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March 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On Monday, the Phillies announced Cliff Lee would begin the season on the 60-day DL, and that the prognosis for him returning at all, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., didn't come with "the greatest odds. " Tomorrow, Aaron Harang will take the mound for just the second time this spring after battling a balky back. In between, another Phillies starting pitcher had an injury force him from taking the mound. Jerome Williams had his scheduled start scratched yesterday after tweaking his right hamstring.
SPORTS
March 16, 2015
OH MY, my head is spinning. It's almost impossible to keep up with Chip Kelly and his wheeling and dealing. Apparently, he is moving as fast as the Eagles' general manager as his offense does on the field. Though it's almost too hard to keep up with, it certainly is exciting. Think about this, in a 10-day span, the Eagles' No. 1 running back was LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, Darren Sproles, Ryan Mathews, and then, finally, DeMarco Murray. Even with McCoy and Gore not on the team, the Eagles have four quality running backs, but still no deep-threat wide receiver.
SPORTS
March 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARTFORD, Conn - In these times when there is no margin for error for the growing list of bubble teams, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy drew heavily on his depth to keep his team's NCAA hopes alive. The Owls bench outscored Memphis' reserves, 20-5, during a pulsating 80-75 win over the Tigers in an American Athletic Conference quarterfinal Friday at the XL Center. Normally a win like this for the 23-9 Owls would stamp their NCAA ticket, and it eventually could. But many other teams are also in close position, so it's difficult to tell at this point.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liz Hendley has $17 left after paying all of her bills each month. That's barely enough for a week's worth of groceries for herself, much less for her two dogs, Shadow and Chichi. "If it wasn't for Marianne, I couldn't keep up with them," the 79-year-old Warminster woman said. Marianne Iaquinto is the founder of Sam's Hope, a nonprofit that donates pet food, treats, toys, anything a pet would need, to low-income people in Philadelphia and Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In the last 19 months, Sam's Hope, named in memory of a dog Iaquinto used to have, has distributed more than 67,000 pounds of pet food through a combination of home deliveries and partnerships with food pantries and nonprofits that assist seniors.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE CURIOUS case of Kathleen Kane took center stage in Philadelphia yesterday. The state Supreme Court heard spirited arguments in a packed City Hall courtroom over whether a grand-jury investigation into Kane, the state's first female attorney general, had unfolded on sound legal ground. If you're new to this mind-boggling story, it goes something like this: * Last fall, Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter appointed a special prosecutor, Thomas Carluccio, to lead a grand-jury investigation into allegations that Kane's office had leaked information to the Daily News about a 2009 grand-jury investigation into former Philadelphia NAACP head J. Whyatt Mondesire.
NEWS
March 13, 2015
D IANE DILEMANI, 58, of Franklintown, is founder of Beautiart Soaps, an all-natural, handcrafted-soaps boutique company she just launched online. Dilemani is a former makeup artist and retail beauty specialist with more than 20 years' experience in the beauty and skin-care industry. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Beautiart? A: It started as a hobby and I would give soap as gifts. Then people started purchasing the soap as gifts for themselves or others. I thought, you know, maybe I could make some money on this.
SPORTS
March 11, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
IN WHAT is the NBA's land of opportunity, the newest member arrived at the 76ers' practice facility yesterday. Glenn Robinson III is the latest of the transients to come under the tutelage of Brett Brown and, like so many before him, he'll be afforded the chance to improve his game, prove his worth and perhaps start laying the groundwork for what may become a productive NBA career. The Sixers claimed the swingman off waivers Friday from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that took him with the 40th overall pick in last June's draft after two seasons at the University of Michigan.
SPORTS
March 11, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
His father was the Big Dog, but back when Glenn Robinson III was a little kid running around the 76ers' locker room, Allen Iverson handed him a nickname more befitting his stature. "He called me Shorty," Robinson said Monday after his first practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "So I can't wait to see him and remind him of that. " "Shorty" is now a 6-foot-7, 21-year-old rookie swingman and the newest addition to the ever-changing Sixers roster. The 76ers claimed Robinson off waivers on Saturday, two days after Minnesota released him. The former Michigan Wolverine averaged just 1.2 points and 4.3 minutes in a crowded situation with the Timberwolves, stuck behind a deep collection of wings that includes No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins.
NEWS
March 10, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey's public-sector unions don't particularly trust Gov. Christie: He has twice underfunded their pension system since he signed a law in 2011 obligating the state to contribute more, and last month he again proposed a payment that falls short of what's required by statute. So to Statehouse observers, the participation of the state's largest teachers' union in private talks with a commission the governor had tasked with proposing changes to public employee benefits marked a significant development.
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