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February 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IN LATE JANUARY last year, La Salle was 12-5 and not really in the NCAA conversation. The Explorers promptly beat Butler at home and then won at VCU on the way to winning nine of 11 and pushing right into the at-large pool. Saint Joseph's is in exactly the same position in early February. The Hawks were 14-6 heading into Saturday's home game with Massachusetts. Like La Salle last year, SJU is looking at opportunity over 8 days, all at home, with games this week against the Atlantic 10's best, Saint Louis and VCU. The Hawks got the first part of the trifecta, but definitely made it harder than it should have been.
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January 24, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - One man's struggle is another man's opportunity in the NBA. Yesterday, the Sixers announced that forward Brandon Davies will be out 4 to 6 weeks after surgery on his fractured right pinky. That meant the possibilities for Dewayne Dedmon got brighter. Dedmon's 10-day contract with the team expires today, but the combination of Davies' injury and the 7-foot center's play seem to make it a foregone conclusion that he will be signing at least another 10-day contract. "I like what we've seen in him," coach Brett Brown said.
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January 3, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
BRANDON BOYKIN'S interception of Kyle Orton in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Dallas was much more than a division-clinching play. For Boykin, it was a moment he and the city of Philadelphia will never forget. As Boykin stepped in front of Cowboys receiver Miles Austin to grab his second game-clinching interception of the season, the 2012 fourth-round draft pick added to what had already been a spectacular sophomore season with the Eagles. "It was good, really good.
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December 15, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few minutes past seven Wednesday night, the West Chester football players filed into the fieldhouse at the NovaCare Complex. They dropped their bags against a wall, tossed aside the sweatshirts and coats they'd worn on the bus ride from campus to ward off the December chill, and pulled out their cell phones. They snapped photos of the practice field that usually belongs to the Eagles, but for a night, was all theirs. Such are the perks of being one of only four teams left playing in Division II football.
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October 31, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite an awful start to the season, the Flyers entered Tuesday's game against visiting Anaheim just five points out of a playoff spot - and with two games in hand on Carolina, the team holding that position. "Our division has been struggling at the start of the year," center Sean Couturier said after Tuesday's morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. "We're lucky we're in that situation and we have to take advantage of it. " "Teams are going to start winning pretty soon. Teams are going to get hot, and hopefully we're one of those teams," said captain Claude Giroux, who was coming off a two-assist performance in a 5-2 win over the Islanders but was still searching for his first goal.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Government officials hailed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 as "a game-changer" at a regional economic summit Friday. "This is the most influential piece of legislation ever to impact South Jersey," Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. told about 300 business leaders, bankers, academics, entrepreneurs, and others at the Westin Hotel & Conference Center in Mount Laurel. "You should all get to know it. " Cappelli spoke at the eighth annual Tri-County Economic Development Summit, which gives an update on the region's economic health.
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September 13, 2013
FOR THE longest time, I deluded myself into thinking that the only difference between me and a Miss America hopeful was the fact that I wore glasses. Actually, I did not wear "glasses. " I wore a portable version of the Hubble Telescope. For this reason, and this reason alone, it was clear to my adolescent self that the only aisle I'd likely be strolling down was the one at Penn Fruit. But come every Labor Day, I'd suspend reality for a few blessed hours and mentally substitute my face (including all four of my eyes)
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August 6, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SO FAR, this has not been the wide-open competition for the starting quarterback position Matt Barkley might have yearned to see. Michael Vick and Nick Foles are splitting the first-team reps. Barkley gets snaps with deep reserves. That's hardly a shock; Barkley, drafted in the fourth round in April, has always been a darkhorse in the race to be Chip Kelly's opening-day starter, but he was getting some reps with the first team in the spring, and it was never clear exactly how training camp would go. "I didn't know what to think coming in," said Barkley, who had a strong, crisp passing day in yesterday's practice.
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July 19, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
BECAUSE of the sometimes complicated process involved with finalizing trades in the NBA, it took 2 weeks for the New Orleans Pelicans to introduce newly acquired former All-Star guard Jrue Holiday to the fans and media in the "Big Easy. " The Pelicans had a news conference for Holiday, whom they acquired in a draft-night trade from the Sixers, last Thursday. Here in South Philadelphia, today marks a month since the Sixers picked up University of Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel, the sixth overall pick in the draft, for Holiday.
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