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Archive for October, 2018

First-and-10

Posted by Eric Fisher On October - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Sixers lose opener to Celtics Sixers’ season starts same way last one ended, with loss to Celtics. Joel Embiid scores 23 points and grabs 10 rebounds, but also has 5 of Sixers’ 16 turnovers during 105-87 loss to host Celtics. Ben Simmons contributes 19 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists. JJ Redick scores 16 points, but shoots just 2 for 8 from 3-point range. Markelle Fultz, who starts game, scores 5 points in 24:20. Jayson Tatum leads Celtics with 23 points. 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 tonight. Sixers to host Bulls on Thursday (8 p.m.).

2. Flyers squeak out victory Flyers blow 3-goal lead, but pull out 6-5 victory over visiting Panthers by winning in shootout. Jordan Weal, in lineup due to injuries to James van Riemsdyk and Nolan Patrick, scores during regulation and nets game-winner in shootout, which Flyers win, 2-1. Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds score 2 goals apiece. All 5 Flyers goals come during 2nd period. Head coach Dave Hakstol pulls goalie Brian Elliott in favor of Calvin Pickard after Panthers cut Flyers’ lead to 5-4 during 3rd period. Flyers (3-3) to visit Columbus on Thursday (7 p.m.).

3. Eagles dominate Giants 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. Eagles get extended break before hosting Panthers on Sun., Oct. 21 (1 p.m.).

4. Report: Peters could miss 1-2 weeks Eagles LT Jason Peters injures right biceps against Giants, but may only miss 1-2 weeks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland says Peters could play Sunday against Panthers. Peters had MRI to determine severity of injury. If he can’t play, Halapoulivaati Vaitai likely to start in Peters’ place. After facing Panthers and Jaguars (in London) next 2 weeks, Eagles have bye week, so Peters could have 3 weeks to heal. Pederson says CB Sidney Jones is “week to week” with hamstring injury. RB Jay Ajayi suffers season-ending ACL tear in left knee during Sunday’s loss to Vikings. Eagles put Ajayi on injured reserve. RB Corey Clement (quadriceps), DE Derek Barnett return to lineup Thursday against Giants. RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) misses 5th straight game. DT Haloti Ngata (calf),  safety Corey Graham (hamstring), LBs Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee) and D.J. Alexander (quadriceps) also don’t play Thursday.

5. Packers rally for victory Aaron Rodgers leads Packers to 2 scores in final 2 minutes, with Mason Crosby’s 27-yard field goal as time expires lifting host Packers to 33-30 triumph over 49ers. In Sunday’s games, Redskins score first 17 points, then hang on at end, stopping Panthers’ drive in own territory in final minute to preserve 23-17 victory, regain sole possession of 1st place in NFC East; Cowboys crush Jaguars, 40-7, to even record at 3-3; Patriots kick field goal as time expires to hand Chiefs their 1st loss of season, 43-40, despite 352 yards, 4 passing TD by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes; Steelers beat host Bengals, 28-21; Falcons hold off Bucs, 34-29; Rams slip past host Broncos, 23-20, to remain undefeated; Dolphins edge Bears in OT, 31-28; and Jets top visiting Colts, 42-34.

6. Red Sox slam Astros Jackie Bradley Jr. delivers grand slam during 5-run 8th inning to put away host Astros, 8-2, as Red Sox take 2-1 lead in ALCS. In NLCS, Dodgers host Brewers in Game 4. In Game 3, Jhoulys Chacin, bullpen limit Dodgers to 5 hits as Brewers post 4-0 shutout to take 2-1 series lead.

7. 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.

8. Nittany Lions lose on late TD 8th-ranked Penn State sees its playoff hopes almost completely disappear as Michigan State uses 25-yard TD pass with 19 seconds remaining to knock off host Nittany Lions, 21-17. Penn State suffered 1-point loss to Ohio State in its previous game. In Saturday’s other games, Anthony Russo completes 23 of 31 passes for 300 yards, including a 62-yard game-winning TD pass to Ventell Bryant (8 catches, 147 yards) with 9:14 remaining, to boost Temple past host Navy, 24-17; QB Pat Kehoe throws 3 TD passes, defense limits 5th-ranked Elon to 1 TD as host Blue Hens pull off 28-16 upset; Penn holds Columbia scoreless during first half, but needs 4-yard TD run by QB Ryan Glover in 4th quarter and interception in final minute to post 13-10 win over visiting Columbia; and James Madison shuts out Villanova, 37-0.

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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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
No games scheduled

Saturday
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

Sunday
No games scheduled

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

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

Wednesday
No games scheduled

Thursday
Flyers at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Bulls at Sixers, 8 p.m.
(home opener)

Friday
College Football
Yale at Penn, 7 p.m.

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

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

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Posted by Eric Fisher On October - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Rebounds in season opener by Ben Simmons, who also scores 19 points

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