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September 30, 1995 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Skepticism trails relentlessly behind 7-6 Shawn Bradley, casting a shadow over whatever he does. It goes where he goes. It colors whatever he does. It will not go away any time soon. Bradley knows the drill. He is just back from nine days in Hollywood, part of the cast of a motion picture titled "Space Jam. " The characters range from Michael Jordan to Charles Barkley to Muggsy Bogues to Bugs Bunny. But all anyone in Philadelphia wanted to know was, why wasn't Bradley in the practice gym with the Sixers, working at his craft?
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March 20, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There is an electrical box in Franklinville that looks different from most in the area. It is dented and marked up and has the signature of Josh Awotunde, who also used the blank canvas of the box to profess his NFL dreams. Awotunde is probably not going to the NFL. He did start at quarterback for Delsea, the Group 3 state champion, but his future is in another sport: track and field. Last season as a junior, Awotunde won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put at the state Group 3 championships.
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September 25, 1989 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Early in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles were beginning to run down, when they were holding timidly to a 21-17 lead and John Teltschik punted short from the shadow of his goal posts, it appeared that another football miracle was in the making at Veterans Stadium. The punt fell from the sky and bounced crazily into the back of unsuspecting San Francisco linebacker Bill Romanowski and into the hands of Henry "Gizmo" Williams of the Eagles. From there, the Eagles went on to score and take a 28-17 lead with just 8 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.
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July 22, 1987 | By DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
From the mid-'70s through the early '80s, the critical word on Mark Harmon - who stars in the new Carl Reiner comedy, "Summer School," opening today at area theaters - was this: An ex-UCLA quarterback with bankable blue eyes, dazzling teeth and the acting talent of an ex-UCLA quarterback. For years, he scraped bottom in assembly-line Jack Webb TV productions and the horrendous nighttime soaper, "Flamingo Road. " Then, without warning, he emerged from Actor's Purgatory to deliver thoroughly believable performances as Dr. Bobby Caldwell, who undergoes a radical personality change, then suffers from AIDS on "St. Elsewhere"; astronaut Sam Crawford, who wins and then loses Maddie Hayes on "Moonlighting," and sex murderer Ted Bundy in the NBC mini-series, "The Deliberate Stranger.
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October 18, 1994 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
John Chaney likes to say Aaron McKie has teeth in his stomach. "Moxie, toughness, inner strength," said Chaney, the Temple basketball coach who didn't know whether to laugh or cry when McKie completed his career last season, going to Portland as the No. 17 pick in the NBA draft. "I don't think you can say he has super-duper skills, but there's a great player inside him. A winner. " If that's the label attached to McKie, a 6-4 shooting guard, he's grateful. It beats being remembered as a Proposition 48, a kid from Simon Gratz High who couldn't crack 700 in the Scholastic Achievement Test, which cost him a season of eligibility with the Owls.
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December 13, 1989 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
Just after Northern Burlington coach Joe Janney enjoyed his first winning season as girls' basketball coach, he's back in the rebuilding process. Four starters graduated and the remainder of his bench players are gone. He does have a couple of players back who saw some varsity playing time last year, but hardly enough to gain much experience or a letter. Many of the younger players are getting their first opportunity to play organized basketball because there is no junior high program.
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December 7, 1992 | By Brian Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At old Media High School, Penncrest coach Doug Randolph could have been considered a legend. He was a three-sport star there before moving on to Delaware State, where he again lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in football and by the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. Randolph even made it to double-A baseball in the Reds' chain as a shortstop. So when it comes to winning, Randolph knows a little something about the subject. As Randolph gets ready to start his second season as the Lions' coach, he hopes some of his work ethic and knowledge will rub off on his players.
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June 15, 2003 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In the baseball world, Chris Lubanski has been turning heads for a long time. Luke McNichol recalled when Lubanski, a star outfielder from Kennedy-Kenrick High School in Norristown, attended an instructional camp at West Chester University nearly a decade ago. "They called him 'The Human Line Drive,' " said McNichol, the head coach at West Chester Henderson. "You threw the ball in to him and he lined it right back out at you. " It was that way most of this season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior, who last week was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals in major-league baseball's amateur draft, hit .528 (38 for 72)
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June 19, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Timber Creek football coach Rob Hinson thinks people have the wrong idea about Damiere Byrd. "There's a big misconception out there," Hinson said. "People think he's this guy who has been naturally blessed with all this speed, and they think that's where his success comes from. They don't realize how hard this kid works. " Timber Creek track coach Chris Grottini says the same thing about Byrd, in different words: "He doesn't take his talent for granted. He's the last one to leave the track at practice.
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August 2, 1999 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Score one for work ethic. Score two. That seemed to be what the 76ers were saying yesterday when they re-signed guard Eric Snow and forward George Lynch, two of their own free agents. On the first day NBA rules permitted free-agent signings and trades, the Sixers quickly locked up 40 percent of last season's starting lineup. The cost? Snow, last season's runner-up for the league's Most Improved Player award, is believed to have accepted a seven-year package starting at about $3 million.
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June 8, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a question lobbed from a starstruck teacher standing along the side of the gymnasium, a soft cross that Carli Lloyd could finish with a flourish. "What's been your favorite moment of your career?" Lloyd was asked during a visit to Hillside Elementary School in Mount Laurel last month as part of the U.S. women's national soccer team's "She Believes" initiative. There was an obvious answer: China in 2008. There was a more telling answer: England in 2012. Lloyd's choice was to focus on the crisis of her career, a shocking seat on the bench before the 2012 Olympics - and her defiant and triumphant reaction to it - rather than her first great international success.
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May 3, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Nelson Agholor has high and rather unusual expectations for his rookie season with the Eagles. They do not include any bold predictions about what kind of numbers the wide receiver expects to put up. For him, it's all about the learning and the labor. The rest, he figures, will take care of itself. "The number one thing I want to do is be in the right position," the first-round draft pick from Southern California said Friday after arriving at the NovaCare Complex. "I want to study the playbook.
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April 18, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joel Embiid arguably could be one of the most gifted athletes to don a 76ers uniform. He's a 7-footer who dunks with ease off between-the-legs moves. He's a once-in-a-generation athlete for his size. He has the natural talent to develop into one of the NBA's best players. But he'll need a good work ethic combined with an ability to stay healthy to turn that potential into results on the court. "There were times that I wasn't happy," coach Brett Brown said Thursday of Embiid's lack of diligence.
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April 12, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
WATCH DANNY Garcia train in the ring at his DSG gym in Juniata Park, and you're likely to fixate on the mural in the background. In beautiful red, white and blue, the colors of the Puerto Rico flag, Garcia is pictured among some of boxing's greatest Puerto Rican fighters, such as Hector Camacho, Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto. Garcia (29-0, 17 knockouts), who fights Washington, D.C.'s Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) tonight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, wanted to pay tribute to his heritage.
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April 2, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TOM BARWIN wasn't all that surprised when his son Connor, a freshman football player at Cincinnati, called home in January 2006 to impart the news that he was joining the Bearcats basketball team. For one thing, Connor had grown up more of a youth basketball star than a football player, working tirelessly on a court built in the Barwin backyard for him and his three older brothers. For another, this was Connor responding to a need - Cincinnati had fired basketball coach Bob Huggins, players had left the team, the Bearcats needed help.
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January 22, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The phone rang around 9 p.m. It was the night before a game, and another reporter wanted to talk to Lauren Holden about another impending milestone. The questions were predictable: Is it a distraction? Is it on your mind? Is it hard to block out such a big achievement? Is it tough to sleep? Holden laughed. To her, these all seemed far-fetched. "No," she said. "Right now I'm actually just trying to finish my homework. " Others shower praise on Holden, the speedy, energetic scoring machine, 15 points away from becoming South Jersey girls' basketball's 25th 2,000-point scorer.
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December 12, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q:My husband has suddenly started turning me off. His light, whis- pery touch irritates me and when he kisses me his mouth is always wet. I tried telling him but nothing changes. Mia: You told him once? Now, tell him again. And again. Take his hand and show him how you'd like to be touched. Take a tissue and dry his mouth off before he kisses you. If he looks at you like you're crazy - and he will - make a joke out of it and then kiss the heck out of him. Show him how you'd like to be treated.
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December 1, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's no secret to Lucian Brownlee's success. The Haddon Heights senior is one of South Jersey's best basketball players for one simple reason: his work ethic. "The day feels weird if I didn't get some work in," Brownlee said the other night, after Haddon Heights opened practice for the 2014-15 season. Brownlee wasn't talking about a day in the fall, when most winter-sport athletes begin ramping up their preparation for the season. He was talking about any day, at any time of the year.
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October 31, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IN THE FALL OF 2008, Chris Maragos and J.J. Watt were walk-ons at the University of Wisconsin, Watt having transferred back to his home state after not getting much playing time as a freshman tight end at Central Michigan, Maragos having left Western Michigan in search of a bigger stage. Watt - shifted to defense and still growing into his 6-5, 289-pound frame - sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but a few practices taught Maragos a lot about the man who remains his friend and offseason workout companion.
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July 31, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN YOU'RE one of 13 children, who needs friends? Robert Collins had a built-in playground with all those siblings. Maybe there was a problem when more than one had to use the bathroom, but basically all the brothers and sisters got along and enjoyed one another as playmates. Robert was the 10th of the 13 children of Jeannette Collins and Henry Stokes, and grew up in West Philadelphia. A man of many talents and interests, Robert was employed for 25 years by the international real-estate company Tishman Speyer, working in engineering on the Bala Plaza complex in Bala Cynwyd.
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