After his worst week since he started picking NFL games for PhillyPhanatics.com, Eric Fisher hopes to bounce back this week. Most of his selections this week are road teams, including a reluctant pick of the Eagles (-2) over the Texans.
A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Lightning fend off Flyers Steven Stamkos scores 2 goals as Lightning hold off visiting Flyers, 4-3, halting Flyers’ winning streak at 3 games. Stamkos scores with 46 seconds remaining in 2nd period and 5:30 into 3rd period to give Lightning 3-1 lead, but Jakub Voracek scores 1:08 later to bring Flyers within 1. Jason Garrison’s power play goal restores 2-goal Lightning advantage, but Michael Raffl converts pass from Voracek and scores with goalie pulled with 54 seconds remaining to once again cut deficit to 1. Flyers apply pressure in final minute, but can’t tie game. Claude Giroux registers 2 assists. Defenseman Brandon Manning, recalled from Phantoms and in lineup instead of Shayne Gostisbehere, contributes assist. Wayne Simmonds, who scores 1st Flyers goal, and Raffl tied for team lead with 6 goals. Flyers have lost 6 straight at Tampa Bay. Flyers sign veteran free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Flyers take on host Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m.).
2. Eagles to face Texans Eagles will visit Texans on Sunday (1 p.m.). Last Sunday, Nick Foles’ unable to connect on 3 attempts from 16-yard line, sealing Eagles’ fate in 24-20 loss to host Cardinals. Cardinals score two long TDs in second half, an 80-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald on first possession of second half and 75-yard pass to rookie John Brown for winning score with 1:21 remaining. On possession before Brown’s TD, Eagles fail to convert on 3rd-and-inches at 1-yard line, then settle for Cody Parkey’s go-ahead 20-yard field goal. Nick Foles completes 36 of 62 passes for 411 yards and 2 TDs, but also throws 2 costly interceptions. Jeremy Maclin catches 12 passes for 187 yards, 2 TDs. LB Mychal Kendricks, who hadn’t played since suffering a calf injury Sept. 15 against Colts, returns to lineup.
3. Herremans has torn biceps Eagles right guard Todd Herremans has torn left biceps, but he will attempt to play through injury. Herremans was injured during Sunday’s 24-20 loss to Cardinals. In related news, center Jason Kelce practices with first team Tuesday after missing several weeks with sports hernia. Safety Nate Allen (hamstring) does not practice. CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring) practices after missing Wednesday’s practice. Brad Smith returns to practice this week for first time since surgery following Rams game.
4. First of many losses? Sixers open season with 103-91 loss to host Pacers, who were missing starters David West (sprained ankle), George Hill (bruised left knee) and Paul George (broken leg). Tony Wroten paces Sixers with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. Alexey Shved contributes 18 points. In surprise start at small forward, Chris Johnson scores 12 points. In his NBA debut, Nerlens Noel scores 6 points, grabs 10 rebounds, blocks 3 shots. Center Roy Hibbert leads Pacers with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 blocked shots. Sixers play at Milwaukee tonight (8:30 p.m.).
5. Brown criticizes Sixers Former Sixers head coach Larry Brown says, “I hate what’s going on Philly. They don’t have a basketball person in the organization. It makes me sick to my stomach. These analytics, they don’t mean squat to me.” In additional comments reported by The Inquirer, Brown says, “What they are doing to that city to me is mind-boggling. That’s the greatest basketball city in the world with its fans, and you want them to sit back and watch you lose.” During an interview on WIP, Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil questions Brown, saying, “Was he in the Final Four this year?”
6. Bumgarner, Giants put away Royals Madison Bumgarner, pitching on 2 days rest, limits Royals to 2 hits in 5 inning of relief as visiting Giants hang on for 3-2 triumph in Game 7, winning their 3rd World Series in past 5 seasons. Giants also won World Series in 2010, 2012. Bumgarner, credited with his 3rd victory of series, gets Salvador Perez to pop out in foul territory for final out with Alex Gordon on third base. Designated hitter Michael Morse, who had sacrifice fly during 2-run second inning, singles home winning run in 4th inning. Royals had tied game with 2 runs in bottom of 2nd inning. Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulls starter Tim Hudson after 1 2/3 innings. Jeremy Affeldt prevents further damage until Bumgarner enters game in 5th inning.
7. Cowboys host Cardinals Cardinals, coming off victory over Eagles, can do Eagles favor Sunday (1 p.m.) by beating Cowboys. Status of Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is uncertain. In other games Sunday, Michael Vick starts at QB for Jets against Chiefs (1 p.m.) and his former coach, Andy Reid; Patriots host Broncos (4:25 p.m.), and Steelers host Ravens (8:30 p.m.). On Monday, Giants host Colts (8:30 p.m.). (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of this page.)
8. MCW to practice on Nov. 6 Point guard Michael Carter-Williams will return to full participation in practice on Nov. 6, according to head coach Brett Brown. Nov. 6 is exactly 6 months after MCW had surgery to repair labrum in right shoulder. Rookie forward Jerami Grant wearing boot on right foot (right ankle sprain). Sixers reveal that veteran guard Jason Richardson, recovering from left knee injury, developed stress fracture in right foot. Sixers waive forward Ronald Roberts Jr., guard Malcolm Lee, forward Drew Gordon. Roberts, from Saint Joseph’s, missed practices and games with quad contusion, which hurt his chances to make team.
9. Phillies retain staff Entire Phillies coaching staff will return in 2015. Not surprisingly, Phillies decline to pick up 2015 option for often-injured reliever Mike Adams.
10. High noon Three college football games start at noon on Saturday, with Temple hosting East Carolina, Penn State hosting Maryland, and Delaware hosting Rhode Island. Villanova hits the road to battle Richmond (12:30 p.m.), and Penn hosts Brown (1 p.m.).
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Flyers 3, Kings 2 (OT)
Pacers 103, Sixers 91
Lightning 4, Flyers 3
Sixers at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Flyers at Florida, 7 p.m.
Heat at Sixers, 7 p.m.
E.Carolina at Temple, noon
Maryland at Penn St., noon
R.Island at Delaware, noon
Villanova at Richmond, 12:30 p.m.
Brown at Penn, 1 p.m.
Eagles at Houston, 1 p.m.
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