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Distance in yards of game-winning field goal by Eagles’ Jake Elliott against Giants

The Greek God of Wrestling explains how NXT Takeover: Chicago overshadowed Backlash in Chicago and what that might mean for NXT’s future. Achilles Heel also reviews Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship and other developments at Backlash, examines the good and bad of Impact Wrestling, and tells us about a connection between NXT champion Bobby Roode and the Nashville Predators.

The Flyers 50th anniversary season is the franchise’s first without founding father Ed Snider. Without Snider’s passion and commitment to excellence, will the long-term direction of the franchise be affected?

The debuts of potential franchise cornerstones Carson Wentz, Joel Embiid and Ivan Provorov should encourage optimism about 2017.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Elliott saves Eagles Rookie kicker Jake Elliott, signed after Caleb Sturgis injured in season opener, drills franchise-record 61-yard field goal as time expires to save Eagles from embarrassing loss to winless Giants, 27-24. Elliott makes 46-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining to tie score after Giants regain lead. Eagles hold 14-point lead entering 4th quarter, but Giants, who only scored 13 points in first 2 games, score 21 unanswered points in 5:27 span to take 21-14 lead. Corey Clement ties score with 15-yard TD run, but Giants move back ahead on 40-yard field goal with 3:08 remaining. RB Darren Sproles, DT Fletcher Cox, LB Jordan Hicks all leave game in 1st half with injuries, do not return.

2. Chance for a change Chance Warmack, inactive for first 2 games, to start at left guard in place of Isaac Seumalo despite head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich saying it’s not time to panic or to make a chance. But Warmack replaced during Eagles’ 27-24 victory by Stefen Wisniewski. Safeties Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, CB/safety Jaylen Watkins in active for Giants game. CB Ronald Darby (dislocated ankle). DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist), DE Steven Means, WR Shelton Gibson also inactive for Giants game.

3. Embiid not ready to play With Sixers training camp opening Tuesday and regular season less than month away, center Joel Embiid has not yet been cleared to play in 5-on-5 situations. Embiid had surgery in March to repair torn meniscus, ending a season in which he finally got on court after sitting out first 2 seasons of his career, but he only played 31 games. First preseason game is Oct. 4. Regular-season opener is Oct. 18. Embiid entering final year of rookie contract. Deadline for agreement on extension is Oct. 16. GM Bryan Colangelo says doesn’t appear there will be restrictions on Ben Simmons’ minutes.

4. Patriots edge Texans Tom Brady connects with Brandin Cooks on 25-yard TD with 23 seconds remaining to lift host Patriots past Texans, 36-33. In Sunday’s other games, Bears upset visiting Steelers in overtime, 23-17; Bills beat Broncos, 26-16; Falcons slip past Lions, 30-26; Vikings double up Bucs, 34-17; Packers rally from 14-point deficit to defeat winless Bengals, 27-24; Titans top Seahawks, 33-27; and Jaguars obliterate Ravens, 44-7, in London. In late game Sunday, Raiders visit Redskins (8:30 p.m.). On Monday (8:30 p.m.), Cowboys visit Cardinals. On Thursday, Rams withstand rally from host 49ers, hang on for 41-39 victory.

5. Politics invades sports With Warriors mulling decision over whether to attend White House ceremony, President Trump withdraws invitation. Trump also says NFL owners should fire or suspend players who kneel during national anthem. Some NFL teams lock arms in solidarity during anthem Sunday. Several teams remain in locker room.

6. Nittany Lions escape with victory Trace McSorley connects with Juwan Johnson for 7-yard TD pass as time expires to lift 4th-ranked Penn State to 21-19 triumph over host Iowa, which has history of knocking off Top 10 teams, including Penn State in 2008, at home stadium. Hawkeyes scores with 1:42 remaining to take lead despite being outgained badly, 579-273, by Nittany Lions (4-0). Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley rushes for career-high 211 yards, gains 94 yards in receiving. In other local games, Karekin Brooks rushes for 268 yards, TD and throws TD as Penn outscores host Lehigh, 65-47, and Villanova ties game on final play of regulation, but gets stuffed on 1-yard line in overtime during 19-10 loss to host Albany. On Thursday, 21st-ranked South Florida trounces visiting Temple, 43-7, in Owls’ American Athletic Conference opener.

7. Phillies shut out Braves Nick Pivetta strikes out 4, limits Braves to 5 hits in 6 innings as Phillies shut out Braves, 2-0, in their final road game of season. Phillies finish with 27-54 road record. Maikel Franco hits his 21st homer this season. Aaron Altherr doubles home Phillies’ other run. Hector Neris pitches 9th inning to convert his 18th straight save opportunity. Aaron Nola starts Monday (7 p.m.) as Phillies open final homestand of season against Nationals.

8. Power outage for Flyers in OT loss Flyers go 0 for 9 on power play during 2-1 overtime loss to host Bruins. Defenseman Travis Sanheim scores Flyers’ lone goal in 3rd period to give Flyers 1-0 lead, but Bruins tie score less than 2 minutes later, then Kenny Agostino scores with 1:40 left in overtime to boost Bruins to victory. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott holds Bruins scoreless for 2 periods.  Flyers send 18 players to juniors or Phantoms, including 2016 1st-round pick German Rubtsov (center, juniors), 2016 2nd-round pick  Carter Hart (goalie, juniors) defenseman Philippe Myers (Phantoms). GM Ron Hextall confirms former Flyers executive and Kings GM has rejoined Flyers’ front office. Flyers visit Rangers for preseason game Monday (7 p.m.).

9. Knicks sending Anthony to Thunder Knicks agree to trade forward Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and 2018 2nd-round draft pick. Trade adds Anthony, a 10-time All–Star, to lineup that includes NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George, acquired from Pacers in July. Deal expected to be made official Monday.

10. Pontius boosts Union host Fire Chris Pontius, who led Union in scoring last season, scores his first 2 goals this season to boost Union past visiting Chicago, 3-1.  Union (9-12-9) break 6-game winless streak. C.J. Sapong scores his team-leading 14th goal this season, tying franchise single-season record. Union (8-12-9), who move within 6 points out of final playoff position in Eastern Conference, need to win at least 3 of their remaining 4 games to have chance to make playoffs. Union, who have only 1 road win this season, visit Atlanta on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Atlanta 7, Phillies 2

Saturday
Braves 4, Phillies 2
Union 3, Chicago 1
College Football
Penn State 21, Iowa 19
Penn 65, Lehigh 47
Albany 19, Villanova 10 (OT)

Sunday
Eagles 27, Giants 24
Phillies 2, Braves 0

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m.
(preseason)

Tuesday
Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m.
(preseason)

Wednesday
Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Union at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m.
(preseason)

Friday
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m.
College Football
Dartmouth at Penn, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m.
College Football
Houston at Temple, noon
Indiana at Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
J.Madison at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.
Villanova at Towson, 6 p.m.

Sunday
Eagles at Chargers, 4  p.m.
Mets at Phillies, 3 p.m.
(season finale)
Islanders at Flyers, 5 p.m.
(preseason finale)
Seattle at Union, 1 p.m.
Apache Warrior 400, 1 p.m.
(at Dover International Speedway)

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Long shot

Carson Wentz put the Eagles in position to win the game, but rookie kicker Jake Elliott becomes the hero by drilling a franchise-record 61-yard field goal as time expires to lift the Eagles past the winless Giants, 27-24. ***** Jake Elliott lined ...
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Phillies Notebook

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Ominous sign

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Heel Turns: Paying tribute to ‘The Brain’

September - 22 - 2017 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling pays tribute to the late Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, one of the most talented performers in wrestling history. Achilles Heel also previews WWE’s “No Mercy” and Ring of Honor’s “Death Before Dishonor XV, provides an update on Ric Flair’s condition and tells you about a unique wrestling-themed vacation opportunity with Chris Jericho.

Eagles-Giants preview: Pressure is on!

September - 21 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Applying pressure to Giants quarterback Eli Manning would protect the Eagles’ depleted secondary and increase the likelihood of Giant turnovers. We present 10 questions to consider prior to and during Sunday’s game (1 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field.

Putting it on the Line

September - 21 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Eagles were almost Eric Fisher’s “best bet,” but he changed his mind due to a rising point spread and injuries in the Eagles’ secondary. Which team did Eric select as his best bet? Read the story to find out and to check out all of Eric’s selections as he tries to continue his early-season success.

Fish ‘n Chips

September - 18 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the competition in Flyers training camp, the Eagles’ failure to run more often against the Chiefs, and the best division in the NFL.

Eagles can’t run away from mistakes

September - 17 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Darren Sproles (pictured) played a much larger role in the game plan against the Chiefs, but the Eagles’ lack of commitment to the run and some key mistakes offset a valiant effort during Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the host Chiefs.

Johnson trying to make history

September - 17 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Jimmie Johnson has his sights set on his eighth NASCAR championship, which would break a tie with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most career championships. But, as the playoffs begin, Johnson is not generally considered among the favorites to win the title. Eric Fisher previews the 16-driver playoff field.

R.I.P. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan