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Phillies want to be world champions of baseball’s COVID-19 season | Bob Brookover

Nearly four months after their originally scheduled opener in Miami, the Phillies will open their pandemic-shortened season Friday night against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. It's going to take some time to get used to the way the game is played in the COVID-19 era.

For the Phillies, Didi Gregorius is a power bat and the most interesting player in the clubhouse

The Phillies, finally, are injecting their lineup with a shortstop who has some pop. But the new addition is much more than a bat.

For the Phillies, Didi Gregorius is a power bat and the most interesting player in the clubhouse

The Phillies, finally, are injecting their lineup with a shortstop who has some pop. But the new addition is much more than a bat.

Eagles and NFL are back, but a long way from 2020 season start amid coronavirus pandemic

While players are already starting to report, practice probably won’t start until mid-August, and we won’t see live NFL football until the regular season begins in September.

Eagles and NFL are back, but a long way from 2020 season start amid coronavirus pandemic

While players are already starting to report, practice probably won’t start until mid-August, and we won’t see live NFL football until the regular season begins in September.

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Are Eagles coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman on the hot seat? | Marcus Hayes

After two mediocre post-Super Bowl seasons marked by spurious decisions, yes, they should be worried.
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Are Eagles coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman on the hot seat? | Marcus Hayes

After two mediocre post-Super Bowl seasons marked by spurious decisions, yes, they should be worried.
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The Phillies’ season finally starts on Friday. Here’s a look at their projected opening day roster.

The Phils will begin the season with a deep lineup and a strong tandem atop the starting rotation. Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of their largest opening-day roster in history.

The science behind baseball’s home run surge

When scientists crunched the data behind last year’s home run explosion, the single biggest factor they identified was a weird one. We explain.

The Phillies and their 9 opponents: Stats, trivia, fun facts and more

A little something on everybody from Ronald Acuna Jr. to Aaron Judge to Vlad Guerrero Jr., including a funky stat on the Orioles’ second baseman.

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Zack Wheeler will be a dad. Joel Embiid’s wearing a hazmat suit. How should athletes handle COVID-19? | Mike Sielski

How does knowing you might contract the coronavirus compare to knowing you might take a slap shot to the face? Or that you’ll be the victim of several car-crash-level hits? These are the questions athletes have to ask themselves and answer.

Life inside the bubble: Sixers enjoying ‘best Disney life’ before NBA season restart

The Sixers had a few players go fishing. There were pictures of Ben Simmons, Kyle O’Quinn and team security personnel Anthony Jackson catching fish on a boat. Matisse Thybulle is doing a video log entitled ‘Welcome To The Bubble.' The rookie will be on Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss it.

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In Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Sixers have a dystopic duo that the NBA’s bubble should fear | David Murphy

It’s time to embrace the madness. Whether you like it or not, the NBA playoffs are coming, and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are the reason to think the Sixers will prevail.

Hoping long layoff doesn’t derail their momentum, ‘evolved’ Flyers aiming for first Stanley Cup since 1975

The Flyers haven’t won a playoff series since 2012. They believe they have the right mix to end that drought — and more — in this year’s unpredictable Stanley Cup tournament.

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Claude Giroux: Like me, Flyers goalie Carter Hart won’t ‘panic’ in first postseason | Marcus Hayes

G: “Carter’s won World Juniors. He’s played in big games.” Hart: “I don’t think.”

Phillies star Bryce Harper aligns with himself ahead of MLB’s restart

As the $330 million star begins his second season with the Phillies, his teammates have learned enough to change their minds about who he really is.

The Phillies’ John Middleton fired Gabe Kapler and hired Joe Girardi. Will it make a difference in the 2020 season?

Phillies ownership made a calculation that Girardi is good enough to bridge the roughly 10-win gulf between a .500 record and the postseason appearance that has eluded the franchise since 2011.

How NBC Sports Philadelphia plans to broadcast Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers games

“I’m just thankful to be doing games,” said Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff. “I’m going to do my best to make it as entertaining as possible because I think people are really hungry for this.”

Phillies managing partner John Middleton believes in Joe Girardi’s winning pedigree

Managers have been devalued by many front offices in baseball’s analytics age, but Middleton believes Girardi can be a difference maker because of his intelligence and engaging personality.

Phillies who start hot — and some who don’t

The big thumpers in the Phillies lineup are generally strong starters, which will be crucial with such a short schedule. Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Hoskins, and Bryce Harper all had at least 10 homers in the first 60 games last season. Then McCutchen got hurt.

Whiz Kids, Macho Row, other special Phillies teams and how they fared their first 60 games

It’s a 60-game schedule for the 2020 Phillies. Here’s a look at how some of the memorable teams in franchise history were doing after 60. Man, that 2011 team was something.

Bookies sweat ‘the unknowns’ as Philadelphia sports reopen

Games with no crowds and different rules have everybody guessing what the return to play will mean for the world of sports betting.

PHILLIES STATUS
The Phillies open July 24 against the Marlins. MLB regular season runs through Sept. 27.
FLYERS STATUS
The Flyers start with an exhibition game July 28. The NHL season resumes Aug. 1.
SIXERS STATUS
The Sixers open their eight-game, regular-season schedule Aug. 1 vs. the Indiana Pacers.
EAGLES STATUS
The NFL is expected to stick with its original Sept. 13 opening and play a full 16-game schedule.