Games in December against NFC opponents for Eagles

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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. 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.

2. Sixers trounce Nets Sixers break open close game with 51 points in 3rd quarter to defeat visiting Nets, 145-123, to tie first-round series at 1-1. Sixers held 65-64 lead at halftime before 3rd-quarter explosion. Sixers set franchise records for total points in game and quarter during postseason. After only scoring 9 points in opener, Ben Simmons scores 18 points, dishes out 12 assists and grabs 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid, whose status was uncertain until game time due to left knee soreness, leads Sixers in scoring with 23 points, ties Simmons for team-high honors with 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes. Tobias Harris adds 19 points after behing held to just 4 in series opener. Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott contribute 16 and 15 points, respectively, off bench. Game 3 is Thursday (8 p.m.) at Barclays Center.

3. Arrieta shuts down Mets Jake Arrieta lasts into 9th inning as Phillies edge visiting Mets, 3-2. Four of 6 hits Arrieta allows are infield singles. he registers 15 outs on ground balls. Nervous moments in 9th inning, as Mets push run across and load bases, but Hector Neris gets strikeout to seal victory. Scott Kingery, starting at shortstop in place of Jean Segura (hamstring), hits solo home run. J.T. Realmuto produces 2 of Phillies’ 5 hits. Odubel Herrera leaves game after injuring hamstring chasing down fly ball. Phillies open 4-game series at Colorado on Thursday (8:40 p.m.).

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 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. Blue Jackets, Islanders sweep 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.

9. Raptors strike back Kawhi 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.

10. Woods turns back clock Tiger Woods shoots 2-under-par 70 Sunday to win Masters, his 1st major championship in 11 years. Woods, 43, wins his 15th major championship, 3 behind Jack Nicklaus for most in history. Woods finishes 1 shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele. Woods’ last major championship victory was at 2008 U.S. Open.

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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 at Nets, 8 p.m.
Phillies at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Phillies at Colorado, 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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