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September 17, 2010
With 448 online votes, 50.4 percent of the 889 total, Northern Burlington's Tosin Adeyemo was voted the Rally South Jersey football player of the week. Adeyemo rushed for 230 yards and three TDs in a 28-7 win over Princeton. For his performance, Adeyemo will receive a Rally T-shirt. Vote on Monday for this weekend's best player at www.philly.com/rally .
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June 7, 2012 | By Robert Moran and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for a Temple University football player charged with rape denied the accusation Tuesday and called his client a "valued member of his church and community. " Praise Martin-Oguike, 18, a freshman linebacker, was charged last week with rape, aggravated assault, and related offenses in connection with an attack alleged to have occurred May 26. Temple football coach Steve Addazio issued a brief statement saying Martin-Oguike had been suspended from the team "pending the outcome of the charges.
SPORTS
December 18, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
FOR THE third time since September, a Villanova football player has donated his bone marrow to try to save someone's life. First it was junior offensive lineman Jake Prus, who was followed a few weeks later by senior wide receiver Jacob Gribb. Now senior cornerback C.J. Logan has joined them. This week he underwent a surgical procedure, and the marrow was then transported to the patient's location for transplant. Logan became part of the registry of potential donors during the annual drive that coach Andy Talley holds each spring and was identified as a close match earlier this fall.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William R. Hite Jr., the next superintendent of Philadelphia schools, was a four-year varsity football player at Virginia Tech University from 1979 to 1982 and attended college on an athletic scholarship. In his senior year, after the school's all-time leading rusher, Cyrus Lawrence, went out with an injury, Hite was the team's top running back with 622 yards on 145 carries and three touchdowns. The team went 7-4 that year. Coincidentally, Billy Hite, as he was known back then, joined a team that already had a Billy Hite - who, in fact, was the running backs' coach.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Dana DiFilippo
Daily News Staff Writer   A freshman Temple University football player has been charged with raping another student in his dorm room, and even sending her a text message later asking: "Are you going to press charges?" Praise Martin-Oguike, 18, was charged May 31 with forcible rape, false imprisonment and related offenses. He was released the same day after posting 10 percent of $15,000 bail. His name has been pulled from the online team roster. Ray Betzner, a Temple spokesman, said that Martin-Oguike has been suspended both as a student and from the football team "until the charges have been resolved.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple University football player Kamal Johnson was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for allegedly beating his girlfriend and imprisoning her for several hours in September. Johnson, who played defensive end, is charged with false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, and false imprisonment in a preliminary hearing before Judge Teresa Carr Deni. Formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13. Temple has said Johnson would not practice or play with the team until the charges are resolved.
SPORTS
November 2, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before he got injured in his senior year of high school, Temple University's star linebacker Tyler Matakevich could have gone anywhere to play college football - to coin a well-known former Temple advertising tagline. But after he broke his foot, the college recruiters stopped calling, his mother, Kim, said Saturday, at ESPN's College GameDay at Independence Mall with Tyler's father, David, and other freckled family members. As it turned out, Matakevich couldn't have gone anywhere.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Gloria Hochman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Sacha Downes was taking a shower when she felt a "weird" explosion in her head. Still dripping, she managed to reach the bathroom mirror, where she was stunned to see her face drooping on the right side. She stumbled to her bedroom and fell. By the time her mother dashed upstairs, Sacha was having seizures. She recalls her dad carrying her down the steps and sliding her into an ambulance - then nothing until she awoke in a hospital. "I didn't have any idea what was going on," Sacha says.
SPORTS
August 18, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
His mother, a chemical scientist at McNeil in Fort Washington, grew up in Uganda. His father is an economist in his native Ivory Coast. So what exactly was their 6-7, 290-pound son doing Tuesday morning in Villanova Stadium at football practice, being watched by several NFL scouts on another steamy day? It was the summer of sixth grade when he went to visit a friend in North Carolina, where he lived before moving to Ambler. He saw his friend playing football and, "I was, like, 'Mom, I want to play football.' " Certainly, Villanova senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon looked very much like a football player even then.
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August 18, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
His mother, a chemical scientist at McNeil in Fort Washington, grew up in Uganda. His father is an economist in his native Ivory Coast. So what exactly was their 6-7, 290-pound son doing Tuesday morning in Villanova Stadium at football practice, being watched by several NFL scouts on another steamy day? It was the summer of sixth grade when he went to visit a friend in North Carolina, where he lived before moving to Ambler. He saw his friend playing football and, "I was, like, 'Mom, I want to play football.' " Certainly, Villanova senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon looked very much like a football player even then.
SPORTS
June 8, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVERYBODY KNOWS that Chase Daniel is a Doug Pederson "guy," brought in and given a three-year, $21 million contract despite an anorexic NFL playing resume because of his backwards-and-forwards knowledge of Pederson's offense and his ability to help teach it to others. Leodis McKelvin, Nigel Bradham and Ron Brooks all are in Philadelphia because they are Jim Schwartz "guys," brought in by the new defensive coordinator and expected to play important roles in his defense. Sports are not unlike politics in that, when there is a regime change, there usually is significant turnover.
SPORTS
May 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Kenjon Barner topped the Eagles' running back depth chart on Tuesday, and Chip Kelly was nowhere in sight. With Ryan Mathews ill and Darren Sproles training in California, Barner became the Eagles' top running back at the beginning of the second week of organized team activities. The 27-year-old has impressed in an Eagles uniform before - he returned two punts for touchdowns last preseason, and he averaged 4.4 yards per carry during the second half of the season. But his next act could be shedding any suggestion that his spot on the roster was solely the creation of the coach he starred for in college.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Former football players at Pennsylvania State University and five other schools filed suit this week alleging that the institutions and the NCAA failed to protect them from concussion and other head injury, putting them at risk of long-term cognitive decline. But within a day of the federal lawsuits being filed, two of the named plaintiffs in the Penn State complaint, former safety James Boyd and former linebacker Eric Ravotti, said they did not want to be involved. In emails quoted by Pennlive.com, Boyd said he asked to be removed from the complaint because he did not realize when he signed on that his alma mater would be named, while Ravotti said he did not suffer from any cognitive problems and did not realize he would be a named plaintiff.
SPORTS
May 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, STAFF WRITERS
Doug Pederson said that Sam Bradford's absence could potentially affect his training with the Eagles and his standing as the starting quarterback. "Anybody that's not in any of the 32 offseason programs is losing valuable time," Pederson said Saturday after the completion of the NFL draft. Bradford requested to be traded last week several days after the Eagles traded up for the No. 2 draft pick, which the team eventually used to pick quarterback Carson Wentz. He has since stayed away from the voluntary offseason program.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
For most athletes, committing to a college signals the end of the active recruiting period. For Cedar Creek High School's Bo Melton, it marked the beginning. Melton, a junior all-purpose football star who was the Inquirer's offensive player of the year as a junior, is finished with his own search for a school. He committed to Rutgers on April 15. But Melton said he plans to serve as an unofficial recruiter for the Scarlet Knights, attempting to persuade some of New Jersey's other top players to stay home and play for the state university.
SPORTS
April 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - Dylan Cozens looks like a football player. He is 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. The hulking rightfielder is the tallest position player in the entire Phillies organization. And for a moment, it seemed as if football was where he was headed. Cozens played just one season of high school football. Randy Cozens wanted to keep his son off the gridiron after a pair of knee surgeries in the late 1970s ruined his NFL career before he even played a regular-season snap with the Denver Broncos.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
Vincent DiMartini seemed to crystallize the angry skepticism that drew more than 150 people last week to the Conestoga High School auditorium. Conestoga is where three senior football players stand accused of assaulting a freshman teammate by violating him with a broom handle. School officials called the meeting to let parents air concerns and ask questions, even if they couldn't get answers. DiMartini, a retired police officer, asserted that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had "sensationalized" what happened that day in the locker room last fall, in a bid to get before the cameras and discredit the top-ranking high school.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Eagles and Alabama football player Kevin Turner, 46, died after battling Lou Gehrig's disease. Turner's father released a statement on Facebook on Thursday announcing the death of the former NFL and Crimson Tide fullback, which was also posted to the Kevin Turner Foundation's website. "We lost a special person today in Kevin Turner," Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "He was extremely courageous and inspiring throughout his life.
SPORTS
March 24, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
One of the feel-good stories last season for Temple's football team was Nick Sharga, who transferred from Division II West Virginia Wesleyan. After redshirting in 2014, he ended up being so valuable that he played on both sides of the ball for last season's 10-4 team. Sharga appeared in all 14 games, with four starts. He played at linebacker and fullback. Sharga recorded 15 tackles. On offense the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Sharga had one main job: clear the path for Temple tailbacks. This spring, coach Matt Rhule has decided to leave Sharga on offense but says he could see time on defense during the fall.
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