Most recent year in which Phillies had winning record

As expected, the 76ers select Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Fultz, who is expected to start as a rookie, averaged 23.2 points per game during his freshman season with the Huskies.

The Greek God of Wrestling questions the structure and match selection for WWE’s “Payback” on Sunday night. Achilles Heel also praises Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre for their successful returns to WWE, tells you when Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Universal Championship, and reveals matches for upcoming Philly events for CHIKARA and Ring of Honor.

The Greek God of Wrestling praises the decision to induct Kurt Angle into the WWE Hall of Fame. Achilles Heel also books the Wyatt Family breakup and the Goldberg-Brock Lesnar feud for the Royal Rumble, tells us when a dream tag team match will take place, and informs us when Raw returns to Philly.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles slip past Colts as Wentz returns Defense saves the day as Eagles defeat visiting Colts, 20-16, in Carson Wentz’s return from knee surgery. Defense turns away Colts at end of game, with Derek Barnett sacking Colts QB Andrew Luck on 4th down deep in Eagles territory. Defense also holds Colts to field goals after 2 Wentz turnovers. Wentz completes 25 of 37 passes for 255 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception. Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert catches 7 passes for 73 yards, including 13-yard TD pass from Wentz for Eagles’ 1st TD.) Wentz engineers 17-play, 75-yard drive that takes more than 11 minutes off clock, with Wendell Smallwood’s 4-yard TD run putting Eagles ahead, 20-16, with 3:02 remaining. Eagles without RBs Jay Ajayi (back), Darren Sproles (hamstring), WR Alshon Jeffery. Eagles visit Titans next Sunday (1 p.m.).

2. Rockies hammer punchless Phillies One game after being eliminated from playoff contention, Phillies don’t put up much of a fight in 10-1 loss to host Rockies, who are battling for wild card berth or NL West title. Phillies, who lose 5th straight game, produce just 5 hits, with Rhys Hoskins’ solo home run in 7th inning accounting for lone run. Aaron Altherr injures toe, knee colliding with outfield wall. Starter Zach Eflin, who allows 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings, experiences soreness in his side. Phillies try to snap losing streak tonight (8:40 p.m.) as they continue series with Rockies.

3. Sixers scrimmage at Palestra Sixers wrap up training camp tonight (7-9 p.m.) with blue and white scrimmage Tuesday  at Palestra. Sixers head coach Brett Browns says his goal for Sixers is to reach NBA Finals. Sixers started training camp Saturday. 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.

4. Flyers’ comeback falls short Flyers allow first 4 goals of game, then put together rally that falls short in 4-3 preseason loss to visiting Bruins. Dale Weise’s shorthanded goal 8:43 into 3rd period cuts deficit to 4-1, sparks comeback. Glaude Giroux scores power play goal 10:25 into 3rd period, then assists on Travis Konecny’s goal 1:02 later. Brian Elliott in goal entire game. Defenseman Andrew MacDonald returns to lineup after missing most of training camp with “lower body” injury. Flyers will host Rangers in preseason game Thursday (7 p.m.).

5. Lions surprise Patriots Matt Stafford throws for 262 yards, 2 TDs while Lions limit Tom Brady to 133 passing yards as Lions surprise visiting Patriots, 26-10. In other games Sunday, Bills hand host Vikings shocking 27-6 defeat behind rookie QB Josh Allen, who completes 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards, TD; Seahawks beat Cowboys, 24-13; Redskins upset visiting Packers, 31-17; Giants notch 1st win this season with 27-22 victory over host Texans; Saints overcome host Falcons in overtime, 43-37; and Titans edges Jaguars, 9-6. On Monday, Steelers fend off comeback attempt by host Bucs, 30-27. On Thursday, 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.

6. Eagles’ McDonald dies at 84 Hall of Fame receiver Tommy McDonald, who caught TD pass during 1960 NFL Championship Game, dies at age 84. McDonald caught 287 passes for 5,499 yards, 66 TDs during 7 seasons with Eagles. His 66 TDs rank 2nd in franchise history.

7. Woods ends 5-year drought Tiger Woods shoots 1-over-par 71 to win Tour Championship, the final event in PGA season. Woods, who entered final round with 3-stroke lead, notches his 1st victory since 2013. Justin Rose, who captures FedEx Cup title with birdie on final hole, and Billy Horschel finish 2 strokes behind Woods. Victory was 80th of Woods’ career.

8. Neuvirth injured Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth leaves practice today with apparent groin injury. Flyers already lost goalie Alex Lyon this week for an estimated 4 weeks with “lower body injury.” Lightning claim Flyers forward Danick Martel off waivers. German Rubtsov among players Flyers send back to juniors or to Phantoms.

9. Simpson boosts Union past K.C. Jay Simpson scores pair of 2nd-half goals to lift Union past visiting Kansas City, 2-0. Union (14-12-4) solidify playoff position. Union will face host Houston in U.S. Open Cup championship game on Wednesday (8 p.m.).

10. Penn State pulls away from Illinois After Illinois takes 3-point lead in 3rd quarter, 10th-ranked Penn State scores 42 unanswered points to post 63-24 victory in its Big 10 opener. Miles Sanders rushes for 200 yards, 3 TDs to lead rushing attack that totals 387 yards, 6 TDs. In Saturday’s games, Josh McGrigg catches 5 passes for 187 yards, including 90-yard TD pass from Zach Bednarczyk that is longest in Villanova history, as Wildcats bludgeon Bucknell, 49-7; Karekin Brooks rushes for 163 yards, 3 TDs as Penn accumulates 500 yards total offense in 30-10 victory over visiting Lehigh; and Delaware loses to top-ranked North Dakota State, 38-10. On Thursday, defense forces 5 turnovers, Ryquell Armstead rushes for 108 yards as Temple tops visiting Tulsa, 31-17, in its American Athletic Conference opener.

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Atlanta 6, Phillies 5
Islanders 3, Flyers 2 (OT)
(at PPL Center in Allentown)
College Football
Penn St. 63, Illinois 24

Atlanta 5, Phillies 3
College Football
N.Dakota St. 38, Delaware 10
Penn 30, Lehigh 10
Villanova 49, Bucknell 7

Eagles 20, Colts 16
Atlanta 2, Phillies 1
Union 2, Kansas City 0


 Colorado 10, Phillies 1
Bruins 4, Flyers 3

Phillies at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Phillies at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
U.S. Open Cup
Championship game
Union at Houston, 8 p.m.

Phillies at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Union at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Flyers at Boston, 5 p.m.
College Football
Temple at Boston College, noon
Ohio St. at Penn St., 7:30 p.m.
Penn at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m.
Delaware at Richmond, 3 p.m.
Villanova at Stony Brook, 6 p.m.

Eagles at Titans, 1 p.m.
Braves at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
(ends regular season)


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With NASCAR’s 10-race playoff about to begin, points leader Kyle Busch, wins leader Kevin Harvick (pictured) and defending champion Martin Truex Jr. are the heavy favorites.

Heel Turns: At Hell in a Cell, less is more

September - 15 - 2018 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

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Eagles-Bucs: Overcoming reception issues

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