Wednesday, October 7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Otto Porter scored 22 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and the Washington Wizards took control in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Porter shot 8 of 10 and made all four 3-point attempts. Rookie center Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points in his NBA debut for Philadelphia. Isaiah Canaan and Nerlens Noel each had 13.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have been here before. The Chicago Cubs haven't made it for a while. Whichever team handles the playoff stage the best on Wednesday night when they meet in the NL wild-card game will likely determine who heads to St. Louis to face the Cardinals in the Division Series on Friday. The Cubs will send out Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta. Pittsburgh counters with ace Gerrit Cole.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Left tackle Jason Peters, right tackle Lane Johnson and left guard Allen Barbre didn't practice for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday along with three starters on defense. Peters has a quad injury, Johnson has a knee sprain and Barbre's injury is unknown. Linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso, cornerback Byron Maxwell and reserve defensive lineman Brandon Bair also sat out.
UNDATED (AP) — Rookie Chris Boswell hopes to put an end to the kicking carousel in Pittsburgh. The Steelers signed the 24-year-old over the weekend after veteran Josh Scobee missed a pair of field goals in a 23-20 overtime loss to Baltimore last Thursday. Boswell is Pittsburgh's fourth kicker in two months.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pascal Dupuis' latest comeback is on hold. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday the 36-year-old forward will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury. Dupuis was limited to 16 games during the 2014-15 season because of blood clots and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season with a knee injury.