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January 10, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
WHAT IN the world is a 6-7, 285-pound center supposed to do in an up-tempo offense? Simple: Run! So, Joe LoStracco laces up his size-18s for Archbishop Wood and hoofs it every day before practice. While the little guys do skill work, the big senior works on conditioning drills. In fact, before last night's tipoff against Bishop McDevitt, first-year Viking coach John Mosco revealed that LoStracco would come off the bench until he returned to basketball form after a season on the football team's offensive line.
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January 3, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
FORMER MINNESOTA Vikings punter Chris Kluwe alleges in a Deadspin story that he was released on May 6 because he was an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage and he says he was a victim of homophobic remarks by Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Kluwe told ESPN.com that he didn't approach the team, the NFL or the NFLPA about Priefer's comments at the time because doing so is "something that ends careers. " "I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot," Kluwe says in the story that was posted yesterday.
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December 20, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE STATISTICS from Sunday suggest that Chip Kelly quit on the run too soon, that LeSean McCoy's eight carries reflected the kind of panic attack that often carried the day during the final Sundays of the Andy Reid regime. The truth, more likely, is that Kelly never quit on the passing attack - or more descriptively, was never compelled to. Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns against a Vikings secondary ranked near the bottom of the NFL, and if he had been just a teensy bit more accurate and his receivers a teensy bit more focused, Foles might have thrown for 200 more yards and two more touchdowns.
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December 17, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - There were no snow angels to make after Sunday's game. There will be no magazine covers to grace this week. Party planning for the first weekend in January can be put on hold. Last week's euphoria dissipated during a 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, replaced by the realization for the Eagles that they had missed an opportunity against one of the NFL's worst teams. But the loss and the collapse of the Eagles' five-game winning streak could turn out to be a minor setback in the team's postseason hopes.
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December 17, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
MINNEAPOLIS - A quick glance at the raw numbers give you the impression that the Eagles offense had a terrific day. They racked up 475 net yards yesterday, which was their fourth-best yardage total of the season. They converted 50 percent of third-down opportunities (7-for-14) for only the third time. Nick Foles threw for a career-high 428 yards and notched his fifth game with at least three touchdowns. DeSean Jackson had a career-high 10 catches and a season-high 195 receiving yards.
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December 17, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
MINNEAPOLIS - Long before logging, mining and Target department stores fueled the economy of the Gopher State, bush rangers settled along the region's rivers and set their double long springs to snare furry rodents with pronounced incisors. Yesterday, the Eagles were the beavers, and they got trapped. After a Snow Bowl win over the Lions and facing a key game against the stout Bears the following week, the Birds played flat and undisciplined in a 48-30 loss to an undermanned Vikings team.
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December 15, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
THERE'S NO question that Adrian Peterson is a fast healer. Not since the Minnesota Vikings' star running back tore an ACL in late-December 2011 and came back less than 9 months later to nearly break the single-season rushing record and win the MVP award. After suffering a midfoot sprain in the second quarter of the Vikings' overtime loss at Baltimore last Sunday, Peterson has vowed to return to face the Eagles tomorrow, making what would be yet another impressive return after being carted off the field a week earlier.
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December 15, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devlin acknowledged that his halftime talk, with the Vikings struggling mightily to gain rushing yardage, was "a little louder than usual. " Whatever Devlin said, the players - in particular, the offensive line - responded. Wood netted 184 yards rushing and three touchdowns after the break and downed Bishop McDevitt of Harrisburg, 22-10, Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium to win the PIAA Class AAA state football championship. Junior tailback Jarrett McClenton benefited from the up-front turnaround.
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December 15, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Webb doesn't rank up there with Tampa Bay's Joe Jurevicius in Eagles infamy, but the name brings back painful memories for the Birds. Now a Vikings wide receiver, the former backup has been getting a lot of press this week for his role in a 2010 Eagles loss as the Birds prepare for Sunday's game in Minnesota. Three years ago, the Eagles were 10-4, fresh off an emotional comeback victory over the New York Giants, and two wins from securing a free pass into the second round of the playoffs, along with home-field advantage.
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December 15, 2013 | By Pat Borzi, For The Inquirer
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - There is Philadelphia cold, and there is Minnesota cold. What's the difference? Permit Sharrif Floyd, the George Washington High graduate and a rookie defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, to explain: "Philadelphia-type weather, Baltimore weather, you get snow but it's still going to be 40 degrees," Floyd said earlier this week at the Vikings training complex in suburban Minneapolis. "Here? There can be no snow on the ground but it's still negative-13 [degrees]
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