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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:11:31 GMT

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Things you may not know about Phillies pitcher Vincent Velasquez

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:51:00 GMT

Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vincent Velasquez was invincible against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, striking out 16 batters in a complete-game, 3-hit shutout.

Since 1913, according to Baseball Reference, only five others have thrown a nine-inning, complete-game shutout with at least 16...




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Capitals use special teams to beat Flyers 2-0 in Game 1

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:15:47 GMT

WASHINGTON — Hockey coaches and players will tell you games should never be decided by officials, especially contests of the playoff variety.

But that's what happened in Game 1 of the Flyers-Capitals best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Thursday night at the Verizon Center.

On an...




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Featherston always in the game, even if he's not

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:44:29 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Taylor Featherston was the guy in the bullpen batter's box hours before games.

He was the one running from one infield position to another during batting practice.

The Texas-born 26-year-old was the one taking BP in a cage underneath a stadium during 2015 games.

Featherston, a 2011 fifth-round...




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Liberty girls stay perfect with sweep in star-studded EPC tri-meet

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:09:00 GMT

SWIFTWATER — There was plenty of talent in action at Thursday's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference track and field double-dual between Liberty, Parkland and Pocono Mountain East.

The girls meet featured four state medalists, starring PIAA Class 3A state champion Khyasia Caldwell-Adams of host Pocono...




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Freedom softball team remains area's lone unbeaten with 2-1 win over Easton

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:09:00 GMT

PALMER TOWNSHIP — It's called the Steel Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, but the softball grouping that features Bethlehem Catholic, Easton, Freedom and Liberty could be called the Rust Belt.

That's because four of the pitchers in the division — Becahi's Elyse Cuttic, Easton's Maegen...




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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:08:18 GMT

Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course.

The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers.

Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning's final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8, in Denver.

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In NBA playoffs, Warriors want to add 16 wins to their 73

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:06:24 GMT

The Golden State Warriors don't want a record without a championship.

Those 73 victories were quite an achievement, but they also guaranteed nothing more than the right to open every playoff series at home. To get what they really crave, they need 16 more wins now.

As Michael Jordan said after the...




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Donaldson, Tulowitzki homer as Blue Jays beat Yankees 4-2

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:03:55 GMT

TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run, Troy Tulowitzki added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Thursday night.

Marcus Stroman (2-0) allowed two runs and three hits in eight innings to win his seventh consecutive decision. Stroman, who retired...




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Salisbury's success in softball seems like a surprise, but not to its first-year coach

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:55:00 GMT

After making the District 11 softball tournament in 2014, Salisbury dipped to 9-11 and missed the postseason last spring.

The culprit was eight losses by two runs or less.

So when the Falcons began this season with one-run losses to Catasauqua and Pen Argyl, there might have been a tendency to...




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Eagles schedule includes four night games and low travel mileage

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:47:00 GMT

A season-opening home clash with what could be the weakest opponent they'll face, four night games and a closing stretch in which they don't have to get on a plane for the final four weeks highlight the Philadelphia Eagles' 2016 schedule, which was announced Thursday evening.

The Eagles open by...




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High School Softball Player of the Week: Brooke Rogers (Salisbury)

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:37:00 GMT

Because he coaches her on his Northwest Explosion travel team, Jeff Appleman knew he inherited a quality pitcher in Brooke Rogers when he took over as the Salisbury High softball coach.

But through the first few weeks of the Colonial League season, Rogers may be even better than Appleman expected.

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College Softball Player of the Week: Morgan Decker (Lehigh)

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:37:00 GMT

As a junior in 2015, Lehigh third baseman Morgan Decker batted a solid .336.

Yet, some considered it a down year for her. Not Mountain Hawks coach Fran Troyan.

"It's funny when people talk about her having a 'down' year, hitting close to .350," Troyan said. "Most people would be doing cartwheels...




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Big deal! Rams grab No. 1 overall draft pick from Titans

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:04:04 GMT

OXNARD, Calif. — The Rams are tired of waiting to get a franchise quarterback, and they want to make a splash in their return to Los Angeles.

So after waiting a day out of respect for Kobe Bryant, they went all in on one of the biggest trades in NFL draft history.

The Rams acquired the No. 1 overall...




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Vince Velasquez fans 16 in complete-game shutout as Philles take three of four from Padres

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:53:00 GMT

PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez became the latest Phillies starter to dominate the San Diego Padres lineup Thursday afternoon.

After Charlie Morton and Jerad Eickhoff combined for 13 2/3 scoreless innings the previous two games, Velasquez chipped in with nine frames of his own without any runs.

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Allen High baseball team, police department coming together for home run derby

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:50:28 GMT

Rob Leskosky and his wife, Nicole, walk through Allen High School's halls each day. They have welcomed two sons into the world during their time teaching there.

They see plenty of good happening with the students where they work. They would like to bring more positive attention to them.

With strained...




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Jordan Spieth Masters tumble pales to Johnny Manziel meltdown

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:38:00 GMT

Let's be honest: Who doesn't like to peek at the occasional train-wreck?

We live in a rubber-necking society in cyberspace, where anyone is a tweet or misstep away from infamy. Cue recent implosions involving Jordan Spieth and Johnny Manziel.

Spieth got the yips on the 12th hole and shot his way...




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Salisbury's Chad Cooperman is Athlete of the Week

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:54:00 GMT

The Salisbury High baseball team is still chasing its first winning streak of the season.

The Falcons at least know they have a potential stopper on the mound whenever Chad Cooperman starts.

Cooperman, a senior pitcher, dominated in a complete-game Colonial League win April 6 against Northern Lehigh....




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Bethlehem Steel FC searching for more offense, cohesiveness

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:53:30 GMT

BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem Steel FC has won once and lost twice in its first three United Soccer League games, but its 1-2 record in the USL's Eastern Conference says little about how things are actually going for the first-year franchise.

After winning its opener against Montreal, Bethlehem now sits...




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Phillies' Daniel Stumpf suspended 80 games by MLB for PED use

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:01:49 GMT

PHILADELPHIA — Rookie left-hander Daniel Stumpf had a perfect opportunity to earn a major league job after being selected by the Phillies in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Now it's going to be a while before the reliever gets another chance to pitch.

After appearing in just three games for Philadelphia...




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Penn State revitalizing both offensive and defensive lines this spring

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:52:17 GMT

Penn State's offensive line needed a recalibration following a 39-sack season in 2015, and the defensive line looked to replace three starters headed to the NFL. Coach James Franklin said that he has seen glimpses of progress from both units this spring.

The offensive line has seen a few changes,...




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