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3-pointers by Cavaliers against Hawks on Tuesday, setting NBA record

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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Cardinals shut out Phillies Phillies manage just 5 hits, 3 after Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia left game after 7 innings, during 4-0 loss. Brandon Moss crushes 462-foot home run in 1st inning for only run Cardinals would need. Cardinals add 3 runs in 7th inning, 2 of which were charged to Jerad Eickhoff after relievers allow inherited runners to score. Eickhoff allows 3 runs in 6 innings. Reliever David Hernandez appears to injure leg covering first base during 8th inning. Vince Velasquez scheduled to start Friday (7:10 p.m.) as Phillies open series at Miami.

2. Reports: Eagles near personnel hire  Several reports say Bears college scouting director Joe Douglas leading candidate to fill Eagles’ new personnel position. Douglas, who spent 15 years with Ravens before joining Bears last year, would report to Eagles executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman.

3. Eagles get their man Eagles select North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz with 2nd overall pick in NFL Draft. Wentz (6-foot-5, 237 pounds) left for Eagles after Rams selected California QB Jared Goff with 1st overall pick. Both teams traded up to get in position to select QB. Wentz made just 23 starts in college, but led Bison to FCS (small school) national championship. In 3rd round (No. 79 overall), Eagles select Oregon State OL Isaac Seumalo, who projects as an NFL guard or possibly center. In 5th round, Eagles select West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood (No. 153), TCU OT Halapoulivaati  Vaitai (164). Eagles trade out of 6th round, sending pick 188) to Vikings, then trade back into 6th round to take Auburn CB Blake Countess (196). In 7th round Eagles select LSU safety Jalen Mills (233), Florida defensive end Alex McCalister (240) with pick acquired from Vikings, and Oregon linebacker Joe Walker (251) as draft wraps up Saturday. Eagles sign all picks except Wentz, Seumalo, Vaitai.

4. Listen to Eagles draft, Phillies talk Listen as Gordon Glantz, Josh Landsburg and Eric Fisher discuss Carson Wentz,  the Eagles’ draft and the Phillies’ surprising April during PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To listen to the show, please click here(To listen to past shows, please click here.)

5. Pederson: Bradford missing out Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says QB Sam Bradford missing out on valuable time to learn team’s offense by skipping voluntary workouts, mini-camps. Bradford reportedly asked to be traded because he’s upset by Eagles’ trade for 2nd overall pick in NFL Draft, which Eagles used to select QB Carson Wentz.

6. Gostisbehere named Calder finalist Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere named finalist for Calder Trophy, which goes to NHL’s top rookie. Oilers center Connor McDavid, Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin other finalists. Winner to be announced June 22. No Flyer has ever been rookie of year.

7. Provorov receives honor Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov, 7th overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft, named Western Hockey League Defenseman of Year.

8. Penguins edge Capitals in OT Patric Hornqvist scores 2:34 into overtime to lift Penguins to 3-2 triumph over visiting Capitals, taking 3-1 series lead. On Tuesday, Nikita Kucherov scores with 39 seconds left in regulation to tie game, then Brian Boyle scores 2:48 into overtime to lift Lightning past host Islanders, 5-4, to take 2-1 series lead; after Stars score first, Blues score 6 unanswered goals en route to 6-1 victory, taking 2-1 series lead; and Predators score 4 straight goals in 2nd and 3rd periods to defeat visiting Sharks, 4-1, to cut series deficit to 2-1. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suspendeded 1 game for hit on Capitals forward Marcus Johansson when he didn’t have puck. Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik suspended 3 games for hit to heat of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.

9. Cavaliers shoot down Hawks Cavaliers set NBA record with 25 3-pointers while blowing out visiting Hawks, 123-98, to take 2-0 series lead. On Tuesday, Goron Dragic scores 26 points, Dwyane Wade adds 24 as Heat defeat Raptors in overtime in Game 1, 102-96, despite blowing 10-point lead, and Klay Thompson scores 27 points as Warriors overtake Trailblazers in 4th quarter en route to 110-99 victory, taking 2-0 series lead. On Monday, Russell Westbrook scores 29 points, Kevin Durant adds 28 as Thunder fend off Spurs, 98-97, despite 41 points by Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, evening series at 1-1. Warriors guard Stephen Curry expected to miss 2 weeks after spraining MCL in right knee last Sunday during Warriors’ 121-94 victory over Rockets.

10. Soul crush KISS Darius Reynolds catches 10 passes for 134 yards, 3 TDs as Soul defeat host KISS, 56-33. Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh completes 18 of 26 passes for 250 yards, 6 TDs.

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LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
St. Louis 10, Phillies 3
Soul 56, L.A. 33

Tuesday
Phillies 1, St. Louis 0

Wednesday
St. Louis 5, Phillies 4

Thursday
St. Louis 4, Phillies 0

Friday
Phillies at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday
Phillies at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Sunday
Phillies at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

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