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December 29, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who has missed the last four games with an apparent back injury, returned to practice Saturday and said he felt "close to 100 percent. " After taking shots from the team's extra players, Mason said he hopes to play Monday in Arizona. "My goal is to play against Arizona; today was a really good first step," Mason said after a 45-minute, on-ice workout in Nashville. "I think I got more work in than we had planned, which was a good sign. I was moving good, and my energy level was pretty good as well.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - It has long been a place where displaced Catholics have been welcomed and accepted no matter their national origin or the color of their skin. The ministry Emma "Mother" Lewis founded nearly 100 years ago for Catholics of color who were shunned by the white churches in the burgeoning resort came to be known as St. Monica's, and it may stand as one of the most diverse Roman Catholic congregations the Diocese of Camden oversees. Although Atlantic City's three other Catholic churches now welcome all comers, each Sunday and at weekday Masses, African Americans, Filipinos, Haitians, Latinos, Liberians, Nigerians, Chinese, Ugandans, and whites still join hands and worship together at St. Monica's, tucked into a neighborhood along North Pennsylvania Avenue.
SPORTS
December 23, 2014 | By Kevin Long, For The Inquirer
ARLINGTON, Texas - From the Eagles' standpoint, Lady Luck turned into a runaway bride before the Dallas-Indianapolis game even started Sunday, and it didn't get any better as the Cowboys won, 42-7, eliminating the Eagles from playoff contention. First, Indianapolis announced that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton would miss the game because of a hamstring injury. Then, the Colts had the Cowboys stopped on their first possession, but a taunting penalty by linebacker Jerrell Freeman kept the drive alive, leading to a Dallas touchdown.
SPORTS
December 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS already played through one Phillies rebuild. He came along shortly after Curt Schilling was traded away and a couple of years before Scott Rolen's ugly Philadelphia divorce was finalized. Rollins made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 2000, at Veterans Stadium, during a season that ended with the Phillies losing 97 games. During the franchise's 132 years of existence, only 15 Phillies teams have finished with more defeats. Rollins jokingly tried to separate himself from that Terry Francona-led team yesterday.
NEWS
December 21, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
For the better part of 52 years, Joseph Rosati Plumbing & Heating has offered its employees fully paid health insurance. "My father prided himself in being able to offer health benefits to his employees," says Regina Weinhardt, who, along with her brothers, Joe Jr. and Anthony, took over the company after their father died in 2007. But when the company was ready to renew its group policy last month, Weinhardt got a bad case of sticker shock - an 87 percent rate increase. Her broker was able to find Weinhardt a more affordable policy with less coverage.
NEWS
December 14, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wooden animals, sanded and painted to resemble the 109-year-old originals they replaced, are waiting for visitors at the end of a restored railroad line in Pottstown. The horses, giraffes, and reindeer on the Derek Scott Saylor Memorial Carousel are part of a merry-go-round meant to be more than an amusement. The attraction - and the similarly restored old train that will drop visitors at its doorstep - are the centerpieces of a downtown revitalization effort for a slumping Montgomery County borough taking steps toward a comeback.
SPORTS
December 12, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IT'S A SCENE that still sticks with Archbishop Wood High senior Justin Rubin. Then a sophomore, Rubin watched as senior lineman Fran Walsh spoke to a somber Vikings locker room minutes after Wood fell to Erie Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA title game. "It was really sad," Rubin said. "All the guys were upset, all the seniors especially. [Walsh] wanted us to get back and win it for them last year. It was a sad moment but it definitely left an impact on how I play the game now. It's for everyone now. " Walsh, now a sophomore lineman at Villanova, witnessed his wish after Wood claimed last season's PIAA title - the Vikings' second in three seasons.
SPORTS
December 11, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
MAGIC JOHNSON wants the Lakers to be more like the Sixers and start tanking so they get a high lottery pick. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told Newsday yesterday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious. "If you're going to lose, you have to lose because you can't be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick . . . I'd rather be all the way bad than be in the middle. " Surprising words from one of the game's most competitive players.
SPORTS
December 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, researchers have been seeking a blood test that could diagnose a concussion and tell whether it is severe enough to cause lasting brain damage. In a big step toward that holy grail, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that a blood protein called SNTF surged and stayed elevated in professional hockey players with persistent concussion symptoms, but not in players who recovered within a few days. "These results show that SNTF has promise as a blood biomarker for sports-related concussion," said Robert Siman, a research professor of neurosurgery at Penn and lead author of the study in last month's Journal of Neurotrauma.
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