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Saves as a Phillie for Jonathan Papelbon, 1 behind franchise leader Jose Mesa

The Greek God of Wrestling returns from an extended vacation to brag about the accuracy of his past predictions and to grace us with his predictions for 2015. Achilles Heel also tells us who were the first two wrestlers to say they will enter the Royal Rumble, how to watch TNA’s return in person or on television, and the matches announced for Ring of Honor and CHIKARA events in Philly during the Royal Rumble weekend.

In the final Phillies notebook of 2014, Eric Fisher expresses concern that the 2015 Phillies won’t look significantly different than this season’s Phillies. Eric also highlights a few Phillies who had good seasons, examines some extremely accurate preseason predictions and notes the Phillies’ drop in attendance.

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the chances that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will come to the Eagles, the Broncos’ shakeup and Kimmo Timonen’s much-deserved award,

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Will Eagles remain at No. 20? NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night (8 p.m.) with first round. Eagles have 20th selection, although rumors persist that they may trade that pick to move up and grab Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Eagles also have picks in 2nd round (No. 52 overall), 3rd round (No. 84), 4th round (No. 113), 2 in 5th round (Nos. 145, 156), 6th round (No. 196) and 7th round (No. 237).

2. NFL Draft edition of Blog Talk Radio Listen as Gordon Glantz, PhillyPhanatics.com’s resident draft guru, breaks down the Eagles’ options in this week’s NFL Draft with Ron Opher and Eric Fisher during PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To listen to the show, please click here(To listen to past shows, please click here)

3. Hamels notches 1st win Cole Hamels strikes out 9 in 7 innings, earning his 1st win this season as Phillies open 10-game road trip with 4-1 victory over Cardinals. Phillies score 3 runs with 2 outs in 7th inning, 2 on double by Ben Revere and 1 on single by Odubel Herrera, who has 3 hits. Carlos Ruiz contributes 4 hits, scores 2 runs.  Jonathan Papelbon registers save, his 111th as a Phillies, 1 away from tying Jose Mesa for franchise record. Severino Gonzalez will make MLB debut Tuesday (8:15 p.m.) against Cardinals, taking Sean O’Sullivan’s spot in rotation. O’Sullivan (knee) put on disabled list last week).

4. Eagles exercise option on Cox  Eagles exercise fifth-year option on defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, who made tremendous strides last season. Move means Cox will get paid $7.8 million in 2016 if he makes team. Cox has been mentioned as part of possible trade package to move up in draft to acquire Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

5. Seventh heaven Evgeny Kuznetsov scores 12:42 into 3rd period to lift Capitals to 2-1 triumph over visiting Islanders in Game 7 of first-round series, earning second-round matchup with Rangers. In Monday’s other game, Tyler Johnson scores twice to boost Lightning to 5-2 victory over host Red Wings, forcing Game 7 on Wednesday. On Sunday, Zach Parise scores twice, Devan Dubnyk makes 31 saves as Wild beat visiting Blues, 4-1, in Game 6 to wrap up series, earn second-round matchup with Blackhawks; Carey Price makes 43 saves as Canadiens shut out Senators, 2-0, to win series in 6 games.

6. MCW makes sure Bucks don’t stop here Michael Carter-Williams scores 22 points, dishes out 9 assists, grabs 8 rebounds to lift Bucks past host Bulls, 94-88, to avoid elimination for 2nd straight game, reducing series deficit to 3-2. In other games Monday, Deron Williams pours in 35 points, including 16 in 4th quarter, and Brook Lopez contributes 26 points, 10 rebounds as Nets defeat visiting Hawks in overtime, 120-115, to even series at 2-2, and Grizzlies, without point guard Mike Conley (facial injuries) try to complete sweep of Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m.). On Sunday, LeBron James scores 27 points, Kyrie Irving adds 24 as Cavaliers complete sweep of Celtics, 101-93; Chris Paul pours in 34 points, Blake Griffin contributes 20 points, 19 rebounds as Clippers defeat Spurs, 114-105, to even series at 2-2; Bradley Beal scores 23 points as Wizards complete sweep of Raptors with 125-94 triumph; and Monta Ellis scores 31 points as Mavericks avoid being swept with 121-109 triumph over visiting Rockets.

7. Cavs lose Love, Smith Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss at least next series due to dislocated shoulder sustained Sunday during series-clinching victory over Celtics. Cavaliers also will be without J.R. Smith for first 2 games of next series. Smith suspended 2 games for backhand swing to face of Celtics’ Jae Crowder on Sunday.

8. Brown may not return Wednesday Domonic Brown, finishing up rehab assignment with Lehigh Valley, says he’ll be joining Phillies on Wednesday, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg says Brown may need more time in Class AAA. Through Sunday, Brown, recovering from Achilles tendinitis, had 5 hits in 36 at-bats with Iron Pigs.

9. Cards ace Wainwright out for year Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will miss rest of season after rupturing left Achilles tendon Saturday.

10. Soul vanquish Voodoo Dan Raudabaugh completes 18 of 25 passes for 196 yards, 5 TDs and Tommy Taggart rushes for 3 TDs as Soul defeat New Orleans Voodoo, 55-42, to improve to 5-0.

(Listen live to PhillyPhanatics.com’s weekly Internet Blog Talk Radio program this Sunday from 6:30-7 p.m. — or call in to express your opinion or ask a question — by calling 805-727-7014. To listen to past shows, please click here)

WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Phillies 1, Braves 0
Penn Relays

Saturday
Braves 5, Phillies 2
Columbus 4, Union 1
Penn Relays

Sunday
Phillies 5, Braves 4
Soul 55, New Orleans 42

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Phillies 4, Cardinals 1

Tuesday
Phillies at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday
Phillies at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Thursday
Phillies at St. Louis, 1:45 p.m.
NFL Draft, 8 p.m.
(Round 1)

Friday
Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
NFL Draft, 7 p.m.
(Rounds 2-3)

Saturday
Phillies at Marlins, 4:10 p.m.
Toronto FC at Union, 4 p.m.
Portland at Soul, 6 p.m.
NFL Draft, noon
(Rounds 4-7)

Sunday
Phillies at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.

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