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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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November 10, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
MISSOURI'S football team had a picture-perfect response to the university's handling of recent racial tensions on campus. On Sunday, head coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a photo of the the players arm-in-arm with the message: "The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. " The team has reportedly decided not to play until university president Timothy M. Wolfe steps down or is removed. For several months, groups at the school have been protesting racist acts on campus.
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September 1, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
USUALLY, COLLEGE football players wear stickers on their helmets to signify individual or team accomplishments. South Carolina is doing something powerfully different. The Gamecocks will wear stickers to commemorate the nine black men and women who were killed in a shooting June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. The sticker features a palmetto tree - the state tree - with nine doves flying around it. "Our team felt like it would be appropriate to have a sticker on our helmet in honor and memory of the nine people that lost their lives in Charleston this summer," coach Steve Spurrier said yesterday.
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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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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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September 3, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Two of South Jersey's top football programs get a jump on the season with opening games this weekend. St. Augustine, the No. 1 team in the Inquire's preseason Top 25, kicks off the action by hosting Malvern (Pa.) Prep at 6 p.m. on Friday night. "They're kind of like our sister school," St. Augustine coach Mark Reardon said of Malvern Prep. "We're excited to get started. The kids have been working hard for a while now. " The game also is the season opener for Malvern Prep, the No. 5 team in The Inquirer's preseason Top 25 for Southeastern Pennsylvania teams.
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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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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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September 16, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
WENTZ WINS. Eagles coach Doug Pederson on Thursday provided a clearer glimpse at why the Eagles were so confident that rookie Carson Wentz might give them nearly as good a chance to maximize the Eagles' potential this season as did veteran Sam Bradford. Wentz was a combined 28-6 as a starter at North Dakota State and Century High School in Bismarck, N.D. He did not always compile prolific passing stats and he didn't run like Robert Griffin III or Cam Newton, but Wentz won. In an era that worships data and pumps out complex formulae that include a defense's strength, completion percentages and situational results, the concept that wins matter is antiquated.
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September 14, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST A disrespectful display I was saddened to read about the Woodrow Wilson High School football team's protest before its game in East Camden, led by the head coach ("Wilson team takes a knee for anthem," Sunday). I served in the military, as did several members of my family. My father served 25 years. I used to attend all of Wilson's games and supported the team, win or lose. I understand and support the coaches' and players' rights to express their beliefs.
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September 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The road leads back to this place, this town, this stadium, those memories. Matt Rhule, coaching Temple Saturday at Penn State, will tell you how as a 5-year-old he wanted to go to Penn State to play football. Rhule was conditioned for it, born in State College. His father had grown up there. Rhule visited his grandparents there while living most of his childhood in New York City. At the end of a conversation focusing on his New York years, Rhule was asked if there was a story about walking on at Penn State.
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September 12, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
When Doug Pederson walks out onto Lincoln Financial Field just before kickoff for his first game as an NFL head coach he will look to the stands and see his wife, Jeannie; their three sons; his sister and two brothers; and finally, his mother, Teri, and those will be the only reminders he needs of who's missing. Pederson's father, Gordon, died Sept. 2 at the age of 77. It wasn't sudden, but even after expected deaths grieving is as inevitable as breathing. Grief is a passage without direction.
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September 11, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, STAFF WRITER
A balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Mason Jones and running back Will Dogba keyed Neshaminy's 42-14 nonleague victory over Downingtown West. Jones had an efficient first half throwing the ball. He completed six of 13 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, the first to Mike Garlick and the second to Cory Joyce. Both passes were more than 50 yards. Dogba carried 12 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in that same span. Mike Crescenzo replaced Dogba in the fourth quarter and iced the game with two rushing touchdowns.
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September 11, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Jason Pane appreciates high school football - and all that comes with it - as much as anyone. The school pep rallies, the pregame excitement, Friday night lights, the teamwork involved, the drama of a closely played game and the sense of community the sport creates. So it was with reluctance that Pane, the athletic director at Springfield (Montgomery County), announced on Aug. 30 that the school was cancelling its varsity season due to a lack of numbers and overall experience.
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September 9, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The first play of Doug Pederson's first preseason game in Philadelphia demonstrated the value Chip Kelly placed on special teams in both practice and roster construction. Kelly believed special teams can determine close games, and he was often correct in that area during the last two seasons. Pederson retained special-teams coordinator Dave Fipp and has repeatedly touted the importance of special teams during his first summer as head coach. The Eagles also kept some of their core special-teams players from the last two seasons, including safety Chris Maragos and defensive end Bryan Braman.
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September 5, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
If all goes according to plan, by this time next year Casey Murphy will be just the regular coach of a regular football team. He won't be surrounded by seniors who have endured all manner of adversity. He won't have to rave about the players who have somehow managed to maintain their spirit and focus despite ample opportunity to check out. "We don't want to be a feel-good story," Murphy said of his Gloucester Catholic football team. If all goes according to plan, by this time next year Gloucester Catholic won't be an example of resilience, of persistence, and of the best thing about the 95-team West Jersey Football League's ability to arrange schedules to benefit programs in all stages of development.
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September 3, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Two of South Jersey's top football programs get a jump on the season with opening games this weekend. St. Augustine, the No. 1 team in the Inquire's preseason Top 25, kicks off the action by hosting Malvern (Pa.) Prep at 6 p.m. on Friday night. "They're kind of like our sister school," St. Augustine coach Mark Reardon said of Malvern Prep. "We're excited to get started. The kids have been working hard for a while now. " The game also is the season opener for Malvern Prep, the No. 5 team in The Inquirer's preseason Top 25 for Southeastern Pennsylvania teams.
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August 23, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Marquis Weeks, a retired NFL running back, calls his new job as the head football coach at Conestoga High School a "dream come true. " But allegations of hazing and assault that rocked his alma mater last year - and ultimately led to his hiring - have been an ongoing nightmare for one of the nation's most highly ranked school districts. His predecessor resigned in March, and the entire coaching staff was ousted, after the Chester County district attorney charged three senior football players with assaulting a 14-year-old freshman player in the locker room.
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