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SPORTS
August 16, 2011 | by Joe Berkery, berkerj@phillynews.com
THIS SPORTS-WRITING racket requires the occasional silly question. For example, Williamsport outfielder Aaron Altherr was selected for the New York-Penn League All-Star squad last week. The question went something like, "So, how did you feel when you found out you were named an All-Star?" He was too much of a gentleman to crack, "How do you think I felt, dummy?" "I was excited," the fleet 6-5, 190-pounder said. "That's what you try to play for the whole season. When it works out for you in the end, it's a great feeling.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2009 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ever since last year's economic free fall, law firms have engaged in a robust debate over the extent to which the recession would trigger new litigation work - potentially a fresh source of revenue for otherwise strapped firms. Some firms reported sharp increases, while others said the results had been underwhelming. Now a survey by a prominent national law firm of the heads of legal departments at some of the nation's largest public and private companies suggests that litigation-practice groups will be busy for some time to come.
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Jeri Clausing, Associated Press
ROSWELL, N.M. - Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles above Roswell on Tuesday morning. He wants to break the record set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an altitude of 19.5 miles.
SPORTS
July 24, 2000 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As David Duval fell further and further behind Tiger Woods in yesterday's final round of the British Open, his expression remained hidden by dark glasses that remained in place even though the sun had disappeared behind the clouds. The hurt he felt, however, had to be excruciating. He went into the day thrilled about the pairing matching the world's No.1- and No.2-ranked players. He had trimmed Woods' 6-stroke deficit to 3 after nine holes, creating excitement where none had existed earlier.
SPORTS
September 2, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The free fall down an elevator shaft that has defined the Penn State football program since last November went a few floors deeper on Saturday, when the Nittany Lions opened their season at home with a loss to Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference. The question is when will the Lions hit the bottom of the ride, or if there even is a bottom for the near future. Maybe things aren't really that bleak - it was only one football game played with a lot of new players for a brand-new coaching staff and system - but Penn State will have to play a complete game, and win, before the worst case is proved not to be the actual case.
SPORTS
June 19, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies changed players. They changed locales, moving from the light air of Denver to the thick humidity of St. Louis. They changed their lineup, putting a total of four rookies on the field last night. What they couldn't change was the irresistible tug of gravity. The last-place Phillies continued to free-fall with a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals. The loss was the Phillies' fifth straight on this road trip. They have lost 10 of 11 games to fall 10 games below .500. Last night, they got a solid pitching performance from Sid Fernandez, who left the game after five innings and a visit from the trainer, and relievers Toby Borland and Ken Ryan.
SPORTS
March 10, 2011 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Columnist
Jay Wright has not lost his team. The players are still trying, still hustling, still playing hard. They have not quit, not on Wright or the season or each other. Villanova is in the midst of perhaps the greatest collapse in the program's history and easily the most jarring drop in college basketball this season. It is one thing to end the regular season with four straight losses to ranked conference opponents and finally fall out of the top 25. But to lose to South Florida, a team that has averaged 3.8 conference wins over the last six seasons?
SPORTS
March 21, 2007 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The door to the visiting locker room at the Palace of Auburn Hills swung open and Maurice Cheeks appeared for his postgame interview looking as angry as anyone had seen him all season. It was no consolation to the 76ers coach last night that his team did not lose by 50. His team continued its late-season free fall with a performance only minutely better than two nights earlier and suffered a 96-75 defeat to the Detroit Pistons. It was the Sixers' fourth loss in their last five games.
NEWS
September 19, 1994 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dale Nelson operates a roofing contracting business, so he is not fearful when working from multistory levels. His other business, mostly on weekends, requires working from even greater heights. And it's more fun. Nelson is founder and president of Freefall Adventures Inc., which provides instructions and equipment for daredevils who want to be skydivers. "Most people who come for instructions say they always wanted to skydive," Nelson, 44, said. "They see it in films and in television movies, and they get the urge to jump.
NEWS
May 15, 1992 | By S.E. Siebert and Pauline Pinard Bogaert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
Daniel Brady had just broken formation, hanging in midair with three other parachutists, when he collided Wednesday with a fifth skydiver videotaping the maneuver over New Hanover Township Airport in Montgomery County. Brady, 32, of Doylestown, died and Chris Norton, 24, of Cherry Hill, was injured in the twilight skydiving accident, which occurred about 7:30 above the Gilbertsville section of New Hanover. The videotape showed that the four skydivers had separated when Brady drifted in a free fall underneath Norton, also in a free fall, and opened his parachute, Township Police Sgt. Joseph Tomaselli said yesterday.
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SPORTS
January 18, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' problems - which include two straight shutout losses and injuries to three key players - don't look quite so bad compared to those of their opponent Saturday night, Buffalo. The Sabres are scary bad. They lead the league in several dubious categories, including most goals allowed (157), fewest goals scored (82), goal differential (minus-75), and losses (28). Buffalo (14-28-3) will take a nine-game losing streak into the game against the visiting Flyers (17-21-7), who have not scored in 144 minutes, 59 seconds.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
BOSTON - With his dad, a high school coaching legend in the New England area, looking on, 76ers coach Brett Brown no doubt would have loved to design a game-ending play where everything went right and a layup at the buzzer sealed the win. That ending was there to be had and Brown did do a good coaching job at the end. But there was no expert drawing of plays. Instead, he let his team figure it out on its own. And after Michael Carter-Williams grabbed a defensive rebound with 10.7 seconds to go, he handed it off to Evan Turner who broke down defender Jerryd Bayless and deposited a tough pull-up three-footer to give the Sixers a 95-94 win over the Boston Celtics to improve to 15-31.
SPORTS
August 13, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - An announced crowd of 32,355 showed up to Nationals Park yesterday for the finale of a series featuring two teams that were heated rivals contending for division supremacy just 15 months earlier. The Phillies and Nationals are not contending teams in 2013. Both entered the season's final 7 weeks with losing records. But in rolling to a relatively easy three-game sweep of their NL East foes to the north, Washington continued to look like a team with a promising future while the Phillies looked like a dead team walking.
SPORTS
March 30, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The contrast only makes it worse. A year ago, the Flyers eliminated their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. The year before, the Flyers went one round further than the Penguins. The year before that, the Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. On Thursday, Penguins fans woke up to news that their first-place team had acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla in a late-night trade. Iginla joined winger Brenden Morrow and defenseman Douglas Murray, brought in as Pens general manager Ray Shero loads up for a run at the Cup. Flyers fans?
NEWS
January 1, 2013 | By Jessica Parks and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
Whether they're up on the details of the fiscal cliff or not, people in the Philadelphia area on Sunday knew this: They were bugged at lawmakers for not working together to fix the problem. "It's a bunch of crap," Jim Waters, 48, of Lindenwold, said. "These people are supposed to be working for us. That's not what's happening. " Waters was among a throng of shoppers Sunday at the Cherry Hill Mall. As lawmakers in Washington tried and failed Sunday to solve the crisis and despite fear of an economic free fall should the impasse continue, the mall parking lot was full, and many stores had lines at the registers.
SPORTS
November 7, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - Anything can happen now. Anything except a merciful end to this still just half-finished Eagles season, that is. Given a chance to get their playoff quest back on track last night, one day after everybody else in the NFC East lost, the now 3-5 Eagles sank to previously unexplored depths. In the wake of the players-only meeting, after Michael Vick vowed to get back to aggressive play, after all the discussion of how the New Orleans Saints had the worst statistical defense in the NFL, the Eagles stank out the Mercedes Benz Superdome, losing 28-13, their fourth setback in a row. How deep is the crater this morning?
SPORTS
October 21, 2012 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
His face popped up on the screen and you were struck with this thought: Cap'n Andy is wearing his years. Out on the range, they would say he looks like he's been rode hard and put up wet. So whatever became of that apple-cheeked, roan-maned, walrus-mustached, naive NFL wannabe? Fourteen years, that's what. Fourteen years of family turmoil and unspeakable tragedy to endure with grace and courage. Fourteen years of palace intrigue and ruthless purging in the darkened hallways of Fortress NovaCare.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Jeri Clausing, Associated Press
ROSWELL, N.M. - Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone his quest to become the world's first supersonic skydiver. The former military parachutist from Austria had planned to ride a pressurized capsule carried aloft by a 55-story, ultrathin helium balloon into the stratosphere, and then jump in a specially designed suit. But high winds led to the decision shortly after 11:30 a.m. to abort.
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Jeri Clausing, Associated Press
ROSWELL, N.M. - Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles above Roswell on Tuesday morning. He wants to break the record set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an altitude of 19.5 miles.
SPORTS
September 2, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The free fall down an elevator shaft that has defined the Penn State football program since last November went a few floors deeper on Saturday, when the Nittany Lions opened their season at home with a loss to Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference. The question is when will the Lions hit the bottom of the ride, or if there even is a bottom for the near future. Maybe things aren't really that bleak - it was only one football game played with a lot of new players for a brand-new coaching staff and system - but Penn State will have to play a complete game, and win, before the worst case is proved not to be the actual case.
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