Friday's Scores: Stars 3, Flyers 1; Pistons 107, 76ers 95; Pacers 96, Heat 83; Warriors 124, Celtics 119 (2OT); Nuggets 111, Timberwolves 108 (OT); Devils 3, Red Wings 2 (OT); Kings 3, Penguins 2 (SO); Oilers 7, Rangers 5; North Dakota State 69, North Dakota 67
Saturday's Scores: Navy 21, Army 17; #1 Michigan State 58, Florida 52; Texas 84, #3 North Carolina 82; #12 Xavier 65, #23 Cincinnati 55; #15 Providence 74, Bryant 67; #18 Bryant 94, Tennessee 86; UCLA 71, #20 Gonzaga 66; Boise State 74, #24 Oregon 72; Wichita State 67, #25 Utah 50; Marquette 57, Wisconsin 55; California 63, Saint Mary's 59; Chattanooga 61, Dayton 59; Bulls 98, Pelicans 94; Wizards 114, Mavericks 111; Bucks 108, Warriors 95; Knicks 112, Trail Blazers 110; Islanders 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT); Flames 5, Rangers 4 (OT)
Sunday's Scores: Eagles 23, Bills 20; Raptors 96, 76ers 76; #9 Villanova 76, La Salle 47; St. Joe's 66, Temple 65 (OT); Redskins 24, Bears 21; Packers 28, Cowboys 7; Browns 24, 49ers 10; Steelers 33, Bengals 20; Jaguars 51, Colts 16; Panthers 38, Falcons 0; Raiders 15, Broncos 12; St. John's 84, Syracuse 72; Florida Gulf Coast 77, UMass 76; Houston 105, LSU 98 (OT); Alabama 51, Clemson 50; Heat 100, Grizzlies 97; Thunder 104, Jazz 98 (OT); Islanders 4, Devils 0; Blackhawks 4, Canucks 0
Today's Schedule: 76ers @ Bulls - 8 PM (CSN / 97.5 The Fanatic); Capitals @ Penguins - 7 PM (NHL Network); Raptors @ Pacers - 7 PM; Lightning @ Blue Jackets - 7 PM; Heat @ Hawks - 8 PM; Giants @ Dolphins - 8:30 PM (ESPN); Suns @ Mavericks - 8:30 PM (NBATV); Cal Poly @ Saint Mary's - 10 PM
EAGLES SQUEAK OUT WIN AGAINST SHADY AND THE BILLS 23-20
But the game went on, and the Eagles stopped the Bills on their first drive, before going on offense and scoring a rare first quarter touchdown from a Darren Sproles one-yard run. But the Bills tied it a few plays later thanks to a Sammy Watkins catch that burned Byron Maxwell. He almost gave up another Watkins touchdown on the following drive, but Bills QB Tyrod Taylor overthrew his target.
Later on, the Birds had to punt, and the Bills muffed the Jones punt and Bryan Braman recovered, giving the Eagles great field position. Or that's what it seemed. Jason Peters left for a short bit, and Dennis Kelly filled his place. He committed two straight holding calls and it didn't look good. Until it did when QB Sam Bradford found rookie Nelson Agholor for his first career TD catch to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead. The teams traded field goals and the Birds took a 17-10 lead into halftime.
Drops were crucial again in the game, and a Zach Ertz drop forced the Eagles to kick a field goal. The Bills responded with one of their own, and then forced the Eagles into a three-and-out. Buffalo started with great field position, and we saw one example of how horrible the referee crew was. Tyrod Taylor converted a third-and-long on a run, while Vinny Curry was tackled by a Bills offensive lineman. It ended up resulting in a 19-yard TD run by Mike Gillislie, not Shady.
It looked like momentum was in favor for the Bills, especially when Bradford threw an interception to Leodis McKelvin. The pass was intended for Brent Celek, but McKelvin did an incredible job to strip the ball from the tight end. After the teams traded drives, the Eagles had the ball late in the game. Bradford connected with Ertz for a huge gain, and resulted in him running over a Bills defender. Agholor dropped a third-and-short catch, and Caleb Sturgis converted on another field goal to give the Eagles a 23-20 lead.
The Bills had a three-and-out, and so did the Eagles. For some reason, Bradford took a sack on 3rd-and-six instead of throwing the ball away, which was dumb. But the Bills had the ball for one more chance to tie or win, but Taylor found Ed Reynolds to seal the Eagles win:
FLYERS END WINNING STREAK WITH TOUGH LOSS TO DALLAS
Meanwhile, the Flyers sent down Andrew MacDonald back to Lehigh Valley, and did this hours after his expected demotion:
SIXERS FALL TO PISTONS AND RAPTORS; WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
The Sixers traveled north of the border to Drake territory aka Toronto, and the Raptors embarrassed the team like Drake did to Meek Mill over the summer with a 96-76 win. And they trolled Meek's team:
Jahlil Okafor had a double-double with 23 points and 14 boards, while Robert Covington had 15 points and nine rebounds. Nik Stauskas contributed with nine points, five rebounds, and three blocks. For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Luis Scola had 22 points, and former Villanova star Kyle Lowry scored 16.
But the bigger concern involves Nerlens Noel. Noel got elbowed by Kyle Lowry in the game, and he was in serious pain. Pompey for redemption:
TWO BIG 5 MATCHUPS ON SUNDAY; ST. JOE'S, NOVA WIN
- One of the more exciting matchups of the Big 5 slate this season was St. Joe's taking on Temple at the Liacouras Center, as the Hawks escaped Temple with a one-point victory in overtime, their second consecutive over the Owls. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Hawks at Temple, and was St. Joe's first win there since January, 2008. DeAndre' Bembry and Isaiah Miles led the way for the Hawks with double-doubles. Bembry had 17 points and 13 boards, as well as three assists and two blocks, while Miles had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Aaron Brown and freshman Lamarr Kimble each had 11 points. For the Owls, Obi Enechionyia had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds for his own double-double, while Josh Brown also had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Quenton DeCosey scored 13 points, including the game-tying dunk with 12 seconds left in regulation. The game saw 10 lead changes and nine ties throughout. Both teams return to action Saturday afternoon after final exams are done, as St. Joe's will host Illinois State, while Temple hosts Delaware State. (ST. JOE'S RECAP) (TEMPLE RECAP)
- In the other game, #9 Villanova bounced back from last week's loss to #7 Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor with a 76-47 blowout against La Salle. Josh Hart had a game-high 18 points, while Daniel Ochefu had six points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, and Phil Booth also scored in double figures. For the Explorers, Jordan Price was limited to only 16 points, four assists, and one rebound, while Johnnie Shuler scored 11 points. Both teams will also have long breaks as they complete their final exams. Villanova will return to action Saturday afternoon at Virginia. La Salle is off until next Tuesday, when they play Miami (FL) at The Palestra. SEE I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! (VILLANOVA RECAP) (LA SALLE RECAP)
PHILLIES COMPLETE GILES TRADE, ACQUIRE CHARLIE MORTON FROM PITTSBURGH
Appel has a 5.12 ERA in 54 appearances (53 starts) in the Minor Leagues, including a 4.48 ERA in 12 starts last season with Triple-A Fresno. His fastball still sits in the mid-90s, hitting 98 mph. His changeup and slider are considered above-average secondary pitches.
The Phillies weren't done making moves, as the team acquired right-hander Charlie Morton from Pittsburgh in exchange for Minor League right-hander David Whitehead. The 32-year-old will be a free-agent after this season, but has a $9.5 million option for 2017. Morton went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts last season with the Pirates, his third season out of his eight year career in which he posted a record of at least .500. (REPORT)
The Phillies also signed right-hander Ernesto Frieri to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The 30-year-old will compete for a bullpen job, and could be the team's temporary closer.