Patrick Johnston is a Newsdesk Contributor for SB Nation's East regional sites. He is also a co-manager of SB Nation's Big East blog, Big East Coast Bias and a contributor to Yahoo! Sports. He started writing the blog One-Handed Grab in 2009 following requests from a professor and a fellow graduate student at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa after they talked way more about football than political science. In 2010, he created the Positive Impact Factor, which includes rushing statistics, as an alternative to the Passer Rating. Before beginning to write about sports, he picked up a Bachelor's degree (and a necessary dose of Tiger athletics) from LSU and a Master's degree from UH Manoa (both degrees in political science). Miscellany: published a novel, has some of a dissertation on Lincoln written, applied for the New Mexico State job that went to DeWayne Walker.
The Sixers have a pair of games against the Lakers (Jan.1) and Suns (Jan. 2) to begin 2013. The Sixers defeated the Suns and lost to the Lakers in the previous meetings between the teams this season.
The 76ers dropped a game in Boston against the Celtics, 92-79, on Saturday only a day after taking down the Celtics in Philadelphia in overtime. The loss for the 76ers was their third in four games.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday scored 33 points and dished out 13 assists in a 104-101 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
After the four first round games, the top seeds in the 2012 FCS playoffs learned their opponents for second round games.
Evan Turner's game-high 19 points led the Sixers as they defeated the Cavaliers, 86-79, on Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Fletcher Cox apologized after the Philadelphia Eagles overtime loss to the Detroit Lions. Cox was ejected in the fourth quarter on an extra point attempt by the Lions for throwing a punch.
Former Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak's lawsuit against the club has been sent to an arbitrator by a U.S. District Court judge.
The Philadelphia Phillies were defeated 2-1 on Sunday by the Atlanta Braves. The loss dropped the Phillies five games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race.
The Philadelphia Union defeated the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, on Sunday at PPL Park. Freddy Adu scored two goals for the Union in the victory. Josue Martinez also got his first career goal for the Union in the win.
Brandt Snekeder won the Tour Championship 2012 at 10-under par after a 2-under par round on Sunday at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia. Snedeker's victory also secured the FedEx Cup over Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.