A losing record for the Bengals doesn’t scare Josh Landsburg away from making them his top recommendation for survivor pool players this week. If you’ve already picked the Bengals this season, Josh has four (actually five) more picks for you to consider.
A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Bradford, Vikings coming to town Sam Bradford, traded 8 days before season began, and undefeated Vikings (5-0) visit Eagles (3-2) today (1 p.m.). Eagles have lost 2 straight games after winning first 3. DT Bennie Logan week-to-week with groin strain, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, CBs Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), Ron Brooks (calf) also listed as questionable.
2. Nittany Lions stun No. 2 Buckeyes Penn State blocks punt to set up field goal, Grant Haley returns blocked field goal 60 yards for game-winning TD as Nittany Lions score 17 unanswered points during 4th quarter to shock 2nd-ranked Ohio State, 24-21, before extremely happy crowd in Happy Valley. In Saturday’s other games, Aaron Forbes runs for 151 yards, 2 TDs and defense registers 9 sacks as Villanova defeats visiting Albany, 24-13, and Delaware loses 5 fumbles during 28-3 loss to Stony Brook, the Blue Hens’ 5th straight loss and 1st under interim head coach Dennis Dottin-Carter, who takes over for fired head coach Dave Brock. On Friday, Ryquell Armstead rushes for 210 yards as Temple topples visiting South Florida, 46-30, to join South Florida in tie for first place in American Athletic Conference, and Alek Torgersen throws for 229 yards, 4 TDs as Penn pulverizes Yale, 42-7.
3. Talking Eagles-Vikings, previewing Sixers The Eagles-Vikings game and Sam Bradford’s return will be the big topic of discussion Sunday (6:30-7 p.m.) during PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. We will also preview the 76ers’ season, reflect on the Flyers’ past week and maybe even squeeze in a little baseball talk. To join the discussion, ask a question of Gordon Glantz, Josh Landsburg or host Eric Fisher, or simply to listen in live, please call 1-805-727-7014. You can also listen the show live, or later in archive, at blogtalkradio.com. (To listen to past shows, please click here.)
4. Cubs end World Series drought Kyle Hendricks limits Dodgers to 2 hits during 7 1/3 shutout innings as Cubs advance to World Series for 1st time since 1945 with 5-0 triumph in Game 6 of NLCS. Cubs get all runs they need during 2-run 1st inning. Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras hit home runs later in game to provide insurance runs. Indians, in their 1st World Series since 1997, host Cubs in Game 1 on Tuesday (8 p.m.). Indians haven’t won World Series since 1948. Cubs haven’t won World Series since 1908.
5. Flyers halt losing streak Flyers score 4 goals in 2nd period to defeat visiting Hurricanes, 6-3, ending 3-game losing streak. Jakub Voracek leads Flyers with 2 goals, 1 assist. Shayne Gostisbehere contributes goal, 2 assists. Rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov adds 2 assists. Wayne Simmonds registers goal, assist. Matt Read scores NHL-leading 5th goal. After scoreless 1st period, Hurricanes score twice in first 3:07 of 2nd period before Brandon Manning begins string of 4 unanswered goals. Flyers visit Montreal on Saturday (7:30 p.m.).
6. Giants in London Giants kick off NHL action Sunday (9:30 a.m.) when they square off with Rams in London. In other games Sunday, Redskins seeking 5th straight win as they visit Lions (1 p.m.); Steelers, without injured QB Ben Roethlisberger, host Patriots (4:25 p.m.); and Cardinals host Seahawks (8:30 p.m.). On Monday, QB Brock Osweiler returns to Denver as Texans visit Broncos, who have lost 2 straight games. On Thursday, Aaron Rodgers completes 39 of 56 passes for 326 yards, 3 TDs, but Packers don’t score TD until 2nd half of 26-10 victory over visiting Bears. When starting QB Brian Hoyer breaks arm during 2nd quarter, Bears turn to former Eagles QB Matt Barkley.
7. Report: Noel to miss 3-5 weeks Nerlens Noel will have minor surgery on left knee Monday to alleviate pain from inflamed area, expected to miss 3-5 weeks, according to Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. In other injury news, Sixers head coach Brett Brown says he “misspoke” when he told Pompey that Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, top overall pick in 2016 draft, expected to return in January after having foot surgery. Brown says he is hopeful Simmons can return in January, but there’s isn’t a timetable. In other injury news, Guard Jerryd Bayless, signed as free agent, will not have surgery for wrist injury that has sidelined him entire preseason, but won’t be ready for start of season.
8. Saric, Embid shine; Okafor returns Dario Saric scores 19 points, grabs 7 rebounds and Joel Embiid scores 18 points, grabs 9 rebounds in 18 minutes as Sixers use 2nd-half rally to finish preseason with 113-110 win over host Heat. Jerami Grant chips in with 17 points. Forward Jahlil Okafor, who had been sidelined by knee soreness following offseason surgery, sees first action of preseason, scoring 4 points in 7 1/2 minutes. Elton Brand announced retires after 17 seasons in NBA. Sixers, who finish preseason 2-5, must reduce roster to 15 by Monday. Regular season begins Wednesday (8 p.m.) against visiting Thunder.
9. Flyers’ Weise suspended 3 games NHL suspends Flyers forward Dale Weise for 3 games for shoulder check to head of Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during 3-2 loss to Ducks on Thursday.
10. Union finishing regular season Union (11-13-9) finish regular season today (4 p.m.) by hosting New York Red Bulls. Union, in final playoff position in Eastern Conference, virtually assured of postseason berth because of goal differential advantage over New England, which could tie Union for 6th place with win Sunday and Union loss.
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Sixers 113, Miami 110
Temple 46, S.Florida 30
Penn 42, Yale 7
Flyers 6, Hurricanes 3
Penn St. 24, Ohio St. 21
Stonybrook 28, Delaware 3
Villanova 24, Albany 13
Vikings at Eagles, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Red Bulls at Union, 4 p.m.
Flyers at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Sabres at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Thunder at Sixers, 8 p.m.
Coyotes at Flyers, 7 p.m.
No games scheduled
Hawks at Sixers, 12:30 p.m.
Penguins at Flyers, 7 p.m.
Penn St. at Purdue, noon
Cincinnati at Temple, 3:30 p.m.
Brown at Penn, 1 p.m.
Towson at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.
Eagles at Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
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