Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

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Well, it started good for the Flyers. And then it went completely downhill.

After a Jordan Weal goal, the Flyers gave up five unanswered to the New York Rangers, two to a vintage looking Rick Nash, for a 5-1 loss at Madison Square Garden. That snaps a four-game win streak for a team that’s currently three points out of a wild card spot. A win would’ve put the team in a playoff spot for the time with 38 games left in the season.

Brian Elliott returned to the net, but gave up all five goals in two periods of play. Michal Neuvirth took over in the third. Could he stay in net for Thursday’s game against Toronto?

As for now, there’s no time for panicking yet, but as we’ve seen for the majority of this season, the Flyers have been a roller coaster of a team, and we probably can’t predict how they’ll be for the rest of the year.

They might have to make a move at the trade deadline as well if they want to make the playoffs.

The Flyers return home Thursday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eric Lindros’ No. 88 will also be raised to the rafters.

The Roundup:

We’re another day close to the NFC Championship Game. The Eagles will return to practice later today to continue preparations for the Vikings.

Kevin Kinkead dives in to the Case Keenum-led Viking offense.

Some of Keenum’s former Houston Cougar teammates discuss what they remembered of him:

“God-first guys, high character guys. You’ll never hear anything negative said about either guy. Always super-positive,” Brooks said. “Both have overcome obstacles to be in the positions they are now – throughout their careers.”

Brooks recalled Keenum having a lot of success initially in 2013; “He was kind of a sparkplug for the offense.” So Brooks said he isn’t shocked to see Keenum where he is now.

“The things you see him do now – especially throws on the run – I thought he always excelled at,” Brooks said of Keenum, who completed 67.6 percent of his passes this season, for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. “He went to U of H and set all those records … I didn’t know much about him, coming out, but in Houston, he was a bigger celebrity than [then-starter Matt] Schaub was. In Houston, he was the man.”

Could the game come down to who has the edge on third down? But for the defense, maybe the key is stopping the Vikings on first and second downs.

Defensive end Derek Barnett was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team.

Ed Hochuli will be the referee for Sunday night’s game.

Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is getting a second interview with the Arizona Cardinals.

Pretty much this:

JJ Redick is going to be out for at least a week-and-a-half. He suffered a knee injury late in Monday’s win over the Raptors:

The Sixers didn’t blow a huge lead on Monday! We take some observations from the win.

The Ben Simmons-Kyle Lowry feud is tearing people apart. Do you side with the Sixer or the North Philly and Villanova alum?

If contract negotiations between Lou Williams and the Clippers go south, could the Sixers be an option for the rest of the season? (I hope not)

Sixers are in Boston to take on the Celtics Thursday night on TNT.

Are you surprised we’re less than a month away from Spring Training? Did you even think about the Phillies? Well they could still be in the market for a starting pitcher. Nick Williams has tried talking up Philly to Jake Arrieta.

Left fielder Rhys Hoskins discussed his move to left field after the signing of Carlos Santana:

“Having Carlos is exciting for the city and exciting for the team,” Hoskins said. “We add a guy who has proven himself in this league for five or six years at a very high level so to kind of insert that into the lineup and into the clubhouse, especially with such a young team — I think we’re going to feel that exponentially throughout the year.

“Left field is a challenge. It’s a challenge that I’m definitely excited about. I started to feel more comfortable out there toward the end of the year.

“I think I can be just fine out there. I’m not necessarily going to be a Gold Glover. I just don’t have the speed that some guys out there do, especially in today’s game. But I think I’ll be just fine and contribute to the team defensively as much as I can and make the plays that I’m supposed to.”

Four city six teams are in action tonight. Temple hosts Tulsa at 6 PM on ESPNEWS. A half hour later, top ranked Villanova takes on Georgetown in Washington D.C. at 6:30 PM on FS1, and St. Joe’s hosts Dayton on CBS Sports Network. Fordham visits La Salle for a 7 PM tip.

In other sports news, is the NBA now a combat sport?

Speaking of fights, Rockets forward Trevor Ariza is looking like the main guy responsible for the charge into the Clippers’ locker room.

Paul Pierce didn’t want to have the Celtics to honor Isaiah Thomas with a video tribute on the night his jersey was retired. So the team scrapped the video altogether.

Washington State redshirt sophomore Tyler Hilinski was found dead after an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was 21.

Celtics Hall of Famer Jo Jo White lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71.

Oh Sean…

This was right before giving up the Stefon Diggs touchdown to lose the game. “There was just a group of fans; it was good playoff fun.” Is it still playoff fun now?

Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich and his relationship with the team is “irretrievably broken.”

Cool Runnings part 2? Jamaica will send their first women’s bobsled team to the Olympics.

Brazilian soccer great Ronaldinho has officially retired.

In the news, Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in the Lehigh Valley.

Steve Bannon said nothing to lawmakers in a 10 hour meeting regarding the Russia probe.

One Republican gave President Trump a jar of pink and red Starbursts as a gift. I like that guy.

“New California” declared their “independence” from California in an effort to become the 51st state in the United States. At the meeting in the video, there’s only old white people there.

Bitcoin has fallen below $10,000.

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5 Comments

  • ron burgundy January 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Great story. Compelling, and rich.

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  • Realist January 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

    “If contract negotiations between Lou Williams and the Clippers go south, could the Sixers be an option for the rest of the season? (I hope not)”

    Why do you hope not? A scoring guard who can create his own shot and actually drive against a defense is exactly what this team needs. The Sixers bench sucks.

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    • Chris Jastrzembski January 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      I’d rather want to have a guy that will be here longer than half a season come over than Lou Will, even though he’s having a great season so far. He’s better fit for a Finals contender and not for a team that is fighting to get in the playoffs.

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      • Realist January 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        Yeah, but it’s not like you also can’t get someone else different for a long-term add this offseason. Lou Williams could be the difference between making the playoffs and missing it. Isn’t that the goal now? If it’s not a good fit, just move on after the season. Obviously it depends on LA’s asking price, but if you have a chance to add a player like him for a reasonable price, it makes too much sense to pass up.

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  • Sal Pal January 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Nobody cares

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