March 28, 1997 |
Eagles running back Charlie Garner has filed a libel suit against the Philadelphia Daily News. Garner's suit contends that the newspaper committed libel in a July 18, 1995, report that said Garner had tested positive for marijuana, violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Garner did not test positive for any illegal substances, the NFL said in a statement issued after the Daily News report. "Just days after the article was published, the Daily News stated that its report was erroneous, and the newspaper apologized to Garner," said Katherine Hatton, general counsel for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., which publishes The Inquirer and the Daily News.
February 26, 1996 |
The great Villanova telephone credit-card number fiasco is starting to take on a life of its own. The school had hoped to manage the news. But once news leaked out Thursday evening, there have been as many questions as answers. What is known is that senior Kerry Kittles, one of the best players in school history, was suspended for three games by the NCAA for the "unauthorized use of a telephone credit-card number. " What is also known is Villanova reported the violation to the NCAA after learning of it late on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 19. What is not known is how Kittles got the card or card number.
December 31, 1993 |
Wrapping up another year in tube sports . . . BIGGEST STORY OF THE YEAR: 1. The Fox Network outbidding CBS for the NFC games. 2. Launching of ESPN2. JOURNALISTS? NOT US: The day after the Fox network outbid CBS for the NFC games, NBC didn't mention the biggest deal in sports television history on "The NFL Live. " Braacck. BEST HUSTLE: NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol getting in his network's bid to keep AFC games ahead of CBS, after it knew it would lose the NFC to Fox. BEST NFL ANALYST: 1. John Madden (CBS)
August 15, 2007 |
HO. HO. HO. Don Imus is returning to radio. Which radio remains to be heard. The 67-year-old salsa-selling I-Man and CBS Radio "have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had against the other regarding the Imus radio program on CBS," CBS and Imus' attorney Martin Garbus said in a joint statement yesterday. The terms of the settlement will not be disclosed, according to the statement, but the settlement preempts Imus's threatened $120 million breach-of-contract lawsuit and prohibits the parties from saying nasty stuff about each other.
February 3, 2005 |
Mine Ener was a respected professor at Villanova University until a ferocious bout of postpartum psychosis led her in 2003 to kill her infant daughter, who was born with Down syndrome, and, later, herself. Grappling with how to memorialize Ener, the university this week decided to remove a recently hung plaque from a library study area and, instead, host a symposium to educate the public on the mental illness that led to these tragic deaths. I hope the U.S. Congress will be invited.
March 5, 1997 |
The Flyers will get their first peek at the revitalized New Jersey Devils and center Doug Gilmour tonight at the CoreStates Center. Eric Lindros figures to be watching from the press box. Lindros cut short his practice yesterday after a charley horse in his left leg tightened on him. Barring significant improvement this morning, he'll have to wait until the teams meet again, on March 25 at the Meadowlands, to play against Gilmour. "It's real tight; I couldn't even keep up with Clarkie," Lindros said, referring to general manager Bob Clarke, who joined yesterday's practice.
March 28, 1995 |
Sportsmeister Howard Eskin doesn't suffer fools lightly. Never did . . . never will. Eskin says that on Thursday, there were more than the usual callers to his WIP all-sports early evening slot who didn't have a clue. So, in typical Eskinesque fashion, he let them know what he thought of their stupidity. As one listener reports, Eskin said, on air, that he wasn't paid enough to put up with idiot callers, or words to that effect. Then he got the call of calls - from station manager Tom Bigby - that would drive up the blood pressure of most on-air mouthpieces.
January 8, 1999 |
With fingers crossed and lips willing, men and women in business suits and Denver Broncos jerseys stood in line yesterday afternoon outside Park Meadows Mall waiting to pucker up and kiss a white horse. Some kissed Sally - a look-alike of Thunder, the purebred Arabian stallion who has been the Broncos' mascot for the last five seasons - between the eyes. One smooched her on the neck, another right on the lips and got licked. One woman almost lost a nostril by trying to feed Sally a carrot mouth to mouth.
January 27, 2005 |
To acting Gov. Richard J. Codey, they were fighting words. And while there is some question about what exactly was said, it became clear yesterday that there is no love lost between Codey and a shock jock named Craig Carton. It all started Monday, when Carton used his Jersey Guys show on New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) for a rant on postpartum depression. Carton tore into Mary Jo Codey's accounts of battling mental illness, arguing that thoughts of harming a child were "dastardly" and that women who have them "must be crazy in the first place.
February 10, 2005
Columnist should pick a worthy cause I usually enjoy John Grogan's column, but I think that his Feb. 7 criticism of the Catholic Church and Villanova University is overly zealous and out of context ("Would Jesus have caved?"). In the past, he's had a tendency to champion the cause of less-than-sympathetic victims (among others, recall the Philadelphia police official who was "forced" to flout the city's residency rules because his kids deserved a better education than the Philadelphia schools could provide)