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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:10:32 GMT

 



Donnellon: Embiid a big reason Sixers are turning heads in guard-dominated NBA
'IT'S A GUARDS' league," Brett Brown was saying before Wednesday night's game, his most recent attempt to siphon a little helium from the high his team has provided this town since the New Year began. The Toronto Raptors were the night's foe, with a pair of guards who boast 17 seasons of experience and a bounty of accomplishments and accolades between them, and his team was sending out a guard tandem with a total of three seasons between them, not to mention a bounty of lingering doubt.



Donnellon: Concussions and the inconvenient truth
ON SATURDAY, Houston Texans running back Tyler Ervin left in the second quarter of a 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots after suffering what was later diagnosed as a concussion. Earlier, in Seattle's 36-20 loss to Atlanta, Seahawks tight end Brandon Williams suffered one and Luke Willson was evaluated for one, too.



Donnellon: Lindros looks back without regrets
THE TEAMS in the pickup games change every week. This week, Eric Lindros might wear his white jersey. Next week he might be in black. Different teammates, different linemates, only the rules - actually the rule - remain the same.



Donnellon: 1980s Flyers thrill and spill in unfulfilling decade
DAVE POULIN figures he has nearly 1,000 teammates. You do the simple math, factoring in-season trades and players who bridged eras, and there are probably at least 1,000 men who have worn the orange and black in the 50 seasons the Philadelphia Flyers have existed.



Donnellon: Flyers await their Henrik Lundqvist
IN THE WANING minutes of the first period of their 5-2 loss to the Rangers, the Flyers had a wonderful opportunity to do something they have rarely done this season: score the first goal, take an early lead, get the other guys to chase you for a change.



Donnellon: Eagles' defense no better under Schwartz
WE THOUGHT they might save us. It fueled our rosiest hopes, even conned us a little when the Eagles won their first three games of the season. Defense was going to keep them in games, win a few even that they had no business winning, allow Carson Wentz to learn from his mistakes. The front four was going to be our Clearasil, reducing and eliminating the blemishes that scarred the three seasons under Billy Davis, allowing the usual suspects on the back end to escape mostly unscathed.



Donnellon: Eagles looking a lot like Sixers
OK, ALL TOGETHER now, to the tune of that well-worn Christmas song: It's beginning to look a lot like Sixers,



Donnellon: Flyers' Bellemare holds his own vs. Oilers' McDavid
ALONG THE half boards, he twisted with the puck one way, then reversed, eluding a checker, feeding the crease, collecting it when it sprung loose again, pumping a precise shot into the top corner of the net.



Donnellon: Flyers hit jackpot with Simmonds trade
Everybody gets a trophy. Any trade in any sport, regardless of how it looks then or later, is couched this way. The players leaving are the price you pay for the players coming, and they all should feel complimented that they've been exchanged for one another.



Donnellon: Rodgers calls Wentz 'a big weapon'
THE MATCHUP was as advertised, balls sailing through cool autumn air in both directions, running backs used merely as diversions, barely given heed. After 10 games matched up against guys either only a little or not at all like him, Carson Wentz finally ran up against his prototype, a big, tall, mobile and incredibly accurate quarterback with a brain to boot.