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Archive: January, 2012

City of Winners

Friday, January 13, 2012, 1:13 AM
On Dec. 1 — six weeks ago Thursday — the Eagles were handed their you-know-what by the Seahawks in Seattle, 31-14. Since then, the Birds — and pretty much every other major sports team in the city — have been on a roll. The three pro teams and the six men's Division I teams... Read more

La Salle's Long Climb to the Top

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:54 AM
For the first time in its 17-year affiliation with the Atlantic 10, La Salle (2-0, 13-4) finds itself in sole possession of first place in the conference. Here is their year-by-year finish since joining the A10 for the 1995-96 season: Season Overall League A10 Finish 1995-96... Read more

Sixers Times 76

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 1:34 AM
The Knicks' victory Wednesday snapped the Sixers winning streak at six games. It was the 76th time in franchise history (including the time spent as the Syracuse Nationals) the club had a winning streak of six or more games. Below is how they breakdown: (Special thanks to the play index page at basketball-reference... Read more

Peter's Road To 100

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:05 AM
Tuesday, Peter Laviolette (above) became the ninth Flyers' coach to reach 100 regular season victories with the Orange and Black. Only Mike Keenen (152) and Pat Quinn (171) did it in fewer games than Laviolette (180). Fred Shero, the club's all-time leader with 308 wins, is the only coach to reach... Read more

The City vs. No. 1

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 12:05 AM
When Villanova hosts Syracuse Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, it will mark the 54th time a Philly college has played the AP's top-ranked team. They are 8-45 so far, with the Wildcats registering five of those victories: Date School Opponent Location/Site Result March 21... Read more

Sixers Quartering Opponents

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 9:49 PM
Sixers have been outscored in the first period this season, but are up by 720-575 after that. Their season point total increases in each quarter. Through Tuesday: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Sixers 194 220 244 256 Opponents 195 179 184 212 Read more

The Sixers' Difference

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 2:07 AM
The Sixers not only have the NBA's longest current winning streak (five games), but are also leading the league in opponents field goal percentage (39.1%), opponents points per game (85.6) and point differential (+14.7), which we'll focus on here. Only the Sixers and Heat are in double figures in... Read more

Danny Briere's Solo Hat Trick

Monday, January 9, 2012, 1:30 AM
On Saturday, Danny Briere registered the 187th hat trick (including postseason) in Flyers history. But it was only the fourth of those done in a game in which no other Flyers scored. Those four: Date Player Opponent Results 1st Goal 2nd Goal 3rd Goal March 28, 1974 Bobby Clarke at Flames T... Read more

The New Mother Hen

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 12:58 AM
It is time for the Delaware Valley to wake up and take notice of one of the greatest individual seasons in the area's history. Thursday night, Wilmington's own Elena Delle Donne (left) became the University of Delaware's all-time leading women's scorer — as a junior! Throw in 58% percent shooting... Read more

Sixers' Foes Stalling on Threes

Saturday, January 7, 2012, 3:06 AM
Thanks in no large part to the Pistons' 0-for-10 shooting from the arc Friday night, the Sixers are now holding their opponents under 30.0% on three-point field-goal percentage for the season. Date Opponent Result 3FG Pct. Season Pct. Dec. 26 at Trail Blazers L 103-107 9-19 ... Read more
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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