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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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March 31, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
The only times Felicia Jenkins could rush to her phone Saturday night came during breaks. She had to work at an Amazon distribution center in Columbia, S.C. Her sister, who had driven from Baltimore to Louisville to see Felicia's son, Kris, play for Villanova in the NCAA tournament, kept texting Felicia play-by-play. There was no TV, and Felicia wasn't allowed to have her phone with her except during those breaks that weren't getting there fast enough. "I'm making plays in my head, the same plays that he would make in his mind," Felicia Jenkins said over the phone Tuesday.
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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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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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March 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
The perception is that Ryan Arcidiacono has been at Villanova for six years, maybe eight. The reality is that he has played basketball on the Main Line for just four years, not missing a single game, and he has done much to restore the culture of the program and make it nationally prominent again. Certainly, the thought that Arcidiacono will be leaving 'Nova shortly after games in the Big East and NCAA tournaments has to worry his coach. After all, aren't he and Jay Wright joined at the hip?
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April 20, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson realizes he isn't the type to sit stone-faced on press row watching a Wildcats team. In Houston, Jackson went for the front row of Villanova's fan section in the stands during the Final Four. "I try to stay calm and cool," Jackson said last week. But the last couple of minutes of a game for a national championship? "I couldn't really function. I couldn't speak. I remember my wife whispering in my ear, 'Are you sure you want to do this for the rest of your life?
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April 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The Villanova men are trying something a little different at the Penn Relays this year, and coach Marcus O'Sullivan appears to be quite excited about it. As always, the Wildcats will run their first race at the 122nd carnival in Friday's distance medley relay, an event that covers 10 laps and 4,000 meters around Franklin Field. But a little more than four hours later, Villanova will take part in the sprint medley relay - a race of four laps and 1,600 meters that the Cats have entered "for the first time in my 18 years" as head coach, O'Sullivan said.
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April 24, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 center at Neumann-Goretti, has committed to play for NCAA tournament champion Villanova. The 215-pound junior and his mother, Ayesha, visited Villanova on Thursday night. "They showed me that the school will be a home away from home for me," he said. "And I love the coaching staff. " Cosby-Roundtree, a solid rebounder and shot blocker, chose the Wildcats over Miami, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth, and Xavier, among others.
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April 23, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Jay Wright's official position at Villanova is William B. Finneran Endowed Athletic Fund Head Coach, understand that Finneran's $22.6 million gift to Villanova this week was not Finneran's first substantial donation to Villanova's athletic department. According to the school, Finneran endowed Villanova head men's basketball coaches' salary in 1996 by donating $1 million. Since Finneran's own undergraduate time at Villanova as an economics major, class of 1963 - "I'm a guy who graduated summa cum lousy" - Finneran has been involved with the school for more than five decades, including as a former trustee, and head of a former capital campaign, and more informally, Finneran said, as an advocate both for hiring Wright and for helping make sure Wright stayed.
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova women's track and cross-country coach Gina Procaccio recalled the time she felt very good about her chances of attracting a top high school runner after the Wildcats finished a back-to-back national cross-country championship run in 2010 and 2011 but wound up losing the prospect to Stanford. So she couldn't help but chuckle a couple of weeks ago when she checked her email after Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three-point shot against North Carolina to give Villanova the national championship in basketball.
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Standing around inside the Pavilion waiting for one more celebration of Villanova's national championship to start, Josh Hart pondered whether the whirlwind that has been the last 16 days for himself and his teammates has allowed him to fully absorb what had happened. "It's sunk in for the most part," said Hart, who was wearing a green bow tie. "Today I had to be somewhere by 5 and went in my room to grab something and I was just thinking, 'Man, we're national champions.' This doesn't happen every year.
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April 22, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
VILLANOVA'S football team finished 6-5 last season, after winning 11 times the year before. The Wildcats started as the fourth-ranked team in FCS. Then Walter Payton Award-winning senior quarterback John Robertson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game. They lost the following week to Penn at home, their first loss to the Quakers in 15 meetings; the Quakers' scores including a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Three games later, they lost at Towson by seven, as the Tigers ran back two interceptions for TDs (one an 86-yarder)
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April 20, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson realizes he isn't the type to sit stone-faced on press row watching a Wildcats team. In Houston, Jackson went for the front row of Villanova's fan section in the stands during the Final Four. "I try to stay calm and cool," Jackson said last week. But the last couple of minutes of a game for a national championship? "I couldn't really function. I couldn't speak. I remember my wife whispering in my ear, 'Are you sure you want to do this for the rest of your life?
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April 18, 2016
ISSUE | VILLANOVA PARADE Philadelphia comes up big in big moments Philadelphia has a reputation for hosting large-scale events with great success. Mayor Kenney has made it clear that he is committed to building on this reputation in a manner that makes events high-quality, cost-effective, and welcoming to all Philadelphia residents. With just three days to prepare after Villanova men's basketball team won the NCAA championship on April 4, city departments and agencies created a celebration that met the university's expectations while being accountable to taxpayers ("Victory lane," April 9)
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April 17, 2016
Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins, who hit the game-winning three-point basket in the national championship game, said Friday he has "every intention" of returning to school for his senior year as he goes through the NBA's draft evaluation process. Jenkins and teammate Josh Hart, also a junior, announced last week that they had filed for early entry to test their draft status without hiring an agent. Under NCAA rules, they may participate in the NBA combine and one team tryout, and will be allowed to withdraw from the draft by May 25 and return to school.
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April 13, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
PHILADELPHIA basketball royalty graced the hallowed Palestra floor Monday night as the Big 5 commemorated its 60th anniversary by inducting one of the best teams from each school into its Hall of Fame at the annual postseason banquet. There was La Salle's 1968-69 team that lost once and was ranked second behind UCLA and senior Lew Alcindor. Then you had Temple's 1997-88 team that reached No. 1 and made it to the Elite Eight. And the 2003-04 Saint Joseph's team that also sat atop the polls and made it to a regional final.
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