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Power will play first playoff game in Orlando

By Jerry DiPaola
The Power will play their first playoff game in franchise history at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at CFE Arena in Orlando against the Orlando Predators, Power owner Matt Shaner announced Monday. The Predators (10-7) are champions of the Arena Football League’s American Conference South division and earned the conference’s No. …

Power fight urge to look ahead with playoffs looming
By Jerry DiPaola
The season has been so successful for Power coach Ron James that even when he makes an off-the-field decision, it works in his favor. At …
Power hold on for 11th straight win
By T.j. Rushing
DES MOINES, Iowa — The dream continued for the Power on Saturday night as they slipped by the struggling Iowa Barnstormers, 59-56, to capture their 11th consecutive Arena Football League win. Power kicker Julian Rauch connected on a 22-yard field goal as time expired — his third game-winner of the …
Injured Power DB Gray exerts leadership
By John Harris
Injured Power defensive back Virgil Gray has a nickname for teammate Al  Phillips: Tom Brady. “I joke with Al all the time and tell him …
Power escape VooDoo for 10th straight win
By Hank Brady
NEW ORLEANS — Trailing the Cleveland Gladiators by two in the loss column, the Pittsburgh Power had an opportunity to get a franchise-record 13th win this season and put some pressure on their East Division rivals. Monday night in New Orleans, the Power had to overcome an inauspicious start and withstand …
Looking toward 1st playoff bid, Power finds the scent of success
By Jerry DiPaola
Power defensive back Brandon Freeman admits he believes in superstitions. If you want proof, stand next to him Monday night at the Smoothie King Center …
Power beats Jacksonville, 64-48, for 9th consecutive victory
By Don Coble
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Power’s season of firsts continued with a 64-48 victory Saturday night at Jacksonville. The Power had secured their first winning season and playoff berth in franchise history before arriving at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, but the victory was the first in five tries against the Sharks …
Receivers coach Harrell a good catch for Power
By Jerry DiPaola
Coach Ron James had plenty of reasons to smile as he prepared the Power (11-3) for Saturday’s game against the Sharks in Jacksonville. His face …
Power keeping foot on the pedal heading toward 1st playoff berth
By Jerry DiPaola
With four games remaining in the regular season, the Power (11-3) appear locked into the No. 3 seed in the Arena Football League playoffs. They …
Arena Football League shifts from ‘dumb’ helmets
By Jerry DiPaola
For the past several weeks, Power players have been wearing helmet-mounted sensors that can detect possible head injuries. Starting with Thursday’s game in Portland, Ore., between the Thunder and New Orleans Voodoo, every Arena Football League team will employ the devise. AFL commissioner Jerry Kurz said his league is the …
Power notebook: Opposing offenses’ tactics anger linebacker Bryant
By Jerry DiPaola
Power quarterback Tommy Grady is getting in sync with his wide receivers after a season of injuries in the passing game. The defense has held …
Power storms past Iowa to clinch franchise’s 1st playoff berth
By Jerry DiPaola
The Power’s 57-27 victory Friday night against the Iowa Barnstormers appeared routine. Except for one important fact: The victory earned the Power a playoff berth …
‘Mindset’ is the difference for this season’s Power team
By Jerry DiPaola
Power kicker Julian Rauch, who has twice kept the team’s seven-game winning streak alive with clutch kicks, notices a difference in this year’s team that …
Power closes in on playoff berth
By Jerry DiPaola
When Power coach Ron James was informed Sunday afternoon that his team need only defeat Iowa on Friday night to reach the playoffs, his reaction was predictable. Actually, he didn’t have one. “No reaction until we lock up a playoff berth,” he said. “This week is business as usual, and …
Power win on last-second field goal, improve to 10-3
By Jerry DiPaola
PHILADELPHIA — Indoor football is built on quarterbacks filling the air with footballs and wide receivers snatching those balls for big plays. But fate and two kickers — one who justified his coach’s trust in him, another who was hurt on the game’s first play — decided the Power’s 57-56 …
Power ready to trade punches with Philadelphia Soul
By Jerry DiPaola
When Power coach Ron James calls Philadelphia Soul coach Clint Dolezel “a puppeteer,” he means it as a compliment. “He has pulled a lot of …