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X-traordinary

The First Union Center parking lot turned into a dump last Thursday morning when 400 truckloads of dirt were hauled into lot “C.” By next week, the giant pile will be transformed into the moto X for X Games VIII.

Construction crews also were at work erecting scaffolding for a 72-foot tower, which athletes will use for the speed climb.

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The Perfect Summer

Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn all had their respective weekends in Cooperstown, N.Y., when they were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

South Philadelphia’s Vito Cianci recently made his own bid for induction into the Hall by pitching a perfect game in the Cooperstown Baseball World 15-year-old national tournament from July 20-28.

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Full Swing

Kurt Gibson Jr. places 30 golf balls in front of him and, one by one, moves a ball closer for target practice.

The yellow 150-yard marker is within striking distance, but it’s too close for this golf marvel. “Little Kurt,” wearing his white polo shirt patterned with little blue golfers, is driving for the 200-yard marker and beyond.

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On base for competition

Young South Philly baseball players dream about one day starting for their high-school teams, earning All-Public or All-Catholic honors and helping their squads win championships. At age 14, they aren’t quite ready to play among varsity-level talent.

Instead of waiting their turn, the serious players take the field during the hot summer months in hopes of impressing their high-school coaches. The South Philadelphia Sabres comprise one of the local organizations trying to help the young athletes by entering their all-star teams in local tournaments to see where they stand among the area’s best competition.

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