Because Mad Men Doesn't Start Till 9:00: Sixers-Spurs in San Antone

Because Mad Men Doesn't Start Till 9:00: Sixers-Spurs in San Antone

Not to get all sentimental or anything, but can you believe this is
really the last game against a Western Conference opponent that the
Philadelphia 76ers will play all season? As a result of the
lockout-shortened schedule, inter-conference games have been greatly
reduced this year, and so after the Sixers head to San Antonio tonight,
they'll be sticking in the East for the rest of the season. Crazy,
right? Feels like just yesterday we were touring the West for our
season-opening five-game swing, doesn't it?

Anyway, the Sixers' farewell to the Mountain and Pacific time zones
comes with one of the conference's toughest matchups—the San Antonio
Spurs, 19-4 at home for the season. As they were last year and just
about every year in memory before that, the Spurs are again one of the
NBA's best squads this season, weathering age and injury, quietly
retooling and winning the same way they always have—inexplicably, and
repeatedly. Sixers fans will no doubt remember that they've already met
with the Sixers once this season, beating the Ballers in Philly back in
February behind an incredible 37 points and eight assists from Tony
Parker, including a perfect 13-13 from the line.

So, do the Sixers stand a chance the second time around, this time in
the Lone Star State? Well, the Sixers do have the advantage of catching
the Spurs in the third game of a back-to-back-to-back, and coach Gregg
Popovich has never been shy about either yanking veteran starters early
or just not starting them at all in such games—and, indeed, it's been
reported that Hall-of-Fame power forward Tim Duncan might be sitting
this one out, along with injured reserves Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter.
That certainly improves our chances, though if Jrue Holiday and company
can't contain Tony Parker this time around, it won't matter all that
much.

7:00 tip from the AT&T Center. You guys know that Mad Men is over two hours tonight? We might already be into the 1970s by the time this thing is done.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

BOX SCORE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.