October 19, 2012 |
THE NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White. In papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, the union questioned why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering then-New Orleans teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season. The filing cited media reports about the late White's "smash-for-cash" program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits.
October 17, 2012 |
SO, HOW DOES it feel to be making a difference in history-making victories in the fall semester of your freshman year at Temple? Welcome to Tyler Matakevich's new world. A few weeks ago, the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker - who enrolled in January as a midyear transfer from Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. - was just another freshman trying to make the transition to the next level. Then junior Olaniyi Adewole, the Owls' Most Improved Special Teams Player in spring practice, was injured.
October 13, 2012
Robert Griffin III took part in the Washington Redskins' full practice Friday for the first time this week and appears set to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin was full-go after being limited Wednesday and Thursday while recovering from a concussion suffered in last week's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The rookie quarterback has been subject to NFL-mandated post-concussion medical tests that he must pass before he can play. "If he passes his tests and we don't see any symptoms, then it looks like he'll be ready to go," coach Mike Shanahan said.
October 9, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - For the fourth time in 5 weeks, it came down to Juan Castillo's defense. The Eagles had preserved close victories over the Browns, Ravens and Giants with valiant, late-fourth-quarter stands. And there they were again Sunday, confident they could do the same against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. "As a defense, that's exactly what you want," safety Kurt Coleman said. "To be able to close up a game. " "Every game's been a fight this year," cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said.
September 27, 2012 |
MATT KEMP drove the ball to and over the centerfield fence with authority, showing that his left shoulder is OK. Whether the Dodgers can say the same about their playoff chances remains to be seen. Kemp had four hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle, and four RBI as the visiting Dodgers used a rare offensive outburst to beat San Diego, 8-2, Wednesday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. After Wednesday's games, Los Angeles, which has struggled for the better part of a month, was tied with Milwaukee at 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card berth.
September 2, 2012 |
DUBLIN - Saturday's game in Dublin between Navy and Notre Dame has brought an estimated 35,000 Americans to the Irish capital for a road game like no other, and the novelty of the event has captured the Irish imagination. The Navy docked an amphibious-assault warship in Dublin and its fans have rallied in the city's central park, St. Stephen's Green. Not to be outdone, Notre Dame's night-before pep rally was broadcast live on Irish state TV, followed by an open-air Mass from inside the grounds of Dublin Castle.
June 10, 2012 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The freshman didn't act like a freshman. The seniors acted like seniors. Gloucester Catholic both crowned the end of a great era in the history of the baseball program and heralded the start of another one with a 4-1 victory over Don Bosco Prep on Saturday in the Non-Public A state championship game at Toms River North. Freshman John Murphy pitched a three-hitter and seniors Pat Kane, Brett Tenuto, Joe Brooks, John Brue, and Elliott McCummings supplied the big hits as Gloucester Catholic (28-4)
May 22, 2012 |
Jordan Rizzo was looking for an inside pitch. He found two of them. "That's what I was working on during practice [Sunday]," Rizzo said after leading Williamstown to a 9-1 victory over host Cherry Hill West on Monday in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. Rizzo, a junior first baseman, hit a pair of home runs, and senior Mike Mosley pitched a two-hitter for ninth-seeded Williamstown (14-8), which advanced to face top-seeded Washington Township (22-2)
May 13, 2012 |
After two decades in the NFL, Andy Reid has seen many changes - it's what he says keeps his job fresh even as he enters his 14th season as Eagles head coach. So as debate swirls around the NFL's increasing restrictions on some hits and the stiff penalties handed out for the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, Reid endorsed the changes meant to make the game safer. He added that league commissioner Roger Goodell got it right when it came to imposing penalties for the Saints' bounties, lending the backing of the NFL's longest-tenured head coach to suspensions and rule changes that still rile some in the game.
April 10, 2012 |
THE SEASON is off to an unexpected start for the New York Mets. They're the ones getting big hits while their opponents make the crucial mistakes. Daniel Murphy singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the undefeated Mets took advantage of a throwing error by reliever Henry Rodriguez to beat the visiting Washington Nationals, 4-3, on Monday night. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his first major league homer for the Mets, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2007. After a surprising sweep of Atlanta, New York rallied from a three-run deficit before a crowd of 23,970.