May 16, 2009 |
Coyotes' sale Jim Balsillie named a pair of corporate sponsors yesterday in his bid to take the financially troubled Phoenix Coyotes to Canada. The co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said that Labatt Breweries and Home Hardware are the first "anchor corporate partners" to support his bid. He has made a $212.5 million offer for the Coyotes, conditional on the team's moving to Ontario. However, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Balsillie's effort may endanger the stability of all U.S. sports leagues.
December 19, 2006 |
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux called a deal to sell the team to a Canadian billionaire "unequivocally" dead and said yesterday he is trying to reach a deal with a casino that promises to build an arena for the financially struggling club. Isle of Capri has said it will build a $290 million facility for the Penguins to replace 45-year-old Mellon Arena - at no cost to taxpayers or the team - if it obtains a slot-machine license from the state. But if Isle of Capri doesn't get a slot-machine license from state gambling regulators tomorrow, Lemieux said the Penguins would have to "consider all of our options.
October 5, 2006 |
Daniel Briere scored the only goal in a shootout and Ryan Miller stopped Carolina cold to give the visiting Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Hurricanes in a season-opening rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals. Jason Pominville and Chris Drury had goals during regulation for the Sabres, and Eric Staal and Erik Cole scored for Carolina. Tied 2-2 after two periods, the teams played through a scoreless third period and overtime. Briere, the Sabres' first shootout skater, beat goalie Cam Ward with a backhander for the only goal in the tiebreaker.
October 6, 2006 |
Peter Forsberg saw firsthand what it was like for the Quebec Nordiques to leave Canada and relocate to Denver in 1995. "It was so sad for the people of Quebec," the Flyers captain said. "It's really important that the league try to keep the small-market teams in place, especially with the new collective-bargaining agreement. " Yesterday, the Penguins cleared their first major hurdle toward financial solvency when the club was sold for $175 million to Jim Balsillie, the CEO of Research in Motion - the company that builds BlackBerrys.
October 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - BlackBerry services buzzed back to life across the world Thursday, after a three-day outage that interrupted e-mail messages and Internet services for millions of customers. Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the phones, said the system was back to normal early Thursday East Coast time. The company was flushing through stalled messages in the morning. Some phones that have been out of touch for a long time may need to have their batteries pulled out and put back in to regain a connection to the network, cochief executive officer Mike Lazaridis said on a conference call.
September 25, 2009 |
Wayne Gretzky's tenure as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, a period marked largely by on-ice futility, ended abruptly yesterday when the "Great One" announced he would be stepping down amid the financial turmoil surrounding the team. Hours later, the Coyotes announced his replacement: Dave Tippett, 48, who spent the last six seasons as coach of the Dallas Stars, compiling a 271-162-59 record. Gretzky's departure had been rumored as the bankruptcy court battle between Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and the NHL over the sale of the team dragged on. Gretzky confirmed he was leaving on his Web site.
December 21, 2006 |
The Pittsburgh Penguins' gamble on getting a new arena for free from a slots-machine casino firm failed, leaving owner Mario Lemieux with a difficult decision: Does a franchise with a loyal fan base negotiate a so-called Plan B deal with state and local politicians, or do the Penguins simply move to another city? The Pennsylvania Gaming Board voted unanimously yesterday to award Pittsburgh's only slot-machine casino license to Detroit-based developer Don H. Barden's PITG Gaming rather than Isle of Capri Casinos, which was committed to building a $290 million arena next to the casino, at no team or taxpayer expense.
May 16, 2009 |
The defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings are going from a playoff-tested, big and feisty opponent to a team in the playoffs for the first time since 2002 that relies on speed and skill. And the Red Wings expect the Chicago Blackhawks to test them in the Western Conference final just as much as Anaheim did in the second round. The Ducks pushed Detroit to a closely contested Game 7 Thursday night in a series Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said was the best series he's been in, and some players insisted was one of the toughest of their careers.
August 9, 2009 |
Longtime Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis will be the replacement for Kevin McHale as the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN.com reported last night. Although often thought to be the potential heir apparent to Phil Jackson with the Lakers, Rambis is leaving for a four-year deal worth more than $8 million. Tennis Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington for the fourth time, beating John Isner, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5. The top-seeded Roddick will meet last year's champion, No. 2 seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (2)
October 1, 2009 |
WITH THE temperature beginning to dip and frost building on lawns throughout the Delaware Valley, summer has ended and the fall is here. That can only mean one thing, right? No, it's not another Phillies' October run or Eagles football. It's the drop of the puck and the return of hockey season. For you puckheads out there, here is a look at some of the storylines to keep track of this season: 1 How will the Olympics impact the season? Will the star players be lagging after the regular season with the 2-week Olympic break in February?