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May 29, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Betty Okino, a 16-year-old gymnast with a beautiful, slender, long-legged body, wrinkles her nose with disgust. "I am told I have the wrong body type for gymnastics," Okino says. And she frowns. Okino is a gymnast, a very good one. She won a silver medal in the 1992 world championships on the uneven bars. She has a move, a triple pirouette on the balance beam, named after her. But in the last year, Okino has grown two inches, to 5-foot-4 - uncommonly tall for a gymnast. And she has a stress fracture in her back.
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March 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A roar of disappointment and disgust went up Sunday from friends and alumni crowded into the Connelly Center's multipurpose room when "Virginia" went up on the No. 1 seed line in the East Regional instead of Villanova. But the Wildcats players and coaches were just fine with being the region's No. 2 seed, good for a matchup against Horizon League tournament champion University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday in Buffalo. "I thought a No. 1 seed was possible, but I understood we weren't going to get it because we lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East" tournament, senior guard Tony Chennault said.
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July 27, 2007 | By Kathy Boccella and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Villanova University student who told the school that she had been raped by three incoming freshman football players, who have since been kicked out of school, does not want to press charges, Radnor police said yesterday. "It was clear in the victim's mind that a forcible sexual assault and rape had occurred against her in a South Campus dorm room," police said in a statement. However, the woman told them that she was not interested in having them continue their investigation, Police Superintendent John L. Rutty said.
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May 22, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there   After chatting with several people who seemingly only wanted an online relationship, and meeting others who expected her to pay for both of them, Angela figured she was unlucky in online love. So in fall 2011, she told Match.com not to renew her subscription. Her access to the dating site would end when the month she'd paid for was over. A few days later, she got a message through the site from Kevin. "I see you lived in Baltimore," he said, noting her graduate degree from Johns Hopkins.
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April 13, 2006
TO Villanova students, my thoughts on the controversy about the pro-life sculpture: Abortion is not the difficult choice; that is the easy way out. The tough choice is being responsible and raising the child. Charlie Jurewicz Hazleton, Pa.
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September 6, 2013
Who: Villanova at Fordham When: Saturday, 6 p.m., Coffey Field, Bronx, N.Y. TV: None. Radio: WIP (610-AM) Records: Villanova 0-1, Fordham 1-0 History: Villanova leads series that began in 1897, 20-4-3. Fordham's last win was in 1920. The Wildcats won last year at home, 28-13. About Villanova: Wildcats lost at FBS Boston College, 24-14, after leading by seven at halftime ... They fell from fifth to ninth in the FCS rankings ... Biggest issue was injuries.
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November 18, 2011
Delaware at Villanova When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m., PPL Park. TV/Radio: Comcast Network/ESPN-AM (950) Records: Delaware, 6-4 overall, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova, 2-8, 1-6. Coaches: Delaware, K.C. Keeler (10th season, 80-46); Villanova, Andy Talley (27th season, 190-115-1). Series: The Wildcats lead, 23-20-1. Last season, Villanova needed overtime to win, 28-21. Delaware hasn't defeated the Wildcats since 2005.
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November 7, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Call them mirror images. The only difference between the Villanova and Richmond football teams may be the emblems on the helmets. That's because the two Football Championship Subdivision squads have powerful running games. They score a bunch of points. They have stingy defenses. They're ranked among the nation's top four programs. Those similarities make today's matchup at the University of Richmond Stadium this season's most-anticipated Colonial Athletic Association game.
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June 16, 1988 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andre Metzger, two-time runner-up in the World Championships and a four- time all-American at Oklahoma, has been fired as an assistant wrestling coach at Villanova and dismissed from coach John du Pont's Team Foxcatcher. Metzger, seeded second at 149.5 pounds (68 kilos) at the U.S. Olympic trials in Pensacola, is expected to represent the United States at the Olympics in Seoul. Du Pont said Metzger, who was informed May 31 via the mail that he was fired, had told two potential recruits - Jason Culff of Michigan and Chuck Weaver of Oklahoma - not to sign with Villanova this spring because the university did not have its own wrestling room.
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October 31, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's ability to win in Virginia will go a long way toward determining if the Wildcats will win at least a share of the Colonial Athletic Association football title. The Wildcats are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAA heading into the game Saturday at Richmond. The only other team unbeaten in CAA action is New Hampshire, which will not play Villanova this season. As for playing in Virginia, the Wildcats had their toughest Football Championship Subdivision test this season when they won, 35-31, at William and Mary on Oct. 18. Villanova expects an equally tough game against Richmond (6-2, 3-1)
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October 29, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Last October, at the conference's annual media day, everything about the Big East was new so there was much nostalgia for what was. Yesterday at Madison Square Garden, it was no longer relevant to look back. It was about what is and what will be. "I think getting the first year of the Big East over with was the greatest thing we did," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "It was the first year of not having the traditional Big East that all of us were used to . . . Now, we're settled in so let's talk about what the Big East is. I think it's a great conference that could every year put five or six teams in the NCAA Tournament.
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October 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LAST SEASON, all Villanova's basketball team did was something no other Villanova team had ever done. The Wildcats went 28-3. The only problem was, that was the regular season. Then came the postseason, where they lost their opening game in the Big East Tournament as the top seed and their second game in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2. And these days, what you do or don't do in March is what most folks tend to remember most. Now, the Wildcats return four starters and are the overwhelming pick to win the conference again.
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October 27, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova overcame a mistake-prone first half and dominated the second in its final nonconference game of the season, defeating Morgan State, 48-28, Saturday at Villanova Stadium. The game was tied at 21 at halftime, but No. 5 Villanova (7-1) scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter to secure the win. "We preached at halftime that we've been down twice at halftime before, to both William and Mary and James Madison," Villanova coach Andy Talley said. "Let's manage this game a little better in the third quarter.
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October 26, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When John Robertson needed shoulder surgery in the offseason, it allowed him to spend some time on the sidelines last spring and watch his Villanova teammates closer than ever before. "I got a different perspective," Robertson said. "I was pretty much able to watch the offense from the outside. I saw so many different things that I hadn't seen playing. I was like, 'alright, this is what I have to do.' " Whatever it was that Robinson saw, it's paying dividends. Set to lead the fifth-ranked Wildcats (6-1)
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October 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - After setting a school record for victories and winning the Big East regular-season title while finishing with a 29-5 mark last season, Villanova is preparing for an encore that conference coaches, at least at the ballot box, expect the Wildcats to achieve. The Cats were the unanimous choice of the nine league coaches other than Jay Wright, who could not vote for his own team, to win the regular-season crown. Or as Wright would put it, just another challenge for a team that could be pretty good but needs to keep working.
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October 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Always a team guy throughout his Villanova career, Darrun Hilliard found fault Wednesday with the fact that the Big East Conference preseason player of the year did not come from his team. "It's wrong. I think it's wrong," Hilliard said during Big East media day at Madison Square Garden. "I don't believe it. It is what it is. They have their opinions. I don't understand it. We'll see at the end of the year. " In a vote of the league's coaches, Georgetown junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was chosen as the preseason player of the year.
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October 23, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you want to own a piece of 76ers basketball history, here's a chance: Former team president Pat Croce's 10,500-square-foot Villanova mansion will be auctioned to the highest bidder Saturday. Anyone can participate in the auction for Croce's property, according to Michael Schwartz, director of national sales for Premiere Estates Auction Co. of Manhattan Beach, Calif., which is running the event. But all bidders have to put up an "entry fee" deposit of $150,000 by cashier's check or wire ahead of time.
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October 22, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO HOW is success measured? If it's by how far someone has come and what they've had to overcome, then there can't be many young men who have accomplished more than Villanova senior Pat Williams. His story is worth celebrating simply for him being here. Instead of being, as he put it, "In jail, selling drugs, in a gang or dead. " Which is what he believes could have, or even would have, easily happened had he not escaped the life he was once exposed to growing up in the projects of Orlando, Fla. "To be honest, I never thought I was going to see 18," said Williams, who is having by far his best season as a nose guard for the Wildcats' football team and is on schedule to graduate in May with an English degree.
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October 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Rollie Massimino will be back coaching at the Pavilion in a couple of weeks. Nine days after that - Nov. 13, to be precise - he will turn 80 years old. The man who coached Villanova for 19 years, and during that one marvelous, mystical April Fool's evening in 1985, has not slowed down and has no plans of retiring even as he continues a battle against cancer. "I went to visit [former Florida State football coach] Bobby Bowden a few years ago and he was up on top of the tower coaching," Massimino said.
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