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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. Embiid has triumphant return Joel Embiid scores 23 points in return from broken left orbital bone as Sixers defeat host Heat, 128-108, in Game 3 of first-round series. Sixers take 2-1 series lead. Embiid, wearing protective mask, plays 30 minutes, 21 seconds in his playoff debut. Dario Saric, Marco Belinelli add 21 points apiece. Ben Simmons contributes 19 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists. Sixers lead by 2 points after 3 quarters, but post 32-14 advantage during 4th quarter. Game 4 is Saturday (2:30 p.m.) in Miami.

2. Eagles open against Falcons Eagles will kick off NFL season — and their defense of Super Bowl championship — on Thurs., Sept. 6 against Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field, a rematch of Eagles’ first playoff game last season. Eagles will host Vikings in rematch of NFC Championship Game on Sun., Oct. 7. First NFC East game is Thurs., Oct. 11 at Giants. Eagles’ bye is during Week 9, one week after facing Jaguars in London on Sun., Oct. 28 (9:30 a.m.). Five of Eagles’ 6 divisional games after bye week.

3. Penguins dominate Flyers Penguins don’t have much difficulty with Flyers in Game 4, pushing them to bring of elimination with 5-0 victory. Penguins shut out Flyers for 2nd time in series. Goalie Matt Murray makes 26 saves while registering his 4th shutout in his last 6 playoff games. Sidney Crosby has goal, assist to pass Mario Lemieux for 1st place on Penguins’ all-time playoff scoring list. Goalie Brian Elliott replaced by Michal Neuvirth in 2nd period after giving up 3 goals on 17 shots. Only one of goals was “stoppable.” Center Sean Couturier doesn’t play due to “lower body” injury. Flyers try to stave off elimination Friday (7 p.m.) in Pittsburgh.

4. Couturier misses Game 3 Flyers center Sean Couturier, named a finalist for Selke Trophy for NHL’s best defensive forward, does not play in Game 4 Wednesday due to “lower body” injury suffered during practice when he collides with defenseman Radko Gudas. Couturier is moving toward net with puck when Gudas, who appears to be trying to receive or intercept a different puck, backs into Couturier’s path, sending him tumbling to the ice. Couturier limps off ice with trainer Jim McCrossin. Other Selke finalists are Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron, Kings’ Anze Kopitar.

5. Arrieta shuts down Pirates Phillies score 5 runs in 2nd inning, which is more than enough for starter Jake Arrieta, who strikes out 10, limits visiting Pirates to 1 hit in 7 innings during 7-0 triumph. Cesar Hernandez produces 2 hits, 3 RBI. Odubel Herrera contributes 2 hits, 2 RBI. Rhys Hoskins gets rally going with leadoff solo homer in 2nd inning. Phillies host Pirates again on Friday (7 p.m.).

6. DiVincenzo entering draft Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo, most outstanding player during Final Four, decides to enter draft. But DiVincenzo won’t hire agent, allowing him to return to Wildcats if he doesn’t expect to be drafted as high as he’d like. Forward Omari Spellman makes same decision. Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges to enter NBA Draft rather than return for final season of eligibility. Brunson won several national player of year awards. Both players part of 2 national championship teams in past 3 seasons. Guard Phil Booth, forward Eric Paschall will return for final season of eligibility.

7. Capitals defeat Blue Jackets Evgeny Kuznetsov scores goal, adds 2 assists as Capitals defeat host Blue Jackets, 4-1, to even first-round series at 2-2. In another game Thursday, Bruins defeat Maple Leafs, 3-1, to take 3-1 series lead. On Wednesday, Sharks edge visiting Ducks, 2-1, to complete sweep of first-round series; Lightning defeat host Devils, 3-1, to take 3-1 series lead, and Predators edge Avalanche, 3-2, to take 3-1 series lead. On Tuesday,Golden Knights edge Kings, 1-0, to complete 4-game sweep.

8. James, Cavaliers bounce back LeBron James pours in 46 points to lead Cavaliers to 100-97 triumph over visiting Pacers, tying first-round series at 1-1. In Wednesday’s other games, Jazz top Thunder, 102-95, to even series at 1-1, and Rockets trounce Timberwolves, 102-82. On Tuesday, Jaylen Brown scores 30 points, Terry Rozier adds 23 as Celtics defeat visiting Bucks, 120-106, to take 2-1 lead in first-round series; DeMar DeRozan pours in 37 points to lead Raptors to 130-119 triumph over visiting Wizards, taking 2-0 series lead; and Jrue Holiday scores 33 points to lead Pelicans past host Trail Blazers, 111-102, for 2-0 series lead. On Monday, Kevin Durant scores 32 points and Klay Thompson adds 31, including 16 during 4th quarter, as Warriors defeat visiting Spurs, 116-101, to take 2-0 lead in 1st-round series.

9. Sammartino dies at 82 Bruno Sammartino, one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars, dies at age 82. Sammartino held the WWWF (now WWE) World Championship for more than 11 years in 2 title reigns. With Sammartino at the top of the card, WWWF consistently sold out arenas such as the Spectrum and Madison Square Garden. Sammartino held the WWWF world title from 1963-71 and from 1974-77. Sammartino was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

10. Hall of Famer Greer dies at 81 Hall of Famer Hal Greer, the Sixers/Syracuse Nationals all-time leader in points (21,856), games and minutes, dies at age 81 after brief illness. Greer, selected to 10 All-Star games, was a leading member of the Sixers’ 1966-67 NBA Championship squad. Sixers honoring Greer with No. 15 patch on uniforms for rest of postseason.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Phillies 2, Tampa Bay 1
Orlando City 2, Union 0
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 2
Flyers 5, Penguins 1

Saturday
Phillies 9, Tampa Bay 4
Soul 56, Albany 35
(Season opener)
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 1
Sixers 130, Heat 103

Sunday
Phillies 10, Tampa Bay 4
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 3
Penguins 5, Flyers 1

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Atlanta 2, Phillies 1
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 2
Heat 113, Sixers 103

Tuesday
Phillies 5, Atlanta 1 (10 inngs.)

Wednesday
Atlanta 7, Phillies 3
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 4
Penguins 5, Flyers 0

Thursday
Phillies 7, Pirates 0
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 3
Sixers 128, Heat 108
(Series is tied, 1-1)

Friday
Pirates at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 5
Flyers at Penguins, 7 p.m.
(Penguins lead series, 3-1)

Saturday
Pirates at Phillies, 4 p.m.
Baltimore at Soul, 7 p.m.
(home opener)
Union at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 4
Sixers at Heat, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday
Pirates at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
First Round

Game 6
Penguins at Flyers, 3 p.m.
(if necessary)

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