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December 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Finally, championship Saturday is here. Finally, all the pontificating, all the lobbying, all the "expert" analysis from what seems like dozens of talking heads whom we've watched over the last month or so can stop. Hopefully, the decisions over which four teams will qualify for the College Football Playoff will be worked out on the field. Perhaps the most exciting game of the day will be played Saturday night between undefeated Iowa, fourth in the CFP poll, and No. 5 Michigan State for the Big Ten Championship.
SPORTS
December 3, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
OK, SO now Temple coach Matt Rhule, after reportedly speaking with Missouri on Sunday about its job opening, for whatever reasons is said to no longer be a candidate for that position. So much for being distracted. Time to talk about 17th-ranked Houston (11-1), where the No. 20 Owls (10-2) are playing Saturday afternoon (noon, 6ABC) in the inaugural American Athletic championship game for a chance to go to a New Year's bowl. "This is a unique, wonderful week in Temple football history," Rhule, who has declined to discuss the Missouri situation, stressed on Tuesday.
SPORTS
November 24, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Justin Estremera scored in the 32d minute Sunday to lead Brearley past Schalick, 1-0, in the NJSIAA Group 1 final at Kean University. Brearley goalie Juan Martinez had 10 saves for the shutout, his fourth in the state tournament. Chris Lenahan had seven saves for Schalick. rallysports@philly.com
NEWS
November 23, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
They're known as the Frankenstein of football teams. The seventh- and eighth-grade boys on the Pennridge Greenjackets Pop Warner 155-pound squad practice in Perkasie, but most go to schools as much as 30 miles apart - in Quakertown, Abington, and Doylestown. Within their school district lines, the boys are rivals. But inside the yard lines, they have become a team. Now the 9-3 Greenjackets are two wins away from the biggest games in their league - the Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament - in early December at Walt Disney World.
SPORTS
October 26, 2015 | By Jack Goodwillie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Junior Olivia Arizin of Cardinal O'Hara broke a 17-year-old meet record Saturday at the Catholic League Cross-Country Championships. Arizin finished the 3.1-mile Belmont Plateau course in 18 minutes, 32 seconds, breaking the mark of 18:36 set by Sheila Klick of Archbishop Prendergast in 1998. O'Hara's Grace Mancini, Elizabeth Mancini, and Sara Hayes finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to help the Lions win the Catholic League championship. In the boys' race, Cardinal O'Hara's Rob Morro finished first in 16:22 to win the individual title.
SPORTS
August 13, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Villanova's Buddy Marucci has played in more than 50 USGA championships in the last four-plus decades. He's seen the amateur game change, not always for the better. But when the U.S. Senior Amateur is played at Hidden Creek Golf Club from Sept. 26-Oct. 1, your 2008 champion thinks it'll seem just like old times. "You won't have coaches and sports psychologists, and all this other stuff," said the guy who took Tiger Woods to the limit in the 1995 U.S. Amateur final and captained the American team to victories in the 2007 and 2009 Walker Cups.
SPORTS
August 3, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a week before the Montgomery County Junior Championship, Tony Leodora made a frustrating phone call to Sam and Dina DiLisio. He told them there would be no Montgomery County Junior Girls' Championship this year. Their daughter Isabella, a two-time winner of the event, was the only golfer to sign up, so there was no one to compete against. But Leodora slept on it and had a solution in the morning. "I'm not one to push people into things," said Leodora, the executive director of the Montgomery County Amateur Championship.
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE 2012-13 school year was a year of firsts for both Wellington Zaza and his track coach at Garnet Valley, Andrew Etter. Etter was in his first year as the head coach of the Jaguars and Zaza was in his first year at the school, having spent his freshman and sophomore years at Upper Darby before going to Strath Haven for his junior year. Zaza's father, Billy Neewray, is an international soccer agent based in Switzerland. Zaza has lived with different family members, and family reasons kept him on the move throughout his high school career, but his movement on the track and field stayed consistent.
SPORTS
July 3, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The final round of the PGA Professional National Championship lacked much drama Wednesday for most of the day, particularly after 24-year-old Ben Polland increased his lead to 5 strokes with six holes to play. However, the tournament ratcheted up the excitement at the tough par-4 18th hole of Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, thanks to a poor decision and poor execution by Polland, and a remarkably clutch approach to the green by Matt Dobyns, a fellow Met Section member in New York.
SPORTS
July 2, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
All Robby Bruns wanted, in his second career PGA Professional National Championship, was to get by the first two rounds at Philadelphia Cricket Club and then see what he could accomplish. Not only did Bruns, an assistant pro at Merion, climb the leader board Tuesday after making the 36-hole cut, he also gave himself a chance to achieve something special - a berth in his first PGA Championship - over the final 18 holes. The 25-year-old pro fired a 2-under-par 68 on the Wissahickon course for a 54-hole score of 3-over 215 and moved into position to make a run at a top-20 finish, which would get him in next month's PGA at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. He was in a tie for 37th place when he finished just after noon - well before a 1-hour, 33-minute delay imposed because of lightning in the area - but he rose to a tie for 21st place by the end of the day. He jumped 56 spots in the standings.
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