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Jordan Matthews aims to inspire students

October 21, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews spent time Tuesday with students learning about their summer experiences during a visit to Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School in Northeast Philadelphia.

As a guest speaker at Summer Search Fall Reflections event, the 6-foot-3 former Vanderbilt University standout shared how he persevered through issues as a youngster.

With a mission of assisting low-income students develop skills needed to for college, the program encourages students to complete their high school education and continue on to college.

Temple’s lineman makes defensive player watch list

Temple’s senior defensive lineman Hassan Reddick has been added to the Chuck Bednarik Award mid-season watch list, which was announced by the Maxwell Football Club.

The award is given each year to the country’s best college defensive player.

Reddick leads the nation in tackles for loss (14) and average TFL per-game (2). The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior needs five more to break the American Athletic Conference single season record of 19, set by University of Houston’s Elandon Roberts last year. The Camden, N.J., native has 6.5 sacks, which is tops in the AAC.

Reddick has played some great football throughout his career. He has 37.5 TFL, which places him third on the school’s all-time list. He needs just one more to break the AAC career mark of 38, set by Houston’s Steven Taylor.

In the last three weeks, Reddick was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week and was recognized on its honor roll. He had 5.0 TFL against Memphis, which tied him for an AAC single-game record.

The semifinals for the Maxwell and and Bednarik awards will be announced Oct. 31, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 21. The winners of the Maxwell and Bednarik awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Toliver Freeman joins St. Joseph’s basketball team

St. Joseph’s freshman Toliver Freeman has been named to the Hawks’ basketball roster for 2016-17 season as a walk-on.

Freeman, a 6-foot guard from Baton Rouge, La., was a three-time All-District selection while attending Catholic High School. He averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three assists as a senior and was named Most Valuable Player as Catholic won the Red Stick Sports Holiday Classic.

Freeman scored more than 1,500 points in high school and earned honorable mention on the All-State team for three straight years. In addition, he was his team’s MVP for three years consecutively.

St. Joseph’s will open the season at home on Nov. 12, when the Hawks entertain Toledo at Michael Hagan Arena.

International soccer match heads into semifinals

The championship game for the Philadelphia International Unity Cup, the first citywide, World Cup-style soccer tournament, will be here in a few weeks as the remaining four teams gear up to wither down to two.

Germany, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Ukraine advanced to the semifinal round after each won its respective quarterfinal game on Oct. 16 at La Salle University. The semifinal games will be held on Sunday at Temple University, with Ukraine playing the Ivory Coast at 9 a.m. and then Germany facing Liberia at 11 a.m.

“I have been overwhelmed by the community response to the Unity Cup so far,” Kathryn Ott, Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation commissioner, said in a statement. “Going to games and seeing the fans cheering in the stands for their teams have really highlighted Philadelphia’s diversity for me.

“I am very excited to see the crowds turn out for the big game in November — the first time a soccer game has ever been played at Citizens Bank Park,” she added.

In addition, the city is planning a day of activities with a distinct international flavor leading up to the Nov. 5 championship game at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia. The gate on the first base side will open at 3:45 p.m. for youth soccer game, the parade of nations, a naturalization ceremony and then the championship game, which will begin at 6 p.m.