The Greek God of Wrestling previews WWE’s Clash of Champions. Achilles Heel also examines Cody Rhodes’ potential impact on TNA, updates cards for TNA’s Bound for Glory and Ring of Honor’s All-Star Extravaganza VII, and reminds fans that WWE will be in Hershey on Saturday.
A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Eagles shock Steelers Carson Wentz completes 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, 2 TDs and Eagles defense smothers Steelers during 34-3 drubbing. Darren Sproles catches 6 passes for 128 yards, including 73-yard TD during Eagles’ 21-point 3rd quarter. Rookie Wendell Smallwood leads Eagles rushers with 17 carries for 79 yards, TD. Doug Pederson becomes first Eagles coach to start his first season with 3 straight wins. Defense sacks Ben Roethlisberger 4 times, allows just 29 yards rushing. Eagles (3-0) have bye next weekend.
2. Noel: Three’s a crowd With Sixers preparing to start training camp Tuesday at Stockton College, Sixers center Nerlens Noel says of 3 young centers on roster, “I don’t see how it can work” and “it doesn’t make sense.” With Joel Embiid added to mix with Noel and Jahlil Okafor, it may be difficult to get playing time for all three. Sixers unveil new training complex in Camden.
3. Palmer dies at 87 Arnold Palmer, whose combination of charisma and skill expanded golf’s audience, dies at age 87. Palmer won 62 tournaments, including 4 Masters. Legions of fans known as “Arnie’s Army.” Palmer born in Latrobe, Pa.
4. Redskins edge Giants Dustin Hopkins kicks 37-yard field goal late in 4th quarter to lift Redskins past host Giants, 29-27. In today’s other early afternoon games, Vikings sack Cam Newton 8 times, Sam Bradford throws TD pass in 22-10 win over Panthers, whose home winning streak ends at 14; LeSean McCoy rushes for 110 yards, 2 TDs to lead Bills past Cardinals, 33-178; and Dolphins edge Browns in OT, 30-24, after ex-Eagle Cody Parkey misses potential game-winning field goal. On Monday, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17. Patriots, with 3rd-string QB Jacoby Brissett starting, crush visiting Texans, 27-0, but Brissett sustains thumb injury on his throwing hand.
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6. Mets demolish Phillies, 17-0 Mets score 14 runs off Phillies bullpen en route to 17-0 victory. (Yes, that score is correct.) Mets score 5 runs in 7th inning, 6 in 8th. Starter Jake Thompson allows 3 runs in 4 innings. Phillies manage just 3 hits. Cesar Hernandez’s streak of reaching base ends at 29 games. Phillies off Monday, then open series at Atlanta on Tuesday (7:10 p.m.).
7. Marlins ace Fernandez killed Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident. Boat discovered on jetty near Miami Beach on Sunday around 3:30 a.m. Bodies found shortly after boat discovered. Sunday’s Marlins-Braves game canceled.
8. Flyers shut out — twice Flyers drop 2-0 decision to host Devils, 3-0 decision to host Islanders in pair of split-squad preseason games. Alex Lyon stops 29 of 30 shots (1 goal was into an empty-net) against Devils. Anthony Stolarz makes 33 saves against Islanders. Flyers host Islanders on Tuesday (7 p.m.).
9. Owls roll past 49ers Phillip Walker completes 15 of 26 passes for 268 yards, 2 TDs and RBs Jahad Thomas, Ryquell Armstead score 2 TDs apiece as Temple crushes visiting Charlotte, 48-20. In other games Saturday, 4th-ranked Michigan pulverizes Penn State, 49-10; Villanova gets defensive TDs from defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon, LB Jeff Steeb during 31-14 victory over host Lafayette; and first-half turnovers plague Penn during 31-17 loss to host Fordham.
10. Canada reaches Cup finals Canada scores 4 straight goals during the 2nd and 3rd periods to defeat Russia, 5-3, reach championship round of World Cup of Hockey. In other semifinal, Tomas Tatar scores 3:43 into overtime to lift Team Europe to 3-2 triumph over Sweden, earning right to face Canada in best-of-3 championship series, which begins Tuesday.
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Mets 10, Phillies 5
Phillies 10, Mets 8
Union 1, Toronto 1
Temple 48, Charlotte 20
Michigan 49, Penn State 10
Fordham 31, Penn 17
Villanova 31, Lafayette 14
Mets 17, Phillies 0
Eagles 34, Steelers 3
Devils 2, Flyers 0
Islanders 3, Flyers 0
(preseason, split squad)
Phillies at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Islanders at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Phillies at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Phillies at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Penn at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Mets at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Union at New York, 7 p.m.
Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m.
SMU at Temple, noon
Minnesota at Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
Delaware at J.Madison, 1:30 p.m.
Villanova at Elon, 3:30 p.m.
Mets at Phillies, 3 p.m.
(ends regular season)
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Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers present the greatest challenge thus far for the Eagles this season when they visit Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday (4:25 p.m.) for a matchup of two 2-0 teams.
After getting his feet wet the first two weeks of the NFL season, Eric Fisher is confident in his top picks for Week 3. Eagles fans, however, may not look favorably upon Fisher’s “best bet” — or the runner-up for his choice as best bet.
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The Greek God of Wrestling explains how WWE’s elevation of smaller wrestlers indicates it is changing with the times. Achilles Heel also informs us of multiple title changes, tells you where you can see Dolph Ziggler on Saturday, and provides evidence that Terry Funk is still crazy at age 72.
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