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.
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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Houston 31, Temple 10
Flyers 6, Stars 5 (OT)
Union 2, Sporting KC 1
Sixers 95, Magic 84
(at PPL Park in Allentown)
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.
Match 1, 4:30 p.m.
Match 2, 7:30 p.m.
(at PPL Park)
Red Wings at Flyers, 7 p.m.
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)
Third-place match, 3 p.m.
Championship match, 5 p.m.
(at PPL Park)
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