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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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August 28, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson is the Colonial Athletic Association preseason offensive player of the year. He says such distinctions mean more to his parents than they do to him. Even preseason rankings don't mean much, Robertson said, although the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally this year after starting last season ranked No. 9. "Last year, we kind of got our heads in the clouds a little bit," Robertson said. Robertson had a big year. He ran for 1,405 yards in 2013 while setting a school record by completing 68.4 percent of his passes.
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August 31, 2014 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Villanova had a window of opportunity to defeat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent Friday night, but its chance sailed wide. After senior Chris Gough missed a 25-yard field goal that would have won the game at the end of regulation, Syracuse (1-0) inched by Villanova (0-1), 27-26, in double overtime in the Carrier Dome. "I felt like we could have won the game tonight," Wildcats coach Andy Talley said. "We had it all timed out at the end. You line up and kick the field goal and you win. " Gough made a field goal at the end of the Wildcats' first overtime drive, but Syracuse tied the score on its possession before taking the lead on a 1-yard touchdown pass by punter Riley Dixon.
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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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August 22, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
GROWING UP in Olney where he still lives, Tony Chennault knew all about the lure of the streets. Following a decorated basketball career at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, two seasons playing at Wake Forest and two more at Villanova and now armed with a communications degree from Villanova, Chennault is telling a story from those streets in a film called "Oldhead," about the wise, older mentor some young men will believe in while others will ignore....
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August 31, 2014 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Villanova had a window of opportunity to defeat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent Friday night, but its chance sailed wide. After senior Chris Gough missed a 25-yard field goal that would have won the game at the end of regulation, Syracuse (1-0) inched by Villanova (0-1), 27-26, in double overtime in the Carrier Dome. "I felt like we could have won the game tonight," Wildcats coach Andy Talley said. "We had it all timed out at the end. You line up and kick the field goal and you win. " Gough made a field goal at the end of the Wildcats' first overtime drive, but Syracuse tied the score on its possession before taking the lead on a 1-yard touchdown pass by punter Riley Dixon.
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August 31, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
For a few months in 1966, the budding romance between film star George Hamilton and Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of the 36th president, was the talk of Washington. Gossip columnists followed their every move as Hamilton squired her around town. The couple vacationed in Acapulco and made camera-ready appearances at the Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras, and the Oscars. The actor spent Easter at the LBJ ranch in Texas and even attended the Washington wedding of Lynda's sister Luci. President Johnson made no secret of his suspicions about the handsome, patent-leather playboy, perhaps best known now for his perpetual tan, blinding smile, and roles on TV shows ranging from   Columbo to Dynasty to Dancing With the Stars . But a previously confidential FBI file - which a Philadelphia judge last week outlined in an opinion and ordered to be released - shows for the first time how far Johnson went to protect his daughter and his presidency.
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August 30, 2014
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. TV/Radio: ESPN3; 610-AM. Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 204-125-1; 232-143-2 overall); Syracuse, Scott Shafer (second season, 7-6). Series: Syracuse leads, 2-1. In the last meeting, Syracuse won, 24-17, on Sept. 13, 1975. Three things to watch Villanova is breaking in three starters on the offensive line, but guard Nico D'Angelo is not expected to play due to a high-ankle sprain. The Wildcats must establish a running game, but that comes against a Syracuse team that was the only Football Bowl Subdivision team last year not to allow a player to gain 100 yards.
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August 30, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, Villanova opened its football season by giving host Boston College a major scare. The Wildcats led, 14-7, at halftime before losing, 24-14. Now, Villanova opens against another Atlantic Coast Conference Football Bowl Subdivision team, with Friday night's game at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. Coach Andy Talley is hoping his underdog Wildcats will be competitive, but he is also looking to keep his players off the trainer's table against a much deeper Syracuse team.
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August 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. "Jack" Kraft, 93, the dapper former Villanova men's basketball coach who led the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA championship game, has died, an athletic department spokesman said Thursday night. Details of his death were not immediately known. Mr. Kraft, who was unflappable and always in control on the bench, coached Villanova for 12 years before moving on to Rhode Island. He finished with an overall record of 361-191 in 20 seasons, including a 238-95 mark with the Wildcats. His .715 winning percentage is the highest of any of the school's men's basketball coaches.
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August 29, 2014
Coach: Andy Talley (204-125-1 in 29 seasons at school, 232-144-2 in 35 years overall) Last year: 6-5 (5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) On the web: www.Villanova.com . Ticket info: 610- 519-4100. Worth watching: This thing obviously revolves around quarterback John Robertson, the national freshman of the year in 2012, who's on pace to break Brian Westbrook's school rushing record. Only issue was, too many times it became too much about him. Injuries had something to do with that, but he has to get more help.
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August 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IT'S A necessary evil. Villanova is hardly the only FCS program that plays FBS teams. The Wildcats are even one of them that has been able to beat an FBS opponent. They've actually done it three times, against Rutgers (2002) and Temple twice (2003 and 2009). Last year, if they'd been able to convert a fourth-and-goal from the 1 just before halftime that would have extended their lead to 14 points, they might very well have also won at Boston College. But as often happens in these matchups, they lost the second half 17-0.
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August 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JACK KRAFT, who coached the Villanova basketball team to the national title game in 1971, has died at age 93. Kraft, who guided the Wildcats for 12 seasons beginning in 1961, was in an assisted-living facility in Cape May Court House, N.J. "I don't know about the X's and O's, but all I remember is he was such a quality gentleman," said Fran O'Hanlon, the Lafayette coach who was a senior guard on Kraft's 1970 team that went to the Elite Eight....
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August 28, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson is the Colonial Athletic Association preseason offensive player of the year. He says such distinctions mean more to his parents than they do to him. Even preseason rankings don't mean much, Robertson said, although the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally this year after starting last season ranked No. 9. "Last year, we kind of got our heads in the clouds a little bit," Robertson said. Robertson had a big year. He ran for 1,405 yards in 2013 while setting a school record by completing 68.4 percent of his passes.
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August 22, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
GROWING UP in Olney where he still lives, Tony Chennault knew all about the lure of the streets. Following a decorated basketball career at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, two seasons playing at Wake Forest and two more at Villanova and now armed with a communications degree from Villanova, Chennault is telling a story from those streets in a film called "Oldhead," about the wise, older mentor some young men will believe in while others will ignore....
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