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August 2, 2013 | By John Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Newsome has quit the Temple football team. The Penn State transfer, who suffered a sprained shoulder in March, is expected to graduate from Temple this summer and, according to a source close to the situation, will not play this fall. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Newsome, a standout high school quarterback from Virginia, was expected to contribute at H-back this season. Newsome, recruited as a quarterback, left Penn State in August 2011. He was out of football for a year while attending Tidewater (Va.)
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September 11, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wildwood High School plans to play a full football schedule this season, Warriors athletic director Christel Pond said Monday. Pond said the Warriors had around 25 players at practice last week and decided to proceed with the season. Pond said school officials had considered shutting down the program after many summer practice sessions were attended by around 10 to 12 players. But Pond said coaches and school officials were able to encourage additional students to join a program that enjoyed the best season in its recent history in 2012.
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September 1, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Derryk Sellers will walk the halls of Lindenwold High School. He'll check out the cafeteria. He'll poke his head into the library. He'll make a pitch at gym class. "I'll find some guys who want to play football," Sellers said. It has come to that for Sellers, a good coach and a great guy. When Lindenwold students report for classes next week, he'll be forced to try to rustle up some football players to keep the sport alive at the Colonial Conference school. For most of the last couple of weeks of preseason practice, Lindenwold has fielded just 18 players.
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September 17, 2012
A New Jersey boy who briefly quit his youth football team when his coach told him he couldn't wear pink gloves is back on the squad. Julian Connerton wanted to wear the gloves to support his mother's fight against breast cancer. And when the 12-year-old returned to the field Saturday, he wasn't the only one wearing pink. The Press of Atlantic City reported that all of Connerton's teammates on the Egg Harbor City Crusaders and the team's cheerleaders donned pink socks to raise awareness about breast cancer.
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June 16, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THE LATE POP STAR Michael Jackson sang to us to look at "The Man in the Mirror. " The song of the same title told us that if we wanted to make the world a better place, "take a look at look at yourself and then make a change. " I'm making a change. It's not earth-shattering. It probably won't make much difference to a lot of people other than me. But it's something I can do. It's something that I chose to do. After 48-plus years of life, 25 years as a full-time sports reporter, 20 years at the Daily News and nearly 19 years as a sports columnist here, I no longer will consciously used the official name of the NFL team in Washington.
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December 12, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON SEPT. 9, the first day of class at Martin Luther King High, with cameras and reporters all around and the school under a microscope the size of the William Penn statue atop City Hall, principal William Wade's biggest nightmare was realized: A fight broke out. The two brawling students had to be separated while others looked on. It seemed like the fulfillment of predictions from some community leaders that chaos would fill the halls - the result...
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December 20, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
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November 7, 2011 | By Jake Kaplan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The day before Joe Paterno may make his first public comments since an unprecedented sex scandal took the country by storm, more than a dozen news trucks and vans set up shop around Beaver Stadium. Then, later Monday evening, Penn State kicked off its quest to direct reporters from asking questions about Paterno's former longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with sex abuse crimes against minors. "Media planning to attend Tuesday's Penn State Football weekly teleconference are advised that that primary focus of the teleconference is to answer questions related to Penn State's Senior Day game with Nebraska this Saturday," a Penn State spokesman wrote in a note.
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February 6, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Chandler always would eat just part of his food - half of a hamburger, maybe, or one of the two slices of pizza. He wrapped up the rest to take home to his little sister. "This was all the time," said Brad Hawkins, who coached Chandler with the Whitman Park Tigers football program in Camden. "We'd take Sean to get something to eat, and he always had to make sure he had something to take back to his sister. " The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chandler was one of New Jersey's best football players last season.
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July 29, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter D. Quick, 69, of Haddonfield, a former real estate executive for Philadelphia regional banks, died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, July 19, while vacationing in Ocean City, N.J. A graduate of Collingswood High School, where he played on the football team, Mr. Quick attended Susquehanna University before serving in the Army in Vietnam. He returned to complete his undergraduate studies and earn a bachelor's degree at Temple University, his wife, Sharon, said. He began his banking career at Continental Bank in Philadelphia and retired from Midlantic Bank after Midlantic Corp.
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July 29, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When she makes her first coaching hire, there's no way new Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour can or will hire a Sandy Barbour. Coaches who get pushed out at big-time schools rarely get hired the same year at bigger-time schools. Athletic director, however, is a different job. Athletic director at Penn State in 2014 may still be a unique job. Hiring Barbour, who was let go earlier this year after a 10-year run at the University of California, suggests that no highly regarded AD at a school of reasonable size and strong ambition would go to Happy Valley.
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July 29, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter D. Quick, 69, of Haddonfield, a former real estate executive for Philadelphia regional banks, died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, July 19, while vacationing in Ocean City, N.J. A graduate of Collingswood High School, where he played on the football team, Mr. Quick attended Susquehanna University before serving in the Army in Vietnam. He returned to complete his undergraduate studies and earn a bachelor's degree at Temple University, his wife, Sharon, said. He began his banking career at Continental Bank in Philadelphia and retired from Midlantic Bank after Midlantic Corp.
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May 19, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angelo Albano, 89, a respected and well-liked former Burlington City High School athletic director, coach, and teacher who guided students firmly and fairly on and off the field, died Wednesday, May 14, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Mount Holly, where he was being treated for Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Albano was a longtime resident of Burlington Township before retiring to Long Beach Island and Florida with his wife of 65 years, the former Mary Louise Fox. The son of Italian immigrant parents, he was born in Shenandoah, Pa., on Sept.
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May 7, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EVERY YEAR when the NFL draft rolls around, we end up talking about "character" at some point. This year, the subject seems especially relevant, given the dominant story of the Eagles' offseason - the stunning release of 27-year-old Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson. Of course, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said last week that jettisoning Jackson was purely a football decision, and team chairman Jeffrey Lurie talked about Kelly reconfiguring what the Eagles want from the wideout position.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR IS supposed to make a difference. Last spring, Temple had a first-year coach in Matt Rhule, a former Owl assistant. And a bunch of young players who were learning new systems. There's still only a handful of scholarship seniors on the roster. Now the team is coming off a 2-10 season that included way too many near-misses. Along the way it at least saw the next quarterback emerge in true freshman P.J. Walker, who made everyone around him look better. You have to start somewhere.
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April 25, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Out the bus window, principal William Wade was the first one to spot the row of giant movie ads. "Look at our posters, guys," Wade shouted, and dozens of eyes fixed on them - We Could Be King in yellow block letters, their own faces under glass, right there on the Manhattan street for all to see. Outside the bus, the red carpet waited. Wednesday was the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of We Could Be King - the documentary chronicling the challenges and triumphs of the merger of two city schools through the lens of the Martin Luther King High football team - and for those who traveled from Philadelphia for the event, the whole thing felt a little surreal.
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April 17, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NIXLOT DAMEUS got involved in bodybuidling and powerlifting to stop the bullying. The sophomore at Delaware Valley Charter School in North Philly is now 15 and 6-feet tall. But from fourth to eighth grade, he said he was "beaten up every day. " "I started thinking about suicide," said Dameus, whose family moved to Olney from Port Au Prince, Haiti when he was 9. "I was into cutting [myself]. I was really skinny and I thought, 'Maybe if I get bigger, they'll leave me alone.' " And so he began to lift weights and enter bodybuilding competitions.
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April 4, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE SENIORS on Villanova's football team have experienced the bad, the good and the unfulfilled. In 2011, coming off a run to the semifinals of the FCS tournament as the defending national champions, the Wildcats went 2-9. The next year, after being picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association, they got back to the playoffs by winning the title. Last season, as the preseason favorite and fifth-ranked team in the country, they lost too many close games against one of the roughest schedules and finished 6-5. So . . . "I think maybe last year we looked a little bit too much at the bigger picture," said running back Kevin Monangai, one of those who will be entering his final season.
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April 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies did not break camp in Clearwater last week - which brings to mind a crisp departure like a football team clapping in unison as it exits the huddle - as much as they escaped it. Their six weeks in Florida were attended by the requisite rituals of spring, although not by nearly as many fans as in the past, and from the outside it was just another normal slow buildup to the grind of the regular season. But any camp that includes an outbreak of a potentially life-threatening staph infection in the clubhouse is not one that will be remembered fondly.
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March 28, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - At last, a little clarity. Asked whether he'd told DeSean Jackson he wouldn't be traded, Chip Kelly yesterday said that he wouldn't discuss specifics of their conversation, but that the Eagles will do what's best for the organization. Asked whether there was any way the Birds' offense could possibly be better without Jackson, Kelly said the Eagles' attack isn't predicated on one player. If you want to spin a fantasy about how this doesn't mean the Eagles are trying to trade Jackson, that Kelly could say the same thing about any player on the roster, go ahead, but "any player on the roster" was not the context, when Kelly sat down in front of several dozen reporters, the biggest throng gathered around any of the 16 tables at the NFC coaches' media breakfast.
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