Consecutive playoff shutout innings for Giants’ Madison Bumgarner until run scores Tuesday

Gordon Glantz says there shouldn’t be any mystery surrounding the resurgence of receiver Riley Cooper. A lot of his re-emergence has to do with Nick Foles starting at quarterback.

Are the recent public displays of displeasure with manager Ryne Sandberg merely frustration from losing boiling over or is there a problem between the manager and the players? In addition to exploring that issue, Eric Fisher examines Chase Utley’s cameo at first base, Mike Adams’ candid comments about “stealing money” and the ludicrous indecision about whether to call up top prospect Maikel Franco in September.

The emotion evident during the halftime ceremony honoring Allen Iverson, whose No. 3 jersey was retired, served as a stark contrast to the atmosphere surrounding the current Sixers team, which might be as bad as any in NBA history. Eric Fisher also checks in on former Sixers Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, expresses sympathy for Thaddeus Young and Brett Brown and examines potentially bad news from New Orleans.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles return against Cardinals After week off for bye, Eagles return to action Sunday (4 p.m.) against Cardinals in battle of 5-1 teams. Game to be held in Glendale, Ariz., where Eagles hope to return on Feb. 1 for Super Bowl.

2. Mathis returns to practice Guard Evan Mathis, who tore medial collateral ligament (MCL) in left knee in season opener, returned to practice Wednesday. Because he was put on short-term injured reserve, Mathis not eligible to play until Nov. 10 vs. Panthers. Mathis, RB Darren Sproles, LB Mychal Kendrick, center Jason Kelce limited participants in practice for 2nd straight day. RB Chris Polk (hamstring) is full participant in practice. Sproles (sprained MCL) says he expects to play Sunday against Cardinals. It’s less clear if Kendricks, who hasn’t played since suffering calf injury Sept. 15 against Colts, will play Sunday. Kelce (sports hernia) almost certainly won’t play Sunday. He could return Nov. 2 vs. Texans.

3. No change to NBA Draft Lottery In a mild surprise, NBA Board of Governors doesn’t produce enough votes to change draft lottery. Proposal, partially spurred by Sixers’ apparent lack of commitment to winning now in hopes of building for future, would have given bottom four teams equal chances of getting No. 1 pick and could have dropped team with worst record to 7th in the draft. Currently, team with worst record can’t select lower than 4th. Vote was in favor of changes, 17-13, but proposal needs 23 votes to go into effect. here.

4. Blackhawks blank Flyers Blackhawks score 3 goals in 2:04 span late in first period en route to 4-0 victory over visiting Flyers. Blackhawks post 19-9 advantage in shots during first period. Flyers goalie Steve Mason makes 39 saves. Flyers play at Pittsburgh tonight (8 p.m.).

5. Coburn still not in lineup Defenseman Braydon Coburn, sidelined since opener with “lower body” injury, takes pregame warmup before Tuesday’s game at Chicago, but then doesn’t play. His status for tonight’s game at Pittsburgh is uncertain. Veteran center Vincent Lecavalier remains sidelined with “lower body” injury, according to Flyers GM Ron Hextall. Lecavalier was hit in left foot by shot from defenseman Mark Streit during Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Devils.

6. Bumgarner, Giants stifle Royals Madison Bumgarner continues remarkable postseason by limiting Royals to 3 hits, 1 run in 7 innings as visiting Giants cruise to 7-1 victory in Game of World Series. Giants score 3 times in 1st inning, including 2-run homer by Hunter Pence, to provide Bumgarner with more than enough runs. Bumganer’s postseason shutout streak ends at 21 innings — and 32 2/3 innings on road — when Royals catcher Salvador Perez hits solo homer with 2 outs in 7th. Royals’ streak of consecutive playoff wins ends at 11. Giants attempting to win third World Series in past 5 years. Game 2 is tonight (8 p.m.).

7. Broncos host Chargers Broncos (5-1) host Chargers on Thursday (8:25 p.m.) in AFC West battle. On Sunday night, Peyton Manning throws 4 TD passes, passing Brett Favre to become all-time NFL leader with 510 career TD passes, as Broncos flatten 49ers, 42-17. In games this coming Sunday, Bengals host Ravens (1 p.m.) and Saints host Packers (8:30 p.m.). Cowboys host Redskins on Monday (8:30 p.m.).   (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of this page.)

8. Sixers wrapping up preseason Sixers will play at Detroit on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) in preseason finale. Center Nerlens Noel, who missed previous 3 games with illness, practices Tuesday, expected to play Thursday.In pervious game, Mason Plumlee scores 20 points, grabs 17 rebounds as Nets hand visiting Sixers 99-88 defeat . Tony Wroten, Henry Sims pace Sixers with 13 points apiece. Sixers still without 2nd-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who is not yet cleared for full-contact scrimmages and may miss season opener Oct. 29 vs. Pacers. But MCW, who had surgery on May 6 to repair labrum in right shoulder, participates in non-contact drills Tuesday.

9. Phillies re-sign Williams Phillies re-sign pitcher Jerome Williams to 1-year, $2.5 million contract. Williams posted 4-2 record, 2.83 ERA in 9 starts this past season after being acquired by Phillies.

10. U.S. defeats Haiti Abby Wambach scores twice as U.S. crushes Haiti, 6-0, to earn spot in CONCACAF semifinals, which take place Friday at PPL Park. U.S. will play Mexico, a 3-1 winner over Jamaica on Tuesday, in semifinals.

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College Football

Houston 31, Temple 10

Flyers 6, Stars 5 (OT)
Union 2, Sporting KC 1
Sixers 95, Magic 84
(at PPL Park in Allentown)
College Football
Towson 24, Delaware 17
Penn 31, Columbia 7
Villanova 35, William & Mary 31

No games scheduled


Nets 99, Sixers 88

Blackhawks 4, Flyers 0

Flyers at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.

Sixers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
CONCACAF Tournament
Match 1, 4:30 p.m.
Match 2, 7:30 p.m.
(at PPL Park)

Red Wings at Flyers, 7 p.m.
College Football
Temple at C. Florida, 5 p.m.
Ohio St. at Penn St., 8 p.m.
Delaware at William & Mary, 12:30 p.m.
Penn at Yale, 1:30 p.m.
Morgan St. at Villanova, 3:30 p.m.

Eagles at Arizona, 4 p.m.
Union at Columbus, 4 p.m.
(Ends regular season)
Women’s Soccer
CONCACAF Tournament
Third-place match, 3 p.m.
Championship match, 5 p.m.
(at PPL Park)


World Series preview: Teams of destiny

The Giants are seeking their third straight World Series title in an even-numbered year. The Royals have won 11 straight postseason games, dating back to their last World Series appearance in 1985. Eric Fisher provides a preview and a prediction. ***** The ...
World Series preview: Teams of destiny

Eagles’ final record?

The bye week gives us an opportunity to re-evaluate our preseason Eagles predictions. With the Eagles off to a 5-1 start, what do you think their final record will be?

It’s all good for Eagles

With the Eagles sitting pretty at 5-1 during their bye week despite major injuries to offensive linemen and the struggles of Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, Gordon Glantz gives credit for the Birds’ success thus far to general manager Howie Roseman, head coach Chip Kelly and his coaching staff.

Money for nothing

The Phillies’ payroll is almost double the Royals’ payroll, but the biggest difference between the World Series-bound Royals and the Phillies is the qualities they value in players while building their respective teams.

Top 10 list

With Jay Rosehill waived and sent to the Phantoms, the Flyers don’t have a true enforcer on their roster. In honor of the disappearing role of enforcer, we present the top 10 fighters in Flyers history. What do you think of our list? Tell us your Top 10.

Putting it on the Line

October - 22 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Without a strong feeling about any specific games, Eric Fisher is riding the Colts, who have covered every week this year except their Week 2 loss to the Eagles, as his best bet. He also believes all the one-win teams will cover the spread this week. As for the Eagles against the Cardinals … read the story to find out.

NHL Preview: Who can dethrone Kings?

October - 19 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Blackhawks (pictured) and Ducks are among the challengers the Kings must fend off just to battle through the loaded Western Conference and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins, Rangers and Penguins are top contenders in the Eastern Conference, but Eric Fisher predicts another team from the East will break through and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. How will the Flyers fare? Read the preview to find out.

Heel Turns: Orton top star of the week

October - 18 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek god of wrestling praises Randy Orton for having the best match, executing the best move and being involved in the best angle during the past week. Achilles Heel also tells you why Orton rules the Internet, why using Dolph Ziggler as fodder for the top world title contenders is a bad idea, and why his list is better than wwe.com’s list.

Fantasy Fisching: Cowboys demonstrate value

October - 17 - 2014 Reporter: Jacob Fischer Respond

The Cowboys are making waves in fantasy sports, as well as in the NFL. Jacob Fischer tells you which key players are injured, who had a breakout week in Week 6 and which players would be worth adding to your fantasy roster.

Flyers Notebook: Another slow start

October - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Flyers are off to yet another bad start this season. Eric Fisher examines how concerned we should be about their poor start again this season. Eric also looks at Wayne Simmonds, one of the Flyers’ few bright spots.

Fish ‘n Chips

October - 15 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Dallas Cowboys’ fast start, the legendary career of the late Bill Campbell and how NASCAR’s new Chase format may have elevated anger levels.

Get pumped for Eagles season!