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February 11, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HER GRANDKIDS called Maria Elisa Mirarchi "Grandmom Bella. " Bella is Italian for beautiful, and this woman by all accounts was beautiful inside and out. "All my life, my mom was an angel by my side," said her daughter Caterina Romani. "The most selfless, beautiful, kind, considerate woman you could ever meet. " The former Maria Elisa Varano, who was passionate about passing on her knowledge of Italy and Italian saints, a devoted mother and grandmother, died Jan. 30. She was 86 and was living in Springfield, Delaware County, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
SAINT LOUIS arrived on Hawk Hill with one of the country's very best defenses, three 1,000-point scorers, a school-record-tying 14-game winning streak, a 7-0 road record and a coach who was 48-9 in his two seasons. Saint Joseph's had won 11 of 13, had its own trio of 1,000-point scorers, the best field-goal percentage and three-point percentage in Atlantic 10 games and an opportunity to beat ranked opponents consecutively for the first time since 1966. The crowd at Hagan Arena was kept down by the brutal ice storm, but the students were there early, and they were loud.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
To play for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team means to be in a constant state of motion. On defense, the Saints use quick feet to slide and get in help position, while their hands relentlessly badger the opposing player. Those same hands tip countless passes, ensuring that no passing lane is safe. On the offensive end, the Saints move well off the ball and need only a couple of dribbles to get enough space for an open shot. In other words, the Saints are go-go-go right from the tipoff.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
MAYBE JA'QUAN NEWTON hasn't seen everything in his 4 years at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, but he certainly has witnessed a lot. The atmosphere at Archbishop Carroll yesterday was frenzied, replete with a packed student section decked mostly in white, save for a few holdouts. The Patriots faithful stood, cheered and chanted all night - even the JV game had a raucous, playoff feel. In fact, so many patrons had packed the regular-season Catholic League matchup that one of Neumann-Goretti's assistant coaches initially was denied admission.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE EMOTION had faded slightly as the hallway leading to the visitors' locker room emptied. Reporters headed inside to pick coaches' brains, as players from both schools headed for the exits. For a moment, the hall fell silent, its taupe walls and maroon-and-gray carpet no longer absorbing postgame chitchat. That's when Roman Catholic senior Rashann London vocalized how things had changed. "It's a lot different," said the 6-2 guard, who will play at Drexel next season. "Everybody will definitely have a game plan to beat us. We were looking to beat teams, but [now]
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
MYCHAL KENDRICKS scored a shout-out from Rihanna yesterday. The singer listed the Eagles linebacker as her choice on Instagram's "Man Crush Monday," posting a photo of Kendricks with the comment, "Is it Monday? Cuz chhh . . . #MCM" Rihanna has a history of athletic attraction, having been linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Cavaliers center (and former Sixer) Andrew Bynum, Heat forward Rashard Lewis, and Knicks guard J.R. Smith. Kendricks, who bears a striking resemblence to Rihanna's ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, didn't seem thrilled about his not-so-secret admirer.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
BOY, WHO didn't see this coming? In the least surprising news since the announcement of Lindsay Lohan's last rehab visit, DeSean Jackson said yesterday that he wants to have his 22-month-old contract restructured. There has been no reaction yet from Keenan Lewis. The Eagles wide receiver signed a 5-year, $48.3 million contract in March 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus. His base salary this season was $6.75 million. It is scheduled to jump to $10.25 million next season.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
LOGIC SAYS the Eagles went about as far as they possibly could have in Chip Kelly's first season, that they need more players, more time to grow together, more big-game experience before they can triumph in situations like their 26-24 Saturday night wild-card round loss to the New Orleans Saints. Eyes and hearts, though, tell us that deficiencies be damned, the Birds probably would be headed to Carolina this weekend if they had covered the final kickoff decently, or if their most sure-handed receiver hadn't committed an egregious drop, or if their kicker had been as good as the guy the other team picked up off the street a few weeks back.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Seasons come and go, fortunes rise and fall, coaches make their marks or slowly erase them. When the end finally arrives, always with a bitter suddenness, the players look ahead and speak of better days ahead. The scene that played out in the Eagles locker room near midnight Saturday was painfully familiar, even if everything else about the team's season had been refreshingly different to that point. Every year since 1960, the Eagles have finished with either a postseason loss or no opportunity to even have one. After all the change and all the renewed hope, you can add 2013 to that list and turn the page.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | BY BROAD STREET BIRDY as told to DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
BROAD STREET Birdy's hopes for another Eagles cardiac win were dashed in the heartbreaking final minutes of the Birds' 26-24 playoff loss to New Orleans, but defibrillated last night by Plymouth Meeting attorney Jon Ostroff. STOMACHING DEFEAT: Ostroff, who lifts up his jersey at Flyers games and does naked-belly dances against the glass during warmups to attract flying pucks from enemy players, is so hopeful about the Eagles' future that he remained fully clothed and cool during the season-ending defeat.
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