Career home runs for Angels slugger Albert Pujols

Instead of a top 10 list, this week, with WrestleMania XXX taking place Sunday in New Orleans, we bring you the top 30 WresteMania matches in history.

Before the praise for baseball cleaning up its act and the self-righteous shaming of the suspended players gets too far out of hand, we should remember the cautionary tale of Alex Rodriguez.

By revealing that he’s gay, NFL prospect Michael Sam made major news. Maybe someday a gay player will be a non-story, just as it was when an African-American quarterback won the Super Bowl earlier this month.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Rangers have block party Rangers repeatedly block shots, particularly on Flyers’ power play, en route to 4-1 victory in Game 3 at Wells Fargo Center. Rangers take 2-1 series lead. Rangers again jump out to 2-0 lead midway through first period. Mark Streit scores with 2:42 remaining in 1st period, but Flyers didn’t get another puck past Henrik Lundqvist, who makes 31 saves. Former Flyer Dan Carcillo sets up screen on 3rd Rangers goal and scores 4th Rangers goal. Steve Mason plays final 7:15 in relief of Emery, and may start Game 4 on Friday  (7 p.m.) at Wells Fargo Center.

2. Who  will start Game 4? After Steve Mason returns in Game 4 and play final 7:15 of regulation in Game 3, there are questions concerning whether Mason or Ray Emery, who started first 3 games of series with Rangers, will start in goal in Game 4 Friday. Mason was injured late in 2nd period on April 12 when Penguins forward Jayson Megna drove defenseman Andy MacDonald back into Mason.

3. Phillies hustle past Dodgers in 10 Carlos Ruiz hustles to second base when blooper falls for an error in 10th inning and then scores on Domonic Brown’s double to provide winning run as Phillies defeat host Dodgers, for 3rd win in row. Starter A.J. Burnett allows 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings, and relievers Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon keep Dodgers from adding more runs. Ben Revere contributes 4 hits. Burnett had 3 hits.

4. Hamels pitches tonight Cole Hamels makes his season debut tonight (10:10 p.m.) against Dodgers. In final rehab start, Hamels scatters 3 hits and allows just 1 run in 7 innings Thursday for  Class Clearwater. Hamels had shoulder tendinitis during offseason and fatigue during spring training.

5. Waiting for NFL schedule NFL schedule will come out Wednesday at 8 p.m. When will Eagles face Redskins and former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson?.

6. Flyers playoff schedule Flyers-Rangers playoff series continues Friday (7 p.m.) with Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center. Game 5 will be Sun., April 27 (noon) at Madison Square Garden. If necessary, Game 6 would be Tues., April 29 (TBD) in Philly, and Game 7 would be Wed., April 30 (TBD) at the Garden.

7. Listen to Flyers postgame show Listen to Ron Opher, Gordon Glantz and Eric Fisher analyze Game 2 of Flyers-Rangers series and discuss whether Ray Emery or Steve Mason should start Game 3 on PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To listen to the show, please click here(To listen to past shows, click here)

8. Canadiens sweep Lightning Max Pacioretty scores with 42.6 seconds remaining to spoil Lightning comeback and boost Canadiens to 4-3 series-clinching triumph. Canadiens sweep Lightning, 4-0. In other games Tuesday, Bruins shut out host Red Wings, 3-0, to take 2-1 series lead; and Patrick Marleau scores 6:20 into overtime to lift Sharks past host Kings, 4-3, to take commanding 3-0 series lead. On Monday, Penguins score on 3 straight shots in 3rd period to rally for 4-3 victory over host Blue Jackets and take 2-1 series lead; Mikael Granlund scores 5:08 into overtime to lift host Wild past Avalanche, 1-0, to cut series deficit to 2-1; Blackhawks, without suspended defenseman Brent Seabrook, avoid Blues comeback and overtime while posting 2-0 victory, cutting series deficit to 2-1; and Stars shut out visiting Ducks, 3-0, to cut series deficit to 2-1.

9. Pacers bounce back Paul George scores 27 points, 10 rebounds as Pacers rebound from Game 1 loss with 101-85 victory over visiting Hawks, tying series at 1-1. In Tuesday’s other games, Bradley Beal scores 26 points to help visiting Wizards nip Bulls inovertime, 101-99, to take 2-0 series lead, and DeMar DeRozan pours in 30 points to boost Raptors past visiting Nets, 100-95, to even series at 1-1. On Monday, Zach Randolph scores 26 points, Michael Conley contributes 19 points, 12 assists as Grizzlies withstand 36-point, 11-rebound effort by Kevin Durant to pull out 111-105 overtime victory over host Thunder, evening series at 1-1; and Blake Griffin pours in 35 points as Clippers crush visiting Warriors, 138-98, to even series at 1-1.

10. Report: Penn’s Bagnoli to retire Inquirer reports that Al Bagnoli will retire after next season, his 23rd at Penn. Defensive coordinator Ray Priore will take over after Bagnoli retires, according to the report.

(Listen live to PhillyPhanatics.com’s weekly Internet Blog Talk Radio program this Sunday from 6:30-7 p.m. — or call in to express your opinion or ask a question — by calling 805-727-7014. To listen to past shows, click here)


Rockies 12, Phillies 1

Rockies 3, Phillies 1
Houston 0, Union 0
Soul 54, Jacksonville 41
Wings 15, Vancouver 11

Phillies 10, Rockies 9
Stanley Cup playoffs
First round
Flyers 4, Rangers 2
(Series tied, 1-1)


Phillies 7, Dodgers 0

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2 (10 inngs.)
Stanley Cup playoffs
First round
Rangers 4, Flyers 1
(Rangers lead series, 2-1)

Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Penn Relays

Phillies at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Penn Relays
Stanley Cup playoffs
First round
Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m.

Phillies at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.
Union at Montreal, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Penn Relays

Phillies at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.
Iowa at Soul, 4 p.m.
Stanley Cup playoffs
First round
Flyers at Rangers, noon



Lundqvist, Rangers block Flyers’ path to victory

Henrik Lundqvist makes 31 saves and the Rangers block numerous other shots while handing the Flyers a convincing 4-1 defeat at Wells Fargo in Game 3 of their first-round series. The Rangers lead the series, 2-1. ***** As is usually the case, ...
Lundqvist, Rangers block Flyers’ path to victory

Flyers or Rangers?

Which team will win the first-round series between the Flyers and the Rangers? Post your prediction and the reasons behind it.

Quite a catch

The NFL Draft is very deep in receivers. With the Eagles likely to draft a receiver or two, possibly with their first-round selection, Gordon Glantz provides a preview of potential picks.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the value of a good backup goalie, MLB’s replay system and the Canadiens’ home-ice advantage.

Top 10 list

The Flyers and Rangers have faced each other 10 times in the postseason. So, naturally, we bring you the top 10 Flyers-Rangers playoff series (from a Flyers perspective).

Sixers Notebook: Young may choose to leave

April - 22 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

In his final Sixers Notebook of the season, Eric Fisher wonders if Thaddeus Young (pictured, left) will choose to follow former teammate Evan Turner (pictured, right) out the door and leave the Sixers. Eric also chastises Sixers owner Josh Harris for deeming the season “a huge success,” speculates on which Sixers will return next season and maps out the Sixers’ best- and worst-case scenarios in the draft lottery.

Phils Notebook: Burnett pitches through pain

April - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Jacob Fischer Respond

The Phillies must hope that A.J. Burnett can pitch effectively while putting off surgery to repair a hernia. Jacob Fischer also discusses the returns of Cole Hamels and Mike Adams and the Phillies’ lackluster offense.

Ray of hope

April - 20 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

After falling behind by two goals early in Game 2 of their series with the Rangers, the resilient Flyers respond with four straight goals and Ray Emery stops the next 29 shots as the Flyers post a 4-2 victory to even series at 1-1 and end their Madison Square Garden losing streak at nine games. Rookie Jason Akeson scores the tying goal. Luke Schenn scores the winning goal.

Heel Turns: Wonderful Warrior tribute

April - 19 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek god of wrestling urges fans to get the WWE Network so they can watch the outstanding documentary about the Ultimate Warrior. Achilles Heel also discusses Eric Young winning the TNA world title, Ring of Honor’s big pay-per-view move and how Paul Heyman’s reactions added to the Undertaker-Lesnar match at WrestleMania XXX.

NBA playoff preview: Wild, wild West

April - 19 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Several top teams (Pacers, Heat, Thunder) stumbled toward the end of the season. Is this an indication there will be first-round upsets? Eric Fisher doesn’t think so in the East, but says to prepare for a wild, wild West.

Rangers, Richards stick it to Flyers

April - 17 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but stick penalties are what really hurt you. The Flyers committed five stick infractions during the third period, including a double-minor on Jason Akeson that led to two Rangers goals, during a 4-1 defeat Thursday in Game 1 of their opening-round series. Brad Richards (pictured) scores the game-winning goal and assists on two others, all during the third period.

Schultz vs. Rolfe, 1st Flyers-Rangers series