Points allowed during 1st quarter this season by Penn State

Critics of the Mark Streit trade view Valtteri Filppula as an unnecessary $5 million contract for next season. But Flyers general manager Ron Hextall views Filppula as a player who can help his team.

Matt McGloin completes 14 of 21 passes as he, along with many other players, made a final bid for a spot on the Eagles’ roster during a 16-10 loss to the host Jets in the final preseason game. The Eagles must reduce their roster to 53 by Saturday (4 p.m.).

With the Cowboys coming to town for this Sunday’s NFC East showdown with the Eagles, Eric Fisher reminds us of why so many Eagles fans hate — yes, hate — the Cowboys and what they represent.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Eagles host rematch with Redskins Eagles (5-1) can take control of NFC East with victory over 2nd-place Redskins (3-2)  on Monday night (8:30 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles defeated Redskins in season opener, 30-17. Redskins CB Josh Norman remains sidelined with broken rip. Left offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee), CB Bashaud Breeland listed as questionable.

2. Darby practices, Maragos to IR CB Ronald Darby, who dislocated ankle 1st game of season, limited participant in practice for 2nd straight day Friday. Darby listed as questionable for Monday’s game (8:30 p.m.) against Redskins. Linebackers Jordan Hicks (calf), Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) also listed as questionable, but head coach Doug Pederson says both will start. RB Wendell Smallwood, who missed last 2 games with knee injury, also listed as questionable, but he’s hopeful of playing against Redskins. Safety Chris Maragos, who excels on special teams, put on injured reserve with a knee injury. He will miss the rest of the season. Right tackle Lane Johnson, who missed victory over Panthers due to concussion, full participant in practice.

3. Cowboys cruise past 49ers Ezekiel Elliott rushes for 147 yards, 2 TDs and catches 72-yard TD pass as Cowboys cruise to 40-10 victory over winless 49ers, the Eagles’ opponents next Sunday. In Sunday’s other games, Seahawks defeat Giants, 24-7; rookie safety Eddie Jackson returns fumble 75 yards for TD and returns interceptions 76 yards for TD as Bears defeat visiting Panthers, 17-3; Saints defeat Packers, 26-17, in Brett Hundley’s 1st start in place of injured QB Aaron Rodgers (collar bone); Vikings vanquish Ravens, 24-16; Steelers beat Bengals, 29-14; and Rams shut out Cardinals, 33-0, as Cardinals QB Carson Palmer suffers broken arm. In late game, Patriots defeat Falcons, 23-7, in rematch of Super Bowl LI. On Thursday, penalties allow Raiders to run 3 plays with clock expired at end of 4th quarter, scoring TD on 3rd try to defeat visiting Chiefs, 31-30.

4. Sixers blown out without Embiid With Joel Embiid sitting out to rest left knee on 2nd night of back-to-back games, Sixers suffer 128-94 loss to host Raptors. Sixers fall behind by 17 points in 1st quarter, cut deficit to 8 during 2nd quarter, but are blown out in 3rd quarter as Raptors score 40. Ben Simmons paces Sixers with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists. Jerryd Bayless chips in with 16 points. Jahlil Okafor sees 1st action this season, scoring 10 points in 22 minutes. Sixers (0-3)  return to action Monday (7 p.m.) at Detroit.

5. Simmonds boosts Flyers past Oilers Wayne Simmonds scores with 2:15 remaining to lift Flyers past visiting Oilers, 2-1. Valtteri Filppula, Jori Lehtera assist on winning goal. Simmonds, Shayne Gostisbehere assist on Claude Giroux’s power-play goal 3:36 into 1st period. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott makes 23 saves. With forward Taylor Leier (“upper body” injury joining Jordan Weal (“upper body” injury) on injured list, Matt Read sees his 1st action this season. Flyers wrap up 5-game homestand Tuesday (7 p.m.) against Ducks.

6. MacDonald to miss 4-6 weeks Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to miss 4-6 weeks with “lower body” injury, probably sustained while blocking shot during Saturday’s win over Oilers. Samuel Morin, T.J. Brennan most likely options to be called up to replace MacDonald, who has been paired with second-year defenseman Ivan Provorov. If Brandon Manning slides into lineup, Brennan most likely to be recalled as seventh defenseman. If Morin called up, he likely will be inserted into lineup.

7. Penn State mauls Michigan Second-ranked Penn State scores final 28 points to put away 19th-ranked Michigan, 42-13, in critical Big Ten game with implications for national playoff picture. QB Trace McSorley runs for 3 TDs, Saquon Barkley scores 2 rushing TDs in game’s first 5 minutes, gets another one on 42-yard pass. In today’s other games, Temple battles back from  2-touchdown deficit to take lead with 1:38 remaining, only to see Army drive 79 yards to score tying TD with 1 second remaining, then prevail, 31-28, when Owls kicker Aaron Boumheri misses 27-yard field goal; Yale scores TD with 4:11 remaining to slip past host Penn, 24-19, despite Justin Watson’s 10 receptions for 120 yards; and receiver Jamie Jarmon scores 3 TDs, including a 74-yard runs, as Delaware upsets visiting Richmond in double-overtime, 42-35, for its 3rd straight win.

8. Astros blank Yankees, will face Dodgers Charlie Morton, who made 4 starts for Phillies in 2016, hurls 5 scoreless innings, then Lance McCullers Jr. throws 4 more as Astros shut out Yankees, 4-0, in Game 7 of ALCS. Astros advance to 2nd World Series in franchise history. World Series opens Tuesday (8 p.m.) in Los Angeles. Dodgers clinch World Series berth with 11-1 victory over Cubs in Game 5, with Enrique Hernandez producing 3 homers, 7 RBI.

9. Nationals fire Baker After another early playoff exit, Nationals fire manager Dusty Baker. After losing NLCS to Dodgers, Cubs fire pitching coach Chris Bosio.

10. Union suspend Rosenberry for tweet Union suspend 2nd-year fullback Keegan Rosenberry, runner-up for MLS Rookie of Year in 2016, for season finale today (4 p.m.) against Orlando SC. Rosenberry sent tweet before last Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Chicago that showed him on bench with unhappy look on his face.

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Celtics 102, Sixers 92
(Home opener)

Flyers 2, Oilers 1
Toronto 128, Sixers 94
(home opener)
College Football
Penn St. 42, Michigan 13
Army 31, Temple 28 (OT)
Yale 24, Penn 19
Delaware 42, Richmond 35 (2 OTs)

Union 6, Orlando City SC 1
(Season finale)


Sixers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Redskins at Eagles, 8:30 p.m.

Ducks at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Rockets at Sixers, 7 p.m.

Flyers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Celtics 102, Sixers 92
(Home opener)

Flyers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sixers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
College Football
Penn St. at Ohio St., 3:30 p.m.
Penn at Brown, 12:30 p.m.
Elon at Villanova, 3:30 p.m.
Delaware at Towson, 4 p.m.

49ers at Eagles, 1 p.m.


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Fish ‘n Chips

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Carson Wentz owes Jake Elliott some money