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Archive: December, 2009

Game 15: Temple 75, Villanova 65

Sunday, December 13, 2009, 2:56 PM
Box score | Enhanced box score | Joe Juliano | Kevin Tatum | Mike Kern Temple shot 64 percent from the field in the second half, making seven of 11 three-point attempts, and snapped Villanova's record Big 5 winning streak in front of 8.449 at the Liacouras Center. It was the Wildcats' first City... Read more

Live blog: Army vs. Navy

Saturday, December 12, 2009, 7:39 AM
It's the Midshipmen's eighth straight win over the Black Knights. It's also the seventh straight Commander in Chief's Trophy for Navy. And it means Temple will face UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl. I did a video with's sports staff interviewing tailgaters in the parking lots this morning. Be... Read more

Could Villanova's football team beat Notre Dame?

Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:14 PM
As Villanova's football team prepares to face William & Mary in the I-AA playoff semifinals tonight, I thought it would be cool to take a look at just how high the Wildcats have risen in Jeff Sagarin's computer ratings. 'Nova is ranked No. 37, and is the highest-ranked I-AA team by 12 spots. The... Read more

Game 14: Villanova 97, St. Joseph's 89

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 8:16 PM
Box score Enhanced box score Dick Jerardi Mike Kern Joe Juliano To be totally honest, it wasn't a great game. We won't remember this down the years for any big shot or big performance. But it was close, and it was compelling for almost all of the 40 minutes. That's worth something, especially how... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 Week 5: Countdown to the Holy War

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 12:00 PM
Well, Penn has finally fallen all the way into last place in the Schuylkill 16. And these ballots were cast before last night's desultory 78-60 loss to Albany at the Palestra, which sank the Quakers' record to 0-6. But if there's a glimmer of light to be found on 33rd Street, it comes from Franklin... Read more

Can't tell the Union players without a video

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 12:20 AM
Rush hour is always a great time to get attention. So it wasn't a bad idea for the Philadelphia Union to hold a meet-and-greet with its players last night at Tir Na Nog as commuters went streaming by en route to Suburban Station. I wrote a brief story about the reception in today's Inquirer, and Kerith... Read more

The chance to live a dream

Monday, December 7, 2009, 5:29 AM
This past Saturday, the Philadelphia Union held an open tryout at Rhodes Field, Penn's soccer facility. Despite the foul weather, I made the trek to University City and put together a video feature of the day's events. The piece includes exclusive interviews with Union coach Peter Nowak and CEO Nick... Read more

Temple to play in EagleBank Bowl

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 7:32 PM
Temple will play either Army or UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on December 29 at 4:30 p.m. If Army beats Navy, the Owls will play the Black Knights. If the Midshipmen win that game, the Bruins will make the cross-country trip from Westwood to Washington. Temple made... Read more

Life without football

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 1:17 PM
Game 13: Drexel 49, Northeastern 47 I had the choice yesterday of covering Penn State at Temple or Northeastern at Drexel. While there was more talent on the floor at the Liacouras Center, I went with the CAA matchup because it was a conference game and because it was closer. Lo and behold, it also... Read more

U.S. to meet England in World Cup

Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:02 PM
Draw recaps AP | New York Times | | BBC | London Times | Guardian | Independent The United States soccer team has been given a favorable draw in Group C of next year's World Cup. After opening with a Saturday showcase game against England, they'll face Algeria and Slovenia. There's... Read more
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