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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PHILLY FUNK RADIO FM gets new top talk on the go on air live guest top artist and radio personality Bob Conga- Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine features Bob Conga on its 2015 Cover



PHILLY FUNK RADIO FM gets new top talk on the go on air live guest top artist and radio personality Bob Conga- Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine features Bob Conga on its 2015 Cover



Above: Bob Conga, Musician, Black Man Model, Talk Radio Personality

PHILLY FUNK RADIO FM gets new top talk on the go on air live guest top artist and radio personality Bob Conga- Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine features Bob Conga on its 2015 Cover

Philly Funk Radio, tune in at www.phillyfunkradio.com, and Van Stone’s Philadelphia Media/Publishing/Radio is dispatching a seasoned artist from Yeadon, Pennsylvania to become the new talk on air live guest of Philly Funk Radio FM.   It’s Bob Conga, independent music artist, model, and community activist representing both the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania areas.

And Bob Conga is in the making the cover grasps of the Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine for the year 2015.  Bob Conga is the first Male Model to make the Special Edition cover of the Philadelphia Front Page News magazine. The covers having the name brand are rare.

Bob Conga started yesterday, July 28, as the program talk on the go on air live guest and radio personality of the r & b classic hits station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to an internal announcement Friday, July 24, by Van Stone, president and Philadelphia executive market manager of Van Stone Media in Pennsylvania.
 
Philly Funk Radio is not a new radio station.

“Philly Funk Radio Station” FM, was founded in 2001 as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s located physical radio station and Internet radio station, r & b classic programming that allows viewers to listen to the radio in the car, over the Internet, and on the go using the telephone.  It was the Bearing the callsign PhillyFunkRadio, it broadcast with significantly low power on the air and on the web than standard radio stations does.

All of the styles are DJ-mixed. Philly Funk Radio is a non-commercial station.  It accepts sponsorships for donating their service and running ads. And they financially support the station through donations for needy children and animals on-line.

Affiliations in the past included Accent Radio Net.   

The station achieved an interesting amount of success under Van Stone Productions Foundation (VSP), Inc. stewardship.

And just like the other radio stations of the World of Van Stone, www.powerwvsr1360.us, www.power88.us, the www.phillyfunkradio.com web site offers listeners the ability to comment live by telephone on talk themes and the rotation playlist.  Radio call in live guest such as Bob Conga, participates in interactive talk segments.
 
The station has made much impact in the ratings especially since Bob Conga, style of commentary and conversation may be found there.

More local and national artist such as Veronica Brinkley and Antoine Hepkins are expected to come aboard to help boost the ratings of Philly Funk Radio.

 “Bob’s experience and relationships with this format make him an incredible addition to the Van Stone radio team,” Stone said of Conga to staff.

The first order of business for Bob Conga will be to briefly call in to live radio and talk about music and how it will help the community. 

In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, Power WVSR 1360.US ranked 14th overall with a 2.8 shares and cumulative weekly audience of 190,000. Among listeners between 25 and 54, Power WVSR 1360.US tied for 18th with a 2.1 share and 80,900 cume.

Bob Conga’s talk show “Making A Difference,” on Power WVSR 1360.1 has help to boost listeners.  And for this reason Conga has been used to do more talk radio using the cell phone guest spotting conversation over at phillyfunkradio.com.

These are some exciting times at Philly Funk Radio, as we have added some of the most talented talk radio personalities in the business in the last 30 days. Bob Conga, Antoine Hepkins, Veronica Brinkley, are the new resurgence of Philly Funk Radio.

We will soon have the strongest events and ratings to take over in the internet marketplace. Everyone who is King or Queen is tuning to internet radio somewhat away from the old school physical radio stations. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension 
 
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Ariz.
 

NEW YORK (AP) -- The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate."

Then the players' union said it would take it all to court.

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell said the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

"He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone," Goodell said in his decision.

"During the four months that the cellphone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device."

Calling the appeal process "a sham," Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Goodell "failed to ensure a fair process" in upholding the quarterback's four-game suspension.

The Patriots used the words "folly" and "incomprehensible" in their statement, then said they "unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady."

Brady acknowledged in his testimony he was aware of investigators' request for information from the cellphone before he had it destroyed, the appeal decision said.

After releasing the report in May, Wells said he had told Brady and Yee he did not need to see his phone and would have accepted a list of communications.

Wells' investigation had no subpoena power and Brady was under no legal obligation to cooperate.

The NFL had some messages from Brady sent to an equipment manager's phone, but investigators wanted to see if Brady's cellphone had other messages related to footballs.

The four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback was suspended by NFL executive Troy Vincent in May following the Wells report. The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. The team didn't appeal its penalty, but Brady appealed.

The NFL Players Association said in a statement on Tuesday that it would appeal in court.

"The NFL resorted to a nebulous standard of `general awareness' to predicate a legally unjustified punishment," the union said, adding, "the NFL violated the plain meaning of the collective bargaining agreement."

Moments after announcing Goodell's decision, the league filed action in U.S. District Court in New York against the union, saying the NFL commissioner has the right under the labor agreement to hand out such discipline "for conduct that he determines is detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football."

Goodell mentioned exactly that in the conclusion of his appeal decision.

"Especially in light of the new evidence introduced at the hearing - evidence demonstrating that he arranged for the destruction of potentially relevant evidence that had been specifically requested by the investigators - my findings and conclusions have not changed in a manner that would benefit Mr. Brady," Goodell said.

But Yee argued that Brady's side was given only four hours to present a defense, and when he asked for documents from Wells, that request was rejected on the basis of privilege.

"We therefore had no idea as to what Wells found from other witnesses, nor did we know what those other witnesses said," Yee said.


Yee adds the electronic data presented in Brady's defense was ignored during the appeal hearing.

Brady and the Patriots have denied knowingly using deflated footballs in the AFC title game win over Indianapolis. The Patriots went on to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl and Brady was the MVP. In its statement, the team said "We cannot comprehend the league's position in this matter."

The NFL announced in late January that Wells would head an investigation into New England's use of underinflated balls against the Colts. More than three months later, the 243-page Wells report was issued, saying it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware" that footballs he used were 
improperly deflated by team personnel.

Brady appealed and the union asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.

Scientific arguments were a major part of Brady's defense. Brady's lawyers tried to shoot down the findings of an independent firm hired to provide scientific analysis of the air pressure inside the footballs used by the Patriots and Colts.

Brady, who turns 38 on Aug. 3, took nearly every snap last season. But he'll miss the first four games this season unless the case goes to court. Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick in 2014, would replace Brady, the two-time NFL MVP and three-time Super Bowl MVP.

New England hosts Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 to open the regular season. It then goes to Buffalo, hosts Jacksonville, has a bye, and is at Dallas in the last game of Brady's suspension. Brady would return against, yes, the Colts on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

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Serena Williams, Tennis Champion.

Serena Williams wins sixth Wimbledon singles title

Serena Williams wins sixth Wimbledon singles title
 
Serena Williams wins sixth Wimbledon singles title

Serena Williams wins sixth Wimbledon singles title
 
Wimbledon, England (CNN)Last year at Wimbledon after exiting to Alize Cornet in the third round, Serena Williams declared: "I know I can do better."On Saturday at the All England Club came the exclamation point to her turnaround.

Williams defeated promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 in southwest London to complete the "Serena Slam" -- winning four straight majors -- for the second time and is now well on the way to making more history at the season's final grand slam.

"I honestly wouldn't have thought last year after winning the U.S. Open I would win the Serena Slam at all," Williams, emulating her feat of 2002-2003, told reporters. "It's super exciting."

Grand Slam bid

If the American triumphs at the U.S. Open -- and the odds might be stacked in her favor given the 33-year-old is the three-time defending champion -- she would become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete the calendar-year grand slam.

A victory would, too, draw the world No. 1 level with Graf on an Open Era leading 22 majors.
 
It didn't take long, Williams admitted, before New York crept into her mind.

"I did the whole presentation, I did the whole walk around the court," said Williams. "I was peaceful, feeling really good. Maybe a little after that I started thinking about New York."

Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, made an early request to U.S. fans to back Williams in September.

"I think if the crowd helps her, it's going to be a plus," the Frenchman told a small group of reporters. "So of course I expect the American crowd to be the best ever for her because to have an American player like her who is probably the greatest (in) history writing history at the U.S. Open is huge, and I hope the American crowd will be so proud of that that they will help her."

Oldest winner

As if achieving another "Serena Slam" wasn't enough, Williams also surpassed Martina Navratilova by nearly four weeks as the oldest women's grand slam winner in the Open Era. 
 
One of the keys to her longevity? Freshening up her workouts.

"Right now I'm dancing a lot," said Williams.

The 21-year-old Muguruza, appearing in her first grand slam final, wept in her chair afterward but shouldn't feel disheartened. It's not very often that Williams loses grand slam finals: She improved to 21-4, last tasting defeat at the 2011 U.S. Open against Samantha Stosur.

Muguruza didn't go away tamely, either, making matters interesting after trailing 5-1 in the second.

The 20th seed won plenty of new fans with her performance at tennis' grandest arena.

"I don't feel disappointment but you never know how many chances you're going to have to play a final in a grand slam," Muguruza, who will move inside the world's top 10, told reporters. "But if you have to choose who to win or who to lose to, I would choose Serena."
 
Despite the occasion, it was the Venezuelan-born Muguruza who began the sharper.

Fast start

If she was nervous, she didn't play like it.

Williams, by contrast, struck three of her eight double faults in the first game and was immediately broken, much to the delight of those gathered on Center Court. Muguruza's powerful serve and ground strokes troubled an anxious Williams in the early stages.

One felt, however, it was only a matter of games before Williams awoke, even if Muguruza crushed Williams at last year's French Open.

Holding consecutive break points in the sixth game was a warning sign; in Muguruza's ensuing service game a forehand error wide tied proceedings at 4-4.

Muguruza's coach, Alejo Mancisidor, said the eighth game was the turning point. Muguruza's small window of opportunity slammed shut.

"With Serena you have to do everything perfect," Mancisidor told a pair of reporters. "So you do something not good, Serena starts playing good and then it gets very tough. But for being in the first final at 21, nothing to (criticize)."

There was no way back for Muguruza, Spain's first female grand slam finalist in 15 years. 

With Williams settling into a rhythm on serve and Muguruza serving second, the pressure took its toll. Muguruza's first double fault at 4-5 set up a set point, which Williams duly converted courtesy of a forehand winner.

Williams tallied 12 aces to give her 42 total in the quarterfinals against Victoria Azarenka, semifinals against 

Maria Sharapova and final, or the business end of the event.

Williams raced to the 5-1 lead in the second set but finishing off the affair proved difficult. Muguruza saved a 
match point at 5-3 with a forehand winner after Williams escaped from 0-40 with a barrage of thumping serves. A proud Mancisidor was close to tears.

Perhaps Williams flashed back to last month's French Open final against Lucie Safarova, when she was forced to a third set.

Forehand error

Alas, Muguruza succumbed. Her forehand, the less steady side, produced an error wide on a second match point to end the one hour, 23-minute contest.

Not that Williams knew right away that she had won a sixth Wimbledon crown. She lost track of the score and said she didn't hear chair umpire Alison Hughes utter, "Game, set and match."

Muguruza and Williams hugged at the net before Williams bobbed in delight near her chair.

Sunday's men's final sees world No. 2 Roger Federer, aged 33 like Williams, battle top-ranked Novak Djokovic in a repeat of the 2014 finale the Serb won in five sets.

But the final Saturday at Wimbledon, just like the final weekends in New York, Melbourne and Paris in the last 11 months, belonged to Williams.

"If you see how much effort it takes to win one (major), to be able to win four in a row is completely incredible," said Mouratoglou.



Djokovic beats Federer for 3rd Wimbledon title, 9th major

Djokovic beats Federer for 3rd Wimbledon title, 9th major 
 
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after winning the men's singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday July 12, 2015. Djokovic won the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
   
LONDON (AP) -- A game away from a third Wimbledon championship and ninth Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic sized up a 108 mph serve from none other than Roger Federer and stretched to smack a cross-court forehand return winner.

Two points later, Djokovic again took the measure of a serve from Federer, this one at 123 mph, and delivered a down-the-line backhand for another return winner. After this one, Djokovic bellowed.

"I roared because I felt like that's the moment," Djokovic would say later. "Now is the time for me to close this match out."

One forehand winner later, he did. For the second year in a row, Djokovic solved Federer's superb serve in the final at the All England Club. And for the second year in a row, Federer's bid for a record eighth championship at the grass-court tournament ended with a defeat against Djokovic.

This time, the match was even as can be through two sets, before the No. 1-seeded Djokovic grabbed ahold of it and wouldn't let go, beating No. 2 Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 Sunday thanks to brilliant returning.

"It feels, obviously, good when you make a return winner out of Roger's serve on the grass," Djokovic said, "but it doesn't happen too often."

Over the past three seasons, Federer has reached two Grand Slam finals - both at Wimbledon, both against Djokovic, both losses.

"You sort of walk away empty-handed. For me, a finalist trophy is not the same," a grim-faced Federer said. 

"Everybody knows that."

At Wimbledon in 2014, Federer won 88 of 89 service games through the semifinals, then was broken four times by Djokovic during the five-set final.

This fortnight, Federer won 89 of 90 service games entering the final, then again was broken four times.
"It takes a little bit of everything: recognizing the moment, having the good intuition, following your instincts of where the serve is going to go, being in the right balance," Djokovic said. "I mean, it's not that easy, especially with Roger's precision and accuracy."

Djokovic's serve was stout, too: He saved six of seven break points. On a windy afternoon, Federer was simply not the same height-of-his-powers player who defeated Andy Murray in the semifinals. Pressured by Djokovic's body-twisting ability to extend points, Federer committed 35 unforced errors; Djokovic made 16.

Federer and Djokovic have played 40 times; each has won 20.

"Novak played not only great today," said Federer, 33, the oldest Wimbledon finalist since 1974, "but the whole two weeks, plus the whole year, plus last year, plus the year before that."

Federer might very well be the greatest of all time, as some say, but right now, the best in the men's game is Djokovic.

He won the Australian Open in January, then was the runner-up at the French Open last month, denying him a career Grand Slam. Go further back, and Djokovic has reached 15 of the past 20 major finals, winning eight.

Still, most spectators were pulling for Federer. So quiet between points that pre-serve ball bounces could be heard, the crowd voiced a collective "ahttp://wwwww" of lament after a fault by Federer or a mid-point "ooooh" of excitement when he conjured up something exquisite.

"More or less, anywhere I play against Roger, it's the same," said Djokovic, who barked at some fans late in the fourth set.
 
Federer rued letting the opening set get away. Twice, he held a set point and failed to convert. The tiebreaker ended flatly on Federer's double-fault, part of a run in which Djokovic took 14 of 15 points.

"For me to win this match," Federer said, "I probably had to win the first set."

He regrouped, staving off seven set points in the second and taking that tiebreaker.

So 110 minutes in, they were tied. Here's how close it was: In the first set, each man won 37 points; in the second set, each won 51.

At the changeover, Djokovic yelled at himself. Maybe it helped, because his second break gave him a 2-1 edge in the third, and he finished that set off quickly following a 20-minute rain delay. Federer failed to put up much resistance in the fourth, getting broken twice more.

Soon enough, Djokovic was crouching down to pluck a few blades of Centre Court grass and slide them in his mouth.

He equaled his coach, Boris Becker, with three trophies at Wimbledon. Add five Australian Opens and one U.S. Open, and his nine major titles push him ahead of folks such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl and put the 28-year-old Serb more than halfway to Federer's record of 17.

"He's clearly making a big name for himself," Federer said, "having won as many times now as he has in these different Slams."



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Phillies Sign 16-Year-Old OF Prospect Jhailyn Ortiz

Phillies Sign 16-Year-Old OF Prospect Jhailyn Ortiz

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. (credit: CBS)
Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
 
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies announced the signing of 16-year-old rightfielder Jhailyn Ortiz on Thursday night. Ortiz is a power-hitting prospect out of the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz is 6’3″, 240 pounds and is ranked as the 6th best overall prospect in this year’s crop of international free agents.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds 
 
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William Cheek, left, Nelson Waller, center, and Jim Collins, right, protest proposals to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, July 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The General Assembly returns Monday to discuss Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes and what to do with the rebel flag that has flown over some part of the Statehouse for more than 50 years.
  
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

A second vote will be needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future. But Monday's 37-3 vote was well over the two-thirds majority needed to advance the bill.

If the House passes the same measure, the flag and flagpole could be removed as soon as Gov. Nikki Haley signs the papers. The flag would be lowered for the last time and shipped off to the state's Confederate Relic Room, near where the last Confederate flag to fly over the Statehouse dome is stored.

The vote came at the end of a day of debate in which several white senators said they had come to understand why their black colleagues felt the flag no longer represented the valor of Southern soldiers but the racism that led the South to separate from the United States more than 150 years ago.

As the senators spoke, the desk of their slain colleague, Clementa Pinckney, was still draped in black cloth. Pinckney and eight other black people were fatally shot June 17 during Bible study at a historic African-American church in Charleston. Authorities have charged a gunman who posed for pictures with the rebel banner. Police say he was driven by racial hatred.

Several senators said the grace shown by the families of the victims willing to forgive the gunman also changed their minds.

"We now have the opportunity, the obligation, to put the exclamation point on an extraordinary narrative of good and evil, of love and mercy that will take its place in the history books," said Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican.

After the vote, Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat whose suggestion that the flag be taken down while running for governor last year was called a "stunt" by Haley, was given a high-five from a fellow legislator.

"I thought it would happen, but never this fast," Sheheen said.

Republican Sen. Larry Martin, who for decades fought off attempts to remove the flag from Statehouse grounds, said the church shooting drew him to the same conclusion that his black colleague arrived at long ago - that the rebel flag "has more to do with what was going on in the 1960s as opposed to the 1860s."

Martin, who is white, had family who came to South Carolina's then-rugged northern backcountry from Scotland in the early 1800s. That was about the time the enslaved relatives of Sen. Darrell Jackson, a black Democrat, involuntary ended up near Columbia.

Jackson helped write the compromise that took the Confederate flag off the Statehouse dome in 2000 and put it in its current location on a pole on the Capitol's front lawn.

On Monday, he said his great-grandfather's brother fled a plantation and joined the Union army when Gen. William Sherman came storming through Columbia.

Jackson said he regretted not going further to get rid of the flag completely 15 years ago. But he welcomed the chance now to honor his great-grandfather, Ishmael Jackson, who escaped to freedom.

"You said we lost the war. No we didn't. Not Ishmael Jackson and the 57 percent of people who looked like him. As far as they are concerned, they won the war," Jackson said.

The Senate rejected three amendments. One would have put a different Confederate flag on the pole. A second would fly the flag only on Confederate Memorial Day, and the third would leave the flag's fate up to a popular vote.

State Sen. Lee Bright, who suggested the popular vote, said the Confederate flag has been misused by people like Dylann Roof, who is charged with murder in the church shootings and who posed in pictures with the rebel banner.

"I'm more against taking it down in this environment than any other time just because I believe we're placing the blame of what one deranged lunatic did on the people that hold their Southern heritage high," said Bright, a Republican.

The flag still has at least a few days to fly, even with Haley, business leaders and civil rights proponents wanting it down as soon as possible. There are indications the proposal could have a tougher road in the House. Some powerful Republicans have not said how they will vote, including Speaker Jay Lucas.

Some Republicans want to keep the flagpole and put a different flag on it. Suggestions have included the U.S. flag, the South Carolina flag and a flag that may have been flown by Confederate troops but does not have the same connections as the red banner with the blue cross and white stars.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford vowed that no Democrat would vote for a bill that leaves the flagpole up.

The bill is expected to be sent directly to the House floor Wednesday with several amendments offered, said Republican Rep. Greg Delleney, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which would normally receive the bill before it got to the floor.

If any amendments pass, a conference committee would probably be needed to hash out differences.

APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex 
 
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. In court documents released Monday, July 6, 2015, he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman.
   
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Cosby's lawyers insisted that two of his accusers knew they were taking quaaludes from the comedian, according to the unsealed documents.

Nevertheless, attorneys for some of the numerous women suing Cosby seized on the testimony as powerful corroboration of what they have been saying all along: that he drugged and raped them.

The AP had gone to court to force the release of a deposition in a sexual abuse case filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand - the first in a cascade of lawsuits against Cosby that have severely damaged his good-guy image. Cosby settled Constand's lawsuit under confidential terms in 2006.

Cosby's side had fought the release of the material, arguing it would embarrass him. Ultimately, a judge unsealed just small portions of his testimony.

The comedian's lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately return calls Monday. Constand agreed to the use of her name but did not want to comment, her attorney said.

"This evidence shows a pattern in which defendant `mentored' naive young women and introduced drugs into the relationship, with and without the woman's knowledge, in order for him to achieve sexual satisfaction," Constand's lawyer, Dolores M. Troiani, argued in court papers.

Cosby, 77, has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in episodes dating back more than four decades. He has never been charged with a crime, and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired.

"If today's report is true, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath 10 years ago sedating women for sexual purposes," said Lisa Bloom, attorney for model Janice Dickinson, who claims she was drugged and raped. "Given that, how dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story?

Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing several women, said she hopes to use the admission in court cases against the comic.

Constand accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004. In his sworn testimony, Cosby said he obtained seven quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s. Constand's lawyer asked if he had kept the sedatives through the 1990s - after they were banned - but was blocked by objections from Cosby's attorney.

"When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" Troiani asked.

"Yes," Cosby answered.

"Did you ever give any of these young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?"

Cosby's lawyer again objected, leading Troiani to petition the federal judge to force Cosby to cooperate.

Cosby later said he gave Constand three half-pills of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl, although Troiani in the documents expressed doubt that was the drug involved.

The comic's lawyer, George M. Gowen III, had argued that unsealing the testimony could reveal details of Cosby's marriage, sex life and prescription drug use and would be "terribly embarrassing." He also said the material would damage Cosby among potential jurors in Massachusetts, where Cosby is fighting defamation lawsuits brought by women who say they were branded liars by his representatives.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno had temporarily sealed some documents in the Constand lawsuit but never ruled on a final seal before the case was settled.

Under federal court rules in Pennsylvania, documents must be unsealed after two years unless a party can show specific harm. Robreno ruled that Cosby's potential embarrassment was insufficient.

Robreno asked last month why Cosby was fighting the release of his testimony, given that Constand's accusations were already public. "Why would he be embarrassed by his own version of the facts?" Robreno said.

In court last month, Gayle Sproul, a lawyer representing the AP, called the married Cosby "an icon" who "held himself out as someone who would guide the public in ways of morality."
Troiani painted a starkly different picture.

Cosby "has evidenced a predilection for sexual contact with women who are unconscious or drugged. His victims are young, `star struck' and totally trusting of his public persona," Troiani argued.

This story has been corrected to show that Cosby's lawyers, not his accusers, say two women knowingly took Quaaludes from him, and to show that the alleged assault against Constand took place in 2004, not 2005.