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76ers, Villanova coaches build peace through hoops in Holy Land

Philadelphia 76ers Coach Brett Brown gives pointers to Arab and Israeli youth during a July 30 basketball clinic sponsored by PeacePlayers International in  Jerusalem.  (CNS photo/Mary Knight) Posted on August 10th, 2015

Sixers coach Brett Brown and Villanova men’s coach Jay Wright ran basketball clinics and conflict-resolution seminars in Jerusalem and Ramallah, West Bank for a week.

Strong pitching propels Catholic League in baseball tourney

Posted on June 19th, 2015

carpentercup_275x44The Catholic League team competing in the Carpenter Cup, now in its 30th year, got contributions from six pitchers and a dramatic walk-off single to win its first-round game.

‘Turning two’ makes for one long-sought championship

Despite a scare in the last inning, Archbishop Wood pitcher Joe Lancellotti dominated for the Vikings on the mound in their Catholic League-winning win over Neumann-Goretti May 23 at Immaculata University. (Photos by Sarah Webb) Posted on May 26th, 2015

Archbishop Wood’s game-ending double play kept Neumann-Goretti’s comeback bid at bay and led to the Vikings’ first Catholic League baseball title since 1993.

Ryan overcomes late deficit to capture 2nd straight title

Archbishop Ryan's softball team celebrates its second consecutive Catholic League championship. (Photos by Sarah Webb) Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Archbishop Ryan’s Ragdolls needed heroics to turn a 2-1 St. Hubert’s lead into a 5-2 win for the Catholic League softball championship May 20. They’ve gone 30-0 over two seasons in league play.

Catholic school athletes attack the track at Districts

Posted on May 15th, 2015

Sports writer John Knebels recaps the District 12 and District 1 PIAA track and field championships. Also see results from the Catholic League softball playoffs.

Spring high school sports standings

Posted on May 8th, 2015

See where Catholic high school teams stand in Philadelphia Catholic League baseball, softball and girls’ lacrosse, plus Catholic Academies League softball.

Pope: Love of sports doesn’t mean ‘timeout’ from church, friends, poor

Pope Francis holds a jersey offered to him as a gift after leading a special audience for the Lazio sport association in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 7. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Posted on May 7th, 2015

Never let practice and competition get in the way of going to Mass, studying for school, being with friends and helping the poor, Pope Francis told an Italian sports association.

Schoendienst quietly lives his faith, serves as mentor to young players

In this 2011 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, left, stands with other Cardinals legends Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith on the field prior to the start of game six of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  (CNS photo/Tannen Maury, EPA) Posted on May 6th, 2015

Seventy years ago, a ballplayer from a small-town Catholic family began a Hall of Fame career in major league baseball.

Perfect game driven by pitcher’s mantra: ‘Three up, three down’

When he's not pitching, Tim Brennan (20) can make things happen on the base paths too, as he advances from first to second during a game April 30. (Sarah Webb) Posted on May 1st, 2015

Holy Ghost Prep senior Tim Brennan kept it simple, and simply dominated hitters en route to 12 strikeouts and perfection. Learn what it takes to accomplish baseball’s rarest feat.

Masters champion, product of Dallas Jesuit prep school, remains humble

Jordan Spieth autographs memorabilia for young fans after a free golf clinic for youth at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, May 18. Spieth, an amateur golfer, was appearing in his first PGA tournament. (CNS photo/Jenna Teter, Texas Catholic) Posted on April 15th, 2015

That’s no surprise to those who know the new Masters champion, who set course records at Augusta, Georgia, from April 9-12 on his way to the coveted prize and the iconic green blazer. They say he has kept family first, especially his younger sister, Ellie, who is autistic.

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