Points for Joel Embiid during victory over Bulls in home opener

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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Sixers cruise in home opener Sixers score 18 straight points in 3rd quarter to pull away from visiting Bulls in 127-108 victory in home opener. Joel Embiid leads Sixers with 30 points, 12 rebounds. Robert Covington contributes 20 points, and Ben Simmons registers triple double (13 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists). Markelle Fultz makes just 5 of 15 shots, but sinks 3-pointer, en route to 12 point. Dario Saric, rookie Landry Shamet add 13 and 12 points, respectively. Forward/center Mike Muscala (ankle) won’t play. Brett Brown says Muscala could miss 2 weeks. Forward Wilson Chandler (hamstring), guards Jerryd Bayless (knee), Zhaire Smith (foot) also sidelined. Sixers to host Magic on Saturday (7:30 p.m.).

2. Blue Jackets double up Flyers Flyers lead after 1st period, but host Blue Jackets score 3 goals in second period en route to 6-3 victory. Travis Konecny scores 1st goal of season, adds assist for Flyers. Sean Couturier, Oskar Lindlom also score for Flyers. Claude Giroux contributes 2 assists. Linblom’s goal 1:07 into 3rd period pulls Flyers within 4-3, but Blue Jackets scores twice in final 5 minutes. Calvin Pickard allows 6 goals on 28 shots. Corban Knight replaces Mikhail Vorobyev in lineup. Flyers (3-4) to host Devils on Saturday (1 p.m.).

3. Eagles to host Panthers Eagles (3-3) to host Panthers (3-2) on Sunday. In previous game, Carson Wentz completes 26 of 36 passes for 278 yards, 3 TDs as Eagles halt 2-game losing streak with dominant 34-13 triumph over host Giants. Eagles (3-3) score 24 points in first half, which is more than they’ve had in entire game during first 5 weeks of season. Alshon Jeffery (8 catches, 74 yards) catches pair of TD passes. Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley rushes for 130 yards, TD and compiles 99 receiving yards.

4. Pederson: Peters can play Sunday Countering a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Eagles LT Jason Peters will “only” miss 1-2 weeks after injuring right biceps against Giants, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says Peters “definitely can play” Sunday (1 p.m.) against Panthers. If he can’t play, Halapoulivaati Vaitai likely to start in Peters’ place. Peters a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, but full participant Thursday. RT Lane Johnson (ankle) doesn’t practice Wednesday, but limited participant Thursday. QB Carson Wentz (back), DE Derek Barnett (shoulder) also full participants Thursday after being limited participants Wednesday. DT Haloti Ngata (calf), CB Jalen Mills (hamstring) limited participants. RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), safety Corey Graham (hamstring), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring), LBs Nate Gerry (knee, ankle) and D.J. Alexander (quadriceps) don’t practice. Pederson says CB Jones is “week to week” with hamstring injury. Eagles sign CB Dexter McDougle, who spent 1st half of last season with Eagles, for depth at defensive back. Eagles waive injured DT Destiny Vaeao to make room on roster.

5. Red Sox going to World Series Red Sox post 4-1 victory over Astros in Game 5 of ALCS, securing return to World Series by eliminating defending champions. In NLCS on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw strikes out 9, limits visiting Brewers to 3 hits in 7 innings as Dodgers post 5-2 triumph to take 3-2 series lead, moving within 1 victory of returning to World Series for 2nd straight year. Game 6 is Friday (8:39 p.m.) in Milwaukee.

6. Broncos crush Cardinals Broncos snap 4-game losing streak with 45-10 decimation of Cardinals. On Sunday, Redskins host Cowboys (4:25 p.m) in NFC East showdown. In other games Sunday, Chargers battle Titans (9:30 a.m.) in London; Bears host Patriots (1 p.m.); Ravens host Saints (4 p.m.); and Chiefs host Bengals (8:20 p.m.). On Monday (8:15 p.m.), Giants visit Falcons.

7. Penn to host Yale Penn, coming off 13-10 win over Columbia, hosts Yale on Friday (7 p.m.). In Saturday’s games, Temple hosts 20th-ranked Cincinnati (noon); 18th-ranked Penn State, coming off last-minute 21-17 loss to Michigan State, visits Indiana (3:30 p.m.); and Delaware tries to build upon 28-16 of 5th-ranked Elon when it visits New Hampshire (3:30 p.m.).

8. Dunphy to receive Smith Award Temple head coach Fran Dunphy named winner of Dean Smith Award by U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Award goes to individual who embodies values and spirit of Smith, the legendary North Carolina head coach. Dunphy, in his 13th and final season as Temple head coach, will receive the award on Nov. 1 at Tip-off luncheon for Coaches vs. Cancer, an organization for which Dunphy has raised significant amounts of money.

9. Wright picked as assistant for USA Villanova head coach Jay Wright selected as assistant coach for U.S Men’s National Team. Wright will assist head coach Gregg Popovich, who is head coach of Spurs, in 2019-20, which could include FIBA World Cup in China in 2019 and Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

10. Union to host Red Bulls Playoff-bound Union (15-12-5) to host 2nd-place New York Red Bulls on Sunday (3 p.m.) before finishing regular season against New York City FC.

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No games scheduled

Golden Knights 1, Flyers 0
College Football
Michigan St. 21, Penn St. 17
Temple 24, Navy 17
Penn 13, Columbia 10
J.Madison 37, Villanova 0
Delaware 28, Elon 16

No games scheduled


No games scheduled

Flyers 6, Panthers 5 (Flyers win shootout, 2-1)
Boston 105, Sixers 87
(season opener)

No games scheduled

Columbus 6. Flyers 3
Sixers 127, Bulls 108
(home opener)

College Football
Yale at Penn, 7 p.m.

Devils at Flyers, 1 p.m.
Magic at Sixers, 7:30 p.m.
College Football
Cincinnati at Temple, noon
Penn St. at Indiana, 3:30 p.m.
Delaware at N.Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.

Panthers at Eagles, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Red Bulls at Union, 3 p.m.


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