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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Buddy Ryan dies at 85 Buddy Ryan, the bombastic, defensive-minded head coach of the Eagles from 1986-90, dies at age 85. Ryan’s record with Eagles was 43-35-1, but he was 0-3 in playoff games. Before coaching Eagles, Ryan was defensive assistant coach. As defensive coordinator for Bears, he created and implemented attacking-style 46 defense, which helped Bears win Super Bowl XX. Eagles hired Ryan after that season.
2. Lindros headlines Hall class Eric Lindros headlines 2016 class for Hockey Hall of Fame. Lindros compiled 600 points in 431 games from 1992-99 before concussion issues reduced his playing time and productivity. Lindros won Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1994-95 season, generating 70 points in 46 games of lockout-shortened season. This is his 7th year of eligibility. Former Flyers head coach Pat Quinn, who died in 2014, selected for Hall in Builders category. Other inductees are goalie Rogie Vachon, who won 2 Stanley Cups with Canadiens before moving on to Kings, Red Wings and Bruins, and Sergei Makarov, who spent first 11 seasons of his career in Russia. Former Flyers Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick among eligible players again denied entry.
3. Velasquez returns in style Vince Velasquez returns from bicep injury, strikes out 7 in 5 shutout innings as Phillies defeat host Diamondbacks, 8-0. Diamondbacks swept recent 4-game series from Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies open scoring with 2 runs in 6th inning, then break game open with 6 runs in 7th. Odubel Herrera’s 4 hits, Peter Bourjos’ 3 hits, Cesar Hernandez’s 3 hits pace 16-hit attack. Hernandez also has 2 RBI, as does Maikel Franco. Jerad Eickhoff opposes Zack Greinke tonight (9:40) as series with Diamondbacks continues.
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5. Flyers trade down, pick Russian center Flyers trade 18th pick in first round, third-round pick (No. 79 overall) to Jets in exchange for 22nd pick, 6th pick in 2nd round (No. 36). With 22nd pick, Flyers select center German Rubtsov, who registered 12 goals, 14 assists playing for Russia’s Under-18 team. With 3 picks in 2nd round, Flyers select center/wing Pascal Laberge (No. 36), goalie Carter Hart (No. 48), right wing Wade Allison (No. 52). in the 3rd round, the Flyers pick left wing Carsen Twarynski (No. 82). They also select center Connor Bunnaman (4th round, 109); Swedish defenseman Linus Hogberg (5th, 139); center Tanner Laczynski (6th, 169); center Anthony Salinitri (6th, 172); and Swedish defenseman David Bernhardt (7th, 199).
6. Free agency frenzy Free agency begins Thursday at midnight in NBA and NHL. Flyers make qualifying offers to, among others, restricted free agents Brayden Schenn, Nick Cousins, Brandon Manning before Monday’s deadline. Most coveted NHL free agent is Lightning forward Steven Stamkos. Most coveted NBA free agent is Kevin Durant.
7. Pat Summitt dies at 64 Pat Summitt, the first Division I coach to win 1,000 games, dies at 64 due to complications from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. An iconic figure in women’s basketball, Summitt compiled 1,098-208 record, won 8 national titles with Tennessee. Summitt revealed her disease in August 2011, then coached one more season.
8. Djokovic wins opener Defending champion Novak Djokovic, aiming for his 5th straight major title, opens Wimbledon with 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over James Ward. Third-seeded Roger Federer fends off Guido Pella, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3. In 2nd round, Federer will face 772nd-ranked Marcus Willis, a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Ricardas Berankis. In women’s draw, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final, slips past Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 5-7., 6-4.
9. Union’s home streak ends at 10 Roland Alberg remains hot by scoring opening goal, but Vancouver scores 3 unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 win, snapping the Union’s home unbeaten streak at 10. Alberg has 7 goals in his last 4 games. Chris Pontius scores in stoppage time to cut deficit to 3-2, but Union can’t generate equalizer. Union will host Red Bulls on Wednesday (7 p.m.) in U.S. Open Cup, then visit Houston on Saturday (9 p.m.).
10. Soul rally past Steel Soul limit Portland to 7 points in 2nd half as they rally for 59-38 victory. Dan Raudabaugh completes 19 of 33 passes for 217 yards, 5 TDs for visiting Soul (10-3), who trailed at halftime, 31-28. Soul will host Cleveland on Saturday (6 p.m.) at PPL Center in Allentown.
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San Francisco 5, Phillies 4
NHL Draft, 10 a.m.
Phillies 3, San Francisco 2
Vancouver 3, Union 2
San Francisco 8, Phillies 7
Phillies 8, Arizona 0
Soul 59, Portland 38
Phillies at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Phillies at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.
Red Bulls at Union, 7 p.m.
(U.S. Open Cup)
No games scheduled
Royals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Royals at Phillies, 5:50 p.m.
Cleveland at Soul, 6 p.m.
(at PPL Center in Allentown)
Union at Houston, 9 p.m.
Royals at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
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Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. In this week’s draft-centric column, Eric serves up opinions on the Sixers’ draft, the Flyers’ draft, and why more Americans are being selected in the NHL Draft and fewer in the NBA Draft.
The Flyers trade down four spots, then GM Ron Hextall selects Russian center German Rubtsov at No. 22 in NHL Draft. With the second-round pick (No. 36) they get from the Jets in the trade, the Flyers select center/wing Pascal Laberge. Goalie Carter Hart and right wing Wade Allison also second-round picks.
The 76ers selected Ben Simmons with the first pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but were unable to put together a deal to acquire another high draft picks. They took international players who may remain overseas for at least a year with the 24th and 26th picks. That means the success of this draft largely depends on Simmons.
By taking younger players in the first round of the NBA Draft, teams are gambling on future development rather than established skills and fundamentals. That makes the first round, even the No. 1 overall pick, a major gamble.
Kieffer Bellows(pictured) is one of the wings the Flyers would likely consider if he’s available when they select at No. 18 during the first round. With 10 picks in the draft, the Flyers could greatly improve their organizational depth — or use one or two of the picks to move up in the first round.