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NEWS
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)
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
April 13, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Phil Martelli didn't mind having some fun at his own expense during Monday night's Big Five awards dinner at the Palestra after he was called to the podium to accept the trophy as Big Five coach of the year. "I'm not taking it home because I'm tired of being mistaken for Jay Wright," the St. Joseph's coach said of the head coach at Villanova, one week removed from winning the national championship. "This has got to be Jay Wright's. The guy won the national championship. It makes me scratch my head.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
AFTER VILLANOVA won its first national championship in 1985, the Big 5 changed. No sense in going back over the details or what or who was to blame, but City Series games moved from the Palestra to campus arenas. It was not the same. In case anybody is concerned about Villanova's future in the Big 5 now, don't be. The university, from coach Jay Wright to the administration, is committed. "I would be surprised if Villanova either unilaterally, or tries to get other schools, to reduce its commitment," Big 5 executive director Steve Bilsky said.
NEWS
April 11, 2016
Andrew Schaum is a lawyer and nonprofit consultant living in West Chester Like so many area residents, I was glued to my television Monday night, watching a game for the ages. Villanova's dramatic victory in the closing seconds became an instant classic. Truth be told, I am but a casual basketball fan. It is the only sport I could never hold my own in. My shots were line drives. No arc. Never, ever, nothing but net. Clank, clank, clank. That is what I saw and heard after the ball left my hands.
NEWS
April 11, 2016
ISSUE | VILLANOVA A historic win beyond the scoreboard Although I'm not an avid sports fan, I didn't miss Monday night's breathtaking game that made Villanova our nation's top men's collegiate basketball team ("Top Cats," Tuesday). As I watched the teammates leaping and crying and hugging each other, my thoughts went to "black and white together" and "we shall overcome. " And it was April 4, the very day 48 years ago that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Perhaps members of the media are too young to make this connection.
SPORTS
April 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova and its fans are going to savor the 2016 national championship for much of the foreseeable future and replay Ryan Arcidiacono's pass and Kris Jenkins' game-winning shot in their heads time after time after time. Sooner or later, however, the Wildcats must start preparing for the 2016-17 season knowing that the challenge of defending a national championship may be tougher than winning it the first time. For Villanova coach Jay Wright, that means making sure his returning players have their feet back on the ground, ready to put in the work that was necessary this past season.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Monday night, 45 years after the reserve guard sat for all 40 minutes of the Wildcats' loss to UCLA in 1971's NCAA title game, Mike Daly finally helped Villanova win a national championship. If most memorable sports titles have a spiritual focus - an injured teammate, a deceased mentor, an unseen inspiration - then Daly, as much as anyone, filled that role for the 2016 Wildcats. Until his sudden death at 65 on Feb. 22, the backup on Jack Kraft's best Wildcats team had been a constant presence around a program he never stopped supporting or loving.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
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