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March 28, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team is practicing 15 times this spring. None can be at the program's 10th and Diamond facility because Chudoff Field is being resurfaced. Which means Matt Rhule's guys are hitting the road. The Owls will have 10 scheduled workouts at Camden High's Farnham Park, one (Alumni Day) at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church (site of the old Temple Stadium), one at Haddon Township's Paul VI High, one at Plymouth Whitemarsh High and another on campus at Geasey Field, which used to be their practice site.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Carlos Ruiz has looked relaxed all spring and it's been reflected in his play. The Phillies catcher started last year playing catch-up and never hit his groove until late in the season. Now he has a new contract, a fresh outlook and the same old respect around the clubhouse. Ruiz began last season with the well-documented 25-game suspension for unsanctioned Adderall use. Less than a month after returning, he suffered a right hamstring strain and was on the disabled list from May 20 through June 17. Upon his return, Ruiz was far from at his best.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A TINY but tough little woman climbed the marble stairs of St. Francis Xavier Church and went straight for the Rev. Philip Bochanski, who was greeting guests in the doorway. "We're mobbin' youse!" she told the priest. Bochanski smiled. He'd been expecting the mob. He'd hoped it would come. It was all part of the Mass-ter plan. These days it's not so common to find masses of people at Mass. Dwindling Catholic congregations have led to empty pews in cavernous but beautiful churches.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AS HOLLYWOOD expands the boundaries of its "summer" season, the spring box office heats up a little earlier each year. This year, Captain America and various X-Men arrive before the solstice and long before school is out, and blockbusters like "Godzilla" turn up on the schedule. There are some interesting imports and independents, as well. Here are a few to watch for: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," April 4. Marvel-ous sequel has the title character (Chris Evans) teaming with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON & BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writers mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
LIKE SWALLOWS to Capistrano and stinkbugs to windowsills, festival season returns to Philadelphia the instant the weather turns warmish. Mark your calendar for these fun fests: Philly Tech Week, April 4-12. The planet's coolest nerds (ours) launch their week with the world's tallest video game - Tetris on the Cira Centre facade, controlled by gamers at Eakins Oval. Other STEMtastic events include a night of tech Quizzo. Arcade @ the Oval, 7-10:30 p.m. April 4, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free, full Tech Week schedule at 2014.phillytechweek.com.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - Cody Asche has warded off the competition from the Phillies' top prospect and will be the opening-day starter at third base. This is not a surprise, but it's now official, after 21-year-old Maikel Franco was reassigned to the Phillies minor-league camp on Saturday. When asked if the competition is over, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, responded: "Uh, yeah. " Franco, who combined for 31 home runs, 103 RBIs, and a .926 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading last year, needed a spectacular spring to unseat Asche.
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