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Consecutive playoff series won by Penguins

The lack of production from forwards such as Wayne Simmonds (pictured) is one of several reasons the Flyers are mired in a six-game losing streak. Poor special teams and injuries on defense are also factors.

Gordon Glantz isn’t certain what Chip Kelly will do as he reduces the roster, but he knows which players he would keep if he were in charge of determining the Eagles’ final 53-man roster.

Aaron Nola has been terrific during his past 10 starts, answering all of the questions he faced at the start of this season. Eric Fisher also says it’s time to do something different with Vince Velasquez, celebrates Rhys Hoskins’ and Jorge Alfaro’s first major-league homers, and argues that Odubel Herrera’s repeated mistakes shouldn’t be brushed aside.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Sixers try to delete Heat Sixers, holding 3-1 edge in first-round series, try to finish off visiting Heat tonight (8 p.m.) in Game 5. In Game 4 Saturday, Sixers battle back fro 12-point third-quarter deficit to defeat host Heat, 106-102, in extremely physical game. ixers turn up defense, cut down on turnovers during 4th quarter. Double technical fouls assessed twice during game. Ben Simmons (17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) becomes first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to register triple double during playoff game. JJ Redick leads Sixers with 24 points. Joel Embiid contributes 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocked shots. Seven Sixers in double figures. Dwyane Wade paces Heat with game-high 25 points.

2. 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.

3. Phillies sweep Pirates Aaron Altherr singles home winning run in 11th inning as Phillies defeat Pirates, 3-2, to complete 4-game sweep. Phillies (14-7) half-game behind Diamondbacks, Mets for best record in NL. Altherr comes off bench to go 3 for 3, nearly getting half of Phillies’ hits (8). Nick Pivetta strikes out 7, allows 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings. Tommy Hunter pitches scoreless 8th inning in Phillies debut. Victor Arano pitches 2 scoreless innings. Yacksel Rios pitches 11th to earn win. Phillies send reliever Hoby Milner to Class AAA Lehigh Valley to make room on roster for Hunter, who had been on DL with hamstring injury. Phillies host Diamondbacks tonight (7 p.m.).

4. 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.

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 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. Rockets rock Timberwolves 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. In Monday’s late game, rookie Donovan Mitchell scores 33 points to lead Jazz to 113-96 win over visiting Thunder, taking 3-1 series lead. In Sunday’s games, Giannas Antetokounmpo scores 27 points, including game-winning tip-in as Bucks beat visiting Celtics, 104-102, to even first-round series at 2-2; Wizards defeat visiting Raptors, 106-98, to even series at 2-2; LeBron James pours in 32 points as Cavaliers top Pacers, 104-100, to even series at 2-2; and Spurs avoid sweep with 103-90 victory over visiting Warriors in Game 4. On Saturday, Anthony Davis pours in 47 points, Jrue Holiday adds 41 as Pelicans defeat visiting Trail Blazers, 131-123, in Game 4 to complete sweep of 1st-round series.

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. DiVincenzo entering draft Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo, most outstanding player during Final Four, decides to enter draft. But DiVincenzo won’t hire agent, allowing him to return to Wildcats if he doesn’t expect to be drafted as high as he’d like. Forward Omari Spellman makes same decision. Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges to enter NBA Draft rather than return for final season of eligibility. Brunson won several national player of year awards. Both players part of 2 national championship teams in past 3 seasons. Guard Phil Booth, forward Eric Paschall will return for final season of eligibility.

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.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Phillies 2, Pirates 1
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 5
Flyers 4, Penguins 2

Saturday
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

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

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

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7 p.m.
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 5
Heat at Sixers, 8 p.m.
(Sixers lead series, 3-1)

Wednesday
Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Diamondbacks at Phillies, 1 p.m.
NFL Draft
Penn Relays
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 6
Sixers at Heat, TBD
(if necessary)

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

Saturday
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
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 7
Heat at Sixers, TBD
(if necessary)

Sunday
Braves at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.

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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. ***** There is no shame in losing ...
Giveaway Day

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.

Fight to the finish

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.

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.

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.

Murray stifles Flyers

April - 17 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Penguins goalie Matt Murray makes 26 saves, including many important saves during the first period, and then the Flyers create problems for themselves with undisciplined penalties during the Penguins 5-1 victory in Game 3.

Couturier scores Game 5 game-winner