Thursday, October 27
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Arizona at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
No. 1 pick Simmons says no timetable on 76ers return
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons says there is no timetable for his return from a broken bone in his right foot.
Simmons attended the Philadelphia 76ers' season opener on Wednesday in street clothes and says he's taking his time in the rehabilitation process. Simmons was set to watch the game against Oklahoma City from the locker room.
Simmons says he has not discussed the possibility of sitting out the season.
He says, "I'll come back when I'm ready."
Simmons was injured last month during a training camp scrimmage. The Australian forward played at LSU last season.
ACC MEDIA DAY-THE LATEST
The Latest: Duke to win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke has been picked to win the ACC ahead of North Carolina, Virginia and Louisville.
Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen was selected the preseason player of the year by a wide margin over Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame, and North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was voted rookie of the year.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils picked up 85 first-place votes and 1,359 points in voting by league media. Defending champion UNC had the other six first-place votes.
Syracuse was fifth followed by N.C. State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Boston College.
UNC's Joel Berry II and Virginia's London Perrantes joined Allen, Blossomgame and Smith on the preseason all-ACC first team. The second team consisted of UNC's Justin Jackson, Duke's Jayson Tatum, Syracuse's Tyler Lydon, FSU's Dwayne Bacon and Pitt's Michael Young.
FDU choice of NEC coaches
NEW YORK (AP) — Fairleigh Dickinson and Wagner, who met in last season's Northeast Conference Tournament title game, are the coaches' choices for the top two spots in the preseason poll.
Defending champion FDU received six first-place votes in the balloting announced Wednesday while the Seahawks got the other four.
Bryant is third in the voting and LIU Brooklyn and Mount St. Mary's tied for fourth. Robert Morris is sixth followed by St. Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U. and Central Connecticut.
FDU and Wagner both have two players on the preseason All-Conference team. The Knights are represented by guards Darian Anderson and Earl Potts Jr., while Wagner has guards Michael Carey and Corey Henson. The team is rounded out by LIU Brooklyn forward Jerome Frink.
Romo throws in practice for 1st time since August injury
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo is participating in throwing drills at practice for the first time since the Dallas quarterback broke a bone in his back in a preseason game at Seattle in August.
The 36-year-old worked in several individual drills Wednesday in shorts and a T-shirt with his teammates in full pads. While he almost certainly won't play against Philadelphia on Sunday, it's the biggest step in his return.
The Cowboys (5-1) have won five straight with Dak Prescott, who is set to face fellow rookie starter Carson Wentz of the Eagles.
Romo was the third quarterback for each drill behind Prescott and veteran backup Mark Sanchez. Romo appeared to be throwing at full velocity, and also dropped back and threw a few passes on the run.
BLACK COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
Gary Johnson, Billy Joe among Black College Hall of Famers
Gary "Big Hands" Johnson of Grambling State, Harold Jackson of Jackson State and longtime coach Billy Joe are among the latest class selected for induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Parnell "Paydirt" Dickinson of Mississippi Valley State, Robert Porcher of South Carolina State and Tennessee State, and Isiah Robertson of Southern University were also selected to be part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Inductees were chosen by a 12-member selection committee composed of journalists, historians, former NFL executives and previous inductees. The selections were announced Wednesday.
The induction ceremony will be held in February in Atlanta.
Giovinco leads Toronto to first playoff win, 3-1 over Union
TORONTO (AP) — Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and two assists to lead Toronto FC to the first MLS playoff victory in franchise history, 3-1 over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night in a knockout game.
Toronto will host New York City FC on Sunday in the opening game of the two-legged Eastern Conference semifinal.
Jonathan Osorio and Jozy Altidore also scored for Toronto.
Alejandro Bedoya scored for the Union in the 73rd minute to cut the lead to 2-1. But Giovinco, after drawing three defenders, found Altidore in the 85th minute and the U.S. international, after a fortuitous bounce off a defender, sent a low shot home.
Altidore and several teammates jumped the advertising hoardings at the south end and disappeared briefly into the stands to celebrate.
Sixth-place Philadelphia started well, taking the game to Toronto. But the home side struck first in the 15th minute with Altidore muscling his way into Philadelphia territory. Defender Ken Tribbett hooked the ball away awkwardly towards his own penalty box and goalkeeper Andre Blake tried to meet it. Altidore beat him to it, flicking the ball over to Giovinco, who got a leg to it to send the ball high into the net.
Osorio made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half off Giovinco's corner. Altidore and Toronto defender Nick Hagglund collided and the ball bounced off Hagglund's chest to Osorio, who belted it home.