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PHILADELPHIA >> While you were gloating over that plane towing the Super Bowl LII score above Gillette Stadium last Thursday, the defending champion Eagles were getting punched in the mouth for the second straight week.

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PHILADELPHIA >> J.P. Crawford was supposed to be ready to return, but since Asdrubal Cabrera had been brought in before the trade deadline, a spot had to be created. So successful starter Zach Eflin was demoted in a paper transaction, which only served to tick him and his agent off for…

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PHILADELPHIA >> The Eagles made a big commitment to the once laughable partnership of vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson.

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After making what clearly was a surprise move to lease the services of an American League All-Star, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak Tuesday cast his club’s trade for Wilson Ramos as even more of an odd acquisition at the non-waiver deadline.

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PHILADELPHIA >> In the days leading up the All-Star break, Rhys Hoskins told all assembled questioners how excited he was to be selected to participate in that made-for-ESPN wonder, the MLB Home Run Derby.

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While indicating that he didn’t wish to stir much of an additional free agency wake beyond the July 1 splash of James van Riemsdyk and the ripples caused by the subsequent signing of defenseman Christian Folin, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall indicated Wednesday that he was still open to …

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PHILADELPHIA >> The Eagles check into training camp Wednesday with the swagger they created in a torrid four-game stretch last November and the grit that bested Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Not that anybody’s worried about the Phillies’ starting pitching or anything, especially on a night when Aaron Nola was on the mound at Citizens Bank Park.

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BALTIMORE >> Mark Ferrante has been around Villanova football for 32 years, 30 as an assistant and the last two as the head coach. So he would know if the Wildcats ever suffered through an injury-played season like the one Villanova endured a year ago.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Coming off a rainout, and with an ominous forecast directly ahead for the second game of a weather-imposed day-night doubleheader Sunday, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn’t have to look far for something to blame for a key play in an opening loss to the San Diego Padres.

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WASHINGTON >> They were never expected to be where they were in the N.L. East at the All-Star break. They were too young. They were not ready. They would be nowhere near the top.

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BALTIMORE >> Bryce Harper will stand out in an All-Star crowd Monday night, just as he did when he used to hit over .300 and his Washington Nationals team used to sit atop the (regular season only) competition.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Runners at the corners, game against the Orioles and feel-good homestand hanging in the balance, and the star the Phillies are seeking to make their own standing at the plate, seeking to give them another bitter reason to want him.