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September 30, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
GALLOWAY, N.J. - One needed to totally revamp his shot, eliminating the tendency to bring the ball across his body to get off a shot. The other has great form on his shot, but for some reason has trouble making foul shots. Sixers coach Brett Brown would like to see one not necessarily lose weight, but certainly get himself into better playing shape, while the other is constantly encouraged to bulk up, whether through weights or food. Their games really couldn't be more opposite, with rookie Jahlil Okafor owning the bruising, 275-pound body that combines power with finesse and NBA-ready skill moves around the basket and Nerlens Noel possessing that crazy athleticism that leads to eye-popping dunks and rejections.
NEWS
October 9, 1992 | by Scott Huler, Daily News Staff Writer
It's been a while since the last great big thing in the city. No, not "big thing" as in grisly murder or city workers' strike or Eagles game or other equally significant cultural phenomenon. "Big thing" as in a BIG THING, something you could bump into or take a picture of - like, say, the Liberty Bell, only big. Real big. Well, let us be the first to say thank goodness for the Columbus quincentennial. With all those people trying to plan the city's celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage (parades, festivals, the whole shebang)
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November 1, 1988 | Inquirer photographs by Rebecca Barger
The 4200 block of Holmesburg Avenue might not seem the natural place for a riding academy, but Joe Keyser hasn't let that deter him. The location does have one big thing going for it - proximity to the lower end of Pennypark Park and its ample riding trails - and Keyser has parlayed that into a going business.
NEWS
December 20, 1993 | By John Roach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Council Rock boys' swim team and veteran coach Will Reeser reached another milestone Tuesday when the Indians beat visiting West Windsor, 109-77, for the school's 300th dual-meet victory. "This win means so much to us, because we have the best coach," said Eric Sproesser, one of Council Rock's senior tri-captains. "He's absolutely the finest you can get. " Reeser, who got a ceremonial toss into the pool after the victory, is the school's first and only coach. He has led its teams to all 300 victories, but he is quick to credit the people hitting the water for Council Rock's success.
SPORTS
June 21, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rakeem Christmas era at North Catholic is over. The highly touted basketball player got his release Monday from the Philadelphia Catholic League school. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward, who just completed the 10th grade, will attend the Academy of the New Church in the fall. "My big thing was a better opportunity," said Amira Hamid, Christmas' aunt and legal guardian. "It's not that anything bad happened at North. We are just looking at more of a level of greatness. " Christmas was at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., and could not be reached for comment.
SPORTS
September 17, 2007
THE 6 1/2-POINT spread here might be a lot for anEagles offense that didn't establish much of anything in its opener. What the heck, though, I think the Birds are going to step up tonight, and if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. (Homerish? Well, I was the only Daily News writer to take the Packers last week.) And I don't think last week's strong defensive showing was a fluke - I really think this is a talented if inexperienced unit. Yeah, this would be easier if Lito Sheppard was playing, but the big thing is going to be stopping the run, and that isn't Sheppard's job. Prediction Eagles 20, Redskins 12.  
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January 18, 2011 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
HARRISBURG - Bring up Jameel Poteat in conversation and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy breaks into an ear-to-ear smile. "Hey," McCoy exclaimed one day in the Eagles locker room. "He is a heck of a player. He is the next big thing. " McCoy knows whereof he speaks. Not long ago, he was "the next big thing" to come out of Bishop McDevitt High, which has produced such a wealth of fine ballcarriers through the years that it has become known as "Tailback High. " The tradition goes back more than 25 years, beginning with the emergence of none other than former Eagles running back Ricky Watters.
NEWS
January 17, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
What happens when you grow out of the teen-idol business? Duran Duran, the British band whose image-heavy early-'80s success reinvented the very notion of pop heartthrob-dom, recommends shooting for respect. And the three remaining Durans - keyboardist Nick Rhodes, vocalist Simon LeBon and bassist John Taylor - who are scheduled to appear with a six-piece band Thursday at the Spectrum, have been working on it. The group's two latest albums, Notorious and Big Thing, featured a stripped-down, less frothy sound.
SPORTS
September 22, 2004 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Four small scars traverse senior Kilah Fox's left knee. Inconspicuous unless inspected, the healed incision marks tell a story about the volleyball player and her ability to inspire her Merion Mercy Academy team. Fox had reconstructive surgery on the knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a drill in practice with a club team. The injury occurred three months before her freshman year at the academy, and she had to wear a large metal brace on her left leg while she sat and watched the Golden Bears go undefeated (26-0)
NEWS
December 28, 2015
"My first worst day on the job was Saturday, May 3, 2008, when Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was killed. And you know I've had at least 11 other, 13 other really bad days in that regard. We lost eight police officers and four firefighters and a PGW worker and a fleet-management guy, all killed at work. "I'd have to say one of the best days was certainly greeting Pope Francis at Philadelphia International Airport. Seeing him standing at the top of the stairway, and then down on the ground.
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July 30, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Throughout his week in Las Vegas earlier this month, Jay Wright hustled from coaches meetings to team meals to practices, keeping company with the power people in USA Basketball, and not once did he experience a moment alone with the most powerful of them all. Wright spent those seven days in the desert as an assistant coach with the USA select team, the group of 23 young NBA players charged with preparing the U.S. national men's team for the...
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April 25, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Carson Wentz sat at the head of a table at an upscale restaurant in Fargo, N.D., on March 30, when he raised a glass of water to share a toast. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie sat on his left. Eagles coach Doug Pederson sat on his right. Team executive Howie Roseman and offensive coordinator Frank Reich, among others, were also at the table. When Wentz walked into the restaurant, there was an ovation for the 6-foot-5, 237-pound North Dakota State quarterback. On the TV at the bar, ESPN showed his college highlights.
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December 28, 2015
"My first worst day on the job was Saturday, May 3, 2008, when Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was killed. And you know I've had at least 11 other, 13 other really bad days in that regard. We lost eight police officers and four firefighters and a PGW worker and a fleet-management guy, all killed at work. "I'd have to say one of the best days was certainly greeting Pope Francis at Philadelphia International Airport. Seeing him standing at the top of the stairway, and then down on the ground.
SPORTS
December 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
After catching a touchdown in last week's win over Buffalo, Nelson Agholor flipped the football to the referee. It was his first NFL score. The Eagles rookie wide receiver could have had the ball stashed in his locker by an equipment manager. Perhaps, Agholor would then display it on his mantle. Instead, he said he had no interest in doing that. He has never been one to save footballs. After the game, when the ball happened to be returned to him, Agholor gave it to a young fan. "It's just how it is," Agholor said.
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September 30, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
GALLOWAY, N.J. - One needed to totally revamp his shot, eliminating the tendency to bring the ball across his body to get off a shot. The other has great form on his shot, but for some reason has trouble making foul shots. Sixers coach Brett Brown would like to see one not necessarily lose weight, but certainly get himself into better playing shape, while the other is constantly encouraged to bulk up, whether through weights or food. Their games really couldn't be more opposite, with rookie Jahlil Okafor owning the bruising, 275-pound body that combines power with finesse and NBA-ready skill moves around the basket and Nerlens Noel possessing that crazy athleticism that leads to eye-popping dunks and rejections.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup, and now Delran's Carli Lloyd has the marketing world at her feet, advertising and public relations experts say. But they caution that the team captain and superstar, who scored a hat trick - three goals in Sunday's final against Japan - to lead the women's team to its first World Cup title since 1999, has to strike quickly. "Right now is a good moment," said Americus Reed II, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
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July 2, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NOT LONG after the 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor with the third pick in the NBA draft last Thursday, coach Brett Brown telephoned Okafor's last coach. The conversation with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski lasted about 30 minutes and provided Brown with more information than he thought he would get. "I had a fantastic conversation with Coach K and when we hung up, I knew Jahlil had great potential and is a terrific, young prospect, but I hadn't realized what type of person we had, as well," Brown said.
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June 19, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR SINGER-songwriter Jonatha Brooke , words and music just weren't enough. Through June 28, Brooke, a favorite of the "AAA radio" (WXPN) crowd, is performing her piece, "My Mother Has 4 Noses," at Malvern's People's Light theater. The show, which ping-pongs between monologues and original songs, chronicles the life and death of Brooke's mother, who apparently was the very definition of the word "eccentric. " While Nancy Lee Nelson (who liked to be known as "Stoney," from her maiden name, Stone)
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June 5, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITHIN THE SPAN of the first few weeks of action this spring in Clearwater, Fla., two unrelated elements played out on the diamonds at the Carpenter Complex. Despite Maikel Franco's presence in big-league camp, manager Ryne Sandberg said that 24-year-old Cody Asche would see "95 percent" of his work at third base to get him best prepared to be the team's Opening Day third baseman. Only four years earlier, the Phillies used their fourth-round selection in the amateur draft on the University of Nebraska infielder; they needed less than $170,000 to sign him. Across the way, as minor league camp began, the team's top pick from the same draft didn't show up for work.
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