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Goal by Flyers in 3 playoff losses to Penguins

Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topic. This week Eric serves up opinions on why the draft lottery has become such a big deal in Philadelphia, the meaning of the Eagles’ signing of LeGarrette Blount, and other ways to honor former Flyers chairman Ed Snider.

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First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…  

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Wade, Heat cool off Sixers Dwyane Wade pours in 28 points, making 11 of 16 shots from field, to lead Heat to 113-103 victory over host Sixers in Game 2, evening first-round series at 1-1. Loss ends Sixers’ 17-game winning streak. Heat take control with 34-13 advantage in 2nd quarter, with Wade outscoring Sixers, 15-13. Sixers make 4th-quarter run to pull within 2 points, but Heat score 10 of next 12 points to put game away. Ben Simmons, Dario Saric score 24 and 23 points, respectively. Ersan Ilyasova, starting in place of Amir Johnson, contributes 14 points, 11 rebounds. Game 3 will be in Miami on Thursday (7:30 p.m.).

4. Embiid doubtful for Game 3 ASixers list Joel Embiid as “doubtful” for Game 3 Thursday in Miami, but status could change before game. After Monday’s loss to Heat in Game 2, Embiid posts on Instagram that he’s “(bleeping) sick and tired of being babied.” Head coach Brett Brown says Embiid is “progressing.” Embiid missed final 8 games of regular season and first 2 playoff games. When Embiid returns, he’s expected to wear mask to protect left orbital bone, which he broke in collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. In other Sixers news, team will travel to China to face Mavericks in 2 exhibition games in early October.

5. Flaherty, Braves top Phillies Ryan Flaherty, who was with Phillies during spring training, delivers 3-run homer, RBI single as host Braves post 7-3 victory over Phillies. Flaherty’s homer in 5th inning produces only runs allowed by Phillies start Vince Velasquez in 6 innings. Reliever Hoby Milner allows 3 runs in 2/3 inning in 8th, hits Freddie Freeman on wrist with pitch. Andrew Knapp has 2 of Phillies’ 6 hits. Rhys Hoskins starts at 1b for Carlos Santana, who was batting .136 entering game. Santana goes 0 for 2 after entering game. Phillies return home Thursday (7 p.m.) to open 4-game series with Pirates.

6. 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 host Timberwolves. 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.

7. Capitals win in 2 OTs Lars Eller scores at 9 minutes of 2nd overtime to lift Capitals past host Blue Jackets, 3-2, to reduce series deficit to 2-1. In Tuesday’s other games, Jets shutout Wild, 2-0, to take 3-1 series lead, and Golden Knights edge Kings, 1-0, to complete 4-game sweep. On Monday, Cory Schneider makes 34 saves as Devils defeat visiting Lightning, 5-2, to reduce series deficit to 2-1; Maple Leafs double up visiting Bruins, 4-2, to reduce series deficit to 2-1; Avalanche defeat visiting Predators, 5-3, to cut series deficit to 2-1; and Sharks destroy Ducks, 8-1, to take 3-0 series lead.

8. 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.

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. Report: Knicks want Wright Knicks interested in hiring Villanova head coach Jay Wright, according to New York Daily News. Knicks fire head coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons. Villanova stars 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. La Salle hires Ashley Howard to be men’s basketball coach. Howard, who spent last 5 seasons as Wright’s top assistant at Villanova, replaces Dr. John Giannini. Howard served as Giannini’s assistant for 4 seasons, starting in 2004.

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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
Pirates at Phillies, 7 p.m.
NBA Playoffs
First Round
Game 3
Sixers at Heat, 7:30 p.m.
(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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‘Not Good’

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Embiid injured in collision with Fultz