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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.
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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)
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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
September 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles run a 3-4 base defense, and as long as Chip Kelly is head coach there is no going back to the 4-3. That may be difficult for some to hear because the Eagles historically had some of the best 4-3 fronts and some of the best pass-rushing linemen of the last 25 years. But there are different ways to win on the line, and Kelly and defensive coaches Bill Davis and Jerry Azzinaro have their reasons for favoring a two-gap scheme. One of the reasons, Kelly has said, is to combat the increasing number of teams that spread the field.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the Northwest Raiders stormed onto the field and dominated the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship for the "Midget" division, their star running back was listening to Drake's song "Draft Day," getting his mind in the game. Sometimes I laugh with God about how you can't stop me I'm his darkest angel, probably, but he still got me As Drake rapped about Johnny Manziel getting drafted, 15-year-old Isheem Young of North Philadelphia was getting pumped up - for his most high-profile game to date, playing at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the national championship, broadcast live on ESPN2.
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May 29, 2015 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
When scattered thunderstorms delayed the start of the game for 90 minutes, Great Valley's girls' lacrosse team didn't spend the extra time stressing out. The players relaxed and had fun with each other. "They're friends on and off the field," Great Valley coach Kim Wenger said. "They're teammates first. That hour that they killed, they were going crazy and having a great time. " It paid off, as the Patriots scored the first goal of the game less than 90 seconds after it began and never relinquished the lead.
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May 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CHICAGO - It's not always going to be an oil painting. That's the line Joe Maddon has used since his hire as manager of the Chicago Cubs last October, before the wintry weather made a mess of bleacher reconstruction and various other planned upgrades for 101-year-old Wrigley Field. She's a mess right now, the old girl, with fans forced to use Porta-Pottys and such, but the browned ivy on the walls is beginning to come to life again and with a little imagination, you can see where it's all headed.
SPORTS
April 12, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The old saying is that records are made to be broken. But as any wily veteran Masters watcher will tell you, they're not made to be broken by a 21-year-old who has played a mere six competitive rounds at the Augusta National Golf Club. Then again, a special young talent like Jordan Spieth comes around, like, once every 18 years, just as a 21-year-old Tiger Woods did in 1997 when he ran away to a 12-stroke victory before a multitude of disbelieving onlookers for his first of four green jackets.
SPORTS
March 22, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE QUIPS were plentiful last night at the Wells Fargo Center before the New York Knicks and 76ers played. It's easy to come up with some jabs when the teams went into the game a combined 30-106. "Are these two 17 seeds playing?" asked one fan, referring to March Madness. "Not sure I've ever come to a game where both teams would be better off losing," said another. If you've followed the Sixers at all this season, you know that is not part of Brett Brown's DNA. He looks at each game as a chance to win in the league, and whether it would be more beneficial to catch the Knicks in losses just isn't something that would ever enter his mind, or his team's.
SPORTS
February 23, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - He wasn't playing much, and the frustration built up, but Temple swingman Quenton DeCosey never doubted himself during his first collegiate season. A high school star at St. Joseph's in Metuchen, N.J., DeCosey scored 1,608 career points and one season played alongside current Kentucky standout Karl-Anthony Towns. While DeCosey entered Temple as a natural scorer two years ago, he quickly learned you can't score from the bench. He averaged just seven minutes a game as a freshman, but DeCosey knew that once his time came, he would cash in on the opportunity.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Jay Wright had a simple explanation for the turnaround that took place Saturday afternoon in the Wells Fargo Center, when the same Villanova team that got dusted by Georgetown three weeks ago did some dusting of its own. "Eighteen-to-22-year-olds, man," Wright said. "We looked like they did last game, and they looked like we did. " If that is disconcerting for a college coach - to never really know what to expect in a given game - it is also a part of the business that has to be accepted.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
DRESSED OUT appropriately in uniforms that made them look like diseased gray bumblebees, the La Salle Explorers, a team that has confounded its own coach much of the season, was in full Sybil mode last night at Gola Arena. Playing against Richmond, the hottest team in the Atlantic 10, La Salle scored the game's first 10 points, played better than it has all season for the first 23 minutes and led by 16 points. The Explorers then proceeded to go the next 8 minutes without scoring.
SPORTS
February 5, 2015 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Even when Steve Lappas was coaching at Villanova, it seemed plausible, to me anyway, that Lappas could have a future in television for the simple reason that Lappas not only knew how to game plan but also how to articulate that game plan. Yeah, he has a clear New York accent. But good TV guys have a voice. You hear Lappas, you know it's Lappas. He's been at it for 10 years now as a mainstay on the CBS Sports Network, typically working a couple of games a week and also getting to New York to work as a studio analyst.
SPORTS
January 22, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
PENN's WOMEN HAD come into last night's Big 5 finale against Villanova with high hopes after winning four of their previous five games and grabbing at least a share of their first-ever women's Big 5 championship. The Quakers had a chance to clinch the title outright with a victory. Harry Perretta's Wildcats squad scrapped those plans, earning the right to scribble their names alongside Penn's on this year's trophy after a 70-44 rout gave the 'Cats their 15th Big 5 title. Penn and Villanova will each finish at 3-1 in Big 5 play.
SPORTS
January 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, Flyers center Scott Laughton did not play against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday because of an upper-body injury he suffered the previous night. Laughton was leveled on an open-ice hit by Matt Niskanen in the second period of the Flyers' 1-0 loss in Washington. Both Laughton and his helmet were sent flying by the jarring hit. The Flyers listed Laughton as day-to-day. Before the game at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers coach Craig Berube was asked why no retaliatory measures were taken against Niskanen.
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