December 5, 2012 |
NASHVILLE , Tenn. - Ruben Amaro Jr. is about 2 weeks away from the 3-year anniversary of what's likely the defining move of his tenure as Phillies general manager. In December 2009, Amaro ended his long, calculated pursuit of Roy Halladay by trading for the longtime Toronto ace. But in doing so, he made a companion deal with Seattle that sent Cliff Lee out west. Despite Halladay's prowess, the trade wasn't very popular with a fan base that saw Lee beat the Yankees twice in the World Series just 2 months earlier.
October 10, 2012
* NASHVILLE. 10 p.m. Wednesday, 6 ABC. * ARROW. 8 p.m. Wednesday, CW 57. * CHICAGO FIRE. 10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC10. THE FALL TV rollout is not over yet. Three new dramas premiere Wednesday night. One, ABC's soapy, song-filled "Nashville," is my pick for the best new show of the season. Another, a superhero show called "Arrow," from Greg Berlanti ("Green Lantern," "Brothers and Sisters") is the best new show from the CW and stars Stephen Arnell as billionaire-back-from-the-dead Oliver Queen, whom comic book fans may know better as Green Arrow.
October 10, 2012 |
Although we are nearly a month into the new TV season, the networks are only now rolling out some of their best series. Take Arrow (8 p.m., CW57), which will debut Wednesday. Adapted from the Green Arrow comic book hero, it features my favorite stock character: the billionaire playboy. In this case, he's the somewhat effeminately named Oliver Queen (played by the anything but effeminate Stephen Amell). After a tragic yachting accident (is there any other kind?), Olly spent five years marooned on a rugged island in the North China Sea. Now he's back in Starling City.
October 3, 2012
Another dead end in hunt for Hoffa DETROIT - Like many others that came before it, the latest search for former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa has come up empty. Tests on soil samples gathered last week from a backyard in a Detroit suburb showed no traces that Hoffa - or anyone else - was buried there, police in Roseville, Mich., announced Tuesday. "Our department just received the soil sample report from Michigan State University, after a battery of tests; the samples submitted for examination showed no signs of human decomposition," the police statement read.
September 19, 2012 |
Snowboarder Shaun White apologized for an outburst at a hotel in Nashville that led police to charge him with vandalism and public intoxication. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, the 26-year-old White was alleged to have pulled a fire alarm while staying at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, causing the evacuation of all guests, and an employee said he saw White destroy a hotel phone, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. "I want to apologize for the unwise choices I made over the weekend and for any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests," White, who is also a professional skateboarder, said in a statement on his Facebook page.
July 27, 2012 |
Having failed in his bold attempt to add restricted free-agent defenseman Shea Weber, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren will try a more conventional method to improve his team. "Now we move forward and see what we can do," Holmgren said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, one day after Nashville retained Weber by matching the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer sheet. Holmgren said he did not plan to pursue any other restricted free agents, such as the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto or Montreal's P.K. Subban.
July 27, 2012 |
PAUL HOLMGREN has been around the NHL nearly his entire life, first as a player, then as a head coach, before spending the last 20 years in the front office of two different clubs. Holmgren admitted on Wednesday that he has never experienced a summer like this, never felt the pain walking away empty-handed on three major free agents — the latest blow dealt when Nashville matched Shea Weber's 14-year, $110 million offer sheet on Tuesday. "I am sure it has been done before," Holmgren said of his summer.
July 26, 2012 |
LAST WEDNESDAY, Paul Holmgren polished off his wooden bat and attempted to hit the Flyers' biggest home run since Eric Lindros. On Tuesday, Holmgren officially swung and missed — through no fault of his own. The Nashville Predators finally decided, after a few days of tense deliberation between their large ownership group, to swallow hard and match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet for franchise cornerstone defenseman Shea Weber....
July 25, 2012 |
The Flyers have struck out with another marquee free agent - and this one hurt more than the others. Nashville announced Tuesday afternoon that it had matched the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer sheet to star defenseman Shea Weber, a restricted free agent. Small-market Nashville had toppled the big-market Flyers, leaving them empty-handed in their search to replace the injured Chris Pronger. Earlier in the day, two sources said the Predators had not been involved in trade talks with the Flyers since the 6-foot-4, 232-pound Weber signed the offer sheet last Wednesday.
July 24, 2012 |
An NHL source with knowledge of the situation said on Sunday night that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and his Nashville counterpart, David Poile, have talked "just once" since restricted free-agent Shea Weber signed a 14-year, $110 million contract with Philadelphia on Wednesday. That fuels speculation that Nashville is thinking about sending Weber, arguably the league best all-around defenseman, to the Flyers in a trade. If Nashville was going to match the offer, there would be no need for Poile to confer with Holmgren.