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November 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a theory floating around that the Flyers are off to a poor start because Claude Giroux is not a good captain. It's an erroneous theory. The Flyers have struggled because they have mid-level talent, and because several players haven't played with the passion provided by Giroux and his linemates. Giroux may not be the best sound bite in the Flyers' locker room, but he leads - quite well - with his relentless style on the ice. The 26-year-old star center has his own captain's style.
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November 24, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Reid relied on crutches to cross the Northeast High football field after St. Joseph's Prep's 47-22 district-title win over Ben Franklin. He was trying his best to joined his teammates, who were lined up on the goal line. Coach Gabe Infante told the Hawks he was waiting for the injured Reid before delivering a postgame speech. Reid arrived, the players cheered, and Infante handed him the District 12 Class AAAA championship trophy. It was the team's second straight district title, sending the Hawks to the PIAA state playoffs.
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November 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.
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November 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
AS IF LAST week's confusion surrounding the Class A city title matchup between KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy and Bishop McDevitt wasn't enough, allegations of theft arose before the two teams even played a down on Saturday. KIPP, in its first year of varsity football, eventually won, 16-14, thanks to senior wide receiver Kyree Ruffin's late touchdown. However, unfortunately for both sides, accusations of thievery against a youth football program playing at the field before the championship game cast a pall over the proceedings.
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October 23, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
MYCHAL KENDRICKS, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce and Chris Polk all practiced for the Eagles yesterday. Of course they did. Consider it a triumph of culture. Like no other sport, vetted football veterans tend to lean toward gradual reinsertion with an eye toward good health down the road. Not all of the aforementioned are vetted veterans - Kendricks and Polk are playing for longevity and a big payday - but the absence of apathy is remarkable. Nobody's milking their money.
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October 1, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Cary Williams was quieter this time. He was one of the last players to dress in the Eagles locker room Sunday after their 26-21 loss to the 49ers, and this time there would be no rambling monologue about Chip Kelly or a team's tired legs, none of the nonsense that poured out of Williams the week before. Then, he had picked the happy aftermath of a dramatic victory over Washington to paint himself as the only man in the room brave enough to tell hard truths about Kelly's demanding practice schedule.
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September 8, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Early in the second quarter of what would become a 50-6 victory for Villanova over Fordham on Saturday, the visiting Rams called a timeout that ended up lasting 1 hour and 19 minutes. Lightning struck outside Villanova Stadium, forcing both teams back to the locker room with 'Nova holding a 7-3 lead. Thirteen minutes of game time - and two hours of real time - later, the Wildcats returned to the locker room for halftime with a 33-3 lead. "We had talked about it, and I told them that this situation could happen," Villanova coach Andy Talley said.
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August 29, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LAST several days in the Eagles' locker room, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of tonight's final preseason game, against the visiting Jets. It isn't important to the starters, who won't be playing, or to the key reserves, who if they have to play tonight, can only hope not to get hurt, 10 days before the season opener. But it is important to the guys on the roster bubble, as the cutdown from 75 to 53 by Saturday looms large, and to the ones who have little hope of making the Eagles.
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August 15, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
TEMPLE QUARTERBACK P.J. Walker was standing perfectly still, utterly silent next to the violent, three-on-three drills he watched from midfield on Chodoff Field, at 10th and Diamond streets. Then, when the offense started losing yardage, one coach sprinted to his position. "P.J.!" he yelled. "What are you doing?! You have to be more vocal out here. You need to be louder. " Walker fixed his helmet, strapped on his chin strap and got to work. He went four consecutive drives down the field, hitting receivers with quick slant routes, rarely missing a throw.
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June 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Andy Reid was fired by the Eagles after the 2012 season, he decided he wanted to get back to doing what he does best: coaching. Reid returned to Philadelphia on Saturday to appear on a panel with Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff at the NFL's Career Development Symposium at Penn's Wharton School. The topic was managing key relationships, and the audience included 70 NFL assistant coaches and player-personnel executives aspiring for bigger jobs. Reid fielded a question about evaluating his shortcomings.
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