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October 7, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
JOHN ROBERTSON'S season is now officially over. So too is his collegiate career. Villanova's fifth-year senior quarterback, who won the 2014 Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in FCS, will not return this season, after suffering a complete tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the Delaware game on Sept. 19. At the time, he said he would forgo surgery and rehab the injury in the hopes he might be able to return. After consulting with doctors, he still won't have surgery.
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October 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
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October 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles still do not have the full inside linebacker combination they envisioned when the season started, but the news is getting better about Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso. Kendricks was a full participant in practice Wednesday and is on track to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Alonso is in Florida rehabbing his left knee injury. He had arthroscopic surgery and is expected to return in about a month, according to a league source. That would mean Alonso does not need surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, which would have cost him the season.
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
After spending more than a month in dry dock, being overhauled from top to bottom by volunteers, the Gazela, the city's official tall ship and the country's oldest square-rigged wooden vessel, will again be able to sail this week. On Thursday, the 114-year-old ship will leave dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, its home since the end of July, and sail back to its usual home at the north end of Penn's Landing. "We removed planks below the water level to assess the condition of the framing, to be able to plan for a major rebuild," said Patrick Flynn, the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild's superintendent of ships.
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September 30, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TWP, N.J. - The 76ers will finally get an opportunity to see what happens when they deploy Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor side-by-side. The two big men will become the franchise's most important tandem on Tuesday morning at Stockton University. That's when the Sixers begin the first of eight training camp practices that conclude on Saturday. The pairing of the two 6-foot-11 post players was among the biggest topics Monday when the team met with the media at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club.
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September 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin benched centerfielder Odubel Herrera in the fourth inning of Sunday's loss for throwing his bat down in frustration and not running hard to first base after flying out to left field. "Boys play Little League. Men play Major League Baseball. We will not pout. We will not feel sorry for ourselves. If you want to, then you don't belong here. He had to learn a lesson," Mackanin explained after the game. "To me, he's been pouting for a few days, and I just wanted to make sure that he gets the message.
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September 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Nola has never had Tommy John surgery. The Phillies righthander has not faced a significant injury. But an article about the elbow surgery's namesake reminded interim general manager Scott Proefrock about Nola. Proefrock said he spent a few days trying to figure out the best plan of action for the remainder of Nola's rookie season. Ruben Amaro Jr. said before his ouster that Nola would be shelved after reaching 185 innings, which would cause the Phillies to end Nola's season early.
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September 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shayne Gostisbehere has gained 15 pounds since last year, shed some body fat thanks to summer workouts, and has put his knee surgery in the rearview mirror. The knee, he said, is back to normal. "It feels good," the speedy 5-foot-11, 186-pound defenseman said Tuesday after the Flyers' second day of rookie camp in Voorhees. "I have no limits out there. I feel great and hopefully I don't look too bad. " Relieved that he is able to resume his promising career, the player they call "Ghost" talked about how his sister, Felicia, 25, whose figure skating career ended because of hip injuries, helped him get through his surgery and grueling rehab.
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September 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cesar Hernandez will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair ligament damage in his left thumb. The Phillies second baseman is expected to be healthy in time for spring training in February. The need for surgery stems from Hernandez's awkward fall Sunday after a collision with Anthony Rizzo in the seventh inning of the win against the Chicago Cubs. It resulted in a dislocation of Hernandez's thumb, and a visit to the doctor Monday revealed the ligament damage. Estimated recovery time is about three months, which would put Hernandez's potential participation in winter ball in doubt.
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September 11, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Ertz practiced on Wednesday for the first time in nearly a month, and there's a possibility that the Eagles' third-year tight end could play in the season opener on Monday against the Atlanta Falcons. Ertz, who had surgery on Aug. 14 for a core muscle injury, was cleared to return to practice after he ran routes in front of the medical staff on Friday. The Eagles had a relatively light practice on Wednesday, and Ertz is curious to see how his body will respond on Thursday. He expects the decision on whether he can play against the Falcons to stretch to "Monday, right before the game.
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