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SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE UNION pulled an astounding choke on Saturday night. In a span of 5 minutes, it blew a 2-0 lead late against the Columbus Crew to lose, 3-2, and got eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoff race. You decide which of the following statements sounds closer to the truth: In June, when he fired manager John Hackworth and replaced him with current interim manager Jim Curtin, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said: "I think we have a lot of quality in our team. We're a good team; we have quality in the locker room.
SPORTS
October 8, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
MY TAKE: Nick Foles' performance is why a lot of people aren't as excited as they might be over the Eagles' 4-1 start. Yes, there are other problems, but the biggest one, long-term, is the growing sense that the Eagles might not really have their franchise quarterback, after all. You don't win a Super Bowl without very good-to-great quarterbacking. It was easy to envision a team growing and maturing and winning it all someday soon behind the 2013 Foles. It's impossible to envision that behind the 2014 Foles.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Among many enlightenments realized from the controversy over the "Speak English" sign at Geno's Steaks was this: The cheesesteak experience in Philadelphia is a situational one, varying from vendor to vendor and griddle to griddle. Now comes a former financial planner whose goal is to bring consistency to the recipe - with a franchise. At Wit or Witout? - Philly-speak for whether you want onions - gentility in addition to high-quality products will be served in sun-splashed, roomy dining areas, says Tony Altomare, the man behind what is now a two-store chain (in Mayfair and Red Lion)
SPORTS
August 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
JAY BARUCHEL and "How to Train Your Dragon" director Dean DeBlois had more than their Canadian upbringing to bond them during the making of the first film. They were both sort of artsy, skinny kids who grew up in the hockey-mad, rough-and-tumble Great White North, not sure how they were going to fit in - not unlike skinny little Hiccup, the Viking boy in "How To" who's a misfit among his burly countrymen, not to mention his burly countrywomen. "It's a story that I lived through, and I know Jay did as well.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
BEFORE YOUR time, and my time, there was a television show called "This Is Your Life. " It is the first thing that comes to mind as Jimmy Rollins stands on the cusp of Phillies history. For 15 years, he has been the franchise and the franchise has been him and everything that that means. The funny thing is that it means different things to different people, and it always will - because people are different, arriving at any conversation with a variety of experiences and preconceptions.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Eagles' practice concluded Monday, most players scurried off the field. Quarterback Nick Foles stayed behind and held a conversation for nearly 10 minutes. He spoke with team owner Jeffrey Lurie. The conversation was innocent enough - Foles said they discussed the practice that had just concluded, which opened the team's third week of organized team activities. Lurie's presence is not a surprise at Eagles practices, even in the offseason. But the relationship between quarterback and owner is an important one, because Foles might soon merit a significant sum of Lurie's money.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WITH A projected $125 million opening weekend and an incredible 94 percent "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes, it appears "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to not only revive the mutant franchise but take it to new heights. Fox certainly has confidence in the film, as there has been talk among producers that "Days Of Future Past" could lead to as many as 10 new or rejuvenated X-film franchises. These include already-confirmed "X-Men: Apocalypse" in 2016, a third "Wolverine" film starring Hugh Jackman in 2017 and a "Gambit" solo film starring Channing Tatum.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City Hall courtyard filled with 1,000 people on May 17, 1994, to celebrate Jeffrey Lurie's introduction as owner of the Eagles. Mayor Ed Rendell and Eagles players, Mummers, cheerleaders, season-ticket-holders, and the Keystone jazz band all welcomed him. They snacked on cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels. Lurie spent a then-record $185 million to buy the Eagles, fulfilling a dream of owning a professional sports franchise. The Boston native was an outsider prepared to make Philadelphia home.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Herb Hauls grew up far from environmental nirvana, in an asphalt-heavy North Philadelphia neighborhood where buses and cars junked up the air and blades of grass were few. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Drexel University, working first at Peco Energy Co. and then for the Navy in ship acquisitions, overseeing vessels' electric plants and control systems. He cleared six figures last year, he said. Now, he's mowing lawns for a living. This is not an act of desperation.
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