October 28, 2013 |
If you didn't see any reason for high-fives two years ago when the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission blocked AT&T's $39 billion plan to acquire T-Mobile USA, chances are you had plenty of company. The agencies warned that the merger would weaken competition and hurt consumers - arguments that can seem abstract to people outside the antitrust realm. Sure, T-Mobile was a price leader among the four national carriers that survive earlier consolidation. But, as merger partners always do, the companies claimed their marriage would help consumers, too. Who's to say who's right?
October 25, 2013 |
HARVARD not only won the Ivy League last season. Tommy Amaker's team upset New Mexico in the NCAA Tournament. Now, seniors Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, who left school last year after starting the previous season, are back to join all that young talent, including Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers. Harvard got all 17 votes in the preseason poll to win the league again. The Crimson really does look great on paper. So why play the season? Penn plans to play the season. Jerome Allen's team lost 22 times last season after finishing just behind Harvard the season before.
October 24, 2013 |
Although Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has kept his usual focused and businesslike approach for Saturday's game at fourth-ranked Ohio State, he has allowed himself to mix in a little excitement. Make that a lot of excitement. "I think it's a great opportunity," O'Brien said Tuesday at his weekly teleconference. "I think about that all the time. "I'm not very good at articulating this, but Penn State vs. Ohio State, you think about what that means in the history of college football and these two teams playing each other and the tradition of both schools and two great coaching staffs with a lot of good players on both sides of the ball.
October 19, 2013 |
In their only scheduled debate of the campaign, District Attorney Seth Williams and Republican rival Danny Alvarez were clashing over philosophical differences about priorities for the Prosecutor's Office when the challenger threw a Hail Mary pass. Alvarez, who had argued for a greater focus on public corruption, claimed that as an assistant district attorney, he had been demoted because he and several colleagues tried to start a union. "Seth Williams is a union-buster," Alvarez said, taking Williams by surprise as the debate was being taped for broadcast "This is the first time I hear this," Williams said.
October 18, 2013 |
BY THIS POINT in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season we should be writing and talking about the final race of the season this Sunday. Instead, there is 1 month remaining before the Chase is decided. NASCAR's season is the longest in professional sports, from February to mid-November. Babies are conceived and born during the length of NASCAR's season. Sometimes I think NASCAR is too insulated from the rest of the sporting world. Each weekend large crowds (although not as large in previous years)
October 10, 2013 |
GREG SCHIANO is not a stupid man. I may be wrong about this, but I doubt the Bucs coach pulled his defensive coordinator, Bill Sheridan, aside this week and said, "You know what I think would be a swell idea Sunday, Bill? Having Darrelle Revis shadow Riley Cooper all over Raymond James Stadium. " No. Most, if not all, of the All-Pro cornerback's afternoon will be spent attached to the jock of the only wide receiver the Bucs really think they need to worry about - DeSean Jackson. Cooper, who has replaced out-for-the-season Jeremy Maclin as the Eagles' other starting wideout, has been targeted 18 times in five games and has yet to have more than 29 receiving yards in a game.
September 30, 2013 |
HE, THE son of a preacher, was a student and football player at Temple University. She, a Temple business major, entered beauty pageants in her spare time. There's no disputing that they had sex in his dorm room on May 26 of last year. But whether it was consensual is a question that will soon be put to the court. The woman, 22, told police she was raped by the athlete after he invited her to his dorm to watch TV. (The Daily News does not print the names of alleged victims of sexual assaults.)
September 29, 2013 |
Penn starting offensive guard Sean McGinn says Saturday's 5 p.m. game at Villanova carries extra special meaning, especially considering his local roots. McGinn is from West Chester and attended Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep. And this rivalry, which dates back to 1905 but had long gaps where the teams didn't play each other, is one McGinn was long familiar with before attending Penn. "It's absolutely a great rivalry," McGinn said earlier this week following practice at Franklin Field.
September 28, 2013 |
In a federal lawsuit that could have national resonance, a lesbian couple legally married in Massachusetts is challenging the Pennsylvania law that refuses to recognize their union. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, was brought by Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker, who were married in Northampton, Mass. in February 2005 then moved to Pennsylvania six months later. The couple, now living in Philadelphia, work at Bryn Mawr College and have a 4-year-old son. Rather than a full-on attack of the heart of Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
September 27, 2013 |
NFL REPLAY challenges are an iffy business. For some reason, the league that dominates the country's sporting landscape won't spend the money to give every team the same tools in every stadium to determine quickly whether to try to overturn a call. And it won't change its rules to take the decision of whether to challenge out of the hands of harried coaches, as the seconds tick and the opposing team races to run a play before anyone can say for sure what just happened. The Eagles and Chip Kelly are 1-for-3 this season on challenges, losing one in each of the first two games, before successfully challenging what was initially ruled a Kansas City interception last Thursday.