Draft position for Flyers after moving up 11 spots in NHL Draft lottery

The Greek god of wrestling discusses the business side of wrestling, from Spike TV’s decision not to renew TNA’s contract to the number of subscribers to the WWE Network. Achilles Heel also tells you the lineup for Ring of Honor’s Aug. 9 visit to Philly, praises the Stephanie McMahon-Brie Bella and Randy Orton-Roman Reigns confrontations on RAW, and even offers advice to World Team Tennis.

Thaddeus Young was the consummate professional during his seven seasons with the 76ers. He had five head coaches, one winning season and won one playoff series as a Sixer, but always gave his best effort.

Will GM Sam Hinkie’s wheeling and dealing, which subtracts contributing players in favor of future assets, jeopardize the Sixers’ chances of holding on to Brett Brown? In addition to examining that issue, Eric Fisher notes the Sixers’ winless streak at home, questions whether Michael Carter-Williams will develop into a winning point guard and highlights the Sixers’ poor free-throw shooting.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles fill needs in draft Eagles use their first 3 picks in NFL Draft for defensive players. They select Tennessee DE Derek Barnett with 14th overall pick. Barnett (6-foot-3, 259 pounds) finishes career with 33 sacks, 1 more than Reggie White while at Tennessee. With Connor Barwin leaving, Eagles had need at DE. With their 1st pick in 2nd round, No. 43 overall, Eagles select Washington CB Sidney Jones, a likely 1st-round pick until tearing Achilles tendon during his pro day workout. It’s uncertain if Jones will be ready to play by start of season. With 3rd-round pick (No. 99 overall), Eagles select West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas. Eagles shift to offense on final day of draft, selecting North Carolina receiver Mack Hollins in 4th round (No. 118), trading up in 4th round to get San Diego St. RB Donnel Pumphrey (No. 132) and selection West Virginia receiver Shelton Gibson in 5th round (No. 166). Eagles return to defense for final 2 picks, selecting Nebraska safety Nate Gerry with final pick of 5th round (No. 184) and Washington DT Elijah Qualls in 6th round (No. 214).

2. Flyers move up to No. 2 in lottery Flyers, with 13th-worst record, jump up to 2nd draft position in NHL Draft lottery. Devils will have first overall pick.

3. Phillies blow lead in 9th Dodgers hit 3 straight home runs in 9th inning off closer du jour Hector Neris, who blows 3-run lead in Phillies’ gut-wrenching 6-5 defeat. Entering 9th inning with 5-2 lead, Neris allows consecutive solo home runs to Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, pinch-hitter Justin Turner. After Neris allowed another hit, Joely Rodriguez enters game and allows 2 singles, although Adrian Gonzalez’s game-winning infield single with 2 outs bounced off the glove of Maikel Franco, who certainly could have been charged with error. Brock Stassi hits 3-run homer for Phillies. Catcher Andrew Knapp, starting in place of slumping Cameron Rupp, contributes 3 hits, including his 1st career homer. Zach Eflin allows 2 runs, 4 hits — including 2 solo homers — in 7 innings. Nick Pivetta pitches today (4:10 p.m.) as Phillies try to avoid sweep by Dodgers.

4. Pivetta to make debut today Nick Pivetta, taking Aaron Nola’s place in rotation, makes his MLB debut today (4:10 p.m.) against Dodgers. Phillies send reliever Luis Garcia to Class AAA Lehigh Valley to make room on roster for Pivetta. Phillies placed Nola on 10-day disabled list with back strain. Nola, who experienced tightness in his back during last start, expected to miss 1 or 2 starts, according to GM Matt Klentak.

5. NFL Draft gets offensive In draft highly touted for depth of quality defensive players, 7 of top 10 players are offensive players. Teams trade up to get QBs. Browns kick off NFL Draft from base of Art Museum steps and in Eakins Circle and surrounding area along Benjamin Franklin Parkway by selecting Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett. Bears provide first surprise by trading up to swap picks with 49ers, select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. Receivers Corey Davis (5th, Titans), Mike Williams (7th, Chargers), John Ross (9th, Bengals) go in top 10. Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey selected 8th by Panthers. Chiefs trade up from 27th to 10th, swapping picks with Bills, giving them 3rd-round pick this year and 1st-round pick in 2018, to select Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. Temple LB Haason Reddick selected 13th by Cardinals. Reddick’s Temple teammate, offensive lineman Dion Dawkins, selected by Bills in 2nd round (63rd overall pick). Chiefs select Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon in 2nd round (No. 59). Bucs select Penn State receiver Chris Godwin in 3rd round (No. 84). Colts select Temple CB Nate Hairston in 5th round (No. 158).

6. Off-field troubles not disqualifier After Raiders select Ohio State CB Gareon Conley 24th overall in 1st round despite rape accusation, Vikings trade up in 2nd round, swapping picks with Bengals in order to take Florida St. RB Dalvin Cook, who has injury and off-field issues, with 41st pick. Bengals then use Vikings’ selection (48th overall) to take Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon, who punched woman in bar incident caught on tape, breaking her jaw.

7. Pageau, Senators sink Rangers in 2 OTs Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores 4 goals, including 2 in final 3:19 of regulation and another 2:54 into second overtime to lift Senators to 6-5 triumph over visiting Rangers, taking 2-0 series lead. In Saturday’s other game, Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel contribute 2 goals, 1 assist apiece, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes 34 saves as Penguins crush Capitals, 6-2, chasing goalie Braden Holtby from net in 2nd period and extending series lead to 2-0. In Friday’s games, Blues score twice in 3rd period, including game-winning goal from Vladimir Tarasenko with 3:51 remaining, to edge Predators, 3-2, and even second-round series at 1-1, and Cam Talbot makes 39 saves as Oilers edge Ducks, 2-1, to take 2-0 series lead and end Ducks’ streak of games without regulation loss at 18.

8. Clippers, Jazz clash in Game 7 Clippers, Jazz meet today (3:30 p.m.) in Game 7 of first-round series, with winner to open 2nd round Tuesday against top-seeded Warriors. Second round begins today (1 p.m.) with Celtics, who won final 4 games of series with Bulls, hosting Wizards. On Monday night, defending-champion Cavaliers open series with visiting Raptors (7 p.m), and Spurs open series against visiting Rockets (9:30 p.m.).

9. Not-so-sweet 16 Union, with a lot of help from goalie Andre Blake, salvage point with 0-0 tie on road against L.A. Galaxy. Winless streak for Union (0-4-4), dating back to last season, is 16 games.

10. Soul blast Brigade in home opener Ryan McDaniel catches 8 passes for 123 yards, 5 TDs as Soul bombard Baltimore, 69-34, in home opener. Defending-champion Soul (3-0) will visit Cleveland on Friday.

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NFL Draft
Rounds 2-3
(at Art Museum steps)
Dodgers 5, Phillies 3
Penn Relays

NFL Draft
Rounds 4-7
(at Art Museum steps)
Dodgers 6, Phillies 5
Soul 69, Baltimore 34
(home opener)
Union 0, Los Angeles 0

Phillies at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.


Phillies at Cubs, 8 p.m.

Phillies at Cubs, 8 p.m.

Phillies at Cubs, 8 p.m.

Phillies at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Soul at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Red Bulls at Union, 7 p.m.

Nationals at Phillies, 2:30 p.m.


Patient Eagles happy to find Barnett at No. 14

The Eagles watched the rush to select offensive players at the top of the NFL Draft, and then selected Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett from among the talented defensive players still on the board with the 14th overall pick. ***** He's not ...
Patient Eagles happy to find Barnett at No. 14

Thoughts on the draft?

What do you think of the Eagles’ draft? Share your opinion in Voice of the Phanatics.

Phillies Notebook

Freddy Galvis, in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, is one reason the Phillies put together a six-game winning streak. But the Phillies face a difficult test during a two-week stretch, with series against the Dodgers, Cubs and Nationals.

Eagles need to be right

In a draft loaded with quality defensive prospects, the Eagles can’t afford to swing and miss in a “can’t miss” first round. Eric Fisher uses past drafts to illustrate the impact of making the right — or wrong — pick.

Top 10 at No. 14

With the Eagles scheduled to select 14th during the first round of the NFL Draft, we present the top 10 picks at No. 14 during the past 50 years. Will Derek Barnett make this list one day?

Heel Turns: Will Payback pay off?

April - 29 - 2017 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling questions the structure and match selection for WWE’s “Payback” on Sunday night. Achilles Heel also praises Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre for their successful returns to WWE, tells you when Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Universal Championship, and reveals matches for upcoming Philly events for CHIKARA and Ring of Honor.

Penguins vs. Capitals is marquee matchup

April - 25 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

If Alexander Ovechkin is going to advance past the second round for the first time in his career, the Capitals will have to eliminate the Penguins, who are the defending Stanley Cup champions. Eric Fisher analyzes all four second-round series and predicts the winners.

Eagles’ eyes on future

April - 23 - 2017 Reporter: Gordon Glantz Respond

After the dust settles following the NFL Draft’s first round, the Eagles will try to build depth and find future starters, such as Iowa DB Desmond King (pictured), in rounds 2-7. Gordon Glantz presents his final Eagles mock draft, and throws in some rookie free agents as a bonus.

Mock Draft: Eagles hanging on the corner

April - 23 - 2017 Reporter: Gordon Glantz Respond

Gordon Glantz believes the Eagles will be fortunate enough to have Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey available when they select at No. 14 in the NFL Draft. See how Gordon thinks the first round will play out Thursday in this mock draft.

Heel Turns: The remarkable rise of The Miz

April - 22 - 2017 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling details the transformation of The Miz from an awful and obnoxious newcomer to a top star. Achilles Heel also takes Impact Wrestling to task for focusing on broadcasters, takes a quick look at WWE’s Payback and warns you not to wait any longer to get tickets for the War of the Worlds Tour at 2300 Arena.

Fish ‘n Chips

April - 22 - 2017 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the success of the NFL Draft, the first rounds of the NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs and having new names atop the NASCAR standings.

Drew Pearson antagonizes Eagles fans (use link)