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SPORTS
April 1, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Do not be fooled by the appearance that the Flyers and Washington Capitals skated on the same ice in the same building Wednesday night. These were two teams in different places focused on the postseason in an entirely different way. The Capitals, with the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs already secured, are more than willing to discuss the possibility that their first-round opponent could be the Flyers. Their coach, in fact, informed them before practice Tuesday that there was a 48 percent chance that the Flyers would be in Washington when the playoffs opened in a couple weeks.
NEWS
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIPOLAR DAY There is help, hope World Bipolar Day is marked annually on March 30. Bipolar disorder is a medical condition of the brain in which a person's moods swing back and forth like the winds of March. Diagnosed individuals - who encompass all ages, from children on up - can do quite well. Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, 69, who died Tuesday, suffered from the disorder. What's needed is an excellent psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and a support group, in which people like us learn from one another.
SPORTS
March 28, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
PORTLAND, Ore. - Ish Smith wants to remain with the 76ers. His coach, Brett Brown, also hopes the point guard returns next season. But Smith and the team may have other options that could lead to their parting ways for the second consecutive summer. As a Sixer this season, Smith has enjoyed being a starter for the most extended period of his career. The 27-year-old, who will become a free agent this summer, will have to decide how much he wants to keep that role. "Eventually, I will have to pray about that and figure it out," Smith said before Saturday's late game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2016
Pennsylvania's historic budget impasse may be over, but Moody's Investors Service said it may be only a short reprieve. Gov. Wolf said Wednesday he would not veto the latest $30 billion Republican budget plan, allowing it to become law. He had vetoed previous spending plans, leaving the state without a budget for 266 days. "While the nine-month stalemate is over, it does not solve any of the ongoing questions over the state's progress toward structural balance over the long-term and therefore is likely to elicit a new stalemate for the next fiscal year beginning July 1," Moody's said in a statement Thursday.
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Flyers' last 10 games will determine the magnitude of Tuesday's hard-to-believe loss in Columbus. If they overcome that 3-2 shootout defeat and earn a playoff berth, it will be mentioned as just another hurdle that the resilient team cleared. If it costs them a playoff spot, it will be remembered as the most devastating loss of the season, a meltdown for the ages.  With its goalie pulled, Columbus scored two goals in the final 64 seconds of regulation and won in the dreaded shootout.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin
MOLENBEEK, Belgium - Four days before Tuesday's grisly bomb attacks in Brussels, the police raided a shabby three-story brick row house in this heavily Moroccan working-class district of Brussels. There they captured Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving member of the terror group that killed 130 people in Paris in November.Abdeslam had eluded police for four months and no one in Moleenbeek betrayed him. Nor did anyone warn police about Tuesday's plans to bomb Brussels' airport and metro.
SPORTS
March 23, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
LAKELAND, Fla. - There were times over the last four seasons, Cedric Hunter said, when he questioned his future in baseball. Hunter spent the last four seasons in minor-league outposts such as Columbus, Memphis and Akron. Chances appeared bleak that his major-league career would extend past the six at-bats he had in 2011. He wondered if the game was passing him by. "As players, we all go through that stage," Hunter said. "And I felt like I needed to go through that to bounce back and motivate myself to get here.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - This is the time of year when unheralded college basketball programs can get noticed, when good programs can become great, and when great ones can join the ranks of the elite. It is a long climb up the pyramid, a slippery ride back down, and after six seasons of seeing Villanova fall on the wrong side of the Sweet 16 line that can divide great from elite, Jay Wright knows getting back there soon is probably a good idea. What he doesn't worry about is that his current team is burdened by the weight of the program's history and national standing.
SPORTS
March 18, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Staff Writer
OBVIOUSLY after just two games, it's early in the season. Still, isn't it better to speak of it being early from a positive standpoint instead of a negative one? On Sunday when the Philadelphia Union has its 2016 Major League Soccer home opener at Talen Energy Stadium, it has a chance to do something that hasn't happened much in club history - win consecutive games. After winning 2-1 at Columbus last weekend, the Union (1-1-0) can post consecutive MLS wins by beating the New England Revolution (0-0-2)
SPORTS
March 18, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena overlooks what, decades ago, the locals termed the "fast water" of Spokane Falls, formed 15,000 or so years ago when Glacial Lake Missoula flowed down into the valley and slowly began to cut through the rocks. These days, suspension bridges overlook the majesty of the raging waters, the largest in-city waterfall in America. If there is one thing Saint Joseph's would like to do in Friday night's NCAA game against glacial Cincinnati, it is play fast, like that water headed over the falls, play in the open court, play as few times as possible against the Bearcats' set defense.
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