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Rhule appears set to take Temple head coaching job

Rhule appears set to take Temple head coaching job

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Rhule appears ready to become the next football coach at Temple.

The Owls made an offer to Rhule to become the Owls' head coach Friday, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Rhule, New York's assistant offensive line coach, was set to coach the Giants on Sunday at Atlanta.

Rhule formerly spent six seasons as an Owls assistant and was considered the frontrunner from the start to take over for Steve Addazio, who left for Boston College last week. The school had no immediate comment. However, players took to Twitter late Saturday night to spread the word Rhule had accepted the offer.

``Matt Rhule the new head coach!!'' wrote Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich.

``Welcome back to Temple, HEAD Coach Rhule!!!'' tweeted kicker Tyler Mayes.

Temple went 4-7 this season after having three straight winning seasons and playing in two bowl games under Addazio and Al Golden.

Rhule has strong ties to Temple, a factor high on the university's wish list after Addazio bolted after only two seasons. Rhule spent six seasons on the Owls' coaching staff before joining Tom Coughlin's staff as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach. Rhule, who played four seasons at Penn State, was the assistant offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator, when he left for the Giants.

Under Rhule's lead, Temple's recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference from 2006-2008.

Once one of the worst programs in the nation, the Owls found their footing in the MAC, but struggled in a return to the Big East this season.

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said this week about 75 people had expressed interest in the program's vacant football job. Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, a former Owl, confirmed he interviewed for the job.

Bradshaw said it was important to hire someone who ``embraces everything Temple.''

He found his man.

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Bruins G Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs over COVID-19

Bruins G Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs over COVID-19

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the team's playoff run.

The Vezina Trophy finalist -- and winner of the top goaltender award in 2014 -- said in a statement Saturday morning before Game 3 of Boston's playoff series against Carolina that "at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family."

Rask led the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average and was second in save percentage and shutouts. 

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Boston and Carolina are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. After a 3-2 loss on Thursday night, Rask said he complained that the NHL's fan-free playoffs lacked the usual intensity.

"It doesn't feel like playoff hockey out there. There's no fans, so it's kind of like an exhibition game," he said. "It just feels dull at times."

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Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

When the Baltimore Orioles swept the Phillies in a midweek series, several Philadelphians were not pleased. 

One Phillies analyst called the performance "lifeless" and now Bryce Harper is referring to the whole team's effort as "embarrassing."

Much to Harper's and the Phillies' pleasure, the team was able to respond in the series opener against the Mets with a walk-off to get back in the win column. 

"That's a big win for us right there," Harper told reporters postgame. "We have to start out the series after the embarrassment we put up against the Baltimore Orioles, that was pretty terrible. To be able to start this series off on the right foot, that's huge for us."

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In the three-game set, Baltimore scored 26 runs against Philadelphia. The first two games saw the Phillies starters post four earned runs each and the finale was a miraculous extra-inning comeback for Baltimore, where they scored 10 runs in the final five innings. It was more than an indictment of the team's pitching than anything else.

Many teams across the league believed the Orioles would be walkover team in a 60-game sprint to get the 2020 season complete. After one of the worst records in the sport's history over the past two seasons and no sign of things turning around, that was expected to carry over. An 11-8 record a third of the way through shows that is not the case. Baltimore has the fouth-best record in the American League. Even in a normal season, they would be in line for a Wild Card spot. 

Harper and the Phillies learned that the hard way. 

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