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Penguins blank Flyers, push Philly to the brink

PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby passed Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh’s record book and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination. Flyers fans booed the goal — and the ones that stuck around for the end belted a familiar refrain: “Fire Hakstol! Fire Hakstol!” Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the […]

Comments - 11:46 pm

Giroux looking to spark Flyers in Game 4 against Penguins

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux carried the Philadelphia Flyers into the playoffs. The Hart Trophy candidate might be the reason they get knocked out in the first round if he can’t become the force the Flyers need to have a chance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Only six years ago, Giroux was dubbed “best in the world” […]

Comments - 11:41 pm

Penguins punish Flyers in playoff opener

PITTSBURGH — The sluggish opening three months. The so-so finish. The only occasional attention to detail on defense. None of it matters anymore. The playoffs are here. The champs are, too. Sidney Crosby and the Penguins provided proof in Pittsburgh’s 7-0 dismantling of the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game of their first-round series Wednesday […]

Comments - 11:43 pm

Philadelphia 76ers take big step from painful ‘Process’ to postseason

PHILADELPHIA — Robert Covington doused Markelle Fultz over the head with cups of water, a basketball baptism of sorts for a rookie No. 1 pick who already needed a career rebirth. Fultz had the Philly sports world buzzing and was trending on social networks when his return was casually dropped by coach Brett Brown about […]

Comments - 12:38 pm

It’s a catch: NFL owners approve simplified catch language

ORLANDO, Fla. — Maybe it’s too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions. Team owners unanimously approved the new language Tuesday, with basically three elements defining a […]

Comments - 7:59 pm

NFL competition committee to recommend catch rule changes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The NFL’s catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee. One of the first orders of business when the league’s annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Fla., will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger […]

Comments - 5:07 pm

NFL Notebook: Eagles trade Smith to Panthers for Worley

(AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for cornerback , according to two people familiar with the deal. The trade reached on Friday won’t be officially announced until the NFL’s league year opens next Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t […]

Comments - 8:59 pm

Kevin Love finds response to ‘therapeutic’ essay on panic attack, seeking therapy ‘overwhelming’

DENVER — Kevin Love knew he was going to become one of the faces of mental health issues in America when he wrote an essay detailing his November panic attack and decision to seek therapy. The Cavaliers forward said he wouldn’t have pressed the send button on his piece for The Players Tribune if the […]

Comments - 11:56 am

AP Sources: Eagles get Michael Bennett from Seattle

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their formidable pass rush with another top-level defensive lineman. The Eagles acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, three people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. The deal won’t be officially announced until the NFL’s league year opens next […]

Comments - 8:50 pm

Steelers place franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell for a second straight year

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell keeps saying he wants to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers keep saying they want to keep one of the NFL’s best running backs in the fold for years to come. They have until July 16 to make it happen. The Steelers placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on the […]

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