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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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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 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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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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February 11, 2009
Laura Kurz scored 17 points and Lisa Karcic added 10 as Villanova defeated host Marquette, 46-45, in a women's Big East game last night. Villanova (16-8, 8-2), which has won seven straight conference games, held off Marquette (13-11, 4-6)), which trailed 45-32 with 6:06 left in the 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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December 9, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Ann Strother ended Connecticut's losing streak at one. Strother scored a season-high 24 points and had 10 rebounds, and No. 8 UConn bounced back from its worst home loss in 21 years with a 72-56 victory over Villanova at the Pavilion last night. Villanova (5-2, 0-1 Big East) led 29-28 at the half but the Huskies (7-1, 1-0), who lost, 77-54, to No. 7 North Carolina on Monday night, rallied in the second half. Lisa Karcic led the Wildcats with 14 points, and Jackie Adamschick had 13.
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June 20, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vince Nicastro, who navigated Villanova through conference-realignment waters and hired Jay Wright as the school's basketball coach, is moving to a new position at the school after 15 years as athletic director. Nicastro said he will stay on until a new athletic director is named. He then will become associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova University School of Law. "It's something I've been talking to our president for a couple of months about, what the next chapter would be," Nicastro said Thursday afternoon.
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June 19, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
VILLANOVA incoming freshman Jalen Brunson, considered one of the top lead-guard prospects in the country, has made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Under-19 team that will play in the FIBA World Championships in Crete, Greece, from June 27 to July 5. Brunson was part of the U-18 team that qualified for this competition by winning the FIBA Americas title last summer. In the first game, he broke Stephon Marbury's 20-year-old USA Basketball record with 13 assists against Uruguay.
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June 19, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF YOU have been around college sports as long as I have, you meet every imaginable kind of person - some with agendas, others who are in it just for themselves, overmatched incompetents. You also get to know people like Vince Nicastro, who is everything good about college athletics - honest, fair-minded, reasonable and terrific at his job. When it was announced yesterday that Nicastro, the Villanova athletics director for 15 years, will be leaving his job sometime soon to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law, I felt good for Vince and his family because that is what they want.
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June 18, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LAST SEASON, Villanova and Virginia were two of the best basketball teams in the country. Now the defending Big East champion and reigning ACC regular-season champ - who both figure to start next season ranked among the top teams - have reached a two-year agreement to play each other. The first meeting will be Dec. 19 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers will visit Philadelphia in 2016-17, mostly likely playing at the Wells Fargo Center. UVA tied a program record with 30 wins in 2014-15.
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May 8, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ONE OF THE FIRST things Jay Wright does after every Villanova game is go back over the video. "You always want to see, immediately, what we can improve for the next game," said the man who has the third-most wins in school history. Except when that game is suddenly another eight months away, which is what happens when you unexpectedly get ousted in the first week of the NCAA Tournament. "Once there's not a next game, you know it's going to hurt to watch," Wright said. "So you kind of delay it. "I probably didn't watch for a couple of weeks.
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May 1, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
The St. Joseph's men will play in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in November. The Hawks will host Niagara on Nov. 15 and Buffalo on Nov. 18 in the first two games. On Nov. 21, St. Joe's will play Florida in Uncasville, Conn., with Purdue taking on Old Dominion in the other Naismith Bracket game. The championship and consolation games will be played the next day. 'Nova in Hawaii. Villanova will be at Pearl Harbor for the 74th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that pulled the United States into World War II. The Wildcats will play Oklahoma on Dec. 7 in a duel of NCAA tournament teams.
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April 27, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS JORDY WILLIAMSZ so accurately put it, Edward Cheserek is "the man at the moment" when it comes to distance running. The Oregon sophomore, a Kenyan who went to high school in Newark, N.J., already has won six NCAA national titles. Yesterday at Franklin Field, he's what Williamsz and Villanova were up against in the closing 1,600-meter leg of the Distance Medley Relay, which the Ducks won last April with Cheserek as their anchor. Hardly the easiest assignment. Especially when you get the baton in fourth place, about 20 meters behind pacesetting Columbia and about half that far in back of the team to beat.
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April 27, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 121-year history of the Penn Relays Carnival, there couldn't have been a stranger race than the one a Franklin Field crowd of 48,920 witnessed Saturday on the anchor leg of the men's 4-by-mile Championship of America. Villanova won the event as Jordy Williamsz outsprinted Oregon's Edward Cheserek to the line, turning the tables on Cheserek's sizzling finish the previous day on the Ducks' winning distance-medley relay. But the pace of the final leg won't be found on a tape of track's greatest hits any time soon.
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April 27, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The words from the sentimental poem Fran O'Hanlon read at Jack Kraft's memorial service Thursday afternoon must have held a special resonance for some in attendance. " 'I didn't yet know the meaning of heartache or recognize pain,' " O'Hanlon said, quoting the poem "Two Paths" by Grace Easley. "And I took it for granted that youth would remain.' " That illusion, virtually universal among humans, is particularly heartbreaking when it involves former athletes. Kraft died in August at 93. The basketball players he coached through 15 extremely successful seasons at Villanova are now in their 60s and 70s. Many reunited in the university's chapel for the ceremony, one that current Wildcats coach Jay Wright had arranged to precede that night's basketball banquet.
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April 26, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The words of Jordy Williamsz of Villanova were simple but eloquent as he described the performance of Oregon's Edward Cheserek during their final-lap duel in the men's distance-medley relay Friday at the 121st Penn Relays. "He's good, man. He's real good," Williamsz said. Cheserek, a sophomore who grew up in Kenya, bided his time in the 1,600-meter anchor leg and passed Williamsz with about 150 meters to go, lifting the Ducks to their second straight victory in the DMR and blunting a determined effort from Villanova.
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