Short-handed Sixers Fall to Knicks

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Two NBA teams got to experience a bowl game like many NCAA college football teams do on Wednesday night in Philadelphia as the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76’ers 98-91 in the “2015 Tank Bowl”.

Going into the game, the two teams were heading in opposite directions. The Knicks (7-36) ended a 16 game losing streak Monday night when they beat the New Orelans Pelicans. Up until ten days ago, the Sixers (8-34)  had won three of four games. Since then they have lost three games in a row.

Carmelo Anthony made sure the Knicks were going to win this one. He scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. His two consecutive three-pointers in the first 25 seconds of the third quarter gave the Knicks a 55-42 lead, which was the biggest lead of the game, causing Sixers coach Brown to call a timeout.

The Sixers were playing without its center Nerlen Noels, who had an upper respiratory infection, Tony Wroten, who had a right knee sprain and Luc Mbah a Moute, who had a left-knee contusion. Noel and  Mbah a Moute have played great lately, especially on the defensive end.

Jose Calderon scored 15 points and added seven assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and Logan Galloway scored 11 points for the Knicks.

Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 27 points, seven assists and five steals, Rodney Covington added 17 points, KJ McDaniels added 12 points and five rebounds and Henry Sims scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds.

Sixers forward Jerami Grant only scored four points of 27 minutes of action, but he also  became only the first rookie in the NBA to block eight shots since Larry Sanders did it for the Milwaukee Bucks in December of 2010.

The Sixers host the first place Toronto Raptors on Friday night in Philadelphia.

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Eagles Again Get Return & Defensive TD’s, Hammer Panthers

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Every football fan outside of Philadelphia continues to doubt the Eagles and still don’t consider them legitimate contenders to win a Super Bowl.

Hell, some don’t even think they will get past the Dallas Cowboys in the division.

Well, let them talk. Once again, the Eagles found a way to win, this time beating the Carolina Panthers 45-21.

The Eagles have been finding ways to win and that is what good teams do. Whether you are playing Nick Foles or Mark Sanchez, you still have to play defense and you still have to play special teams, which are the two big reasons why the Eagles are still winning. When the best running back in the NFL only gets 15 yards on 12 carries, and your team still wins by 24 points, other things are working extremely well. This is definitely happening to the Eagles.

How about nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions by the defense. The Eagles didn’t turn the ball over in his game, so they are a +5 in this game in the turnover department, a statistic the Eagles are getting very good at, as they continue to win.

Darren Sproles ran back other punt for a touchdown, this one covering 65 yards. It was his second punt return touchdown of the season.

This was an old-fashioned ass-whipping and there is no need to go over every point in this game.

The first-place Eagles, now 7-2, will get a big test this Sunday, having to travel to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to face the 6-3 Packers.

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Report: Young Cardinals Outfielder Dies In Accident

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Brian Mejia, the agent of Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, has told the St. Louis Cardinals that his client Taveras, and his girlfriend, have been killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

The 22-year-old outfielder was named the top prospect in baseball entering the 2012 MLB season and he was the top prospect in the Cardinals organization for a few years.

He was recently playing for his town in winter ball and was preparing to go to the Cardinals big league camp in January in Jupiter, Florida, where he was going to battle for the starting right-field spot with fellow prospects Randal Grichuk and Steven Piscotty.

Taveras spent six seasons in the minor leagues, hitting a combined .320 with a .376 on-base percentage, a .516 slugging percentage, 53 homers and 324 RBIs in 436 games.

The Cardinals are waiting to get full details before making an official statement to the Cardinals team and fans.

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San Francisco Pummels Monarchy, Ties Series

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The San Francisco Giants definitely played Game #4 of the MLB World Series like their backs were against the wall, and responded with an astounding 11-4 win over the Kansas City Royals Saturday night in San Francisco, to tie the series at two games apiece.

The Giants pounded out 16 hits in this revenge win. It included a big game by Hunter Pence, who had two doubles, three hits, 2 runs scored, and three rbi’s. It also included two doubles, two runs scored, and two rbi’s, for Joe Panik. Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval also added two hits.

The Royals also hit the ball well, getting 12 hits. Eric Hosmer and Sandy Perez each had three hits. One of Hosmer’s hit was a double. Lorenzo Cain had two hits.

The Royals put up a four-spot in the top of the 3rd inning. After the Giants put up one of their own in the bottom of the inning, the Royals took a 4-2 lead into the 4th inning.

However, the Giants started hammering the Royals as they used its fresh relievers, not the strong end of their pen. They scored two in the sixth, three in the seventh, and four in the eight, to make it a 11-4 game and out of reach. They got all of those runs against Jason Frasor, Danny Duffy, Brandon Finnegan and Tim Collins.

Kevin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland al still have not been scored on yet in this years playoffs.

Game #5 will be played Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. in San Francisco. The two aces face off in Game#5 James Shields (14-8 3.21 regular season/1-1 7.11 playoffs), who has struggled in the playoffs, will face Madison Bumgarner (18-10 2.98 regular season/3-1 1.40 playoffs) who has been dominant in the playoffs.

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Flyers Get First Win At Home, Beat Red Wings

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The Philadelphia Flyers got its first win of the 2014-2015 NHL season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Going into the game, the Flyers have lost all three home games to this point, one in regulation time and two in the overtime shoot-outs. The win gives the Flyers a season record of 3 wins, 3 losses and two overtime shot-out losses.

The Flyers fell behind late in the first period at 15:43, when Riley Sheahan got his stick free on a pass from Andrej Nestasil and lifted it up over Flyers goaltender Ray Emery to make a 1-0 Wings lead. It was Sheahan’s first goal of the year.

The Flyers came back in the second period when Nicklas Grossman skated from his left-point position into the front of the Wings goal, all by himself, to knock a Michael Raff pass into an empty net to make it 1-1. It was Grossman’s first goal of the year.

The two teams quickly traded goals 42 seconds apart in the third period, starting at 6:01 when Michael Raffl scored his third goal of the year, to make it 2-1. At 6:43, Pavel Datsyuk finally scored his first goal of the season, to tie the game at 2-2.

The game was tied at 2-2 at this point, but only because of how well Flyers goalie Ray Emery was playing. He ended up making 35 saves on 37 shots and there would be some good saves after Datsyuk tied the game, but the ones he made just to keep the game tied to this point were very good. He allowed the Flyers to stay in the game, then eventually go ahead.

The Flyers indeed did just that when Brayden Schenn scored his second goal of the season, on the power-play at 11:05 to give the Flyers the 3-2 lead. Schenn’s power-play goal was the first power-play goal the Red Wings have given up all season, in 29 attempts.

Michael Raffl scored his second goal of the game, a back-hander from center-ice into an empty net gave the Flyers a 4-2 win.

The Flyers face many former teammates Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center when the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings come to town.

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Royals Hold On For Game 3 Win, Now up 2-1

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The Kansas City Royals bullpen continued its playoff dominance, shutting out the Giants in the last three innings to win Game #3 in the MLB World Series 3-2, to go up 2-1 in this best-of-seven series.

After Jeremy Guthrie, who had a shutout through five innings, was taken out after allowing two Giants hitters to reach base in the bottom of the 6th inning. Those two inherited runners scored on Kelvim Herrera, but that would be all the bullpen would give up. What is so significant about this? The four relief pitchers that pitched after Jeremy Guthrie- Herrera, Finnegan, Wade Davis, and closer Greg Holland all have an ERA of 0.00 in the playoffs. Not one of those four relievers have given up an earned run. Tonight, Herrera pitched 1 1/3 innings, Finnegan pitched 2/3 innings and both Davis and Holland pitched one inning a piece, all of them scoreless. Guthrie gave up four hits and two earned runs in those five innings. He did not walk, or strike out, a batter. He got the win in this game.

For Finnegan, pitching in the World Series has put him in the history books. The 21-year-old Texas Christian University (TCU) alum is the first pitcher in MLB history to pitch in both the college World Series and the MLB World Series in the same year.

The Royals jumped out early in this game. With the very first pitch of the game, shortstop Alcides Escobar doubled off the left-field fence for a double. Alex Gordon, who was moved to the 2-hole, instead of batting sixth like he usually does, singled up the middle, to give the Royals the 1-0 lead.

The Royals put more runs on the board in the 6th inning. Escobar led off with a single. Gordon doubled to score Escobar to make it 2-0. Two outs later, Eric Hosmer singled up the middle to score Gordon and make it 3-0 Royals.

The Giants made it close, scoring twice in the bottom of the 6th. Brandon Crawford singled to start the rally. Michael Morse then doubled into the left-field corner to score Crawford and made it 3-1. With one out, Buster Posey grounded out to second, scoring Morse and making it 3-2.

That would be all the scoring in this game.

Tim Hudson took the loss for the Giants, pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs while walking one and striking out two.

This win bodes well for the Royals. In the last 55 World Series that were tied 1-1 after two games, the team that won Game #3 went on win the World Series 37 of those times, or 67% of the time.

Game #4 will be played in San Francisco on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Kansas City will send out lefty Jason Vargas (11-10 3.71 regular season/1-0 2.38 playoffs) to face the Giants Ryan Vogelsong (8-13 4.00 regular season/0-0 5.19 playoffs).

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Royals Come Back, Win Game 2

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Those fans who thought once the Royals winning streak was over, they would not beat the Giants again have been disappointed as the Kansas City Royals hammered the San Francisco Giants 7-3 to tie the best-of-seven World Series at one game apiece. The series now moves back to San Francisco.

Tied at 2-2 entering the bottom of the 6th inning, the Royals got busy, putting up a five-spot to basically put the game out of reach as the Royals went up 7-2. Neither team would score again after that.

Omar Infante came up with the big blow in the 6th inning when with one out, Infante hit a two-run home run to cap off the big inning and make it a 7-2 lead.

It looked as if the Giants would rout the Royals again, as Gregor Blanco lead off the game with a home-run off of Yordano Ventura, who then got into a rhythm going 5 1/3 innings while giving up 8 hits, two earned runs while striking out two and walking none.

Kelvin Herrera got the win for the Royals, pitching 1 2/3 innings, giving up two walks and striking out one.

Starter Jake Peavy, who was pitching well until he got into the 6th inning, took the loss for the Giants. He pitched 5 innings, giving up six hits, four earned runs, and walking two, while striking out one.

Game #3 will be played in San Francisco at 8:00 p.m. Jeremy Guthrie 13-11 4.13 in regular season) will pitch against the Giants’ Tim Hudson (9-13 3.57).

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