Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 4:39pm Nieves, Hamels lead Phillies past Mariners, 4-3 By Aaron Bracy/AP
Wil Nieves doubled and had three hits and Cole Hamels got a victory when he wasn't at his best as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Wednesday.
Chase Utley had the go-ahead RBI and Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd drove in runs for the Phillies.
Kendrys Morales homered for Seattle.
Hamels (7-6) snapped his string of seven straight starts going at least seven innings. He didn't have his best stuff against the Mariners, giving up three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts, one walk and two wild pitches, but he got just enough run support .
Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 30th save in 33 opportunities.
James Paxton (3-1) took the first loss of his 10th career start.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:59pm HS Football Preview - St. Elizabeth By Justin Enloe
Updated Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:14pm
VIDEO: An early look at the Vikings
For the first time in 42 years, the St. Elizabeth Vikings football program will have a new face of the program manning the sidelines.
After Joe Hemphill's retirement, the school went looking for a replacement and ended up with one of their own. Coach Joe Aviola played for Hemphill during his time as a Viking and jumped at the opportunity to succeed him.
As head coach of the Delaware Military Academy a season ago, Aviola almost led the Seahawks to their first postseason birth in school history. He went 6-4 with his former team, including a 33-6 victory over the program he is taking over. That is the kind of success he will be looking to replicate when the 2014 season kicks off on September 6th at Brandywine.
He inherits a team in transition. With only 5 seniors on the roster, the team will lean heavily on returning quarterback Brendan McCloskey and early contributions from a largely inexperienced class of sophomores who make up a large part of the roster. The team is also excited about freshman play-maker Chris Cropper because of the versatility he can bring to the offense. However with inexperience comes a willingness to learn and Coach Aviola has raved about the mental makeup of his players, "They are a group of very hardworking and intelligent individuals."
ST. ELIZABETH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 20)
Saturday, September 6 - At Brandywine - 10:30am
Friday, September 12 - At Laurel - 7:30pm
Friday, September 19 - Vs. Delmar - 7:00am
Saturday, September 27 - At A.I. Dupont - 4:00pm
Saturday, October 4 - At Cardinal McCarrick (NJ)- 3:00pm
Friday, October 10 - Vs. Caravel - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 18 - Vs. DE Military - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 25 - Vs. Moyer Academy - 7:00pm
Friday, October 31 - At St. Marks - 7:00pm
Friday, November 7 - Vs. Archmere - 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:47pm HS Football Preview - St. Georges By Brandon Bossert
St. Georges will attempt to return to the Delaware Division II championship game after the loss of 23 seniors.
The class of 2014 went 37-8 in four seasons, including three trips to the Division II playoffs. The Hawks went 11-2 last season with their only losses coming at the hands of Hodgson, including a loss in the championship.
The star for the Hawks appears to be senior running back Taronn Selby. Selby, a second-team All-State running back rushed for 1,396 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, while averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He can be a threat out of the backfield as he caught eight passes, but made them count gaining 222 yards and scoring another three touchdowns. On defense, Selby contributed six interceptions as he took home honors as second-team All-State defensive back as well.
Taronn's brother, Keyjuan returns after being a second-team All-State kick returner. Keyjuan is a backup to Taronn and contributed 19 total touchdowns of his own.
Coach J.D. Maull is not concerned with the lack of seniority on this years team saying "the young guys can grown up during the middle of the season, and if we can get them growing up during the middle of the season then they become veterans, then we have a chance toward the end."
ST. GEORGES FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 20)
Friday, September 5 - At Laurel - 7:30pm
Saturday, September 13 - At Christiana - 12pm
Saturday, September 20 - Vs. Mt. Pleasant - 10:30am
Saturday, September 27 - At Hodgson - 10:30am
Saturday, October 4 - Vs. Charter - 10:30am
Saturday, October 11 - Vs. Howard - 10:30am
Friday, October 17 - At Dickinson - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 25 - Vs. Brandywine - 10:30am
Saturday, November 1 - At Caravel - 7:00pm
Saturday, November 8 - Vs. McKean - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:04pm HS Football Preview - Brandywine By Sean Greene
VIDEO: A look at the Bulldogs
"Expeditiously", Brandywine is working hard looking to duplicate last year's 4-1 start.
That is the buzzword around the Bulldogs practices as they look to cure the ails that dropped them to a 5-5 finish after the early success.
Helping them is the fact Brandywine lost just 4 seniors off that team, and return four starters on the offensive line.
MLB/RB Stefon Johnson returns from the all-state team to help pace a defense that held three opponents to single digits last season. All-Conference performer Cody Hoesterey returns onto the offensive and defensive lines hoping to lead a unit that will be key for Johnson's performances.
Brandywine kicks off the season against St. Elizabeth, and will also have tough challenges at Archmere and at home against Lake Forest as they look to find the same "expeditious" beginning they enjoyed in 2013.
BRANDYWINE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (As of August 20)
Saturday, September 6 - Vs. St. Elizabeth - 10:30am
Saturday, September 13 - At Archmere - 2:00pm
Saturday, September 20 - Vs. Lake Forest - 12:00pm
Saturday, September 27 - Vs. McKean (Delaware Stadium) - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 2 - Vs. Christiana - 3:00pm
Saturday, October 11 - At Mount Pleasant - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 18 - Vs. Hodgson - 10:30am
Saturday, October 25 - At St. Georges - 10:30am
Saturday, November 1 - Vs. Howard - 2:00pm
Friday, November 7 - At Dickinson - 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:37pm Las Vegas spoils Mo'ne's night, beats Philly 8-1 By John Kekis/AP
Dallan Cave and Brennan Holligan hit two-run homers, lefty reliever Austin Kryszczuk got out of two big jams, and Las Vegas beat Philadelphia and star pitcher Mo'ne Davis 8-1 in the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.
That puts Las Vegas in Saturday's U.S. title game and sends Philadelphia into an elimination game on Thursday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson team. The Great Lakes champion beat Pearland, Texas 6-1 on Tuesday night in an elimination game.
Davis, the darling of the sports world with her amazing success and poise, was both masterful and ordinary on a night made short because of pitch-count rules. She allowed three runs and six hits and struck out six in 2 1-3 innings before leaving after 55 pitches. That makes her eligible to pitch again in the U.S. championship game on Saturday.
Davis played first after her stint on the mound and was switched to right field in the top of the sixth.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 1:54pm Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer By Associated Press
Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.
Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.
He says it's due to chewing tobacco.
Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he's lost 75 pounds.
Schilling is a three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox.
He's being sued by Rhode Island's economic development agency after his video game company received a $75 million state loan guarantee and then collapsed.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 1:54pm NFL experiment: 8 missed extra points By Associated Press
Eight extra point kicks from the longer distance - usually 33 yards - were missed during the NFL's experiment in the first two weeks of the preseason.
The 94.3 percent success rate (133 of 141) was below the regular season rate (99.6 percent) from 2013 when the ball was snapped from the 2-yard line instead of the 15. Only five of 1,267 short kicks were missed in 2013.
All of this summer's misses came with the ball snapped from the 15.
The longer extra point might have affected teams' willingness to try a 2-point conversion from the 2-yard line. This year, 16 were tried, with four successful. In 2013, nine were attempted in the first two weeks of the preseason, with four successful.
NFL officiating director Dean Blandino says he believes longer PAT kicks are "in the league's near future."
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