Owls Earn Eighth Win of Year, Lose QB Coyer for 2 Weeks

Owls Earn Eighth Win of Year, Lose QB Coyer for 2 Weeks

The Temple University Owls closed their regular season schedule with 34-16 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes on Black Friday afternoon. The win—Temple's eighth of the season—puts the Owls squarely in the mix for an at-large invitation to a bowl game.

Should they receive an invite, quarterback Chris Coyer may need to heal quickly. Coyer—2-0 as a starter since taking over earlier this month—suffered an injury to his left arm during the first quarter against Kent State. Revealed after the game to be a "sprained shoulder," the sophomore will be out of action for the next two weeks.

With Coyer in the locker room, head coach Steve Addazio turned briefly to red-shirt junior Mike Gerardi, but ultimately settled on fifth-year quarterback Chester Stewart to lead the Temple offense.

Stewart, honored prior to the game as part of the team's Senior Day festivities, struggled in the first half, fumbling the ball three times and turning it over twice. Chester and the team would muddle their way through the opening 30 and find themselves up 10-6 at the break thanks to a 100-yard kick-off return by backup running back Matt Brown.

While Stewart would settle in and ultimately finish the contest 6-6 for 94 yards, it was, once again, Bernard Pierce who would carry the team in the second half. Bernard exploded for his sixth 3-TD game of 2011, running for 189 yards and an average of 7.9 earned per attempt.

Pierce's second half, undoubtedly as good as any half he's put together in his three years at Temple, was typically impressive, but uncharacteristically bittersweet. Each touch of the football carried with it the feeling that this could be the very last time Temple fans will see their all-time leader in rushing touchdowns in uniform at Lincoln Financial Field—well, at least as an Owl.

Though his future remains unknown, Bernard's immediate plans will be to join his teammates in the wait for a bowl invitation. A record of 8-4 left Temple as one of only two eligible teams who did not participate in a year-end bowl in 2010.

"There is no doubt Temple will be in a bowl game," said coach Addazio in his post-game press conference after running through his program's 2011 resume. "Anything else would be ridiculous."

"We're an unbelievably desirable team to a lot of bowls out there…if they care about good football."

Given the unfortunate realities of the college bowl system, that's one very big IF.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Astros shut out Yankees in Game 7, advance to 1st World Series since 2005

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Astros shut out Yankees in Game 7, advance to 1st World Series since 2005

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HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.