Career goals for Flyers captain Claude Giroux

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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Phillies begin workouts Phillies’ first full-squad workout of spring training is today. Pitchers and catchers had first workout of spring training Wednesday. Phillies sign left-handed reliever Fernando Abad, who spent last season with Red Sox, to minor-league contract. Phillies may also add veteran starting pitcher before Opening Day.

2. Report: 2 interview to replace Reich Eagles head coach Doug Pederson interviewing running backs coach Duce Staley, wide receivers coach Mike Groh to fill offensive coordinator job vacated by Frank Reich when he left to become Colts head coach, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus.

3. Lyon saves Flyers’ win over Rangers Entering game at start of 2nd period after starting goalie Michal Neuvirth suffers “lower body” injury, Alex Lyon makes 25 saves on 26 shots to register his 1st NHL win as Flyers defeat host Rangers, 7-4. Seven players score for Flyers. Claude Giroux nets 20th goal of season, which is 200th of his career, earns 2 assists. Travis Konecny also contributes goal, 2 assists. Jori Lehtera scores his 1st goal this season, adds assist. Also scoring goals for Flyers: Andrew MacDonald, Scott Laughton, Brandon Manning, Nolan Patrick. With 70 points, Flyers remain in 3rd place in Metropolitan Division. Flyers to host Canadiens on Tuesday (7 p.m.).

4. Neuvirth suffers injury Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth sustains “lower body” injury during 1st period of Sunday’s 7-4 victory over Rangers, perhaps forcing general manager Ron Hextall to acquire goalie before Feb. 26 trade deadline. Flyers already without goalie Brian Elliott had abdominal muscle surgery, expected to be sidelined 5-6 weeks. Elliott injured during shootout on Feb. 10 against Coyotes. Elliott is 21-11-7 this season, with 2.72 goals-against average, .908 save percentage. Alex Lyon, recalled from Phantoms when Elliott injured, is lone remaining healthy goalie.

5. Embiid scores 19 in All-Star loss Joel Embiid scores 19 points, grabs 8 rebounds, blocks 2 shots for Team Stephen, but Team LeBron posts 148-145 victory in NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James scores 29 points, earn MVP honors. On Friday, Dario Saric scores 18 points, Ben Simmons adds double-double (11 points, 13 assists) to lead World to 155-124 victory over Team USA in Rising Stars Challenge at NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Embiid, who missed Wednesday’s game against Heat with right ankle soreness, plays fewer than 9 minutes, scores 5 points. Embiid eliminated in 2nd round of skill challenge, won by Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie. Donovan Mitchell wins slam dunk contest. Devin Booker wins 3-point shooting contest.

6. Houston crushes Temple Temple falls behind by 21 points by halftime during 80-59 loss to visiting Houston. On Saturday, Mikal Bridges scores 25 points, Donte DiVincenzo adds 21 as 3rd-ranked Villanova defeats 4th-ranked Xavier, 95-79, snapping host Musketeeers’ 9-game winning streak. Wildcats (24-4), who lost to Providence on Wednesday, haven’t lost 2 straight games since 2012-13 season. In Saturday’s other games, redshirt senior Tony Washington scores career-high 20 points, grabs career-high 14 rebounds as La Salle. limiting visiting George Mason to 17 points in 2nd half, rallies from 16-point deficit to post 69-62 victory; Shavar Newkirk scores 26 points, dishes out 10 assists without commiting turnover as Saint Joseph’s stretches its winning streak to 3 games with 82-75 victory over visiting Duquesne; Ryan Betley, AJ Brodeur score 23 and 21 points, respectively, to lead Penn past host Cornell, 79-71; and Drexel suffers 88-76 loss to host Hofstra despite 29 points by Tramaine Isabell, extending Dragons’ losing streak to 4 games.

7. Sixers finish with flourish With Joel Embiid sidelined by right ankle injury, Sixers rally from 24-point deficit early in 2nd half to defeat visiting Heat, 104-102, in final game before All-Star break. Dwyane Wade’s 3-point attempt at buzzer bounces off rim and backboard. Sixers, who win 11th straight game at Wells Fargo Center, enter All-Star break with 5-game winning streak. Ben Simmons posts triple-double (18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), Dario Saric scores 19 points to lead Sixers. In his 1st action since joining Sixers, veteran guard Marco Belinelli scores 17 points, with 13 after halftime.

8. Cheeks among Hall finalists Former Sixers point guard Maurice Cheeks among 13 finalists for induction this year to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Cheeks played 10 seasons with Sixers, playing in 4 All-Star games and earning All-Defensive team honors 5 times. Former Sixers forward Chris Webber also among finalists, along with newly eligible Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd. Inductees will be announced on March 31.

9. Dillon wins Daytona 500 Austin Dillon uses final-lap pass to win Daytona 500, which kicks off NASCAR’s season. Dillon drives No. 3 car, winning 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won his 1st Daytona 500 in No. 3 car. Denny Wallace Jr. finishes 2nd, followed by Denny Hamlin, Joey Logan and Chris Buescher. In her final Daytona 500, Danica Patrick gets caught up in crash, finishes 35th.

10. Snowboarders golden for U.S. U.S. wins 4 gold medals in snowboarding at Winter Olympics in South Korea. Shaun White and Chloe Kim win men’s and women’s halfpipe. Redmond Gerard, 17, and Jamie Anderson win men’s and women’s slopestyle competition. Mikaela Shiffrin adds gold in women’s giant slalom (alpine skiing).

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Flyers 2, Columbus 1 (OT)
Men’s Basketball
Penn 74, Columbia 62

Men’s Basketball
La Salle 69, G.Mason 62
Hofstra 88, Drexel 76
Villanova 95, Xavier 79
St. Joseph’s 82, Duquesne 75
Penn 79, Cornell 71

Flyers 7, Rangers 4
Men’s Basketball
Houston 80, Temple 59


No games scheduled

Canadiens at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
R.Island at La Salle, 7 p.m.

Sixers 104, Heat 102
Men’s Basketball
G.Mason at St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
DePaul at Villanova, 8 p.m.

Blue Jackets at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Delaware at Drexel, 7 p.m.

Spring training

Phillies at Blue Jays, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Dartmouth at Penn, 7 p.m.

Flyers at Ottawa, 2 p.m.
Magic at Sixers, 5 p.m.
Spring training
Orioles at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Villanova at Creighton, 2:30 p.m.
UNCW at Drexel, 4 p.m.
La Salle at Fordham, 4 p.m.
St. Joseph’s at Richmond, 6 p.m.
Harvard at Penn, 7 p.m.

Spring training
Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
C.Florida at Temple, 2 p.m.


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