Years since U.S. Open champ successfully defended title before Brooks Koepka did it Sunday

Nick Foles’ greatest weapon is his mind. Even amidst a sea of doubters and critics, Foles’ self-confidence allows him to brush aside the criticism and should fuel another tremendous season.

The Greek God of Wrestling says the success of Extreme Rules will depend heavily on the main event No. 1 contender’s match. Achilles Heel also tells us which WWE pay-per-view will be in Philadelphia this summer, why a match made for Money in the Bank is historic, and who will challenge Christopher Daniels for the Ring of Honor World Championship at “Best in the World” on June 23.

Jimmy Rollins, the best shortstop in Phillies history, deserves our gratitude for all the wonderful moments he produced on the field — including an instrumental role in the Phillies winning a World Series title — and his contributions to the community off the field.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news… 

1. Phillies survive Neris’ meltdown Hector Neris allows 4 runs, including pair of home runs, in 9th inning, but Phillies escape with 10-9 victory over host Brewers. Phillies win 2nd consecutive series. Aaron Nola only lasts 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs, but offense bails him out with 2 runs in 6th inning, 2 in 7th and 1 apiece in 8th and 9th. Phillies need all of those insurance runs because of Neris’ meltdown in 9th. Jake Thompson comes in with 2 outs in 9th to record 1-pitch save. Maikel Franco is offensive hero with home run, 4 RBI. Rhys Hoskins also homers. Nick Williams delivers key 2-run single with bases loaded. Nick Pivetta pitches tonight (7 p.m.) as Phillies host Cardinals.

2. Sixers working out potential draft picks Sixers continue to work out potential picks in NBA Draft, which takes place next Thursday. Villanova’s Mikal Bridges among players brought in for workouts. Sixers have 10th, 26th picks in first round and have 4 second-round picks. Sixers pick up options on contracts of T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes for $1.6 million apiece next season.

3. Eagles receive rings Eagles finish mandatory 3-day mini-camp Thursday, get Super Bowl rings in ceremony later that night.  Carson Wentz, recovering from surgery to repair torn ACL, participates in 7-on-7 drills, but not full team drills. CB Sidney Jones sits out all 3 days with “lower body” soreness. DT Haloti Ngata also sits out all 3 days. DT Tim Jernigan, DE Brandon Graham sidelined after offseason surgeries. Speaking of injuries, Eagles hire Jerome Reid as head athletic trainer, replacing Chris Peduzzi, who resigned few weeks after Super Bowl. Eagles also replacing doctors with Rothman Institute, according to philly.com’s Les Bowen.

4. Flyers announce preseason schedule Flyers to open preseason with 3 straight games against Islanders, starting on Sun., Sept. 16 at Nassau Coliseum. Flyers host Islanders the next night at Wells Fargo Center, then visit Islanders at Barclays Center the following night. Flyers also host Islanders at PPL Center on Fri., Sept. 21. Flyers also play Rangers, Bruins 2 times apiece during preseason. Flyers have 14th, 19th selections in NHL Draft, which begins next Friday.

5. Koepka repeats as U.S. Open champ Defending champion Brooks Koepka shoots 2-under par 68 to finish U.S. Open at 1-over-par. becoming 1st man in 29 years to repeat as U.S. Open champion. Tommy Fleetwood fires 7-under 63 to finish 1 shot behind Koepka. Dustin Johnson, who had at least share of lead after each of first 3 rounds, shoots even par, finishes 2 strokes behind Koepka.

6. N.J. welcomes sports betting Thursday was first day of legalized sports betting in New Jersey. Recent Supreme Court ruling clears way for legalized sports betting in states other than Nevada.

7. Philllies sign top pick Phillies sign Alec Bohm, the Wichita State third baseman who was 3rd overall pick in draft. Signing reportedly included $5.85 million signing bonus. Bohm heading to Clearwater, Fla., for workouts, then is expected to join one of Phillies’ Class A affiliates.

8. Union tame Red Bulls Haris Medunjanin scores goal, assists on another as Union defeat visiting New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in 2nd round of U.S. Open Cup. Alejandro Bedoya assists on both Union goals. Medunjanin scores in 52nd minute. Cory Burke scores 9 minutes later to extend lead to 2-0. Union will host Vancouver on Saturday (5 p.m.).

9. Switzerland ties Brazil Switzerland shocks Brazil by holding soccer power to 1-1 tie in World Cup in Russia. In Sunday’s other games, Mexico surprises Germany, 1-0, and Serbia edges Costa Rica, 1-0. In Saturday’s games, Iceland forges draw with Argentina, 1-1; France edges Australia, 2-1; Denmark defeats Peru, 1-0; and Croatia beats Nigeria, 2-0. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, votes to have 2026 World Cup in U.S., Canada, Mexico. Lincoln Financial Field one of potential sites for games.

10. Soul win in final seconds Shane Austin connects with Darius Prince for 10-yard TD pass with 0.4 seconds remaining to boost Soul past host Albany, 75-74. Austin completes 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards, 10 TDs. Austin’s favorite target was rookie receiver Aaron Wascha, who catches 12 passes for 208 yards, 7 TDs. Soul (5-4), losers of 4 of previous 5 games, will visit Washington on Friday (7 p.m.).

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Milwaukee 13, Phillies 2

Phillies 4, Milwaukee 1
Soul 75, Albany 74
Union 2, N.Y. Red Bulls 1
(U.S. Open Cup)

Phillies 10, Milwaukee 9


Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Cardinals at Phillies, 1 p.m.

NBA Draft, 7 p.m.

Phillies at Washington, 7 p.m.
NHL Draft, 7:30 p.m.
Soul at Washington, 7 p.m.

NHL Draft. 11 a.m.
Phillies at Washington, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at Union, 5 p.m.

Phillies at Washington, 1:30p.m.


Bumpy departure for Colangelo

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Bumpy departure for Colangelo

Who is the greatest?

With LeBron James turning in a magnificent postseason performance, it’s time to ask whether he’s the greatest player in NBA history. Share your thoughts in Voice of the Phanatics.

Political Football

Less than 24 hours before the Eagles were to be honored at a White House ceremony for winning the Super Bowl, President Trump rescinds the invitation, citing the limited number of Eagles expected to attend.

Fish ‘n Chips

Eric Fisher’s weekly (sort of) column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the impact the next few weeks will have on the Flyers and Sixers, the lack of news emanating from Eagles camp, and why the Union may miss Earnie Stewart more than the Sixers will miss Bryan Colangelo.

Top 10 at No. 10


With the 76ers, barring a trade, slated to pick 10th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft,  PhillyPhanatics.com presents its Top 10 list of the best players selected at No. 10 during the past 50 years. It was a lot easier to assemble a Top 10 than a bottom 10, which indicates that the 10th pick usually isn’t a top-level player.

Heel Turns: Banking on top of card

June - 16 - 2018 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling returns after a prolonged absence with a Money in the Bank preview. Achilles Heel also previews NXT Takeover: Chicago, tells us the latest big name added to “All In,” and reveals the legendary rematch slated for WWE’s big October event in Australia.

Warriors establish dynasty

June - 9 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

With their sweep of the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, clinching their third championship in the last four seasons, the Warriors have clearly established themselves as a dynasty. And who can stop this dynasty from continuing?

Feels like the first time

June - 7 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Capitals defeat the Golden Knights in Game 5 to capture the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Blaming Trump too easy

June - 5 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

If the Eagles weren’t interested in attending a celebration of their Super Bowl title at the White House, someone should have informed the White House they weren’t coming instead of planning to show up with a small delegation, which caused President Trump to cancel the event.

Points at a premium as second half begins

June - 2 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The second half of NASCAR’s “regular season” kicks off Sunday (2 p.m.) with the Pocono 400. With Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick winning 9 of the first 13 races, winless drivers such as 7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson (pictured) must focus on their position in the points standings.

Seems like old times

May - 30 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Warriors and Cavaliers meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season. Eric Fisher examines the matchup, provides analysis and predicts the winner.

Justify captures Triple Crown