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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 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE WAY Poppy Livers sees the world, everyone has their own story. His just happens to be a little more distinct. Or even a lot. "Because I have a background," he said. Especially for someone who didn't know much about Villanova until the time he showed up there with almost no place else to go, despite the fact that his grandfather, an Olympic hurdler and namesake, is in the university's Varsity Club Hall of Fame. "It's a lot to take in," Livers acknowledges. The journey has been circuitous.
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August 20, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
IT'S NO secret that junior quarterback John Robertson is the key to Villanova's success. His coaches and teammates know it, and they'll tell you so. The rest of the Colonial Athletic Association knows it, which is why Robertson was voted the conference's preseason offensive player of the year. And even some Wildcats fans who hold basketball Saturdays as more sacrosanct than football Saturdays probably know it, too. But a great quarterback needs a great offensive line to be at his best.
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August 20, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Poppy Livers, a Villanova cocaptain and the team's leading returning receiver, has the same conversation almost every day with 'Nova receivers coach Brian Flinn. "He tells me I'm 5-[foot-]3 every day," Livers said Monday at Villanova's media day. "His favorite thing to say is: 'You wake up with leverage on other people.' " In fact, Livers said, it was Flinn who noticed that a walk-on, officially listed at 5-foot-7, belonged on the field. "He didn't care if I was black, white, green - 6 feet," Livers said.
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August 19, 2014 | Staff Report
MATT SZCZUR, a former baseball and football standout at Villanova, was called up to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In the game against the Mets, Szczur entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and remained in the game playing rightfield. He grounded into a fielder's choice in his only at-bat of the Cubs' 2-1 win. Szczur was promoted from the Cubs' Triple A farm team in Iowa, where he was batting .261 with 30 stolen basesand 52 runs scored in 116 games. He is in his fourth full season and fifth overall as a pro after being drafted in the fifth round in 2010 by the Cubs.
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August 14, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
BEFORE THE endless mornings and afternoons of summer basketball games for AAU athletes, Phil Booth Sr. was thinking differently. He sat in his old car years ago, his budding son beside him as they drove through different parts of Maryland. The middle-aged Northeast High and Coppin State star dropped off his son at the concrete playgrounds of Owings Mills or Pikesville or even back at his stomping grounds at Coppin State. Booth Sr. was attempting to mold his son in the ways the late John Hardnett had molded him. The father was trying to shape the next "Philly-tough" guard, even though his family now lived 100 miles from the City of Brotherly Love.
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August 12, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
WHEN MALIK ALLEN played under Stan Van Gundy in the early 2000s as a fresh-faced forward out of Villanova, their respect level began to grow from coach-to-player to man-to-man. Van Gundy always had been there through Allen's career, whether it was as an assistant, then head coach, from 2001-05 for the Miami Heat, or as a friend to the big man throughout his 10-year NBA playing career. So when Van Gundy was being considered by the Detroit Pistons as their new head coach and director of basketball operations, Allen happened to be on the phone with his old friend, weighing some options.
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August 8, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
VILLANOVA WILL play Illinois in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. The second game of the doubleheader will match Louisville and Indiana. Also, Villanova will play in the Legends Classic in November. Villanova will open the "tourney" at the Pavilion on Nov. 17 against Maryland-Eastern Shore and will play Bucknell on Nov. 20. In the semifinals, Villanova will play VCU at 7 p.m., Nov. 24 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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August 1, 2014
TWO FORMER Villanova guards have signed to play for teams in Europe. For Roman Catholic High's Maalik Wayns, this will be the first time he's taking his game overseas. Allan Ray, who as a senior was part of the Wildcats' 2005-06 Final Eight run, is making his eighth stop in six seasons (he sat out in 2009-10 with a knee injury). Wayns, who left college a year early and spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA with the Sixers and Los Angeles Clippers, will be suiting up for EuroLeague power BC Zalgiris, which is based in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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July 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - Pressure? Yo, when you're the quarterback for Villanova, which has always been known for moving the football, hefty expectations are pretty much part of the deal. To the surprise of nobody, fourth-year Wildcat junior John Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year at the annual CAA media day at M&T Bank Stadium. But as Villanova found out a year ago, projections mean absolutely zilch once you start playing. The Wildcats, the pick to win the league, started fifth in the national polls last season.
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