July 14, 2012 |
These days, it's tough to remember that sports are just supposed to be fun - taken seriously by the athletes paid to perform, yes, but a only diverting entertainment for the fans, who, after all, are simply watching other people play. On July 5, Boston outfielder Carl Crawford said a fan yelled a racial slur at him at the stadium of the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, where the erstwhile Red Sox slugger was playing in a rehab stint with the Portland Sea Dogs. Crawford has not been a favorite of Boston fans since signing a seven-year, $142 million deal last season.
July 13, 2012
Temple and three other Atlantic Ten schools will participate in the 2012 ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Nov. 13, the network announced on Wednesday. The Owls, Butler, Massachusetts, and Xavier will all play in the 24-hour slate of games. Massachusetts will be the first A-10 team to tip-off in the marathon, hosting in-state rival Harvard at 10 a.m. Temple will immediately follow, playing at Kent State at noon. Butler, in its first season in the Atlantic Ten, will play at Xavier at 4 p.m., but that game will be counted as a nonconference game.
July 13, 2012 |
SOPHOMORE running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman, a La Salle High product who also contributes as a receiver and return specialist, will not be playing football for Villanova this season. According to sources familiar with the situation, he has been disciplined by the university for his part in an off-campus incident in mid-April. Abdur-Rahman will be allowed to return to school and practice with the team after being suspended for the two summer sessions. Wildcats coach Andy Talley could not be reached for comment.
May 11, 2012 |
Here's a look at attitudes and laws about gay marriage locally and around the country: State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, and state Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Center City, proposed same-sex marriage bills in 2009, but both stalled in committee. Ultraconservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, proposed an amendment to the state Constitution last year to officially ban same-sex marriage, but that stalled as well. A recent Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll showed that 52 percent of Pennsylvanians feel that gay marriage should be legal, while 37 percent believed it should not and 9 percent said they were unsure.
March 22, 2012 |
Veritable L.P., a Chester County investment firm that is among the largest of its kind in the nation, sold a majority stake to Affiliated Managers Group Inc., a Massachusetts firm with $338 billion under management through 27 boutique asset managers, including Friess Associates in Greenville, Del. The value of the investment was not disclosed. Veritable, which employs 85 and had $10.3 billion under management at the end of 2011 for 195 wealthy families, will continue operating out of its headquarters in a stone farmhouse in Willistown Township, founder Michael Stolper said Wednesday.
March 13, 2012 |
BOSTON - Republican Sen. Scott Brown drives a GMC pickup, while Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has a hybrid Ford SUV. She rakes in Hollywood cash. He taps Wall Street. He calls her elitist. She brands him extremist. In what's shaping up as the costliest Senate race in Massachusetts history, at a projected $40 million, Brown, 52, and Warren, 62, are waging what Boston University mass-communication professor John Carroll calls "a war of imagery" to win votes. "She's trying to paint him as politically out of step," Carroll said, "and he's trying to paint her as culturally out of step.
March 13, 2012 |
The Temple Owls are trying very hard to focus on this week and the opportunity that begins Friday night in their NCAA tournament opener in Nashville. It is the right thing to do, plus it beats the heck out of thinking about last week. "I got my phone call from [former Owls coach John] Chaney," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said before practice Monday. "He said, 'We're moving forward. Look ahead.' I will give the team that message today. " The day before, he gave them a slightly different message, making them sit through a viewing of their second-half debacle against Massachusetts in the Atlantic Ten quarterfinal round.
March 11, 2012 |
Demitrius Conger had 22 points and 10 rebounds and St. Bonaventure advanced to the Atlantic Ten Conference championship game by holding off Massachusetts, 84-80, on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic City. Conference player of the year Andrew Nicholson added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Bonnies (19-11), who are now a win away from advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000. Massachusetts (22-11) rallied from a 16-point deficit with 7 minutes, 29 seconds to play and had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds, only to see Raphiael Putney's high-arcing three-pointer hit off the side of the rim with less than two seconds to play.
February 14, 2012 |
Independence Blue Cross is joining with two other Blue Cross health insurers and a St. Louis software company to buy a Massachusetts firm that has what the buyers called the nation's largest real-time communication network for physicians, hospitals, and health insurers. The price for NaviNet Inc. of Boston in the deal scheduled to be announced Tuesday was not disclosed, but Independence Blue Cross executives said in interviews Monday the combined capabilities of NaviNet and Lumeris Corp., the St. Louis partner, would help ease the way to a more efficient health-care system.
January 31, 2012
Julian Kaminoff, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety for New Hope-Solebury, has switched his football commitment from Buffalo to Massachusetts. The Minutemen are moving up from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012. They will compete in the Mid-American Conference and play their home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. - Rick O'Brien