Since losing 10 straight games, the Flyers have won two straight. Is a huge turnaround on the horizon?
The Flyers completed the Alberta sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. It’s only the second time the Flyers won two in a row. The other time it happened this year was the home opener against Washington and the following game against Florida.
That alone shows you how much the Flyers have struggled this season. Secondary scoring has been a major hassle this season, but the team managed to overcome that last night once again. Jordan Weal, Dale Weise (!), and the streaking Michael Raffl scored early on before Wayne Simmonds added an insurance goal late in regulation. Brian Elliott made 24 saves.
They’re back in action tonight in Vancouver to take on the Canucks at 10 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Elliott may have gotten the night off if Michal Neuvirth was healthy. However, him and defenseman Brandon Manning were placed on IR yesterday. Defenseman T.J. Brennan and goaltender Alex Lyon were called up to replace them.
The Eagles continue to practice in Los Angeles to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Rams. While the team is practicing at Angel Stadium, the Rams had to cancel practice due to the severe wildfires around the area.
Not the typical morning commute… pic.twitter.com/kJIOQeqsIK
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Meanwhile, every Eagles player got a Mike Trout bobblehead in their locker. Definitely coming to Philly now.
Mike Trout isn’t here but he made sure every Eagles player had his bobblehead at their locker, with a note of welcome pic.twitter.com/Ds8CG0qJg9
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) December 7, 2017
Linebacker Nigel Bradham is the lucky player to be using his locker for the week.
Tight end Zach Ertz is in the second phase of the concussion protocol. He’s been attending team meetings.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery once provided an upgrade for Carson Wentz in his second year. Now, with a contract extension done, he’ll provide some stability for Wentz’s growth as well.
With a great season on defense, can Jim Schwartz be a head coach again?
“I’ll pass on that question,” Schwartz said at the Westin South Coast Plaza. “We have enough to get ready for the Rams, and I think it does nobody any good to mention that. There is really no right way to answer that. If you answer it and say, ‘Yes,’ then your eyes are on the wrong thing. You answer it and say, ‘No,’ then people …”Schwartz didn’t finish his thought, but if he had, he would have likely said that a denial of any interest would signal to “people” [read: executives] around the league that he wasn’t serious enough about the possibility and he would thus be taken off their prospective lists.
Some Eagles beat writers are having…interesting…times out west.
The Sixers return to action tonight as they host the Los Angeles Lakers at 8 PM on TNT. The statuses of Dario Saric and T.J. McConnell are up in the air for tonight’s game.
Joel Embiid hopes for a repeat of his first meeting with the Lakers from November:
“As long as they feed me, I have a pretty good chance,” Embiid said following Wednesday’s practice.
In the first meeting, Embiid had career highs of 46 points, seven assists and seven blocked shots. He also finished with 15 rebounds. Embiid shot 14 for 20 for the field, 2 of 3 from three-point range and 16 for 19 from the foul line.
“It was a weird game, it was a pretty close game,” Embiid recalled. “I scored the ball the way I did, but I guess we have to do a better job defensively. They got too many offensive rebounds and we have to do a better job of boxing out and limiting turnovers.”
In college hoops, Shizz Alston, Jr. scored 22 points in Temple’s 59-55 win over Wisconsin at the Liacouras Center. Alston also set a program record for making 52 straight free throws, dating back to last December.
Ryan Betley’s 16 points helped Penn hold off Lafayette 73-68 in Easton.
Could Villanova be the best team in college basketball? Sure looks like it.
Tonight, La Salle hosts Drexel in a City 6 showdown at Tom Gola Arena at 7 PM.
The Don Tollefson redemption tour has begun, and Coggin is already tired of it.
William Penn isn’t at the top of the new Comcast tower, so no championships until further notice.
In other sports news, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a five-year, $200 million contract extension.
The Tennessee football head coach search may be coming to an end! The Vols and Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt are finalizing a deal for Pruitt to become their next head coach.
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said it’s an “open question” if U.S. athletes will be able to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to a Pittsburgh medical facility.
Shazier’s teammate, safety Mike Mitchell, had some thoughts about the recent hits and their punishments:
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) December 6, 2017
Hall of fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of grabbing and drugging one of his former assistants, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday.
53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro thinks he can make a comeback to Major League Baseball:
“There’s no doubt in my mind I can do it,” says Palmeiro, who ended his career as one of four players to reach both 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. “I’ve taken care of myself really well. I’ve been working out for years. Everything feels better than when I played.”
Legalized sports gambling took a step forward this week with the Supreme Court hearing the case. Kyle wrote all about it.
A #MACtion buzzer-beater:
— #MACtion (@MACSports) December 7, 2017
Police are searching for the gunmen who shot two teens in West Philadelphia last night.
President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Senator Al Franken will make a statement today, which will probably be his resignation.
Chipotle wants people to take their crap queso if they wear a Christmas sweater.
Bitcoin update: It’s now worth over $15,000.
Today is the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor: