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April 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the first snap of Temple's Cherry and White spring football game Saturday, the players will receive inspiration from somebody who has become a great friend of the program. Leah Still, the 4-year-old girl whose battle with pediatric cancer has drawn national attention, will perform the coin toss along with her father, Devon, the Camden native, former Penn State standout, and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Temple's Edberg Olson Hall Complex.
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April 24, 2015 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Philly.com AAlbert@phillynews.com
DURING Tyler Matakevich's sophomore year in the Temple football program, newly installed head coach Matt Rhule posed a question to his entire football team. Rhule asked how each player wanted to be remembered at Temple. For Matakevich, the answer back then was simple and has remained the same, as he heads for his last year in cherry and white. "A hardworking, nose-for-the-ball type of football player," the senior linebacker said, describing how he wants to be remembered. "A kid that never stops.
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April 24, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HOW FAR would someone go to win a football game? Lower Merion's Ari Wilen went all the way to Tel Aviv, Israel, to find success on the gridiron. Wilen is a 2014 graduate of Lower Merion High School, where he played varsity football for 3 1/2 years. The Bulldogs had almost as many wins as coaches during Wilen's time with the team. New coaches arrived in Wilen's sophomore, junior and senior years. Lower Merion won three games his sophomore season and put up goose eggs in when he was a junior and a senior.
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April 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin Moran estimated that 60 to 70 people, mostly from St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown, gathered Saturday at coach Bill Clinton's home to remember Ryan Gillyard. "He was a really good kid, a really good athlete," said Moran, who was Gillyard's basketball coach at St. Denis in fifth and sixth grades. "Everyone is so upset over losing him. I can't imagine how his family is getting through something like this. " Gillyard, a 15-year-old freshman football player at St. Joseph's Prep, died Saturday morning after collapsing briefly after warm-ups during a spring workout session at the team's practice field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
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April 20, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writers
All Ryan Gillyard wanted this past Christmas was a rope ladder and a set of field cones. The 15-year-old St. Joseph's Prep freshman was determined to play Division I college football, and, despite the rigorous workouts he endured at Prep, he wanted to keep doing drills at home. "That's how dedicated he was to football," his mother, Shannon Gillyard, said Saturday. On Saturday, the Upper Darby Township teenager, who had no known previous health problems, collapsed and died during the team's spring conditioning at its Cecil B. Moore Avenue practice field, shocking the closely knit school community.
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April 19, 2015
What: Wild-card game. Who: Cleveland Gladiators (2-1) at the Soul (3-0). Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Outlook: This is the first meeting between the teams since the Gladiators defeated the Soul in the opening round of last year's playoffs, 39-37, on a field goal as time expired. . . . The Soul lead the AFL in scoring offense (62.3), passing offense (326.7) and total offense (326.7). . . . Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has passed for a league-high 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
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April 13, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ray Priore finished his first spring as Penn's head football coach Saturday, but he's still having a little trouble letting go of his old job. "That's why I'm chewing gum," Priore said after Penn's annual Red vs. Blue spring football game at Franklin Field. The Albany alumnus, who replaced longtime coach Al Bagnoli in December, had been Penn's defensive coordinator since 1999. "You can tell he wants to get back out there and start coaching guys up," said quarterback Alek Torgersen.
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April 11, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Papit, 86, a football star at Northeast High School who set records as a running back at the University of Virginia and spent four years in the NFL before embarking on a career in banking, died Monday, April 6, in Forest, Va., of complications from a stroke. Despite a football legacy that included a victory in a legendary city championship game against West Catholic 1946 and having his jersey retired by UVa in 2008, Mr. Papit, known as "Johnny," rarely spoke about his gridiron glory, according to son Michael.
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April 5, 2015
Sunday at 10 p.m., Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash. TV: ESPN3.com Last game: The Soul (1-0) got conformation that receiver Ryan McDaniel is fully recovered from his torn Achilles tendon injury last week as McDaniel helped the Soul to a 70-63 victory when he hauled in quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's pass in the final seconds of regulation to lead the Soul past Orlando. Outlook: This is the first meeting between the Soul and the Shock (0-1) since the 2012 season.
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March 30, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
News Item: Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said last week the demotion of former general manager Howie Roseman was not a reflection on Roseman's abilities as a player personnel evaluator. "I just think Chip [Kelly] wanted his own football player personnel guy next to him at all times," Lurie said. "It was much more Chip's requirement to have sort of a football guy that he was comfortable with in terms of helping him day to day, minute by minute. " Football Guy awoke exactly on time and leaped from bed, landing on the artificial turf rug in a perfect three-point stance.
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