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April 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER - Brittney Griner and Baylor left no doubt they're head and shoulders above any team in the country. In fact, they are perfect. Griner had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor to a dominating 80-61 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA women's basketball championship on Tuesday night, capping a 40-0 season for the Lady Bears. They became the seventh women's team to run through a season unbeaten and the first in NCAA history to win 40 games. It was the second national championship for Baylor, which also won a title in 2005.
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July 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been quite a busy season thus far for Rusty Harbold because he happens to work at Lancaster Country Club, the site of next week's U.S. Women's Open. Harbold, an assistant pro at the club, had found it difficult to find some solid practice time because of his duties in helping to get the facility ready. He finally got that chance last week and put in three days of good work at Philadelphia Cricket Club before the PGA Professional National Championship. The practice paid off for Harbold, 33, who shot the lowest round of the event at the Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, a 3-under-par 67 Monday, and jumped 146 spots in the standings, into a tie for 47th place at 3-over-par 145. The 36-hole lead in the national championship for club professionals belonged to 24-year-old Ben Polland, an assistant pro at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y. Polland fired a 67 at the Wissahickon course for a 7-under 135 total and a 4-stroke lead over Grant Sturgeon of Cave City, Ky., and Charles Frost of Johns Island, S.C. Harbold, the winner of the 2014 Haverford Trust Classic, called the activity at the club "busy" and "crazy" but also "kind of cool.
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April 9, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Monday night, 45 years after the reserve guard sat for all 40 minutes of the Wildcats' loss to UCLA in 1971's NCAA title game, Mike Daly finally helped Villanova win a national championship. If most memorable sports titles have a spiritual focus - an injured teammate, a deceased mentor, an unseen inspiration - then Daly, as much as anyone, filled that role for the 2016 Wildcats. Until his sudden death at 65 on Feb. 22, the backup on Jack Kraft's best Wildcats team had been a constant presence around a program he never stopped supporting or loving.
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April 13, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Phil Martelli didn't mind having some fun at his own expense during Monday night's Big Five awards dinner at the Palestra after he was called to the podium to accept the trophy as Big Five coach of the year. "I'm not taking it home because I'm tired of being mistaken for Jay Wright," the St. Joseph's coach said of the head coach at Villanova, one week removed from winning the national championship. "This has got to be Jay Wright's. The guy won the national championship. It makes me scratch my head.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Villanova University breaking its Sweet 16 drought has been a windfall for area retailers, from Modell's to the on-campus bookstore. Since the Wildcats' upset over Kansas on Saturday to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, top-sellers such as the $24 "I Wanna Party Like It's 1985" short-sleeve T-shirt are moving fast. The shirt refers to the last time Villanova won the national championship. Extra shipments of many items arrived Tuesday at sports retailers throughout the region, some of whom extended their hours to meet the demand this week.
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April 15, 2012
Woodbury junior Anthony Averett has committed to attend Alabama on a football scholarship. Averett and his family visited Alabama over the weekend and watched the annual spring game, Woodbury coach Zach Valentine said Sunday night. "They've been after him since two days after the national championship game," Valentine said of Alabama, which won the national championship with a 21-0 victory over LSU in the BCS title game Jan. 9. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Averett projects as a cornerback in college, Valentine said.
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November 12, 2012
LOWELL, Mass. - Top-ranked West Chester scored three goals in the first half and two more in the second and successfully defended its NCAA Division II field hockey championship with a 5-0 shutout of host UMass-Lowell Sunday at Cushing Field. West Chester (20-2) tied the school record for wins in a season while securing its second straight NCAA title and the sixth national championship in program history. Both of West Chester's titles in the last two years have come at the expense of UMass-Lowell (19-4)
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April 25, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jordan Wolf was earning all-American honors as a senior at Lower Merion High School, the Duke senior attack thought good things were in store for him. But this good? "I've always had high expectations," said Wolf, a candidate for national player of the year. This weekend Wolf will attempt to lead defending national champion Duke to the ACC men's lacrosse championship at PPL Park. The Blue Devils (12-2) will face Syracuse (9-3) in one semifinal; and regular-season champion Maryland (10-2)
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October 11, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Callahan wasn't planning to play squash at Princeton until a former Episcopal Academy teammate, David Page, suggested he come out for the team his freshman year. Page, a junior at the time, was the Princeton captain. Callahan, who had planned to play only tennis at Princeton, gave squash a try. Since then, he has become one of the most successful participants in the sport as both a player and a coach. The current head coach of Princeton, Callahan was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame on Wednesday between matches at the U.S. Open Squash Championships taking place at Drexel through Friday.
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January 4, 2013 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, For the Daily News
TWENTY-FOUR YEARS later, it still seems so unlikely. The walk-on placekicker from Kaneohe, Hawaii, standing a mere 5-5 and 135 pounds, with a style as unorthodox as they come, emerging as the hero in a game that jump-started Notre Dame's last national championship season. That remarkable Sept. 10, 1988, night at Notre Dame Stadium has since been deemed "The Reggie Ho Game," a triumph etched in Irish lore. That night, starting his first collegiate game, in front of a national audience, Reggie Ho nailed each of his four field-goal attempts, including a game-winning, 26-yarder with 73 seconds left, to help 13th-ranked Notre Dame knock off No. 9 Michigan, 19-17.
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April 13, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
PHILADELPHIA basketball royalty graced the hallowed Palestra floor Monday night as the Big 5 commemorated its 60th anniversary by inducting one of the best teams from each school into its Hall of Fame at the annual postseason banquet. There was La Salle's 1968-69 team that lost once and was ranked second behind UCLA and senior Lew Alcindor. Then you had Temple's 1997-88 team that reached No. 1 and made it to the Elite Eight. And the 2003-04 Saint Joseph's team that also sat atop the polls and made it to a regional final.
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April 13, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Phil Martelli didn't mind having some fun at his own expense during Monday night's Big Five awards dinner at the Palestra after he was called to the podium to accept the trophy as Big Five coach of the year. "I'm not taking it home because I'm tired of being mistaken for Jay Wright," the St. Joseph's coach said of the head coach at Villanova, one week removed from winning the national championship. "This has got to be Jay Wright's. The guy won the national championship. It makes me scratch my head.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Monday night, 45 years after the reserve guard sat for all 40 minutes of the Wildcats' loss to UCLA in 1971's NCAA title game, Mike Daly finally helped Villanova win a national championship. If most memorable sports titles have a spiritual focus - an injured teammate, a deceased mentor, an unseen inspiration - then Daly, as much as anyone, filled that role for the 2016 Wildcats. Until his sudden death at 65 on Feb. 22, the backup on Jack Kraft's best Wildcats team had been a constant presence around a program he never stopped supporting or loving.
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April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
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April 1, 2016
Dick Jerardi: 'Cats have horses to win Do I like Villanova as much as I liked California Chrome in the 2014 Kentucky Derby or Smarty Jones in the 2004 Preakness? No, but I really do like the Wildcats to beat Oklahoma Saturday and either North Carolina or Syracuse on Monday for the national championship. Predictions are all about the team (or horse) you like and the caliber of competition. Those two horses were really good and laid over the competition. Villanova is really good and really hot, but the Wildcats do not lay over the competition.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Villanova University breaking its Sweet 16 drought has been a windfall for area retailers, from Modell's to the on-campus bookstore. Since the Wildcats' upset over Kansas on Saturday to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, top-sellers such as the $24 "I Wanna Party Like It's 1985" short-sleeve T-shirt are moving fast. The shirt refers to the last time Villanova won the national championship. Extra shipments of many items arrived Tuesday at sports retailers throughout the region, some of whom extended their hours to meet the demand this week.
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March 25, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
ROY WILLIAMS, now 65, was in his third season as an assistant coach in 1981 when arguably the most controversial NCAA championship game was played at the Spectrum. Williams' hair was black, his suits no-doubt leisurely and he was a young assistant under Dean Smith. North Carolina was loaded that year with a crew that included Al Wood, Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Jimmy Black. Philadelphia hasn't played host to the most NCAA Tournament games, but it's sure been the site of some of the most memorable.
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March 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
SO EXACTLY how did La Salle get from 24-10 and a Sweet 16 game against Wichita State at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 28, 2013 to 8-21, last place in the Atlantic 10 and an opening round A-10 Tournament game Wednesday night against Duquesne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. "I just think I mis-evaluated," said La Salle coach John Giannini. "I knew we would be better next year. I knew that there was a chance that we would struggle, but I never dreamed it would be the season that we're having.
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January 31, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Nancy Adams Dougherty, 81, of Glassboro, a volunteer coach for the Philadelphia Belles AAU girls' basketball organization, died of complications from a pulmonary embolism, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at home. "Nancy was one of a kind - 81 and still coaching," said Hope Fuery, the administrator for the Belles organization in Bensalem for the last 12 years. That group fields two girls' teams for each age from 10 to 17 years old, Fuery said, with Mrs. Dougherty's 14-year-old squad based at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford.
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January 15, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
AS ONE of the legendary seasons in Big 5 history was just about to hit its peak 50 years ago, the players had no way of knowing this was the final college run for Jack Ramsay, the coach who transformed little St. Joseph's College from an afterthought when the Big 5 began in the 1955-56 season to early City Series domination to national power, ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated before that 1965-66 season began. In the final three games before Ramsay became the head coach in 1955, the Hawks lost to Delaware, Muhlenberg and Lafayette (83-65)
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