December 2, 2013 |
MADISON, Wis. - Seniors such as Penn State guard John Urschel were crushed last week when they could not come up with a victory in their final game at Beaver Stadium. But one week later and more than 700 miles away from Happy Valley, Urschel and his fellow seniors celebrated a major upset, Saturday's 31-24 victory over Wisconsin that allowed him to finish his collegiate career with a huge smile on his face. "It's great to get the win," Urschel said. "Honestly, I don't really know what to say. It was a tough loss last week and just to fight all four quarters, it wasn't always pretty, it wasn't always perfect football, but we got it done.
November 27, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A North Philadelphia youth football coach charged with raping two preteen players is suspected by police of molesting as many as five more children, a prosecutor said Monday in Family Court. The prosecutor also detailed for the first time Leon Watson's lengthy juvenile rap sheet of sex crimes. According to police reports obtained by The Inquirer, Watson was arrested five times when he was 16 for assaulting younger relatives, including the rape of a 3-year-old girl and the sexual assault of 5-year-old boy. In one case, Watson, 24, was charged with raping a relative over two years, beginning when the boy was 7. During Monday's hearing, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb successfully argued for Watson to be held without bail while charges could be filed against in the new cases.
November 21, 2013 |
John Blaskovich came home one afternoon after being cut from his freshman high school baseball team and was relaxing on the family couch. When his father, Francis, walked in, John recalled, "he said, 'You're going to go out for track tomorrow.' "I said, 'I don't want to.' He said, 'You're not going to sit around and do nothing.' "My dad felt sports was a great builder of character. " On Saturday, Nov. 16, Francis J. Blaskovich, 85, of Edgewater Park, a former teacher and football coach in Burlington County, died of congestive heart failure at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly.
November 16, 2013 |
A North Philadelphia man has been charged with sexually assaulting two young boys and is suspected of molesting others he coached in youth football, the District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Leon Watson, 24, of the 2400 block of West Diamond Street, was being held on charges of rape, involuntary deviant sexual assault, false imprisonment, and related offenses involving two brothers, ages 8 and 9. Bail was set at $500,000. "He was always with kids," said Tasha Smith, 24, who lives on the block.
November 15, 2013 |
LEON WATSON seemed like a guy who used football to keep kids engaged and off the street in North Philadelphia, but instead, authorities said, the man neighborhood kids referred to as "coach" used it to get close to young boys and sexually abuse them. Watson, 24, of Diamond Street near 24th, was charged yesterday with molesting two brothers, ages 8 and 9, after he developed a relationship with them and moved them into his home last month, prosecutors said. Watson was arrested Sunday after police received an anonymous tip, which led them to his home.
October 11, 2013
WHILE THE rest of the country is, to take a phrase from Pope Francis, "obsessed" with the fiscal farce in D.C., President Obama has decided to weigh in on a major human-rights violation. Three guesses as to what it is. The massacre of Christians in the Muslim world? Yawn. The death of hundreds of refugees off the coast of Sicily? Nope. The devastation in Syria? (Been there, done that. Sort of.) No, the president's righteous indignation was reserved this week for the evil owners of a Washington football team that has apparently violated the Nuremberg rules and refused to change its name to "The Washington Non-Offensives.
October 8, 2013 |
Bill O'Brien likes to assert that no team is the same from year to year. That's true for the 2013 Penn State Nittany Lions, who are finding the going a little more difficult than last year's did. The Lions last year felt the very existence of their program threatened by NCAA sanctions but saw their season rescued by a strong and resolute group of seniors, a fifth-year senior in Matt McGloin who had one of the best years of any Penn State quarterback and,...
October 7, 2013 |
Through very little fault of their own, the Eagles can find themselves in first place in the NFC East by shortly after nightfall on Sunday. This is akin to having the penthouse in a tenement, but just one week after being de-pantsed by Denver, any bit of positive reinforcement would be a welcome change. Chip Kelly has taken a good look at his team and at its division rivals, however, and he didn't sound as if an Eagles win Sunday, coupled with a Dallas loss to Denver, would do much to change his long-range view of either.
October 4, 2013 |
Joe Frappolli is a Civil War buff. He is a voracious reader. He is a student of great battles and political intrigue, of foreign policy and diplomatic drama. He knows that some moments and some men are writ large - events that changed the course of history, characters whose influence has stood the test of time. At a small school in a small town, Frappolli has made South Jersey sports history in a small way - slowly, steadily, one practice after another, one game after another, one season after another.
October 2, 2013 |
'WE'RE not trying to rebuild," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said recently. "We're trying to retool. " He should rethink that. Soon. Because as tough as it was to watch the Eagles play Sunday, the most alarming aspect was the lack of progress this team, whose most recent players Roseman has chosen and touted, has shown since the season began. The defense plays as if Juan Castillo were still the coordinator. The offense's self-sabotage hearkens to the final years of Andy Reid's regime.