils don’t pick at No. 1 is the easy part. Gordon Glantz wants general manager Ron Hextall to be aggressive in exploring other moves to improve the Flyers.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles lose heartbreaker in OT Eagles shake off abysmal first half on offense to force overtime, but Amari Cooper catches 15-yard TD, his 3rd after first 3 quarters, to boost Cowboys to 29-23 triumph. Eagles (6-7) must win remaining 3 games while Cowboys (8-5) loss their remaining 3 games in order to win NFC East, but still alive in wild card race. Winning TD deflects off hand of CB Rasul Douglas, pops in air, allowing Cooper to catch football, reach end zone. Cooper catches 10 passes for career-high 217 yards, 3 TDs. Dak Prescott throws for 455 yards, 3 TDs, but also throws 2 interceptions. Eagles fail to score in 1st half, trail 6-0 entering 2nd half. Cowboys lead 9-6 after 3 quarters, but teams erupt for 31 points in 4th. Eagles tie game for final time on 6-yard pass to Darren Sproles with 1:39 remaining. Carson Wentz rebounds from slow start to complete 22 of 32 passes for 228 yards, 3 TDs. Cowboys accumulate 576 total yards. LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Tim Jernigan (back) miss game. CB Jalen Mills put on injured reserve, meaning he will miss rest of season. Eagles visit Rams next Sunday (8:20 p.m.).

2. Neuvirth struggles in blowout In his 1st game back from injury, Michal Neuvirth allows 3 goals in 10 shots before being pulled as Flyers lose to host Jets, 7-1. Anthony Stolarz replaces Neuvirth with 12:29 remaining in 2nd period after Jets increase lead to 3-1. Flyers trail after 1st period, 2-1, despite 17-6 advantage in shots on goal. Jakub Voracek’s goal cutting lead to 2-1 is Flyers’ only goal. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck makes 36 saves. Jets score 3 power play goals, 1 shorthanded goal. Sean Couturier misses 2nd straight game due to  “lower body” injury, listed as day-to-day. Flyers continue road trip Wednesday (8:30 p.m.) against Western Conference-leading Flames.

3. Sixers win without Embiid Jimmy Butler scores 38 points for 2nd straight game, Sixers play terrific defense during 4th quarter as they defeat host Pistons, 117-111, in 1st half of home-and-home series. Sixers will host Pistons on Monday (7 p.m.). Sixers without Joel Embiid, who was given night off to rest after only scoring 10 points and looked sluggish during Sixers’ 113-102 loss to Raptors on Wednesday. However, Embiid says he feels fine, but that he’s not getting enough touches and spends too much time on perimeter since trade to acquire Butler. Butler scoes 26 points in 2nd half as Sixers rally from 15-point 3rd-quarter deficit. Ben Simmons contributes 18 points, 14 rebounds. JJ Redick, Mike Muscala add 18 points apiece. Sixers block 12 shots, including 3 apiece by Simmons, Muscala and Wilson Chandler. Embiid misses practice Sunday due to migraine, questionable for Monday’s game. Landry Shamet (lower back pain) also questionable for Monday’s game.

4. Giants visit Redskins Saquon Barkley rushes for 170 yards as Giants obliterate Redskins, 40-16. In other games Sunday, Dolphins upset visiting Patriots, 34-33, with 69-yard triple-lateral play as time expires; Raiders upset visiting Steelers, 24-21; Colts halt Texans’ winning streak at 9 games with 24-21 victory; Chiefs clinch playoff berth with 27-24 overtime win over Ravens; Browns beat Panthers, 26-20; Saints double up Bucs, 28-14; and 49ers knock off Broncos, 20-14. On Sunday night, Rams (11-1) visit 8-4 Bears (8:20 p.m.). On Monday (8:15 p.m.), Vikings (6-5-1) visit Seahawks (7-5). On Thursday, Derrick Henry carries 17 times for 238 yards and 4 TDs, including 99-yard TD run, as Titans to visiting Jaguars, 30-9.

5. Fultz sidelined ‘indefinitely’ Markelle Fultz diagnosed with Thoracic outlet syndrome, will be out indefinitely, according to statement released by Sixers. Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarwoski that Fultz will begin rehabilitation in Los Angeles. Condition related to nerves that control movements in shoulder, arm and hand. At urging of his agent, Fultz sought medical opinions from outside Sixers organization, which said nothing physically wrong with shoulder that would keep Fultz from playing. According to report in The Athletic, Fultz wants “change of scenery.” Brothers denies giving any indication to Brand that Fultz wants to be traded, but doesn’t deny that Fultz wants to be traded.

6. Wildcats hold off Hawks Saint Joseph’s uses 16-point run during 2nd half to pull within 6 points, but 21st-ranked Villanova fends off Hawks to register 70-58 victory. Eric Paschall leads Wildcats (8-2) with 14 points; Lamarr Kimble scores 22 to pace Hawks (5-5), who are missing Charlie Brown Jr. (sprained right ankle). In today’s other local games, Michael Wang scores 18 points, AJ Brodeur adds 17 as Penn hands winless La Salle its 10th loss, 83-65, and UMBC, which pulled off historic first-round upset of top-seeded Virginia in last season’s NCAA Tournament, overcomes 8-point halftime to post 91-76 victory over host Drexel, which receives 22 points from Troy Harper.

7. Phillies swap relievers with Angels Phillies send right-handed reliever Luis Garcia to Angels in exchange for left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez. Garcia inconsistent during 6 seasons with Phillies, going 3-1 with 6.07 ERA last season. Alvarez was 6-4 with 2.71 ERA in 76 appearances last season. On Monday, Phillies acquire shortstop Jean Segura from Mariners in trade that sends Carlos Santana, shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle. Phillies also receive pitchers Juan Nicasio, James Pazos. Segura, a 2-time all-star,  batted .304 with 10 home runs, 63 RBI last season. Segura’s contract for $14.25 million each of next 4 seasons, with option for 2023. Seguara traded for 3rd time in 3 years. Left-handed starter Patrick Corbin, who visited Phillies, reportedly agrees to contract with Nationals.

8. Ex-Eagle Rossovich dies at 72 Tim Rossovich, who played linebacker for Eagles from 1968-71, dies at age 72 after long illness. Eagles drafted Rossovich 14th overall out of USC in 1968 draft. He was selected for Pro Bowl in 1968. Rossovich played 2 seasons with Chargers, 1 with Oilers and 2 in World Football League. After his football career, Rossovich became an actor, appearing in TV series such as Charlies Angels, Magnum P.I. and The A-Team, as well as in movies.

9. Collins leaves Temple for Ga. Tech Head coach Geoff Collins, who is from Georgia, leaves Temple after 2 seasons to be head coach at Georgia Tech. Collins won’t coach Owls (8-4), playing in a bowl game for the 4th straight season, in Independence Bowl against Duke (7-5) on Thurs., Dec. 27 (1:30 p.m.). 12th-ranked Penn State (9-3) will battle 14th-ranked Kentucky (9-3) in Citrus Bowl on Tues., Jan. 1 (1 p.m.). In playoffs, Alabama will face Oklahoma in semifinals in Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 (8 p.m.). In other semifinal on Dec. 29, Clemson will battle 3rd-ranked Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl (4 p.m.).

10. Army sinks Navy Army dominates first 3 quarters, withstands Navy comeback to post 17-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field, its 3rd straight win in series steeped in tradition. President Trump takes part in coin toss.

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Sixers 117, Detroit 111

Flyers 6, Buffalo 2
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 70, Saint Joseph’s 58
UMBC 91, Drexel 76
Penn 83, La Salle 65
College football
Army 17, Navy 10
(at Lincoln Financial Field)

Winnipeg 7, Flyers 1
Cowboys 29, Eagles 23 (OT)


Pistons at Sixers, 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

Villanova at Penn, 7 p.m.

Nets at Sixers, 7 p.m.
Flyers at Calgary, 8:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Massachusetts at Temple, 7 p.m.

No games scheduled

Pacers at Sixers, 7:30 p.m.
Flyers at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Flyers at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Buffalo at Wings, 1 p.m.
(season opener)
Men’s Basketball
Villanova at Kansas, noon
Temple vs. Davidson, 4:30 p.m.
(at Atlantic City)

Sixers at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.
Eagles at Rams, 8:20 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Drexel vs. Quinnipiac, 6 p.m.
(at Mohegan Sun Casino in Conn.)


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