Sean Avery called homophobic slur?

Updated: September 28, 2011, 11:58 AM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- A Winter Classic news conference Monday afternoon touted the Rangers-Flyers rivalry as one of the best in sports, but the animosity took an ugly turn during the Rangers' 5-3 loss to the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

Feisty Rangers winger Sean Avery confirmed that Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds called him a homophobic slur during the first period of the bitter preseason contest. A video replay showed Simmonds hurling the epithet toward Avery while on the ice ...

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