July 13, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain's second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson issued her ruling over the objections of Zimmerman's lawyers shortly before a prosecutor delivered a closing argument in which he portrayed the defendant as an aspiring police officer who assumed Martin was up to no good and took the law into his own hands.
May 20, 2013 |
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli recently ran into a longtime acquaintance, a businessman. The man asked, "How's everything going?" For a moment, Martelli said, he thought about giving an honest assessment, realizing this guy didn't know any details of what Martelli had been hit with lately. Instead, the Hawks coach left it at, "Everything's great. " The reality? "I feel like I've been invited by God to play cards, but he's only given me three cards," Martelli said, sitting in his office on Hawk Hill.
May 17, 2013 |
IN THE SAME inning that saw Cole Hamels' day end, the Phils also cut the Cleveland Indians' lead to 5-3, thanks to a two-out, two-run double from Jimmy Rollins. Despite Hamels' lackluster effort, the game was well within reach. But in the next four innings, four different relievers entered and matched Hamels in allowing five runs. A middle of the bullpen tabbed as "mediocre" by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. less than a week ago was just plain bad. The bad news: There's a chance the relief corps could get worse in the coming days.
April 19, 2013 |
DEREK JETER will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle - a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop's future. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about 4 to 8 weeks. Cashman has repeatedly maintained the 13-time All-Star should be able to return at his previous level of play.
March 28, 2013 |
Not only are the 76ers trying to get some wins, they hope to get one of their key players back on track. Evan Turner, the team's third-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game, has scored a total of 39 points over the last five games. His low point was a two-point effort against Portland on March 18. "He's struggling right now," coach Doug Collins said after Turner scored six points in Monday night's 107-91 setback at Utah. "So hopefully we can get him these last 12 games playing that ball that he was playing before.
March 3, 2013 |
The 76ers and center Andrew Bynum are considering arthroscopic surgery on the player's right knee in order to clean out loose cartilage, a procedure that could likely end the season for the center they traded so many young assets to acquire, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Bynum suffered a setback in the form of swelling in his right knee following his participation in a five-on-five scrimmage, first reported in The Inquirer Feb. 22. While the Sixers have been unable to practice recently due to their schedule, Bynum would not have been able to participate due to the swelling in his knee, which was also first reported by The Inquirer.
March 3, 2013 |
After suffering two setbacks in federal court, New Jersey officials are pressing ahead with a fight to give the state's struggling gambling industry a boost by introducing betting on sporting events. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, in a suit brought by the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues, on Thursday upheld a 21-year-old law barring sports gambling in all but four states where some form of wagering already existed: Delaware, Nevada, Oregon, and Montana. New Jersey had argued that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the state's rights on a variety of constitutional grounds, including state sovereignty and equal protection.
February 8, 2013
TO HELP COMBAT fraud by tax preparers, the IRS created the "Registered Tax Return Preparer" program. Then, just before the tax season got under way, a federal judge told the agency that it doesn't have the authority to regulate the hundreds of thousands of tax preparers covered under the program. Although some tax-return preparers are licensed by their states or enrolled to practice before the IRS, many don't have to pass a government or professionally mandated competency test to prepare a federal return.
February 4, 2013 |
WHAT A difference another week made. Oops, that was last weekend's Villanova lead. But it still applies. Only this time, in reverse. The Wildcats lost to Providence Sunday afternoon at the Pavilion, 55-52. It was their second three-point loss to the undermanned Friars, who aren't making the NCAA Tournament, in 15 days. Last Saturday's win over Syracuse in South Philly, coupled with one over Louisville 5 days earlier, had elevated them from nowhere into the 68-team field, according to bracketologists everywhere.