Consecutive wins for Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park

Ed Snider’s story isn’t simply one of innovation and creativity. HIs story is a passionate 50-year love affair with the franchise he created, its players and its fans.

The selection of Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft has generated unbridled enthusiasm among Sixers fans. But Eric Fisher cautions that fans need to be patient with the young Sixers this season.

Malcolm Jenkins makes one of three interceptions of quarterback Dak Prescott as the Eagles steamroll the Cowboys during the second half of a 37-9 victory, virtually wrapping up the NFC East title.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Sixers delete Heat JJ Redick scores 27 points as Sixers finish off visiting Heat, 104-91, to win first-round series in 5 games. Sixers will face winner of Celtics-Bucks series in 2nd round. Game tied at halftime, but Sixers take control in 3rd quarter with 34-20 advantage. Joel Embiid contributes 19 points, 12 rebounds. Ben Simmons adds 14 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists. Sixers win series for 1st time since 2012.

2. Feeling a draft NFL Draft begins Thursday. Browns have 1st and 4th overall picks. Giants select second overall. Eagles have final pick in 1st round (No. 32). Eagles don’t pick on Friday (2nd and 3rd rounds), and then have picks in rounds 4-7 on Saturday. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley likely to be among first 5 selections.

3. Diamondbacks double up Phillies Vince Velasquez allows 4 runs in 4 2/3 innings as Phillies drop 8-4 decision to visiting Diamondbacks, who win 8th straight game at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies’ winning streak ends at 4 games. Aaron Altherr produces 2 RBI for Phillies. Cesar Hernandez adds 2 hits. Reliever Victor Arano allows 1st run this season. Phillies strike out 16 times. Phillies continue series with Diamondbacks on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

4. Turnovers doom Flyers Penguins take advantage of Flyers turnovers to score 5 unanswered goals en route to 8-5 victory in Game 6, eliminating Flyers in 6 games. Flyers hold 4-2 lead until Penguins’ onslaught begins with Patric Hornqvist’s goal with 6:25 remaining in 2nd period. Jake Guentzel follows with 4 consecutive goals, giving Penguins 7-4 lead. Sean Couturier completes hat trick with goalie pulled for extra skater to pull Flyers within 2 goals, but empty-net goal seals fate. Couturier, who reveals he played last 2 games despite torn MCL, involved in every Flyers goal (3 goals, 2 assists) during Game 6. Andrew MacDonald, Scott Laughton also score for Flyers. Defenseman Ivan Provorov plays despite shoulder injury. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin misses game due to leg injury.

5. Capitals finish off Blue Jackets Alexander Ovechkin scores twice as Capitals double up host Blue Jackets, 6-3, in Game 6 to win first-round series, earn 2nd-round matchup with Penguins. In Monday’s other game, Frederik Andersen makes 32 saves as Maple Leafs defeat Bruins, 3-1, to force Game 7 on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.). On Sunday, Pekka Rinne makes 22 saves at Predators shut out host Avalanche, 5-0, in Game 6 to win series, 4-2, and earn 2nd-round matchup with Jets. On Saturday, Lightning fend off Devils, 3-1, in Game 5 to win series.

6. Celtics beat Bucks Al Horford scores 22 points, grabs 14 rebounds to boost Celtics past visiting Bucks, 92-87, in Game 5 to take 3-2 series edge. In Tuesday’s late game, Warriors try to finish off visiting Spurs in Game 5. On Monday, Rockets score 50 points, including 22 by James Harden, during third quarter as they defeat host Timberwolves, 119-100, to take 3-1 series lead, and rookie Donovan Mitchell scores 33 points to lead Jazz to 113-96 win over visiting Thunder, taking 3-1 series lead.

7. Brooks restructures deal Guard Brandon Brooks restructures contract so Eagles can re-sign QB Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP. Eagles rework Foles’ contract. Foles receives $2 million signing bonus. Contract also includes incentives in case Foles has to start in place of Carson Wentz against next season. Contract also adds option for 2019 season.

8. Eagles open against Falcons Eagles will kick off NFL season — and their defense of Super Bowl championship — on Thurs., Sept. 6 against Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field, a rematch of Eagles’ first playoff game last season. Eagles will host Vikings in rematch of NFC Championship Game on Sun., Oct. 7. First NFC East game is Thurs., Oct. 11 at Giants. Eagles’ bye is during Week 9, one week after facing Jaguars in London on Sun., Oct. 28 (9:30 a.m.). Five of Eagles’ 6 divisional games after bye week. Eagles to open preseason Thurs., Aug. 9 against visiting Steelers.

9. Penn Relays begin Penn Relays Carnival, featuring track and field athletes from middle school to world class, takes place in and around Franklin Field from Thursday to Saturday.

10. Union’s struggles continue Andre Blake makes 8 saves, but Union falls to host FC Dallas, 2-0. Union (1-3-2) have 1 goal in last 5 games, have been shut out 4 times this season. Their 3 goals this season are fewest in Eastern Conference. Union to host D.C. United on Saturday (3:30 p.m.).

(To listen to past PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio shows, please click here.)


Phillies 2, Pirates 1
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 5
Flyers 4, Penguins 2

Phillies 6, Pirates 2
Soul 54, Baltimore 49
(home opener)
FC Dallas 2, Union 0
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 4
Sixers 106, Heat 102

Phillies 3, Pirates 2 (11 inngs.)
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 6
Penguins 8, Flyers 5
(Penguins win series, 4-2)


No games scheduled

Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 4
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 5
Sixers 104, Heat 91
(Sixers win series, 4-1)

Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Diamondbacks at Phillies, 1 p.m.
NFL Draft
Penn Relays

Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m.
NFL Draft
Penn Relays

Braves at Phillies, 6 p.m.
D.C. United at Union, 3:30 p.m.
Washington at Soul, 7:30 p.m.
NFL Draft
Penn Relays

Braves at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.


Finishing touch

JJ Redick scores 27 points to lead the Sixers to a 104-91 triumph in Game 5, finishing off the visiting Heat in their first-round series. The Sixers win a playoff series for the first time in six years. ***** The 76ers are ...
Finishing touch

How far will they go?

How will the Sixers and Flyers fare during their first-round series? How far will they advance in the playoffs? Share your thoughts in Voice of the Phanatics.

Giveaway Day

Sean Couturier posts a hat trick and assists on two other goals, but turnovers left Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth at the Penguins’ mercy during a season-ending 8-5 defeat in Game 6 of their first-round series.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the relative lack of anticipation for this week’s NFL Draft, the Eagles’ schedule and the root of the Union’s difficulties.

Reasons the Flyers lost

Why were the Flyers eliminated by the Penguins? PhillyPhanatics.com provides the Top 10 reasons for their first-round exit.

Draft view different from top of mountain

April - 21 - 2018 Reporter: Gordon Glantz Respond

With the Eagles not having many pressing needs, Howie Roseman and the Super Bowl champions will likely take more of a long-range approach to the NFL Draft.

Fight to the finish

April - 21 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Ben Simmons (pictured) became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to register a triple double in a playoff game as the Sixers rallied to win a hard-fought battle with the Heat, 106-102, in Game 4.

Stayin’ Alive

April - 20 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Sean Couturier, who was a game-time decision after missing Game 4, breaks tie with 1:15 remaining in regulation to lift the Flyers to a 4-2 triumph over the host Penguins in Game 5, reducing their series deficit to 3-2.

Happy returns for Sixers’ Embiid

April - 19 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Joel Embiid returns after missing 10 games due to a broken left orbital bone, scoring 23 points as the Sixers defeated the host Heat, 128-108, to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

Eagles are prime-time attractions

April - 19 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eagles will open defense of their Super Bowl Championship against Matt Ryan (pictured) and the Falcons on Thurs., Sept. 6 in the first NFL game of the regular season. Click on the headline to see the Eagles’ entire schedule.

Penguins cruise, push Flyers to the brink

April - 18 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Goalie Brian Elliott was pulled for the second time during the Flyers’ first-round series with the Penguins, but it didn’t appear that there was much the Flyers could to turn the tide During Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 4.

Couturier scores Game 5 game-winner