So Is Dan Cleary Joining the Flyers or Not? Who Knows

So Is Dan Cleary Joining the Flyers or Not? Who Knows

Here’s an already somewhat weird story getting weirder.

Yesterday there were reports that the Flyers had agreed to a three-year contract with Dan Cleary, only they couldn’t actually complete the deal because they are over the salary cap. The work-around was bringing the 15-year veteran in for a “tryout,” then once the season started and Chris Pronger was placed on long-term injured reserve, signing Cleary to the specified deal.

Well, one day after Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren jumped through all those hoops to secure a third-line winger, news came down that the deal is off on the count of some unknown snafu.

Then Homer told the Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi that Cleary was not promised a contract.

Meanwhile, CSN’s Tim Panaccio was reporting Cleary would no longer be in Philly for a tryout at all, but Panotch has since backtracked on that.

And per Pro Hockey Talk, TSN’s Aaron Ward says the long-time Red Wing has been meeting with Detroit’s GM and head coach.

So just what in the world is going on here? Homer is telling reporters he does expect Cleary at training camp when it opens on Thursday, so there’s that.

Initial speculation from PHT was the NHL came down on the Flyers’ little arrangement with Cleary. Leagues tend to become displeased when teams find ways to circumvent the salary cap, then flaunt it no less. Denying the existence of a handshake agreement is probably in the best interest of both sides.

But this story is going in so many different directions, it’s hard to figure out what’s actually happening. The only obvious aspect to this is Cleary may not be in Orange & Black when the puck drops in October after all. But maybe he will be. No one seems to know.

Oh, the Flyers.

>> Report: Cleary-to-Philly hits snag [PHT]
>> Despite report, Flyers expect Cleary in camp [CSN]

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

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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.