Bye weeks can throw a monkey wrench into your fantasy plans. Jacob Fischer offers advice on how to handle bye weeks, suggests a new star may have been revealed on Thursday night, and starts to keep an eye on two rookie quarterbacks making their first NFL starts.
A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. No point to Eagles offense Offense fails to score point as Eagles lose to host 49ers, 26-21. Eagles don’t run play in 49ers territory until their final drive. Drive comes up short just inside 2-yard line with pair of incompletions. Eagles jump out to 21-10 lead with blocked punt recovered for touchdown, Malcolm Jenkins’ 53-yard interception return for TD and Darren Sproles’ 82-yard punt return for TD. 49ers take lead on Phil Dawson’s 46-yard field with 3:33 remaining in 3rd quarter, then extend lead on Dawson’s 31-yard field goal with 6:35 remaining in 4th. LeSean McCoy carries 10 times for 17 yards. Eagles (3-1) host Rams next Sunday (1 p.m.).
2. Lane Johnson returns Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson returns after serving 4-game suspension for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs (PED) policy. Johnson lines up at right tackle during Tuesday’s practice. If Johnson starts Sunday against Rams, he will be 4th starter at right tackle in Eagles’ first 5 games. Todd Herremans moves from right tackle back to right guard. Matt Tobin remains starting left guard. To make room on roster, Eagles release offensive lineman Kevin Graf, but then re-sign him to practice squad. Eagles also re-sign LB Jake Knott, who finished serving his 4-game suspension for violating NFL’s PED policy. to make room on practice squad, Eagles release LB Brandon Hepburn, offensive lineman Tyler Hoover.
3. Flyers win in Giroux’s return Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Nicklas Grossmann, Matt Read score as Flyers defeat visiting Rangers, 4-2, to get payback for Monday’s loss to Rangers in first half of home-and-home series. Captain Claude Giroux, who suffered “lower body” injury early on first day of training camp, plays for first time during preseason. Rangers open scoring with shorthanded goal, but Couturier evens score in 1st period. Grossmann, Simmonds score during 2nd period. Rangers cut lead to 3-2 in 3rd, but Read scores empty-net goal to seal victory. Read, Mark Streit contribute 2 assists apiece. Couturier, Simmonds, Read play on same line. Ray Emery makes 24 saves. Flyers finish preseason schedule Thursday (7 p.m.) at Washington.
4. Sixers open camp Sixers open training camp today at Richard Stockton College (N.J.). Second-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams won’t be ready to fully participate at start of camp because of surgery in May to repair labrum in right shoulder. Forward K.J. McDaniels, the 2nd pick of 2nd round of NBA Draft in June, not in camp yet because his contract isn’t finalized. Sixers waive guard Pierre Jackson, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in early July in the Orlando Summer League. Jackson acquired from Pelicans on draft night in exchange for guard Russ Smith, the 47th overall pick.
5. A’s, Royals kick off playoffs Royals host A’s tonight (8:07 p.m.) in one-game AL playoff, with winner to begin series with AL West-champion Angels on Thursday. Jon Lester (16-11, 2.46 ERA) starts for A’s. James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) starts for Royals. Pirates will host Giants in one-game NL playoff Wednesday (8:07 p.m.), with winner open series with NL East-champion Nationals on Friday. Tigers, who clinch 4th straight AL Central crown, will open playoffs Thursday against Orioles, the AL East champs. Cardinals, the NL Central champs, open playoffs on road Friday against Dodgers, the NL West champs.
6. Cowboys squash Saints Cowboys score first 24 points en route to 38-17 triumph over visiting Saints, lifting Cowboys (3-1) into first-place tie with Eagles in NFC East. In other games Sunday, Aaron Rodgers completes 22 of 28 passes for 302 yards, 4 TDs as Packers put away Bears, 38-17; Bucs upset Steelers, 27-24, on 5-yard TD pass from Mike Glennon to Vincent Jackson with 7 seconds remaining; Steve Smith catches 2 TDs against his former team as Ravens pound Panthers, 38-10; and Lions defeat Jets, 24-17. On Monday, Jamaal Charles scores 3 TDs as Chiefs shock Patriots, 41-14. (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of page.)
7. Phillies invite coaching staff back Phillies invite entire coaching staff back despite finishing in last place in NL East with 73-89 record. On Friday, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that assistant GM and director of scouting Marti Wolever won’t return next season.
8. Jeter bids farewell Derek Jeter delivers RBI infield single in 3rd inning and leaves game for final time, receiving thunderous ovation from fans at Fenway Park. Jeter is retiring after 20-year career, all of it with Yankees. Hall of Fame career includes .310 batting average, 3,465 hits and more postseason games (158) than anyone in MLB history. In other baseball news, Jordan Zimmerman hurls first no-hitter in Nationals history as they defeat Marlins, 1-0. Left fielder Steven Souza Jr. makes diving catch for final out.
9. Union playing with Fire Union will host Chicago Fire on Thursday (8 p.m.) as they try to remain in playoff hut. After Thursday’s game, Union will have 3 games remaining in regular season, 2 of them against Columbus, which has 5-point cushion on Union. On Saturday, D.C. United posted 1-0 victory over visiting Union, delivering harsh blow to Union’s playoff hopes. Union (9-10-11) dropped to 7th place, 2 points behind Toronto FC and 3 points behind New York, which is in fifth place and would get final playoff berth in Eastern Conference if season ended today. Toronto FC has game in hand on Union. Sebastien Le Toux injures ankle, which could add to Union’s recent scoring difficulties.
10. Gordon ends Dover drought; 4 eliminated Jeff Gordon wins AAA 400, his first win at Dover since 2001. Under new Chase for Sprint Cup format, bottom four drivers in Chase eliminated after Dover race, which is third of Challenger Round. A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola eliminated. Allmendinger, who finished 23rd on Sunday, is 2 points behind Kasey Kahne, who finished 20th to secure 12th spot in standings, advance to Contender Round, which begins next Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
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Phillies 5, Braves 4
Braves 4, Phillies 2
D.C. United 1, Union 0
Northwestern 29, Penn St. 6
Villanova 41, Penn 7
Temple 36, Connecticut 10
Delaware 30, J.Madison 23 (OT)
Braves 2, Phillies 1
(ends regular season)
49ers 26, Eagles 21
Devils 3, Flyers 1
Rangers 6, Flyers 3
Flyers 4, Rangers 2
No games scheduled
Flyers at Washington, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Union, 8 p.m.
No games scheduled
Villanova at Maine, 12:30 p.m.
Penn at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.
Eagles at Rams, 1 p.m.
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