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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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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 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 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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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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December 25, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANGHORNE What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional. "The students will proceed in accordance with their published policy and, if disciplined for doing so, will take action to defend their rights," said the seven-page letter sent Friday by lawyers at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.
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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 16, 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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March 18, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
JENKINTOWN In the tiny Montgomery County borough of Jenkintown, parents and teachers jokingly call it "the C word. " Allison Giffords, president of the Home and School Association in the Jenkintown School District, heard it again recently, albeit indirectly. A resident attending a basketball game encountered someone from a neighboring district who "heard we were going to be consolidated," she recalled. "I said, 'Really?' " In Jenkintown, one of the state's smallest districts with just more than 600 students and a mere two schools, talk of joining forces with a larger neighbor is a tradition that dates at least to the 1950s.
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February 20, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
RASHID WILLIAMS is living his dream - out of a van that he sleeps in on cold winter nights. No, he's not homeless. Not in the conventional sense. Williams, 26, who ran track at Holy Family University in Northeast Philly a few years back, is focused on a singular goal: to sign on with an NFL team. To that end, he quit his job in Harrisburg and signed up for a spot at the elite TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J. "It is a sacrifice for sure, but I knew that putting myself through this program would be worth it in the end," Williams told Kristian Dyer, of Yahoo Sports.
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February 12, 2014
FOR ANY NFL team thinking about drafting Michael Sam, the Missouri pass rusher who now has come out as gay, three questions will be considered. There should be only one question, the first one, but this is just a recognition of the reality in 2014. So: 1) Can he play? 2) Will the media distraction be overwhelming? 3) Will his teammates accept him? None of us can answer the first one. Sam is an undersized defensive end who probably cannot play that position in the NFL. How he would translate as an outside linebacker is a projection that only professional talent evaluators can make - and even they will disagree, in all likelihood.
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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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February 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is looking to expand the postseason by two teams, from 12 total teams to 14. That would provide one additional team to each conference's playoffs. Goodell said it will get "very serious consideration" by the league's competition committee. "There's a lot of benefits to doing that," Goodell said.  "We think we can make the league more competitive. We think we can make the matchups more competitive towards the end of the season.
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January 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT WAS A LOUD pop, almost as if a balloon had burst. Then came the feeling that everyone in the room was staring. Finally, the pain settled in. Pain that hasn't subsided, nearly two weeks after that bullet hit Tyler Lewis' arm. In fact, he says, it's worse since surgeons removed the slug Monday from his right forearm, just below the elbow. It lodged there when Lewis, 17, was shot in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School on Jan. 17, allegedly by a classmate he considers a friend.
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