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Draft position for Flyers on Friday during 1st round of NHL Draft

After striking out at the trade deadline, it’s unclear how the Phillies plan to turn over their aging roster, which is filled with declining players with expensive contracts. Eric Fisher says their best option may be to trade Cole Hamels. Eric also examines the progress of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Grady Sizemore, informs you when the Phillies will honor Charlie Manuel and wonders why Phillippe Aumont is back in the big leagues.

The Greek god of wrestling previews CHIKARA’s “Tomorrow Never Dies,” which takes place Saturday at the former ECW Arena. Achilles Heel also previews Ring of Honor’s “Final Battle 2014″ pay-per-view, tells you when and where TNA will be taping its first shows for its new television home, and has a brilliant suggestion for additional programming for WWE Network.

The Greek God of Wrestling explains why adding Seth Rollins to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship bout at the Royal Rumble makes the match more interesting. Achilles Heel also offers his opinion on TNA’s television return, informs us of broadcast changes that go into effect this week and praises the storytelling on RAW.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news… (Due to technical problems, we were unable to update this site from June 19 until the afternoon of June 21. We apologize for the site being unavailable during this time.) 

1. Sixers take Fultz first Sixers select Washington guard Markelle Fultz with No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft. Sixers acquired from Celtics earlier this week. This is 2nd straight season Sixers make top overall pick. they selected Ben Simmons first overall last season. Sixers acquire rights to 7-foot-2 Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks, drafted 25th by Magic. Sixers reportedly send Magic top-20 protected 2020 1st-round pick acquired from Thunder in Jerami Grant trade. With 36th pick, Sixers select forward Jonah Bolden, who played in Serbia last season after year at UCLA. Sixers select Oklahoma City guard Juwan Evans with 39th pick, trade him to Clippers. Sixers select SMU guard Sterling Brown with 46th pick, French forward Mathias Lessort with 50th pick.

2. Lakers have a Ball Lakers select UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick. Before draft, Lakers traded point guard D’Angelo Russell, who was selected 2nd overall in 2015, and center Timofey Mozgov to Nets in exchange for center Brook Lopez, 27th overall pick in NBA Draft, making it more likely Lakers would select Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick. With pick acquired from Sixers in trade for top overall pick, Celtics select Duke forward Jayson Tatum No. 3. Suns select Kansas forward Josh Jackson 54th overall. Kings round out top 5 by selecting Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox. Magic take forward Jonathan Isaac at No. 6. Timberwolves trade 7th pick, guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to Bulls for all-star Jimmy Butler, 16th overall pick. Bulls (through T-Wolves) select Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen. Knicks select point guard Frank Nitlikina of France at No. 8. Mavericks take N.C. State guard Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9, and Trail Blazers round out top 10 by trading for Kings’ pick, selecting Gonzaga center Zach Collins. Hornets, who acquire center Dwight Howard, first pick in 2nd round from Hawks for center Miles Plumlee, guard Marco Belinelli and 41st overall pick, select Kentucky guard Malik Monk at No. 11. Villanova’s Josh Hart selected with final pick of 1st round by Lakers (through trade with Jazz).

3. Flyers have 2nd pick Flyers likely to select center with 2nd overall pick Friday in NHL Draft (7 p.m.). Flyers almost certain to select Nolan Patrick of Nico Hischier, depending on which one Devils take with 1st overall pick. Flyers also have picks in 2nd round (No. 44 overall); 3rd round (75, 80); 4th round (106, 107, 108), 5th round (137); 6th round (168); and 7th round (196, 199).

4. Nola, Joseph boost Phillies Aaron Nola turns in his best start of season, Tommy Joseph produces 3 RBI as Phillies defeat visiting Cardinals, 5-1, to avoid sweep. Phillies (23-48) had lost 13 of previous 15 games, including 5 losses to Cardinals this month. Nola strikes out 8, limits Cardinals to 4 hits in 7 1/3 innings. Nola doesn’t allow run until 8th inning. Freddy Galvis provides Phillies with early lead with solo homer in 1st inning. Joseph hits solo homer in 5th inning, delivers 2-run single in 8th. One night after running through Juan Samuel’s stop sign and being thrown out at home trying to score winning run, Odubel Herrera picked off third base by catcher Yadier Molina. Galvis, Joseph produce 2 hits apiece. Pat Neshek, Luis Garcia effective in relief. Phillies open road trip Friday in Arizona.

5. Knights select Bellemare Las Vegas selects Flyers center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in expansion draft. Bellemare a 4th-line center who kills penalties, serves as alternate captain. Goalie Michal Neuvirth, who was exposed in expansion draft while Flyers protected young goalie Anthony Stolarz, remains with team. Forward Michael Raffl also not selected. In mild surprise, Flyers protected forward Scott Laughton instead of Raffl or Bellemare. Each team can only lose one player to Las Vegas in expansion draft. Flyers trade forward Nick Cousins, goalie prospect Merrick Madsen to Coyotes for forward prospect Brendan Warren, 2018 5th-round draft choice. Cousins was likely to be unprotected for expansion draft. Madsen, a 6th-round pick in 2013, had 2.11 goals-against-average, .923 save percentage for Harvard, but Flyers organization filled with top goalie prospects. Warren, 20, entering junior year at University of Michigan.

6. Flyers to open on road Flyers will open 2017-18 season in California, serving as opponent for Sharks’ season opener on Oct. 4 and Kings’ season opener on Oct. 5. Flyers will then travel to Nashville to face Stanley Cup runners-up on Oct. 10 before home opener Oct. 14 against Capitals. Oilers center Connor McDavid wins Hart Trophy (MVP) at NHL Awards ceremony. Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews wins Calder Trophy (rookie of year), Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky wins Vezina Trophy (best goalie), and Sharks’ Brent Burns wins Norris Trophy (best defenseman). Other award winners include Columbus’ John Tortorella (coach of year); Predators’ David Poile (GM of year); Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (best defensive forward); Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (sportsmanship); and Senators goalie Craig Anderson (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey).

7. Phillies cut Saunders, Gomez Phillies designate outfielder Michael Saunders, reliever Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. Saunders, signed to 1-year, $9 million contract during offseason, was batting .205. Gomez was Phillies’ closer last season and at start of this season. Phillies call up outfielder Cameron Perkins, reliver Hoby Milner from Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Phillies have 7 days to release or trade Saunders, Gomez.

8. Winless Eickhoff goes on DL Starter Jerad Eickhoff, who hasn’t won game this season, goes on 10-day disabled list with upper back strain. Eickhoff is 0-7, with 4.81 ERA. Utility player Brock Stassi recalled from Class AAA Lehigh Valley to take Eickhoff’s roster spot.

9. Phillies sign first-round pick Phillies agree to contract terms with outfielder Adam Haseley , selected out of University of Virginia with 8th overall pick last week during Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. Haseley batted .390 with 14 homers, 56 RBI in 58 games.

10. Red Bulls pull out late win over Union Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice in final few minutes to lift Red Bulls past host Union, 2-0. Union (4-7-4), who lose 3rd straight MLS game, play shorthanded after midfielder Derrick Jones, filling in for injured Alejandro Bedoya, receives red card in 53rd minute. Wright-Phillips scores in 87th minute, then again in stoppage time. Union will visit Red Bulls on June 28 in next round of U.S. Open Cup. Union to host D.C. United on Saturday (7 p.m.).

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4

Saturday
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1
Soul 62, Tampa Bay 41

Sunday
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4 (10 inngs.)
Red Bulls 2, Union 0

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Cardinals 8, Phillies 1 (11 inngs.)

Wednesday
Cardinals 7, Phillies 6 (10 inngs.)
NHL expansion draft

Thursday
Phillies 5, Cardinals 1
NBA Draft

Friday
NHL Draft, 7 p.m.
Phillies at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m.

Saturday
NHL Draft, 10 a.m.
Phillies at Diamondbacks, 10:10 p.m.
D.C. United at Union, 7 p.m.
Soul at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Sunday
Phillies at Diamondbacks, 4:10 p.m.

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