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Years since a team has repeated as Stanley Cup champion

The Kings and Spurs won championships after almost being eliminated in the first round. Eric Fisher also uses other examples to demonstrate the slim margin between success and disappointment.

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Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the fallout from the Eagles’ season-opening 3-game winning streak, three young stars with similar-sounding first names and the new-look Chase as it arrives at Dover.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Reds power past Phillies Reds hit 4 home runs off starter Zach Eflin, including pair of 2-run homers by Adam Duvall, en route to 8-4 victory over host Phillies, who lose 9th straight series. Last time Phillies lost 9 straight series was 1997. Andrew Knapp hits 3-run homer during 4-run 2nd inning as Phillies take 4-2 lead. Other run scores on Eflin’s RBI single. But Duvall ties game with 2-run homer in top of 3rd inning. His 2nd homer comes in 5th. Jeanmar Gomez allows solo homer in relief. Odubel Herrera goes 0 for 4, dropping batting average to .217. Jeremy Hellickson starts Monday (7:10 p.m.) as Phillies visit Marlins.

2. Phillies send down Eflin After allowing 4 home runs against Reds and 7 runs in 5 innings, starting pitcher Zach Eflin sent down to Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Eflin 0-3 with 6.13 ERA that has shot up in last 3 starts. Phillies are expected to activate Howie Kendrick, who has been on DL with oblique injury, and then call up starting pitcher later this week.

3. Eagles’ 2nd OTAs begin Tuesday Eagles begin second set of OTAs (Organized team activities) on Tuesday. First OTAs held without DT Fletcher Cox, OT Jason Peters, DE Marcus Smith, punter Donnie Jones. OTAs are voluntary, but almost everyone attends. Isaac Seumalo lines up at left guard with first team. Allen Barbre has calf injury. With Peters missing, Lane Johnson moves to left tackle, Halapoulivaati joins starting unit at right tackle. Patrick Robinson, Jalen Mills line up as first-team cornerbacks.

4. Hall of Famer Bunning dies Former Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning, who served in Senate and House of Representatives after baseball career, dies at age 85. An 8-time All-Star, Bunning inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. Bunning won 224 games during his career, primarily spent with Phillies and Tigers, but including stints with Dodgers and Pirates. Bunning best-known for throwing perfect game on Father’s Day in 1964. He also hurled no-hitter with Tigers in 1958. When he retired, Bunning was second to Walter Johnson on all-time strikeouts list. Bunning was 2nd pitcher — preceded by Cy Young — to win 100 games and strike out 1,000 batters in both NL and AL.

5. Mackanin calls team meeting Manager Pete Mackanin holds team meeting after Phillies’ 5-2 loss to Reds on Friday. Loss was Phillies’ 21st in 26 games, dropping record to MLB-worst 16-30. Phillies generate just 3 hits for 4th time in 6 games.

6. Penguins square off with Predators Penguins host Predators on Monday (8 p.m.) in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals. Nashville’s Peter Laviolette. who guided Flyers to 2010 finals, becomes 4th coach in NHL history to reach final with 3 different teams.

7. Cavaliers, Warriors meet in final again LeBron James scores 35 points, becoming NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader, as Cavaliers cruise to 135-102 victory over host Celtics, wrapping up Eastern Conference Finals in 5 games and advancing to NBA Finals to face Warriors for 3rd straight season. James has reached NBA Finals in 7 straight seasons. Finals begin next Thursday.

8. Union’s streak ends at 4 Real Salt Lake scores in 1st half, then hangs on for 1-0 victory over visiting Union, ending Union’s team-record 4-game winning streak. Union (4-5-4) will play at New York City FC on Saturday (1 p.m.).

9. Sato wins Indy 500 Today is big day for auto racing, with 101st running or Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m.). Former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato, wins duel with 3-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves during final 2 laps to become 1st Japanese driver to win Indy 500.

10. Soul escape with victory Soul survive challenge from host Washington Valor, escaping with 48-47 victory when Valor fumble extra-point attempt at end of game. Soul remain undefeated (7-0), Valor pull within 42-41 earlier in 4th quarter. QB Dan Raudabaugh (10 of 22, 148 yards, 5 TDs) connects with Darius Reynolds for 11-yard TD to stretch lead to 48-41, but 2-point conversion to put game out of reach fails. Soul have bye next week.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Reds 5, Phillies 2

Saturday
Phillies 4, Reds 3
Soul 48, Washington 47
Real Salt Lake 1, Union 0

Sunday
Reds 8, Phillies 4

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Philllies at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Tuesday
Philllies at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday
Philllies at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Thursday
No games scheduled

Friday
Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Giants at Phillies, 4 p.m.
Union at New York City FC, 1 p.m.

Sunday
Giants at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
AAA 400 Drive for Autism, 1 p.m.
(at Dover International Speedway)

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