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February 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After having integral varsity roles as freshmen for the Shawnee boys' soccer team, defender Ryan Talbot and midfielder Tyler Skwara decided to switch teams but not schools. The two Medford residents, now seniors, were selected to play for the Philadelphia Union Academy Team after tryouts. Their selection meant a nearly year-round commitment to the sport, consisting of a long commute each weekday from Medford to YSC Academy in Wayne, Pa., where the team practiced. All the miles in the car and the countless practices were well worth it, according to both players, and their signatures on national letters of intent are their affirmation.
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January 31, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Just a couple hours north of Boston, in South Portland, Maine, 76ers coach Brett Brown is a legend. He built a bridge from Maine to Boston when he attended Boston University, playing for Rick Pitino after a storied high school career playing for his father, Bob Brown. So making his first trip to Boston as a head coach in the NBA was something quite special for many people. Brown said he had his parents and a plethora of friends in attendance last night and the memories were abundant.
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December 9, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph P. "Reds" McAfee, 91, an elusive running back who played in one of the most famous upsets in college football history, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, of heart failure at the Solana Horsham development. He had lived in Horsham for many years. "He's red-headed and fast and slippery as an eel in the ocean," one sportswriter wrote of Mr. McAfee. Said another scribe: "He is a fiery competitor who makes up for his lack of poundage with flaming spirit. " Mr. McAfee was a freshman playing for underdog Holy Cross College on Nov. 28, 1942, when it took on mighty Boston College, then ranked No. 1 in the nation.
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November 8, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Brandon Austin, a prized recruit from Imhotep Charter, has been suspended indefinitely from the Providence men's basketball team along with a teammate for what the college termed "not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes. " Austin and fellow freshman Rodney Bullock were suspended from game action with the team, the school announced Wednesday. "We hold our student-athletes to very high standards," Providence coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. "We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.
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October 28, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Bill McGovern remembers everything about the moment he learned Mark Herzlich might die. It was the spring of 2009. He had started driving away from a Staten Island high school, one more stop in a string of recruiting visits for Boston College's football program. He noticed a voice-mail message on his cellphone. It was from Herzlich's father, Sandy. McGovern was Boston College's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach then, and his best inside linebacker - hell, the best player on the team - was Herzlich, a native of Wayne, a graduate of Conestoga High School, a certain first-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.
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October 26, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Irvin Charles ran a drag route across the middle, caught a short pass, stiff-armed a defender, and raced 70 yards down the right sideline. "Who is that?" a Camden assistant coach wondered aloud during the early-September scrimmage at Paul VI. Charles might have been a bit of an unknown in South Jersey football circles at the beginning of this season. But the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior at Paul VI has rapidly become one of the area's top wide receivers and most sought-after college recruits.
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October 11, 2013 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
After getting a six-game taste of being Central Bucks West's starting quarterback as a sophomore, John Fitz served mostly in a backup role last season. "It was disappointing," Fitz said. "But the good thing about it was, it made me work and practice harder. It motivated me. " Happily back under center, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior has sparked C.B. West to a surprising 5-1 start. The Bucks have won five straight, including three in Suburban One League Continental Conference action, since an opening loss to Upper Dublin.
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September 9, 2013
When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Where: Jack Coffey Field, New York Records: Villanova, 0-1; Fordham, 1-0. Radio: WIP-AM (610) Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (29th season, 198-121-1; overall 34th season, 226-139-2); Fordham, Joe Moorhead (2d season, 7-5). Series: Villanova leads, 20-4-3. Last time: Villanova won, 28-13, last season at home. Three Things to Watch Villanova committed four turnovers in last week's opening 24-14 loss to Boston College. Quarterback John Robertson, who threw two interceptions, seemed to be forcing the action instead of letting things develop, and he will need to make better decisions instead of always looking to run the ball.
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September 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though this isn't a Colonial Athletic Association game, Villanova football coach Andy Talley left no doubt about the importance of the nonconference matchup at Fordham at 6 p.m. Saturday. "This is a must-win game," Talley said. That wasn't just coach-speak. The Wildcats are coming off an impressive performance in Saturday's 24-14 loss at Boston College. That won't hurt Villanova in the minds of the Football Championship Subdivision playoff committee members. Yet losing to an FCS team such as Fordham would be a major setback for a Villanova team that is ranked No. 8 by the Sports Network and has national title aspirations.
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September 6, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IT'S ONLY ONE loss, to an FBS program. But for Villanova, what hurts even more than knowing that you had a chance to double a seven-point lead over host Boston College from the 1-yard line just before halftime and couldn't, is the knowledge that now you have to play a pretty decent Fordham team on the road at night without as many as half your defensive starters. That's what can happen, especially at the FCS level, where depth is always a concern. And that's what the Wildcats, who dropped only from fifth to ninth in the rankings, have to deal with.
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