Undefeated Sixers Early Surprise Of NBA Season

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Winless for Wiggins is out. Flawless in Philly is so in.

Look who’s leading the NBA standings, with a 3-0 record featuring wins over Miami and Chicago. Rub your eyes all you want, the answer — for now — is the awful-to-awesome Philadelphia 76ers.

Yes, this is the same franchise that prompted Las Vegas to set the over-under for total wins this season at 16.5.

There’s an early buzz in Philly over the way The Little Tank Engine That Could has stormed through the elite of the Eastern Conference en route to their best start since 2006-07, when Allen Iverson was running the show, not showing up to announce his retirement.

Just as the sign read Saturday night after their latest win over Chicago, “3-0. That’s No Bull.”

“We’re excited about the victories,” forward Thaddeus Young said, “but the work doesn’t stop here.”

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94WIP Twitter Takeover For Eagles Vs. Raiders: Ike Reese

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – 94WIP midday host Ike Reese took over the radio station Twitter account for the Eagles game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Below are Ike’s tweets recapping the Eagles huge 49-20 win in Oakland.

Follow Ike on Twitter @ike58reese.

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Lions’ Ndamukong Suh Appeals $100K Fine From NFL

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he is appealing the NFL’s $100,000 fine against him for his hit on a Vikings player over the weekend.

Suh spoke Wednesday, a day after the league slapped him with the what is believed to be the biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including suspensions.

Suh says he knows the NFL is concerned about player safety and that’s one of the reasons he apologized to Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan at halftime of Sunday’s game after hitting him low during an interception return.

He insists not being concerned about how his reputation, saying you’re never going to change people, including himself.

Suh says he plans to play “hard, blue-collar football” Sunday on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Eagles Prepare To Play The Chargers

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By Ed Benkin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A short turnaround hasn’t stopped the Eagles from keeping their focus.

After beating the Redskins on Monday night, the Eagles were locked in on Sunday’s game against San Diego as they took the field for practice on Wednesday. Quarterback Michael Vick says the team had plenty of energy on the practice field.

“We just played on Monday, and it was a tough game,” said Vick. “But to get out here and run full speed and get the tempo going, we were able to come out and have an effective practice. It was supposed to be a walk through, but guys were running and it turned into a full, all-out practice.”

The Eagles created quite a buzz with their Monday night victory after many experts believed they would struggle in the early part of the season. Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson says the Eagles aren’t worried…

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Cubs’ Samardzija Gives Up 2 homers In 6-0 Loss

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Samardzija has never pitched this much in his life. It might be catching up to him.

The Cincinnati Reds pegged the Chicago Cubs’ right-hander for eight hits, including two 400-foot home runs, and six runs in 5 2-3 innings en route to a 6-0 win in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.

Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run in more than a month and Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer as Cincinnati avoided a sweep by the last-place Cubs.

Samardzija, who became a full-time starter last season, already had set career highs in starts and innings entering his 30th start on Wednesday. Manager Dale Sveum thinks the workload might be catching up to him more than just physically.

“He probably won’t admit it, but I think it’s probably a combination of that and he’s mentally worn out, too,” Sveum said.


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Sabres lock up Hodgson for six years, $25.5M


With training camps kicking in, several key restricted free agents are finally signing contracts. The difference between most of those deals and the one Cody Hodgson signed with the Buffalo Sabres is that the 23-year-old isn’t inking a “bridge” deal. Instead, as he confirmed via Vine, it’s a six-year pact.

The contract is worth $25 million overall, or $4.25 million per season, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington. The easiest comparison is the six-year, $24 million deal that Adam Henrique signed with the New Jersey Devils.

“We are extremely excited to have signed Cody to a long-term deal,” GM Darcy Regier said. “We feel he is going to be an important piece of our organization’s success in the future and look forward to watching him develop as a player.”

He played in all 48 regular seson games for Buffalo last season, averaging 18:24…

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Hoge’s Notes: Trestman Digs Deep For Vikings Tape

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By Adam Hoge-

HALAS HALL (CBS) It’s not often that players have a deeper understanding of an opponent than a coaching staff.

Coaches are notoriously detailed when it comes to preparation and they’ll look at any piece of information that they think will help them.

But when it comes to the Bears’ brand new coaching staff preparing for this week’s opponent, their own players, who know Minnesota Vikings well, might be their best resource.

“I talked to the offensive guys about how they see their defense and vice versa,” head coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday. “We’ve got guys, obviously on our staff, that have played against the Vikings, and we have not many on our staff who have played against the Vikings from an offensive standpoint, but we do have coaches that have experience against the Vikings.”

Two of those coaches include running backs coach Skip Peete, who saw the…

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