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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Chris Devenski Jersey .J. -- Matt Simms might have answered at least one part of the New York Jets quarterback question. The starter and backup are still uncertain. But Simms proved he deserved to be No. 3. Simms, competing for the third-string job, led four scoring drives, and Kahlil Bell ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets topped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Thursday night in the teams preseason finale. "Yeah, it was a lot of fun," Simms said. "To go out there and play like that, its just tremendous. Your dream finally comes true. It was everything and more." Rookie Geno Smith, the Jets possible Week 1 starter, and the injured Mark Sanchez sat this one out as both Rex Ryan and the Eagles Chip Kelly rested their starters. That meant Michael Vick also remained on Philadelphias sideline after winning the Eagles competition last week, earning the job ahead of Nick Foles while looking comfortable and effective running Kellys up-tempo offence. Smith, the Jets second-round draft pick, was in uniform but was told Wednesday he wouldnt play anymore in the preseason. "In our current situation with Mark being down, you just cant take any risks," Smith said. Sanchez injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of the teams 24-21 overtime win over the Giants last Saturday night and is uncertain to start the season. Ryans decision to play Sanchez, who appeared to win the starting job after Smith threw three interceptions and stepped out of bounds for a safety, was highly criticized during the past few days. Ryan said he wouldnt have put Sanchez out on the field if it wasnt "important," but Smith might have earned the season-opening start by default. "Business as usual," Smith said when asked if he was approaching things as if hell start. "Thats something I always do and whether or not I am (starting), I will always approach it the same way." The Jets have said only that Sanchez is "day to day" with the injury, but its very possible Smith could be under centre against Tampa Bay on Sept 8. Ryan had no update on Sanchez after the game, and the quarterback left MetLife Stadium without addressing the media. Simms, whose father Phil had plenty of big games against the Eagles in his days with the Giants, had his own Meadowlands moment. He finished 33 of 44 for 285 yards while playing almost the entire game; newly signed Graham Harrell took a knee to end it. Greg McElroy, whom Simms has been competing with, didnt play with an injured knee. "We really wanted to get a good look at Simms, we really did," Ryan said. "I think hes earned that right. ... Matt jumped in and made the most of his opportunity." Antonio Allen appeared to seal it for the Jets (3-1) when he intercepted Matt Barkley and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown with 1:57 remaining in the game. But the Eagles (2-2) had one more chance after Zach Rogers dropped a fair catch of a punt with 45 seconds left. Matthew Tucker ran it in from 1 yard moments later to make it 27-20 with his second TD of the game for Philadelphia. The ensuing onside kick attempt by the Eagles went out of bounds, sealing it for the Jets. Foles was 6 of 17 for 63 yards in two quarters, before being replaced by Barkley to start the second half. Barkley was 13 of 27 for 134 yards and the interception. "I dont think we protected (Foles) very well," Kelly said. "A lot of times, it was a four-man rush that was in his face. He didnt really have time to set his feet. We had some protection issues with the second O-line." After Barkley led a tying touchdown drive for the Eagles, Simms went to work -- and the Jets stayed on the field a while. Bell capped a 19-play drive over 80 yards that ticked 10:19 off the clock with a 2-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game. "Hes been playing phenomenally all season," Bell said of Simms. "The kids been coming out and slinging it." Simms was sacked seven times in the first half, and the first came 2:21 into the game when he was taken down by Brandon Graham in the end zone for a safety that gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The Jets got the ball back quickly, though, by forcing a turnover on second down when Ricky Sapp sacked Foles and forced a fumble that was recovered by Antonio Garay. Simms then led a five-play scoring drive that included a defensive holding penalty and was capped by an 8-yard run by Bell, who took a direct snap in the wildcat formation. Dan Carpenter, signed Tuesday to compete with incumbent Nick Folk, kicked a 45-yard field goal with 4:01 left in the opening quarter to make it 10-2. Philadelphia took advantage of a fumble recovery by Colt Anderson late in the first half after Konrad Reuland lost the ball and put the Eagles deep in Jets territory. Alex Henery kicked a 38-yard field goal moments later to make it 10-5 with 2:34 left. Barkley led a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive on the Eagles second possession of the second half, capped by a 3-yard run by Tucker. The undrafted free agent out of TCU then took a handoff up the middle for the 2-point conversion to tie it at 13 with 6:35 left in the third quarter. "Ive kind of been all over the place," Barkley said. "Its a different kind of rhythm you have to try and get in to. Its kind of bits and pieces. I think Ive managed to do as best a job as I can. Im learning as much as I can." NOTES: Eagles CB Trevard Lindley sprained his right ankle in the third quarter, and TE James Casey left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and didnt return. ... Simms 285 yards passing were the most by a Jets QB in a preseason game since Ray Lucas threw for 286 against the Giants in 2000. ... LBs Chris McCoy and Everette Brown each had two sacks for the Eagles. Jim Bouton Jersey . DArnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catchers seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth. The 41-year-old Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing Wednesday against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win. Brad Peacock Jersey . Levante, which had lost five straight including a Copa del Rey game last weekend, fell behind at its Ciutat de Valencia stadium when Ionut Sapanura opened the scoring for Elche in the 26th minute. https://www.cheapastros.com/1243o-martin-maldonado-jersey-astros.html .com) - The Toronto Blue Jays will look to snap a three-game skid Friday night when they continue their road trip in the opener of a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.BOSTON - The Boston Celtics went at each other hard for a couple of days. It must have worked because they didnt let down against Sacramento.Jared Sullinger scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Celtics snap a four-game losing streak with a 106-84 victory over the Kings on Wednesday afternoon.Known for blowing big second-half leads a handful of times this season, the Celtics coasted to the win.That was the best game physically weve played, I thought, as a team, Boston coach Brad Stevens said. I was a little nervous coming into today because we had two hard practices, where there were very few fouls called and there was a real emphasis on getting into bodies and getting into the ball and competing and growing as a team by competing against each other. Hopefully, we can build on that.Kelly Olynyk added 15 points, Jae Crowder 12 and Marcus Smart 11 for Boston, which never trailed and avoided matching its longest losing streak this season.Darren Collison and Carl Landry each scored 14 points to lead the Kings, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games.Everything was just off tonight, Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said. Its a disappointing effort, disappointing loss and we have to get better.Sacramento forward DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after collecting his second technical of the game midway into the final quarter. He finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.We have to come together as a team myself included, Cousins said. Im the leader of this team. I have to get my stuff together. I cant have games like I had tonight. We have to come together and figure this thing out.Cousins, who set two screens on Smart, was battling for position for a rebound with the rookie guard. He then grabbed him by the arm and flung him to the floor.Smart got up and yelled at Cousins before they were separated. Each received a technical and Cousins was ejected because it was his second of the game. His other came in the first quarter.Cousins headed out the tunnel near the Kings bench to a loud choruss of boos. Houston Astros Store. He knows Im not going to back down, Smart said. To be honest, I dont know why I got the technical.Boston led by 16 after three quarters and pushed it to 23 on Crowders 3-pointer with just under eight minutes to play.The Celtics went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter, turning a 10-point halftime edge to 57-42 on Evan Turners fast-break layup. They maintained at least an eight-point lead for the rest of the quarter.The Kings had closed the gap to 69-61 on Ray McCallums free throw before Boston scored the final eight points of the quarter, six coming on consecutive 3-pointers by Olynyk and Smart in the final 38.1 seconds.Boston led 49-39 at halftime.____TIP-INSKings: Corbin talked before the game about having the interim tag recently lifted by management. You can relax on that part of it and focus more on the games and who we have and what we feel well be with this group for the rest of the year, he said. We can move forward on what we want to be, trying to grow on both ends of the floor. Corbin replaced fired coach Michael Malone on Dec. 15.Celtics: Boston coach Brad Stevens inserted Turner into the starting lineup as the point guard. Were still searching, Stevens said. Weve got to stop searching soon. Thats the bottom line. Im hopeful itll be a good change. ... Sullinger started despite missing Mondays practice after tweaking his right ankle against Washington on Saturday.SORRYCousins said he apologized to his teammates after getting tossed and I shouldnt have done it when asked what went through his mind when he got to the locker room. He was dressed in street clothes, sitting in his locker and waiting for the media.NO ACTIONCorbin didnt start F Jason Thompson, who didnt play at all, and inserted F Ryan Hollins into the starting lineup because we needed to change something. Hollins scored four points with three rebounds in just over 11 minutes.UP NEXTKings: At Minnesota on Thursday night.Celtics: Host Dallas on Friday in Rajon Rondos return. ' ' '

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