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Goals in Flyers’ last 2 preseason games for defenseman Travis Sanheim

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The Eagles trade receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby, who is entering his third NFL season. Receiver and cornerback were two of the Eagles’ weakest positions last season.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Elliott saves Eagles Rookie kicker Jake Elliott, signed after Caleb Sturgis injured in season opener, drills franchise-record 61-yard field goal as time expires to save Eagles from embarrassing loss to winless Giants, 27-24. Elliott makes 46-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining to tie score after Giants regain lead. Eagles hold 14-point lead entering 4th quarter, but Giants, who only scored 13 points in first 2 games, score 21 unanswered points in 5:27 span to take 21-14 lead. Corey Clement ties score with 15-yard TD run, but Giants move back ahead on 40-yard field goal with 3:08 remaining.

2. Sproles out rest of season Darren Sproles to miss rest of season after breaking right forearm, tearing ACL on same 2nd-quarter play Sunday during 27-24 victory over Giants. Sproles, 34, ranks 8th on all-time all-purpose yardage list with 19,155. Sproles spoke about retiring after this season, so his career could be over. Torrey Smith handled punts Sunday after Sproles’ injury. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says DT Fletcher Cox (calf), LB Jordan Hicks (ankle) day-to-day.

3. Sixers sign pair as camp opens With training camp opening Tuesday, Sixers sign veteran forward Kris Humphries and veteran center Emeka Okafor, who hasn’t played NBA game in last 4 seasons. With 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.

4. Pederson undecided at guard After rotating Stefen Wisniewski, Chance Warmack at guard during 27-24 victory over Giants, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says he’s undecided on who will start Sunday at Chargers. Warmack, inactive for first 2 games, starts at left guard in place of Isaac Seumalo, but Wisniewski plays majority of snaps. Safeties Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, CB/safety Jaylen Watkins in active for Giants game. CB Ronald Darby (dislocated ankle). DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist), DE Steven Means, WR Shelton Gibson also inactive for Giants game.

5. Cowboys defeat Cardinals Cowboys bounce back from loss to Broncos with 28-17 victory over host Cardinals on Monday night. In Sunday’s games, Kirk Cousins throws 3 TD passes as Redskins rip Raiders, 27-10; Tom Brady connects with Brandin Cooks on 25-yard TD with 23 seconds remaining to lift host Patriots past Texans, 36-33; Bears upset visiting Steelers in overtime, 23-17; Bills beat Broncos, 26-16; Falcons slip past Lions, 30-26; Vikings double up Bucs, 34-17; Packers rally from 14-point deficit to defeat winless Bengals, 27-24; Titans top Seahawks, 33-27; and Jaguars obliterate Ravens, 44-7, in London. On Monday (8:30 p.m.), Cowboys visit Cardinals. On Thursday, Rams withstand rally from host 49ers, hang on for 41-39 victory.

6. Politics invades sports With Warriors mulling decision over whether to attend White House ceremony, President Trump withdraws invitation. Trump also says NFL owners should fire or suspend players who kneel during national anthem. Some NFL teams lock arms in solidarity during anthem Sunday. Several teams remain in locker room.

7. Nationals beat Phillies Aaron Nola, making what is likely his final start of season, allows 2 runs in 6 innings, but Phillies fall to visiting Nationals, 3-1. Phillies’ lone run comes on Odubel Herrera’s 4th-inning home run. Phillies manage just 6 hits, 2 by Herrera. Jake Thompson starts Tuesday (7 p.m.) as Phillies continue series with Nationals.

8. Sanheim scores twice in Flyers defeat Defenseman Travis Sanheim adds to his push for making the final roster by scoring twice, but Flyers lose to host Rangers, 3-2, in overtime in preseason game. Sanheim, who scored lone goal in 2-1 overtime loss to Bruins in previous game, scores 5:39 into 1st period to tie score, 1-1, then scores with 4 seconds remaining in 2nd period to put Flyers ahead, 2-1. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh scores with 1:09 remaining in overtime. Flyers host Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m.) in 2nd half of home-and-home series.

9. Nittany Lions escape with victory Trace McSorley connects with Juwan Johnson for 7-yard TD pass as time expires to lift 4th-ranked Penn State to 21-19 triumph over host Iowa, which has history of knocking off Top 10 teams, including Penn State in 2008, at home stadium. Hawkeyes scores with 1:42 remaining to take lead despite being outgained badly, 579-273, by Nittany Lions (4-0). Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley rushes for career-high 211 yards, gains 94 yards in receiving. In other local games, Karekin Brooks rushes for 268 yards, TD and throws TD as Penn outscores host Lehigh, 65-47, and Villanova ties game on final play of regulation, but gets stuffed on 1-yard line in overtime during 19-10 loss to host Albany. On Thursday, 21st-ranked South Florida trounces visiting Temple, 43-7, in Owls’ American Athletic Conference opener.

10. Pontius boosts Union host Fire Chris Pontius, who led Union in scoring last season, scores his first 2 goals this season to boost Union past visiting Chicago, 3-1.  Union (9-12-9) break 6-game winless streak. C.J. Sapong scores his team-leading 14th goal this season, tying franchise single-season record. Union (8-12-9), who move within 6 points out of final playoff position in Eastern Conference, need to win at least 3 of their remaining 4 games to have chance to make playoffs. Union, who have only 1 road win this season, visit Atlanta on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Atlanta 7, Phillies 2

Saturday
Braves 4, Phillies 2
Union 3, Chicago 1
College Football
Penn State 21, Iowa 19
Penn 65, Lehigh 47
Albany 19, Villanova 10 (OT)

Sunday
Eagles 27, Giants 24
Phillies 2, Braves 0

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Nationals 3, Phillies 1
Rangers 3, Flyers 2 (OT)
(preseason)

Tuesday
Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m.
(preseason)

Wednesday
Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Union at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m.
(preseason)

Friday
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m.
College Football
Dartmouth at Penn, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m.
College Football
Houston at Temple, noon
Indiana at Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
J.Madison at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.
Villanova at Towson, 6 p.m.

Sunday
Eagles at Chargers, 4  p.m.
Mets at Phillies, 3 p.m.
(season finale)
Islanders at Flyers, 5 p.m.
(preseason finale)
Seattle at Union, 1 p.m.
Apache Warrior 400, 1 p.m.
(at Dover International Speedway)

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