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September 27, 1995 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has announced that he will go with a three-man rotation - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz - for the first round of the National League playoffs. Cox said Maddux would start Game 1, followed by Glavine and Smoltz in the best-of-five series that will begin Tuesday at Los Angeles, Colorado or Houston. The two pitchers from the regular-season rotation who were left out - Steve Avery and Kent Mercker - will be used in the bullpen. On Monday night, Frank Castillo of the Chicago Cubs became the fifth major-leaguer to lose a no-hitter in the ninth inning this season.
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February 3, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - From Kobe Bryant to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin to Andrew Bynum, the NBA All-Star Game is shaping up as an LA story. Two Lakers (Bryant and Bynum) and two Clippers (Paul and Griffin) were voted as starters yesterday for the game, the first time in 15 years that two pairs of teammates have been voted to start for one conference. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant prevented a Los Angeles sweep of the Western Conference starting lineup by earning a forward spot for the Feb. 26 game in Orlando.
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December 11, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
The best gauge for measuring how competitive a club is its performance when several starters are absent from the lineup. Good clubs learn to survive; poor ones don't. That's what Frankford coach Vince Miller found out in Tuesday's game against the Franklin Learning Center Bobcats. The Pioneers cruised to an 85-69 victory and improved their preseason record to 3-0. Missing from the Frankford lineup were starters Jamison Ross (virus) and Eric Robinson (injured shoulder). But Frankford didn't appear handicapped.
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December 19, 1986 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delran appears ready to unseat Burlington as the Burlington County League Freedom Division champion this season. But coach Jim Weber is not taking anything for granted. He wants to see what happens at the finish line. "You can have all the horses, but a lot of things can happen during the season," he said. "We have to do it on the court. " Delran, coming off a fine 21-4 season that included a 16-2 league record, was runner-up to Burlington (21-5, 17-1) last year. And in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament, Burlington elimimated the Bears in the first round.
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December 11, 1988 | By John Knebels, Special to The Inquirer
Starters come, starters go. In Highland's case, all five starters came and went. As a result, the Tartans must look to the future. Eight underclassmen highlight a roster that includes four lettermen, a tall center, a transfer from Delaware and a sophomore who showed much promise over the winter. What this should give Tartans rooters, at the least, is a competitive team. COACH. Bob Homer returns for his second season. Previously, Homer was Highland's junior varsity coach for one year and before that coached the freshmen at Triton.
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November 7, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was no panic when Haddon Heights boys' soccer coach Jeff Eppright got an early-morning phone call telling him seven players, including four starters, wouldn't make yesterday's South Jersey Group 2 quarterfinal because of illness. Apparently, it was an outbreak of food poisoning, Eppright said. And when Willingboro tied the score, 1-1, on a sensational goal by dynamic forward Ansger Otto in the first minute of the second half, the Garnets didn't blink. The result was an 8-2 win, sending Heights into Monday's semifinal against No. 8-seeded Cinnaminson, a 4-1 winner yesterday over Haddon Township.
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December 12, 1990 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
Shawnee coach Gina Santone doesn't like to make predictions. "A lot of people picked us to finish third last year and look what we accomplished," said the coach of the defending county champions. "There's no way of telling how the teams will be until they actually get on the court to play some games. " Pressed for a prognosis, Santone maintained that the Burlington County League race would be wide open. She did say the Renegades would be in the thick of the title chase "if things come together.
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December 13, 1987 | By P.J. Wajda, Special to The Inquirer
Last season, Maple Shade had to suffer the indignity of losing every Freedom Division game it played. Eighteen times the Wildcats took the floor against division opponents and 18 times the Wildcats came up a loser. In fact, Maple Shade won only three of its 24 games. But that was an improvement over the 1985-86 season when Maple Shade won only one of 24 games. The improvement should continue for Maple Shade this season. With three starters returning, coach Craig Ranshaw hopes that experience will translate into something the Wildcats have not enjoyed recently: winning.
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August 15, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple's defense has suffered heavy personnel losses. Most teams would look at replacing six defensive starters as a steep rebuilding project. The Owls, however, don't think of it as rebuilding. They prefer to call it reloading. "You hope the guys in the program keep stepping up to the plate," said Owls defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, who also had to replace six starters last season. "I have confidence," Heater added. "I like the way all of the guys work. I like the attitude.
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December 7, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Upper Darby and Conestoga might be the favorites to win the Central League basketball title. Both are experienced, talented teams. And four of five starters are gone from Ridley's defending-champion Green Raiders. But after winning four straight league championships, coach John DiGregorio and his Ridley players have earned the right to be considered the favorites. The system is in place. The system likely will keep the Raiders in contention. The system is a close approximation of Princeton's rotating, guard- oriented, back-door-you-to-death offense.
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August 29, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The regular season begins in two weeks, and the Eagles appear ready. By the time the Eagles starters exited the 33-23 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night in the third quarter of the third preseason game, they held a three-touchdown lead and could begin thinking about the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 11. Philadelphia should know to avoid overreaction in the preseason after the way last season ended up. But with the starters expected to sit the preseason finale Thursday, their final audition Saturday offered some reason for optimism about Doug Pederson's inaugural season.
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August 18, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles will play their second preseason game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers without starting wide receiver Jordan Matthews and starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks. The team also will miss quarterback Carson Wentz, defensive tackle Mike Martin, cornerback Jalen Mills, and wide receiver Hunter Sharp. Wentz and Mills are out for their first games. The other players were absent for the opener. Matthews has a knee injury and Kendricks has a hamstring injury. Coach Doug Pederson is hoping both players are ready to return next week against Indianapolis.
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August 6, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Jim Schwartz can pick apart most of the players on his defense for inconsistencies or areas in which they must improve, but the Eagles' defensive coordinator exempted his two starting safeties from such gripes. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod represent the strength of the Eagles defense and what the team believes can be one of the NFL's best safety combinations. "I have been complimentary to the safeties for good reason," Schwartz said. "Those guys are good players. They come to work every day. They're a great example to the secondary on how to be a pro, how to communicate, how to be in the right spots.
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April 22, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Sam Bradford learned about the Eagles' trade for the No. 2 overall pick before practice on Wednesday. He spoke with owner Jeffrey Lurie, top football executive Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson. Bradford was told he would be the Eagles' starting quarterback this season even though the team made a blockbuster deal that is expected to bring North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz to Philadelphia if the Los Angeles Rams take Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick. Then Bradford went onto the field to practice for an organization that gave him a two-year, $36 million contract last month and is prepared to draft his likely replacement next week.
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March 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Phillies will choose their fifth starter on Monday, deciding between Adam Morgan and Vince Velasquez. Velasquez is scheduled to pitch against Toronto, but Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Sunday that the pitcher's performance will not impact the decision. Morgan has allowed only two earned runs this spring in 12 innings, which includes the lefthander's three scoreless innings Thursday in a game that was called off by rain. Velasquez, who was acquired from Houston as part of the Ken Giles trade, is considered the favorite.
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March 20, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
"Fearing the actions of a godlike Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before. " - Warner Bros. synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . Box office prognosticators are predicting big things for Friday's epic face-off, with two of the most iconic comic book characters-turned-film-franchises of all time sharing the screen and trying to take each other down, never mind the caped Kryptonian's obviously more-daunting skill set. Ben Affleck is the grouchy Gotham City crime fighter with the nocturnal flying-mammal fetish.
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March 10, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - No, Adam Morgan said, he did not notice that Vince Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer each tossed three scoreless innings Monday. The decision on who will be the Phillies' fifth starter will not be made on the basis of one or two spring starts, but it cannot hurt to keep pace with the others. That is what Morgan did Tuesday in a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh. "The competition in here is just making everybody else better," Morgan said. "So for them to go out and throw three innings scoreless, that's awesome for them.
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December 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles are not playing for a postseason bid on Sunday, but that won't change the way Chip Kelly approaches the Week 17 game against the New York Giants. He will not play younger players for the purpose of forming fuller evaluations. He offered no hint about shutting down veterans. Kelly is coaching to win the game, just as he did last season. "It's also not fair to a guy that's playing and saying, 'Hey, you're not going to play just because I want to take a look at this other guy,' " Kelly said.
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November 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days away from their Thanksgiving game with the Detroit Lions, the Eagles remained mum Tuesday on the identity of their starting quarterback. Although there are indications that Mark Sanchez will start for the second consecutive week, Sam Bradford is hoping to return to action. The Eagles had only a walk-through on Tuesday. Bradford was limited, which means he did not take his usual allotment of first-team snaps. He has been cleared from his concussion but still has discomfort from a separated non-throwing shoulder.
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November 23, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday, Chip Kelly insisted it was five and not six new starters that he has on offense. By Wednesday morning, that number had dropped to four. "We actually only made four changes on offense," Kelly said when he spoke to Tampa reporters. "I think that gets a little bit overblown in terms of wholesale changes. We made the same amount of changes I think on defense as we did on offense. " If the number was four, then, yes, the Eagles offense has as many new starters as its defense.
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