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October 2, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
JAIME GARCIA homered off Bronson Arroyo and pitched into the seventh inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a tie for the second NL wild card and spoil Dusty Baker's return from a mini-stroke with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The defending World Series champions have won 11 of 14 and led the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing at home later against San Francisco, by 2 1/2 games. A loss by the Dodgers or another Cardinals win would wrap up a playoff spot for St. Louis and a visit to Atlanta for the wild-card game Friday.
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December 28, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Eric Dickerson of Indianapolis and Alonzo Highsmith of Houston - two players who did not join their teams until October - carried their clubs into the playoffs yesterday. The Colts made the playoffs for the first time since 1977, the Oilers for the first time since 1980. Those years marked the last winning seasons for both teams. This is the playoff picture: AFC: Denver, Cleveland, Indianapolis. Seattle and Houston play in the wild- card game. NFC: San Francisco, Washington, Chicago.
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March 5, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - There is nothing theoretical about playoff expansion for the Phillies. No one understands that, or how precious the opportunities are, better than Roy Halladay. He spent most of a brilliant career playing for a Toronto team that went to spring training every year with little or no chance of reaching the postseason. He came to the Phillies for a chance to change that, to compete on the biggest stage. Two years in a row, he got there. Two years in a row, a supposedly lesser team upset the Phillies and went on to win the World Series.
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January 22, 2012
As another spring training draws near, we offer a bit of warm news in the midst of this mild winter: The Phillies should never stink again. To anyone not yet old enough to legally consume an alcoholic beverage, that might not seem like such a big deal. All you have are memories of a beautiful ballpark overflowing with fans eager to watch a team perpetually in contention. It has been a decade since the Phillies last had a losing season and a dozen years since they finished lower than third in the division.
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September 14, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
ANOTHER DAY, another loss, and more frustration for the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike last year when a tremendous stretch run lifted St. Louis to the NL wild-card berth and, ultimately, the World Series title, the Cardinals are sinking fast. Clayton Richard (13-12) pitched seven strong innings and rookie Yasmani Grandal singled home the go-ahead run as the San Diego Padres handed visiting St. Louis its 11th loss in 15 games, 3-2, on Wednesday. The Cardinals hold a one-game lead over Los Angeles for the second NL wild card.
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December 27, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
For Buddy Ryan, it is as clear as the Georgia sky. Probably clearer. And it took less than a half-hour in this Atlanta suburb for him to tell the world. For Buddy Ryan, the Eagles have one challenge against the Los Angeles Rams in their wild-card game Sunday at Veterans Stadium. And for Ryan's team to advance as far as he expects through this year's playoff maze, one group of large men is carrying the burden of meeting that challenge. "I think it will be up to our defensive line to decide how far we go in the playoffs," Ryan said last night, just minutes after his team checked into The Falcon Inn for three days of non-arctic practicing.
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August 24, 1993 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The debate over how baseball will expand the playoffs got a little more complicated yesterday, if such a thing were possible. Even while the owners were still battling among themselves over this issue, the players' union threw in its own two billion cents - by announcing that it was opposed to the playoff format the owners hadn't even settled on yet. The owners had been working toward a system in which four first-place teams and four second-place...
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December 31, 1990 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Eagles fans turned out in droves to buy tickets for next weekend's wild card playoff game against the Washington Redskins. The Birds clinched the home field advantage with a 23-21 victory over the Phoenix Cardinals Saturday.
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August 30, 2000 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Mensah M. Dean contributed to this report
As teachers and the school district struggle to resolve their contract dispute, there's a legal wild card in play that resulted from state legislators' anger at former Superintendent David Hornbeck two years ago. When Hornbeck threatened that schools might close without more funding in 1998, lawmakers responded by passing Act 46, a measure granting the state sweeping powers to take over a financially distressed school district such as Philadelphia's....
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July 20, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PATIENCE. It permeates virtually any and every conversation about sports in this town, from Aaron Nola and the Phillies down on the farm to Ron Hextall's elaborate plan of future dominance to the debate over whether the new coach and both quarterbacks of the latest Eagles refurbish have been overvalued or simply need time to prove the genius of Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. And then there is "The Process," the professional sports version of the Mel Brooks' classic, The Producers, whereby a franchise could end up winning big by losing big, provided it had enough - you guessed it - patience.
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April 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari and Thomas Fitzgerald, STAFF WRITERS
The polls will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Pennsylvania's primary, but for the Republican presidential campaigns, the politicking here may just be getting started then. That's because even after the confetti clears, 54 of the Keystone State's 71 Republican delegates will still be up for grabs. If the GOP primary goes all the way to a contested nominating convention in Cleveland, those votes could prove critical to front-runner Donald Trump or to those trying to stop him. "There will be a full-court press" to woo Pennsylvania's unbound delegates if that happens, said State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason.
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March 26, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
DENVER - The Flyers' Mile High low ended Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. Claude Giroux and Radko Gudas scored 19 seconds apart late in the game, lifting the Flyers to a dramatic 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Giroux gathered a rebound of a Wayne Simmionds shot, made a deft move, and scored for the third straight game to put the Flyers ahead, 3-2, with 5 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in regulation. "It was pretty fun to score that goal, and as I was waiting for my teammates, all I could see in the crowd was orange," Giroux said.
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January 20, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers are surging and no longer considered an afterthought on their opponents' schedules. When they need a clutch goal, they get one. When they struggle to score, like they did Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, their goalie bails them out. Detroit was dominant at times, but goalie Michal Neuvirth had the answers in a 2-1 shootout victory. The Flyers won a shootout! The Flyers won a shootout! The Flyers won a shootout! It was a strange weekend for the Flyers. They outplayed the Rangers and lost, 3-2, in the dreaded shootout and then were outplayed by the Red Wings for two periods before gutting out just their third win in 28 years at the Joe. Neuvirth was superb despite sitting out the previous four games while Steve Mason went on a 3-0-1 run. Remember when the Flyers always seemed to be searching for a No. 1 goalie?
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January 8, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
Stats, trends and other friends as the daily leagues take over fantasy football here in the NFL's postseason. Quarterbacks Alex Smith has had fewer than 200 yards passing in each of the last five games, which makes him quite touchdown-dependent. He threw for three TDs against Houston in the season opener. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown multiple interceptions in three consecutive games for the first time in nine years. In two games against Cincy, he had four picks and one touchdown pass.
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October 8, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It was easy to forget, while watching them outplay the New York Yankees on Tuesday, that the Houston Astros are still only two seasons removed from losing 111 games. The past was a distant memory in the visitors clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on this night. Come Thursday, the ahead-of-schedule Astros will open play in the American League division series against the defending AL-champion Kansas City Royals. Baseball's surprise team advanced from the one-and-done AL wild-card game behind another dominant outing from ace Dallas Keuchel and a few timely hits.
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June 9, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
There has been plenty of political chatter this year about independent candidates for mayor in the Nov. 3 general election. Will former Republican candidate Sam Katz take another shot? He won't. Will former Democratic City Councilman Bill Green get into the race? He's still considering it. Independent candidates also are sizing up two of five City Council at-large seats that are set aside in city charter for the "minority" political party. Those seats have been held for decades by Republicans.
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September 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As crazy as it may seem, there were more than a few murmurs in the Phillies clubhouse the last few days about making the almost-impossible run for a second wild-card spot. That's why Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park felt like a punch to the gut. A team with no margin for error saw what it perceived to be some rough calls, not to mention an impressive power display by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit two solo home runs. The Phillies trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by eight games in the race for the second wild-card spot with 20 games to play.
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January 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
James Franklin returned the phone call. No surprise. Franklin had grown up locally, had gone to Neshaminy High, was happy to talk about the resurrection project he had undertaken at Vanderbilt. "Everything about the job, about the program, about how football was perceived at Vanderbilt needed to be changed," Franklin said over the phone. "I realized that. " The timing of that phone call was interesting. It was a little more than two years ago, the week before Christmas, the last time the head coaching job at Penn State was open.
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October 2, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW YORK - Another "phoenix moment" for the Philadelphia Orchestra? That's how Carnegie Hall's director of artistic planning, Jeremy Geffen, describes the orchestra's arrival Wednesday to open the 2013-14 season in New York City's august concert venue, whose audiences and management cheered the orchestra through its bankruptcy. Slots don't come any more prestigious than opening night. The concert promises guaranteed star power with violinist Joshua Bell and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, now in his second season with the Philadelphians.
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