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Consecutive home runs for Phillies during 8th inning Sunday

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Darren Sproles’ value to the Eagles, Jonathan Papelbon’s attitude and Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s future.

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Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on Pat Quinn’s legacy, Peter Forsberg entering the Hockey Hall of Fame and Mo’ne Davis writing her memoir.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. NFL Draft week in Philly NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia from Thursday-Saturday at base of Art Museum steps and in Eakins Circle and surrounding area along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

2. Eagles keeping options open Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas says there are 7  or 8 scenarios with 14th overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Douglas and executive VP of football of operations Howie Roseman don’t reveal much about draft plans while meeting with media Thursday.

3. Eagles are prime time players Eagles to appear in prime time 5 times during 2017 season. Eagles visit Panthers on Thurs., Oct. 12 (8:25 p.m.), then return home to host Redskins on Mon., Oct. 23 (8:30 p.m.). After Week 10 bye, Eagles visit Cowboys on Sun., Nov. 19 (8:30 p.m.). Two weeks later, they visit Seahawks on Sun., Dec. 3 (8:30 p.m.). The Eagles will be home for Christmas, hosting Raiders on Mon., Dec. 25 (8:30 p.m.). Eagles open season on road Sun., Sept. 10 at Redskins (1 p.m.), then visit Andy Reid and Chiefs, who kick off NFL season Sept. 7 against Patriots, on Sun., Sept. 17 (1 p.m.). Four of Eagles’ first 6 games on road. Home opener is Sun., Sept. 24 (1 p.m.) against Giants.

4. Phillies rally, sweep Braves Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera hit back-to-back-to-back home runs during 4-run 8th inning to lift Phillies to 5-2 triumph over visiting Braves, completing sweep with their 4th straight win. Game scoreless until Matt Kemp’s solo homer in top of 7th inning, which is only run starter Zach Eflin gives up while allowing 3 hits in 7 innings. Phillies tie game in bottom of 7th on Freddy Galvis’ RBI, setting stage for power outburst in 8th. Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allows 1 run, 4 hits while striking out 9 in 7 innings. Phillies acquire infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly from Blue Jays for cash. Phillies off Monday, open series with visiting Marlins on Tuesday (7 p.m.).

5. Capitals finally put away Leafs Marcus Johansson scores his 2nd goal of game, putting home rebound of Justin Williams’ shot 6:31 in to overtime to help Capitals withstand another challenge from upstart Maple Leafs, 2-1, to win first-round series in 6 games. Capitals will face Penguins in 2nd round. In another game Sunday, Clarke MacArthur scores 13:30 into overtime to lift Senators past host Bruins, 3-2, to wrap up series in 6 games. Senators will face Rangers in second round. In Saturday’s games, Mats Zuccarello scores twice as Rangers defeat Canadiens, 3-1, to wrap up series in 6 games; Wild rally with 2 goals in 3rd period to force overtime, but Magnus Paajarvi scores 9:42 into overtime to boost Blues to 4-3 victory, finishing off Wild in 5 games, earning meeting with Predators in next round; and Cam Talbot makes 27 saves as Oilers finish off host Sharks, 3-1, to win series in 6 games. Oilers will face Ducks in 2nd round.

6. Cavaliers sweep Pacers LeBron James scores 33 points, grabs 10 rebounds as Cavaliers complete first-round sweep of Pacers with 106-102 victory. In Sunday’s other games, Nene makes all 12 of his shots from field, scores 28 points to help Rockets defeat host Thunder, 113-109, to take 3-1 series lead despite Russell Westbrook’s 3rd straight triple double (35 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists); Isaiah Thomas scores 33 points to lead Celtics past host Bulls, 104-95, to even series at 2-2; and Jazz try to even series with Clippers, who have lost forward Blake Griffin for rest of playoffs due to toe injury, at 2-2 (9 p.m.). In Saturday’s games, Marc Gasol scores with .7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Grizzlies past visiting Spurs, 110-108, despite 43 points by Kawhi Leonard, tying series at 2-2; DeMar DeRozan pours in 33 points as Raptors smother Bucks, 87-76, to even first-round series at 2-2; Hawks post 116-98 victory over visiting Wizards to reduce their series deficit to 2-1; and Warriors overcome 16-point deficit in 2nd half to post 119-113 victory over Trail Blazers, taking 3-0 series lead.

7. Buchholz likely to miss rest of year Clay Buchholz has surgery to repair torn flexor pronator mass in right forearm, to miss estimated 4-6 months. Buccholz, who will be paid $13.5 million this season, allowed 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings in his first 2 starts as Phillie. In other injury news, Phillies place outfielder Howie Kendrick on 10-day disabled list due to what has been reclassified as oblique strain while throwing during Saturday’s win over Nationals. Pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley to replace him on roster. Pat Neshek returns from paternity leave, pitcher Ben Lively returned to Lehigh Valley.

8. Union blow 3-goal lead in tie The good news for Union is their losing streak ends at 4. The bad news is they squander 3-goal lead in 3-3 tie with visiting Montreal, extending their winless streak to 15 games, dating back to last August. Union (0-4-3) remain only winless team in MLS. Union jump out to 3-0 lead in first 38 minutes on 2 goals by Roland Alberg, 1 by C.J. Sapong.  But Impact score before halftime, then add goals in 69th and 87th minute to prevent Union from notching 1st win.

9. Provorov not among finalists Rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov, who led Flyers in ice time and won Barry Ashbee Award as Flyers’ best defensemen, not among finalists for Calder Trophy (rookie of year). Finalists are Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, Jets forward Patrik Laine, Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski. Shayne Gostisbehere was finalist last year. Center Sean Couturier, rookie right wing Travis Konecny added to Team Canada roster for upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. They join Flyers Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds on Team Canada. Team GM is Flyers GM Ron Hextall; Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol serving as assistant coach.

10. Soul rally to beat Washington Soul fall behind by 14 points in 1st quarter and trail at halftime by 3, but hold Washington scoreless during second half of 49-31 victory. Dan Raudaubaugh completes 23 of 36 passes for 247 yards. Shaun Kauleinamoku catches 12 passes for 125 yards, 2 TDs. Darius Reynolds catches 3 TDs. Soul (2-0) will host Baltimore on Saturday (7 p.m.) in home opener.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Phillies 4, Braves 3

Saturday
Phillies 4, Braves 3 (10 inngs.)
Montreal 3, Union 3
Soul 49, Washington 31

Sunday
Phillies 5, Braves 2

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Marlins at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Marlins at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Marlins at Phillies, 1 p.m.
NFL Draft
First round, 8 p.m.
(at Art Museum steps)
Penn Relays

Friday
NFL Draft
Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m.
(at Art Museum steps)
Phillies at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Penn Relays

Saturday
NFL Draft
Rounds 4-7, noon
(at Art Museum steps)
Phillies at Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Soul, 7 p.m.
(home opener)
Union at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday
Phillies at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

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