Welcome to Wednesday. Today the high in Philadelphia will be 31 degrees. That's the high, folks, so please bundle up a bit. Then dig into the news; today we're focused on winning: Democrats, the Sixers and Flyers, and whether the Eagles can anymore.

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Democrat Doug Jones and his wife, Louise, celebrate his victory in Tuesday’s special Senate election in Alabama.
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Democrat Doug Jones and his wife, Louise, celebrate his victory in Tuesday’s special Senate election in Alabama.

In a stunning upset in a reddest-of-red state, Democrat Doug Jones won yesterday's special Senate election in Alabama, beating Republican Roy Moore. Jones' win narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49.

Moore's campaign was plagued by accusations of sexual misconduct with multiple women when they were teenagers. Despite the scandal, he was endorsed by President Trump and the national GOP. Moore refused to concede last night and called for a recount, though Alabama's election chief says it's very unlikely the outcome would change.

The win gives Democrats some momentum ahead of the 2018 elections, opening the possibility of a Senate majority.

Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and five other ex-NFL players have been accused of sexual harassment by a former NFL Network wardrobe stylist. McNabb will not appear on ESPN, where he's a radio host, while the allegations are investigated.

The lawsuit alleges McNabb texted the stylist explicit comments while he was an analyst there. Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans, Warren Sapp and Eric Davis are all named in the lawsuit for various disturbing allegations. Faulk, Taylor and Evans have been suspended by NFL Network.

Unfortunately, these are the umpteenth sexual harassment allegations to come to light in Hollywood, media, politics, and sports this year. No wonder the Philly-inspired #MeToo movement was named Time's Person of the Year.

Last night the Sixers ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime 118-112. The team's been struggling to close games lately, a challenge made worse by a slew of recent injuries.

Joel Embiid played a career-high 39 minutes, 26 seconds last night partly thanks to the back tightness that kept him out of Sunday's game (it's worse when he sits for a while). Forward Robert Covington missed his second straight game due to a lower back bruise.

Regardless, the Sixers better prepare for the spotlight, because it's coming: ESPN is spending all day Friday with them. The network will cover the Sixers from morning until the 7 p.m. home match-up against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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