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November 26, 1998 | By C. Kalimah Redd, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Last year was the beginning. Moorestown's Kristen Carlin, then a freshman, won the South Jersey Interscholastic tennis tournament and finished the season with a 38-3 record. This year was the next step. Carlin successfully defended her Interscholastic title, and the curly-haired sophomore dominated South Jersey tennis with clean, crisp two-set victories. She won all 29 of her matches against South Jersey opponents. And in the state singles tournament, she advanced to the semifinals - three rounds further than she went last year.
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May 23, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard has some kind of power. "He's a man," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's tremendously strong. " He is. Howard has hit 14 home runs this season, which was tied for seventh in the majors entering yesterday's games. Nine of those home runs have come this month, leading the majors. He has 34 RBIs, which rank 15th in baseball. Twenty-two of those RBIs have come this month, tied for second in the majors. "I'm just trying to see good pitches and lay off the bad ones," said Howard, who will be in the lineup tonight when the Phillies open a three-game series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
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September 10, 2010 | by Delaware Dan
Delaware Dan is baaaaack. Hungry as a grizzly out of hibernation. No need to worry about a sophomore jinx. The late-season freshman flop lowered expectations all around. Just a reminder, Dan bases his picks on Delaware's parlay cards, the half-point cards, the teasers and the super-teasers. We start with a mythical 1,000 grudens. Fasten your seat belts and away we go: Let's start with a $40 three-teamer: Packers minus 3 1/2, Colts minus 2 1/2, Cowboys minus 3 1/2. We wager $30 on a teaser of Packers plus 2 1/2, Colts plus 2 1/2, Chargers plus 1/2, Cardinals plus 2 1/2. And take a shot with a $20 superteaser of Packers plus 6 1/2, Colts plus 6 1/2, Cowboys plus 6 1/2, Chargers plus 3 1/2, Cards plus 6 1/2, Jaguars plus 7 1/2 and Titans plus 3 1/2.
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December 30, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
No sophomore jinx here. No. 1 North Carolina's soph trio of Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace and Jeff McInnis combined for 75 points, and senior Donald Williams added eight of his 13 points in the second half and the visiting Tar Heels routed Old Dominion, 98-79, last night. Stackhouse led the Tar Heels with 29 points, 25 in the first half on 9-for- 9 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line. "I was feeling it in the first half," Stackhouse said. "I was able to run and beat my man down the court, and I got some transition baskets.
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March 13, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
BRADENTON, Fla. - It is the other what-if from the Phillies' all-too-brief trip to the postseason last October. We all know the main one. What if Cliff Lee, who had chosen Philadelphia for just this moment, had held that four-run lead in Game 2 of the division series against St. Louis? Cole Hamels would have started Game 3 at Busch Stadium with a chance to close out the series. You have to like that scenario. Even Lee, with his gunslinger swagger, acknowledges he was haunted by that one. "It was on my mind [over the winter]
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March 7, 2011
76ers Notes Forward Thaddeus Young said he slept well after he spent a good portion of Friday's 111-100 win for the 76ers over Minnesota defending against Mr. Double-Double, a.k.a. Kevin Love . While Love is listed at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, Young is 6-8 and 220. Young ended up playing just under 33 minutes and had 16 points and eight rebounds. Love, who faced multiple Sixers defenders, had 21 points and 23 rebounds. "It was very tough to recover after playing a guy like that," Young said before Sunday's game against Golden State at the Wells Fargo Center.
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June 2, 1988 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Sports Writer
As debuts go, few rookies in any sport have exhibited the type of immediate impact that Davey Allison thrust upon the NASCAR tour a year ago. Driving the "Havoline Star" Ford Thunderbird for the team of Harry Ranier and J.T. Lundy, the son of racing legend Bobby Allison simply rewrote the record books. Consider: He captured the pole position five times and broke the rookie mark of four set by two-time defending Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt eight years earlier.
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January 28, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Dainius Zubrus arrived at the Flyers' training camp in September 1996, he had a few bucks in the pocket of his one suit and no wheels. Soon he was sporting a $2.4 million contract, a new wardrobe, and a spiffy new BMW. Is America a great place or what? A first-round draft pick, Zubrus started on the checking line and by the end of last season was playing right wing with John LeClair and Eric Lindros. Not a bad start for an 18-year-old Lithuanian who'd been in the United States and Canada for seven years to play hockey.
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April 3, 2006 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Based on his torrid spring training, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard - the National League rookie of the year last season - will skip the dreaded "sophomore jinx. " Then again, based on the history of rookies of the year, it may not be as easy as Howard made it look in Florida. "If you just go out with a plan or whatever and make adjustments, it'll be fine," Howard said. Going back to 1973, 20 position players have won the NL rookie-of-the-year award, excluding Howard.
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July 17, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Miguel Cabrera smiled when the comparison was made. Then he basically suggested there was no comparison. The Detroit Tigers third baseman was asked Monday about Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the pride of Millville, N.J. Cabrera is often asked about Trout, especially after Cabrera beat him out for the MVP award last season, when the Detroit star became baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967. The Tigers' eight-time all-star did not hesitate when he was asked if Trout as a hitter was comparable to a young Cabrera.
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July 17, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Miguel Cabrera smiled when the comparison was made. Then he basically suggested there was no comparison. The Detroit Tigers third baseman was asked Monday about Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the pride of Millville, N.J. Cabrera is often asked about Trout, especially after Cabrera beat him out for the MVP award last season, when the Detroit star became baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967. The Tigers' eight-time all-star did not hesitate when he was asked if Trout as a hitter was comparable to a young Cabrera.
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March 13, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
BRADENTON, Fla. - It is the other what-if from the Phillies' all-too-brief trip to the postseason last October. We all know the main one. What if Cliff Lee, who had chosen Philadelphia for just this moment, had held that four-run lead in Game 2 of the division series against St. Louis? Cole Hamels would have started Game 3 at Busch Stadium with a chance to close out the series. You have to like that scenario. Even Lee, with his gunslinger swagger, acknowledges he was haunted by that one. "It was on my mind [over the winter]
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March 7, 2011
76ers Notes Forward Thaddeus Young said he slept well after he spent a good portion of Friday's 111-100 win for the 76ers over Minnesota defending against Mr. Double-Double, a.k.a. Kevin Love . While Love is listed at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, Young is 6-8 and 220. Young ended up playing just under 33 minutes and had 16 points and eight rebounds. Love, who faced multiple Sixers defenders, had 21 points and 23 rebounds. "It was very tough to recover after playing a guy like that," Young said before Sunday's game against Golden State at the Wells Fargo Center.
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September 10, 2010 | by Delaware Dan
Delaware Dan is baaaaack. Hungry as a grizzly out of hibernation. No need to worry about a sophomore jinx. The late-season freshman flop lowered expectations all around. Just a reminder, Dan bases his picks on Delaware's parlay cards, the half-point cards, the teasers and the super-teasers. We start with a mythical 1,000 grudens. Fasten your seat belts and away we go: Let's start with a $40 three-teamer: Packers minus 3 1/2, Colts minus 2 1/2, Cowboys minus 3 1/2. We wager $30 on a teaser of Packers plus 2 1/2, Colts plus 2 1/2, Chargers plus 1/2, Cardinals plus 2 1/2. And take a shot with a $20 superteaser of Packers plus 6 1/2, Colts plus 6 1/2, Cowboys plus 6 1/2, Chargers plus 3 1/2, Cards plus 6 1/2, Jaguars plus 7 1/2 and Titans plus 3 1/2.
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April 27, 2010 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hello, I must be going The Cubs' Carlos Zambrano says he's willing to help the club by moving to the bullpen, but he doesn't plan on staying there. Weary of the Chicago bullpen imploding, manager Lou Piniella decided to move the mercurial ace out of the rotation and into a relief role last week. Zambrano told the Associated Press he's "not happy" about the move, "but I feel good. I feel good about helping my team. " (We think he then did a split and yelled out, "Maceo!
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December 30, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown hasn't fallen prey to the sophomore jinx. After catching 43 passes for 571 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, Brown has 46 receptions for 816 yards (17.7 average) and eight touchdowns. He has added another score on a 15-yard run. Having already clinched a playoff berth, the Eagles can capture the NFC East with a win tomorrow against Atlanta or a Dallas loss to Detroit. That's quite a contrast from the team's 6-10 mark during Brown's rookie year.
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May 23, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard has some kind of power. "He's a man," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's tremendously strong. " He is. Howard has hit 14 home runs this season, which was tied for seventh in the majors entering yesterday's games. Nine of those home runs have come this month, leading the majors. He has 34 RBIs, which rank 15th in baseball. Twenty-two of those RBIs have come this month, tied for second in the majors. "I'm just trying to see good pitches and lay off the bad ones," said Howard, who will be in the lineup tonight when the Phillies open a three-game series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
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April 3, 2006 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Based on his torrid spring training, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard - the National League rookie of the year last season - will skip the dreaded "sophomore jinx. " Then again, based on the history of rookies of the year, it may not be as easy as Howard made it look in Florida. "If you just go out with a plan or whatever and make adjustments, it'll be fine," Howard said. Going back to 1973, 20 position players have won the NL rookie-of-the-year award, excluding Howard.
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April 14, 2005 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Following an impressive rookie season in the Nextel Cup series, Kasey Kahne carried high expectations. However, three races into this season, Kahne and his No. 9 Dodge crew were shaking their heads in dismay. Kahne finished 22nd, 40th and 38th in those races. "It was frustrating after the first crash in California and then [another crash] in Vegas," Kahne said on Tuesday. "I just overdrove the cars and crashed them. "We went into the season feeling we were going to be as good as any team out there.
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July 19, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Call it a sophomore jinx, growing pains, whatever you want. But it is, without question, a prolonged slump. Jimmy Rollins went 0 for 5 in the Phillies' 6-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs yesterday at Veterans Stadium. In the second half of the season, Rollins is 5 for 32, and his batting average has fallen from .261 to .252. Since May 21, when the two-time all-star shortstop was hitting a season-high .319, Rollins is 38 for 201 (.189). Manager Larry Bowa said Rollins is experiencing the same sort of growing pains Pat Burrell endured during his second season in the big leagues last year.
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