Win needed by Las Vegas to reach Stanley Cup Finals in its first year

Thaddeus Young was the consummate professional during his seven seasons with the 76ers. He had five head coaches, one winning season and won one playoff series as a Sixer, but always gave his best effort.

Tim Duncan was the model of excellence and consistency during his 19-year career. “The Big Fundamental” leaves the game with five championships, a plethora of honors and a sterling reputation.

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


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Phillies pull out win over Cards Scott Kingery’s RBI triple ties game in 8th inning, then he scores winning run on Jorge Alfaro’s pinch-hit infield single as Phillies slip past host Cardinals, 7-6. Odubel Herrera hits 2-run homer, produces 3 RBI while extending on-base streak to 45 games. Seranthony Dominguez pitches final 2 innings to earn his 1st major-league save. Starter Zach Eflin allows 4 runs (2 earned) in 4 2/3 innings before departing following 44-minute rain delay in 5th inning. Phillies finish 4-game series at St. Louis on Sunday (2:15 p.m.).

2. Lottery leaves Sixers at No. 10 Sixers have 10th pick in NBA Draft after Lakers, whose pick they acquired in Michael Carter Williams trade nearly 4 years ago, remain in No. 10 slot at NBA Draft Lottery. If Lakers had moved up to No. 2 or No. 3, pick would have gone to Celtics as part of last year’s draft day trade that enabled Sixers to move up to No. 1 to select Markelle Fultz. Sixers have 10th, 26th picks in first round. Suns will pick first overall, followed by Kings and Hawks.

3. Embiid, Simmons awards finalists Ben Simmons among finalists for rookie of year. Joel Embiid among finalists for defensive player of year. Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell other finalists for rookie of year. Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, Jazz’s Rudy Gobert other finalists for defensive player of year. Davis also MVP candidate, along with LeBron James, James Harden. Brett Brown not among finalists for coach of year.

4. Eagles invited to White House Eagles invited to White House ceremony on June 5. How many Birds won’t go? Channel 6 first reported date of visit. DE Brandon Graham has surgery to promote healing from high ankle sprain, likely to miss all spring practices, according to several reports. Surgery prevents showdown at OTAs between team and Graham, who wants his contract reworked. Eagles 3-day rookie camp  ended Sunday. All draft picks signed. Rookie free agents and other tryout players also attend camp.

5. Sports gambling on the way Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports gambling in states other than Nevada, opening door for legalized sports gambling. Lawsuit emanates from New Jersey’s attempt to allow sports gambling at its casinos.

6. Golden Knights push Jets to brink Reilly Smith score on breakaway with 6:38 remaining in 3rd period to boost Golden Knights past visiting Jets, 3-2, to take 3-1 lead in Western Conference Finals. On Thursday, Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 36 saves, Alex Killorn scores game-winning goal 11:57 into 3rd period as Lightning defeat host Capitals, 4-2, to even Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.

7. Rockets even series James Harden, Eric Gordon score 27 points apiece as Rockets roll past visiting Warriors, 127-105, to even Western Conference Finals at 1-1 despite 38 points by Warriors’ Kevin Durant. On Tuesday, LeBron James scores 42 points, including 21 during 1st quarter, but Celtics post 107-94 victory over visiting Cavaliers in Game 2 to take 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference Finals.

8. Covington has surgery Robert Covington has surgery to repair tendon in middle finger on left hand, expected to make full recovery. Sixers pick up 2018-19 contract option for T.J. McConnell, keeping Game 4 hero in Celtics series with team for another season. McConnell slated to make $1.6 million. Sixers have decisions to make about potential veteran free agents JJ Redick, Ersan Ilyasova, Marco Belinelli. President and GM Bryan Colangelo says he will work on contract extension for head coach Brett Brown.

9. Union to host Real Salt Lake  Union to host Real Salt Lake on Saturday (7:30 p.m.). In previous game, Cory Burke, making his 1st MLS start, scores shortly before halftime to help Union defeat host Montreal, 2-0. Goal was 1st on road this season for Union (3-5-2), who pick up 1st road points. Haris Medunjanin scores late goal to seal victory. Union have been shut out 6 times in 10 games this season.

10. Justify wins muddy Preakness Kentucky Derby winner Justify keeps Triple Crown hopes alive by pulling ahead of Good Magic down the stretch, and then holding off late charges from Bravazo and Tenfold to win Preakness Stakes on muddy track. Justify, who spent most of race running side by side with Good Magic at front of pack, only needs to win Belmont Stakes to complete Triple Crown.

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St. Louis 12, Phillies 4

Phillies 7, St. Louis 6
Albany at Soul, 6 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Union, 7:30 p.m.

Phillies at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.


Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m.

No games scheduled

Blue Jays at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Soul at Baltimore, 7 p.m.

Blue Jays at Phillies, 4 p.m.
Union at N.Y. Red Bulls, 7 p.m.

Blue Jays at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.


Court strikes down ban on sports gambling

A Supreme Court ruling Monday opens the door for legalized sports gambling in states other than Nevada. We may see sports gambling in place in Pennsylvania before the end of 2018. ***** Sports gambling is likely on its way to Pennsylvania. The ...
Court strikes down ban on sports gambling

Will you gamble?

If sports gambling is legalized in Pennsylvania, will you bet on sporting events? How often? Which ones? Is legalized sports gambling a positive or negative development? Share your thoughts in Voice of the Phanatics.

Benefit of the doubt

After making a series of tremendous moves that helped the Eagles earn their first Super Bowl victory, Howie Roseman receives the benefit of the doubt from Gordon Glantz during his evaluation of the Eagles’ draft and signing of undrafted free agents.

Mistaken impression

The Sixers’ and Flyers’ seasons ended in disappointment, but Eric Fisher says fans of both teams should concentrate on the progress of both teams, which would end any notion that this past season was a disappointment for either team.

Reasons the Sixers lost

Why were the Sixers eliminated by the Celtics? PhillyPhanatics.com provides the Top 10 reasons for their second-round exit.

Conference clashes

May - 13 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Which teams will prevail in the conference finals? Will LeBron James (pictured) carry the Cavaliers into the finals or will the Celtics win the Eastern Conference Finals. The Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Rockets could be a class. Eric Fisher provides analysis and predictions.

Who will battle for the Cup?

May - 13 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Can Alex Ovechkin reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in his career? Eric Fisher analyzes the Capitals-Lightning matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals, as well as the Western Conference final between the Jets and Golden Knights.

Sixers go down swinging

May - 9 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Joel Embiid (pictured) and Dario Saric score 27 points apiece, but that wasn’t enough for the Sixers, who suffer a season-ending 114-112 loss to the host Celtics in Game 5 of their second-round series.

Sixers find a spark

May - 7 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Dario Saric (pictured) scores 25 points, but guard T.J. McConnell, inserted into the starting lineup,  provides the biggest spark for the Sixers as they defeat the visiting Celtics, 103-92, to avoid being swept.

Heel Turns: Backlash could sizzle

May - 6 - 2018 Reporter: Achilles Heel Respond

The Greek God of Wrestling previews WWE’s “Backlash” show, which should features terrific in-ring action. Achilles Heel also offers feedback on the atmosphere at The Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia, reveals the main events for Ring of Honor’s War of the Worlds Tour, and tells you which undercard match could steal the show at CZW’s “Prelude to Violence” on Saturday.

Is Dover a 2-man race?

May - 6 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick (pictured) have dominated NASCAR this year, with each of them posting three straight victories. Will Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism be a battle between NASCAR’s two most dominant drivers or will another driver break through and reach Victory Lane?

Sean Couturier hat trick with torn MCL