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April 5, 2010 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Gordon Hayward roamed the halls at Brownsburg (Ind.) High School as a 5-foot-11 freshman and considered whether he should give up basketball to focus on tennis. Then, however, it was as if someone in the great basketball beyond decided he wanted to keep Hayward a hoop guy. Hayward spurted to 6-4 as a sophomore, 6-7 as a junior and 6-8 by the time he was a senior. "It was kind of a weird feeling and you don't really realize it when you're growing," Hayward said Sunday.
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January 24, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
There is one guy who can't believe Anton "Bonton" James formerly treated basketball with so much disdain. James himself. When his buddies would call or visit in an attempt to force him to play, James sometimes would pretend he was sleeping. "Or," he said, smiling, "I'd just say I didn't want to play and I'd keep watching TV or playing video games or whatever. "I didn't start playing basketball until the ninth grade. And I wasn't real serious about it until probably last summer.
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October 2, 1986 | By Kurt Pfitzer, Special to The Inquirer
He's 16 years old, he's on top of his golf game and he's already thinking of trying to make a career on the professional golf tour. Yet Michael O'Brien, a junior at Upper Dublin, says he is a late bloomer. "I really didn't start to play until it was pretty late," said O'Brien. "I was almost 13 years old. I had a friend who played. I caught on real quick. I liked the competitiveness of it and the finesse. " Three years later, O'Brien is the best golfer on Upper Dublin's 15-member golf team, and one of the best in southeast Pennsylvania.
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November 21, 1996 | By Paul Domowitch by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
This was late April 1992. The second day of the NFL draft. They were into the ninth round of the then-12-round selection process and there was a run on quarterbacks. The Houston Oilers started by taking Bucky Richardson, of Texas A & M, late in the eighth round with the 220th overall pick. Tampa Bay followed by grabbing Mike Pawlaski, of California, with the 222nd. Minnesota selected Florida State's Brad Johnson at 227 and the Los Angeles Rams grabbed T.J. Rubley, of Tulsa, with the 228th pick.
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April 27, 2000 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
You never really know where you will find a "player. " Some of the guys on everybody's "list" turn out to be guys who were high school heroes and college wannabes. And some guys who fall through the cracks turn out to be difference makers. St. Joseph's hopes it has found a player who, one day, can make a difference. John Bryant, a 6-7 forward from Woodbridge (Va.) High, isn't on any of the lists. But his coach is convinced he will be a player. Bryant has committed to St. Joe's and will be sending his letter of intent along in a few days.
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June 24, 1988 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Sports Writer
For as long as she can remember, Debbie McHaffie has been athletically inclined. But even though she grew up in a house just off a golf course in Las Vegas, McHaffie never picked up a club until seven years ago, at the age of 23. Until then, she had preferred softball, tennis, swimming and horseback riding. "I used to think it was such a stupid sport, watching people lugging their clubs around and chasing after this little ball," McHaffie said. "I didn't think it was for me. " It is now, obviously.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2008 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
Sam Phillips sings torch songs: Her imagistic lyrics crackle with flames, incinerators and heat, and they tell succinct tales of tortured emotions and of getting burned by love. "I detected fire in myself before the flame that burned it all to the ground," she sings on the recent Don't Do Anything. In the third chapter of her career, Phillips has become a master of resignation and of terse, poetic details. She began recording for Christian labels in the mid-'80s under her given-name, Leslie Phillips; then, with the help of her producer/husband T Bone Burnett, she turned to baroque pop in a series of acclaimed albums, including the aptly titled Omnipop.
NEWS
December 14, 1998 | by Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
During his first 10 minutes on the court against Lehigh earlier this season, University of Pennsylvania center Geoff Owens contributed 12 points, five rebounds, two blocks and a couple of monster dunks. His inspired play helped his team to a 16-point first-half bulge that led to an easy 73-56 victory on a night when the Quakers could have easily taken the lesser opponent lightly. When coach Fran Dunphy pulled Owens for a breather, his run to the bench was as quick and energetic as his moves to the basket.
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October 6, 1994 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The tennis court behind Diana Siebert's home in Devon served merely as a playground for about 10 years, a place for Siebert to have some fun. Now the court that was once the site of kickball games is a practice place for one of the best tennis players in the area and possibly the best singles player in the Central League. Siebert, a 5-foot-10 senior at Conestoga, is 12-0 this season. A good serve-and-volley player, she has won 146 games and lost just 27. Siebert's victories include a 6-2, 6-2 decision earlier this season over Marple Newtown's Kate Ovelman, who many thought was the player to beat in the Central League.
FOOD
January 10, 1988 | By Dodge Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
If you're a late bloomer, can you convince colleges that you're about to flower? Why not? Admissions people know that some who blossom early will fade early. That's why top colleges often reject applicants who join everything but contribute nothing, who hold glitzy student offices but don't lead, who get good grades but take cream-puff courses or are mere grade-grubbers. They know, too, that some who spend their high school years sinking strong roots not only flourish in the rich soil of a good college but also bloom again and again in adult life.
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July 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS - Three years ago, the Phillies had the best record in baseball and were prepping for the final month of the season. They struck a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for Triple A first baseman/outfielder John Bowker to add a lefthanded bat to their bench. In doing so, the Phillies left Brandon Moss on the IronPigs roster at Triple A Lehigh Valley. Bowker went 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts in his monthlong career with the Phillies. He never played in a big-league game after that September, and was last seen this spring in the Mexican League.
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June 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles' first-team defense took the field during organized team activities this week, Nate Allen was in the lineup. It's a familiar spot for the Eagles veteran, whose grip on the starting job has endured through four defensive coordinators in his first four NFL seasons. He has been injured and demoted at times, but the team still sees promise. In March, the Eagles re-signed him to a one-year deal, the 2010 second-round pick's second contract. The team signed Malcolm Jenkins to start in the secondary, but did not draft a safety in the first round.
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February 18, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
MICHAEL JORDAN once famously joked that he stretched as a youngster in hopes of growing a few more inches to compete with his older brothers on the basketball court. Martin Luther King High forward Jahmir Taylor cannot relate. Taylor was once a 6-foot freshman at Frankford without any athletic ambitions. Now, the 6-8 senior's height is a frequent topic of conversation at family get-togethers. He estimates his mother, Junetta Taylor, is 5-10, and his father, Willie Charles, is maybe 6-foot.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I am nearly 17 but no guy has ever been interested in me. Most girls my age have at least had their first kiss. I have had only one or two guy friends, and very distant ones at that. I think myself to be moderately attractive, I am the No. 1 student in my class and very hardworking. I don't have an outgoing personality, but I don't completely lack social skills, either. I am one of those people who have a few close friends, but not very close or very many.
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November 23, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, John Antiskay was a special-teams player and backup linebacker for St. Joseph's Prep. Since he wasn't exactly on a first-name basis with stardom, thoughts of playing in college were nonexistent. Now . . . "I can't wait to get back to school from the Thanksgiving break and start sending out my tapes," he said. "Football has become so important to me, as a man. The things I've learned, I've applied them to academics and every other part of my life. "I wouldn't feel right not playing football in college.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2012 | Lauren McCutcheon
  Who: Second-generation matchmaker and host (with mom JoAnn) of "Tough Love," whose New Orleans-based season 5 premiere follows "Mob Wives" Sunday at 9 p.m. on VH1. Age: 31. From: Northeast Philly. Now: Fairmount, "right by the Art Museum. " Family roots: "I was a little Cyrano de Bergerac in high school, a late bloomer. I learned about dating not through personal experience, but sort of by being a fly on the wall. " Little-known fact: "I've performed 13 weddings.
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February 13, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
FROM MORE THAN a few feet away, binoculars will be needed to see the newest sports memento in Dennis Gabert's house. Nevertheless . . . "This'll be the coolest," he said, beaming. The latest treasure is a 5-inch strand of the net that was formerly attached to the southwest basket in Malvern Prep's gym. Gabert snipped it Saturday night after the Friars outlasted Germantown Academy, 55-52, before a juiced, overflow crowd to finish 8-2 and claim a second consecutive Inter-Ac League championship.
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February 12, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
FROM MORE THAN a few feet away, binoculars will be needed to see the newest sports memento in Dennis Gabert's house. Nevertheless . . .  "This'll be the coolest," he said, beaming. The latest treasure is a 5-inch strand of the net that was formerly attached to the southwest basket in Malvern Prep's gym. Gabert snipped it Saturday night after the Friars outlasted Germantown Academy, 55-52, before a juiced, overflow crowd to finish 8-2 and claim a second consecutive Inter-Ac League championship.
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January 25, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala. - Brandon Weeden is 49 days older than Aaron Rodgers. How NFL teams deal with that will determine where he is drafted this April. Weeden, 28, spent 5 years playing minor league baseball, with not a lot of success, before deciding to hit "reset" and take one of those college football offers he had turned down when the New York Yankees gave him $565,000, plus full college tuition, to sign as their 2002 second-round draft pick. Maybe you saw Weeden a few weeks ago, completing 29 of 42 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns as he led Oklahoma State past Stanford and Andrew Luck, 41-38, in the Fiesta Bowl.
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October 30, 2011 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
We cross over to the other side of the ball and begin our defensive-player rankings, kicking off with the best pass-rushing and run-stuffing ends in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Next week, staying on the D-line, we'll review the area's premier tackles and nose guards. Here is our top-10 list of ends: 1. Connor Mahoney, Malvern Prep, senior, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. Mahoney, ticketed for Northwestern, regularly makes his way into the backfield and corrals ballcarriers. On offense, at tackle, he has been a rock-solid blocker for Shawn Wilson and company.
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