Years since last time Capitals reached Stanley Cup Finals

The lack of production from forwards such as Wayne Simmonds (pictured) is one of several reasons the Flyers are mired in a six-game losing streak. Poor special teams and injuries on defense are also factors.

With a court filing Monday from a woman who claims that Pete Rose had a sexual relationship with her in the 1970s before she was 16 years old, the Phillies decide to cancel Rose’s Wall of Fame induction as part of Alumni Weekend on Aug. 10-13.

Although he acknowledge his pie-in-the-sky idea will never happen, Eric Fisher says the NBA should consider giving some of the money from increased television rights fees back to the fans.

Archive for May, 2018


Posted by Eric Fisher On May - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Arrieta, Phillies blank Braves Jake Arrieta strikes out 7 in 6 2/3 innings as Phillies shut out first-place Braves for 2nd time in series, 4-0, to move within half-game of first place in NL East. Reliever Seranthony Dominguez pitches 1 1/3 innings, has given up 1 hit in his first 9 innings in majors. Hector Neris pitches 9th inning. All 4 Phillies runs come with 2 outs. Carlos Santana, who breaks error streak at 4 straight games, delivers 2 hits for Phillies, who are off today, then will open series against visiting Blue Jays on Friday (7 p.m.).

2. Eagles release Kendricks Eagles release LB Mychal Kendricks, who spent 6 seasons with Birds after being selected in 2nd round of 2012 NFL Draft. Eagles expected to receive $6 million in salary cap relief after June 1 due to releasing Kendricks. LB Paul Worrilow, signed to 1-year contract during offseason, carted off field Tuesday after knee injury, which reportedly is season-ending torn ACL.

3. Wentz does individual drills Carson Wentz takes part in individual passing drills Tuesday as Eagles begin OTAs (organized team activities). Wentz, recovering from ACL and MCL tears, wears brace during drills, but takes it off to jog. Wentz does not participate in team drills, nor do DE Brandon Graham (ankle surgery), Jason Peters (ACL, MCL in right knee) and others. RB Darren Sproles, DE Michael Bennett don’t attend “voluntary” training camp. LB Paul Worrilow, signed to 1-year contract during offseason, carted off field after apparent knee injury.

4. Capitals in 7th heaven Alexander Ovechkin scores 1:02 into Game 7, Andre Burakovsky scores his first 2 goals of postseason as Braden Holtby registers his 2nd straight shutout of Lightning, 4-0, to clinch Eastern Conference Finals and propel Capitals into Stanley Cup Finals for 1st time since 1998. Finals will begin Monday (8 p.m.) in Las Vegas. On Sunday, Golden Knights, in 1st year of existence, reach Stanley Cup Finals with 2-1 triumph over host Jets in Game 5 of Western Conference Finals.

5. Celtics regain advantage Jayson Tatum scores 24 points to lead Celtics to 96-83 triumph over visiting Cavaliers, taking 3-2 lead in Eastern Conference Finals by preventing Cavaliers from winning 3rd straight game. On Tuesday, Rockets rally from double-digit deficit in 4th quarter to edge host Warriors, 95-92, tying Western Conference Finals at 2-2. James Harden, Chris Paul lead Rockets with 30 and 27 points, respectively.

6. NFL passes anthem rule NFL institutes rule saying players must stand during national anthem. However, NFL also eliminates rule requiring players to be on sideline during national anthem, so players could remain in locker room.

7. Dawkins leaving Eagles Brian Dawkins leaving full-time front office job to start non-profit philanthropic business or organization. Dawkins, who spent first 13 years of career with Eagles and will be inducted into Football Hall of Fame in August, will remain consultant to Eagles.

8. Another honor for Embiid Sixers center Joel Embiid named to All-NBA second team. Embiid, forward Robert Covington named to NBA All-Defensive first team. Embiid among finalists for defensive player of year, but unlikely to win after other 2 finalists, Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, named to first team. Ben Simmons among finalists for rookie of year, named to All-Rookie first team. Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell other finalists for rookie of year.

9. Eickhoff suffers setback Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff suffers setback in recovery from back muscle injury Sunday. Eickhoff feels “sensation” in 2 fingers on his right hand near end of rehab start at Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn has surgery for torn ligament in right middle finger, expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Odubel Herrera reached base on his final at-bat Sunday, but it doesn’t count toward his on-base streak, which ends at 45 games. That total includes 4 games from last season. In Herrera’s final at-bat Sunday, he reached base when he tried to check his swing, but struck out on a wild pitch. Herrera beat the throw to first base, but a strikeout does not count toward on on-base streak.

10. Union break out their offense  Union, which have been shut out 6 times this season, get offense rolling in 4-1 victory over visiting Real Salt Lake. Marcus Epps scores 1st goal, then has hand in next 2 Union goals, which are sandwiched around Real Salt Lake’s only goal. Borek Dockal, Ilsinho, Keegan Rosenberry also score for Union (4-5-2), who will visit New York Red Bulls on Saturday (7 p.m.).

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St. Louis 12, Phillies 4

Phillies 7, St. Louis 6
Albany 41, Soul 36
Union 4, Real Salt Lake 1

St. Louis 5, Phillies 4


Phillies 3, Braves 0

Braves 3, Phillies 1

Phillies 4, Braves 0

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.



Posted by Eric Fisher On May - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Years since last time Capitals reached Stanley Cup Finals

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