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Nick Menta

  1. Temple Basketball Is Going to Play on This “Blacktop” Floor Down at UCF

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    If you have no idea who’s in the American Athletic Conference, no one blames you. But to make a long conference realignment recap short, Temple and UCF are in the same conference now. Well, alright, they’ll be in the same conference this time next week — Monday, July 1. And at some point next season,…

  2. These Stats Indicate the 2013 Phillies Are Pretty Much Done

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT


    Charlie Manuel admitted after Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets that even he’s now “wondering” whether or not his team can turn things around and make the playoffs. Well, if history is to be believed, there isn’t much to wonder about — other than who Ruben Amaro might be able to unload at the deadline.…

  3. DeSean Jackson Jumps off Balcony into a Pool, Because That’s Not a Bad Idea

    Jun 20, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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    I’m generally of the opinion that arguments starting with “Athletes shouldn’t do X” (flamenco dancing, for example) are a little overblown. But when you’re DeSean Jackson, and your entire career is built on your raw athleticism, maybe…just maybe…jumping off a balcony and into a pool is a bad idea. Because maybe…just maybe…it’s a bad idea for…

  4. Google Street View Is Mapping the Wells Fargo Center

    Jun 20, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT


    There’s a decent chance that, at some point in your Internet-surfing life, you’ve probably pulled the little yellow peg man onto a Google map and taken a look at a 360-degree image of your street. How’d you like to do that with the Wells Fargo Center? A friend of ours inside the building gave us…

  5. Justin Rose Won the U.S. Open by Watching Star Wars, More or Less

    Jun 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT


    It wasn’t quite overcoming five runner-up finishes to finally win the U.S. Open on his 43rd birthday, but Justin Rose’s story was pretty good by itself. Rose on Sunday became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since 1970 and he did it on Father’s Day. Rose was primarily coached in the game by…

  6. Photo Gallery: Merion Golf Club at Night

    Jun 17, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Let me tell you a little story, Danny. I once knew a guy who could have been a great golfer, could have gone pro. All he needed was a little time and practice. Decided to go to college instead. Went for four years, did pretty well. Then at the end of his four years, his…

  7. Video: U.S. Open Fans Cheer on This Adorable Groundhog, Phil Mickelson Exiting a Bathroom

    Jun 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Golf crowds  — other than the Birdman and the omnipresent “Get in the Hole!” guy — get a bad rap for being uptight and reserved. But in reality, it’s a pack of dehydrated thousands standing in the sun all day and drinking beer. These people will cheer for anything. And what better to cheer for…

  8. Lee Trevino’s Rubber Snake from the 1971 U.S. Open at Merion ‘Died’

    Jun 13, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT


    ARDMORE, Pa. — Earlier this afternoon, I extolled the virtues of 1971 U.S. Open champ Lee Trevino and suggested we all get “What Would Lee Do?” bracelets. Honestly, the man lights up any room he walks into and is one of those people with a unique and compelling gift for storytelling. He’s also just really…

  9. So What’s a Mud Ball?

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT


    USA Today Images We’re going to have situations where, if it does dry out through the weekend and hit a few good drives down there and get a few mud balls we’re going to have to deal with it.  It’s part of the game, getting up and down, and dealing with some of the situations…

  10. Rory McIlroy Bought a Phillies Hat, Climbed the Rocky Steps

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    ARDMORE, Pa. — On Tuesday, 2011 U.S. Open champion and No. 2 player in the world Rory McIroy admitted he was thinking about it: “I was half thinking of going to the steps in the city — the Rocky steps — wherever they are and run up them,” he said. And so guess what he…

  11. Gallery: 15 Photos from Merion, and an OB Marker 1-Foot off the 15th Fairway

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT


    ARDMORE, Pa. — What you see above is the 15th hole at Merion Golf Club. The wooden stumps at the bottom of the picture serve as the out-of-bounds markers for the hole. And you’ll notice, if you follow them on a straight line, that they get closer and closer to the fairway. So just how…

  12. Tee Times and Pairings for the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club

    Jun 10, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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    ARDMORE, Pa. — The picture you see above is from a stormy Merion Golf Club on Monday, and with play for the 113th U.S. Open set to start on Thursday, here’s the full list of pairings and starting times for the opening rounds. The first time you see below is the players’ tee time on…

  13. Photo & Video: Flood Waters Surround Merion’s 11th Green after Friday’s Storms

    Jun 8, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT


    The photo you see above was taken by a member of the Merion staff, courtesy Comcast SportsNet. And it gives you and idea how close flood waters came to threatening Merion’s 11th green after the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea dumped more than three inches of rain onto the golf course Friday. The 11 and…

  14. Why Yes, Terrell Owens Did Just Refer to ProFootballTalk as ‘Satan’

    Jun 8, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT


    Just a few hours after Kulp broke down what’s very likely the end of Terrell Owens professional football career, T.O. took to Twitter on Saturday and got biblical. The subject of his ire? Michael David Smith and the crew at ProFootballTalk. In response to Owens’ comments that he would retire if he did not play…

  15. Cliff Lee Receives Pre-At-Bat Twizzler from a Young Fan

    Jun 8, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    After coming into last night’s ballgame 5-0 in his last six starts, Cliff Lee failed to hold a four-run lead when he allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine in 122 pitches. Jeremy Horst gave up the winning run in the ninth, and the Phillies lost, 5-4. Lee, who…

  16. We’re 84 Days Away from Temple-Notre Dame, So Check Out These Week 1 Lines

    Jun 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Temple Owls will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the first time when the two teams meet in South Bend on Aug. 31. And it’s June, so naturally all we really care about is whether or not to lay the points. Fortunately for all of you stuck betting baseball and LeBron, the Golden…

  17. Sergio Garcia Is Coming to Philadelphia; Will You Boo?

    Jun 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT


    We’re still a week away from the U.S. Open at Merion, and ESPN golf analyst and two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North has already committed Philly Sports Fan Cardinal Sin No. 1. `ESPN’s Andy North on the week Sergio will face at Merion: “It’s a great sports city. But remember, this is a city that booed…

  18. Arizona State AD Takes Shot at Temple over Notre Dame’s Schedule

    Jun 5, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program will give up some of its independence in 2014, when it becomes a pseudo-member of the ACC. Last September, ND announced it was moving its athletic programs from the Big East to the ACC, but as part of the deal, the Irish are now contracted to play five…

  19. Quotable: Ben Revere’s One-Sided He Said-He Said with Umpire Bob Davidson

    Jun 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    If not for John Mayberry making baseball history in the 10th and 11th innings, the main storyline from Tuesday night’s 7-3 win could very well have been Bob Davidson’s interference call in the eighth inning. Davidson, the second base umpire, turned a fielder’s choice into a double play when he called Ben Revere out for…

  20. Debate: Who’s On Your Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers Mount Rushmore?

    Jun 4, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT


    The guys over at ProFootballTalk have been running a vote to determine who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of individual NFL franchises. The PFT staff nominated guys for each team that they allowed their readers to vote on. The four most popular names get their faces carved in virtual rock. They released their results for…

  21. Still Trying to Land Tickets to the U.S. Open? It’s Going to Be Pricey

    Jun 3, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT


    Golf isn’t cheap, and tickets to this year’s U.S. Open at Merion are going to prove doubly — in some cases even triply — expensive on the secondary market. Tickets to the tournament rounds have been sold out for a long time and were bought up in short order given the restrictions the USGA has…

  22. Hey, Penn State People, Trying to Hang in Philly and Then Day Trip to Baltimore in 2015?

    Jun 3, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT


    Penn State’s relationship with the NCAA isn’t the best at the moment, so the Nittany Lions are moving to the NFL! Well, a couple of the stadiums at least. The Big Ten released its 2015 football schedules on Tuesday and the Nittany Lions will be playing right off I-95 twice in just under two months.…

  23. Photos: Merion Golf Club Is One Week Away from the U.S. Open

    Jun 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT


    It’s starting to look a lot like a U.S. Open. Two weeks from today, the USGA will crown it’s 2013 U.S. Open champion at Merion. And one week from today — well, really next Monday — the week-long event kicks off with the start of practice rounds and the opening of the U.S. Open Experience…

  24. Former Temple RB Matt Brown’s Passport Expired, So Now He’s in the NFL

    May 30, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT


    The secret to success — let your international travel documents expire. It worked for Matt Brown. Brown, a 5-foot-5 five running back and returner from Temple who left the program No. 2 all-time in all-purpose yards, agreed to a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders two weeks ago, but apparently never signed the contract. Now he’s…

  25. The American Athletic Conference Released Its New Logo, I Picked Its New Mascot

    May 30, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT


    I made the conscious decision to spend my life covering/following college football and basketball, and I’ve spent the last three months writing and re-writing conference realignment columns because the paragraphs were borderline incomprehensible. Well these schools are going to be in the New Big East and these schools are the Old Big East, but that…