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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.

Eagles' fans ready to revel at parade

PHILADELPHIA—Kevin Hart fessed up he was tipsy when he tried to crash the Super Bowl stage and celebrate with his hometown Philadelphia Eagles when they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.

The pint-sized funnyman ran into a no-nonsense security guard who refused to allow Hart, wearing an Eagles' letterman's jacket, access to the stage that was set up on the field.

Buescher earns 1st Cup win

LONG POND, Pa.—Chris Buescher emerged from the fog to become a surprising winner in yesterday’s shortened Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

He is now on the verge of being in the mix for NASCAR’s championship after not finishing better than 14th all season before yesterday.

“The plan was to always make the Chase,” Buescher said. “We’re that much closer now.”