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January 8, 2008 | By STEVE KING, kings@phillynews.com
When you spend most of your life towering above your peers, the only thing you grow to expect is people looking up to you. Nearly everyone has looked up to Lavoy Allen since the day he decided to pick up a basketball 5 years ago as a freshman at Pennsbury High School. They weren't looking up to him just because he stood more than 6 inches taller than everyone else. They were looking up to him with high expectations on the basketball court. "I think that year had to be the hardest time of my life.
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March 26, 1988
It would take a mathematician to compute the odds against two teams from the same city reaching the Final Eight in National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball. Whatever the odds are, you can be sure they are astronomical. That's a full fourth of the best teams in the country coming from the same place. The odds against Temple and Villanova advancing all the way to the Final Four, of course, would be virtually unthinkable, if it weren't for some past history. By tomorrow - after surprising Villanova upsets Oklahoma and No. 1 Temple humbles Duke - the unthinkable will have occurred.
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March 19, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple probably didn't have any business being in the NCAA Tournament in the first place. The Owls start two freshmen on the back line, a sophomore point guard who didn't play the position in high school, two junior anchors who sat out the first season as Proposition 48 casualties. They don't have much depth and lost their only two seniors some 10 weeks ago to injury and academics. Yet, the seventh-seeded Owls (18-12) are in the second round after dumping 10th-seeded Missouri, 75-61, last night in a West Regional opener.
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December 2, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
John Chaney was right when he said his Owls didn't deserve to be ranked seventh in the nation before they had played their first game. They probably should have been rated higher. And after last night's impressive 73-59 win over No. 3 Kansas at Allen Field House, they figure to be. As opening statements go, it was quite a mouthful. The Owls seemed to pick up right where they left off last March, when they made a magical run in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight.
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September 7, 2007
Temple's basketball team will open its Atlantic 10 season on Jan. 12 at Charlotte, one of the three conference teams the Owls play twice. Their conference home opener is Jan. 16 against defending champion Xavier. Temple also plays Saint Joseph's and Fordham twice. The Hawks visit the Liacouras Center on Jan. 26, and host the Owls at the Palestra on March 2. Temple and La Salle meet once, in the March 8 finale at the Gola Arena. The Owls open at Tennessee on Nov. 9 before heading to the eight-team Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, where they'll open against Providence.
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October 2, 2004 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple University has fired former Owls star Paul Palmer as a sideline reporter on its radio broadcast team for Temple football games. Palmer, a Temple Hall of Famer who holds the Owls' rushing record with 4,895 career yards, was in his fourth season in the role. Palmer worked Temple's game at Toledo last week. Although WPHT-AM (1210) carries Owls games live, the university coordinates and produces the radio broadcasts. The details surrounding Palmer's departure were unknown last night.
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July 12, 1991 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple basketball recruit Belefia Parks has achieved the necessary minimum score of 18 on his American College Test and is eligible to play for the Owls as a freshman. Parks, a 5-10 guard from Chicago's Simeon Vocational High School, averaged 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds last season and was an all-city selection. He is expected to provide at least backup help for junior Vic Carstarphen at the point position this season. Parks, who signed a national letter of intent with the Owls in May, is described as a "streetwise, heady-type" player by Taylor Bell, who covered him for the Chicago Sun-Times.
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November 21, 2011
KRISTEN McCARTHY had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Shey Peddy scored 13 and BJ Williams had 11 points and six assists, but Temple (2-2) dropped a 58-52 decision at Northern Illinois (2-1) yesterday. The Owls shot 34 percent from the field (3-for-15 threes), 65 percent from the free-throw line, and were outrebounded, 39-30. Temple heads to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend, opening with sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Friday.  
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December 7, 2011
Brittany Lewis scored 14 points to lead Temple in a 68-33 rout of Kent State in women's basketball action last night at the Liacouras Center. Kristen McCarthy and Shey Peddy added 13 points apiece in a game Temple (4-5) never trailed as it took a 32-12 lead in the firsthalf, despite shooting 3-of-19 from the arc and just 41 percent from the field. Itziar Llobet was the only player in double figures for Kent State (1-6), finishing with 13 points. Diamon Beckford added nine.
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December 1, 2011
Ten Temple Owls earned All-Mid-American Conference team honors for football, the league announced yesterday. Named to the first team were senior offensive lineman Pat Boyle, junior running back Bernard Pierce, senior tight end Evan Rodriguez and senior defensive end Adrian Robinson. It was the third straight year that Pierce and Robinson were named to the first team. Named to the second team were senior linebacker Tahir Whitehead and junior punter Brandon McManus. Third-team honorees were senior offensive lineman Wayne Tribue junior running back Matt Brown, senior defensive end Morkeith Brown and senior safety Kevin Kroboth.
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July 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Hampered by three double bogeys Tuesday in his second round, Temple's Brandon Matthews fell short in his bid to advance to match play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Newton, Kan. Matthews, who reached the quarterfinals of last year's U.S. Amateur, fired a 5-over-par 76 on the Sand Creek Station Golf Course to finish the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying at 7-over 149. A score of 5 over or better was needed to claim one of the 64...
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June 27, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE RUMORS had been out there. Now all indications are it's about to become a reality. Sources have confirmed reports that former Temple point guard Rick Brunson is expected to soon join coach Fran Dunphy's staff on North Broad Street. Dunphy wouldn't comment when reached yesterday. Neither would Brunson. People familiar with the situation would only say "it's a process. " One said it could happen as soon as late next week. The job, as required, was posted by the university on Tuesday.
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June 16, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football received three oral commitments from New Jersey players Saturday for the freshman class of 2015. Israel Benson, a 6-foot-1, 316-pound offensive lineman from St. Joseph Regional High in Montvale; Jeremiah Atoki, a 6-11/2, 190-pound wide receiver from Vineland High; and Ryquel Armstead, a 5-103/4 receiver-defensive back from Millville High all committed to the Owls. All three players attended the Matt Rhule Football Camp on Saturday at the team's Edberg-Olson practice facility.
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June 12, 2014 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
AT AGE 13, Obi Enechionyia was miles away from the golden hardwoods of a southern basketball court. Though basketball was always his preferred sport, up until eighth grade he was stuck navigating the emerald fields of a lush soccer pitch. But there was one key difference between Enechionyia and his teammates: his peers had to bend their heads backward and look toward the sky whenever they attempted to talk to him. Enechionyia was a 6-2 eighth grader. It is that year that he thought it might be time to trade his soccer cleats for basketball sneakers.
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June 7, 2014 | Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the programs were printed for last Friday's All City Classic, Shawn Alston had an asterisk next to his name. The Haverford School guard would not be playing because of an injury. But he changed his mind, sore knees and all. "I'm not going to get a lot of opportunities to play in front of my hometown fans, so I decided to play," Alston said after he scored 13 points in the junior game. The 6-foot-4 Alston will be a senior in the fall. He is one of Temple's top targets in the Class of 2015.
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June 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple star Brandon Matthews, who was an alternate for last year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, tried to take the extra step to the national championship but was let down Monday by his putter. Matthews was one of 15 Philadelphia-area players who competed in 36-hole sectional qualifying for next week's U.S. Open, but like the others, he fell short of a trip to Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2. Playing in Purchase, N.Y., Matthews fired rounds of 2-over-par 72 at Old Oaks Country Club and par 71 at Century Country Club, but his 143 total was 2 strokes higher than the score posted by the fourth and final qualifier.
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May 20, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE'S doomed baseball team has at least three games left. The program, one of four being eliminated by the university effective July 1 due to athletic budget cuts (men's gymnastics will continue at the club level thanks to a fund-matching pledge by Board of Trustees member Lewis Katz, co-owner of the Daily News ), has been playing since 1927. Despite losing a bunch of key players who opted to transfer following the December announcement, the Owls have advanced to their conference tournament for the first time since 2008, when they were still in the Atlantic 10. Picked to finish last in the preseason poll under third-year coach Ryan Wheeler, they are the sixth seed in the inaugural American Athletic tourney, which begins Wednesday at Clearwater's Bright House Field, spring-training home of the Phillies.
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May 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE BASEBALL coach Ryan Wheeler calls this "absolutely" the most difficult thing he's ever been through. "They don't give you a manual on how to handle it," he said. They sure don't. The university first fielded a baseball team in 1927. This season will be the Owls' last. Last December, the program abruptly learned it had become the victim of athletic-budget cuts that also claimed softball and men's indoor and outdoor track and field. Men's crew and women's rowing were initially out as well, but later survived, thanks to an allocation of public and private funding.
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May 15, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Southern Methodist coach June Jones got an up-close-and-personal look at Temple quarterback P.J. Walker in October. Walker, a freshman, passed for 293 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 92 yards and another score in a shootout that the Mustangs won, 59-49. "I was very impressed with that young man, and I made it a point to tell him that after the game," Jones said Tuesday on a conference call with American Athletic Conference coaches. "I think their coaching staff did a fantastic job of putting him in good positions to win games.
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May 9, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alex Viscusi gets up on her toes and puts her heels back on the ground. With the softball in her right hand, the Episcopal Academy junior pitcher throws her shoulders back before getting back up on her toes again. She swirls the ball around in her glove, which is in front of her midsection. Then she releases the ball. "I think in terms of a game, when I am walking up to the plate or on the mound, I am [superstitious]," Viscusi said after the Churchwomen defeated Agnes Irwin, 6-0, Wednesday in an Inter-Ac League matchup.
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