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Flyers ground Jets

PHILADELPHIA—Carter Hart has earned the nickname “Starter Hart” in Philly.

Why sit him?

The most popular Flyers' rookie this side of “Gritty” the mascot certainly has turned into their most productive one—and Hart has sparked a franchise on the brink of a break-up with a gleam of hope for the future.

Flyers fire GM

PHILADELPHIA—Caught at a crossroads between a full-blown rebuild and a legitimate playoff push, the Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall yesterday—the latest front-office leader to fail to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 44 years.

The Flyers might not be done cleaning house.

Heat even series

PHILADELPHIA—Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers' rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down.

Wade made a half-hearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.

Wade was up, the Sixers were down, and suddenly a series.

The Heat had to have this one—a brooding Joel Embiid is angling for a comeback.

Elliott being tabbed to follow dad's path

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Chase Elliott won a popularity contest before he even won a Cup Series race.

Elliott was the overwhelming favourite to be crowned the sport's next most popular driver.

Although the actual award will be handed out in nine months, fellow NASCAR drivers polled at Daytona 500 media day yesterday expect Elliott to be a slam-dunk winner.