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Brett Brown announces starting lineup for preseason opener


By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor  

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown sat down for an interview with Mike Missanelli on Friday, four days ahead of their preseason opener against the Celtics on October 4 at the University of Massachusetts. Brown revealed his starting lineup for the game.

Here's what it looks like: Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

This announcement came prior to the team finding out the Ben Simmons suffered a fracture in his right foot after rolling his ankle on the final day of camp.

Obviously the eye-opener here is that Joel Embiid is in the lineup. While many fans have him as the opening night starter at center, his absence from five-on-five basketball since March 1, 2014 has had the Sixers playing it safe, with expected minute restrictions and not playing back-to-backs. Tuesday will not be any different.

“I’m going with him in like 4 minute bursts,” Brown said when talking about how he plans on handling Embiid’s minutes. “So much of it is ‘I want you to push yourself to the absolute max, how can I get the best of you for short durations and grow your fitness base?’

“I think that I’m at a stage where I can get 4, maybe 5 but definitely 4, minutes where he just flies up and down the court and is going 100%, offensively and defensively,” Brown said when talking about Embiid’s conditioning. “Then at that point you can just see it. There’s a fatigue factor, an unfamiliarity with the speed of the game that creeps in quite quickly. So 4 minute bursts is sort of the fence that I’ve put him in right now.” [Philly Mag]

With Embiid starting, the Sixers have two young, capable big men coming off the bench in Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor while Sergio Rodriguez is likely to lead the second unit off the bench. With Ben Simmons' injury, Dario Saric could end up starting in his place on Tuesday.

Ben Simmons suffers fracture in right foot


By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor  

During the final day of Philadelphia 76ers training camp, No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons rolled his ankle and was sent to get precautionary x-rays. The results came back, and according to Brian Seltzer of, Simmons suffered a fracture in his right foot.

After receiving an X-ray and MRI of the foot and ankle, the images were reviewed by Sixers Head Physician Dr. Christopher Dodson and Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jonathan Glashow. 

It was determined that Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. 

Further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered at this time and additional updates will be provided when appropriate. 

While no recovery time has been announced, lists other NBA players that have suffered the injury, including Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol and Brook Lopez. With the way Philadelphia handled the Noel and Embiid injuries, expect them to approach this one with caution since the fifth metatarsal is a high-stress area with likelihood of surgery and/or re-injury. 

In six Summer League games for Philadelphia, Simmons averaged 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

Flyers Waive 5 Players for Assignment to Phantoms


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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The roster continues to dwindle down as the Flyers made more moves ahead of Saturday's preseason game against the Boston Bruins.

Five players were placed on waivers for purpose of being assigned to the AHL. Forwards Petr Straka, Andy Miele, Chris Conner, Greg Carey and defenseman T.J. Brennan were all placed on waivers on Friday. Once their move to the AHL is complete on Saturday at noon, there will be 34 players left on the training camp roster.

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Time of Possession Aiding Eagles Early Success

By Dan Ketler, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Although the Philadelphia Eagles are harboring the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month, Carson Wentz, as well as the NFC’s Defensive Player of the month, Fletcher Cox, there’s one other thing which has been a recurring aid in the Eagles recent success.

The Eagles currently rank first in the NFL in average time of possession through three weeks of play.

For some Eagles fans, it may feel like we're in the twilight zone. After a 2015 season plagued with inconsistencies and questionable coaching decisions, it seems Philadelphia has finally found a good balance of simplicity and unpredictability with Doug Pederson in charge.

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Team Canada Wins 2016 World Cup of Hockey

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Three minutes separated Team Europe from a deciding Game 3 in the World Cup of Hockey Final. Then Team Canada's juggernaut put an end to any magic Europe had left.

A power-play goal by Patrice Bergeron evened the score with 2:53 remaining in regulation before a shorthanded goal by Brad Marchand with 44 seconds left put Canada in front as they claimed the 2016 World Cup of Hockey title with a 2-1 win on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Carson Wentz and the Rookie Record Book

By Ryan Shute, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

If you are browsing through the Eagles record book during this bye week to pass some time, you will read that Carson Wentz is already in the Top 5 in all rookie passing categories. When you look at some the numbers closely, Wentz is easily projected to shatter each and every one of the rookie records and be the greatest Eagles rookie quarterback of all-time.

Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game regular season, the Eagles have never had a rookie quarterback play all 16 games, making Wentz’s projections unprecedented.

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Looking Ahead at the Eagles Post-Bye Week Schedule

By Paul Macrie, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Now that the dust begins to settle after a 3-0 start the season and with the bye week underway, it is time to look ahead as the Eagles schedule gets increasingly difficult.

Any given Sunday in the NFL can prove to be a battle, but some opponents are simply more talented than others. During the remainder of the season, Philadelphia's schedule will be arduous to navigate. 

After last Sunday's win against the Steelers, the Eagles have proven they can beat anyone in the league on a week-to-week basis. Pittsburgh remains one of the top teams in the NFL, and get one of its best weapons back this week in Le'Veon Bell after he served his three-game suspension.

Despite what the Eagles have proven so far this season, they do play four of their next five games on the road after this week's bye. That is always a grueling task to deal with.

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Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson and the Importance of Turnovers

By Tucker Bagley, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

A lot of praise has been heaped on to the Eagles after three games. Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson have grabbed the headlines with their performances, while Jim Schwartz's defense has dominated the opposition and captured the hearts of the entire fanbase.

But one thing hasn't garnered the attention it deserved. Through three games, the Eagles offense has yet to turn the ball over.

That would be impressive with any quarterback lining up under center, but with Wentz, a rookie, it's nothing short of incredible.

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