Thursday, October 8
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7:
EXHIBITION NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION:
Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Pens visit Dallas in opener
DALLAS (AP) — The Penguins head to Dallas tonight to face the Stars in the NHL opener for both squads.
Pittsburgh is looking for a better showing this season after an early exit from last season's playoffs. Pittsburgh ranked just 20th in scoring, an alarmingly low number for a team featuring two of the game's most dynamic talents in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Phil Kessel will make his Pittsburgh debut tonight. The talented forward's arrival in an offseason trade with Toronto should help take some of the pressure off Crosby and Malkin to carry the bulk of the offense.
Flyers open NHL season at Tampa Bay
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers open the season tonight at Tampa Bay with a matchup against the Lightning.
There are few sure things in Philadelphia this season and the biggest unknown is calling the shots from the bench.
The Flyers skipped the coaching retread carousel and made an unthinkable hire, plucking Dave Hakstol out of the college ranks to become their coach. Hakstol did boast one of the top collegiate resumes at the University of North Dakota, reaching the Frozen Four seven times over 11 seasons.
The college-to-pros move in the NHL is almost unheard of — he's the first to make the jump since Bob Johnson went from the University of Wisconsin to the Calgary Flames in 1982.
Steelers hoping for more from passing game against Chargers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to get their passing game going with Michael Vick next Monday in San Diego.
Vick managed the game well in a 23-20 overtime loss to Baltimore last week. He didn't commit a turnover and completed 19 of 26 passes with a touchdown. Yet Vick also averaged just 6.5 yards per completion, less than half what starter Ben Roethlisberger averaged before going down with a sprained left knee.
The return of wide receiver Martavis Bryant from a four-game suspension should help. Coach Mike Tomlin says Vick having a chance to practice for an entire week with the starters should help too.
San Diego coach Mike McCoy says Vick looks like the playmaker he was in his prime with Atlanta a decade ago.
SUPER BOWL TICKETS-LAWSUIT
Fan: Super Bowl ticket process violates NJ consumer law
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey man hopes an appeals court will revive a lawsuit that accuses the National Football League of pricing average football fans out of the Super Bowl.
Josh Finkelman, of New Brunswick, argues the league makes only 1 percent of the tickets available to the public at face value through a lottery. He says the rest go to individual teams, business partners and others.
Finkelman says fans like him are left to pay $2,000 a ticket or more on the secondary market. He believes that violates consumer protection laws in New Jersey, which hosted the 2014 Super Bowl.
Finkelman will ask a U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia Thursday to overturn a ruling that dismissed his case.
The NFL argues that the only law that matters is supply and demand.
HOCKEY TEAM SALE-ERIE
Judge dismisses bankruptcy case related to Erie Otters sale
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has dismissed the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by the former owner of the Erie Otters junior hockey team.
The Erie Times-News reports Thursday that the bankruptcy was dismissed for the most unusual of reasons: All creditors have been fully paid.
Former owner Sherry Bassin filed Chapter 11 in April largely because of a $4.8 million debt claimed by the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers, the team's biggest creditor.
Bassin sold the Ontario Hockey League franchise to retired Canadian broadcaster James Waters for $7.2 million on July 17 in a deal that kept the team in Erie. It also enabled Bassin to pay all his debt and still net $1.4 million.
The judge dismissed the bankruptcy case on Tuesday. Bassin's bankruptcy attorney declined comment.
Ex-wrestler 'Superfly' Snuka going to trial in woman's death
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka will be heading to trial in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago.
Defense lawyers decided Wednesday to bypass a preliminary hearing in Lehigh County in exchange for grand jury transcripts and other evidence in the 1983 death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of New York.
Seventy-two-year-old Snuka of Waterford Township, New Jersey, is charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. He will remain free on 10 percent of a $100,000 bail, pending trial.
Argentino was found dead in May 1983 after authorities were called to a Whitehall Township hotel room she was sharing with Snuka.
Defense attorney Robert Kirwan II says Wednesday her death was "simply an unfortunate accident ... not murder."