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April 23, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
TWO PREP-SCHOOL grads led a major illegal-drug ring and planned to monopolize the drug trade in Philadelphia's affluent suburbs, authorities said yesterday. Using confidential informants and "controlled buys," law-enforcement authorities launched a four-month investigation into the operation allegedly spearheaded by former lacrosse players Neil Scott, 25, of Haverford, and Timothy Brooks, 18, of Villanova. "The Main Line takeover project is coming together fast," Brooks wrote in a text message to Scott, according to court papers.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dick "Hoops" Weiss was the sportswriter who dubbed the Palestra "the Cathedral of Basketball. " The words are displayed in a hallway in the northwest corner. Monday night on the floor of the cathedral, Weiss was welcomed into the Big Five Hall of Fame. Generations of Philly hoops showed up to see it. "I've always measured my life by moments at the Palestra," said Weiss, the legendary Philadelphia Daily News and New York Daily News sportswriter who lives in Havertown. Entering the Hall of Fame with Weiss were Michael Jordan of Penn, Pat Carroll of St. Joseph's, and Crista Ricketts of La Salle.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014
VILLANOVA'S basketball team, which figures to start next season in the Top 25 for the first time since 2010, will play Maryland in the 20th Jimmy V Basketball Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9. The Wildcats, who finished 29-5, get the Terps (17-15) at 7 p.m. The second game of the annual doubleheader will match Louisville and Indiana. Villanova leads the series, 4-1, having won both recent meetings. In December 2009 it took the BB&T Classic in Washington, 95-86. In January the following season the Wildcats also won in South Philly, 74-66.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE SENIORS on Villanova's football team have experienced the bad, the good and the unfulfilled. In 2011, coming off a run to the semifinals of the FCS tournament as the defending national champions, the Wildcats went 2-9. The next year, after being picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association, they got back to the playoffs by winning the title. Last season, as the preseason favorite and fifth-ranked team in the country, they lost too many close games against one of the roughest schedules and finished 6-5. So . . . "I think maybe last year we looked a little bit too much at the bigger picture," said running back Kevin Monangai, one of those who will be entering his final season.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA set a program record by winning 28 times in the regular season. Then the Wildcats lost their second game in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed, after losing in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament as the top seed, something they hadn't been since 1997. Next season, for the first time since 2010-11, they will start in the Top 25. Maybe even Top 10. So there will be expectations, even though they have to replace quintessential leader James Bell. Back in November, the idea of winning a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 4 years might've seemed sufficient.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University has cleared a major hurdle in its expansion plans, which include building dormitories on an existing parking lot along Lancaster Avenue. The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners voted late Monday night to approve zoning changes for the estimated $300 million project, a step that took two years and drew strong opposition from some residents. Villanova wants to build new dormitories, a performing arts center, parking garage, and campus bookstore. A vocal group of residents has spent thousands of dollars and has packed meetings to fight the plans, which some said would increase traffic and noise while bringing an unwanted urban feel to their Main Line community in Delaware County.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S James Bell became a big shotmaker as a junior. He became the best player on the best team in the city as a senior. Bell did not have the best numbers in the city this season, but his value as a scorer, defender and leader for a team that won its four Big 5 games by the most points in history was more than enough to sway the voters as he was named the 2013-14 Big 5 Player of the Year. Bell is part of a first-team All-Big 5 unit that includes La Salle senior Tyreek Duren, Saint Joseph's seniors Langston Galloway and Halil Kanacevic and 'Nova teammate JayVaughn Pinkston, the lone junior on the team.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOSE DIAZ did not flinch yesterday when a city prosecutor presented DNA and bloody-boot-print evidence that allegedly linked him to the December stabbing death of retired Villanova University professor Carol Ambruster. And at the end of the preliminary hearing, when Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered Diaz to stand trial for murder, robbery and related counts, he remained just as unfazed. Defense attorney Benjamin Cooper, after the hearing, told reporters that Diaz, 42, was a handyman at Ambruster's Germantown apartment building, he knew her and was sad to hear that she had been killed, but was not guilty.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
IN A RECENT CHAPTER of Philadelphia's esteemed Book of Basketball, a deep and dangerous team put together a wonderful season that ended against an opponent that was just a little bit better. The Philly team was stacked with undergraduate talent; in fact, it lost only one significant player to graduation. So the team expected - and was expected - to have another outstanding season; but that did not happen for La Salle. Not far away, a senior-laden team made a late-season run and finally performed to its capacity.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Danni Jackson scored 19 points as George Washington defeated Villanova, 76-66, in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Sunday at the Pavilion. The 23-10 Wildcats, who made just three field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half, got within five with a minute remaining, but the Colonials (23-9) hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final seconds. Katherine Coyer led Villanova with 15 points, while Devon Kane had 13 points and six assists. Seton Hall 75, Princeton 74 - Despite Michelle Miller's career-high 34 points, a three-point play with 10 seconds left lifted the 20-13 Pirates past the visiting Tigers (21-9)
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