NFL Schedule Released: Andy Reid Returns to Philly in Primetime on September 19

NFL Schedule Released: Andy Reid Returns to Philly in Primetime on September 19

We look for a lot of the same things every year as soon as
the NFL schedule comes out. When do the Eagles play the Cowboys and Giants? How
many national TV games did the Birds get? Which away game will make for the
best road trip? (Denver is probably lovely in late September.)

How did the schedule makers screw Philly this time?

This year we had a little bonus to look forward to: when would
Andy Reid return to town? And we won’t have to wait very long.

Lincoln Financial Field will play host to Big Red and the
Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, a Thursday night game that is one of only two
primetime matchups on the schedule for the Eagles. The Chip Kelly era will
actually begin in the first half of a Monday night double header at the
Washington Redskins.

Obviously flex scheduling could allow for more showcase
games later in the season, though expectations clearly are not that high around
the league.

Philly’s home opener versus the San Diego Chargers is
sandwiched in between for what could have the makings of a brutal start to the
season. The Birds have three tilts in 11 days to kick off the 2013 campaign, so
Chip better whip those boys into shape by then.

As for those Dallas games, the Eagles will head to Cowboys
Stadium in the season finale, so even if the Eagles are not in playoff contention
themselves, they could still have the chance to play spoiler.

We usually refrain from trying to predict the degree of
difficulty in the schedule, because who knows how good or bad these teams are
going to be in April? In fact, who knows how good or bad the Eagles will be?

It’s not too soon to start planning your fall though. Full
slate is below. Your thoughts?

PRESEASON

Friday, Aug. 9

- vs. New England, 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, Aug. 15

- vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.



Saturday, Aug. 24

- at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, Aug. 29

- at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON

Monday, Sept. 9

- at Washington, 7:10 p.m.



Sunday, Sept. 15

- vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.



Thursday, Sept. 19

- vs. Kansas City, 8:25 p.m.



Sunday, Sept. 29

- at Denver, 4:25 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 6

- at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 13

- at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 20

- vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 27

- vs. New York, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 3

- at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 10

- at Green Bay, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 17

- vs. Washington, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Nov. 24

- Bye Week



Sunday, Dec. 1

- vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 8

- vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 15

- at Minnesota, 1 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 22

- vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29
- at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.