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Completions this season by Carson Wentz and Eli Manning

The Greek God of Wrestling discusses the difficulty tag teams have in making the transition from NXT to WWE. Achilles Heel also reveals new matches for SummerSlam, tells you about the opportunity for a Delaware Valley wrestling doubleheader on Saturday, and suggests that GFW is targeting a specific ethnic group.

The Flyers 50th anniversary season is the franchise’s first without founding father Ed Snider. Without Snider’s passion and commitment to excellence, will the long-term direction of the franchise be affected?

Mark Sanchez passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns Monday night as the Eagles dominated the visiting Panthers in all facets of the game en route to a 45-21 victory that was more lopsided than the final score indicates.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Eagles try to bury Giants Eagles (1-1) try to keep Giants (0-2) winless when they host them Sunday (1 p.m.). In previous game, Eagles put late scare into Chiefs, but final pass to end zone incomplete as time expires, allowing Chiefs to hang on for 27-20 victory. Eagles score on TD pass from Carson Wentz to Nelson Agholor with 8 seconds remaining, then Trey Burton recovers onside kick to set up final-play drama. Eagles tie game, 13-13, on Jake Elliott’s 40-yard field goal with 11:57 remaining in 4th quarter, but Chiefs respond with 2 straight TDs to take what appears to be commanding lead. Wentz completes 25 of 46 passes for 333 yards and 2 TDs, but interception by DE Chris Jones off deflected pass to set up go-ahead TD. Alshon Jeffery catches 7 passes for 92 yards, TD. Eagles only run ball 13 times.

2. Embiid not ready to play With Sixers training camp opening Tuesday and regular season less than month away, center Joel Embiid has not yet been cleared to play in 5-on-5 situations. Embiid had surgery in March to repair torn meniscus, ending a season in which he finally got on court after sitting out first 2 seasons of his career, but he only played 31 games. First preseason game is Oct. 4. Regular-season opener is Oct. 18. Embiid entering final year of rookie contract. Deadline for agreement on extension is Oct. 16. GM Bryan Colangelo says doesn’t appear there will be restrictions on Ben Simmons’ minutes.

3. Chance for a change Chance Warmack, inactive for first 2 games, practices with 1st team Wednesday. Despite head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich saying it’s not time to panic or to make a chance, Warmack could replace Isaac Seumalo at left guard for Sunday’s game against Giants.

4. Eagles sign safety With CB Jaylen Watkins, safeties Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham sitting out Wednesday’s practice with hamstring injuries, Eagles claim safety Trae Elston off waivers from Bills, who released him Tuesday. All 3 sit out Thursday’s practice as well. McLeod, Graham left Sunday’s loss to Chiefs due to hamstring injuries. Eagles also missing CB Ronald Darby (dislocated ankle). DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) also doesn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday. CBs Rasul Douglas, Dexter McDougle moved into lineup Sunday during 27-20 loss to Chiefs after being inactive during season-opening 30-17 victory over Redskins.

5. Phillies unable to complete sweep Dodgers score 2 runs in 7th inning to edge host Phillies, 5-4, avoid sweep of 4-game series by Phillies, who compile 7-3 record during homestand. Phillies build 4-2 lead on 2-run homer by Nick Williams, 2-run double by Rhys Hoskins. Mark Leiter Jr. allows 3 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings. Ricardo Pinto gives up 2 runs in 1/3 inning, takes the loss. Phillies produce 7 hits, including 3 by Cesar Hernandez, 2 by Freddy Galvis. Ben Lively starts tonight (7:30 p.m.) in Atlanta as Phillies begin their final road series of season.

6. Bulls overwhelm Owls 21st-ranked South Florida trounces visiting Temple, 43-7, in Owls’ American Athletic Conference opener. On Saturday, 4th-ranked Penn State opens its Big 10 schedule at Iowa (7:30 p.m.), Penn travels to Lehigh (12:30 p.m.) and Villanova visits Albany (6 p.m.).

7. Power outage for Flyers in OT loss Flyers go 0 for 9 on power play during 2-1 overtime loss to host Bruins. Defenseman Travis Sanheim scores Flyers’ lone goal in 3rd period to give Flyers 1-0 lead, but Bruins tie score less than 2 minutes later, then Kenny Agostino scores with 1:40 left in overtime to boost Bruins to victory. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott holds Bruins scoreless for 2 periods.  Flyers send 18 players to juniors or Phantoms, including 2016 1st-round pick German Rubtsov (center, juniors), 2016 2nd-round pick  Carter Hart (goalie, juniors) defenseman Philippe Myers (Phantoms). GM Ron Hextall confirms former Flyers executive and Kings GM has rejoined Flyers’ front office.

8. Rams fend off 49ers Rams withstand rally from host 49ers, hang on for 41-39 victory. In Sunday’s games, Texans visit Patriots (1 p.m.), Seahawks visit Titans (4 p.m.), and Raiders visit Redskins (8:30 p.m.). On Monday (8:30 p.m.), Cowboys visit Cardinals.

9. Desperate Union host Fire Union (8-12-9), winless in last 5 games, hosts Chicago on Saturday (7 p.m.). Union,  9 points out of final playoff position in Eastern Conference, need to win their remaining 5 games to have chance to make playoffs.

10. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan dies at 72 Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, considered by many to be greatest manager in professional wrestling history, dies at age 72 after more than a decade of health problems. Heenan made the transition from managing to broadcasting, where he also was considered one of the best, if not the best, heel commentator in wrestling history. Heenan was particularly effective as the broadcast partner of the late Gorilla Monsoon, with whom he had amazing chemistry.

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LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Phillies 4, Dodgers 3

Tuesday
Phillies 6, Dodgers 2

Wednesday
Phillies 7, Dodgers 5
Flyers 3, Islanders 2 (OT)
(split squad, preseason)
(at PPL Center)
Islanders 3, Flyers 2
(split squad, preseason)

Thursday
Dodgers 5, Phillies 4
Bruins 2, Flyers 1 (OT)
(preseason)
College Football
S.Florida 43, Temple 7

Friday
Phillies at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
Phillies at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago at Union, 7 p.m.
College Football
Penn State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
Penn at Lehigh, 12:30 p.m.
Villanova at Albany, 7 p.m.

Sunday
Giants at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Phillies at Braves, 1:30 p.m.

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R.I.P. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan