The Sixers’ claw for every inch of ground against the Toronto Raptors

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With only one sleep remaining until the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Eagles front office and scouting staff are making their final preparations before being on the counter with the 15th overall pick. But with several positions of necessity, in which direction will the Birds go with the picks n ° 15 and n ° 18?

There’s a strong case to be made that the Eagles should use their first-round picks to improve defensive tackle, defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, safety or wide receiver. Heck, there’s even an argument that they should add a quarterback to challenge Jalen Hurts!

Will the Eagles choose to bolster the defense with someone like 6-foot-6, 341-pound Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis, who ran the 40-yard dash in an unfathomable 4.78 seconds? Or will they get an offensive weapon for Hurts and try to correct Jalen Reagor’s misstep and sign one of the elite receiver prospects like Treylon Burks (Arkansas), Jameson Williams (Alabama) or Chris Olave ( Ohio State)? With two choices, they could do both.

Our Jeff McLane, EJ Smith and Josh Tolentino analyze 16 players the Eagles could draft Thursday night and assess the likelihood of each being a Philadelphia Eagle at the end of the weekend.

— Inquire Sports Staff, @phillysport

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We know Howie Roseman likes to make moves in the draft. And with the Eagles possessing two first-round picks, deals could be made to move up and down in the draft. An active night doing business is the scenario McLane sees as he posts his first round of NFL draft.

And even if the Eagles make no trades during the draft, as Tolentino’s seven-round mock draft shows, their 10 picks leave them with a nice catch.

JT Realmuto is a three-time All-Star and has won two Silver Slugger awards, but he always felt his timing at the plate was a bit off. Enter new hitting coach Kevin Long, who started working with Realmuto shortly after he was hired in October. Together they have taken a different approach which Realmuto says has made him feel more “on time” this season.

The Phillies continued their lineup with triple-A Lehigh Valley, trading left-handed relievers by sending Bailey Falter to Allentown and calling Damon Jones.

A day after scoring eight runs, the Phillies’ bats stayed hot with 11 hits in a 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Following: The Phillies continue their series against the Rockies at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (NBCSP+). Ranger Suárez (1-0, 4.38 ERA) will be opposed by Rockies right-hander Ryan Feltner (0-0, 0.00).

The 76ers held a 3-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors before allowing The North to win back-to-back playoff games and make their playoff series 3-2.

Despite this seismic shift, the Sixers remain confident in their ability to close out the series. Joel Embiid said his team was good and knew the recipe for winning after three games in a row. Doc Rivers echoed that sentiment and added that the Sixers need to find ways to help Tyrese Maxey and James Harden get back into shape. Embiid, which is healing a torn ligament in the thumb, is also part of this equation.

So while the Sixers know what they have to do, can they? They have another chance to show it.

Following: The Sixers take on the Raptors at 7 p.m. Thursday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto (NBCSP).

The Flyers lost on the scoresheet Monday night but Won when it came to improving their chances in the NHL Draft Lottery.

By losing to Chicago, the Flyers almost ensured they would finish in the league’s bottom five teams and increased their odds of landing the No. 1 overall pick to 9.5%. Giana Han explains the new draw format and where the Flyers could end up picking on July 7 in Montreal.

Following: The Flyers play Game 81 of 82 Wednesday night in Winnipeg against the Jets at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSP).

  • Here we go again? A 3-0 Sixers lead turned into a nervous 3-2 advantage as the series returned to Toronto for Game 6. The Sixers couldn’t spoil that, could they? If you’re a Philadelphia sports fan, you know that thought has crept into your mind before. Mike Sielski assesses where this would rank in the pantheon of stuffy Philadelphia jobs.

  • Who is number 1? : A day before the start of the NFL Draft, the No. 1 overall pick remains a mystery. It’s not anything like sports betting, writes Ed Barkowitz.

  • Give a hand : The war in Ukraine may seem a long way from Philadelphia, but for a Drexel squash player, it hit home. Indeed, Drexel junior Karina Tyma’s mother, Rosanna Radlinska-Tyma, hosted and taught children of Ukrainian refugees in her native Poland. Ariel Simpson has this amazing story.

The Sixers entered Monday with a 3-1 lead over the Raptors. How many times has an NBA team come back to win after falling to a 3-1 deficit?

To respond: A: 13. The Denver Nuggets were the last team to come back from a 3-1 deficit, beating the Los Angeles Clippers in 2020.

Will Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson be drafted in the first round on Thursday night? It could be a close call. DraftKings posted the over/under for where he will be drafted is 31.5. Plus is +100, minus is -135.

If you want to place this bet, however, you will need to travel to New Jersey as draft betting is prohibited in Pennsylvania.

We’ve compiled today’s newsletter using reports from Jeff McLane, EJ Smith, Josh Tolentino, Mike Sielski, Giana Han, Keith Pompey, Alex Coffey, Ed Barkowitz and Ariel Simpson.

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