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March 21, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE BRACKETS have been passed around (for amusement purposes only, of course) and most of us have made our selections for the NCAA Tournament. Players are no different. Like many others, they keep an eye on March Madness mostly with their attention focused on the colleges they attended. "I really don't care who's going to win it," said guard Darius Johnson-Odom. "Since Marquette isn't in it, I really don't have any interest. I don't know. I guess I'll go with North Carolina State [citing an acquaintance for his reasoning]
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - Nothing has changed in Jay Wright's mind. The NCAA Tournament remains wide open and he believes his team is entirely capable of winning six games. One loss, however disappointing - definition of disappointing: Seton Hall 64, Villanova 63 - has not altered his thinking. Not a bit, it seems. "I've always felt we're a good team that can go deep in the tournament," the Villanova coach said after the postgame news conference was over. "But I've also said we can get beat by anybody - and we did today.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kamal Yard conceded Monday that perhaps he is a bit biased. After all, he is the director of Philly Pride, one of the area's premier AAU boys' basketball program. But Yard said he would put Chris Clover, Samir Doughty and Sammy Foreman, the core trio of his 17-and-under team, up against anyone in the country. "I don't care if the game is being played on the moon," Yard said. The three players, some of the area's most recruited juniors, will play together next month when Philly Pride kicks off its season.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Dan Williams stood in the back of the room on national signing day. "I was proud of my teammates," Williams said of the four Timber Creek football players who signed letters of intent for college scholarships. Dylan Cummings went to the gym after school on the first Wednesday of February. He worked on strength and speed, as usual, and took some swings in preparation for baseball season. "We're going to have a great season," Cummings said of Pennsville's baseball team. Williams and Cummings were record-setting senior quarterbacks last season.
NEWS
February 10, 2014
There's an easy way to describe House Republicans' continued reluctance to pass an immigration overhaul that provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people residing in this country illegally: selfish. Republican former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour didn't use that word during a recent Bipartisan Policy Center forum on immigration at the University of Pennsylvania, but he might as well have. Barbour noted that, unlike GOP presidential candidates running nationally, Republican House members seeking reelection in largely safe districts don't care about courting Hispanic voters by endorsing immigration reform.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON MONDAY night, Ruben Amaro Jr. sure made it sound as if he was finished shopping for free agents, even with a handful of attractive starting pitchers still looking for work. Before attending the 110th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Dinner, Amaro said he had no offers out to any major league free agents. Prices, he said, remained out "of the range we're comfortable with. " Yesterday, a name popped onto the open market that could change Amaro's stance. Veteran righthander A.J. Burnett, who had been mulling retirement, let teams know he intends to pitch in 2014, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | BY TOM ROCK, Newsday
SEATTLE - Former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is coming to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII, and like most fans, he's a little leery of what the weather will be like. He said that he may have to call his old quarterback, Eli Manning, to see if he can squeeze into his suite at MetLife Stadium in order to stay warm. But then Smith quickly realized that wherever the Mannings are stationed will be Broncos territory. "Dang," he said. "That's going to be a conflict, actually.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
As the "polar vortex" spins down from the Arctic, stay indoors and ponder where interest rates are headed in 2014 - both as an investor and consumer. Mortgage rates? Probably 5 percent by year's end. Auto loans? Unchanged at 4.25 percent for new cars, 4.75 percent for used. The 10-year Treasury? Probably 3.5 percent to 4 percent by the second half. So says Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, in North Palm Beach, Fla. (And yeah, we are envious, Greg.) Provided America's tepid economic recovery continues apace, McBride projects that "the Federal Reserve will keep dialing down its bond purchases through the rest of this year.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A 21-YEAR-OLD man is being questioned in connection with the deaths of a pregnant 22-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter Monday at a Levittown apartment building. Authorities said Marcel Johnson was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Avalon Court apartments on Oxford Valley Road shortly after Ebony Talley and her little girl, R'mani Rankins, were discovered in a fire. Talley was pronounced dead at the scene, while Rankins died at a local hospital. Police said both victims were stabbed, but the cause of death has not been revealed.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013
The free-agent season got underway shortly after midnight on Monday and the hot stove rumor mill is already churning. The Denver Pos t reported yesterday that the Colorado Rockies are expected to offer Carlos Ruiz a multiyear contract before the end of the week. Ruiz, 34, has spent his entire 8-year big-league career with the Phillies. The Phillies declined to offer Ruiz a qualifying offer before Monday's deadline, which would ensure them a first-round pick if Ruiz signed elsewhere.
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