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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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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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October 30, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of supporters of the Central Bucks High School West football team went to a public school board meeting Tuesday night to express their dissatisfaction with last week's announcement that administrators had canceled the rest of the season amid allegations of hazing. In measured yet passionate cadences, a dozen community members - including parents, a student, a recent alum, and an assistant coach - took turns addressing members of the Central Bucks school board, saying their decision had been made hastily, affected students beyond those on the team, or was an overreaction.
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May 24, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Coaching high school football is a year-round endeavor, but usually the spring is a time for coaches to take a little bit of a breather. Try telling that to Dwayne Savage, the head football coach at Camden. This spring, Savage has been busier than ever, and he's not complaining. After high school seniors sign letters of intent during the first week in February, college recruiters relentlessly pursue the next class. So during the spring, college coaches often come to high schools, meet with the coaches, watch film of the prospects and get as much information as possible about the players they are recruiting.
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May 17, 2015 | By Jared Steckler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stop us if you've heard this before: St. Joseph's Prep is headed to the state semifinals. But it's not the football team, famous for rattling off wins in 55 straight Catholic League games between 1999 and 2007. Nor is it the baseball team or crew, nor any of the usual programs that frequently revel in the Prep's athletic glory. This time, it's the rugby program - and is is welcoming all applicants. "The kid who just got cut from baseball for the third year in a row," team moderator Brian McCloskey said.
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May 10, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, For the Daily News
ANOTHER SPRING WEEKEND on the indoor turf in South Philly brought another win for the Soul, still undefeated at 7-0, after toppling the Orlando Predators, 62-48, last night. Chase Utley's batting average might be lower than the average Philadelphian's blood-alcohol level on New Year's Day and LeSean McCoy might still be chirping about Chip Kelly up in Buffalo, but the Soul look poised to shine during this otherwise dreadful Philly sports calendar year. Under the Friday night lights of the Wells Fargo Center, the Soul's evening got off to a bumpy beginning, as a penalty-killing opening drive gave way to a 6-yard touchdown catch for Predators receiver Larry Brackins on the ensuing possession.
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May 10, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lots of men coach youth football when their sons are part of the team. Herb Neilio Sr. was different. Mr. Neilio, 86, who died Tuesday, May 5, of complications from congestive heart failure, founded Westville's youth football program in 1955. His oldest son, Herb Jr., wasn't born until 1956. "He loved kids and he loved the game of football," Herb Neilio Jr. said of his father. "Put those two together and that's why he did it for so long. " Mr. Neilio coached Westville's football program for 52 years.
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May 8, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
HE PLAYS a decorated former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, a Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Law graduate and Republican President of the United States in the ABC TV series, "Scandal. " But tomorrow, actor, director and producer Tony Goldwyn will be advocating for the rights of convicts on death row. Right here in Philadelphia. Goldwyn will be at a fundraiser for the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation - a nonprofit that fights to ensure that all defendants in death-penalty cases get fair representation.
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May 7, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SOME DAYS, I wake up and wonder what's for breakfast. Other days, I wake up and wonder whether there is any logical justification for the conflicting emotions I feel inside or if I am destined to spend the next 24 to 48 hours wandering the streets of South Philadelphia in an existential haze, searching for the restoration of internal consistency. Yesterday was one of the latter days. Yesterday, I read about Frank Clark, a defensive end whom the Seahawks drafted in the second round despite his November arrest following a hotel-room altercation with his girlfriend that resulted in his dismissal from the Michigan football team.
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April 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
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April 2, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TOM BARWIN wasn't all that surprised when his son Connor, a freshman football player at Cincinnati, called home in January 2006 to impart the news that he was joining the Bearcats basketball team. For one thing, Connor had grown up more of a youth basketball star than a football player, working tirelessly on a court built in the Barwin backyard for him and his three older brothers. For another, this was Connor responding to a need - Cincinnati had fired basketball coach Bob Huggins, players had left the team, the Bearcats needed help.
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February 6, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A good showing by Rutgers in its first season in the Big Ten helped the Scarlet Knights close out strong in its recruiting of the class of 2015. Rutgers went 8-5, including 3-5 in the Big Ten, and defeated North Carolina, 40-21, in the Quick Lane Bowl. It landed its most sought-after recruits in the weeks leading up to national signing day Wednesday. They included four-star Florida defensive end Marques Ford - the highest rated Rutgers recruit since 2012 - and Illinois offensive tackle Jack Shutack, rated the No. 77 offensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com.
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February 5, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quinton Law grew up dreaming about his senior football season at Moorestown High School. "All of us guys, we've been together for years," Law said of his classmates on the football team. "We were going to do something special when we got to high school. " Law's senior season effectively ended after just one series. He banged his knee on the ground on the first possession of the season opener Sept. 12 against Winslow Township. He thought he had suffered a bruise and played the rest of the game in increasing discomfort.
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