Goals by Carli Lloyd as U.S. defeats Japan in final of Women’s World Cup

Gordon Glantz announces his candidacy for the Eagles’ vacant personnel position, saying the position is more than simply a job. It’s his calling.

The Greek god of wrestling praising Goldust and Stardust, WWE’s new tag team champions. Achilles Heel also reviews the highlights from Night of Champions, rips TNA for not announcing matches for Bound for Glory, and tells you where you can see WWE during the next 10 days.

Watching Jeff Carter excel with the Kings is a reminder that the Flyers haven’t found a sniper to replace their goal leader for three straight seasons since trading him three years ago.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Lloyd, U.S. strike gold U.S. scores 4 times in 1st 16 minutes, including three goals by Carli Lloyd, as it overwhelms Japan, 5-2, in  championship game of Women’s World Cup. Lloyd, who is from Delran, N.J., scores twice in first 5 minutes and needs just 16 minutes to become first player in history to register hat trick in Women’s World Cup final. U.S. captures its first World Cup title since 1999. U.S. shutout streak ends at 5 games. U.S. gets revenge for 2011 final, which Japan won on penalty kicks. Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath also score for U.S.

2. Phillies end losing streak in 10 Phillies break open scoreless game with 4 runs in 10th inning to defeat Braves, 4-0, and end 6-game losing streak. Both teams load bases in 1st inning. Phillies load bases again in 10th. Ryan Howard puts Phillies ahead with sacrifice fly, Carlos Ruiz follows with 2-run double and Freddy Galvis singles home run. Cesar Hernandez extends hitting streak to 10 games with 3 hits. Cole Hamels strikes out 6 in 7 innings. Luis Garcia pitches scoreless 9th inning to earn win. Sean O’Sullivan pitches Monday (10:10 p.m.) as Phillies open series with Dodgers. In other Phillies news, they trade minor-league pitchers Chris Oliver, Josh Taylor to Diamondbacks in order to switch from No. 9 to No. 1 international slot, meaning Phillies will have most money to spend on international talent market. Teams are penalized if they exceed their slotted amount.

3. Talking Phillies, Sixers trade, Flyers Restructuring of Phillies organization, Sixers trade with Kings and Flyers moves to be topics of discussion Sunday (6:30-7 p.m.) on PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. Join Ron Opher, Gordon Glantz, Josh Landsburg and Eric Fisher as they discuss these topics and more. To join the discussion, ask a question or to listen to the show live, please call 1-805-727-7014. You can also listen to the show live or in archive at blogtalkradio.com. (To listen to past shows, please click here.)

4. Sixers get Stauskas Sixers acquire shooting guard Nik Stauskas, a player they allegedly targeted during 2014 draft, and forwards Carl Landry, Jason Thompson from Kings in trade that has yet to be officially announced. Sixers will also get top 10-protected 1st-round pick in 2018 and right to switch 1st-round picks with Kings in 2016 and 2017. Kings receive rights to center Arturas Gudaitis, forward Luko Mitrovic, both selected by Sixers in second round of last week’s NBA Draft. By dumping players, Kings also get salary-cap relief necessary to pursue big-name free agents. Stauskas, selected 8th overall in 2014 draft, averaged 4.4 points during rookie season.

5. Sixers summer camp Sixers face Spurs on Monday (7 p.m.) in their Utah Jazz Summer League opener. First-round pick Jahlil Okafor, 2nd-round picks Richaun Holmes, J.P. Tokoto and 2nd-year players Jerami Grant, Furkan Aldemir expected to participate.

6. Flyers summer camp  First-round draft picks Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny slated to participate in Flyers’ development camp, which runs from Tuesday-Sunday at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, with the exception of Wednesday’s Trial at the Isle in Stone Harbor. Defenseman prospects Shayne Gostisbehere, Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg also scheduled to participate, as are goalies Anthony Stolarz, Felix Sandstrom and Matej Tomek. Center Scott Laughton, who spent time with Flyers last season, also taking part in camp.

7. Flyers sign Provorov Flyers sign first-round pick Ivan Provorov to 3-year contract worth $2.775 million, indicating Provorov may start season with Flyers instead of going to minors. Earlier in week, Flyers sign goalie Michal Neuvirth to 2-year, $3.25 million contract. Neuvirth, who played with Capitals, Sabres and Islanders, was 34th pick in 2006 draft, 35 places ahead of current Flyers starter Steve Mason. Neuvirth replaces Ray Emery as Mason’s primary backup. Flyers also sign veteran goalie Jason LaBarbera to two-way contract, indicating he will start for Phantoms. Flyers don’t have salary cap space for major signings. Flyers re-sign forward Chris VandeVelde (9 goals, 6 assists) to 2-year $1.425 million contract. VandeVelde played for new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol at U. of North Dakota. Flyers also sign center Ryan White to 1-year deal reportedly worth $800,000, make qualifying offer ($1.3 million) to defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who is free agent.

8. Serena vs. Venus Top seed Serena Williams and sister Venus Williams meet Monday at Wimbledon. On Saturday, Jelena Jankovic rekindles some of past glory with 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over 2nd-seeded Petra Kvitova, the defending Wimbledon champion. In other women’s matches, 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza upsets 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber, 7-6 (12), 1-6, 6-2; 5th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki cruises to 6-2, 6-2 victory over Camila Giorgi; and 13th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska keeps on rolling with 6-1, 6-4 win over Casey Dellacqua. In men’s draw, 23rd-seeded Ivo Karlovic upsets 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (9); 2nd-seeded Roger Federer defeats Sam Groth, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2; and 3rd-seeded Andy Murray advances with 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over Andreass Seppi.

9. Report: Spurs land Aldridge Reports say power forward LaMarcus Aldridge intends to sign with Spurs, who re-signed Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, but traded center Thiago Splitter to Hawks and let Marco Belinelli leave to create salary-cap space for major free-agent signing. In other free agent news, Lou Williams reportedly agrees to 3-year, $21 deal with Lakers. DeAndre Jordan reportedly leaving Clippers for 4-year, $80 million contract with Mavericks. Pelicans agree to maximum contract with center Anthony Davis. Kevin Love staying with Cavaliers for reported 5-year, $110 million contract. DeMarre Carroll leaves Hawks for 4-year, $60 million offer from Raptors, but Hawks retain forward Paul Millsap. Kings reportedly sign point guard Rajon Rondo to 1-year contract, sign Belinelli. Draymond Green says he’s re-signing with Warriors. Dwyane Wade signs 1-year deal to remain with Heat. Center Tyson Chandler reportedly signs 4-year deal with Suns. Paul Pierce reportedly reunites with former coach Doc Rivers by signing 3-year deal with Clippers. Power forward/center Greg Monroe reportedly signs with Bucks.

10. All-Star Royalty Four Royals voted into starting roles for American League in All-Star Game. Catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielders Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon represent Royals. Angels outfielder Mike Trout among other AL starters. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was leading vote-getter among NL starters. Pitchers, reserves to be revealed Monday.

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Braves 2, Phillies 1

Braves 9, Phillies 5

Phillies 4, Braves 0 (10 inngs.)


Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Sixers vs. Spurs, 7 p.m.
(Utah Jazz Summer League)

Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Sixers vs. Celtics, 7 p.m.
(Utah Jazz Summer League)

Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Sixers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m.
(Utah Jazz Summer League)

Phillies at Giants, 10:15 p.m.

Phillies at Giants, 10 p.m.
Cleveland at Soul, 1 p.m.
Portland at Union, 7 p.m.
Sixers vs. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.
(Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas)

Phillies at Giants, 4 p.m.
Sixers vs. Celtics, 10:30 p.m.
(Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas)


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