Age of Bernard Hopkins, who tries to unify light heavyweight titles tonight

The Phillies parted company with Delmon Young and Laynce Nix, but also reaffirmed their marriage vows with Chase Utley. It’s been quite a week in the front office, as the team gets younger in some ways — but not in others.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Fred Shero being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the importance of the Eagles-Redskins game and Jimmie Johnson’s success.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Phillies-Comcast SportsNet partnership, the Sixers-Devils relationship and DeSean Jackson’s ill-timed contract comments.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Flyers try to bounce back Flyers try to even first-round series with Rangers on Sunday (noon) in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden, where the Flyers have lost 9 straight games. In Game 1, Jason Akeson, playing in his first NHL playoff game, commits high-sticking penalty during third period, drawing double-minor. Rangers take advantage by scoring twice while Akeson is in penalty box and then add insurance goal during 4-1 victory. Andrew MacDonald opens scoring 7:28 into first period on Flyers’ first shot on goal, but they don’t beat Henrik Lundqvist again. Flyers manage just 15 shots on goal, including 1 during third period. Ray Emery, starting in place of injured  goalie Steve Mason, makes 32 saves.

2. Mason practices Goalie Steve Mason, who didn’t attend Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Rangers due to “upper body” injury, practices Friday. Mason’s status for Game 2 on Sunday is uncertain. Mason was injured late in 2nd period Saturday when Penguins forward Jayson Megna drives defenseman Andy MacDonald back into Mason.

3. Rocky start to road trip Jonathan Pettibone allows 9 hits, 8 runs in 4 innings as Phillies open 10-game road trip with 12-1 loss to Rockies. Pettibone send back to minors, reliever Shawn Camp added to roster in move manager Ryne Sandberg says didn’t have anything to do with Pettibone’s performance. Rockies pound out 18 hits; Phillies produce 2 hits, with 1st one (by Cody Asche) coming in 5th inning. Mike Adams, in 1st appearance since having shoulder surgery last July, pitches 1-2-3 inning. All other relievers (Mario Hollands, Jeff Manship, B.J. Rosenberg) allow at least 1 run. Troy Tulowitzki hurts Phillies with 3 hits, 5 RBI.  Kyle Kendrick starts tonight (8:10 p.m.) as Phillies continue series at Colorado. Phillies reschedule Tuesday’s rainout with Braves as day portion of day-night doubleheader on June 28.

4. Flyers playoff schedule Game 2 of Flyers-Rangers series is Sunday (noon) at Madison Square Garden. Series shifts to Wells Fargo Center for Game 3 on Tuesday (8 p.m.), Game 4 on Friday (7 p.m.). If necessary, Game 5 would be Sun., April 27 (noon) at Madison Square Garden, Game 6 would be Tues., April 29 (TBD) in Philly, and Game 7 would be Wed., April 30 (TBD) at the Garden.

5. Flyers postgame show Join Ron Opher, Gordon Glantz and Eric Fisher on Sunday (6:30-7 p.m.) as they review Game 2 of Flyers-Rangers series on PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To join the conversation, ask a question or simply to listen in live, please call 1-805-727-7014. Other topics may include Phillies and NHL/NBA playoffs. (To listen to past shows, click here)

6. Hamels may pitch Wednesday Cole Hamels may returner to Phillies lineup on Wednesday 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.

7. Red Wings edge Bruins Pavel Datsyuk scores with 3:01 remaining in 3rd period, Jimmy Howard makes 25 saves as 8th-seeded Red Wings slip past top-seeded Bruins, 1-0, in opening game of their first-round series. In other games Friday, Rene Bourque scores twice as Canadiens defeat host Lightning, 4-1, to take 2-0 Atlantic Division series lead back to Montreal, and Ryan Getzlaf, who was injured by slap shot to jaw at end of Game 1, scores goal and assists on shorthanded goal as host Ducks defeat stubborn Wild, 3-2, to take 2-0 series lead. In Western Conference games Thursday, Alex Steen scores 26 seconds into 3rd overtime to lift host Blues past defending-champion Blackhawks, 4-3, in Game 1 of Central Division playoffs; Paul Statsny scores tying goal with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation and go-ahead goal 7:27 into overtime to lift Avalanche to 5-4 comeback win over Wild, and Sharks double up Kings, 6-3.

8. NBA playoffs begin NBA playoffs begin today with Raptors hosting Nets (12:30 p.m.). In other playoff games today, the Clippers host the Warriors (3:30 p.m.), the Pacers host the Hawks (7 p.m.) and the Thunder host the Grizzlies (9:30 p.m.). On Sunday, the Spurs host the Mavericks (1 p.m.); the Heat host the Bobcats (3:30 p.m.); the Bulls host the Wizards (7 p.m.); and the Rockets host the Trail Blazers (9:30 p.m.).

9. Hopkins, 49, tries to unify titles IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins tries to unify titles tonight when he battles WBA, IBA champion Beibut Shumenov tonight in Washington, D.C. Hopkins (54-6-2) is 49 years old.

10. Union host Houston Union hosts Houston today (4 p.m.). In previous game, Thierry Henry, Lloyd Sam score 10 minutes apart during second half to help New York Red Bulls defeat visiting Union, 2-1, to notch their 1st win this season. Sebastien Le Toux cuts deficit in half with penalty kick in 10th minute, but Union (1-2-4) unable to tie game even though Red Bulls forced to play with 10 players due to red card.

(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

Phillies at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Houston at Union, 4 p.m.
Jacksonville at Soul, 6 p.m.
Wings at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Phillies at Rockies, 4:10 p.m.
Stanley Cup playoffs
First round
Flyers at Rangers, noon
(Rangers lead series, 1-0)


Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Stanley Cup playoffs
First round
Rangers at Flyers, 8 p.m.

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



Rangers, Richards stick it to Flyers

Brad Richards scores the game-winning goal and assists on two others, all during the third period, as the Rangers take advantage of Flyers penalties to post a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of their opening-round series. ***** Sticks and stones may break ...
Rangers, Richards stick it to Flyers

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.

NBA playoff preview


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.

Don’t write off Flyers

The loss of goalie Steve Mason, at least for Game 1, seems to seal the Flyers’ playoff fate. But Eric Fisher cautions against writing off a team that has met virtually every challenge placed before it.

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).

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.

Quest for the Cup

April - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

We provide you with a comprehensive look at the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, featuring breakdowns, analysis and predictions.

Flyers-Rangers: Goal is to solve Lundqvist

April - 16 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Much has been made of the Flyers’ 8-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden, but a bigger obstacle in this first-round series is superb goalie Henrik Lundqvist. How can the Flyers beat “King Henrik” and the Rangers? Eric Fisher provides the analysis and answers.

Fish ‘n Chips

April - 14 - 2014 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere’s NHL future, the use of shootouts to decide outcomes and the prevalence of ties in soccer.

Union Rules: Flyers prospect leads small college to first Frozen Four title

April - 13 - 2014 Reporter: Ron Opher Respond

Tiny Union College of Schenectady, N.Y. wrote its own Rocky story at the Wells Fargo Center. Led by Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere, the Dutchmen captured their first NCAA hockey title, beating powerhouses Boston Colege and Minnesota in the Frozen Four.

Heel Turns: Changing of the guard at WWE

April - 12 - 2014 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

WrestleMania XXX and the next night’s RAW signaled a changing of the guard in WWE, with fresh faces being introduced and moving to the forefront of WWE. Achilles Heel also reflects on WrestleMania XXX and the Hall of Fame ceremony and offers condolence to family and friends of the Ultimate Warrior.

Schultz vs. Rolfe, 1st Flyers-Rangers series