City 6 Wrap: TU, Joe's, La Salle, Drexel All Win

City 6 Wrap: TU, Joe's, La Salle, Drexel All Win

With most city teams regularly in action on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and with just five weeks left until tournament time, we're going to start doing twice-weekly wraps to catch up with everyone in the City Six.

Temple, St. Joe's, La Salle and Drexel were all in action on Wednesday night, and all came away with a victory. We're still work-shopping how this is going to look, so expect these to evolve quite a bit over the next month as we get a better handle on it.

Game caps and look aheads after the jump...

Temple 78, Fordham 60
Despite some struggles early -- trading the lead with Fordham three times in the opening 11 minutes --  Temple would take an eight point lead into the locker room thanks to 16 first half points from Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt, who scored the Owls' first 10 points of the ballgame, finished with 24 on the night. It was his conference-high eighth performance of 20 or more this season.

Wyatt was bested only by backcourt mate Ramone Moore who scored 20 of his game-high 25 in the second half. Wednesday was the second time in the last two weeks that both Wyatt and Moore have scored 20 or more in the same game.

In his fourth game back from injury, Temple senior center Michael Eric set a new career-high in blocks with five in 14 minutes of play. Temple has not allowed more than 60 points to any opponent since his return.

The win advances the Owls to 16-5 on the season and 5-2 on the A10. It is the Owls season-high fifth straight win on the year. Temple's next game will see them on the road this Saturday at Rhode Island. They return to the Liacouras Center next Wednesday night to take on George Washington.

St. Joseph's 70, Richmond 60
The Hawks bounced back from their drubbing at Temple over the weekend to pick up a 10-point win over the Richmond Spiders on Wednesday night.

Five Hawks -- Carl Jones, Langston Galloway, Daryus Quarles, Ronald Roberts, Jr. and C.J. Aiken -- finished in double figures, with Jones leading the way with 16.

St. Joe's took only a two point lead into the break, but would jump out on an 13-3 run to secure themselves a comfortable lead for (most) of the rest of the ballgame.

The road win was key for an SJU team who played strong out of conference, but stumbled badly in the month of January. Since Dec. 28, the Hawks have won just four of their last 10. The win moves them to 14-9 on the season and 4-4 in the A10. They are next scheduled to meet A10 leader and Big 5 rival La Salle at the Palestra at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

La Salle 85, Charlotte 72
Speaking of the Explorers, they cruised past the Charlotte 49ers on Wednesday night thanks to big nights from sophomore Tyreek Duren (22 points) and freshman Jerrell Wright (18 points). Two other Explorers -- Sam Mills and Earl Pettis -- would finish in double figures.

And so, the La Salle Explorers, picked in certain early season polls to be one of the worst teams in the Atlantic 10, are now 17-6 overall and 6-2 in conference play, a record which now puts them in sole share of first place in the A10.

The Explorers, as we mentioned, are due up for a meeting with the St. Joseph's Hawks this Saturday.

Drexel 61, Northeastern 53
Meanwhile, Bruiser Flint's Drexel Dragons keep winning basketball games. Their 61-53 win over Northeastern -- featuring a career-high 25 points from freshman Damien Lee -- moves them to 18-5 on the year and league best 10-2 in the CAA.

Are the Drexel Dragons the best team in the city? Who knows -- we lack head-to-head matchups to settle the debate.

Maybe we'll become those guys who start pounding the drum for a City 6 round robin.

Yeah, we can do that.

Tonight's Lineup: Struggling Rupp back behind the plate for Phillies

Tonight's Lineup: Struggling Rupp back behind the plate for Phillies

After scoring five first-inning runs on their way to a 7-5 win against the Braves on Thursday, Pete Mackanin decided not to tinker with the Phillies' lineup too much.

In fact, the only change will be at catcher. The struggling Cameron Rupp will get the start on Friday and bat sixth after Carlos Ruiz was behind the plate on Thursday. Rupp, who was one of the few bright spots for the offense in the first half, is just 5 for 31 since the All-Star break. On the season, Rupp is still batting .271 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs.

Aaron Altherr came off the DL with a bang, tallying three hits, including a two-run homer on Thursday. Mackanin has said Altherr will get a long look in right field and Thursday night was a glimpse of why. 

With Altherr's regular presence in the lineup, Cody Asche has been put on notice. After going on a tear from early June to early July, Asche is batting .094 (5 for 53) in his last 17 games. With Altherr and Odubel Herrera entrenched in right and center, Asche will have to get hot to stave off prospect Nick Williams, who seems to be finding his groove at Lehigh Valley.

Here is tonight's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Vince Velasquez, P

Temple football announces future series with Boston College and Duke

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Temple football announces future series with Boston College and Duke

Temple football starts its training camp next week, but the Owls have made another splash in the future scheduling department. This time, the opponents come from the ACC.

The program announced Friday it has agreed to future series with Boston College (2018 at BC and 2021 in Philadelphia) and Duke (2022 in Cameron, North Carolina and 2023 in Philadelphia). Temple also announced a game with Bucknell in Philadelphia in 2019 announced dates for previously confirmed future matchups with Maryland and Rutgers and 2017's season opener at Notre Dame.

The Boston College series is intriguing because it will be the renewal of an annual series from when the programs used to meet every year in Big East conference play. The Eagles hold a 28-7-2 all-time advantage over the Owls. Temple's last win against Boston College came in 1999 when the Owls earned a 24-14 victory. Of course, the matchup will be even juicier if former Temple head coach Steve Addazio is still leading Boston College in two years. But with the way the program floundered to a 3-9 record, earned just one win against an FCS program and went winless in ACC play last season and doesn't have a bright outlook this season, don't hold your breath that Addazio will be there.

The Owls have never met the Dukies on the gridiron.

Friday's Temple announcements come on the heels of an announcement earlier this month that confirmed a three-game set with national powerhouse Oklahoma that is set start in 2024.

Below is a list of dates for Temple's future games against non-conference opponents:
2017 – at Notre Dame - Sept. 2, vs. Villanova - Sept. 9, vs. UMass  - Sept. 16, at Army - Oct. 21
2018 – vs. Villanova -  Sept. 1, vs. Buffalo - Sept. 8, at Maryland - Sept. 15, at Boston College - Sept. 29
2019 – vs. Bucknell - Aug. 31, vs. Maryland - Sept. 14, at Buffalo - Sept. 21), vs. Army - Oct. 26
2020 – vs. Idaho - Sept. 12, vs. Rutgers - Sept. 19
2021 – at Rutgers - Sept. 4, vs. Boston College - Sept. 18
2022 – at Duke - Sept. 3, vs. Rutgers - Sept. 17
2023 – at Rutgers - Sept. 9, vs. Duke - Sept. 16
2024 - at Oklahoma - Aug. 31
2025 - vs. Oklahoma - Sept. 13
2028 - at Oklahoma - Sept. 2

Flyers' Legion of Doom line to reunite on ice at Hall of Fame Legends Classic

Flyers' Legion of Doom line to reunite on ice at Hall of Fame Legends Classic

One of the most beloved lines in Philadelphia Flyers history will skate again.

Eric Lindros confirmed on Friday afternoon that he will reunite with former teammates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg to bring back the Legion of Doom and will play in the Legends Classic at the Hockey Hall of Fame in November in Toronto.

The news comes courtesy of the Big E on Twitter.

Team Lindros, which will be made up of NHL greats, will take on Team Salming, which will be made up of Toronto Maple Leafs greats and led by Borje Salming.

The Legion of Doom was hoping to see a reunion back when the Winter Classic alumni game was held in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 31, 2011, but Renberg was unable to attend.

The Legends Classic will take place on the same weekend Lindros will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and Pat Quinn.