Barry Ashbee Awards won by Kimmo Timonen as Flyers’ top defenseman

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Fred Shero being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the importance of the Eagles-Redskins game and Jimmie Johnson’s success.

The Greek god of wrestling takes some precious time from his travels in Europe to preview CHIKARA’s first event in nearly a year. Achilles Heel also runs down the announced matches for WWE’s Payback, tells you where in Philly you can see Chris Jericho next weekend and recommends a 1996 Spectrum pay-per-view that can be found on WWE Network.

WrestleMania XXX and the next night’s RAW signaled a changing of the guard in WWE, with fresh faces being introduced and moving to the forefront of WWE. Achilles Heel also reflects on WrestleMania XXX and the Hall of Fame ceremony and offers condolence to family and friends of the Ultimate Warrior.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Timonen: Comeback chances ‘really slim’ Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen admits chances of his playing again are “really slim.” Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and right leg in early August. He is on blood-thinning medication. Timonen won’t be able to play while taking blood-thinners, which he will definitely still be taking rest of 2014, and until blood clots disappear.

2. Eagles ready for Jackson, Redskins Eagles try for third straight victory Sunday (1 p.m.) when they host Redskins. Former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson “day to day” with sprained AC joint in left shoulder. Kirk Cousins to start at QB for Redskins instead of Robert Griffin III (dislocated left ankle). On Monday, Eagles overcome big halftime deficit for 2nd straight week, defeating host Colts, 30-27, on Cody Parkey’s 36-yard field goal as time expires. Parkey was traded by Colts to Eagles during preseason. One week after overcoming 17-0 halftime deficit against Jaguars, Eagles rally from 17-6 halftime deficit against Colts. Eagles score 24 points during final 19:32. LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles rush for TDs during third quarter to even score. Colts regain lead in 4th quarter, but 51-yard screen pass to Sproles sets up Jeremy Maclin’s game-tying TD reception with 3:25 remaining in regulation. Sproles catches 7 passes for 152 yards. Foles completes 21 of 37 passes for 331 yards, TD, INT.

3. Kendricks unlikely to play Eagles head coach Chip Kelly says it’s doubtful LB Mychal Kendricks, who did not practice Wednesday and Thursday due to calf injury, will be able to play Sunday, although he didn’t rule it out. Kendricks left Monday’s 30-27 win over Colts with injury. Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho are potential replacements. First-round pick Marcus Smith also working at inside linebacker. CB Cary Williams (hamstring) limited in practice Wednesday. Offensive lineman Matt Tobin (ankle) was full participant in practice. Receiver Josh Huff (shoulder) was a limited participant.

4. Flyers camp opens today Flyers begin training camp today at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. Rookie training camp ended Tuesday with 3-0 victory over Capitals’ rookies. Petr Straka, 2014 second-round draft pick Nicolas Aube-Kubel score 45 seconds apart late in second period. Center Kevin Goumas adds empty-net goal. Goalies Anthony Stolarz, playing his first game since hip surgery, and Martin Ouellette combine for shutout. 2013 1st-round pick Samuel Morin physical presence, including winning fight.

5. Padres finish off Phillies Light-hitting Padres generate 12 hits, including 2 homers, during 7-3 victory over visiting Phillies. Padres win 3 games in 4-game series. Phillies get 11 hits, but only produce one run until pushing 2 across in 9th. Ben Revere has 3 hits. David Buchanan starts tonight (9:30 p.m.) as Phillies continue West Coast portion of final road trip of season in Oakland.

6. Sproles tops in NFC Eagles RB Darren Sproles named NFC Offensive Player of Week. Sproles had 7 receptions for 152 yards, including 51-yard screen pass to set up tying TD and another big catch to help set up winning field goal. Sproles also carried ball 4 times for 26 yards.

7. Super Bowl rematch Seahawks host Broncos on Sunday (4:25 p.m.) in rematch of last season’s Super Bowl. Other games Sunday include Packers at Lions (1 p.m.), Texans at Giants (1 p.m.), Cowboys at Rams (1 p.m.), and 49ers at Cardinals (4 p.m.). On Thursday, Falcons score game’s first 56 points while flattening visiting Bucs, 56-14. (For complete schedule and results, please click on “NFL” in standings sections on lower right side of page.)

8. Quakers kick off season Penn opens season Saturday (1 p.m.) at Jacksonville. In other games Saturday, Villanova hosts James Madison (12:30 p.m.), Temple hosts Delaware St. (1 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field, and Penn State hosts UMass (4 p.m.).

9. Angels clinch AL West title Angels clinch AL West title. Nationals (NL East), Orioles (AL East) also have clinched division crowns.

10. Sounders top Union Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins score in overtime to lift Seattle Sounders past host Union, 3-1, to win their fourth U.S. Open Cup. Union’s Maurice Edu open scoring in 38th minute of first half, but Sounders tie game 2 minutes into 2nd half. Martins assists on Dempsey’s goal. Union (9-9-10), tied with Columbus for final playoff spot in Eastern Conference, host Houston on Saturday (7 p.m.).

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Eagles 30, Colts 27
Padres 1, Phillies 0

Padres 5, Phillies 4
U.S. Open Cup
Seattle 3, Union 1

Phillies 5, San Diego 2

Padres 7, Phillies 3

Phillies at Oakland, 9:30 p.m.

Phillies at Oakland, 4 p.m.
Houston at Union, 7 p.m.
College Football
Delaware St. at Temple, 1 p.m.
UMass at Penn St., 4 p.m.
J.Madison at Villanova, 12:30 p.m.
Penn at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Phillies at Oakland, 4 p.m.


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Will the Eagles win the division? Win a playoff game? Miss the playoffs? Predict their record and let everyone know why you feel that way.

Phillies Notebook

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Which players can the Eagles least afford to lose this season? We present our Top 10 list of the most indispensable Eagles.

Heel Turns: Champions take center stage

September - 18 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek god of wrestling previews WWE’s Night of Champions. Achilles Heel also highlights some interesting first-round matchups for CHIKARA’s King of Trios, tells us of a big match for the final night of TNA’s Bethlehem tapings and tells you how to get a tryout with Ring of Honor.

Fantasy Fisching: Injuries take their toll

September - 17 - 2014 Reporter: Jacob Fischer Respond

Injuries to key players took their toll on fantasy teams in Week 2. Jacob Fischer offers advice regarding injured players, lists some monster performances by big-name players and players who fly under the radar, and offers advice for Week 3 lineups.

Putting it on the Line

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

This week Eric Fisher sets his sights on teams he feels are overrated by the betting public. He feels a few of the betting lines have shifted too much because surprising 2-0 teams such as the Bills and Texans are overrated. For his complete picks for Week 3, please click on the headline.

Eagles save best for last

September - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Gordon Glantz Respond

Darren Sproles leads the way as the Eagles overcome another double-digit halftime deficit with a big second-half comeback, this time scoring 24 of the games final 31 points as they defeat the host Colts, 30-27, to improve to 2-0 this season.

Heel Turns: WWE follows familiar strategy

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek god of wrestling explains the how WWE’s strategy for increasing international demand for its programming is similar to the strategy it used during the 1980s while expanding its national profile. Achilles Heel also offers his impressions from NXT’s Takeover, informs us of two terrific matches added to Night of Champions and reveals the matchups for CHIKARA’s King of Trios.

Eagles-Colts preview: Do you feel Luck-y, punk?

September - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Containing quarterback Andrew Luck will be the Eagles’ primary concern Monday night (8:30 p.m.) when they face the host Colts, who lost their season opener to the Broncos. We provide 10 questions to consider for Monday night’s game.

Get pumped for Eagles season!