Against the Steelers, the 7-0 Eagles were better than ever, avoiding the second-half slump that had plagued them in previous games.
The Phillies, meanwhile, had a day off to reflect that a shared result was still a winning spot, especially with the World Series returning to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.
Union then said goodbye to their loyal fans in style at Subaru Park during the Eastern Conference Finals. The team went unbeaten all season and in the playoffs at their home turf and now plays LAFC in Los Angeles for the MLS Cup championship.
All in all a perfect sports Sunday for Philly fans. And hopefully there will be even more sporting luck in the coming week.
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Entering Game 3 of the World Series in a noisy CItizens Bank Park, here we are:
Aces Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler appear gassed after giving up 10 runs in their first two games against the Houston Astros. Noah Syndergaard will be on the mound Monday night, with Nola and Wheeler not leaving the scene until Wednesday at the earliest.
Only one thing helps: switch on the power. The Phillies rallied hitters Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and JT Realmuto so they could weave past any flaws.
Scott Lauber writes that if the Phillies are to win this stalled World Series, they need to ride their big hitters.
It would also help if they got a clutch start from Syndergaard, who will face Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. in Game 3.
Wheeler didn’t have his best stuff in Game 2, but the Phillies are still confident in their two aces.
Some light rain could disrupt fans and players at Citizens Bank Park, but forecasters say teams should be able to play without a break.
Next: The Astros visit the Phillies in Game 3 of the World Series Monday at 8:03 p.m. (Fox29).
Now they are 7-0. Wide receiver AJ Brown had six catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns on a career day for Jalen Hurts as the Eagles dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-13. Hurts finished 285 yards 19-for-28 and had career-highs with four touchdown passes and a 140.6 quarterback rating.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to recall any doubts we had about Hurts going into the season, writes Mike Sielski.
Brown revealed that whenever he had a 100-yard receiving game, he taped a $100 bill to the back of his shoulder pads. Thursday night he has $600 under his jersey.
Perhaps the only downside to this convincing Eagles win was that rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis went down with a high ankle sprain.
Next: The Eagles visit the Houston Texans Thursday at 8:15 p.m. (Amazon Prime Video).
Vengeance is ours, the Union said, emphatically beating NYCFC, the team that denied them an MLS Cup shot last season.
The final of the MLS Cup will be held in Los Angeles. LAFC made sure of that with a resounding 3-0 win over Austin FC in the Western Conference Finals.
The Union, for its part, made sure they would be there too.
All season, LAFC and Union have stood out as top teams in MLS, despite the other 26 teams in the league. Now they are fighting for the official championship title in the final.
Next: Union plays LAFC in the MLS Cup final on Saturday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m. in Los Angeles
After a rough start to the 2022-23 season, the Sixers, sitting at 3-4, finally have the semblance of a winning streak. It’s been an interesting week for Inquirer beat writer Gina Mizell, who brought the best goodies from the locker inside for Sixers fans – and will continue to do so for the rest of the season.
As the tide turned slightly, new storylines and experiences emerged in Toronto and Chicago, as Doc Rivers had Hurry Reconnecting with Juancho Hernangomez, Tyrese Maxey asked for a stat sheet after his 44-point breakout in Toronto and James Harden lamented his 33-year quest for a six-pack. We’ve got that and more when we get you into the Sixers.
Next: The Sixers travel to the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. Monday, completing a four-game road trip (NBCSP).
Saturday marked the final game of the first month of the John Tortorella era in Philadelphia. While the new coach and the Flyers will be pretty happy with the team’s 5-2-1 record, October certainly had its fair share of ups and downs.
Giana Han sums up both the good and bad of the team’s “roller coaster” inaugural month.
Next: The Flyers headed Tuesday to face off against the Metropolitan’s rivals, the New York Rangers, at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m., NBCSP).
Yes, more than a few Phillies fans remember October 31, 2008 and can pinpoint where they were at the last Phillies Championship Celebration Parade.
We’ve compiled today’s newsletter with stories from EJ Smith, Josh Tolentino, Jeff McLane, Keith Pompey, Scott Lauber, Giana Han, Matt Breen, David Murphy, Mike Jensen, Jonathan Tannenwald and Anthony R. Wood.