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January 17, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN TIM Legler heard about Saturday's La Salle-Temple ESPN broadcast from the Palestra, he knew he wanted to be part of it. The ESPN NBA analyst, a 1988 La Salle graduate who got his master's at Penn's Wharton School, made a few phone calls and, just like that, he was on board as the color man with John Saunders for the telecast, which will immediately follow "College GameDay" from the Palestra. "It's going to be awesome," Legler said. "The tie-in on both sides, obviously being very close to La Salle to John [Giannini]
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January 17, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
THE CEMETERY in Southwest Philadelphia is an abandoned, tumbledown ruin, overgrown in many places, gravestones knocked on their sides. To attempt to find a grave there, amid tens of thousands of graves, would have been impossible without the help of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, a volunteer group working to preserve and restore the property. The email was answered within a day or so. Harry Shifren's grave is in Section K, Range 29, Lot 41. With a map, it took only a few minutes to find.
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January 17, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE MAGIC of the Palestra is much more than just jump shots and free throws. It is to Philadelphia what Fenway Park is to Boston, what the old Forum used to be to Montreal. Officially, it is where Penn plays its home games. But really, it is the region's homecourt. There aren't nearly as many games played there as before, but it remains one of the most hallowed facilities in the land. And so many of us have our own unique piece of it. Phil Martelli still can hear the "ding" of the bell from the Septa trolley he and his Finnegan Playground mates used to take from Southwest Philly.
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January 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
YOU HAVE to wonder about any place that would have a picture of me hanging on one of its storied walls. A much younger picture of me. Just for doing my job. The truth is, I probably should have paid for the privilege. I didn't really know much about the soul of the Palestra until I started covering college basketball games there. You can only get so much as a kid watching on TV. But to be even a small part of it was totally my pleasure. And honor. I'm sure the many colleagues who share that piece of history with me would heartily concur.
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January 17, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE 2014 BIG 5 Hall of Fame class has one of the greatest shooters in city history from Saint Joseph's, another in a long line of great Penn point guards, the third-leading scorer in La Salle women's history and the man who has loved Big 5 basketball forever and goes by one name, "Hoops. " Pat Carroll, Mike Jordan and Crista Ricketts will join Dick "Hoops" Weiss at the induction ceremonies on Monday, April 14, as part of the season-ending Big 5 basketball banquet. Carroll, the Geasey Award winner as Big 5 Player of the Year in 2005, holds the SJU career record for threes (294)
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January 7, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE SEASON certainly has not gone according to plans for La Salle. It could always be worse. See Penn for worse. La Salle jumped the Quakers early on Saturday at the Palestra and never looked back, winning, 76-57. The Explorers (7-6, 1-1 Big 5) got a sensational game from Jerrell Wright (21 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line). They also got 14 each from Tyrone Garland and Tyreek Duren, who loves playing at the Palestra. Duren is averaging 20.3 points in his last five Palestra games, shooting 15-for-22 from the arc. Penn (2-10, 0-3)
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January 6, 2014 | By Ray Parrillo, For The Inquirer
Two weeks between games can leave a team rusty, or the time can be well-spent trying to strengthen problem areas. Judging from their performance in a Big Five game Saturday at the Palestra, the unusually long break benefited the La Salle Explorers as they routed Penn, 76-57. Returning to action for the first time since a Dec. 22 loss at Miami, La Salle (7-6) got 21 points from Jerrell Wright, who equaled his career high, and used its superior personnel to send the Quakers (2-10)
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December 19, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
THE GREAT freshman class has gotten major notice, as it should. But this is also a sensational senior class. Creighton forward Doug McDermott (25.3 points) is closing on 2,500 points and has a realistic chance at 3,000, with 20 regular-season games and a minimum of two postseason games remaining. If he maintains his average, he is hitting 3,000. Syracuse forward C. J. Fair (18.1 points) is the nation's most understated really good player. He was the preseason ACC Player of the Year and has been playing right to that prediction.
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December 6, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
EVERYONE knows a Villanova-Saint Joseph's basketball game doesn't need any extra anything. But just in case, the Wildcats are ranked 14th and have yet to lose. Tomorrow they'll make the short bus ride down City Avenue to Hagan Arena to face the 4-3 Hawks. The first time they played there, two seasons ago, St. Joe's won by 16. Last December the Wildcats had to rally late to barely get by at the Pavilion, their fifth win in the last six meetings and seventh in the last nine. The other St. Joe win in that stretch was a 22-pointer at the Palestra in February 2008.
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November 28, 2013 | By Joey Cranney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Louis rose into the air, his feet higher off the ground than at least two rows of the Palestra's maroon bleachers. Midway through the first half of Penn's 85-66 win over Niagara on Tuesday night, Louis blocked a shot by Purple Eagles guard Rayvon Harris. It was a booming rejection, one that sent the ball bounding off the Penn backboard as everyone on the Quakers' bench jumped to their feet. Coach Jerome Allen bolted from his seat and crouched low to the ground, celebrating the defensive play.
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