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Eagles’ firepower overcomes errors in win over Titans — Sure, the Eagles won big over the Tennessee Titans, beating them 43-24 on Sunday. But once again, the Eagles made it more difficult on themselves than it should have been. Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions, and coupled with the defense's struggles in the second quarter especially enabled the Titans to stay close until late in the third quarter.

One killed, two critical after US 40 crash — One person was killed and two others were critically injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bear early Sunday morning, Delaware State Police said in a release. Twenty-two-year-old Alexis A. DeFrancesco, of Hartly, was killed in the crash, Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said. It happened shortly after 1:15 a.m.

Dover Downs Casino: On the brink — Dover Downs has serious problems: * Regional casino competition has more than doubled in recent years. * Banks demanded the casino's mortgage as collateral when executives recently refinanced $42 million in debt. * Its stock price, which onces stood at $19.64, closed at a record low of 72 cents last week, making it more difficult for casino leaders to raise capital.

Union City Grille owner bows out — On the heels of one sad Wilmington restaurant closing - Madeline's Italian Restaurant has called it quits after 53 years - comes news that another Wilmington restaurateur is bowing out of the business.

Carroll leads the way as William Penn romps

Nov 22, 2014

Carroll leads the way as William Penn romps St. Mark's to earn berth in D-I state title game via @delawareonline

Madeline's restaurant in Wilmington has closed — Madeline's Italian Restaurant, one of Wilmington's oldest restaurants, has closed. The eatery has had a home in the city's Little Italy neighborhood for more than 50 years. A simple note on the restaurant's website reads: "After 53 years, Madeline's Italian Restaurant has closed. Thank you everyone for your patronage and support."

Alapocas-area burglaries, thefts prompt warning — Burglars and thieves are hitting the prominent neighborhood of Alapocas and others nearby, with two vehicle thefts in the past week, New Castle County Police say. Warning residents about multiple burglaries and thefts from vehicles in that area, Sgt.

Even in loss, UD makes season finale memorable — Delaware managed to make its season football finale against Villanova a game to remember, even if the Blue Hens couldn't secure the upset that would have made it truly unforgettable on Saturday. The Hens rallied from 20 points down to go ahead with 2:04 left.
Nov 22, 2014

Early report: #BlueHens' had gallant comeback in season finale but late TD gave @NovaFootball a 35-28 #CAAFB win.

Jordan Matthews, other rookie wideouts catch on quickly — Jordan Matthews admits that he keeps tabs on the other rookie wide receivers, often comparing himself against them. There is plenty for him to watch as Matthews and his fellow rookies are on pace to easily become the best wide receiver class in NFL history. Matthews is more than holding his own.
Nov 23, 2014

Jordan Matthews needs 23 more yards receiving to become 1st #Eagles rookie WR w/3 straight 100-yd games.

Two arrested after Wilmington vehicle stop — Two people were arrested following a vehicle stop in Wilmington on Friday morning, city police said in a release Saturday. Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, Officers James Wiggins and Leonard Moses were on patrol in the 400 block of N. Clayton St. and stopped a vehicle for suspicious activity, Wilmington police said.

Man sought in Wells Fargo Bank robbery — Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a Fox Point bank on Friday afternoon. An initial investigation indicates that shortly after 1:15 p.m. Friday, a man entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 814 Philadelphia Pike, approached a 28-year-old female teller and handed her a demand note for cash, Master Cpl.

Villanova at Hens: 5 Things to Watch — Delaware has beaten Villanova just once in their last eight games and hasn't downed the Wildcats at Delaware Stadium since 2004. PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? There will be none for Delaware this year, making it the first time the Blue Hens have failed to reach the postseason four straight years since the NCAA instituted postseason competition for its lower-division schools in 1973.
Nov 22, 2014

Today's 5 Things worth knowing prior to #BlueHens' showdown with @NovaFootball at Delaware Stadium in #CAAFB.

Rivalry with Delaware has been leaning toward Villanova — Delaware's football season has not gone the way the Blue Hens expected or wanted. They can end it Saturday, however, in unforgettable fashion. Vanquishing No. 6-ranked Villanova would put a memorable cap on 2014 for Delaware and, particularly, at least 17 seniors playing their final game.
Nov 22, 2014

#BlueHens try to end @NovaFootball's dominance in their #CAAFB rivalry today. Victory would be all-timer for #udel.

Cavaliers cruise into final in style — Since it's the fifth straight year, it should surprise no one that Middletown bulled its way into the DIAA Division I championship game on Friday night. But the way the Cavaliers did it surprised a lot of people.
Nov 22, 2014

News Journal story and highlights from Middletown's 37-7 win over Sussex Tech the Division I semifinal. #delhs WATCH:

Men found guilty of Eden Park slayings — The two men accused of being the Eden Park shooters were convicted Friday night of first-degree murder and manslaughter, among other charges. After three days of deliberation a New Castle County jury found Otis Phillips was found guilty of 13 charges including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter and Jeffrey Phillips guilty of 11 charges including first-degree murder and manslaughter.

Firefighter sentenced for theft from two fire companies — A prominent firefighter pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the volunteer fire company he was chief of, as well as from the union representing the Wilmington Fire Department, where he worked for a decade. Vaughn B.

Jury convicts Eden Park shooters of murder — WILMINGTON - A Superior Court jury has convicted two men of murder in the shooting deaths of an organizer at a 2012 Eden Park soccer tournament. Jeffrey Phillips and Otis Phillips were convicted of shooting 47-year-old Herman Curry. Both also were convicted of manslaughter stemming from shots Jeffrey Phillips fired into a crowd that struck and killed 16-year-old Alexander Kamara Jr.
Nov 21, 2014

The two men charged in the Eden Park slaying case have been found guilty of first degree murder and now face a...

New faces eye shot at backup safety for Eagles — For Jaylen Watkins and Chris Prosinski, it doesn't matter how the opportunities come, as long as they come. That's why Watkins, the Eagles' fourth-round pick last May, has no problem moving to safety even though he was drafted as a cornerback.

Friends lineman learned football only 2 years ago — On Aug. 16, 2012, Tianqi "Terrence" Dai received his introduction to football. The Chinese student had only been in the United States for two weeks when he pushed through a steamy morning practice at Wilmington Friends School. He had never worn football pads or a helmet before.