Friday's Scores: Thunder 102, 76ers 85; #1 North Carolina 91, Temple 67; #11 Villanova 91, Fairleigh Dickinson 54; Penn 76, Robert Morris 75; St. Joe's 82, Drexel 81; USC 27, Colorado 24; Western Illinois 69, #17 Wisconsin 67; Monmouth 84, UCLA 81 (OT); Celtics 106, Hawks 93; Cavaliers 90, Knicks 84; Blue Jackets 2, Penguins 1; Islanders 4, Ducks 1
Saturday's Scores: Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT); Spurs 92, 76ers 83; South Florida 44, #22 Temple 23; Penn 35; Harvard 25; Villanova 21, Richmond 20; Slippery Rock 61, West Chester 12; Delaware Valley 20, Widener 3; Ursinus 28, Dickinson 20; La Salle 78, Towson 76; Penn State 62, VMI 50; #1 Clemson 37, Syracuse 27; #2 Alabama 31, #17 Mississippi State 6; #5 Iowa 40, Minnesota 35; #12 Oklahoma 44, #6 Baylor 34; Oregon 38, #7 Stanford 36; Arkansas 31, #9 LSU 14; Arizona 37, #10 Utah 30 (OT); #14 Michigan 48, Indiana 41 (2OT); Washington State 31, #19 UCLA 27; #24 Houston 35, #21 Memphis 34; #24 Butler 144, The Citadel 71; Radford 82, Georgetown 80 (2OT)Bucks 108, Cavaliers 105 (2OT); Warriors 107, Nets 99 (OT); Rangers 2, Senators 1 (SO); Devils 4, Penguins 0; Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 2
Sunday's Scores: Dolphins 20, Eagles 19; Penn 77, Central Connecticut State 61; St. Joe's 73, Niagara 62; Patriots 27, Giants 26; Buccaneers 10, Cowboys 6; Redskins 47, Saints 14; Jazz 97, Hawks 96; Celtics 100, Thunder 86; Kings 107, Raptors 101; Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 3
Today's Schedule: Mavericks @ 76ers - 7 PM (CSN / 97.5 The Fanatic); #6 Virginia @ George Washington - 7:30 PM (ESPN2); Red Wings @ Senators - 7:30 PM; Pacers @ Bulls - 8 PM; Texans @ Bengals - 8:30 PM (ESPN); Kennesaw State @ #21 LSU - 9 PM (ESPNU); San Diego State @ #16 Utah - 9:30 PM (ESPN2); #22 Baylor @ Oregon - 11:30 PM (ESPN2); BYU @ Long Beach State - 1:45 AM (ESPN2); Nevada @ Hawaii - 4 AM (ESPN2); Green Bay @ East Tennessee State - 6 AM (ESPN2); Stephen F. Austin @ Northern Iowa - 8 AM (ESPN2); Valparaiso @ Rhode Island - 10 AM (ESPN2)
EAGLES COLLAPSE AGAINST DOLPHINS 20-19
And then the wheels began to fall apart. First, it was a missed Caleb Sturgis field goal that might have been due to a poor snap by Jon Dorenbos. Miami responded with their second field goal of the day. On the following drive, the Eagles had to punt and did, but it hit mitts and ended up going backward because of physics. Miami scored a touchdown later to make it a 16-13 Eagles lead entering the half. If Sam Bradford is reading, that's your first half summary. More on that in a little bit.
Third quarter showed how more of a collapse. Miles Austin dropped a ball, Jason Kelce had a bad snap, and Sam Bradford got hurt. He held his arm when walking off (x-rays were negative), but the Eagles said that he suffered a concussion on that hit. Mark Sanchez came in. Ryan Tannehill then hit Jarvis Landry via a huge tip from Connor Barwin to give the Dolphins a four-point lead.
Fourth quarter hit and the Eagles almost took the lead back thanks to Zach Ertz. But an illegal shift penalty negated the score. Jordan Matthews almost got killed and Caleb Sturgis hit a field goal. The next Eagles drive had a lot of hope, and with goal to go, Sanchez threw an interception in the end zone. And Miles Austin, more on him in a little, stopped running his route. The Birds had one final drive and resulted in this: Austin didn't look for the ball, DeMarco Murray dropped a pass, Ertz couldn't hold on to a somewhat high pass, and the fourth down completion was short of the sticks. Game over. 20-19 loss. (RECAP)
Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion as well, although the biggest concern is Bradford, who suffered a Grade II AC joint sprain as well as that concussion in the third quarter. And the comment I said about the first half, well...
Also, let Miles Austin go. He sucks. I thought he'd be the team's deepest sleeper, but I'm hoping that he'll be the sleeper on his couch starting next week. Be aware of what's going on during the game!
SO MUCH FLYERS STUFF (INCLUDING A WIN)
As for the game, well, it didn't start out good. Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask gave Carolina a 2-0 lead midway through the second. From there on, it was all Flyers. Luke Schenn scored to cut the Hurricanes lead in half. Meanwhile, Radko Gudas was hitting people:
And we end with some more injury news. Ryan White, who was injured in that game, is out 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury. No recall is needed. He was injured on this play heading into the boards:
SIXERS PLAY TWO GAMES, LOSE TWO GAMES
Saturday night was a little different, as the Sixers were only down four to the Spurs, who sat Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili. But, the Spurs pulled away late to keep the Sixers winless 92-83. Rookie Jahlil Okafor scored 21 and got 12 boards, while Jerami Grant scored 12. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 and pulled 19 boards of his own, while Frenchman Tony Parker scored 16 in an emotional night of his own. And after the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said that he'd "last about a month" as the 76ers head coach, which is respectable. He also says that Brett Brown loves coaching that team. (RECAP)
The 76ers host Dallas tonight at The Center. Robert Covington could possibly return for tonight's game after missing the past two weeks with a right knee MCL sprain he re-aggravated in practice. (PREVIEW)
PHILLIES ACQUIRE PITCHER JEREMY HELLICKSON FROM DIAMONDBACKS
With Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Adam Morgan, David Buchanan, and Alec Asher as young and inexperienced starters from last season, Hellickson brings experience as well as some youth to the rotation. The Phillies selected McWilliams in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He went a combined 2-5 with a 4.19 ERA in 16 games (12 starts) the past two seasons with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies. (REPORT)
#22 TEMPLE FALLS TO SOUTH FLORIDA 44-23
For the Bulls, running back Marlon Mack went off. He rushed for 230 yards and two scores on 21 carries. QB Quinton Flowers went 15-for 22 for 230 yards and two TDs. Rodney Adams caught seven balls for 147 yards and a score.
The Owls will host #21 Memphis next Saturday at noon at the Linc in an important AAC and College Football Playoff game. The Owls will need to win in order to clinch their spot in the AAC Championship Game, and also staying alive in the chance for a New Year's Six bowl birth. (RECAP)
COLLEGE HOOPS OPENS UP
- Temple had a difficult opening game as they played top ranked North Carolina in Annapolis in the Veterans Classic and lost 91-67. Devin Coleman led all Owls with 19 points, while Kennedy Meeks scored 25 and got 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels. Temple plays Minnesota Thursday in their first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. (RECAP)
- #11 Villanova took care of Fairleigh Dickinson 91-54 at the Pavilion. All five Nova starters reached double-digits in points, including Daniel Ochefu, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Highly-touted freshman Jalen Brunson scored 12 points and also got four assists and two rebounds in his Wildcat debut. Darian Anderson scored 21 for the Knights. Nova is back in action Tuesday night against Nebraska. (RECAP)
- The first City 6 game of the season saw St. Joe's barely edge out Drexel 82-81 at Hagan Arena on Friday. St. Joe's had a 77-65 lead with 2:34 left, but the Dragons had a 13-6 run to pull within four with 18 ticks left. For the Hawks, DeAndre' Bembry led all players with 23 points, while Isaiah Miles scored 13 and got 10 rebounds. For Drexel, Tavon Allen scored 20, and Terrell Allen scored 18. Drexel opens up their home schedule Wednesday against High Point. (DREXEL RECAP) (ST. JOE'S RECAP)
- As for the Hawks, they defeated Niagara 73-62 at home Sunday in the first game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Hawks scored the first 14 points of the second half. Isaiah Miles and Aaron Brown each scored 14, while DeAndre' Bembry and freshman Pierfrancesco Oliva scored 12 each. Oliva had eight rebounds, while Bembry had seven assists. Matt Scott scored 14 for Niagara. The Hawks continue the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Wednesday at Hagan Arena against Buffalo at 7 PM. (RECAP)
- La Salle enjoyed their homecoming weekend with a tight 78-76 win over Towson on Saturday. Jordan Price led the Explorers with 27 points and six rebounds, while Johnnie Shuler contributed with 15 of his own. For the Tigers, William Adala Moto led all players with 28 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Morsell and Byron Hawkins each had 13 points. The Explorers continue their three-game home stand on Tuesday against Rider. (RECAP)
- Finally, the Penn Quakers and new head coach Steve Donahue started the season 2-0 with wins over Robert Morris and Central Connecticut State over the weekend. Against the Colonials on Friday, Sam Jones scored 21 points, while Darien Nelson-Henry scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards in the close win. Rodney Pryor scored 28 points and had eight rebounds for Robert Morris. (RECAP)
- On Sunday, the Quakers scored 48 points in the second half after being tied with the Blue Devils at the half. San Jones led Penn scorers again with 23, while Darien Nelson-Henry recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Peel had a double-double of his own for CCSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Penn will make the short trip to Dover on Tuesday as they take on Delaware State. (RECAP)