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September 5, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders completed their offseason overhaul of the cornerback unit Monday by signing recent Eagles castoff Joselio Hanson and cutting 2011 third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke. Hanson was cut last week after six seasons as the Eagles' nickel cornerback. "He's been a guy that's played a lot of years in the league in the slot and we just felt like it was a good thing to get another veteran guy in there with what really amounts to a young room," coach Dennis Allen said.
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April 30, 2011 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
Nepotism is alive and well - very well, in fact - with the Oakland Raiders. But the fact Stefen Wisniewski's uncle, Steve Wisniewski, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection for the Raiders and is now their assistant offensive line coach is not the overriding reason why Oakland selected the All-America guard for Penn State with their first pick of the 2011 draft, No. 48 overall, last night. Sentimentality is nice at family reunions, but productivity is always an NFL team's first consideration.
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March 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is little significant buzz about Michael Vick, although two quarterback-needy teams remain possibilities: the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. Neither team has addressed its quarterback situation this offseason, and both teams have head coaches who need to win in 2014 - Rex Ryan in New York and Dennis Allen with the Raiders. Vick would likely be welcomed back by the Eagles as a backup, but he wants to compete for a starting job. The No. 2 quarterback on the Eagles roster is slated to be Matt Barkley, but the team could bring in competition.
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November 11, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and Michael Bush ran 30 times for a season-high 157 yards and one touchdown to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 24-17 win over San Diego on Thursday night, the Chargers' fourth straight loss. The Raiders (5-4) broke a two-game losing streak and took a half-game lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Palmer looked much better in making his second start and third appearance since being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati, throwing touchdown passes of 33 and 26 yards to Denarius Moore.
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April 4, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
FORMER EAGLES cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has agreed to a 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, his agent confirmed. According to an ESPN report, the deal could be worth up to $3 million. A source told ESPN that Asomugha picked the 49ers over the New Orleans Saints. Asomugha also collects a guaranteed $4 million from the Eagles, who released him earlier in the offseason.   Noteworthy *  As expected, the Arizona Cardinals acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.
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May 18, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's Prep retired the No. 32 jersey worn by basketball standout Steve Vasturia in a Thursday afternoon assembly at the school's Kelly Fieldhouse. In his career at the Prep, Vasturia, a 6-foot-5 senior guard ticketed for Notre Dame, totaled a school-record 1,764 points. Twice selected as the Catholic League's most valuable player, he shot 89.2 percent (378 for 424) from the free-throw line in his career. This past season, while leading the Hawks to a 24-6 record and the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals, Vasturia averaged 20.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.1 steals.
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July 18, 2014 | BY KEN DUNEK, For the Daily News
I MIGHT HAVE been the luckiest player in pro football history. Unfortunately, there are two kinds of luck. My "Walter Mitty" career began as an undrafted free agent with the 1980 Eagles. Fresh out of Memphis State (now the University of Memphis), I was a converted power forward on the basketball team who chose football in his senior year as a last chance at realizing my childhood dream of being a professional athlete. You see, the NBA wasn't looking for any 6-6 white centers, but the NFL did have a need for 245-pound tight ends who could run a 4.6 40-yard dash.
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November 1, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly announced his decision before Wednesday's practice, one day after Foles returned from a weeklong absence because of a concussion. "I was really happy with how Nick practiced today," Kelly said. "Nick did a really good job, and Nick is going to be our starting quarterback this week. He'll take the reps with the [first team] this week, and we'll get ready as a team to prepare for Oakland.
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May 16, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
RUTGERS NAMED Julie Hermann yesterday its new athletic director, and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men's basketball coach and the resignation of other officials. Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them. "No one on the coaching staff doesn't believe that we need to be an open book, that we will no longer have any practice, anywhere at any time, that anybody couldn't walk into and be pleased about what's going on in that environment.
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September 26, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
OAKLAND, Calif. - Darren McFadden bullied the New York Jets on the ground and the Oakland Raiders bloodied Mark Sanchez in a most satisfying victory in their home opener. McFadden ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Raiders to a 34-24 win yesterday. Denarius Moore scored on a 23-yard reverse and Michael Bush added a 1-yard TD run 42 seconds later as Oakland (2-1) took control in a dizzying span beginning late in the third quarter to baffle the Jets (2-1). Sanchez had a much rougher second trip to Oakland, getting bloodied on one of Oakland's four second-half sacks and needing a visor to protect a cut on his face.
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August 26, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
AS FAR AS being a welcomed site for a professional sports league, Las Vegas got out of the penalty box in June, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the mecca of gambling in America was granted an expansion franchise that would begin play in the 2017-18 season. Except for the 1982-83 NBA season when the Utah Jazz played 11 games there, Sin City had always been left on the outside looking in when it came to consideration from the "Big Four" professional leagues. The NBA held its All-Star Weekend in Vegas in 2007, while the Canadian Football League, the defunct XFL and United Football League briefly had franchises, and NASCAR and the PGA are regular tour stops.
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February 5, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT IS ONE of the mandatory questions for any coach, player or sports executive returning to this place, like "Geno's or Pat's?" or even where they were for those rarest of events, a victory parade. "Did you ever boo?" I asked John DeFilippo at the end of an interview the other day, forgetting for a second who he was, and more important, who his father was. "Never," he said, the smile disappearing from his face. "Never. Ever. Here's why: My dad was in it. My dad was even a coach when I was younger.
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January 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach Thursday. He joins offensive coordinator Frank Reich to give the Eagles two coaches on the offensive staff who called plays in the NFL last season. DeFilippo, 37, graduated from Radnor High School when his father, Gene, was the athletic director at Villanova. He reportedly drew interest from the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching vacancy and the Los Angeles Rams to be offensive coordinator.
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December 27, 2015 | Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
WHEN MARCUS Smith played only 68 snaps and made no impact on the Eagles' defense last year as a rookie, few people outside of the organization were taken aback. The truth is, Smith had been considered a reach with the 26th overall pick in the draft by almost everyone except the Eagles. That he finished his first NFL season with a grand total of one tackle and zero quarterback sacks, and played in only eight games, well, it was considered more a reflection on the Eagles' poor judgment than Smith not playing up to his ability.
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December 14, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Will I play another game? Please don't let it end this way. Chicken parm, you taste so good.   Here in Week 14 of Peyton Manning's 18th NFL season, it is fair to wonder whether one of the greatest quarterbacks in history is finished. If he is, he's going to need that chicken parm as comfort food. All we know for sure is that Manning, 39, is going to miss his fourth straight game Sunday, when his Denver Broncos play host to the Oakland Raiders. He has been sidelined by a foot injury since being removed from a miserable mid-November loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
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October 4, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In this passing age of the NFL the Washington Redskins like to pound teams on the ground and this year they have a two-headed monster, plus a capable receiving threat out of the backfield that has enjoyed some early season success. Entering Sunday's game against the Eagles in a matchup of 1-2 teams, Washington is fourth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 143.7 yards per game and fifth in yards per carry (4.6). Alfred Morris has rushed for 199 yards (4.1 avg.) and Matt Jones, a rookie third-round draft choice from Florida, has rushed for 189 yards (5.3 average and two touchdowns.
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May 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The debate might be as old as leather helmets and it definitely predates soccer-style kickers. It might have been at its height in the 1990s, when two of the greatest running backs ever - Dallas' Emmitt Smith and Detroit's Barry Sanders - played the game. The burning question then and now: Does the running back make the offensive line or is it the offensive line that makes the running back? It is an argument that will be fueled during the next season by the Eagles and the Cowboys.
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April 29, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
THE FLIGHT, in late March, was from State College to Washington, D.C. The prop plane was small, the weather bad. And Deion Barnes was hanging on for dear life. Barnes, a defensive end from Penn State and Northeast High, was on the first leg of a journey that took him to a pre-NFL draft workout with the Oakland Raiders, the only team he worked out for besides the Eagles. He tweeted at the time that it was the "scariest flight of my life" and added, "I almost threw up and cried at the same time.
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January 29, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The official Chip Kelly offseason scoreboard shows that his actions hold a significant lead over his words and, in all likelihood, the verbal game won't even attempt a comeback until late March. In typical fashion, the big play from the Eagles head coach came fast and furious. When Howie Roseman wielded his general manager power by firing vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble immediately after the season ended, Kelly's counterpunch resulted in a bloody TKO. Owner Jeffrey Lurie stripped Roseman of all his personnel duties, making it clear that the head coach ruled the decision-making kingdom at One NovaCare Way. That was by far the loudest and most meaningful action by Kelly since the Eagles played their last game of 2014 and he has not spoken a single public word about it. Given the way things work in the silent society shared by so many NFL teams and coaches, it's possible - even probable - that Kelly will not answer any questions about the Eagles' internal power struggle until the March owners meetings in Arizona.
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January 21, 2015 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Chip Kelly will be looking for his third quarterbacks coach in three years after Bill Musgrave left Monday to become the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Musgrave, 47, replaced Bill Lazor last offseason after Lazor became the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. Musgrave spent one year in Philadelphia, working with quarterbacks Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley. Kelly praised Musgrave's work with Foles' mechanics, and the quarterbacks spoke highly of the way Musgrave coached.
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