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Goals by Penguins rookie Bryan Rust during 2-1 Game 7 victory over Lightning

The Greek god of wrestling praises Randy Orton for having the best match, executing the best move and being involved in the best angle during the past week. Achilles Heel also tells you why Orton rules the Internet, why using Dolph Ziggler as fodder for the top world title contenders is a bad idea, and why his list is better than wwe.com’s list.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on an awful week that included trouble for Claude Giroux and Lane Johnson, how to make the World Cup better and Nerlens Noel’s debut.

The Flyers promoted Ron Hextall to general manager, with former GM Paul Holmgren becoming team president. Hextall said that developing young players within the organization was the key to winning a championship.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Cubs power past Phillies with test  Cubs club 3 home runs en route to 6-2 victory over Phillies in game interrupted by pair of rain delays. Big blow was 3-run homer by catcher David Roos off Adam Morgan. who allows 8 hits, 6 runs in 4 innings. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler hit solo homers. Maikel Franco drives in both Phillies runs. Jerad Eickhoff pitches today (2:20 p.m.) as Phillies try to bounce back against Cubs.

2. Eagles announce camp dates First day of Eagles training camp will be July 28. Rookies, QBs, select veterans must report by July 25. Rest of veterans must report by July 27. Two Sunday practices, on July 31 (10 a.m.) and Aug. 14 (7 p.m.), at Lincoln Financial Field will be open to public.

3. Listen to Sixers, Phillies, Eagles talk  Listen as Eric Fisher and Gordon Glantz discuss the 76ers’ options with the top pick in the NBA Draft, the Phillies’ surge toward first place in the NL East, Sam Bradford’s comments after returning to the Eagles and the Sixers selling advertising on their uniforms. To listen to the show, please click here (To listen to past shows, please click here.)

4. Cavaliers finish off Raptors LeBron James pours in 33 points, Kyrie Irving adds 30 and Kevin Love contributes 20 points, 12 rebounds as Cavaliers blow out Raptors for second straight game, 113-87, in Game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals, advancing to NBA Finals for second straight season. This is 6th straight year in finals for James, who becomes 8th player in NBA history and first non-Celtic to accomplish that feat. On Thursday, Steph Curry scores 31 points, Klay Thompson adds 27 as Warriors stay alive with 120-111 triumph over visiting Thunder in Game 5 of Western Conference Finals despite 40 points from Kevin Durant, 31 from Russell Westbrook. Thunder hold 3-2 series edge. Game 6 is tonight (9 p.m.).

5. Rust never sleeps for Pens in Game 7 Penguins rookie Bryan Rust, who scores big goal to seal Game 6 victory, scores twice in Game 7 as Penguins advance to Stanley Cup Finals with 2-1 victory over visiting Lightning, who have Steven Stamkos back in lineup for first time this postseason. All scoring during 2nd period, with Lightning’s Jonathan Druin tying game 9:36 into period and Rust responding with game-winner 30 seconds later. Penguins to host Sharks in Game 1 of finals on Monday (8 p.m.). On Wednesday, Joel Ward scores pair of goals as Sharks score game’s first 4 goals en route to 5-2 victory over visiting Blues in Game 6, wrapping up Western Conference Finals and advancing to Stanley Cup Finals for first time in franchise history.

6. Giroux, Gostisbehere added to rosters Despite having hip and abdominal surgeries, Flyers captain Claude Giroux, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere added to World Cup of Hockey rosters for Canada and North America, respectively. Team North America is under-23 team. Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare added to Team Europe roster.

7. Union try to continue streak Union (5-3-4) try to stretch unbeaten streak to 7 games tonight (9 p.m.) on road at Colorado. Goalie Andre Blake will join Jamaica’s Under-23 team after tonight’s game to prepare for the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

8. Soul battle Gladiators Soul (7-1), tied for first place in American Conference, to face Cleveland tonight (7 p.m.).

9. Villanova still has Hart Guard Josh Hart decides to withdraw his name from eligible players for NBA Draft, will return to Villanova for senior season. Wildcats will visit White House on Tuesday to be honored for winning national championship.

10. Familiar faces in lacrosse final Maryland mauls Syracuse, 19-9, at Tallen Energy Stadium in Chester to advance to NCAA Women’s Lacrosse championship game for 4th straight year. Terrapins will face North Carolina, a 12-11 semifinal winner over Penn, on Sunday (noon) at Tallen Energy Stadium in rematch of last year’s title game. Tar Heels have been in title game 3 of last 4 years. NCAA men’s Final Four begins today at Lincoln Financial Field with North Carolina squaring off with Loyola (noon) and Maryland battling Brown (2:30 p.m.).

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LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Detroit 5, Phillies 4

Tuesday
Detroit 3, Phillies 1

Wednesday
Phillies 8, Detroit 5
Union 2, Orlando City 2

Thursday
No games scheduled

Friday
Cubs 6, Phillies 2

Saturday
Phillies at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Soul at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Union at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Sunday
Phillies at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

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The percentages hold up in the NBA Draft lottery, so the Sixers will have the top pick in the NBA Draft on June 23. Either LSU's Ben Simmons (pictured) or Duke's Brandon Ingram is expected to be the top pick. *****  The ...
We’re number ………… 1!

Phillies predictions (II)

How much has the Phillies’ fast start changed your opinion about how many games this team will win this season? Take advantage of the opportunity to adjust your prediction in Voice of the Phanatics.

Phillies Notebook

With 13 one-run victories through Friday, the Phillies are walking a razor-thin line of success. Eric Fisher examines how the Phillies are succeeding despite being hindered by a struggling offense. He also highlights the resurrection of Tommy Joseph.

Nothing good to ad

The 76ers became the first franchise in the four major North American sports leagues to sell advertising on their uniforms. While the Sixers celebrate this “first,” Eric Fisher worries that NBA players — and fans who buy their jerseys — are going to become walking billboards.

76ers’ worst seasons

This season takes its place as one of the worst seasons in 76ers history. The Sixers have been having a lot of awful seasons lately, as you can tell by our top 10 list (bottom 10 list?) of the worst seasons in Sixers history.

Heel Turns: Expect ‘extremely’ good show

May - 20 - 2016 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling provides a complete preview of WWE’s Extreme Rules. Achilles Heel also tells us which major awards show will be hosted by John Cena, where CHIKARA is going later this month and which championship rematches will take place at NXT’s next Takeover show.

NBA conference finals: Stars come out

May - 15 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The conference finals feature some of the best players in the world. Eric Fisher breaks down the Cavaliers-Raptors and Thunder-Warriors series, with analysis and predictions.

Fish ‘n Chips

May - 14 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Bryan Colangelo’s track record with top picks in the NBA Draft, Sam Bradford’s and Fletcher Cox’s refusal to report, and why the Spurs lost to the Thunder.

Harvick hoping for repeat performance

May - 14 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Kevin Harvick, who is first place in the driver standings and won last October at Dover, will be on the pole Sunday (1 p.m.) during the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch among drivers searching for their first victory this year.

Playing the percentages

May - 14 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Sixers have the best odds of getting the top overall pick in the NBA Draft at Tuesday’s draft lottery. Eric Fisher provides the odds and analyzes the best- and worst-case draft scenarios for the Sixers.

Conference finals: Intriguing matchups

May - 13 - 2016 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Penguins face the Lightning in the Eastern Conference. The Blues battle the Sharks in the Western Conference finals. Eric Fisher provides analysis and predictions for both series.

Tyler Goeddel, Cameron Rupp save win