Hits by Phillies in 3 of their last 4 games

The Eagles control their own destiny. If they beat the Cowboys twice, they’re almost assured of winning the NFC East. If they lose to the Cowboys on Thursday, they lose some control of their own destiny, create a “must win” against the Seahawks and endanger their hopes of making the playoffs.

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A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Tommy Boy! Phillies snap losing streak Tommy Joseph ties game with solo homer in 7th inning, singles home Michael with winning run in 11th as Phillies edge visiting Rockies, 2-1, to avoid sweep of 4-game series and halt 5-game losing streak. Six relievers allow just 2 hits in 6 innings. Starter Vince Velasquez strikes out 7 in 5 innings, but allows 8 hits, throws 94 pitches. Odubel Herrera goes 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts. Maikel Franco returns to lineup after sitting out 2 games, goes 1 for 5. Aaron Nola starts Friday (7 p.m.) as Phillies open series with visiting Reds.

2. Cox among no-shows at OTAs Eagles begin OTAs (Organized team activities) without DT Fletcher Cox, OT Jason Peters, DE Marcus Smith, punter Donnie Jones. OTAs are voluntary, but almost everyone attends. Isaac Seumalo lines up at left guard with first team. Allen Barbre has calf injury. With Peters missing, Lane Johnson moves to left tackle, Halapoulivaati joins starting unit at right tackle. Patrick Robinson, Jalen Mills line up as first-team cornerbacks.

3. Game 7 tonight Penguins, Senators square off tonight (8 p.m.) in Game 7 of Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 6, one game after being pulled during 7-0 defeat, Craig Anderson makes 45 saves, Mike Hoffman scores game-winner in 3rd period as Senators edge Penguins, 2-1, to force Game 7. In Western Conference Finals, Colton Sissons registers hat trick, Pekka Rinne makes 38 saves as Predators break tie in 3rd period, post 6-3 victory to wrap up Western Conference Finals in 6 games. Predators, in Cup final for 1st time, will face Penguins-Senators winner in game 1 next Monday. Peter Laviolette becomes 4th coach in NHL history to reach final with 3 different teams.

4. Cavaliers try to finish off Celtics Cavaliers try to eliminate Celtics tonight (8:30 p.m.) in Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 4, Kyrie Irving pours in 42 points, including 19 during a 5-minute span, to help Cavaliers rally for 112-99 triumph over visiting Celtics, taking 3-1 series lead. LeBron James adds 34 points despite being limited by foul trouble, picking up 4 during 1st half. Celtics without Isaiah Thomas for rest of postseason due to hip injury. In Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry pours in 36 points, Kevin Durant contributes 29 points, 12 rebounds as Warriors complete sweep of Spurs with 129-115 victory.

5. Embiid, Saric rookie of year finalists Sixers center Joel Embiid, forward Dario Saric named finalists for NBA Rookie of Year Award. Embiid led Sixers in scoring (20.2 points), rebounds (7.8) and blocked shots (2.5), but was limited to 31 games. Saric averaged 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, but his numbers increased after the All-Star break. The 3rd finalist is Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon.

6. NFL loosens celebration rules NFL allows group celebrations, football to be used as prop after TDs next season. Taunting opponents as part of celebration still will be penalized.

7. High-5 for Union? Union (4-4-4) will try to stretch winning streak to 5 games Saturday (8 p.m.) at Real Salt Lake. Last Saturday, Union fall behind against visiting Colorado, which has worst record in MLS, but rally with 2 second-half goals to extending winning streak to 4 with 2-1 triumph. C.J. Sapong ties game with penalty kick. With Rapids playing 1 man short due to ejection, Haris Medunjanin scores game-winner on free kick.

8. Cloud-y day at Preakness Cloud Computing, a 13-1 shot, comes from behind to catch Classic Empire, winning Preakness by a nose. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming battles with Classic Empire for most of race before fading to 8th.

9. Sweden tops Canada in final Henrik Lundqvist stops all 4 attempts in shootout as Sweden edges Canada, 2-1, in gold medal game of IIHF World Championships. Sweden scores shorthanded goal in final minute of 2nd period, but Canada counters with power play goal in 3rd period. 20-minute overtime period scoreless, so shootout required. Sweden scores twice in shootout. Team Canada includes Travis Konecny (8 assists during tournament, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn. Russia (Ivan Provorov) defeats Finland (Valtteri Filppula), 5-3, in bronze medal game.

10. Soul try to remain unbeaten Soul (6-0) will visit Washington on Saturday (1 p.m.). In last Saturday’s game, Dan Raudabaugh throws for 8 TDs, including 3 apiece to Darius Reynolds and Shaun Kauleinamoku, as Soul roll to 64-46 victory over visiting Cleveland.

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Phillies 7, Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh 6, Phillies 3
Union 2, Colorado 1
Soul 64, Cleveland 46

Pittsburgh 1, Phillies 0


Rockies 8, Philllies 1

Rockies 8, Philllies 2

Rockies 7, Phillies 2

Phillies 2, Rockies 1 (11 inngs.)

Reds at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Reds at Phillies, 4 p.m.
Soul at Washington, 1 p.m.
Union at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m.

Reds at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.


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