November 27, 2012
Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor. Now it's right back on the road - or subway - for the first chance to claim city supremacy. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who started 8-1 and had the Eastern Conference's best record before a couple of defenseless performances in Texas spanning the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 1, 2012 |
IN THE END, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, not the NBA, had the final say about the Brooklyn Nets' home opener at their new arena. The highly anticipated regular-season opener Thursday between the Nets and the New York Knicks at the $1 billion Barclays Center was postponed because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Bloomberg announced Wednesday. "Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night," NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
October 3, 2012 |
THE STATE'S chief justice, Ronald Castille, won't step down from a last-minute death-penalty appeal although he supervised the case when he was the city's district attorney and despite a state judge's finding that Castille's staff hid evidence at trial. Attorneys for Terrance "Terry" Williams had asked Castille to recuse himself because Castille supervised Williams' murder case and signed off on the 1986 death-penalty prosecution. Castille has filed an order denying the recusal motion.
September 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH - A federal judge has dismissed a former inmate's legal claims against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for alleged sexual abuse, but said allegations that his rights were violated by a suspended state prison guard and prison managers can proceed. The unidentified inmate sued in 2011 and his allegations led to a grand jury investigation that also resulted in charges against the guard being sued, Harry Nicoletti, and three others at the state prison in Pittsburgh.
August 29, 2012 |
BARRING A last-minute miracle, West Catholic will be idle for Week No. 1 of the high school football season. Coach Brian Fluck, also the school's athletic director, said Monday that West has canceled its Saturday night opener vs. Eastern Christian (Md.) Academy, or National Connections Academy (an online outfit), or whatever it's being called today. The school, formerly known as Red Lion Christian in Bear, Del., was featured last week in Sports Illustrated . The headline, among other things, said the school " . . . has no listed phone number.
August 6, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno's family said it planned to appeal the sanctions the NCAA imposed against Pennsylvania State University over the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. The college sports governing body's response: Don't bother. Family lawyer Wick Sollers wrote Friday to the NCAA that the Paternos would like to appeal the "enormous damage" done to Penn State, the community, athletes, and the late Hall of Fame coach. Paterno died in January at 85. But the NCAA quickly rejected the proposal.
July 24, 2012 |
Laynce Nix had never signed a guaranteed major-league deal until last winter, and most of his first season as a Phillie was spent in hiding. He finally reappeared Sunday, activated from the disabled list, after a 63-game absence because of a strained left calf. Nix originally was expected to miss a few weeks. When the leftfielder tried to return in mid-June, he suffered a setback while running the bases in a simulated game. "It took a lot longer," Nix said. "I tried to come back probably sooner than I should have.
July 22, 2012 |
Newly divorced Tom Cruise is determined to minimize the impact that his split from Katie Holmes will have on their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, reports People magazine. "He's going to try, despite all the attention, to have things be as normal as possible," Anon Source tells the mag. Cruise, who has been filming in California, visited New York on Tuesday and did normal dad-daughter things, like climbing into a helicopter for a jaunt somewhere. "It's going to be challenging," Source says.
May 4, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Baseball's proverbial window of opportunity can sometimes feel like it exists on a proverbial car that is moving at a proverbial 70 mph down the proverbial interstate of life. In Laynce Nix' case, the window flashed by in 2004, when a spot opened up in the outfield and the Rangers decided to give the 23-year-old slugger a chance. In the first 60 games of that season, he made an impressive leap onboard, hitting .292 with a .583 slugging percentage and nine home runs for a Texas team that found itself in the thick of the AL West race after four straight losing seasons.
April 27, 2012 |
THERE'S AN an old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. Apart from its obvious sexist slant, there was considerable truth to the maxim in the case of former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. and his wife, German-born Renate Elizabeth Nix. "She was very supportive of him," said her daughter, Kimberly Bernhard. "She was the backup. " She traveled with her husband on his many trips on judicial business, took care of the entertainment, and generally helped ease the burdens of his presiding over the state's highest court.