Mark your calendar: The Eagles' schedule is out


Mark your calendar: The Eagles' schedule is out

The NFL on Tuesday released its schedule, and the Eagles will open the 2012 season Sept. 9 at Cleveland.

The Eagles have six nationally televised games and five at night. The Eagles will play on Monday Night Football twice for the first time since 2008.

Their bye comes in Week 7, as it did last season. The only back-to-back road games the Eagles will play come in Weeks 13 and 14.

Here's a game-by-game glance:
Week 1, Sunday Sept. 9: Eagles at Browns, 1 p.m., FOX

Andy Reid is 3-0 all-time vs. the Browns, with wins in 2000 and 2004 in Cleveland and 2008 at the Linc. Overall, the Eagle are just 15-31-1 vs. the Browns, including a stretch from 1956 through 1979 in which they won only six of 28 meetings. Theyre 6-18-1 all-time in Cleveland, but theyve won three straight on the banks of Lake Erie since a 19-3 loss to Don Strock at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1988.

Week 2, Sunday Sept. 16: Ravens at Eagles, 1 p.m., CBS

Fourth all-time meeting between nearby I-95 rivals and the second between close friends Andy Reid and his long-time assistant, John Harbaugh. In the first, Reid benched Donovan McNabb for Kevin Kolb at halftime, and the Eagles lost 36-7 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. In the only meeting ever between these teams in Philly, in 2004, the Eagles won 15-10, with Terrell Owens catching eight passes for 101 yards.
Week 3, Sunday Sept. 23: Eagles at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., FOX

The Eagles are 54-56-5 all-time against the Cards in a series that dates all the way back to 1935, when the Cards were based in Chicago. Andy Reid is 5-6 vs. the Cards, who have won the last two meetings -- 32-25 in the 2008 NFC Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and 21-17 behind backup quarterback John Skelton last November. Eagles last win was on Thanksgiving Day during the 2008 regular season at the Linc. Theyve lost their last two in Arizona (2005, 2008), where they havent won since a 21-7 game at Sun Devil Stadium in 2001.
Week 4, Sunday Sept. 30: Eagles at Giants, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Giants are 2-0 in Super Bowls since 2006, but theyre 1-6 vs. the Eagles at home. The Eagles have won five straight in East Rutherford and are 2-0 all-time at MetLife Stadium, with 38-31 and 17-10 wins the last two years, the 2010 win coming on DeSean Jacksons last-second punt return for a touchdown. Andy Reid is 9-6 all-time at the Meadowlands, including a wild-card loss in 2001 and a wild-card win in 2008. Eagles are 34-46-1 all-time against the Giants on the road.

Week 5, Sunday Oct. 7: Eagles at Steelers, 1 p.m., FOX

The intra-state rivals have met only seven times since 1980. Andy Reid is 2-1 all-time vs. the Steelers, with an overtime win in 2000 at Three Rivers Stadium, a 27-3 loss at Heinz Field during the 2004 Super Bowl season -- the Eagles only real regular-season loss that year -- and a 15-6 win at the Linc in 2008. The Eagles are 47-27-3 all-time vs. the Steelers and 22-19-1 in Pittsburgh. Going back to 1964, theyre 14-5 in 19 games vs. the Steelers.

Week 6, Sunday Oct. 14: Lions at Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

Eagles seek their seventh straight win over the Lions in a series that dates back to 1933, when the Lions were called the Spartans and based in Portsmouth, N.H. The Eagles havent lost to Detroit since 1986 and have averaged 36 points in the six wins. Theyre 16-12-2 all-time sv. Detroit, 9-8 at home and 1-0 at the Linc. The Lions have won only three of 16 meetings since 1960.

Week 7, Oct. 21: Bye

Week 8, Sunday Oct. 28: Falcons at Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

Eagles have won six straight home games over the Falcons, all by at least 13 points. Their last loss to the Falcons in Philadelphia came in 1988, when Chris Miller threw three touchdowns in a 27-24 Atlanta win at the Vet. The Falcons won 35-31 in week two last year after Michael Vick was forced out of the game against his former team in the third quarter with a concussion. Eagles are 17-12-1 vs. the Falcons all-time and 9-5-1 at home. Theyre 8-2 vs. the Falcons under Andy Reid, including playoff wins in 2002 and 2004.

Week 9, Monday Nov. 5: Eagles at Saints, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

This will be the Eagles fourth trip to the Louisiana Superdome in the last seven years, and they were 1-2 in the first three, including a 27-24 loss in the 2006 playoffs with Jeff Garcia at quarterback. The Eagles are 8-8 all-time in New Orleans and 16-11 vs. the Saints. Theyre 3-3 vs. the Saints under Andy Reid and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The last meeting was a 48-22 Saints win at the Linc in 2009, with Drew Brees throwing three touchdowns and Mike Bell rushing for 86 yards.

Week 10, Sunday Nov. 11: Cowboys at Eagles, 4:15 p.m., FOX

Eagles have lost four of their last seven home games against the Cowboys, although they did 34-7 last October as part of their first sweep of the Cowboys since 2006. Andy Reid is 9-4 all-time against the Cowboys in Philly and 17-10 overall against Dallas. The 17 wins are the most ever by any coach against the Cowboys. In all, the Eagles are 27-24 at home against the Cowboys, although from 1968 through 1986 they won only four of 18 meetings.
Week 11, Sunday Nov. 18: Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m., FOX

Eagles have had good success playing in Landover, going 10-5 all-time at FedEx Field, including a 10-2 mark in the last 12 meetings. The Eagles have won their last three at Washington by an average of 35-19. In a series that began in 1934, when the Redskins were based in Boston, the Eagles are 36-39-3 on the road against the Redskins. The first of 156 all-time meetings between the two long-time rivals was a 6-0 loss at Fenway Park.
Week 12, Monday Nov. 26: Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

The Panthers make their first visit to Philadelphia in six years, with quarterback Cam Newton and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. The Eagles have won three straight over the Panthers since the nightmarish 14-3 loss in the 2003 NFC Championship. Most recent meeting was a 30-8 Eagles win in Charlotte in 2009, and the most recent matchup in Philly was a 27-24 Eagles win in 2006. Eagles are 5-2 all-time vs. the Panthers and 3-1 at home.
Week 13, Sunday Dec. 2: Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Eagles have won the last two in Dallas, including a 20-7 win last year in a game that began moments after the Eagles learned they had been eliminated from playoff contention. Theyre 2-2 all-time at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and 8-6 in North Texas under Andy Reid, including a playoff loss in 2009. From 1960 through 1985, the Eagles went 6-20 in Dallas. Since then, theyre 14-15 for an overall mark of 20-35.
Week 14, Sunday Dec. 9: Eagles at Buccaneers, 1 p.m., FOX

The Eagles make their first trip to Raymond James Stadium since losing 23-21 on Matt Bryants last-second 62-yard field goal in 2006. The Eagles beat the Bucs in 2009 at the Linc in their last meeting. The Eagles are 8-7 all-time vs. the Bucs and 2-3 in Tampa. Andy Reid is 5-4 vs. the Bucs, including one of the worst losses of his career -- 27-10 in the 2002 NFC Championship Game at the Vet.

Week 15, Thursday Dec. 13: Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

This will be only the 11th all-time meeting between the Eagles and Bengals and the first in Philly since a 38-10 Bengals win on the final day of the 2004 season, when the Eagles had already clinched No. 1 seed and played mainly backups. Eagles are 3-7-1 all-time vs. the Bengals and 3-4 at home. Their last win was a 16-7 decision at the Vet in 2000 on Donovan McNabbs 39-yard TD pass to Charles Johnson and three David Akers field goals.
Week 16, Sunday Dec. 23: Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

The Eagles have struggled at home against the Redskins, losing in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Theyre just 5-4 all-time at the Linc against the Skins, including a 2-4 mark since 2006. But going back to 1991, the Eagles are 13-7 at home against Washington. Overall, theyre below .500 all-time at home against the Skins at 36-39-3. Last year, the Eagles beat the Skins 34-10 at the Linc on the final day of the season.

Week 17, Sunday Dec. 30: Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m., FOX

Giants are 2-0 in Super Bowls since 2006, but theyre 1-6 vs. the Eagles at home. The Eagles have won five straight in East Rutherford and are 2-0 all-time at MetLife Stadium, with 38-31 and 17-10 wins the last two years, the 2010 win coming on DeSean Jacksons last-second punt return for a touchdown. Andy Reid is 9-6 all-time at the Meadowlands, including a wild-card loss in 2001 and a wild-card win in 2008. Eagles are 34-46-1 all-time against the Giants on the road.

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NBA Playoffs: Westbrook, Thunder push Warriors to brink of elimination


NBA Playoffs: Westbrook, Thunder push Warriors to brink of elimination


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination.

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.

"We all have to bounce back," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "The good news is, we go home. Obviously we play well at home. The idea now is to go home and get one win. Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we'll see what happens."

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 26 points, but two-time league MVP Stephen Curry was limited to 19 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Curry's shooting performance was so uncharacteristic that reporters asked if he was hurt.

"He's not injured," Kerr said. "He's coming back from the knee, but he's not injured. He just had a lousy night. It happens, even to the best players in the world."

The Warriors lost consecutive playoff games by at least 20 points for the first time since Games 2 and 3 of the 1972 Western Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks. Golden State's Draymond Green, who was fined for kicking Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3, finished with six points, 11 rebounds and six turnovers.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City got a boost from an unlikely source. Andre Roberson, a player the Warriors have ignored at times during the series, scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and seven rebounds.

As for Westbrook, it was his first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season. It was his fifth career playoff triple-double.

"I play every game like it's my last, regardless of who's in front of me," he said. "That's my job, and my job is to worry about my team, and that's all I do."

The Thunder know they have to close. Nine teams have rallied from 3-1 deficits to win.

"I think we're in a good place, but like I said, this game is over," Westbrook said. "We've got to move on to the next game. Every game is different."

The Thunder led 30-26 at the end of the first quarter, then gained control in the second. In the most unlikely of connections, Adams threw a bullet pass to Roberson near the basket for a dunk that gave the Thunder a 56-43 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half.

Oklahoma City finished with a flurry and led 72-53 at halftime. The Thunder matched the most points they have scored in a first half in franchise playoff history, a mark they set the previous game against the Warriors. It also matched the most points Golden State has allowed in a half this season for the second straight game.

Westbrook had 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the first half, and Durant had 18 points and six boards.

Thompson tried to keep the Warriors in it, scoring 19 points in just over seven minutes to start the third quarter. But the Thunder maintained their composure, led 94-82 at the end of the period and remained in control in the fourth.

"This is a tough situation to be in, but the series isn't over," Curry said.

Kerr, on the pressure of trying to win a title after setting the regular-season wins record: "We had a tremendous regular season, our guys competed every single night and did something no one has ever done and they're proud of that. But in the playoffs, everybody starts 0-0. So there's no extra pressure, whether you're talking about defending our title or trying to back up the regular season."

Stat lines
According to Thunder Public Relations, the last team to score 72 or more points in the first half of two straight playoff games was the 1987 Los Angeles Lakers.

Warriors: Curry went 1 for 7 in the first quarter, and made just 1 of 4 3-point attempts. ... Thompson committed his third foul with 7:55 left in the second quarter, and C Andrew Bogut committed his third about two minutes later. ... Curry made a 3-pointer for his 48th consecutive playoff game, extending his NBA record. ... The Warriors were 12-0 this season the game after a loss.

Thunder: Westbrook had five points, six assists and three rebounds in the first quarter. ... Oklahoma City forced 13 turnovers in the first half. ... The Thunder improved to 19-0 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double. ... The Thunder outrebounded the Warriors 56-40 and outscored them 31-19 from the free throw line.

NHL Playoffs: Penguins fight off Lightning to force Game 7


NHL Playoffs: Penguins fight off Lightning to force Game 7


TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3.

Game 7 is Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year.

"I just told them to embrace the moment. It's a great opportunity for us. These are the type of circumstances to where you have an opportunity to write your own story," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan.

"They had a certain mindset going into this tonight: `We're going to leave it all out there and do everything we can to bring this back to Pittsburgh,'" Sullivan added. "And, certainly that's what they did."

Malkin was the most demonstrative of the players expressing confidence the Penguins could take the series back to Pittsburgh, saying he believed in himself, his teammates and that they could return home for a seventh game "for sure."

Crosby stepped up with his third game-winning goal of the series. The Penguins captain assisted on Kessel's 5-on-3 power-play goal in the opening period and later skated around Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman into the clear before sending a wrist shot between goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's legs for a 3-0 lead in the final minute of the second period.

"We know the circumstances. It makes you go out there with a mindset of playing desperate," Crosby said. "I think we had confidence in the whole group. I think everyone played great.

"Everyone contributed in their own way. In a big game like this you, don't do anything special, just do your job. I think that's gotten us this far."

Rookie goaltender Matt Murray returned to the lineup after being replaced as the starter for Game 5 by Marc-Andre Fleury, but his 10th playoff victory did not come without a bit of suspense.

Brian Boyle scored twice in the third period for Tampa Bay, with one of the goals bouncing off Kessel before getting past Murray, who finished with 28 saves. The second score drew the Lightning within one goal with 7:17 remaining.

Instead of flinching, the young goalie who turns 22 on Wednesday retained his composure down the stretch to help the Penguins avoid relinquishing a third-period lead for the second straight game.

"I just think it's part of his DNA. He has a calming influence. He doesn't get rattled if he lets a goal in. He continues to compete," Sullivan said.

"That's usually an attribute that takes years to acquire. And to have it at such a young age is impressive. I think one of his biggest strengths is just his ability to stay in the moment."

Rust's breakaway goal at 17:52 of the third gave Pittsburgh breathing room, and Bonino added an empty-netter to finish it off.

"We had a great chance tonight and just tip-toed around a little bit," Boyle said. "We were tentative and weren't aggressive."

Kessel's goal was his team-leading ninth of the playoffs. Crosby had the primary assist, his first point since delivering game-winners in Games 2 and 3, and Malkin also had an assist to extend his point streak to four games after a slow start in the series.

The Lightning had an apparent goal by Jonathan Drouin waived off a little more than five minutes into the game, when Sullivan successfully challenged that the young Tampa Bay winger was offside on the play before tapping in a rebound off Ondrej Palat's shot that bounced off Murray's pads.

Sullivan announced the decision to go back to Murray following Tuesday's morning skate.

Murray started the first four games of the series. Fleury replaced him during the third period of Game 4, then made his first start in nearly two months in Game 5, which Tampa Bay won 4-3 in overtime.

Before Game 5, Fleury had not started a game since March 31, when he suffered a concussion.

Tampa Bay entered the game determined to not come out flat in Game 6 of the conference final for the second straight year.

The Lightning beat the New York Rangers on the road to go up 3-2 in that series, but were badly outplayed at home the next game and had to return to Madison Square Garden to finish the series.

Now, they'll have to win on the road again to make the third Stanley Cup appearance in franchise history.

"I know we can. I've got confidence in this group. We believe we can do that," Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan said. "We've had success on the road in the playoffs. We've had success in their building already. It's going to be a good one."

The Penguins were 1 for 3 on the power play and are 4 for 19 in the series. The Lightning were 0 for 1, dropping to 2 for 12. ... Malkin was penalized in the first period for slashing Tampa Bay Bay's Ryan Callahan in what appeared to be retaliation for the Lightning forward whacking him across the wrist with his stick. ... Murray improved to 4-0 following a loss. He's 10-4 overall in the playoffs.

Best of MLB: Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 28 games


Best of MLB: Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 28 games

BOSTON -- David Price scattered five hits over seven innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of hits to extend his streak to 28 games as the Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Tuesday night.

David Ortiz had a two-run double and a two-run single, and Dustin Pedroia added three hits to help Boston win its third straight game. Price (7-1) allowed three runs, walking one and striking out six to earn his third consecutive win.

Colorado lost for the fifth time in six games.

Jorge De La Rosa (1-4) made his first start after spending almost a month on the disabled list with a left groin strain. He gave up two runs in the first, two more in the second and left with one out in the fourth with two on and one run already in (see full recap).

Polanco, Pirates crush Diamondbacks
PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-best five runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled by the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-1 on Tuesday night.

Polanco's shot to the concourse in right-center field off Shelby Miller (1-6) in the first inning gave Pittsburgh an early boost. Francisco Liriano (4-3) scattered two hits in 5 2/3 innings and added an RBI single as the Pirates improved to 6-2 during a 10-game homestand.

After a short adjustment period, Polanco has thrived batting third in the lineup, hitting .317 (20 of 63) with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 15 games. The Pirates spread their 17 hits among 11 batters.

Miller's recent recovery from a miserable start with the Diamondbacks took a step backward. Less than a year removed from an All-Star appearance with Atlanta, Miller's ERA ballooned to 7.09 after surrendering six runs in five innings (see full recap).

Strasburg strikes out 11 in Nationals' win
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg remained unbeaten with an 11-strikeout performance, and the Washington Nationals hit three of their season-high five home runs off struggling Matt Harvey in a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Strasburg (8-0) gave up two runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings in defeating Harvey and the Mets for the second time in six days. Strasburg has five games this season with at least 10 strikeouts and 26 over his seven-year career.

Harvey (3-7) stumbled through a third straight ineffective start, allowing five runs and eight hits over five rocky innings. The right-hander has yielded 16 earned runs and 31 hits over his last three outings.

Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon hit successive solo shots to put Washington ahead in the fourth inning, and Daniel Murphy added a two-run drive off his former teammate in the fifth for a 5-1 lead (see full recap).