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Scoreless minutes for Trail Blazers at start of Wednesday’s loss to Sixers

Nick Foles keeps saying he’s going to clean up his mistakes. But his actions haven’t backed up his words. As Eric Fisher “discovers,” this isn’t a new problem for Foles.

Jakub Voracek (pictured) finally started scoring, but he already was having a terrific season before he found the back of the net. Eric fisher also praises Sean Couturier’s excellent two-way play, points out the inconsistency in NHL officiating and replay reviews, and explains why Samuel Morin’s return to the NHL could come soon.

As expected, the 76ers select Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Fultz, who is expected to start as a rookie, averaged 23.2 points per game during his freshman season with the Huskies.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Sixers stifle Trail Blazers Sixers scores first 16 points of game en route to 101-81 triumph over visiting Trail Blazers, who don’t score until 7 minutes have elapsed. Joel Embiid pours in 28 points, grabs 12 rebounds. Ben Simmons contributes 16 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds. Sixers to host Magic on Saturday (7 p.m.).

2. Flyers lose in OT, drop 6th straight Josh Bailey scores 32 seconds into overtime to boost Islanders past visiting Flyers in overtime, 4-3, in first half of home-and-home series. Flyers, who will host Islanders on Friday (4 p.m.), lose 6th straight game. Taylor Leier, Michael Raffl score their 1st goals this season, Jakub Voracek adds power-play goal to know score at 3-3. Flyers allow 2 power-play goals, giving opposing teams 7 power-play goals in past 3 games. With team mired in losing streak, Flyers call up defenseman Samuel Morin, forward Danick Martel from Phantoms. Martel leads AHL with 14 goals. Flyers send defenseman Mark Alt, forward Matt Read to Phantoms.

3. Eagles bury Cowboys Eagles score 30 points in 2nd half to erase halftime deficit, crush Cowboys, 37-9. Eagles (9-1) win 8th straight game, virtually wrap up NFC East by taking 4-game lead on Cowboys (5-5). Eagles rush for 215 yards, including 91 by Jay Ajayi. LB Nigel Bradham puts icing on cake with 37-yard fumble return for TD in 4th quarter. Eagles intercept Cowboys QB Dak Prescott 3 times, including once by CB Ronald Darby, playing for 1st time since dislocating ankle in season opener. Eagles lose kicker Jake Elliott in 1st half due to potential concussion. Eagles QB Carson Wentz leads Pro Bowl voting; Patriots QB Tom Brady is second. Eagles to host Bears on Sunday (1 p.m.).

4. Thanksgiving feast Vikings (8-2), one game behind Eagles, visit Lions on Thanksgiving (12:30 p.m.). All other NFC East teams in action, with Cowboys (5-5) hosting Chargers (4:30 p.m.), and Giants visiting Redskins (8:30 p.m.). In Sunday’s games, Falcons host Bucs (1 p.m.); Panthers (7-3) visit Jets (1 p.m.); and Saints (8-2) visit Rams (7-3) at 4:25 p.m. Chiefs, losers of 4 straight games, sign CB Darrelle Revis.

5. Wildcats win in Atlantis Jalen Brunson scores 18 points to lead 5th-ranked Villanova past Western Kentucky, 66-58, in Battle for Atlantis in Bahamas. Wildcats’ next game will be Thursday (12:30 p.m.) against Tennessee, which upended 18th-ranked Purdue in overtime. In Wednesday’s other games, Max Rothschild scores 16 points to lead 5 Quakers in double figures as Penn defeats University of Missouri-Kansas City, 68-65, in third-place game of Gulf Coast Showcase, and B.J. Johnson scores 16 points, grabs 16 rebounds and Pookie Powell scores 17 points, but La Salle loses to 11th-ranked Miami, 57-46, in Reading. On Tuesday, Towson defeats Penn, 79-71, in 2nd round of Gulf Coast Showcase despite 25 points by Ryan Betley.

6. Gudas suspended 10 games NHL suspends Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas 10 games after being assessed major penalty, game misconduct for slashing Matthew Perrault on Thursday during shootout loss to Jets. In other Flyers news, Flyers will host Penguins in outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23, 2019. Flyers have lost previous 3 outdoor games, including one at Citizens Bank Park and one against Penguins at Heinz Field.

7. Hall news Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, WR Terrell Owens among 25 semifinalists for 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class. Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb not among semifinalists. Players on list who are in first year of eligibility are LB Ray Lewis; LB Brian Urlacher; WR Randy Moss; defensive lineman Richard Seymour; guard Steve Hutchinson; CB Rhonde Barber. Former Phillie Jim Thome appears on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

8. Barkley leads Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley carries 17 times for 158 yards, 3 TDs before leaving game early as 10th-ranked Penn State scores 42 points in 1st half en route to 56-44 triumph over visiting Nebraska, which scored 3 TDs in final 7 minutes of 4th quarter to make final score closer. In Saturday’s other games, Villanova defeats visiting Delaware for 6th straight time, 28-7, probably ending Blue Hens’ hopes for at-large bid to NCAA playoffs; Penn stops Cornell twice on plays at 1-yard line at end of game to secure 29-22 season-ending victory highlighted by Justin Watson’s 13 receptions for 192 yards and Karekin Brooks’ 146 yards rushing on 17 carries, and 15th-ranked Central Florida flattens host Temple, 45-19, to remain undefeated. In later game, 10th-ranked Penn State (8-2) hosts Nebraska (4 p.m.).

9. Phillies adjust 40-man roster Phillies place pitchers Franklyn Kilome, Seranthony Dominguez, Jose Tavares, Ranger Suarez and infielder Engelb Vielma to 40-man roster, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 draft. Phillies designate pitchers Mark Appel, Alberto Tirado for assignment, outright Elniery Garcia to minors.

10. Truex captures 1st title Martin Truex Jr. edges Kyle Busch by .681 seconds in Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win his first overall NASCAR title. It’s also first NASCAR title for Furniture Row Racing. In his final NASCAR race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 25th. Earnhardt Jr. has been most popular NASCAR driver for past decade. It may also be final NASCAR race for 45-year-old Matt Kenseth, who finishes 8th Sunday one week after winning Can-am 500 in Phoenix. In related news, Danica Patrick reveals she will only compete in Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year and then will retire.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Men’s Basketball
Villanova 104, Lafayette 57
Charleston Classic

Temple 88, Auburn 74
(at Charleston, S.C.)
Paradise Jam
Drexel 84, Houston 80
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

Saturday
Flames 5, Flyers 4 (OT)
Warriors 124, Sixers 116
College Football
C.Florida 45, Temple 19
Penn State 56, Nebraska 44
Villanova 28, Delaware 7
Penn 29, Cornell 22
Men’s Basketball
Penn 99, PSU-Brandywine at Penn 40
St. Joseph’s 71, Princeton 58
Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament
Northwestern 82, La Salle 74
(at Uncasville, Ct.)
Paradise Jam
Mercer 78, Drexel 59
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

Sunday
Eagles 37, Cowboys 9
Men’s Basketball
Charleston Classic
Championship game

Temple 67, Clemson 60
(at Charleston, S.C.)
Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament
Boston College 82, La Salle 61
(at Uncasville, Ct.)
Paradise Jam
Third-place game

Drake 90, Drexel 88
(at Lynchburg, Va.)

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Sixers 107, Jazz 86
Men’s Basketball
Gulf Coast Showcase

Penn 93, N.Illinois 80
(at Estero, Fla.)

Tuesday
Canucks 5, Flyers 2
Men’s Basketball
Gulf Coast Showcase
Towson 79, Penn 71
(at Estero, Fla.)

Wednesday
Sixers 101, Trail Blazers 81
Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (OT)
Men’s Basketball
Miami 57, La Salle 46
(at Reading)
Battle for Atlantis
Villanova 66, W.Kentucky 58
(at Atlantis, Bahamas)
Gulf Coast Showcase
Third-place game

Penn 68, Missouri-KC 65
(at Estero, Fla.)

Thursday
Men’s Basketball
Battle for Atlantis
Villanova vs. Tennessee, 12:30 p.m.
(at Atlantis, Bahamas)
Wooden Legacy Tournament
St. Joseph’s vs. Washington St., 6 p.m.
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Friday
Islanders at Flyers, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Battle for Atlantis
Villanova vs. TBD
(at Atlantis, Bahamas)

Wooden Legacy Tournament
St. Joseph’s vs. Harvard/St. Mary’s, TBD
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Saturday
Magic at Sixers, 7 p.m.
College Football
Penn State at Maryland, 3:30 p.m.
Temple at Tulsa, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Drexel at NJIT, 4 p.m.
Penn at Monmouth, 7 p.m.
Wooden Legacy Tournament
St. Joseph’s vs. TBD
(at Fullerton, Calif.)

Sunday
Bears at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Temple at La Salle, 5 p.m.

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