Must Watch Video: Carlos Ruiz Buries Amazing Long Goal, Union Top Fire

Must Watch Video: Carlos Ruiz Buries Amazing Long Goal, Union Top Fire

The Union found a way to do something they hadn't all season to date—score a pair of goals. They topped the Chicago Fire by a 2-1 count to stay unbeaten at PPL Park this season. Carlos Ruiz had without a doubt the play of the night, and not only because it broke the 1-all tie in 76th minute. Watch this BOMBO:

Left-footed. Sorry to say that's a local boy, Jon Conway, on the receiving end in Chicago's net. Good to see him in town in any case.

Full highlights and video below.

The Union were able to generate some great opportunities against an inferior side, with a few dangerous shots just missing the target. Michael Farfan scored the game's first goal, the first of his career, taking a feed from Kyle Nakazawa on a free kick and burying it from distance. Farfan had another brilliant chance off a sneaky throw from Justin Mapp, but narrowly missed. Unfortunately, the 22-year-old midfielder was also absolutely broken down by Dominic Oduro in the 68th minute, with Oduro slicing by him at the top of the box and then beating Faryd Mondragon.

El Pescadito really needed that goal too. Fan favorite Danny Mwanga wasn't available due to a hamstring issue, and Ruiz needed a marker to get back on track. What a way to do it...

Props to Sheanon Williams for a goal-saving deflection on the goal line in the 70th minutes. The Fire's Gaston Puerari looked to have Mondragon beaten, but Williams had his back and kept the game level.


Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds