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Tebow vs. Barkley? Go With Neither

Patrick Wall, Bleeding Green Nation

If Kelly's Smart, Tebow Time Is Up

Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News

Battle for Paterno Legacy Won't Die

Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Eagles play their final preseason game of the year on Thursday, and all eyes will be on the battle for the third string quarterback job. Incumbent Matt Barkley and challenger ...(full article)

Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley have battled for the role of third quarterback on the Eagles for the past four months, knowing the loser would most likely be looking for a job with anot...(full article)

IF GOOD SENSE prevails, as it usually does for Chip Kelly, then the Tim Tebow era in Philadelphia will end with final cuts, due Saturday at 4 p.m. Oh, there were some fun times: th...(full article)

Along one side of College Avenue, striking new classroom buildings and residence halls lend this edge of Penn State's campus a 21st-century glow. But on the opposite side of the to...(full article)

College football, more than any other sport, is driven by perception: Year after year, debate after debate, the discussion inevitably devolves into parsing the collective wisdom as...(full article)

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Aaron Nola exits early as Phillies

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