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SPORTS
October 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff had Frank Gore in his line of vision. There was a blown coverage and the Eagles safety was the last line of defense between the 49ers running back and the end zone. Wolff had so much ground to cover that he had time to think about how he would tackle Gore. For a second-year safety who has tried to think less and play more instinctively, it was a recipe for disaster. Wolff took a bad angle, went too high, lost his balance and was stiff armed to the ground. Gore scored in the 49ers' eventual victory.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union had to settle for a disappointing tie Thursday against a team that is known for its ability to force a draw. After taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Amobi Okugo in the 88th minute, the Union couldn't hold on as Chicago's Robert Earnshaw scored in stoppage time during a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw before 14,838 at PPL Park. The Union are 9-10-12 for 39 points. They are in seventh place but two points behind the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with three games remaining.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I FINALLY FIND myself in a peaceful relationship, but now my ex-boyfriends are all coming out of the woodwork. I want to get rid of them but can't because I'm not sure if I might need them again.   Mia: I'm a big believer that every single woman should have a stable of men who she dates - not just one. That way, if she gets dumped or stood up by one, she has one - or two or three - on standby. Also, if the guys she's dating are seeing other women, it's not as big a problem because she's also dating other people.
SPORTS
October 3, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PENN HAS BEEN in this spot before. That's what can happen when you open up at least 2 weeks after everyone else each year and Villanova is your annual second obstacle. So the Quakers have good reason why they haven't started 2-0 since 2003, when they put together their third unbeaten season under Al Bagnoli. It's not an excuse, merely reality. Now, for the third time in 4 years and sixth in the last 8, they are 0-2. Even though they did lead by 12 points in the fourth quarter in their opener at Jacksonville, which had already played twice.
SPORTS
October 2, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
IF JASON RICHARDSON had not injured his knee during the 2012-13 NBA season, I likely would not be writing about him. Of all the players on the Sixers' roster when general manager Sam Hinkie was hired with the task of rebuilding this franchise, Richardson would have been near the top of the list of players to be shipped out of town. It wouldn't have been anything personal. Richardson is a high-character veteran who has performed with class and quality during his long career. Richardson, however, was the poster child for the thing Hinkie did not want to begin his tenure with - an aging veteran with big, guaranteed money who was going to be a part of rebuilding, but still had enough game left to gum up the plan for tanking.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
CHEF Brian Oliveira and restaurant-business partner Christian Mora hope to make history by giving their employees a living wage, health care, sick leave and vacations at their soon-to-open Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie in Fishtown. Living wage/no tips would have meant no hassles for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy, who was virally tackled on social media recently after leaving a 20-cent tip on a $60 tab at a Northern Liberties burger joint. And living wage/no tips would have meant no staffer lawsuits against Chickie's & Pete's that cost the restaurant chain a reported $8.5 million in settlements.
SPORTS
September 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - During training camp, one of the more interesting moves made by Flyers coach Craig Berube was creating a line that has Sean Couturier centering Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Last season, Couturier and Read were together with numerous other wingers, including Steve Downie. The addition of the high-scoring Simmonds gives them a fast, feisty player who distracts goalies, wins board battles, and could jump-start Couturier's production. "They've kind of got a little bit of everything on that line," Berube said Sunday before the Flyers lost a preseason matchup with the New Jersey Devils, 3-1. "You have Read, who has speed and makes plays; Couturier is a good centerman who makes plays in the middle of the ice; and a guy [Simmonds]
NEWS
September 29, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
MACUELIZO, Honduras - "My dad died. I don't know my mother," said Gilberto Perdomo, 22, as he slalomed a white minivan around potholes on a rutted dirt road. Nicknamed "Chango," Spanish slang for monkey , Perdomo is among the oldest orphans at Amigos de Jesus, a children's home created here by a Catholic priest, a dedicated lay couple, and with faith-driven support - all from greater Philadelphia. The Christian cross atop the hill at the Honduran home's 42-acre campus is a Villanova University creation.
SPORTS
September 27, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he went through the process of transforming the Temple offense that he inherited from Steve Addazio, coach Matt Rhule knew last season that his players would have difficulty grasping his pass-friendly attack. This was particularly true of P.J. Walker. Then a freshman, Walker probably thought he would spend most of the 2013 season doing little more than toting a clipboard. But Walker turned out to be the Owls' best option at quarterback last year. He finished with seven straight starts, throwing 20 touchdown passes - two shy of the school record - and his 2,084 passing yards tied him with Henry Burris for the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.
SPORTS
September 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE EXPERIENCED way too many self-inflicted mishaps last season. The final one might have been the most enduring. And maybe the most valuable. In their next-to-last game, the 1-9 Owls were leading 0-9 Connecticut 21-0 after one half in South Philly. They would lose the second half, 28-zip. So . . . "We went out that Monday and scrimmaged for two hours," coach Matt Rhule explained. "My point to the team was, 'Don't take winning lightly. Don't take losing lightly. Play to the end.' They responded.
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