Eagles’ QB Battle Remains Open After Win
Philadelphia — Michael Vick was nearly flawless, Nick Foles looked sharp and the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback competition remains close.
Vick and Foles each led the Eagles to touchdown drives in a 14-9 victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
No matter who Chip Kelly chooses to run his up-tempo offense, it appears both quarterbacks can operate this system efficiently. Vick and Foles have combined to put up 28 points on eight-plus drives in two games.
Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl pick, has the statistical edge over Foles, the second-year pro. But Kelly hasn’t given any indication he’s leaning toward one over the other, and he seems willing to wait until after the preseason to pick a No. 1 guy.
Browns 24, Lions 6
Cleveland — Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes to Jordan Cameron and perhaps ended any more discussion about a quarterback competition in Cleveland.
Weeden connected on TD passes of 10 and 5 yards to Cameron in the first half as the Browns (2-0) opened a 17-0 lead. Weeden finished 8 of 12 for 117 yards. In two weeks, he’s 18 of 25 for 229 yards and three TDs.
Ravens 27, Falcons 23
Baltimore — Matt Ryan threw for 97 yards and a touchdown in four series, and the Atlanta Falcons limited the Baltimore’s starting offense to three first downs in the first half before the Ravens’ backups pulled out a victory.
Atlanta’s starters bounced back nicely from a 34-10 loss to Cincinnati one week earlier. Under Ryan’s direction, the Falcons pierced Baltimore for 11 first downs in 16½ minutes and built a 20-7 lead at halftime.
Celtics Trade Center
Memphis, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies traded forward Donte Greene to the Boston Celtics for center Fab Melo.
The team announced the deal Thursday.
The 7-foot, 255-pound Melo played six games with the Celtics last season and averaged 1.2 points. He averaged 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and a league-high 3.1 blocks in 33 games for the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws. Boston drafted the native of Juiz de For a, Brazil, with the 22nd pick overall in 2012 after he played two seasons at Syracuse.
The Grizzlies signed the 6-11 Greene on April 17 but did not appear in a game for Memphis. He has played 253 games over four seasons with Sacramento, averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. Greene missed most of last season recovering from a broken ankle.
Federer Rallies in Cincy
Mason, Ohio — Roger Federer’s rough summer finally got a warm moment at one of his favorite tournaments, providing a little encouragement with the U.S. Open just ahead.
Federer overcome a tough start and emerged from his string of subpar showings since Wimbledon, beating Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.
While Federer took a step, No. 1 Novak Djokovic got one win closer to a little ATP history. He needed only 50 minutes to beat qualifier David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0 and reach the quarterfinals.
Also reaching the quarterfinals were second-seeded Andy Murray, unseeded John Isner, seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov, who upset third-seeded David Ferrer.
Fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in a 2-hour evening match and will play Federer in the quarterfinals tonight.
On the women’s side, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, fifth-seeded Li Na, 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and 14th-seeded Jelena Jankovic advanced to the quarterfinals.
Sixers Owner Buys Devils
Newark, n.j. — The new owners of the New Jersey Devils are keeping long-time executive Lou Lamoriello in charge of hockey operations, bringing in a new business team and committing to make the three-time Stanley Cup champions an organization looked toward as a model of excellence.
Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris and business partner David Blitzer on Thursday bought the Devils and the lease to the Prudential Center from Jeff Vanderbeek for $320 million.
The deal was delayed roughly 15 minutes on Thursday morning because attorneys needed more time to sign off on the transfer of the financially strapped NHL team, which the league’s board of governors approved on Wednesday.
“What I am interested in is absolute success on and off the ice, and having the highest quality people and bringing the fans a great experience and winning,” said Harris, the co-founder of Apollo Global Management.
He added that he and Blitzer viewed the purchase of the Devils, who lost roughly $25 million in the past year, and the lease as a chance to turn around a struggling franchise.