The Sixers are a struggling team right now and it showed against the Toronto Raptors. Last night, they trailed Toronto by three points after the first quarter but locked down in the second quarter holding the Raptors to just 18 points but could only muster 19 themselves. Trailing by two at halftime, they let it get away from them in the third quarter like last night but not quite as dramatically. Toronto took an eight point lead into the fourth quarter. The 76ers were 1-21 when trailing or tied after three quarters this season entering tonight and things would stay the same. The Sixers, still within striking distance trailing by 10 to start the fourth quarter could not get any offense from anybody. They scrapped together 11 points while holding Toronto to just 19 points in the quarter. The 76ers scored 30 points in the second and fourth quarter combined. The Raptors would go on to win 90-72. More here.
The Eagles are widening their head coaching search. Previously thought to be interested in three college coaches in Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien, and Doug Marrone, the Eagles added another name to that list: Brian Kelly. According to reports, the Eagles interviewed the Notre Dame head coach on Tuesday morning after Notre Dame’s 42-14 loss in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night. Kelly, 51, has never coached in the NFL but has had tremendous success in college as he is one win away from 200. More here.
Hockey is back. If you didn’t believe that hockey was back when the NHL Board of Governors ratified the CBA yesterday, you certainly believed it a few hours later when the Flyers were involved in another trade rumor. The speculation arose out of no where yesterday afternoon when a report out of Canada stated the Flyers were interested in Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. Paul Holmgren denied the report but a second report surfaced saying that, despite Holmgren’s denial, the team is interested. More here.
Junior Seau, one of the best linebackers to ever play the game, committed suicide last May at the age of 43. Following the news that Seau passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, many wanted to know if this was the result of undiagnosed concussions during his 20 year career. It turns out that his brain tested positive for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a.k.a. CTE, which can cause depression, dementia, and memory loss. More here.