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December 17, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looks like the Miami Dolphins have found the secret to stopping New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Sign a reserve safety off the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad and give him his first NFL start against the future Hall-of-Famer. (It's so simple, you wonder why nobody ever tried it before.) After Michael Thomas stepped in front of Austin Collie to intercept Brady's fourth-down pass in the end zone with two seconds left on Sunday, sealing a seesaw, 24-20 victory over the Pats, he flopped to his back and was swarmed by his new teammates.
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December 10, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been a rough year for New England's Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots tight end missed the first six games recovering from offseason forearm and back surgeries. Now, Gronkowski's season appears to be over after he hurt his right knee on a hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a reception in New England's 27-26 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. It is believed that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament "We've sustained some pretty big injuries this year with really important, critical players," said Patriots QB Tom Brady.
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November 25, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
In the 149th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry, Lafayette (5-6, 4-1) routed No. 17 Lehigh, 50-28, in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday to claim the Patriot League title. Lafayette, which opened the season by losing five of its first six games but has since won four of its last five, captured its first league title since 2006 and seventh overall. The Leopards also gained the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they will be the first sub-.500 qualifier since the playoffs began in 1978.
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November 13, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Paul Eisold can't quite put his finger on it. The Central Bucks East girls' soccer coach knows that this team, especially the senior class, is special. As for what makes the Patriots tick? That question leaves Eisold mostly stumped. "They just have a magical piece to them," Eisold said. "I don't know what it is, but it definitely is a magical piece that keeps them playing. Is it the will, the desire? I don't know what it is, but there is something about them. " Senior forward Shaun Kane, a four-year starter, remembers what it was like when the team won only three games in her freshman year.
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November 7, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It would have been easy for Paige Marcinkowski to lose focus. The Central Bucks East senior goalkeeper had been standing near her goal line with not a whole heck of a lot to do all evening at Northeast. Sure, she had been helping organize her backline, shouting orders, and making sure her teammates didn't miss assignments, but as far as saves go, Marcinkowski rarely had to touch the ball. With 6 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the first-round game of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament, Marcinkowski didn't just make her first save of the night.
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November 4, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only a few seconds remained in the District 1 Class AAA boys' soccer final Saturday night, and many of the Great Valley starters had already exited the game. As they stood on the sideline at midfield planning who would be the target of their celebratory field rush, an assistant coach ducked his head into the huddle. "Just don't get hurt, guys," he said. By the time the final horn sounded in Great Valley's 3-0 win over Downingtown West at West Chester East, that was the only thing left for the Patriots to worry about.
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October 31, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT DIDN'T exactly shock the world, but, as the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline approached yesterday, the Eagles made a minor deal, dispatching 32-year-old nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to New England, along with a sixth-round pick next spring, for a fifth-rounder, also in 2014. Astute observers will note that the Pats' pick is likely to be toward the end of the fifth round, and the Eagles' pick is likely to be in the upper half of the sixth, so, basically, the Eagles got Sopoaga off their roster without embarrassing the 10-year veteran by deactivating or releasing him. Sopoaga was a starter, getting 47 snaps against the Giants, but not a particularly productive one, with 10 solo tackles, 18 total, in eight games.
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October 31, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles traded nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots before Tuesday's trade deadline. Sopaoga was packaged with a sixth-round pick for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft. Sopoaga, 32, was signed in the offseason to be the team's starting nose tackle. He played eight games, had 18 tackles, and played 39 percent of the defensive snaps. Sopoaga made $3.25 million from the Eagles, including a $2.75 million signing bonus and half of his $1 million salary. Considering the output and the expense, Sopoaga's signing did not work out for the Eagles.
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October 24, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
You don't have to remind the Great Valley boys' soccer team what happened on Oct. 25 last year. Luis Benitez Palermo said he has been thinking about that day ever since he walked off the field. Jay Nunez talked about the overwhelming disappointment surrounding the game, and Patrick Murphy remembers the looks on the seniors' faces when they realized that their high school soccer careers were over. That game and the feelings that went along with it are etched in the minds of every returning member of the Patriots (18-0)
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