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About mdegeorge

Matthew De George is the Americas Correspondent for Swimming World Magazine. He's the author of two books on swimming, Duels in the Pool and Pooling Talent. He's also the assistant sports editor for the Delaware County Daily Times in Pennsylvania, where he covers high school and college sports as well as the Philadelphia Union. His work has also appeared in The Guardian and The Athletic.

Philly fan thrown up and out of game

If you’ve ever been sickened by Phillies fans, here’s another one that should earn this South Jersey resident a bronzed urinal from the Vet.

At Wednesday night’s Phils-Nationals game, Matthew Clemmens of Cherry Hill, NJ (oh, South Jersey!) was ejected and arrested for a very peculiar reason (and check out the photo tab for his mugshot; he kind of looks like Rosanne Barr after a hockey game). His friend had been ejected from Citizens Bank Park earlier, and deciding that revenge was a dish best served after it had already been digested, forced himself to vomit on a family of nearby spectators, including an 11-year-old girl.

But the joke proved to be on him, as the young girl’s father, Easton, Pa. police captain Michael Vangelo, took umbrage and punched the refunding Clemmens in the face before helping Philadelphia police arrest him. The newly black-eyed Clemmens still had a little guts left, literally, which he shared with the arresting officer.

He was charged with assault and harassment, and has also been recognized by the honor of a “Matthew Clemmens is a Douche” group on Facebook. No word on whether or not he also has ever booed Santa Claus or cheered at opposing players injuries.

– Matthew De George ’10


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D’Ambra named St. Joe’s men’s soccer head coach

The search for a new men’s soccer coach at Saint Joseph’s has ended with the return of one of the program’s highest profile alumni.

Don D’Ambra, a long-time star for the Philadelphia Kixx indoor soccer franchise and a 1994 graduate of St. Joe’s is returning to his roots to head up the team that helped catapult him into the pro ranks. He will be unveiled at a press conference on Monday. He’s just the fourth coach in St. Joe’s soccer history, replacing Tom Turner after 26 seasons at the helm.

D'Ambra, in Philadelphia Kixx attire, has been named the new St. Joe's head coach. (photo courtesy of SJU Athletic Communications)

D’Ambra was the face of the Kixx for 14 seasons, the last eight of which he served as a player/coach/vice president of soccer operations. He led the franchise to Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) titles in 2002 and 2007, and one of most recognizable figures for one of indoor soccer’s most popular teams. He also served as Turner’s assistant here at St. Joe’s from 1996-99.

The 37-year-old native of Philadelphia collected 388 goals, 905 points, four All-Star selections, and 119 coaching wins with the Kixx, all franchise highs.

D’Ambra’s time at St. Joe’s was just as illustrious, as his name is on the top line of most statistical categories. He’s the all-time leader in points (102), goals (41), and shots (297). His 15 goals and 38 points in 1993 are the most ever in a single season for a Hawk, and he also holds the third most prolific season (13 goals and 31 points in 1992) in those categories.

He was honored as the 1993 Soccer Seven and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year for the winningest team in St. Joe’s history (12-6-1). D’Ambra was also inducted into the St. Joe’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000. He’s the second former Kixx player to join the Hawks’ current coaching staff, with former teammate Drew Kopp also an assistant on the women’s team.

– Matthew De George ’10

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PICTURES: St. Joe’s Men’s Basketball celebrates season at banquet

The St. Joe’s men’s basketball season officially came to an end tonight with the annual awards banquet held at the Campion Banquet Center. The marathon event which head coach Phil Martelli likened to an episode of Roots last nearly five hours, only five minutes of which included a highlight video, and saw the team dish out a number of personal accolades and show thanks to the many people involved with the program on and off the court. Here is a gallery of the night’s biggest highlights:

(All photos by Matthew De George ’10)

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Tiger Talk: Translating Tigers’ actions into words

Everybody and their brother has probably already heard at least snippets of Tiger Woods’ first appearance in front of the media today at Augusta. But chances are you haven’t heard the translation of Tiger- speak into what the rest of us can understand.

So here goes the full translation, all 34 minutes of it, taking into account what Tiger’s other actions and choices have said over the last few months.. (Translation in italics; proctoring of Craig Heatley, chairman of the Masters’ Media Committee, removed for brevity’s sake.)

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Tiger: Well, today I got a chance to play with Craig there— — I’m sorry— — Craig— — Freddie. And then Jim joined us on the 13th hole. And it was—s — just, what a great day today. Coming into today, I didn’t know what to respect with regards to reception. And I’ll tell you what, the galleries couldn’t be nicer. I mean, it was just incredible.

And the encouragement that I got, and— — it was just— — it blew me away, to be honest with you. It really did. And, you know, the people here over the years have been extremely respectful. But today was just something that really touched my heart pretty good. I would also like to, I guess, make another little comment before we start. Continue reading


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Dwayne Jones signs with Phoenix Suns

Former Saint Joseph’s forward Dwayne Jones was signed by the Phoenix Suns today, giving the fifth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference depth in the low post for the final five games of the regular season and the playoffs.

Jones, a 2005 graduate of St. Joe’s, made 48 starts this season for the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League, averaging 17.6 points and a league-leading 16.0 rebounds per game. He had 44 double-doubles on the season and scored in double-figures on all but two occasions.

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He was named to the Western Conference All-Stars and scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards in the All-Star game in February.

He passed a physical with the Suns today, and will be available to play in Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Continue reading

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10 things to watch for the upcoming MLB season

As I watch what actually has turned out to be an interesting season opener between the Yanks and the Sox (in the Michael Wilbon voice), I guess there’s no better time than the present to give you my 2010 MLB season preview. Here are 10 storylines to watch as America’s pastime opens 2010 in earnest tomorrow.

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It’s been another busy winter for the Yankees, though this time with a tighter grip on the purse strings. The 27-time World Champs signed former farmhand Nick Johnson as their DH and added journeyman Randy Winn to provide a capable outfielder off the bench. But the other additions came through trades. Curtis Granderson, fresh off a career-high 30 home runs with the Tigers (written as he takes Josh Beckett deep with two outs in the second inning), was brought in for pitchers Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy, and top prospect Austin Jackson. The rotation was strengthened by the acquisition of Javier Vasquez (another former Yankee returning to the Bronx) for misfit Melky Cabrera. Vazquez and the reintroduction of Phil Hughes to the rotation stabilizes the back-end of one of the best starting fives in the AL, while Chan Ho Park and Joba Chamberlain’s return to the bullpen gives them depth there. Despite playing in baseball’s toughest division, the Yanks are still a front-runner to take home another World Series Title.

Phil me up again? Continue reading

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Breaking News: McNabb traded to Redskins

For all those pitchfork salesmen and torch purveyors in Philadelphia, get ready for a brisk Monday morning.

According to ESPN, the Eagles have done what the previously unthinkable by trading starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins. Both sides are trying to finalize the deal, but the centerpiece coming back to the City of Brotherly Love is the Skins’ second-round pick, number 37 overall.

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The trade leaves the Eagles with only two quarterbacks on the roster in Kevin Kolb, who looks to be the heir apparent, and Michael Vick. The Redskins tendered an offer to free agent QB Jason Campbell, their starter for the four seasons, as well as picking up free agent Rex Grossman to complement Richard Bartel and Colt Brennan in camp.

More details to follow as they emerge.

– Matthew De George ’10

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