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Posted by Eric Fisher On August - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Red Sox edge Phillies Pinch hitter Brock Holt homers off reliever Tommy Hunter in 8th inning to lift visiting Red Sox past Phillies, 2-1. Phillies fall 2 games behind Braves, 10-6 winners over Marlins, in NL East. Both of Phillies hits, including Rhys Hoskins’ solo home run, come in 5th inning. Red Sox Starter Rick Porcello strikes out 10 in 7 innings. Phillies strike out 13 times. Phillies starter Nick Pivetta strikes out 6, limits Red Sox to 3 hits, in 6 innings. Phillies finish 2-game series with Red Sox on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

2. Wentz: It will be close When asked by WIP’s Angelo Cataldi if he will be ready for Eagles’ season opener against Falcons, QB Carson Wentz says “It will be close.” Wentz says starting Week 1 is the goal, but final decision up to doctors and coaches. After doing some 11-on-11 drills at the start of training camp, Wentz, who is coming off major knee surgery, has been limited to 7-on-7 drills.

3. Eagles to battle Patriots Eagles will visit Patriots on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) in preseason game that is Super Bowl rematch. In preseason opener, Steelers score final 16 points to pull away from host Eagles for 31-14 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. Nate Sudfeld starts at QB, completes 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards in 1st half, with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert, a second-round draft pick has 4 receptions for 66 yards, TD.

4. Eagles wrap up training camp Eagles hold final training camp session Tuesday. Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey, Markus Wheaton, Mack Hollins, RB Josh Adams among others who didn’t practice. Rookie TE Dallas Goedert returns to practice Monday, although he wasn’t a full participant, after leaving Saturday’s practice with apparent arm injury and not practicing Monday. There was speculation on social media that Goedert’s injury was serious.Nick Foles, who did not practice last week due to “upper body soreness,” back on field Sunday after returning Saturday during open practice before estimated 35,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. DE Brandon Graham, WR Alshon Jeffery, DT Tim Jernigan, safety/special teams ace Chris Maragos remain on physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

5. Phillies bring up Neris Phillies recall reliever Hector Neris from Class AAA Lehigh Valley, send infielder J.P. Crawford down to make room roster. Phillies also trade pitcher Jake Thompson to Brewers for cash. Last week Phillies acquire left-handed bat for bench, trading for 1b Justin Bour. Phillies send minor-league pitcher McKenzie Mills to Marlins for cash and Bour, who was hitting .227, with 19 home runs, 54 RBI with Marlins. To make room for Bour, Phillies send starting pitcher Zach Eflin to minors for 10-day assignment, but will be able to recall Eflin for Thursday’s doubleheader with Mets, when they are allowed to add 26th player, so Eflin won’t miss a start.

6. Eagles sign Hackenberg Eagles sign former Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg. After being drafted by Jets in 2nd round of 2016 NFL Draft (51st overall), Hackenberg traded to Raiders after 2 poor seasons. Raiders released Hackenberg in June. Eagles release rookie offensive lineman Ian Park to make room for Hackenberg, who practices Monday.

7. Koepka fends off Woods at PGA Brooks Koepka fires 4-under-par 66 for 2nd straight day to fend off challenges from Tiger Woods, Adam Scott to win PGA Championship. Koepka, who finishes at 16-under-par, has won 3 of past 6 major tournaments. Woods shoots 6-under 64, finishes 2 strokes behind. Scott shoots 67, finishes 3 strokes behind Koepka.

8. Prime time players Sixers to be on national TV at least 4 times. Sixers’ season opener at Boston on Oct. 16 will be on TNT. Sixers will be on TNT again 2 days later for home opener against Bulls. Sixers will be on ABC on Christmas when they visit Celtics. And they will be back on TNT on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21) when they host Rockets. Joel Embiid, who was in Africa for NBA Africa game, bit on arm by lion cub Sunday in South Africa. Embiid, who was not seriously injured, was playing with cub at wildlife refuge. Embiid scores 24 points during game, but Team World defeats Team Africa, 96-92.

9. Prime time players II Flyers to appear on national TV 17 times in upcoming season, including in 4 of NBC’s 13 games. Season opener at Las Vegas (Oct. 4), home opener against Sharks (Oct. 9) among games on NBCSN. NBC’s 1st game is Flyers hosting Rangers on Nov. 23 (day after Thanksgiving). Flyers’ game against Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23 also on NBC.

10. Elliott, Union overcome Revolution Jack Elliott scores goals 10 minutes apart, then Fafa Picault scores game-winner on penalty kick as Union defeat host New England, 3-2. Victory moves Union (9-11-3) past Revolution by 1 point, putting them in position for final playoff berth in Eastern Conference. After Elliott’s goals in 14th and 24th minute, Revolution score twice early in 2nd half to tie game, 2-2, but Picault’s penalty kick in 76th minute lifts Union to victory.

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San Diego 2, Phillies 0

Phillies 5, San Diego 1
Union 3, New England 2

San Diego 9, Phillies 3


No games scheduled

Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

Red Sox at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Mets at Phillies, 4 p.m. (DH)
Eagles at Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
(preseason opener)

Mets at Phillies, 6 p.m.

Mets at Phillies, 4 p.m.
New York City FC at Union, 7 p.m.

Mets at Phillies, 7:10 p.m.



Posted by Eric Fisher On August - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Consecutive games in which Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. has hit leadoff home run

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