Consecutive wins by first-place Nationals, a franchise record

The Greek god of wrestling informs us of Daniel Bryan’s neck surgery and what that may mean for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Achilles Heel also criticizes TNA for a terrible edition of Impact Wrestling, tells us who won the CZW world title and previews upcoming independent cards, including CHIKARA’s long-awaited return and a House of Hardcore event in Philadelphia.

Even after Nick Foles’ record-tying performance against the Raiders, many are questioning his ability. Gordon Glantz is already convinced that Foles is the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.

The elite teams in the NFL can be found in the NFC West and AFC West. Which teams have exceeded expectations and which ones have been disappointments? What will happen the rest of the season? Eric Fisher tries to sort it all out.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles stomp Steelers Eagles score game’s first 24 points en route to 31-21 victory over Steelers in preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. Starters build 17-0 lead during first half, with LeSean McCoy scoring on 22-yard screen pass, Darren Sproles running 1 yard for TD and Alex Henery kicking 36-yard field goal. Henery later misses 31-yard attempt. Foles completes 19 of 29 passes for 179 yards, with 1 TD and 1 interception. Jeremy Maclin leads Eagles receivers with 6 catches for 43 yards. Henry Josey rushes 8 times for 48 yards, and Matthew Tucker carries 10 times for 46 yards, 2 TDs. Nolan Carroll intercepts pass in 1st game in Eagles uniform. Starters will likely play briefly or not at all Thursday when Eagles (1-2) host Jets in final preseason game.

2. McCoy injures thumb LeSean McCoy, already dealing with toe injury sustained during practice last week with Patriots, injures right thumb during Thursday during 31-21 preseason win over Steelers. X-Rays of McCoy’s thumb negative. Eagles also receive scare when receiver Jeremy Maclin, who missed all of last season with torn ACL, crumples to turf without contact and grabs right knee, but Maclin returns to game. CBs Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin and RB Chris Polk don’t play Thursday due to hamstring injuries. Receivers Brad Smith (groin), Josh Huff (shoulder) also don’t play.

3. Eagles trade for kicker With Carey “Murder leg” Spear providing little competition for kicker Alex Henery, Eagles trade RB David Fluellen to Colts for kicker Cody Parkey, a rookie from Auburn. Both Fluellen and Parkey were to be released before trade worked out. With depth issues at running back due to injuries to LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker, Eagles acquire running back Kenjon Barner from Panthers in exchange for conditional 7th-round draft pick. The speedy Bonjar played for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon. Eagles release linebacker Jason Phillips, who missed all of last season with torn ACL.

4. Steelers RBs arrested for pot Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount to be charged with marijuana possession after traffic stop Wednesday. Bell likely to be charged with driving under influence of marijuana and possession. Blount, female passenger likely to be charged with possession. Bell rushed for 860 yards, 8 TDs as rookie last season. Blount signed away from Patriots as free agents. All charges are misdemeanors. Bell, Blount play during Thursday’s preseason game against Eagles.

5. Report: Young to Wolves Thaddeus Young’s long-rumored trade to Timberwolves may be about to happen as part of larger deal that sends Kevin Love to Cavaliers, but Sixers might not be getting 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in return. According to report in Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sixers would receive Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and 2015 1st-round pick from Cavaliers. First-round pick originally belonged to Heat. Trade can’t happen until Saturday due to NBA rules that prevent 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, who goes from Cavs to Wolves in this deal, from being traded for prescribed period after signing rookie contract.

6. Dragons’ magic ride ends Taney Dragons’ magical ride to Little League World Series ends with 6-5 loss to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All-Stars. Chicago advances to U.S. Championship game against Las Vegas. Dragons’ season ends. Chicago scores 4 times in 1st inning, but Dragons, representing Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic Region, battle back to cut lead to 6-5. Dragons get tying run to third base in bottom of sixth inning, but flyout to right field ends game and season.

7. Davis on SI cover Mo’ne Davis, gaining acclaim as star pitcher for Taney Dragons and as girl competing in Little League World Series, is on cover of Sports Illustrated.

8. Bullpen saves Hamels Cole Hamels lasts just 5 innings, ending 7-start streak of lasting at least 7 innings, but bullpen holds visiting Mariners scoreless rest of way for 4-3 victory. Jake Diekman pitches 2 scoreless innings, Ken Giles pitches 9th and Jonathan Papelbon pitches 9th to record his 30th save of season. Phillies take lead with 3 unearned runs in 4th inning, with Chase Utley singling home winning run. After off day Thursday. Kyle Kendrick pitches tonight (7 p.m.) as Phillies open series against visiting Cardinals.

9. Browns name Hoyer starter Browns head coach Mike Pettine names Brian Hoyer starting QB over heralded rookie Johnny Manziel.

10. Giants win protest Giants win protest over loss to Cubs, marking 1st upheld protest in MLB since 1986. Game was called due to unplayable conditions after grounds crew has difficulty getting tarp out to cover field. MLB rules tarp had not been put away properly on previous occasion, leading to difficulty putting it back on when rain resumed. Game picked up in 5th inning Thursday, with Cubs holding 2-0 lead. Cubs hold on for 2-1 victory.

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Phillies 4, Mariners 1

Mariners 5, Phillies 2

Phillies 4, Mariners 3

Eagles 31, Steelers 21

Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Cardinals at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
San Jose at Union, 8 p.m.



That’s more like it

The first team looks terrific in building a 17-point first-half lead during a 31-21 preseason win over the visiting Steelers. But the Eagles receive injury scares regarding LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. Full story coming later today.
That’s more like it

Eagles predictions

Will the Eagles win the division? Win a playoff game? Miss the playoffs? Predict their record and let everyone know why you feel that way.

Foles will be fine

The whispers have already started after Nick Foles threw two interceptions in the Eagles’ preseason opener. Gordon Glantz says everyone should relax. Foles will be fine.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions about his previous Little League World Series column, the Union’s schedule and the importance of the Eagles-Steelers preseason game.

Top 10 list

With no trades at the non-waiver trade deadline, our Top 10 list of the Phillies’ top in-season trades, based upon the stature of the players involved, is likely to remain unchanged until 2015.

Eagles-Steelers preview: 1st team dress rehearsal

August - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Riley Cooper is slated to make his preseason debut Thursday (7:30 p.m.) as the Eagles host the Steelers in the third game of the preseason. We provide you with 10 questions to consider while watching Thursday’s game.

Stop Making Sense: Eagles fall to Patriots

August - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Gordon Glantz Respond

The quarterback play was excellent, with Nick Foles looking much better, but poor defense and a cascade of penalty flags made it difficult to draw definitive conclusions from the Eagles’ 42-35 preseason defeat at the hands of the Patriots.

Heel Turns: SummerSlam should sizzle

August - 15 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek god of wrestling previews SummerSlam, which he says has all the elements to be a terrific event. Achilles Heel also criticizes WWE for firing Alberto Del Rio, tells you when to watch TNA (at least for the near future), which former Ring of Honor champion signed with WWE and which former WWE wrestler won the EVOLVE championship.

Little League becoming too big

August - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Mo’Ne Davis and Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons are the media darlings as the Little League World Series begins. But Eric Fisher says the Dragons’ success or failure should not be played out on national television.

Eagles-Pats preview: Brady provides stern test

August - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Tom Brady and the Patriots’ impressive offense should present a tough challenge for the Eagles on Friday (7:30 p.m.) in their second preseason game. We present 10 questions to consider while you watch the game.

Phils Notebook: Moving in wrong direction

August - 12 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

After his game-winning hit Sunday against the Mets, Ryan Howard said the Phillies are headed in the right direction, but Eric Fisher says if The Big Piece is correct, it’s only because they’re so bad that they have nowhere to go except up. Eric also reviews Charlie Manuel’s induction into the Phillies Wall of Fame, questions why older players are starting late in the season and wonders if a Phillies pitcher will win 10 games.

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