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March 14, 2005 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drexel learned its season was still alive last night when the Dragons (17-11) landed a bid in the National Invitation Tournament. Coach Bruiser Flint's team will travel to Buffalo (22-9) for a first-round game on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. "I'm happy," Flint said last night. "It's the third in a row, so it's big for our program, which we're getting established. " Flint also was excited that other teams in the Colonial Athletic Association - Virginia Commonwealth and Hofstra - received NIT bids.
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August 2, 2001 | By Kay Raftery INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joseph W. Gallo, 64, of Holland, a former star basketball player at St. Joseph's University and a member of its basketball Hall of Fame, died of cancer Monday at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Mr. Gallo played three seasons with the Hawks, 1957 through 1960, the year he graduated. As part of a backcourt duo that included point guard Bob McNeill, he tallied 1,053 points, placing him fifth on the school's scoring list at the time of his graduation. He helped lead St. Joseph's to a 60-21 three-year record and trips to the 1958 National Invitation Tournament and the 1959 and 1960 NCAA tournaments.
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March 19, 1999 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Edward J. Boyle Sr., 81, a retired executive of General Tire Co. in Philadelphia and a former Temple University and professional basketball star, died Tuesday at his home in Media. Mr. Boyle, who was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., and raised in Hazleton, Pa., retired in 1980 as sales executive and general manager of General Tire on Arch Street. He had worked there about 25 years. After graduating from Hazleton High School, where he played basketball and was named to the all-star team in 1934, Mr. Boyle enrolled at Temple, graduating in 1939 with a liberal arts degree.
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September 4, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert X. "Ace" McCann, 84, inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes in 1991, died of liver cancer Tuesday, Aug. 23, at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He lived in Westtown Township before moving in 1995. His citation on the La Salle alumni website describes him as an "outstanding playmaking guard during the postwar years (1946-1950), when the Explorers rose to national prominence. Described by his first La Salle coach (Charlie McGlone) as 'the most complete basketball player both offensively and defensively.' The team went 82-21 during his playing years and made NIT appearances in 1948 and 1950.
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March 15, 2004 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Temple, Villanova and Drexel, the basketball season continues. For Penn, it will not. When the National Invitation Tournament announced its pairings last night, Temple (15-13) was matched up with Rutgers (16-12) at the Scarlet Knights' Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. In a bit of local flavor, Drexel (18-10) will visit Villanova (16-16). Both games will take place Wednesday. Penn, which made the NCAA's field of 65 the last two seasons, was left out despite a record of 17-10.
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August 4, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Gola, a name synonymous with greatness for generations of Philadelphia sports fans, was in a coma last night and fighting for his life from injuries suffered in a fall July 25. Gola, 70, was in serious condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to his wife of 48 years, Caroline. He had been in a coma since he was admitted, she said. "The doctors are doing everything for him that they can," she said last night in a telephone interview.
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March 13, 2006 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The basketball season will continue for St. Joseph's and Temple, but not for La Salle. St. Joe's drew a second seed in the East and on Thursday will face the winner of tomorrow night's Rutgers-Penn State game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in the newly designed National Invitation Tournament. Temple, seeded No. 7, will host Akron (22-9) tomorrow night at the Liacouras Center. If the Owls (17-14) win, they will travel to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton, the No. 2 seed in the West, on Thursday.
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January 3, 1991 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louis J. "Lou" Bonder, 70, a basketball referee and athletic administrator for half a century, died yesterday at his home in Havertown. Mr. Bonder had been supervisor of men's basketball officials for the Atlantic 10 Conference since 1982. He began his career as a basketball referee in 1939. During his career, he officiated in the NBA playoffs, the NCAA tournament and the National Invitation Tournament. He also was a touring official with the Harlem Globetrotters. "He's done it all," said Ron Bertovich, commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
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March 22, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's fitting that a chunk of this 75th version of the NCAA tournament will be contested in Philadelphia. It was here, after all, on St. Patrick's Day 1939, that March Madness began with barely a nervous twitch. The 68-team basketball behemoth that now commands billion-dollar TV contracts, sells out domed football stadiums, and captivates millions of amateur and professional bracketeers debuted modestly at a sparsely occupied Palestra. That cold night, before a disappointing gathering of 3,500 and very little national notice, Villanova defeated Brown in the opener of a doubleheader that marked the dawn of what The Inquirer termed the "National Collegiate A.A. basketball championship.
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January 29, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - On the west side of Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, where the old Madison Square Garden used to stand, is a 50-story corporate tower of glossy gray granite and concrete called One Worldwide Plaza. WebMD has leased 50,000 square feet of office space within the tower, which also serves as the U.S. headquarters for Nomura, Japan's top global investment bank. The building houses a Bally Sports Club and an Off-Broadway theater, and on opposite sides of a street-level entrance are a Starbucks and, for good measure, a Pret A Manger.
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January 29, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - On the west side of Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, where the old Madison Square Garden used to stand, is a 50-story corporate tower of glossy gray granite and concrete called One Worldwide Plaza. WebMD has leased 50,000 square feet of office space within the tower, which also serves as the U.S. headquarters for Nomura, Japan's top global investment bank. The building houses a Bally Sports Club and an Off-Broadway theater, and on opposite sides of a street-level entrance are a Starbucks and, for good measure, a Pret A Manger.
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March 22, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's fitting that a chunk of this 75th version of the NCAA tournament will be contested in Philadelphia. It was here, after all, on St. Patrick's Day 1939, that March Madness began with barely a nervous twitch. The 68-team basketball behemoth that now commands billion-dollar TV contracts, sells out domed football stadiums, and captivates millions of amateur and professional bracketeers debuted modestly at a sparsely occupied Palestra. That cold night, before a disappointing gathering of 3,500 and very little national notice, Villanova defeated Brown in the opener of a doubleheader that marked the dawn of what The Inquirer termed the "National Collegiate A.A. basketball championship.
NEWS
September 4, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert X. "Ace" McCann, 84, inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes in 1991, died of liver cancer Tuesday, Aug. 23, at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He lived in Westtown Township before moving in 1995. His citation on the La Salle alumni website describes him as an "outstanding playmaking guard during the postwar years (1946-1950), when the Explorers rose to national prominence. Described by his first La Salle coach (Charlie McGlone) as 'the most complete basketball player both offensively and defensively.' The team went 82-21 during his playing years and made NIT appearances in 1948 and 1950.
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March 13, 2006 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The basketball season will continue for St. Joseph's and Temple, but not for La Salle. St. Joe's drew a second seed in the East and on Thursday will face the winner of tomorrow night's Rutgers-Penn State game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in the newly designed National Invitation Tournament. Temple, seeded No. 7, will host Akron (22-9) tomorrow night at the Liacouras Center. If the Owls (17-14) win, they will travel to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton, the No. 2 seed in the West, on Thursday.
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March 14, 2005 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drexel learned its season was still alive last night when the Dragons (17-11) landed a bid in the National Invitation Tournament. Coach Bruiser Flint's team will travel to Buffalo (22-9) for a first-round game on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. "I'm happy," Flint said last night. "It's the third in a row, so it's big for our program, which we're getting established. " Flint also was excited that other teams in the Colonial Athletic Association - Virginia Commonwealth and Hofstra - received NIT bids.
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March 15, 2004 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Temple, Villanova and Drexel, the basketball season continues. For Penn, it will not. When the National Invitation Tournament announced its pairings last night, Temple (15-13) was matched up with Rutgers (16-12) at the Scarlet Knights' Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. In a bit of local flavor, Drexel (18-10) will visit Villanova (16-16). Both games will take place Wednesday. Penn, which made the NCAA's field of 65 the last two seasons, was left out despite a record of 17-10.
NEWS
August 4, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Gola, a name synonymous with greatness for generations of Philadelphia sports fans, was in a coma last night and fighting for his life from injuries suffered in a fall July 25. Gola, 70, was in serious condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to his wife of 48 years, Caroline. He had been in a coma since he was admitted, she said. "The doctors are doing everything for him that they can," she said last night in a telephone interview.
NEWS
August 2, 2001 | By Kay Raftery INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joseph W. Gallo, 64, of Holland, a former star basketball player at St. Joseph's University and a member of its basketball Hall of Fame, died of cancer Monday at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Mr. Gallo played three seasons with the Hawks, 1957 through 1960, the year he graduated. As part of a backcourt duo that included point guard Bob McNeill, he tallied 1,053 points, placing him fifth on the school's scoring list at the time of his graduation. He helped lead St. Joseph's to a 60-21 three-year record and trips to the 1958 National Invitation Tournament and the 1959 and 1960 NCAA tournaments.
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March 19, 1999 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Edward J. Boyle Sr., 81, a retired executive of General Tire Co. in Philadelphia and a former Temple University and professional basketball star, died Tuesday at his home in Media. Mr. Boyle, who was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., and raised in Hazleton, Pa., retired in 1980 as sales executive and general manager of General Tire on Arch Street. He had worked there about 25 years. After graduating from Hazleton High School, where he played basketball and was named to the all-star team in 1934, Mr. Boyle enrolled at Temple, graduating in 1939 with a liberal arts degree.
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November 22, 1994 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Writer
Steve Lappas has blown up two articles concerning the 1988-89 Villanova Wildcats and placed them in a prominent spot in the team's locker room. One is from a preseason magazine that had rated the Wildcats seventh in the nation. The other is a newspaper account of that team's 70-63, season-ending loss to Michigan State in the third round of the National Invitation Tournament. "Our players can't miss them when they go in the locker room," Lappas said. "(The articles) are going to be there as a daily reminder that things like that happen.
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