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October 31, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Winter might have been the only person in the stadium Tuesday who didn't know how much time was left in the Public League boys' soccer final. At one end of the field, Central fans called out the diminishing numbers as they flashed on the scoreboard. At the other, Northeast coaches frantically waved their players forward. In the middle of it all, Winter, the Central goalkeeper, couldn't spare a look at the clock. So when the whistle blew to end Central's 1-0 win at Northeast's Charles Martin Stadium and give the Lancers their first Public League title since 2001, his first reaction was surprise.
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October 31, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles traded nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots before Tuesday's trade deadline. Sopaoga was packaged with a sixth-round pick for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft. Sopoaga, 32, was signed in the offseason to be the team's starting nose tackle. He played eight games, had 18 tackles, and played 39 percent of the defensive snaps. Sopoaga made $3.25 million from the Eagles, including a $2.75 million signing bonus and half of his $1 million salary. Considering the output and the expense, Sopoaga's signing did not work out for the Eagles.
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October 25, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CEDRIC THORNTON doesn't look like a guy you'd peg as a run-stopper of a defensive lineman. At 6-3, 309, he's kind of rangy. If you didn't know his listed weight and someone told you he was a linebacker, you wouldn't look askance. But Thornton, an undrafted second-year man from Southern Arkansas, has a 14.9 "run-stop percentage," according to the Pro Football Focus website, and that happens to be the highest in the NFL, by PFF's reckoning. No. 2 is that J.J. Watt dude, down in Houston.
NEWS
October 20, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It might have taken the North Penn football team a while to get going against Suburban One Continental rival Pennridge on Friday night, but once the Knights finally found their groove, they were working on all cylinders. The way senior quarterback Austin Shearer saw it, they were just playing "North Penn football. " With several players making significant contributions, the Knights remained undefeated in conference play by coming from behind and defeating the Rams, 31-20. For a while, the game belonged to North Penn sophomore running back Nyfease West, as he slowly chipped away at the Rams' defensive line.
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October 19, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It may seem like a minor thing, and to Jerry Azzinaro it was, but when Fletcher Cox was required to line up directly opposite the tackle rather than over the guard's outside shoulder, he said he let it affect him. "It probably was the new thing," Cox said of the Eagles' new system on the defensive line. "I've just got to relax. Now I'm relaxed, I'm having a lot of fun. " Cox had his best game of the season on Sunday, according to Eagles coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis.
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October 14, 2013 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Chip Kelly could have been in Greg Schiano's seat right now. Kelly turned down the Tampa Bay job in 2012, electing to stay at Oregon before taking the Eagles job after the season. Schiano left Rutgers for Tampa Bay after Kelly declined, and has hit turbulence in his second season. The winless Buccaneers welcome the Eagles after a messy quarterback change last month and a recurrence of an MRSA infection this past week. It put Tampa Bay in the news for the wrong reasons, and it could get even uglier if Kelly's Eagles win to push Tampa Bay to 0-5. The Bucs have had a losing record ever since Nick Foles pulled off an upset at Raymond James Stadium last December.
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October 11, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
NICK FOLES hardly could have asked for a better chance. He will face a viable defense. His offensive line just had its best game of the season. He has two of the league's more dangerous weapons primed to continue their MVP pursuits. He returns to Tampa as the Eagles' starter 10 months after he recorded his lone NFL win there. He managed a 98.6 passer rating on that December day, including the winning touchdown pass as time expired; the best of his six starts at the end of that rookie season.
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October 6, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It isn't just the 1-3 Eagles and 0-4 New York Giants' losing records that have taken some of the steam out of Sunday's matchup between the longtime divisional rivals. "It's sucks because Osi's not there, so it makes it a little different," LeSean McCoy said of Osi Umenyiora, his frequent sparring partner. The former Giants defensive end is with the Falcons now. While Umenyiora isn't what he once was, his absence from what was once the most feared line in the NFL has been symbolic for a unit that is struggling this season.
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October 3, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was the first game of her senior soccer season at Downingtown East, and Nicole Caston found herself in an unfamiliar place, playing up top at forward. The unlikely move began with a conversation among teammates during the preseason. Caston was willing to try new things, so the notion of attempting a different formation started to gain traction. Accustomed to playing a 4-5-1 alignment on her club team, Caston - as well as a few of her teammates - thought it would be beneficial to the Cougars to stray from the 4-4-2, the prominent formation.
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September 30, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOSCOW, Idaho - Sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich had his best game for Temple, setting a school record with 24 tackles against Idaho. Matakevich, who last season led the Owls with 101 tackles, had 13 solo tackles and 11 assists on Saturday. Two of his tackles were for losses. Teammates Blaze Caponegro and Abdul Smith finished with 11 tackles each, second most in the game. Matakevich did not know that he had broken the record when he came out for postgame interviews. "Tyler looked like he was all over the field," Temple coach Matt Rhule said.
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