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November 24, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It wasn't really a good day for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and his Tennessee Titans teammates on Sunday, but at least Casey got to say hello to Mark Sanchez, his former Southern Cal quarterback. In fact, he did it twice. The first time was just moments before kickoff when Casey wandered over to the Eagles sideline - trying to be as inconspicuous as a 305-pound man can be - and shook hands with Sanchez and clapped him on the shoulder. "I always have to say hi to my guys, and I had two of them over there," Casey said.
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November 23, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
OH, MY! It is truly the winter of our discontent. For Philadelphia sports fans, it is a very bleak picture. The 76ers have lost their first 12 games, provoking comments that they are the worst professional sports team in American history and raising doubts that they could beat Kentucky head to head. The Flyers seem inconsistent, at best, and don't appear ready to make a serious run for the Stanley Cup. Pat Gillick, a truly great baseball mind, has told us the Phillies won't contend until 2017, at the earliest.
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November 22, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
It all came together for fifth-year coach Mike McLaughlin and the Penn women last season. Behind senior stars Alyssa Baron, the second all-time scorer in Penn history (1,806 points) and Meghan McCullough. Penn beat Princeton, 80-64, for the Quakers' first Ivy League crown in a decade. Two weeks later, Penn seemed headed for more glory, holding a slim lead over Big Twelve power Texas early in the second half of the NCAA opener until the talented Longhorns rallied for a 79-61 victory that closed the Quakers out at a satisfying 22-7 for the season.
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November 18, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
COMING OFF Saturday's nonconference, 30-13 loss at Penn State, Temple coach Matt Rhule couldn't ask for a better time to have a bye week. At 5-5, the Owls are a win away from becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011 and play two American Conference opponents to finish off the season. With Temple's fall break coming after this week, Rhule said it will be a good week for his players to focus on schoolwork and come back next week to prepare for the Nov. 29 game with Cincinnati without distractions.
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November 17, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - In the 76ers' quest to uncover hidden talent, coach Brett Brown wants to see whether Robert Covington can make shots and guard. "He's a shooter," Brown said. "So the challenge will be to get him to guard. He says he promises to. So that's a start. " Covington practiced with the Sixers (0-9) on Sunday at the AT&T Center after signing with the team on Saturday. He could make his Sixers debut in Monday's 8:30 p.m. game here against the Spurs (5-4). It appears Covington has heeded Brown's instructions.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
ADD TWO MORE candidates to the Democratic primary election for mayor, now six months away. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and former District Attorney Lynne Abraham plan announcements Wednesday. Abraham had already informally said she planned to run. Williams plays coy in an email to supporters, offering to "share what's next for Team Tony. " Help-wanted ads circulated this week among local political consultants said a "Democratic mayoral candidate" is seeking five top campaign staffers.
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November 13, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
There could be a time in the not-so-distant future at Temple when they will look back on the performance of the offensive line and point to a place where it all came together. They would love for that to be Saturday. A young group - center Kyle Friend is the only returning starter - the offensive line has been nicked up in recent weeks. On Saturday, the Owls (5-4) will face a stingy Penn State (5-4) defense that is ranked first in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing defense (85.6 yards per game)
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering that the Flyers have won three straight and have momentum on their side, it's probably not a good thing that they have five days between games. Craig Berube, however, is taking a positive look at the break. "With the injuries, it helps, for sure," the Flyers' coach said, knowing that Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn and Michael Raffl are healing and not missing games until the Flyers return Friday against visiting Columbus. "I think it's good, too, because we can work on things.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to streamline its tangle of websites and launch a new customer service system, overhauling how veterans interact with the agency. The reorganization, announced on the eve of Veterans Day and touted as the largest in VA history, could come alongside a sweeping round of discipline at the beleaguered agency, in which more than 1,000 employees have been pegged for potential action, according to VA Secretary Robert McDonald. In Philadelphia, where the city's VA hospital and benefits office have been tied to the national scandal over delayed care, veterans and their advocates responded to the announcement with optimism.
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November 11, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT TOOK 5 years, but it finally hit Mike McLaughlin. For years growing up, the Philadelphia native and Father Judge High graduate came to the hallowed halls on South 33rd Street and watched basketball games with his family. The game took him to Division II Holy Family, where his 1,710 points still rank fifth in school history. He played after college for a bit with the Washington Generals and Harlem Globetrotters, playing in more than 50 countries. He went on to coach the women's team at his alma mater for 14 seasons, where he piled up 407 wins vs. 61 losses.
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