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Morning Cup O' Mud: Kyle Lowry Carries Philly Over LeBron

If you remember a few weeks back, we posted about the NBA superstars' event that was to be played at The Palestra in Philadelphia while the NBA lockout rages on with no sign of ending anytime soon. Well, that event came and went on Sunday afternoon, and it was former Villanova Wildcats star Kyle Lowry who led the Philly stars to an upset of a team led by Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

That, and more in today's morning news roundup.

Kyle Lowry, Team Philly upset LeBron James and Team Melo in charity showcase |
When LeBron James thundered home a 40-foot alley-oop pass from Chris Paul as the halftime horn sounded at Sunday's charity showcase at the Palestra, the labor dispute that's threatened to deep-six the NBA season was the furthest thing from anyone's mind.

Pitino campaigns again on behalf of Big East |
I don't have many issues with Rick Pitino spending his free time blogging, but one of them is certainly his insistence on using the PR-smelling "BIG EAST" capitalization approximately 15 times per post. The other is the outdated use of auto-play music on his site. You remove those two distractions from, and his message gets even louder and more genuine.

Wildcats Combine to Win Eight Matches at SJU Invitational | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Despite a rain-shortened tournament Villanova still amassed eight victories in singles play this past weekend at the SJU Invitational, hosted by Saint Josephs and featuring a number of local teams. Due to weather-related schedule changes the Wildcats played only in singles matches during the tournament and went a combined 8-7 for the weekend.

Swoboda and Goelz Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Freshman Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa.) and senior goalkeeper Megan Goelz (Pennsbury, Pa.) have both been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after the Wildcats went 2-0 this week and have climbed to above .500 at 5-4 for the season. Villanova had a pair of 2-1 victories against Penn and Rutgers this past week.

Early on, CAA football race looks wide open | Delaware Online
We’ve grown accustomed in recent years to looking in awe at the Colonial Athletic Association football standings, chock full of powerhouse teams and NCAA title contenders. At this point of the 2011 season? Perhaps not.

College Conference Realignment Madness |
In case you've been on an extended safari deep within Africa and haven't noticed, college athletics is experiencing a radical shift in conference membership, with many schools actively engaged in a sort of musical chairs game of chance.

Villanova 30 Penn 21 - A View From Papazian’s Perch | Philly College Sports
The University of Pennsylvania Quakers and the Villanova University Wildcats took to the turf at Franklin Field to meet in the Schuylkill Showdown. Penn and Villanova usually play at hotly contested game. The average margin of victory has been 9 points. What was unexpected in this game was that both squads were looking for their first win of the season. The Wildcats dropped their first three games, Penn lost their season opener at home. Villanova won the last 10 games in the series, but both teams knew the win number one is what matters most. Villanova would get the win 30 – 21 in front of 10,071 at Franklin Field.

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