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Raptors nip Wizards

TORONTO—The night marked a milestone for coach Dwane Casey and saw the Toronto Raptors play with their full starting lineup in more than a month.

The victory also boosted the Raptors to 20 wins before the New Year for just the second time in franchise history.

Eagles fire coach

PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles fired Chip Kelly with one game left in his third season—dumping the coach after missing the playoffs in consecutive years.

Kelly was released Tuesday night just before the end of a disappointing season that began with Super Bowl expectations.

The Eagles are 6-9 after going 10-6 in each of Kelly’s first two seasons.

Canada cruises to win over Denmark

HELSINKI—Mitch Marner took off his sandal, held it up like a microphone, and joined the reporters interviewing teammate Dylan Strome.

Strome laughed and swatted away his friend’s shoe before continuing to answer questions about Canada’s forward lines after a 6-1 victory over Denmark yesterday in the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship.

Raptors fall to Bulls

CHICAGO—Tony Snell has no idea when he might play these days, so he prepares as if he’s still a part of the Chicago Bulls’ rotation.

Snell and Pau Gasol each had 22 points, and Derrick Rose added 20, as the Bulls pulled away late for a 104-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors last night.

“I’m staying ready every day,” Snell said. “I make sure I’m staying ready at all times.”