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September 28, 2007
Directed by Andy Fickman, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, and Roselyn Sanchez. Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. 1 hour, 50 mins. PG (mild sexuality). Playing at: area theaters. 1. There can never be too many football movies. 2. There can never be too many Shirley Temple clones. The Rock is amiable and genuinely funny as Joe "The King" Kingman, the fish-out-of-the-gridiron who has to learn that girls don't like power shakes and that ballet is cool.
NEWS
November 1, 1988 | By Frank Bertucci, Special to The Inquirer
It could have been a night for an upset. Lower Merion had lost its last two games, and its starting quarterback in the last one. The Aces started James Pollard at quarterback, where he had taken all of four snaps this season. But Pollard knew on whom to depend whenever Lower Merion had the ball: three seniors who have carried the Aces offense all season - Kevin Mosley, Bill Chou and Michael Moses. And when it was over, Lower Merion had a 20-6 Central League victory at Haverford High, evening its league record at 3-3 and improving to 5-3 overall.
NEWS
January 12, 1989 | By John Fosnocht, Special to The Inquirer
Bud Gardler likes to put well-rounded teams on the floor. But when the season started, given the youth and abilities of the players he had, the emphasis in the Lions' game plan looked to be on half-court offense and zone defense. Two games and two victories into the Catholic League South schedule, those preconceptions have gone out the window. Tuesday night at O'Hara, the Lions (2-0, 9-2) deployed a man-to-man defense with enough hustling intensity to hold visiting Archbishop Carroll (0-1, 7-5)
NEWS
February 3, 2012
By William C. Kashatus Andy Reid, who's been with the Philadelphia Eagles for 13 seasons, enjoys the longest tenure of any head coach among the city's professional sports teams. But his inability to win a Super Bowl, an antagonistic relationship with the local media, and the growing disenchantment of Eagles fans suggest that his days are numbered. Whether he can extend his career beyond 2013, when his contract expires, remains to be seen. Still, Reid could learn a few lessons from two legendary coaches, Connie Mack and Joe Paterno.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
JAKE VORACEK was not shy. Thinking back to the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 26, Voracek said New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh "owned" his line. "We were overthinking it too much against him," Voracek said. "He's a very smart defenseman; he reads the ice very well. He's so good at picking off passes. " With Ray Emery filling in for the injured Steve Mason in Game 1, and even less room for error, McDonagh's stout work at the blue line has forced Flyers coach Craig Berube to alter his game plan.
NEWS
October 17, 1994 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In the weeks to come, Upper Darby's football players will live by the adage that practice makes perfect. Each weekday afternoon, the Royals will listen attentively to their coaches, dedicate themselves to a game plan, and put all of their effort into not straying from it. Why? Because they have seemed to find success by those means. On a sun-filled Saturday afternoon, Upper Darby took unbeaten Ridley and turned the Raiders upside down with an eye-popping 25-0 victory that was sure to be heard all around the Central League.
SPORTS
September 7, 2003 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By now, Andy Reid has worked through most of his famous notebook. The results speak for themselves: a 43-28 overall record, three consecutive playoff appearances, and two straight trips to the NFC championship game. The one hole that remains in Reid's curriculum vitae? The Super Bowl. With that final goal left to achieve, it is clear Reid will stick with The Plan he brought from Green Bay in a thick three-ring binder. But what exactly is The Plan? Some elements are obvious enough - the West Coast-style offense, a franchise quarterback - but Reid seldom reveals much more than that in interviews.
NEWS
December 19, 2000 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The School at Church Farm coach Will Frantz found out a few things about his boys' basketball team last night. One, the Griffins do have a bench capable of scoring. Two, his team may be a little deeper than he originally thought. The reason for the optimism? Church Farm played its best game of the season, ripping Devon Prep, 75-48, in a nonleague game to improve to 6-1 overall this season. The Griffins did it without starting point guard Glenn Bonsu, who is recovering from a sprained ankle, and with leading scorer Rico Negron while he is battling the flu and playing with a broken bone in his right foot.
SPORTS
October 23, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Christian Hackenberg is unhappy with his reduced role in what for the most part has been an unproductive Penn State passing game, he's not letting it show. The Nittany Lions have thrown fewer passes than any team in the Big Ten through seven games, and rank 12th of the 14 conference members in passing yards. Hackenberg's total of 177 attempts is 99 fewer than he fired through seven games last season. In a 38-10 loss at Ohio State on Saturday, he threw a career-low 13 passes, just three coming after halftime when the Lions trailed throughout by at least two scores.
SPORTS
February 22, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Del-Val coach Jason Harrigan painstakingly put together a game plan for the Public League championship game Saturday night against Constitution. Harrigan believed he had prepared his team for anything that could have possibly happened at St. Joseph's University's Hagan Arena. There was one scenario, however, he hadn't anticipated. Although four starters fouled out early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors held off the Generals, 84-74, to claim Del-Val's first Public League title.
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SPORTS
August 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Adam Morgan returned to triple A last month as a pitcher who appeared to be losing his footing with the Phillies. He was being shuffled between the team's starting rotation and the bullpen. The lefthander lacked an identity, which he may have rediscovered in the minor leagues. Morgan excelled with the IronPigs, registering a 2.75 ERA in five outings before rejoining the Phillies on Sunday. But the game did not quite grant him the chance to showcase his growth, as he left the game in the fourth inning after being hit on the left arm by a line drive.
SPORTS
May 5, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
YOU KNOW it can't last. I know it can't last. So why were we sweating the ninth inning Tuesday night, with Mr. Imperfectly Perfect on the mound, after Hector Neris churned through the Cardinals' hitters in the eighth inning, after Aaron Nola threw a near-perfect seven innings before that, allowing only a game-opening double and an infield single? Why did it seem to matter so much, that 1-0 lead produced by, of all things, the feast-or-famine swing of Ryan Howard, a swing that already has won outright four games this season?
BUSINESS
April 18, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Close calls don't count in sports retailing, and that helps explain why it will soon be lights out for the Sports Authority store in Cherry Hill. The field is crowded - Dick's Sporting Goods (the 800-pound gorilla because of its scale), Modell's, REI, Cabela's, and Bass Pro Shops are among the players vying for the sporting dollar. There's also Schuylkill Valley Sports, an employee-owned firm with 18 stores in the Philadelphia region, and City Sports, an East Coast chain that tanked and is being revived by two Wharton-trained brothers.
SPORTS
April 10, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers haven't made things easy on themselves. Though they still control their destiny in the Eastern Conference wild-card race, their three straight losses have left them with little margin for error - unless they get help from other teams. "It's in our hands," defenseman Mark Streit said after the Flyers' awful first period came back to haunt them in a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday to visiting Toronto, the NHL's worst team. The Flyers have two regular-season games left: Saturday afternoon against surging arch-rival Pittsburgh at the Wells Fargo Center and Sunday night in Brooklyn against the Islanders.
SPORTS
March 22, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake appeared to be extremely lucky during Sunday's 3-0 Major League Soccer League win over the New England Revolution when a Lee Nguyen 26-yard blast on a direct kick hit both posts. The one person who didn't feel it was good fortune was Blake himself, which gives a little insight into the confidence the third-year keeper and first-year full-time starter has in his ability. "Well, people normally say you're lucky when you hit the post, but for me, I don't really think that way because the post is not inside the goal - it's more like the ball hit the post and goes in - so you know it's not like it even saves you if it hits the post and doesn't go in," Blake said.
SPORTS
March 13, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
NEW YORK - You know the saying St. Joseph's folks like to go by, no need to repeat it. On Friday afternoon, the Hawks really put their mantra to a basketball test. They were still flapping but looked dead, down 16 points right after the half in the Atlantic Ten quarterfinals. They had just gotten to Brooklyn and it looked like they'd be right back on the Turnpike heading south, dragging along a three-game losing streak into Selection Sunday. In a basketball history that goes back over a century, St. Joe's hadn't had too many comebacks like Hawks fans saw at the Barclays Center, with stakes so high - down 16 in the second half, winning 86-80.
SPORTS
February 26, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
NBA GAMES used to be so much easier to officiate before the three-point line came into the league in 1979. Teams would have some capable outside shooters, but the main goal was to get the ball to the basket. If you were blessed with a dominating big man, that is where the ball mostly ended up. If you weren't, then getting in the paint other ways was the game plan. But gone are the days of dumping in the post and bullying to the basket. Offenses have expanded like Pablo Sandoval's waist, with teams spreading the floor wider and wider every year due to the influx of great shooters.
SPORTS
February 22, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Del-Val coach Jason Harrigan painstakingly put together a game plan for the Public League championship game Saturday night against Constitution. Harrigan believed he had prepared his team for anything that could have possibly happened at St. Joseph's University's Hagan Arena. There was one scenario, however, he hadn't anticipated. Although four starters fouled out early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors held off the Generals, 84-74, to claim Del-Val's first Public League title.
SPORTS
February 15, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
After Villanova's Daniel Ochefu suffered a concussion in practice on Jan. 29, he didn't do anything on a basketball court for nine days and missed three games during that time. He returned to the lineup last Tuesday night following one practice after being cleared by doctors. But in his initial two games back, it's as if Ochefu never missed any time at all. On Saturday night, he established a career high with 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lift the top-ranked Wildcats to a 73-63 victory over pesky St. John's before a crowd of 18,052 at the Wells Fargo Center.
SPORTS
January 15, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
For the Flyers, Operation Playoff Push is gaining momentum. Getting third-period goals from Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit, they recorded their fourth straight win Wednesday, jolting the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at the reverberating Wells Fargo Center.  Simmonds and Streit scored on rebounds 1 minute, 22 seconds apart, lifting the Flyers to their sixth consecutive victory on home ice. The win moved them within two points of Boston in the crowded race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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