Days between wins for Browns, who post 21-17 win over Jets on Thursday

The Phillies have the worst record in the major leagues. Are they truly this bad? Eric Fisher says the situation may be even worse than it appears.

With players such as third baseman Maikel Franco (pictured) and Odubel Herrera enduring awful seasons, there is a strong sentiment to call up players from Lehigh Valley, but Eric Fisher warns not to expect too much from the young players when they arrive.

The Greek God of Wrestling has a more favorable opinion of Battleground than most of the critics. Achilles Heel also reveals the announced matches for SummerSlam, expresses sympathy for Randy Orton and concern for Global Force Wrestling.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Wentz to start against Colts Carson Wentz will make his 1st start this season Sunday (1 p.m.) against visiting Colts, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Wentz hasn’t played since last December due to torn ACL, LCL in left knee. Eagles promote RB Josh Adams from practice squad, release WR DeAndre Carter. Should there be concern about availability of RB Darren Sproles, who missed loss to Bucs due to hamstring injury, and Jay Ajayi, who was injured on 1st carry against Bucs, but returned later in game? Sproles, Ajayi don’t practice Wednesday.

2. Braves pounce on Phillies bullpen Braves break tie in 7th inning, add 4 runs in 8th inning off Luis Garcia as they win opener of crucial series, 8-3. Phillies (78-74) drop to 6 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Braves, and need to win final 3 games of series to even have remote chance of winning division. Phillies, with 10 games remaining, fall to 5 1/2 games behind Cardinals in battle for final NL wild card berth. Starter Vince Velasquez allows 3 runs in 3 inning, although defense doesn’t help him much. Philllies use 7 relievers, with Tommy Hunter taking loss. Jesse Biddle, selected out of Germantown Friends in 1st round of 2010 draft, pitches 2/3 inning for Braves to earn win. Asdrubal Cabrera has 2 of Phillies’ 6 hits. Nick Pivetta pitches tonight (7:30 p.m.) as Phillies continue 4-game series with Braves.

3. Eagles sign Matthews Former Eagles WR Jordan Matthews signs with Birds after working out for team Tuesday. Matthews, released during training camp by Patriots, excelled during his first 3 NFL seasons with Eagles before being traded to Bills for CB Ronald Darby. Eagles place WR Mike Wallace, who fractured tibula during 1st quarter of loss to Bucs, on injured reserve. With Alshon Jeffery’s return uncertain and Mack Hollins on injured reserve, Eagles need receivers. Browns trade troubled WR Josh Gordon to Patriots for 5th-round pick. Redskins sign 2015 1st-round pick Breshad Perriman, Michael Floyd. Jeffery returned to practice last week, but only does individual drills. Eagles sign Kamar Aiken, who was in Eagles training camp.

4. Sixers hire Brand as GM Sixers promote Elton Brand to general manager. Brand was recently promoted to VP of basketball operations, and already serves as GM of Delaware Blue Coats, the Sixers’ G-League affiliate. Brand played for Sixers from 2008-12 and during 2015-16 season.

5. Defense boosts Owls past Tulsa Defense forces 5 turnovers, Ryquell Armstead rushes for 108 yards as Temple tops visiting Tulsa, 31-17, in its American Athletic Conference opener. 10th-ranked Penn State (3-0) visits Illinois tonight (9 p.m.). On Saturday, Delaware visits North Dakota State (2 p.m.), Penn hosts Lehigh (3-0) and Villanova  hosts Bucknell (6 p.m.).

6. Lindblom helps Flyers beat Rangers Oskar Lindblom scores 2 goals, assists on another in 1st period as Flyers defeat hosts Rangers, 6-4, in preseason game. Corban Knight adds goal, 2 assists in 1st period, with Scott Laughton assisting on all 3 first-period goals. Dale Weise contributes goal, assist for Flyers. German Rubtsov, Mikhail Vorobyov also score for Flyers, but Rubtsov among 11 players Flyers send back to juniors or to Phantoms. Goalie Alex Lyon to miss estimated 4 weeks with “lower body injury.” On Sunday, defenseman Travis Sanheim leaves game in 2nd period with “upper body injury” after being board by Islanders forward Matt Martin during Islanders’ 3-0 victory. GM Ron Hextall says Sanheim likely to miss 1 week. Flyers meet Islanders tonight (7 p.m.) for 4th time this week.

7. Bucs use quick strikes to beat Eagles Bucs connect on pair of 75-yard TD passes in 1st half, including one to former Eagle DeSean Jackson on 1st play from scrimmage, during 27-21 victory over visiting Eagles. Nick Foles completes 36 of 49 passes for 337 yards, 1 TD. Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completes 27 of 33 passes for 402 yards, 4 TDs, marking 2nd straight week he’s thrown for at least 400 yards and 4 TDs. Bucs build 20-7 lead by halftime, then score 1st TD of 2nd half to build 27-7 lead. Eagles respond with long drive ending in Jay Ajayi TD run at end of 3rd quarter, then cut lead to 6 on Foles’ 2-yard pass to Nelson Agholor with 2:46 remaining. Zach Ertz catches 11 passes for 94 yards. Agholor catches 9 for 88 yards. RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) doesn’t play. WR Mike Wallace leaves with injury in 1st quarter.

8. Mayfield helps end Browns’ drought Baker Mayfield, top pick in this year’s NFL Draft, leads Browns on comeback from 2-touchdown deficit to 21-17 triumph over visiting Jets after starting QB Tyrod Taylor leaves game late in 1st half to be evaluated for concussion. Mayfield completes 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards as Browns end 19-game winless streak that dates back to Christmas Eve of 2016. On Sunday, Falcons host Saints (1 p.m.); Texans host Giants in battle of winless teams (1 p.m.); the Redskins host the Packers (1 p.m.); the Rams host the Chargers (4 p.m.) in the battle of L.A.; and the Cowboys visit the Seahawks (4:25 p.m.). On Monday, Bucs host winless Steelers (8:15 p.m.).


9. Union edge Seattle Faca Picault scores in 93rd minute to lift Union past host Seattle, 1-0. Picault’s goal comes with Union down a man due to Jack Elliott’s second yellow card. Midfielder Boreck Dockal doesn’t play due to injury. 5th-place Union (13-12-4) move 4 points ahead of 6th-place Montreal, which beat them on Saturday. Union to host Kansas City on Sunday (1 p.m.).

10. Eagles on Hall of Fame list Many former Eagles among list of 91 players, 11 coaches among nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame. List will be narrowed to 25 semifinalists in November. Donovan McNabb, Randall Cunningham, Jeff Garcia among 5 QBs on list. CB Eric Allen, LB Seth Joyner, returner/RB Brian Mitchell, RB Ricky Watters, RB Herschel Walker, head coach Dick Vermeil among other former Eagles on list.

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Phillies 14, Marlins 2

Phillies, 5, Marlins 4
Montreal 4, Union 1
College Football
Penn St. 63, Kent St. 10
Temple 35, Maryland 14
Penn 34, Bucknell 17
Towson 45, Villanova 35
Delaware 27, Cornell 10

Bucs 27, Eagles 21
Marlins 6, Phillies 4
Islanders 3, Flyers 0
(at Nassau Coliseum)
(preseason opener)


Mets 9, Phillies 4
Flyers 3, Islanders 1

Phillies 5, Mets 2
Flyers 5, Islanders 1

Phillies 4, Mets 0
Flyers 6, Rangers 4
Union at Seattle, 11 p.m.

Atlanta 8, Phillies 3
College Football
Temple 31, Tulsa 17

Phillies at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Islanders at Flyers, 7 p.m.
(at PPL Center in Allentown)
College Football
Penn St. at Illinois, 9 p.m.

Phillies at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Montreal at Union, 7:30 p.m.
College Football
Delaware at N.Dakota St., 2 p.m.
Lehigh at Penn, 3 p.m.
Bucknell at Villanova, 6 p.m.

Colts at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Phillies at Atlanta, 1:30 p.m.
Kansas City at Union, 1 p.m.


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