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Sixers Look to End 2016 with Win Over Nuggets

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The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Denver Nuggets to end their road trip and to end the year 2016. They lost tot he Utah Jazz in an epic 4th quarter collapse. The Nuggets are coming off of a win over the Timberwolves as it came down to one final shot. A shot and a block.

Now, the Sixers look to defeat the team they sent two A.I. to.

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Doug Pederson Recalls Defining Moment of 2016

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By Patrick Del Gaone, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

According to Doug Pederson, one of the defining moments in his inaugural season as Eagles' head coach was the positive response from his players after questioning the effort level of some following a blowout loss in Cincinnati.

"I really feel like we got to [a] point where each week if we win that game we still give ourselves an opportunity for the postseason," Pederson said. "Then we slipped up, and we got on that little losing streak before the Giants game. About three weeks ago, this team could've really flipped and gone in the other direction. I think understanding and really knowing the dynamic of that locker room, you go around and talk to the leadership council, you just keep buying in. I think that's helped me the last few weeks, and you're seeing how these guys have responded. Great win last Thursday, there's no quit, the fight is there, the efforts been there. That's something that these guys have really bought in to these last couple of weeks. So for me that's been a defining moment for me this first year, these guys buying in to what I've been saying, keeping my messaging consistent with the team and letting them take charge of it."

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this morning that Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo will play in the regular season finale against Philadelphia on New Year's Day.

"Anything's possible in this last game," Pederson said. "It doesn't surprise me. Knowing where they're headed, going into the postseason, getting him some snaps would be beneficial. That'd be something that I'd even consider in that situation, doing that with our backups."

"No. 1, you don't risk injury to your starter. Then No. 2, your backup needs to be ready in those crucial moments. We were faced with it just a week ago, with Chase [Daniel], so having him play and play extensively, would be very beneficial going into the postseason. And getting snaps this late in the season, because they haven't played really since preseason."

After Dak Prescott gets his feet wet to start the game, Romo is expected to be under center for just a series or two, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Sunday's rivalry game will be the veteran's first regular season action since Thanksgiving of 2015. The signal-caller likely to receive a majority of the reps for Dallas is former Eagle Mark Sanchez.

As for injuries, Pederson announced that wideout Jordan Matthews (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt, while offensive guard Allen Barbre (hamstring) is doubtful. If the multifaceted hog-mollie can't go, Stefen Wisniewski will start at left guard.

You can watch the full press conference from Pederson below.


Flyers Alumni Game Participants Announced

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers Alumni Association has released the full list of participants for Alumni Weekend, to be held on Jan. 13 and 14.

The 13th will feature a special, meet-and-greet event at SugarHouse Casino where fans will have the unique opportunity to meet Flyers legends from all eras of the franchise's history.

The 14th will feature Flyers alumni taking on members of the Penguins alumni in a game at Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m.

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Report: Eagles RB Darren Sproles Plans to Retire After 2017

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

While Darren Sproles continues to impress as the Eagles combination running back/receiver and punt return specialist, the 33-year-old is starting to see his career wind down.

That day may come sooner than you think, as Sproles told ESPN's Tim McManus this week.

"I feel like [after 2017] it will be time," Sproles said.

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World Junior Championships Providing Extra Excitement for Flyers

By Kevin Fortier, Sports Talk Philly editor 

I, like so many other fans, anxiously await the World Junior Championships each December. For the fan of the game, and not just a team, there is not much else that could possibly be better.

Seeing the young stars of the future don the uniforms of their country and take to the ice to play for pride and the chance to be the best in the world. 

This is hockey at its purest form, country and career on the line each night as the players take the ice. Fearless young gladiators, some whom are teammates back home on their junior squads, facing off as opposing nations. Others, who suit up for country, are bitter rivals on a nightly basis during the regular season. 

They all put it on the line as their traditional duties are temporarily suspended for a few weeks to determine regional glory.

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Why the Eagles Need to Focus on RB, WR This Offseason

By Tom Long, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Heading into the final week of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys after defeating the New York Giants on Thursday night in Week 16. With a win, the Eagles would finish the season at 7-9.

The Eagles have been eliminated from the playoffs for a few weeks and now play to give the younger talent more experience. Obvious talent like Carson Wentz continues to improve with each game in his rookie season.

The big question is what do the Eagles need to be a playoff contender?

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Jazz best Sixers behind fourth quarter dominance

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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly Staff

With Joel Embiid announced as out for Thursday night's game vs. the Jazz, it seemed like a longshot that they would be able to stay in contention for a win.

That was bested however, as the Sixers made it a tight contest throughout, and kept the Jazz on their toes in the process. A win against a 19-13 Utah team would be quite the incentive for an Embiid-less Sixer squad.

At the end of the third quarter, the Sixers held onto a lead. It was a different story heading into the fourth quarter, as the Jazz turned on the jets for a 21-2 scoring run in the first six minutes.

Utah had a couple main contributions from players, but George Hill dominated the contest with 21 points, eight boards, and six assists in 29 minutes of play. Gordon Hayward had 20 points, and Rodney Hood brought 20 of his own points to the party.

Without Embiid down low to rebound and be a dominating presence down low, the Sixers relied heavily on Ersan Ilyasova, with his 16 points and 12 rebounds on the night.

Nerlens Noel, who took Embiid's minutes, had 14 points off the bench, and Dario Saric had 14 points of his own.

Robert Covington was unable to get anything done offensively, as he went 0-11 from the floor and only had a point off of a free throw attempt.

With three players who had over 20 points, and the emergence of George Hill, who was questionable at the start of the game, playing his first minutes since November, the Jazz took down the Sixers behind their big fourth quarter to hand Philadelphia their 24th loss of the season, with a final score of 100-83.

Utah improves to 20-13 on the season with the victory.

Next up on the schedule for the Sixers is a date on the road with the Denver Nuggets on Friday December 30, at 9 p.m. ET.


World Juniors Update: Goalies Shining; Myers, Laczynski Record Multiple Points

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Days 3 and 4 of the World Junior Championships featured two games for some Flyers prospects. Most importantly, all nine prospects saw action in some form on Wednesday or Thursday.

Here's the rundown.

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Phillies Nuggets: Can we cool the Mike Trout talk?

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

When the Philadelphia sports portion of the internet was set ablaze Wednesday by pictures of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz spending Christmas with Eagles superfan and superstar outfielder Mike Trout, I was left wondering why so many seem to have this sense that Trout becoming a Phillie is a matter of when, not if. 

I'm not going to be the guy that guarantees that Trout never comes to Philadelphia, because I don't know. He is, as we are seemingly reminded 10 times a day, from Millville, New Jersey. He does seem to enjoy spending time in the area when he's not playing. The Phillies are also an ascending team that has both prospects and money to spend the next few seasons, so it's not impossible that Trout becomes a Phillie someday -- be it in the next few years or closer to the end of his career -- it just doesn't seem to make as much sense for the Phillies as people in the Delaware Valley seem to think. 

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