Walks for Phillies during 4-1 win over Brewers on Saturday

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Dallas Cowboys’ fast start, the legendary career of the late Bill Campbell and how NASCAR’s new Chase format may have elevated anger levels.

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Carson Wentz throws four touchdown passes as the Eagles make an emphatic statement with a 51-23 domination of the Broncos, taking an NFL-best 8-1 record into their bye week.


A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news… 

1. Phillies post ‘walk off’ win over Brewers Phillies walk 10 times en route to 4-1 victory over host Brewers. Rhys Hoskins, Andrew Knapp crush solo home runs. J.P. Crawford walks with bases loaded in 6th inning to add another run after manager Gabe Kapler sent Maikel Franco to pinch hit for starter Zach Eflin. Bullpen combines for 4 scoreless innings, including Hector Neris’ 1st save since May 21. Phillies leave 15 men on base. Hoskins had 3 of Phillies’s 9 hits. Aaron Nola starts today (2:10 p.m.) as Phillies try to win 2nd straight series.

2. Sixers working out potential draft picks Sixers continue to work out potential picks in NBA Draft, which takes place next Thursday. Villanova’s Mikal Bridges among players brought in for workouts. Sixers have 10th, 26th picks in first round and have 4 second-round picks. Sixers pick up options on contracts of T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes for $1.6 million apiece next season.

3. Eagles receive rings Eagles finish mandatory 3-day mini-camp Thursday, get Super Bowl rings in ceremony later that night.  Carson Wentz, recovering from surgery to repair torn ACL, participates in 7-on-7 drills, but not full team drills. CB Sidney Jones sits out all 3 days with “lower body” soreness. DT Haloti Ngata also sits out all 3 days. DT Tim Jernigan, DE Brandon Graham sidelined after offseason surgeries. Speaking of injuries, Eagles hire Jerome Reid as head athletic trainer, replacing Chris Peduzzi, who resigned few weeks after Super Bowl. Eagles also replacing doctors with Rothman Institute, according to philly.com’s Les Bowen.

4. Flyers announce preseason schedule Flyers to open preseason with 3 straight games against Islanders, starting on Sun., Sept. 16 at Nassau Coliseum. Flyers host Islanders the next night at Wells Fargo Center, then visit Islanders at Barclays Center the following night. Flyers also host Islanders at PPL Center on Fri., Sept. 21. Flyers also play Rangers, Bruins 2 times apiece during preseason. Flyers have 14th, 19th selections in NHL Draft, which begins next Friday.

5. 4-way tie at U.S. Open Dustin Johnson shoots 7-over-par 77, falls back into 4-way tie at 3-over-par entering final round of U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Defending champion Brooks Koepka shoots 2-over par to tie for lead, along with Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, both of whom shoot 66.  Justin Rose 1 shot behind, Henrik Stenson 2 shots behind on crowded leaderboard.

6. N.J. welcomes sports betting Thursday was first day of legalized sports betting in New Jersey. Recent Supreme Court ruling clears way for legalized sports betting in states other than Nevada.

7. Philllies sign top pick Phillies sign Alec Bohm, the Wichita State third baseman who was 3rd overall pick in draft. Signing reportedly included $5.85 million signing bonus. Bohm heading to Clearwater, Fla., for workouts, then is expected to join one of Phillies’ Class A affiliates.

8. Union tame Red Bulls Haris Medunjanin scores goal, assists on another as Union defeat visiting New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in 2nd round of U.S. Open Cup. Alejandro Bedoya assists on both Union goals. Medunjanin scores in 52nd minute. Cory Burke scores 9 minutes later to extend lead to 2-0.

9. Iceland ties Argentina Iceland forges draw with Argentina in World Cup, which is taking place in Russia. In Saturday’s other matches, France edges Australia, 2-1; Denmark defeats Peru, 1-0; and Croatia beats Nigeria, 2-0. In Friday’s games, Spain, Portugal battle to 3-3 tie; Uruguay edges Egypt, 1-0; and Iran tops Morocco, 1-0. U.S. did not qualify for tournament. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, votes to have 2026 World Cup in U.S., Canada, Mexico. Lincoln Financial Field one of potential sites for games.

10. Soul win in final seconds Shane Austin connects with Darius Prince for 10-yard TD pass with 0.4 seconds remaining to boost Soul past host Albany, 75-74. Austin completes 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards, 10 TDs. Austin’s favorite target was rookie receiver Aaron Wascha, who catches 12 passes for 208 yards, 7 TDs. Soul (5-4), losers of 4 of previous 5 games, will visit Washington on Friday (7 p.m.).

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Milwaukee 13, Phillies 2

Phillies 4, Milwaukee 1
Soul 75, Albany 74
Union 2, N.Y. Red Bulls 1
(U.S. Open Cup)

Phillies at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.


Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Cardinals at Phillies, 1 p.m.

NBA Draft, 7 p.m.

Phillies at Washington, 7 p.m.
NHL Draft, 7:30 p.m.
Soul at Washington, 7 p.m.

NHL Draft. 11 a.m.
Phillies at Washington, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at Union, 5 p.m.

Phillies at Washington, 1:30p.m.


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Top 10 at No. 10


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Fryin’ Bryan over burners

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Will first time be the charm?

May - 28 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

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May - 28 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

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Eagles release Kendricks

May - 22 - 2018 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

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Mistaken impression

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The Sixers’ and Flyers’ seasons ended in disappointment, but Eric Fisher says fans of both teams should concentrate on the progress of both teams, which would end any notion that this past season was a disappointment for either team.

Benefit of the doubt

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