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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:37 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:37Z


Jensen: Not used to such big December football around here

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:37 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:37Z

Up in State College a day early, I didn't spot any bandwagons. I parked outside Beaver Stadium, walked all around a day ahead of Temple-Penn State. Nothing in sight. People, sure. Just no big buzz, and no visiting Owls bandwagon. This was back in September. Nobody was even volunteering for wagon driver. That week, I wrote how Penn State coach James Franklin needed to beat Temple or else. And the Owls weren't yet over a lackluster opening home loss to Army.

Eagles not as young as you might think

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:52:22 GMT2016-12-03T02:52:22Z

The premise presented by Doug Pederson last week was that the Eagles are a young team on the verge of getting better. It's flawed, mostly because the coach's team isn't as young as he thinks it is.

Ford: Five to play, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson looks beyond

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:35:02 GMT2016-12-02T21:35:02Z

It didn't take long - the time between the end of Monday's loss to Green Bay and when Doug Pederson arrived at the podium to explain it - for the rookie head coach to switch perceptibly from the present tense to the future tense when talking about his team.

McLane: Pass-rush woes go way beyond Fletcher Cox

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:31:03 GMT2016-12-02T02:31:03Z

Fletcher Cox draws a lot of attention - from fan and foe. A mega-contract has left some critical of the defensive tackle because he hasn't had a sack in the Eagles' last seven games. But what many have failed to see are the multiple blockers Cox has had to contend with on a consistent basis this season.

Kern: Talley's career a road well-traveled

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:35:13 GMT2016-12-02T00:35:13Z

OH, THE places the FCS playoffs have taken Andy Talley. They almost read like a road map of America. In 1989, in just the program's fifth season back after it resurfaced at what was then the Division I-AA level, the Wildcats were sent to Statesboro to play top-ranked Georgia Southern, the eventual national champion. It was their first postseason appearance since the 1962 Liberty Bowl in South Philly.

For Temple's Josh Brown, a remarkable comeback

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:22:27 GMT2016-12-01T23:22:27Z

Just protocol, Temple point guard Josh Brown said afterward, asked about the ice wrapped around his left Achilles - after Brown's season debut coming off May surgery on that Achilles tendon. The ice didn't mean pain, the Owls senior was saying, or the slightest hint of surrender.

Murphy: Sixers' turn for one of those nights

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:31:19 GMT2016-12-01T15:31:19Z

AS SOMEBODY who has now had the unusual opportunity to cover three of these things, I can tell you that there is always a moment when anybody with a rudimentary ability to read body language understands that the fate of the game has been decided and that the only thing left to do is sit back and watch the suits screw up the recitation of the rites.

Ford: Embiid-Okafor combo debut slips away

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:20:09 GMT2016-12-01T15:20:09Z

Fans of the 76ers finally got what they've been waiting for Wednesday night. Joel Embiid played just as many minutes as any other player on the court in the Wells Fargo Center.

Bowen: Eagles' 'D' tries to move on from Packers game

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:17:04 GMT2016-12-01T15:17:04Z

THE EAGLES' defense watched itself bleed out Monday night, in trickles and drips, unable to wrest the football from Aaron Rodgers, who wielded it like a scalpel.

Cooney: Washout just the latest strange incident in Sixerville

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:23:15 GMT2016-12-01T06:23:15Z

WHEN THE FINAL horn sounded Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the fans remaining in the stands cheered. No, The Process didn't take another step toward validation, nor did Joel Embiid outplay one of the most dominant centers in the NBA in Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins. They cheered because the horn marked the end of one of the strangest on-court nights in 76ers history.

Hayes: Pederson right to admit he was wrong

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:00:20 GMT2016-12-01T04:00:20Z

WAIT, WHAT? It was a record-scratch, music-stop statement, and it sucked the air from the room. Doug Pederson, NFL head football coach, had betrayed the credo of his pigheaded brethren: He admitted a mistake.

Jensen: Jay Wright gushes over Penn freshman Brodeur

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:01:26 GMT2016-11-30T19:01:26Z

The pass wasn't looped. Penn freshman power forward A.J. Brodeur threw it at a healthy velocity, spotting an open shooter outside. Brodeur just didn't account for Josh Hart, which puts him in pretty good company. Villanova's star jumped into the picture, appeared from somewhere to intercept the pass. Four seconds later, Kris Jenkins was hitting another three-pointer.