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Philadelphia Soul Clobber A.C. Blackjacks

June 16, 2019 PHILADELPHIA — In a round-2 matchup on Father’s Day, the 3-time Arena Football League champion Philadelphia Soul easily defeated the Atlantic City Blackjacks 54-29, their second win over A.C. this season.  In week-1, Philly narrowly beat A.C. 48-41.

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Soul fullback Adrian Ferns provided an opening drive score to set the tone for the evening, and would rush for another touchdown on their next possession.  He would score again later in the 3rd quarter.  Rookie receiver BJ Bunn’s TD reception gave the Soul a 20-0 lead early in the 2nd.  Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh was on fire, and was later replaced by Danny Southwick to prevent injuries with the score being 41-14 in the 4th quarter.  Meanwhile the offense rolled at will.

 

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The Soul’s defense has struggled with consistency lately, but not during this game.  They shut down the Blackjacks offense on the ground and breaking up passes all night, and held A.C. to only one TD in the second half.  They did receive a bit of help when Blackjacks quarterback Randy Hippeard went down in the 2nd quarter with an apparent leg injury and did not return, giving former University of Maine QB Warren Smith his first action of the season.

 

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The Soul now sit at 4-4, while the Blackjacks fell to 3-5.  All in all it was a very entertaining event on Father’s Day for the Philadelphia and ESPN fans!

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With four more games and a bye week in between, the Soul remain in control of their own destiny, sitting in the fourth and final playoff spot.

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[Photos by Rick Pettine]

[Article by Rick Pettine]

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Team SCA: Equality in The Volvo Ocean Race

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘woman’? Did you say “an arduous sailing competition”? We thought so.

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the toughest sporting challenges known to man, or in this case, women. For the first time since 2002, an all woman team is entering the grueling 9 month event. Team SCA (SCA is a Swedish hygiene and forest products company specializing in manufacturing paper and toiletries whilst promoting sustainability, combating climate change, and encouraging biodiversity) had over 250 applicants from around the world to be apart of this elite squad.

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In the end, 12 women (11 crew members and 1 on-board reporter) from 3 different continents were selected to represent Team SCA in the nine-leg race (across five oceans and over 38,000 miles) that kicks off on October 2nd. Team SCA represents the best of the best in female offshore sailing with experiences from numerous challenging races around the world, including Olympic racing and around the world solo races.  So who comprises Team SCA and where do the members hail from? We’re glad you asked:

Simply entering the Volvo Ocean Race isn’t enough for these savvy women, When they arrive in Gothenburg at the end of June 2015, their ambition is to be the best performing all female team in the history of the race…and who says they can’t win the whole shebang? The only thing that is certain on the high seas is uncertainty. X-factors like weather, equipment damage/malfunction, illness, and human error can all come into play for any of the teams involved. While a little good or bad luck can certainly affect the outcome, Team SCA certainly has the skills involved to make things very interesting over the next 9 months.

We’ll be updating you several times over the course of this race to let you know how Team SCA is progressing. We hope you’ll get on board and join us in cheering them on as they attempt to make history!

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2011 Penn Relays & The Broad Street Run

The 2011 Penn Relays had wonderful energy that just seemed to fill Franklin Field. From the nervous excitement of the athletes to the passion of the fans and families, everyone was thrilled that this year’s event had finally arrived. The Penn Relays have always drawn a great deal of attention to the “USA vs The World” races, and this Saturday was no different.

The Jamaican fans had the stadium rocking (causing multiple delays to the start, as the runners couldn’t hear their starter). The Men’s 4×100 USA vs World produced dominate showings from both USA squads (Blue and Red). Germany was out on the first exchange due to a vicious fall, which may have slowed Jamaica and dashed their hopes at the title.

The weather was sunny and warm and the track was fast. The LSU tigers had a great showing, leaving with four titles while Villanova’s weekend ended on a somewhat disappointing note.

The carnival, outside of the stands, also had a lot to offer, from a massive Nike “playground” with hair cuts, makeup, and photoshoots for all the young stars, to custom printed shirts produced on-site.

The 2011 Broad St run was about 20 degrees cooler than last year’s race which seemed to really hype up the crowd of close to 30,000 runners. Mayor Nutter was on hand and spoke to the virtues of the race and all the runners who support it.

The wheel chair participants took off at 8:25am and were followed by the sea of runners, lead by the Elite class, at 8:30am. The elite runners quickly separated themselves into a small group of five by mile 1, which dwindled to 3 by the time they hit center city.

From there it was a pace set by Martin Fagan who was matched in perfect harmony by Ketena Migusse and Deresse Deniboda. Fagan set the pace from the very start but was unable to hold of Migusse in the last mile when the sprint started. Migusse bested his second place finish from last year and posted a time of 46 min and 29 seconds. Fagan was second with 46:42 and Deniboda with a 46:46.

You can view of full photo slideshow of the Penn Relay’s and The Broad Street Run below [photo credits: Christian Hafer]:

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Villanova vs. St. Joe’s: Wildcats Top Hawks to Win the Holy War

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The 5-1 Villanova Wildcats opened the Big Five portion of their schedule against the 3-3 St. Joseph’s Hawks at the Pavilion on Friday night. Villanova was 3-1 in the City Series games last year, and even more impressively, winners of 21 of its last 23 games against Big Five opponents. The Wildcats entered the game ranked at Number 12 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

Jay Wright & Corey Fisher

The game, which was originally scheduled to start at 8:30 PM, tipped fifteen minutes later in a move made for television (the game was broadcast nationally on ESPNU).

Corey Fisher Floater in the Lane
Fueled by a 16-5 run to start the second half, Villanova took a commanding twenty-one point lead, 54-33, and went on to beat the St. Joe’s Hawks by a final score of 71-60. Corey Stokes led the Cats with 17 points. He was joined in double figures by Antonio Pena, Corey Fisher, and Dominic Cheek, each of whom scored 14 points. Pena was the leading rebounder with 14, followed closely by Mouphtaou Yarou with 12 boards.
Antonio Pena Dunking
Villanova dressed only nine players, including two walk-ons. Neither Maurice Sutton or Isaiah Armwood were  in uniform having each sustained an injury in practice (Armwood before practice began and Sutton at the very end of practice). Armwood was out with a back injury and Sutton with a foot injury. At the post game press conference, Coach Jay Wright called both injuries “freak occurrences”. Freshman James Bell saw his first action in a home-game this season (he played in the final minute of the loss to Tennessee at Madison Square Garden) scoring the first basket of his career at Villanova in the first half.
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Corey Fisher had 8 assists and no turnovers to pace the Cats. Overall Villanova had 19 assists and 11 turnovers.
Phil Martelli in the Ref's Ear
The Cats led at intermission 38-28, after the Hawks, coached by Phil Martelli, jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead to start the game. What was most notable about the first half was that the first foul of the game was not called until the 10:59 mark (it was called on Villanova). The first foul on the Hawks was called at the 8:21 mark. A total of nine fouls were whistled in the entire first half; 6 on the Hawks and 3 on the Wildcats. In fact for the entire game, only 22 fouls were called, 15 against St. Joe’s and 7 on Villanova.
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Once again the Wildcats shooting was a cause for concern. The Cats hit 38.5% for the game, hitting 25 of 65 shots. From three point range, the Cats managed 7 of 23 or 30.4%. The Cats converted 14-19 free throws ,a 73.7% clip. When asked after the game if he thought that the Wildcat’s outside shooting was cause for concern, Coach Wright replied that he didn’t think it was yet, but it was getting to that point. He continued by saying that he has a lot of faith in Maalik Wayns, Corey Fisher, and even Antonio Pena’s abilities to knock down three-pointers, adding that Dominic Cheek has been doing a great job.
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The Hawks shot 41% from the field, hitting 25 shots out of 61 attempts. St. Joe’s hit on 8 of their 23 three point attempts. Leading scorer for the Hawks was Carl Jones with 19. Villanova won the rebounding battle 48 to 34. C.J. Aiken, the Hawks’ Freshman Center, had 7 blocks for St. Joe’s.
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In attendance was Steve Lappas, former Villanova Coach, who sat on press row and Eagles running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy who sat in a front row seat.
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Next up for Villanova is another Big Five matchup wth the Penn Quakers at the Palestra at 7pm on December 8th. Tomorrow Villanova’s football team begins play in the FCS playoffs in Texas against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The game will be televised locally on channel 57 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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Philadelphia Phillies Playoff Predictions 2010 Edition (Update: Halladay Throws Game 1 No-Hitter)

2010: One of The Phillies League Best 95 Wins
Roy Halladay Delivers the First Official Pitch of 2010 Season

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the 2010 Major League season with a 97-65 record, the best in all of baseball. After winning the World Series over the Rays in 2008 and losing last year’s World Series to the Yankees, the Phillies seem poised to make another run into late October/early November.

Phillies Win Fourth Straight NL East Title

Up first for the Fightins is the Cincinnati Reds who made the playoffs for the first time since 1995 after winning the NL Central with 91 wins.

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The Phillies closed out August and September in post season form going 41-18 in late summer. There are also many additions to this 2010 Phillies that make them more dangerous than the 2009 or 2008 clubs.

Cliff Lee in 2009 NLDS

The first, and most obvious, is the starting pitching. Gone is Cliff Lee, the best pitcher the Phillies had last post-season. Instead the Phillies will turn to Roy Halladay (who will take the mound in game 1). Halladay is the front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award. In 2010 he became the first Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton to record 20+ wins (finishing with 21). He finished the season as the team leader in wins, ERA, and strikeouts.

 

Phillies Ace: Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt has been nothing short of spectacular since joining the Phillies. In his 12 starts since he joined the team Oswalt has a 7-1 record with a 1.74 ERA. His only loss came in his first game with Philadelphia just one day after being traded from Houston.

Finally, but no less important, is 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamel’s return to dominant form. Hamels posted a career best 3.06 ERA this season while also setting a career best in strikeouts with 211.

Cole Hamels Returned to Form in 2010

With three legitimate number one pitchers, and no need to use a fourth starter in the NLDS, the Phillies are in very good shape.

Then there is the return of Brad Lidge to the Lights Out closer the Phillies can rely on in the 9th inning. Lidge finished the season with 27 saves in 32 chances and down the stretch he really looked like the guy that helped the Phillies win it all in 2008 (instead of the guy that made Phillies fans all hold their breath with nervousness last year).

 

Lidge is a Big Piece of the 2010 Phillies Playoff Puzzle

The pitching alone would give Phillies fans more than enough to be hopeful about this post-season, but wait, there’s more.

 

Placido Polanco

The Phillies added third baseman Placido Polanco before the start of the 2010 season and Polanco ended the regular season as the club leader in batting average (.298) and had a .988 fielding average committing just five errors.

 

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Last season the Phillies didn’t have a bench that was up to the task. In 2010 they head into the post-season with a much improved bench that boasts new faces like Ross Gload, Mike Sweeney, Domonic Brown, Wilson Valdez, and Brian Schneider. The only hold-over from last year appears to be Ben Francisco who ended the final few games of the season as hot as anyone on the team.

 

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Phillies Catcher Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz

Underneath all of the new editions and reasons for Phillies fans to get excited this post-season, is the best top to bottom line-up in baseball: Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, and Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz, batting out of the eight hole, never ceases to amaze in October.

Ryan Howard: Big Man, Big Swing

 

 

Phillies 2nd Baseman Chase Utley

What does Cincinnati bring to the table?

 

The Big Red Machine: Joey Votto

The Reds were the only team in the National League to score more runs than the Phillies this season. First baseman Joey Votto is the front-runner to win the league’s 2010 MVP award (finishing with 37 home runs, 113 RBI, and a .324 batting average). They also have ex-Phillie Scott Rolen at third base who, along with outfielder Jay Bruce, chipped in another 45 long balls for the Reds (Brandon Phillips and Drew Stubbs contributed another 40 home runs).

 

Likely 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto at Bat

 

Brandon Phillips Batting Against the Phillies

The big question for the Reds is their pitching.

 

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Bronson Arroyo led the team in wins with 17, Johnny Cueto was first in both ERA (3.64) and strikeouts (138), and game one starter Edinson Volquez finished the season on a high note (31 K’s, 8 BB, and 17 hits in over 27 innings of work).

 

The Reds Led the NL in Runs Scored in 2010

In the end, with their dangerous line-up and above average pitching, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Reds win a game in this short series but the Phillies are the more talented team and know what it takes to win in the post-season. The Phillies went 5-2 against the Reds in the regular season. Our prediction is Phillies win in 4.

 

Ryan Howard at Bat vs. The Reds

Make sure to check back as Independent Philly will be at Citizen’s Bank Park to capture the action this week and will also be making in-depth predictions for each round of the post-season as the Phillies attempt to capture their second World Series title in three years.

**UPDATE: Placido Polanco was forced to sit out game one with a back injury and Wilson Valdez got the start at 3rd base. In his first post-season appearance ever, Roy Halladay threw only the second no-hitter (first since the 1950’s) in MLB playoff history. The Phillies won the game 4-0 over the Reds**

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