Sixers Look to Do What They Do: Beat the Lesser Teams Up

Sixers Look to Do What They Do: Beat the Lesser Teams Up

The Philadelphia 76ers are a fantastic team when they play opponents who are awful basketball teams. They thrive at beating the crap out of lesser teams while struggling to hang with the likes of San Antonio as on Sunday.

From John Finger's what-you-need-to-know about tonight's game: "Since the start of the season, the Sixers have taken care of the teams
below them in the standings. They are 10-17 against teams that currently
qualify for a playoff spot, but have ripped up the rest of the league
for a 17-4 mark. Suffice it to say, the Sixers need to continue that
trend against the Cavaliers, especially with Andre Iguodala likely to
sit it out."

Thankfully, tonight they face a Cleveland Cavaliers team that isn't as good as Doug Collins' squad. At least not on paper. But they'll have to face Kyrie Irving for the first time, who missed the earlier match up in February, an easy Sixers win in which the Night Shift dominated.

The Sixers will be without Andre Iguodala this evening who continues to battle through knee pain. Jodie Meeks will start in his place with Sam Young seeing plenty of run as well. Coach Collins really seems to like the way S-Young gets after it on the floor.

The Sixers are neck and neck with the Celtics atop the Atlantic while a loss tonight could drop them to as low as the seven seed. Gotta get this one.

7:00 tip from the WFC. Hopefully the Sixers can wreck Cleveland so Bruce Springsteen can come to town to write a song about it tomorrow night.

Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

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.