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Regular-season wins by Tom Brady, most in NFL history

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the potential impact of the Eagles’ loss to the Lions, the Flyers’ roster and the Union’s precarious predicament.

The Sixers were a bad team before the trade deadline. There are signs that the post-trade deadline Sixers might be as bad as any team in NBA history.

The Greek God of Wrestling previews WWE’s Elimination Chamber, including speculation about a surprising development. Achilles Heel also tells you how NXT warmed up its fans at the Tower Theater, how Shaquille O’Neal may get involved in WrestleMania, and how far you’ll have to travel to see CHIKARA’s King of Trios.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Eagles make major statement Eagles intercept Cam Newton three times as they post impressive 28-23 victory over host Panthers. Eagles (5-1) have best record in NFC, commanding lead in NFC East. Carson Wentz throws 3 TD passes, 2 to Zach Ertz and 1 to Nelson Agholor. Defense limits Panthers’ running backs to 9 yards rushing. Eagles take 28-16 lead on 24-yard TD pass to Agholor on 1st play of 4th quarter, then withstand comeback attempt by Panthers. Eagles don’t play again until Mon., Oct. 23, when they host Redskins.

2. Flyers flatten Capitals in home opener Claude Giroux scores 2 goals, assists on 2 others as Flyers, who started season with four games on road, crush visiting Capitals, 8-2, in home opener. Sean Couturier contributes 2 goals, 1 assist. Scott Laughton scores shorthanded goal while registering first 2-goal game of his career. Jakub Voracek, Shayne Gostisbehere add 3 assists apiece. Wayne Simmonds, Valtteri Filppula also score for Flyers. Flyers send defenseman Samuel Morin to Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Morin healthy scratch for Flyers’ season-opening 4-game road trip despite having strong preseason and training camp.

3. Sixers open season Wednesday Sixers open regular season Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Washington. Markelle Fultz (sore shoulder knne) practices Sunday, but head coach Brett Brown says No. 1 overall pick in 2017 draft won’t start Wednesday.Center Richaun Holmes fractures wrist during Sixers’ 110-102 preseason loss to Celtics will be re-evaluated in 3 weeks.

4. Embiid practices Sixers center Joel Embiid practices Monday after not practicing Sunday due to left ankle sprain. Head coach Brett Brown indicates Embiid may have minutes restriction. Sixers waive Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor, James Blackmon Jr., alter point guard Jacob Pullen’s contract to 2-way deal so he can be sent to Delaware 87ers of G-League (formerly NBA Development League) in order to reach 15-player limit before Monday’s deadline.

5. Rodgers hurt in Packers loss Packers QB Aaron Rodgers break collarbone on hit by LB Anthony Barr during 23-10 loss to Vikings, could miss rest of season. In Sunday’s other games, Steelers hand Chiefs their first defeat this season, 19-13; Redskins barely slip past winless 49ers, 26-24; Giants notch 1st win of season by beating host Broncos, 23-10; Bears upset Ravens in overtime, 27-24; Chargers upset Raiders, 17-16, on Nick Novak’s 32-yard field goal as time expired; and Dolphins score 20 unanswered points to rally for upset win over Falcons, 20-17.

6. Turner’s homer boosts Dodgers Justin Turner blasts 3-run walkoff home run to lift Dodgers to 4-1 victory over visiting Cubs, taking 2-0 series lead in NLCS. In ALCS, one day after Dallas Kuechel strikes out 10 in 7 shutout innings, Astros teammate Justin Verlander strikes out 13 during complete-game victory as Houston defeats Yankees, 2-1, in Game 2 of ALCS. Carlos Correa homers, doubles home Jose Altuve with winning run in bottom of 9th inning for Astros, who post 2nd straight 2-1 victory. Game 3 is tonight (8 p.m.).

7. Columbia, Bagnoli knock off Penn Columbia, coached by former longtime Penn head coach Al Bagnoli, beat Quakers in overtime, 34-31, to remain undefeated (5-0) and end 20-game losing streak against Penn. In other local games, Connecticut takes advantage of Temple mistakes, fends off Owls’ comeback attempt during 28-24 upset victory, top-ranked James Madison defeats Villanova, 30-8, and Delaware shuts out William & Mary, 17-0. Penn State idle, but rises to No. 2 in AP rankings due to Syracuse’s victory over 2nd-ranked Clemson.

8. Fire’s Nikolic tricks Union Nemanja Nikolic registers hat trick as Fire sink visiting Union, 3-2. Alejandro Bedoya scores for Union, whose other goal was an own goal by Fire. Union finish season next Sunday (4 p.m.) at home against Orlando City SC.

9. Bowa staying with Phillies Larry Bowa moves from coaching staff to front office, joining former manager Pete Mackanin as senior adviser to GM Matt Klentak. Bowa has spent 33 years with Phillies organization as player, manager and coach. Coaching staff told they are “free agents” and can pursue jobs elsewhere.

10. Snider to get statue Bronze statue of Flyers founder and chairman Ed Snider, who died on April 11, 2016, to be unveiled Thursday (4:30 p.m.) outside Wells Fargo Center.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Sixers 119, Heat 95
(Preseason finale)
(at Kansas City)

Saturday
Flyers 8, Capitals 2
(home opener)
College Football
Connecticut 28, Temple 24
Columbia 34, Penn 31 (OT)
Delaware 17, William & Mary 0
J.Madison 30, Villanova 8

Sunday
Chicago 3, Union 2

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Panthers at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Sixers at Washington, 7 p.m.
(Season opener)

Thursday
Predators at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Friday
Celtics at Sixers,  7 p.m.
(Home opener)

Saturday
Oilers at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Sixers at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
(home opener)
College Football
Michigan at Penn St., 7:30 p.m.
Temple at Army, noon
Yale at Penn, 1 p.m.
Richmond at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday
Orlando City SC at Union, 4 p.m.
(Season finale)

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Flyers Notebook: Top line looks fine

The elevation of center Sean Couturier (pictured) to the top line, with Claude Giroux moving to left wing, has worked out exceptionally well for the Flyers. Jakub Voracek has 9 assists, Giroux has 7 points and Couturier leads the team ...
Flyers Notebook: Top line looks fine

How will Sixers fare?

There is a lot of anticipation surrounding Sixers season. What do you think their final record will be? Will they make the playoffs? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in Voice of the Phanatics.

You gotta believe!

Zach Ertz catches two touchdown passes and the defense intercepts Cam Newton three times and smothers the running game as the Eagles defeat the host Panthers, 28-23, in a showdown between first-place teams to improve an NFC-best 5-1 record.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Eagles’ early-season success, the anticipation for the Sixers’ season and Penn State’s upcoming challenge.

Most indispensable

We present a top 10 list of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury.

Phillies Notebook: Gazing into the future

October - 15 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Rhys Hoskins (pictured) certainly appears to be a foundation for the Phillies’ future, but who else cemented his place as part of the Phillies’ future? In the final Phillies Notebook of the season, Eric Fisher examines what we learned about the Phillies’ future from the 2016 season.

Putting it on the Line

October - 11 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

After his first losing week of the season, Eric Fisher tries to bounce back in Week 6. How does he feel about the five games with double-digit spreads this week? Is he picking the Eagles to cover against the Panthers? Read the story to find out.

Panthers, Newton present major challenge

October - 11 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Thursday provides an opportunity for the Eagles to bolster their Super Bowl contender credentials. Their opponents, the Carolina Panthers, sport an identical 4-1 record. An Eagles victory on the road during a short week will make a major statement.

High risk, high reward

October - 9 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The 76ers have agreed to extend center Joel Embiid’s contract for five years at a total cost of $148 million, according to multiple reports. Injuries limited Embiid to 31 games last season after he sat out his first two NBA seasons with injuries.

Razing Arizona

October - 8 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Carson Wentz throws a career-high four touchdown passes, including three during the first quarter, as the Eagles take advantage of a quick start to decimate the visiting Cardinals, 34-7, improving their NFC East-leading record to 4-1.

Trust Flyers’ process

October - 7 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Although the Sixers are associated with “The Process,” Eric Fisher says the Flyers’ process of bringing along their young players slowly, which requires more patience from fans, is more likely to bring about long-term success.

Carson Wentz owes Jake Elliott some money