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January 27, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Haley Raymond watched as her free throw hit the back of the rim and bounced straight up toward the top of the backboard. For a tense moment, the ball seemed suspended in midair, almost as if it was deciding whether to fall through the circle beneath it. As it seemed to do all night for the Haddonfield girls' basketball team, the ball ultimately complied, swishing through the net with a little more than two minutes left and giving the...
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January 16, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tebowmania had no chance against Tom Brady's playoff pedigree. All the heroics, all the big plays and quite a few records belonged to Brady and the New England Patriots on Saturday night in a 45-10 rout of overmatched Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Brady threw six touchdown passes, putting the Patriots into the AFC Championship Game and silencing the nationwide frenzy surrounding Tebow. The Patriots, winners of nine straight games, will host Baltimore on Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl.
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January 5, 2012 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW ORLEANS - In a city that is in the throes of football mania, a calming basketball game was just what the people needed. What they got was a load of the Sixers' Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday - and a loss for their beloved Hornets. The streets were a sea of Michigan blue and Virginia Tech maroon the past couple of days, part of the fanfare surrounding the Sugar Bowl, which was played at the Superdome Tuesday night. Throngs of LSU and Alabama fans are starting to converge around the French Quarter as the BCS Championship Game will be held at the Big Dome on Monday.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Fred Milano, who made rock and roll history on doo-wop hits with Dion and the Belmonts in the 1950s and continued to perform while starting a late-in-life career with the New York City Department of Correction, has died. He was 72. Milano died Sunday, three weeks after his lung cancer was diagnosed, said Warren Gradus, who joined the Belmonts in 1963. Milano lived in Massapequa, on Long Island, and died in a hospital, Gradus said. Dion DiMucci, the lead singer who left the Belmonts in 1960, said on his Facebook page yesterday, "May he rest in peace and rock on in heaven.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Some will say Jerry Sandusky showed grace toward his accusers by sparing them the torment of testifying in public about their private hell. I am not so inclined. Sandusky's unorthodox lawyer, Joseph Amendola, has granted interviews to anyone with a pen. He has allowed his client, the former Penn State assistant football coach, to vent on NBC and in the New York Times, with Sandusky spinning a PG version of showers and sleepovers with 10 boys, activities that now encompass more than 50 counts of sexual abuse.
SPORTS
December 5, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI - Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis blitzed from the blind side for his first career sack, then dashed upfield in jubilation. A dazed Carson Palmer rose slowly, looked back at Davis and did a double take, as if startled to discover his tackler was a 5-11 cornerback. The Dolphins, who host the Eagles next Sunday in Sun Life Stadium, are full of surprises lately. Once-woeful Miami won for the fourth time in the past five games yesterday by beating the Oakland Raiders, 34-14.
SPORTS
December 5, 2011 | Associated Press
MIAMI - Once-woeful Miami won for the fourth time in its last five games on Sunday, beating Oakland 34-14. Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards and a touchdown, Matt Moore had a hand in two TDs and Kevin Burnett returned an interception 34 yards for Miami's final score. The surge came after the Dolphins (4-8) lost their first seven games. In the past five weeks they've outscored opponents 139-54, with the lone loss a one-point defeat at Dallas on Thanksgiving. "We've been on a wild ride here," Moore said.
SPORTS
November 17, 2011
OKLAHOMA STATE'S fifth-year senior, who turned 28 on Oct. 14, was older than 14 of the NFL quarterbacks who started in Week 1. Shades of Chris Weinke, who became the oldest player to win the Heisman Trophy as a 28-year-old for Florida State in 2000 after pursuing a baseball career. The year before, he helped the Seminoles win a national title. Now, Weeden is trying to do both in the same season. The Cowboys, 10-0 for the first time, are coming off a 66-6 win at Texas Tech. It's the sixth time they've scored at least 52. They haven't been held under 30. Last year, in his first full season as a starter since 2001, Weeden became OSU's first all-league QB since the 1930s.
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November 11, 2011 | BY JEFF JANICZEK, janiczj@phillynews.com
Closing in on 600 wins, Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta doesn't want all the credit. "In this business, it's not the coach that wins 600 games or 700 games or 500 games," Perretta said. "It's the players who have played in the program. This is more of a reflection on the players at Villanova than the coach. I just happened to have been here for all 600 wins. " With a remarkable 598-378 record in 33 seasons at Villanova, Perretta is just two wins away from the career milestone.
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