May 24, 2015
Soul (7-1) at Tampa Bay (3-4) Today, 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, Tampa Broadcast: ESPN3 (espn.go.com/watchespn) About the Soul: Had its season-opening seven-game winning streak snapped last week at Jacksonville . . . Fullback Tommy Taggart will miss 2 to 5 weeks with a severe ankle sprain. Daverin Geralds, signed last week, will take Taggart's spot . . . Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh leads the AFL with 55 touchdown passes. He also has only five interceptions in 302 attempts.
May 9, 2015 |
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has always been a fan of 1970s middleweight contender and Philadelphia native Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. Turns out he's also a fan of his son, super-middleweight contender Jesse Hart. So much so that Arum has initiated talks to give Hart, who shined on the undercard of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight last week, a chance to headline a card here, possibly in the summer or fall. The fight will be on TruTV, Top Rank's television partner, Arum told Hart and his representatives, Alfred "Doc" Nowicki and David Price.
May 8, 2015 |
AMIR "HARDCORE" MANSOUR has one message for Joey "The Tank" Dawejko ahead of their highly anticipated bout for the Pennsylvania heavyweight title: "You can't come in here with no long beard like that. " Mansour (21-1, 16 KOs) believes that Dawejko's long, bristly beard might affect him in the ring and become dangerous around facial cuts when the two come chin-to-chin. "In any type of clinch in the ring, a beard can bruise you up, cut you, make the cut deeper, open the cut up," Mansour said.
May 4, 2015 |
Preston Brown packed up a teenager's future this week. He gathered up the recruiting letters for one of Woodrow Wilson High School's most promising football players and delivered them to the family, along with his condolences. Brown said Ja'Meer Bullard was a "special talent" on the football field. But that's hardly the only reason why Brown has been so devastated by Bullard's death - so haunted by the eerie familiarity of the violence, so shocked by the harsh reality of another young life lost on Camden's streets.
March 24, 2015 |
IN TODAY'S movie universe, a teenage girl with a gun crushes Sean Penn with a gun. In fact, a teenage girl doing practically anything crushes Sean Penn with a gun. Star Shailene Woodley and the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent," easily topped the box office with $54 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Penn's "The Gunman" stumbled with only $5 million. According to "Insurgent" distributor Lionsgate, 60 percent of its audiences were female.
March 14, 2015 |
What can brown do for you? It turns out a lot, according to a new marketing theme. Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service Inc., known for its brown trucks and uniforms, has a new global advertising campaign to let businesses know that it does more than deliver parcels. The 107-year-old company is replacing its marketing campaign, "We Love Logistics," with the slogan "United Problem Solvers," which will appear in TV commercials during the NCAA men's basketball tournament this month and in print and digital ads in the United States, China, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
March 10, 2015 |
MOVIEGOERS and celebrity wrongdoers seemed to take the weekend off. Misdeeds were even more nonexistent than the box office. Neill Blomkamp 's R-rated "Chappie" might have taken the No. 1 spot in its 3,201-theater debut, but its modest $13.3 million gross was a career low for Blomkamp, whose previous films, "Elysium" and "District 9," debuted at $29.8 million and $37.4 million, respectively. The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy "Unfinished Business" fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million.
February 24, 2015 |
BACK IN the glory days of Philadelphia boxing, Harold Johnson took some of the best to school over his 25-year career. Call it the "school of hard knocks," because the school we are talking about is held in the squared circle of the boxing ring, and the fighters thus educated by stylish fighter Harold Johnson were among the best ever to step through the ropes in an era spanning the '40s, '50s and '60s. "There were a lot more really good fighters in his era," said Bernard Fernandez, retired Daily News boxing writer.
January 20, 2015 |
FROM A hidden spot on a far-off rooftop, "American Sniper" blew away expectations and every film in its way this past weekend, taking in a record-setting (for January) $90 million at the box office. The Kevin Hart - Josh Gad comedy, "The Wedding Ringer," finished a distant second with $21 million. Next up was "Paddington" ($19.3 million), "Taken 3" (dropping 64 percent to $14.1 million) and "Selma" (dropping only 26.6 percent to $8.3 million, with a likely strong day of business today)
January 16, 2015 |
FIGHT FANS longing for boxing to get back to its roots of primetime television and away from its current state - where pay-per-view fights and politically charged matchups make keeping up with the sport a constant and expensive struggle - can breathe a little sigh of relief. At a news conference in New York yesterday, NBC Sports officially confirmed the rumored return of boxing to network television. NBC will air 20 fights this year in the newly minted "Premier Boxing Champions Series," which will feature five primetime shows on NBC, six Saturday afternoon shows on NBC and nine Saturday primetime shows on NBC Sports Network, according to a press release.