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Runs for Mets in 1st game of doubleheader vs. Phillies on Thursday

Watching the Phillies this season has been excruciatingly painful. They lose night after night, frequently repeating the same mistakes game after game.

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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Eagles lose to Patriots Patriots score first 17 points en route to 37-20 victory over visiting Eagles in preseason game Thursday. In first game action since Super Bowl, QB Nick Foles completes 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards before leaving game with strained shoulder. Injury comes when Foles’ arm hit on pass play, causing fumble returned 54 yards for TD. Backup QB Nate Sudfeld completes 22 of 39 passes for 312 yards, 3 TDs. Shelton Gibson catches 5 passes for 90 yards, TD. Patriots QB Tom Brady completes 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and 2 TDs, all in 1st half. Eagles visit Browns next Thursday.

2. Phillies salvage split with Mets After getting blown out in Game 1 of doubleheader, 24-4, Phillies fend off visiting Mets in nightcap, escaping with 9-6 victory to salvage split. Phillies move within 1 1/2  games of Braves, who drop 5-3 decision to Rockies. Game 2 starts off with 3 straight doubles by Mets, who take 2-0 lead, but starter Zach Eflin only allows 2 more runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn win. Catcher Wilson Ramos has 3 hits for 2nd time in 2 nights. Rhys Hoskins regains lead with 3-run homer in bottom of 1st inning. Scott Kingery also homers. Mets score 2 runs in 9th inning, bring tying run to plate before Seranthony Dominguez gets final out. Mets blow open Game 1 with 10 runs in 5th inning.  Jose Bautista drives in 7 runs. Mets bang out 25 hits. Phillies commit 4 errors, leading to 11 unearned runs, including all 7 off Mark Leiter Jr. in 5th inning. Starter Ranger Suarez allows 11 hits, 8 runs (4 earned) in 4 innings. Phillies continue series with Mets on Friday (6 p.m.).

3. Phillies activate Ramos Phillies activate catcher Wilson Ramos off disabled list, send catcher Andrew Knapp to Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Phillies  recall reliever Hector Neris from Class AAA Lehigh Valley, send infielder J.P. Crawford down to make room roster. Phillies also trade pitcher Jake Thompson to Brewers for cash. Last week Phillies acquire left-handed bat for bench, trading for 1b Justin Bour. Phillies send minor-league pitcher McKenzie Mills to Marlins for cash and Bour, who was hitting .227, with 19 home runs, 54 RBI with Marlins. To make room for Bour, Phillies send starting pitcher Zach Eflin to minors for 10-day assignment, but will be able to recall Eflin for Thursday’s doubleheader with Mets, when they are allowed to add 26th player, so Eflin won’t miss a start.

4. Wentz: It will be close When asked by WIP’s Angelo Cataldi if he will be ready for Eagles’ season opener against Falcons, QB Carson Wentz says “It will be close.” Wentz says starting Week 1 is the goal, but final decision up to doctors and coaches. After doing some 11-on-11 drills at the start of training camp, Wentz, who is coming off major knee surgery, has been limited to 7-on-7 drills.

5. Eagles wrap up training camp Eagles hold final training camp session Tuesday. Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey, Markus Wheaton, Mack Hollins, RB Josh Adams among others who didn’t practice. Rookie TE Dallas Goedert returns to practice Monday, although he wasn’t a full participant, after leaving Saturday’s practice with apparent arm injury and not practicing Monday. There was speculation on social media that Goedert’s injury was serious.Nick Foles, who did not practice last week due to “upper body soreness,” back on field Sunday after returning Saturday during open practice before estimated 35,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. DE Brandon Graham, WR Alshon Jeffery, DT Tim Jernigan, safety/special teams ace Chris Maragos remain on physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

6. Eagles sign Hackenberg Eagles sign former Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg. After being drafted by Jets in 2nd round of 2016 NFL Draft (51st overall), Hackenberg traded to Raiders after 2 poor seasons. Raiders released Hackenberg in June. Eagles release rookie offensive lineman Ian Park to make room for Hackenberg, who practices Monday.

7. Union to host N.Y. FC Union to host New York City FC on Saturday (7 p.m.). Union (9-11-3) tied with Montreal for final playoff berth in Eastern Conference, but have 2 games in hand. New England is 1 point behind them. In previous game, Jack Elliott scores goals 10 minutes apart, then Fafa Picault scores game-winner on penalty kick as Union defeat host New England, 3-2. After Elliott’s goals in 14th and 24th minute, Revolution score twice early in 2nd half to tie game, 2-2, but Picault’s penalty kick in 76th minute lifts Union to victory.

8. Woods, Koepka coming to Aronimink Tiger Woods, runner-up to Brooks Koepka at PGA Championship last Sunday, will be in field at BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square from Sept. 6-9. Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson will also be at BMW Championship, which is 3rd of 4 playoff tournaments leading up to FedEx Cup.

9. Prime time players Sixers to be on national TV at least 4 times. Sixers’ season opener at Boston on Oct. 16 will be on TNT. Sixers will be on TNT again 2 days later for home opener against Bulls. Sixers will be on ABC on Christmas when they visit Celtics. And they will be back on TNT on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21) when they host Rockets. Joel Embiid, who was in Africa for NBA Africa game, bit on arm by lion cub Sunday in South Africa. Embiid, who was not seriously injured, was playing with cub at wildlife refuge. Embiid scores 24 points during game, but Team World defeats Team Africa, 96-92.

10. Prime time players II Flyers to appear on national TV 17 times in upcoming season, including in 4 of NBC’s 13 games. Season opener at Las Vegas (Oct. 4), home opener against Sharks (Oct. 9) among games on NBCSN. NBC’s 1st game is Flyers hosting Rangers on Nov. 23 (day after Thanksgiving). Flyers’ game against Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23 also on NBC.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
San Diego 2, Phillies 0

Saturday
Phillies 5, San Diego 1
Union 3, New England 2

Sunday
San Diego 9, Phillies 3

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

Wednesday
Phillies 7, Red Sox 4

Thursday
Mets 24, Phillies 4 (Game 1)
Phillies 9, Mets 6 (Game 2)
Patriots 37, Eagles 20

Friday
Mets at Phillies, 6 p.m.

Saturday
Mets at Phillies, 4 p.m.
New York City FC at Union, 7 p.m.

Sunday
Mets at Phillies, 7:10 p.m.
(at Williamsport, Pa.)

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Nick Foles (pictured) completes just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards before leaving game with strained right shoulder during the Eagles' 37-20 loss to the host Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl LII (which the Eagles won, 41-33). ***** If ...
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