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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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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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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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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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December 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LAST SEASON, Villanova swept its Big 5 games by a record 90 points. Early this month, the Wildcats won by 14 at La Salle. Three days later, they beat Saint Joseph's by twice that much on the Main Line. Yesterday afternoon, once again at the Pavilion, it was another city team's turn to take a shot at the nation's seventh-ranked squad. Temple had taken three of the previous five meetings, including the last one on Lancaster Avenue, in 2012, its first win at Villanova in a little more than 2 decades.
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January 26, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The Pavilion needs a name. It deserves a name. It had one, of course, but Villanova removed that name in 1997. You don't know why? Catch Foxcatcher if it's still at a theater near you. Once John du Pont's name was removed from the building - the money he'd promised largely un-donated after Villanova had dropped his renegade wrestling program after just two years - CoreStates seriously kicked the tires on paying to put its name on the place....
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March 21, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - Villanova didn't fall off the cliff on Thursday night. Some day, some year, there will be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament that misjudges the edge and tumbles against a No. 16 seed, but it wasn't the Wildcats this time, this year. Beyond that, nothing was determined during Villanova's 93-52 win over an outmatched Lafayette team that couldn't solve its problems at either end of the floor. The NCAA run might have started Thursday for Villanova, but there was no danger of its ending.
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March 21, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - With all the problems Lafayette had to deal with, stone walls around the inside, that grab bag of Villanova shooters around the perimeter - another one appeared at the scorer's table, making it practically a pile-on. Villanova's eighth player to check in, a guy who played less than all the others in Thursday's first half of their NCAA East Regional opener, was the one who took care of things for good. One moment, Lafayette fans who had filled Section 111 of the Consol Energy Center almost as soon as the doors opened were looking at a best-case scenario, their Leopards practically sticking around.
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March 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Jay Wright says he had good reason for concern going into top-seeded Villanova's matchup against No. 16 Lafayette in its opening game of the NCAA East Regional, even if a 16th seed never had defeated a No. 1 since the tournament went to 64 teams in 1985. Still, no matter how much apprehension he felt, Wright saw his Wildcats come out Thursday night and play as well as he hoped they would. They raced out to a 21-point lead in the first 14 minutes and rolled to a 93-52 victory over the Leopards at the Consol Energy Center.
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March 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Villanova has an opponent for Saturday's third-round NCAA East Regional game, and it's not the team that trailed for 19 minutes, 59.9 seconds in the second half. Sophomore forward BeeJay Anya hit an eight-foot hook shot in the lane with one-tenth of a second to play Thursday night to propel eighth seed North Carolina State to an unlikely 66-65 victory over Louisiana State in the second game of a doubleheader at the Consol Energy Center. The Wolfpack (21-13) trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half and by 62-48 with 9:15 to play.
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March 21, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - After his postgame news conference had ended Thursday night, Fran O'Hanlon slipped through a black curtain behind a dais and found himself face to face with two Villanova players - Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu - and Jay Wright. The three were sitting in a row, and one by one, O'Hanlon shook hands with each of them, finally giving Wright a firm grip and finishing with a nine-word admonishment. "You guys," he said, "had better get to the Final Four. " The day before, O'Hanlon had joked that he would enjoy every minute of this experience - his coaching Lafayette to its first NCAA tournament in 15 years, his coaching against his alma mater - until Thursday's game began.
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March 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - So how many teams in the NCAA Tournament have any more to prove than 32-2 Villanova, which has already set a program record for victories? Maybe not within its locker room. Because the Wildcats have never measured themselves by how far they go at this time of the season, even though Jay Wright has had more than a few teams that acquitted themselves rather well. It's just that none has done so recently. So be it. The Wildcats have always taken the most pride in how they did against the rest of the Big East, be it the old-school version or the current one. Which certainly seems fair enough, even if bracketologists everywhere might not concur.
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March 20, 2015
Line: Villanova by 22½. Hot Josh Hart was the best player on the court for Villanova in the Wildcats' three-game sweep to the Big East tournament championship. The 6-foot-5 sophomore sixth man shot 21 of 29 (72.4 percent) from the field and averaged 17.7 points while knocking down nine three-point baskets in 14 attempts (64.3 percent). Lafayette point guard Nick Lindner, a sophomore from Germantown Academy, averaged 23.7 points and deposited 61.5 percent of his field-goal attempts and 60 percent from three (9 of 15)
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March 20, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - So what can go wrong? It's hard to spin the ball that way when you're looking at Villanova right now. There may not be a more confident team in this NCAA tournament - on merit. The Wildcats easily solidified their No. 1 seed, they haven't lost since January, didn't lose before January, and are more than 20-point favorites Thursday in their NCAA East Regional first-round game against No. 16 seed Lafayette. So expect a free ride to the Final Four? Didn't all the pundits declare the East Regional to be the easy regional?
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March 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writerkernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - In 2010, after Villanova lost to St. Mary's in its second game in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed, Jay Wright talked about how, at a lot of places, that wouldn't be such a good thing. But by that point he'd certainly banked more than enough credibility chips on the Main Line: four trips to the second week in the previous five seasons, including one run to the Final Eight and a spot in the national semifinals. And all four times, the Wildcats had been eliminated by the eventual champion.
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March 20, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - Phil Booth Sr. went to nearly all of Villanova's games this season to watch his son play as a freshman for Jay Wright on one of the best college teams in the country. Wright caught a glimpse of the father here and there, but the two didn't have a conversation until after the NCAA tournament bracket was announced Sunday. "I grabbed him and said, 'Hey, you are the best parent in the world,' " Wright said. " 'Anybody else, with a kid as good a player as yours and only getting 16 minutes a game, would have been bitching and complaining all year.
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