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Check out all those consecutive Ws of late on the Philadelphia schedule, and the Flyers should seem like a team headed to the playoffs.

With a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, the Flyers’ six-game winning streak came to an end. Not since the 1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs has a team followed a 10-game winless skid with seven straight victories but the Flyers were close. ”You can’t win every single game right now,” Flyers forward Jake […]

The change has come as writers have used their attachment to a college team or professional franchise as a tool to better connect with an audience.

ESPN personalities Scott Van Pelt and Mike Greenberg have made narrative devices of their affection for Maryland basketball and the New York Jets, respectively, with scant blowback. There’s little doubt that hometown writers in small markets have been doing this for decades (at least), but credit for taking the practice into the mainstream probably goes […]

Taking the microphone in front of a standing and chanting crowd, Bryant first paid tribute to the Lakers greats in attendance.

He thanked his wife, Vanessa, for collecting numerous messages of support from basketball legends like Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, adding that she gifted them to him before the final game of his career. Bryant then concluded his brief speech with a message to his daughters. “Those times you get up early and […]

Thursday night’s game in Indianapolis will air nationally on NBC and NFL Network.

It’s the last of five Thursday night games that were scheduled to be televised on NBC throughout the season (not including the NFL season-opener) as part of the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” expansion package for 2016 and ’17. NBC also televised the Thanksgiving night game between the Giants and Redskins on Thursday, Nov. 23. CBS […]

Nielsen skated down the left wing and faked a slap shot.

“We created plenty of chances, but nothing would go in,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “That’s the way things have been for us lately, and it is disappointing because we’re working hard and doing the right stuff, but we’re not getting anything in return.” Detroit went up 3-1 at 15:18 of the second. When Murray […]

Luck is unquestionably one of the best signal-callers in the NFL but did not play in 2017 after shoulder surgery.

Harden was the MVP runner-up last season for the second time in his career and has established himself as one of the front-runners for the award this season. His scoring average has jumped more than three points per game after he also led the league last season, and he is having his most efficient shooting […]

McNabb sent a wrist shot in off the crossbar from high in the left circle at 8:35.

What was your relationship like with DeAndre Hopkins at Clemson and why do you think he’s blossomed as an NFL receiver with the Texans? Jones has been a vocal advocate of delaying Goodell’s extension, complaining about the high price tag of the deal and his view that there has been a lack of transparency by […]

Former Redskins Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Sean Taylor took Hennessy shots before games

On the 10-year anniversary of Sean Taylor’s death, former Redskins teammates Clinton Portis and Santana Moss did an extensive interview with NBC Washington to discuss their time with Taylor. Zorn eventually killed the form of bonding after Taylor’s death because he described it as players “taking sips for Sean,” Portis said. “He just kind of […]

Chances for Browns to avoid 0-16 shrink as Packers make unexpected leap

Now, the will-they-or-won’t-they portion of the Browns’ season has begun in earnest. It’s been ongoing, of course, but now that the games played have advanced into double-digits, it gets exponentially more serious by the minute. This small sample size also increases Wentz’s odds to come back sometime next year without having to change how he […]

Kings win 8th straight, 3-2 in OT over Hurricanes

“We could probably play a little bit better, but at the same time we found ways to win even when we probably haven’t had our best. … It’s huge points for us right now,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane told the Chicago Tribune. Los Angeles was unable to build on its lead and the Hurricanes stormed […]