A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Eagles alone in first place Eagles rally from 14-point deficit in second half to defeat visiting Lions, 34-20, in game played in near-blizzard conditions, to take over sole possession of first place in NFC East. Eagles (8-5), who have won 5 straight, are alone in first place in NFC East because Bears batter Cowboys, 45-28, Monday night. Against Lions, LeSean McCoy sets franchise record with 217 yards rushing on 29 carries. McCoy reels off TDs of 40 and 57 yards early in 4th quarter to put Eagles ahead, 22-20. Nick Foles completes 11 of 22 passes for 179 yards, TD, but throws his 1st interception this season. Eagles play at Minnesota on Sunday (1 p.m.). Vikings will likely be without RB Adrian Peterson (strained foot).
2. Halladay retires Roy Halladay signs one-day contract with Blue Jays and announces retirement. Halladay, 36, compiled 203-105 record in 16 MLB seasons. He struck out 2,117 batters in 2,749 innings. Halladay spent 12 seasons with Blue Jays before spending the final 4 years of his career with Phillies. As a Phillies, Halladay won 2010 Cy Young Award, pitched perfect game and hurled playoff no-hitter, but shoulder injuries hurt his velocity and sidelined him during past 2 seasons.
3. Bears ice Cowboys Josh McCown throws for 348 yards, 4 TDs as Bears crush Cowboys, 45-28, in below-zero wind chill, moving Bears (7-6) into first-place tie with Lions in NFC North and dropping Cowboys (7-6) a game behind Eagles in NFC East. Sunday’s key games include 49ers beating first-place Seahawks, 19-17, in NFC West showdown; Patriots escaping with 27-26 win over Browns; Packers keeping playoff hopes alive by rallying for 22-21 triumph over Falcons with QB Aaron Rodgers still sidelined; and Saints take over sole possession of first place in NFC South with convincing 31-13 victory over visiting Panthers (8:30 p.m.) in matchup of division co-leaders. (For complete NFL scores and schedules, please click on “NFL” in standings section on lower right side of this page.)
4. Eagles-Bears moves to prime time Using option in flex schedule, NFL moves Eagles-Bears game on Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., making it featured game on NBC. There is possibility Eagles-Cowboys game on Dec. 29, which may determine NFC East champion, could also be flexed to Sunday night. Eagles have not appeared in prime time since Thursday night loss to Andy Reid and Chiefs in Week 3.
5. Senators shoot down Flyers Jason Spezza scores in third round of shootout and then Sean Couturier hits crossbar as Senators defeat visiting Flyers, 5-4. Spezza’s goal was only goal of shootout. Michael Raffl opens scoring with his 1st NHL goal. Raffl also adds assist. Jakub Voracek breaks streak of 12 games without goal to tie game in 2nd period. Luke Schenn puts Flyers ahead 1:50 later. After Senators regain lead, Kimmo Timonen ties game at 4-4 10:58 into 3rd period. Ray Emery expected to start against his most recent former team Wednesday (8 p.m.) as Flyers (13-14-3) wrap up 6-game road trip at Chicago.
6. Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier will miss 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in his lower back, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. Lecavalier suffered injury during shootout win over Nashville on Nov. 30. Lecavalier scored the winning goal during the shootout, but has missed last 3 games due to what was thought to be back spasms.
7. Calm before storm? After relatively quiet offseason thus far, will Phillies become more active during winter meetings this week? ESPN reports Phillies listening to offers for Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels.
8. Clippers top Sixers Blake Griffin pours in 26 points, Chris Paul contributes 25 points, 13 assists as visiting Clippers defeat Sixers, 94-83. Evan Turner scores 25 points, grabs 8 rebounds, dishes out 5 assists. Thaddeus Young, with 16 points, 11 rebounds, was only other Sixer in double figures. Sixers (7-15), who have lost 11 of last 13 games, play at Minnesota on Wednesday (8 p.m.).
9. Eagles postgame show Listen to Ron Opher, Gordon Glantz, Josh Landsburg and Eric Fisher discuss the Eagles’ 34-20 comeback victory over the Lions on PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To listen to the show, please click here. (To listen to past shows, click here)
10. Managers make Hall Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox selected for Hall of Fame by expansion era committee. Cox may be joined at Hall of Fame ceremony on July 27 by pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, both 300-game winners who are expected to be vote into Hall of Fame. Glavine, Maddux pitched for Braves while Cox was leading Atlanta to 14 straight division titles.
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Bobcats 105, Sixers 88
Stars 5, Flyers 1
Nuggets 103, Sixers 92
Texas 81, Temple 80 (OT)
(at Wells Fargo Center)
Drexel 75, Tennessee St. 61
Villanova 98, St. Joe’s 68
Wagner 75, Penn 69 (OT)
MSG Holiday Festival
La Salle 65, Stony Brook 57
(at Madison Square Garden)
Eagles 34, Lions 20
Clippers 94, Sixers 83
Senators 5, Flyers 4 (1-0 in shootout)
No games scheduled
Flyers at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Sixers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Canadiens at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Trail Blazers at Sixers, 8 p.m.
Army vs. Navy, 3 p.m.
(at Lincoln Financial Field)
Flyers at Washington, 3 p.m.
Drexel at Davidson, 2 p.m.
La Salle at Villanova, 2:30 p.m.
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