Homesick Already? Andre Iguodala Returns to Philly in Sixers Opener vs. Nuggets

Homesick Already? Andre Iguodala Returns to Philly in Sixers Opener vs. Nuggets

Man, it feels like it's been a hundred games since Andre Iguodala last
set foot on the floor at the Wells Fargo Center, but in fact, it's been 0
games—the ink probably isn't even dry on Dre's new lease agreement in
Denver and already, he's gotta come back to city where he balled for the
last eight seasons to announce his presence with authority once more.
Course, this time, he'll be wearing yellow, white and light-blue rather
than red, white and regular-blue—love those unis—as a member of the
Denver Nuggets, in his first professional basketball game for a team
besides the 76ers.

Of course, this wasn't supposed to be the
headline for tonight's game. The headline for tonight's game was
supposed to be the debut of our own big-ticket acquisition, and the guy
we shipped Andre out of town to bring in, one Andrew Bynum.

No,
you probably won't see Andrew tonight, or any other time in the
immediate future, unless you happen to bump into him on line at Acme or
something. Bynum's is still day-to-day with his gimpy knee, but until we
hear anything to the contrary (and regrettably we haven't), think we
all have to assume at least 1-2 weeks, if not 1-2 months, before our
franchise center takes the floor again.

However, all our other
old friends are in the building, and some new ones as well. This'll be
Jason Richardson's first game as the Sixers' starting shooting guard,
and Dorell Wright, Nick Young, Malik Wayns and (at long last) Kwame
Brown are likely to cameo as well off the bench. Depth was good enough
to get us through the pre-season, tonight will be the first test of
whether or not it'll hold in the regular season as well.

Of
course, it'll be a tough first go against the visiting Denver Nuggets,
pegged by many as a sleeper team in the West—so many that they're
probably not even considerable as a sleeper anymore. The Nugs' front
lines of Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee and Kosta Koufos will present a
huge challenge on the boards for our undersized starting frontline of
Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen, so expect a good deal of Kwame and
Spencer Hawes tonight, though hopefully not at the same time so much.
(The Nugs will be without versatile scorer Danilo Gallinari, so it'll be
a slightly leveled playing field for the Bynum-less 76ers, at least.)

7:00
tip from the Wells Fargo Center. Big year for our 76ers, and though
it'll be far too early to judge much from tonight's game, getting out to
a good start and holding the line as we did at the beginning of last
year—especially until Bynum gets back—will be key for this team living
up to pre-season expectations. But really, win or lose, basketball is
back and for tonight, that'll probably be good enough. Sing it with us
now: ONE, TWO, THREE FOR FIVE, SIXERS....

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.