Yesterday's Scores: 76ers 110, Kings 105; Sharks 4, Flyers 2; Auburn 31, Memphis 10; Mississippi State 51, NC State 28; Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21; Wisconsin 23, #25 USC 21; #4 Maryland 70, Penn State 64; Pittsburgh 72, Syracuse 61; Indiana 79, Rutgers 72; Dayton 85, Arkansas 81; Fresno State 69, UNLV 66; Devils 3, Senators 0; Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 2 (SO); Rangers 5, Lightning 2; Clippers 122, Hornets 117; Raptors 94, Wizards 91; Bulls 102, Pacers 100 (OT); Mavericks 114, Warriors 91;
Today's Schedule: #6 Xavier @ #16 Villanova - Noon (FS1); Drexel @ UNC Wilmington - 1 PM; La Salle @ Florida Gulf Coast - 1:30 PM (ESPN3); #18 Houston vs. #9 Florida State (Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl) - Noon (ESPN); Creighton @ St. John's - 2:15 PM (FS1); #12 Providence @ #9 Butler - 2:30 PM (CBSSN); #4 Oklahoma vs. #1 Clemson (College Football Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl) - 4 PM (ESPN); Penguins @ Red Wings - 6 PM; Warriors @ Rockets - 7 PM; #3 Michigan State vs. #2 Alabama (College Football Playoff at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl) - 8 PM (ESPN); Wild @ Blues - 8 PM; Predators @ Stars - 8:30 PM; Kings @ Flames - 9 PM (NHL Network); BYU @ Saint Mary's - 11 PM (ESPNU)
NEW YEAR'S DAY
NHL: Canadiens @ Bruins (Winter Classic) - 1 PM (NBC)
NBA: 76ers @ Lakers - 10:30 PM (CSN / 97.5 The Fanatic); Magic @ Wizards - 7 PM; Mavericks @ Heat - 7:30 PM; Hornets @ Raptors - 7:30 PM
NCAAB: USC @ Washington State - 9 PM (PAC12); #21 Utah @ Stanford - 9 PM (ESPNU); #25 UCLA @ Washington - 11 PM (FS1); Colorado @ California - 11 PM (PAC12)
NCAAB: Houston @ Temple - Noon (ESPNEWS); St. Joe's @ Richmond - 12:30 PM (NBCSN); Binghamton @ Penn - 1 PM; Drexel @ Elon - 4 PM; #16 Villanova @ Creighton - 10 PM (FS1); DePaul @ Seton Hall - 11 AM (FS1); #19 West Virginia @ Kansas State - Noon (ESPNU); Georgia Tech @ #7 North Carolina - Noon (ESPN3); Penn State @ Michigan - Noon (BTN); #9 Butler @ #6 Xavier - 1 PM (FS1); Tennessee @ Auburn - 2 PM (CBS); Texas @ Texas Tech - 2 PM (ESPNU); Rutgers @ Wisconsin - 2 PM (BTN); Syracuse @ #13 Miami (FL) - 2:30 PM (ESPN3); Dayton @ Duquesne - 2:30 PM (NBCSN); #1 Michigan State @ Minnesota - 3 PM (ESPN2); St. John's @ #12 Providence - 3:30 PM (FS1); #23 Baylor @ #2 Kansas - 4 PM (CBS); Tulsa @ #22 Cincinnati - 4 PM (ESPNU); Notre Dame @ #5 Virginia - 5 PM (ESPN2); Marquette @ Georgetown - 5:30 PM (FS1); Memphis @ #24 South Carolina - 6 PM (ESPNU); Iowa @ #14 Purdue - 6 PM (BTN); Ole Miss @ #10 Kentucky - 7 PM (SECN); #11 Iowa State @ #3 Oklahoma - 7 PM (ESPN2); Georgia @ Florida - 8 PM (ESPNU); #4 Maryland @ Northwestern - 8 P (BTN); LSU @ Vanderbilt - 9 PM (SECN); New Mexico @ Fresno State - 9:30 PM (CBSSN); Gonzaga @ San Francisco - 11 PM (ESPN2)
NHL: Flyers @ Kings - 4 PM (CSN / 97.5 The Fanatic); Wild @ Lightning - 7 PM; Rangers @ Panthers - 7 PM; Islanders @ Penguins - 7 PM (NHL Network); Jets @ Sharks - 10 PM
NBA: 76ers @ Clippers - 10:30 PM (CSN / 97.5 The Fanatic); Suns @ Kings - 5 PM (NBATV); Thunder @ Hornets - 7 PM; Pistons @ Pacers - 7 PM; Magic @ Cavaliers - 7:30 PM; Rockets @ Spurs - 8:30 PM (NBATV)
NCAAB: La Salle @ UMass - 5 PM (NBCSN); #8 Arizona @ Arizona State - 2 PM (FS1); USC @ Washington - 3 PM (PAC12); Illinois @ Ohio State - 5 PM (BTN); Fordham @ George Washington - 7 PM (NBCSN); Oregon @ Oregon State - 7 PM (FS1); #21 Utah @ California - 7:30 PM (PAC12); Wake Forest @ #18 Louisville - 8 PM (ESPNU); #25 UCLA @ Washington State - 9:30 PM (PAC12); Colorado @ Stanford - 10 PM (ESPNU)
NHL: Stars @ Islanders - 5 PM; Wild @ Panthers - 6 PM; Senators @ Blackhawks - 7 PM (NHL Network); Jets @ Ducks - 9 PM
NBA: Hawks @ Knicks - 3:30 PM; Bulls @ Raptors - 3:30 PM; Heat @ Wizards - 6 PM
JEFFREY LURIE ADDRESSES CHIP KELLY RELEASE; KELLY RELEASES STATEMENT
Meanwhile, some Eagles said that Chip Kelly was unapproachable, and Brandon Graham wants the next head coach to have some kind of NFL experience.
As for Chip, he released a statement last night:
"I'm grateful to Jeffrey Lurie for allowing me to coach his Philadelphia Eagles for the past three seasons. I deeply regret that we did not bring this great city and its fans the championship they deserve. I was blessed to work with a gifted and hard-working coaching staff every day, and they will succeed wherever they go. Finally, my players mean the world to me. I will miss them very much and I will be rooting for them to achieve their dreams. Life is all about responding to challenges and seizing opportunities."
As for the current Eagles, they still have to play a game. Byron Maxwell, Bennie Logan, and Seyi Ajirotutu look like they won't play this week against the Giants. Josh Huff and Jaylen Watkins returned to practice after sitting out on Tuesday. (REPORT)
THE 3-31 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
With Ish Smith: 2-1.
The Sixers are en fuego lately thanks to the one and only Ish Smith. Smith had 18 points and nine rebounds to help lead the Sixers to a 110-105 win over the Sacramento Kings last night. Nerlens Noel was seen ecstatic and happy that he's playing with Smith again. Speaking of Noel, he had a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds, while Jahlil Okafor returned to the team with 10 points and 10 boards. Jerami Grant had 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks, while Isaiah Canaan had 15 points. For the Kings, Marco Belinelli had a game-high 28 points, while DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo recorded 14 assists and eight points. The Sixers return on New Year's Day when they take on the Lakers, before playing the following day against the Clippers. (RECAP)
SHARKS SCORE THREE POWER PLAY GOALS EN ROUTE TO A 4-2 WIN OVER THE FLYERS
But late in the game, tied at two, Burns hit Chris VandeVelde in what looked to be the head area, and VV eventually hit his head on the ice. He was shaky on his legs, but Burns might get suspended. No word on if he'll be able to play on Saturday. Vinny Lecavalier might see some action:
In transaction news, Sam Gagner is now with Lehigh Valley after clearing waivers.
WHAT A HEAD, WHAT AN EVEN BETTER BODY!
RK-NO, MARCUS SMART OUT OF NOWHERE!
KOBE BRYANT THE MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
GO AHEAD AND FLY ANDREW WIGGINS
BEAST MODE: JEEP MODE
I'M JUST HERE SO I WON'T GET FINED ™
JIM HARBAUGH WANTS WRESTLEMANIA AT THE BIG HOUSE
THE YEAR IN CURSING
TODAY IN HISTORY
- 1600: The British East India Company is chartered.
- 1796: The incorporation of Baltimore as a city.
- 1862: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
- 1907: The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
- 1923: The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.
- 1983: The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
- 1988: Mario Lemieux becomes the only NHL player to score goals in five different ways: even strength, shorthanded, power play, penalty shot, and empty net, during an 8–6 win over the New Jersey Devils.
- 1988: The Eagles fall to the Chicago Bears in the infamous "Fog Bowl" game.
- 1991: All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
- 2012: Eagles fire head coach Andy Reid.
- Sir Anthony Hopkins (78)
- Sir Alex Ferguson (74)
- Andy Summers (73)
- Ben Kingsley (72)
- Val Kilmer (56)
- Scott Ian (52)
- Michael McDonald (comedian) (51)
- Nicholas Sparks (50)
- Psy (38)
- Donald Trump Jr. (38)
- Gabby Douglas (20)