Points by Ben Simmons during Game 3 victory over Nets

The Phillies have acquired many pitchers, such as Vince Velasquez (pictured), the past few years, but it’s not clear that they’ve brought in quality pitchers who can anchor thea rotation or bullpen for at least several years. Eric Fisher also reminds you that Carlos Ruiz returns this week, says Tommy Joseph may have started hitting in the nick of time, and praises Aaron Altherr.

The Eagles trade quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings for a first-round pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The trade means that rookie Carson Wentz is likely to be the starter at some point this season.

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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Sixers beat Nets without Embiid Ben Simmons scores 31 points, making 11 of 13 shots from the field, and dishes out 9 assists as visiting Sixers defeat Nets, 131-115, in Game 3 despite missing center Joel Embiid due to left knee soreness. Sixers take 2-1 lead in 1st-round series. Tobias Harris contributes 29 points, making all 6 of his 3-point attempts. JJ Redick adds 26 points, making several key 3-pointers in 3rd quarter to fend off run by Nets. Greg Monroe, starting in place of Embiid, scores 9 points, grabs 13 rebounds. Boban Marjanovic comes off bench to add 14 points, 8 rebounds. Game 3 is Saturday (3 p.m.) at Barclays Center.

2. McMahon, Rockies power past Phillies Ryan McMahon homers in consecutive innings as Rockies beat visiting Phillies, 6-2. McMahon hits 3-run homer off starter Zach Eflin in 6th inning. Phillies respond with 2 runs in top of 7th inning, on 2-run double by J.T. Realmuto, but McMahon delivers 2-run homer off reliever Victor Arano as part of Rockies’ 3-run 7th inning. Cesar Hernandez produces 3 of Phillies’ 5 hits. Phillies continue 4-game series with Rockies tonight (8:40 p.m.).

3. Eagles are prime attraction Eagles scheduled for five prime-time games during 2019 season. Eagles also have pair of 4:25 p.m. games.. Eagles will play on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. After opening season at home against Redskins on Sun., Sept. 8 (1 p.m.), Eagles will face Falcons on Sunday night in Week 2. Eagles’ will visit Packers on Thursday night in Week 4 and then will visit Cowboys on Sunday night in Week 7. Eagles’ later two prime-time games are at home, but first three — all of which take place during first seven weeks — are on road. Eagles finish season with 4 games against NFC East opponents, including 2 against Giants. Bye comes during Week 10.

4. Phillies send Pivetta to Class AAA Phillies send Nick Pivetta, who has struggled in 4 starts, to Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Pivetta has 8.35 ERA in 4 starts. Jerad Eickhoff, who struck out 6 in 4 innings of scoreless relief after replacing Pivetta Tuesday during Phillies’ 14-3 victory over Mets, will take Pivetta’s place in rotation Sunday against Rockies. Pitcher Drew Anderson optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room on roster for Eickhoff. With Jean Sugra (hamstring) sidelined, Phillies call up infielder Phil Gosselin. To make room for Gosselin on 40-man roster, Phillies transfer reliever Tommy Hunter to 60-day disabled list. Phillies place struggling reliever David Robertson on injured list due to elbow soreness. MRI shows Grade 1 flexor strain. Jerad Eickhoff, called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley, strikes out 6 in 4 shutout innings of relief.

5. Flyers hire Vigneault Flyers hire Alain Vigneault as head coach. Vigneault has coached 16 seasons in NHL, most recently with Rangers, whom he led to Stanley Cup Finals. Vigneault also guided Caunucks to Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 during his 7-year tenure. Flyers pass on Scott Gordon, who led turnaround as interim head coach after replacing Dave Hakstol.

6. Wentz: back not fully healed  Carson Wentz reveals stress fracture in his back not full healed. Wentz says he hopes to be ready for OTAs, which begin May 21. Wentz started last season on sidelines while recovering from significant knee injury, including torn ACL, that cut his 2017 season short, opening door to Nick Foles leading Eagles to Super Bowl. Fletcher Cox reveals he had “procedure” on foot after injuring it in Eagles’ playoff loss to Saints.

7.Seeing stars in 2026 MLB makes it official today with announcement confirming reports that Phillies will host 2026 All-Star Game at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia expected to play prominent role in celebration of United States’ 250th birthday.

8. Flyers ‘cover up’ Smith Cover placed over Kate Smith statue outside Wells Fargo Center, Flyers will no longer use Smith’s version of “God Bless America” after information surfaces about Smith singing songs with racist lyrics. Smith and God Bless America were considered good luch charms for Flyers during early years of franchise, and team has continued to use the song, often in simulated duet with Lauren Hart, in recent years, particularly before important games.

9. Blue Jackets, Hurricanes tie series Hurricanes edge visiting Capitals, 2-1, to even 1st-round series at 2-2. In other games Thursday, Blues score 3 times in 3rd period to nip Jets, 3-2, to take 3-2 series lead, and Golden Knights stomps Sharks, 5-2, to take 3-2 series lead. On Wednesday, Blue Jackets roll to 7-3 victory in Game 4 to complete shocking first-round sweep of top-seeded Lightning. In Tuesday’s other games, Islanders post 3-1 win over Penguins to complete sweep; Kyle Connor scores at 6:02 over overtime to lift Jets past Blues, 2-1, tying series at 2-2; and Golden Knights shut out Sharks, 5-0, to take 3-1 series lead. On Monday, Hurricanes shut out visiting Capitals, 2-1, to reduce first-round series deficit to 2-1, but rookie forward Andrei Szechnikov not expected to play next game after being knocked out in fight with Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin. In other first-round games Monday, Maple Leafs edge Bruins, 3-2, to take 2-1 series lead; Avalanche flatten Flames, 6-2, to take 2-1 series lead; and Predators slip past Stars, 2-1, to take 2-1 series lead.

10. Durant powers Warriors Kevin Durant pours in 38 points in 30 minutes to lead Warriors to lead Warriors to 132-105 thrashing of host Clippers, taking 2-1 lead in 1st-round series. In another first-round game, Derrick White scores career-high 36 points to power Spurs to 1180108 triunmph over visiting Nuggets, taking 2-1 series lead. awhi Leonard pours in 37 points to lead Raptors to 111-82 mashing of visiting Magic, evening first-round series at 1-1. In Tuesday’s other playoff games, Jamal Murray scores 21 of his 24 points in 4th quarter to help Nuggets defeat visiting Spurs, 114-105, to even series at 1-1, and backcourt of C.J. McCollum (33 points), Damian Lillard (29) combine for 62 points as Trail Blazers cruise to 114-94 victory over visiting Thunder to take 2-0 series lead. On Monday, Clippers recover from 31-point deficit midway through 3rd quarter Monday to shock top-seeded Warriors, 135-131, in greatest comeback in NBA playoff history. Warriors lose forward DeMarcus Cousins to what head coach Steve Kerr said was “significant” quadriceps injury. In Sunday’s first-round series openers, Celtics use 18-point advantage in 3rd quarter to defeat visiting Pacers, 84-74; East top seed Milwaukee pulverizes Pistons, 121-86; James Harden scores 29 points to lead Rockets past Jazz, 122-90; and Lillard pours in 30 points to boost Trail Blazers to 104-99 triumph over Thunder.


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Phillies 9, Marlins 1

NBA Playoffs

First round
Nets 111, Sixers 102
Marlins 10, Phillies 3
Galaxy 2, Union 0
Saskatchewan 16, Wings 11

Phillies 3,  Marlins 1 (14 inngs.)
Vancouver 19, Wings 12


NBA Playoffs
First round
Sixers 145, Nets 123
(Series is tied, 1-1)
Mets 7, Phillies 6

Phillies 14, Mets 3

Phillies 3, Mets 2

NBA Playoffs
First round
Sixers 131, Nets 115
Colorado 6, Phillies 2

Phillies at Golorado, 8:40 p.m.

NBA Playoffs
First round
Sixers at Nets, 3 p.m.
Phillies at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.
Montreal at Union, 1 p.m.
Wings at Georgia, 7 p.m.
(season finale)

Phillies at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.


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