April 29, 1986 |
Coach Joe McDermott was saying yesterday afternoon how he hoped Kerry Cahill would relieve the mounting pressure by announcing his college decision. Then came the early evening and . . . poof, McDermott received his wish without having to rub a magic lamp. Cahill, Father Judge's multitalented shortstop, ended most speculation about his immediate future by saying he was about to sign a letter of intent with St. John's University, then pop it into a mailbox. He did not end all speculation, because the major leagues hold an amateur draft each June and Cahill's name very well could appear on the list.
January 9, 1998 |
Ron Jaworski will not be interviewing for a job with the Eagles today. Or tomorrow. Or next week. An unusual news release issued by the team last night made it clear that Jaworski would not be interviewing at all. Joe Banner, the team's executive vice president, moved to put an end to three days of wild speculation about Jaworski's candidacy for a front-office position. "There has been a significant amount of unfounded speculation surrounding Ron Jaworski and the Eagles with respect to whether or not he has been or will be interviewed for a front-office position," Banner said in the release, which was faxed to media outlets early in the evening.
August 13, 1995 |
ARE WE ALONE? Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life By Paul Davies Basic Books. 160 pp. $20 If aliens existed, it would be unnecessary to invent them. No need for H. G. Wells, Flash Gordon or Sigourney Weaver. William Shatner and Patrick Stewart could relax. Michael Eisner might look into taking Disney intergalactic. The universe, unfortunately, refuses to cooperate. Divine visitors, sighted by Old Testament prophets, New Testament apostles and acolytes of 100 other creeds typically leave no forwarding addresses, thus encouraging secular skeptics.
January 21, 2000 |
Pittsburgh probably looks better all the time. Tom Modrak was in Maui the last few days, scouting players in the Hula Bowl, spending some quality time with his wife, and otherwise minding his own business. In Philadelphia, meanwhile, hysterical media reports not only had Modrak leaving the Eagles for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they followed through with criticism of the Birds' director of football operations for allegedly wanting to leave and hours of radio chatter about potential replacements.
August 22, 1995 |
The Phillies may not know what half their team will look like next year. But now they know what their manager will look like. He'll look a lot like Jim Fregosi, as a matter of fact, because the Phils announced yesterday that they had extended Fregosi's contract for one more year. Not that there was ever any serious likelihood that Fregosi was not going to be the manager next year. But intensifying media speculation about Fregosi's future inspired the Phillies to rush out and hold a news conference yesterday afternoon.
July 30, 2004 |
When New Jersey Democrats arrived here this week, Topic A was the prospect of replacing their politically wounded governor with a new candidate next year. But the favored choice, U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, has sought to douse the party's internal fire by publicly embracing Gov. McGreevey and insisting he had no intention of challenging his nomination for a second term. "This is our governor and we're standing with this gentleman," Corzine declared yesterday at a breakfast meeting attended by a few hundred party leaders and activists, in Boston attending the Democratic National Convention.
January 25, 1994 |
U.S. Rep. William J. Hughes, an Ocean City Democrat whose post-Watergate victory launched a 20-year career in heavily Republican territory, dropped a political bombshell yesterday by announcing that he would not seek re-election this year. Hughes, 61, said he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests. As Hughes was privately informing key political figures over the weekend that he was stepping down, Republican State Senator William L. Gormley of Atlantic County was telling supporters that would seek the Second Congressional District seat.
May 17, 2008 |
Eight Belles, who suffered two broken ankles after finishing second to Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby, tested negative for all banned substances, including steroids, according to test results from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's official laboratory at Iowa State University. The filly underwent testing at the suggestion of trainer Larry Jones to squelch any speculation that drugs played a part in her breakdown.
March 1, 1997 |
Amid speculation about the future of coach P.J. Carlesimo, the Portland Trail Blazers won a game. Kenny Anderson had 30 points and 12 assists last night as the Trail Blazers beat the visiting Utah Jazz, 115-105, and snapped a three-game losing streak. The Blazers shot a season-high 58 percent from the field and were at 66 percent before going cold in the final seven minutes. Published reports said Carlesimo could be fired over growing dissatisfaction among the players and management fears he will drive the younger players to other teams.
August 10, 1990 |
Move over, Jim Kelly and Randall Cunningham. Joe Montana, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers and owner of four Super Bowl rings, is now the highest-paid player in the NFL. Montana, 34, and team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. ended more than six months of speculation yesterday with a hastily arranged news conference outside the cafeteria of Sierra College, where the 49ers are training. A new, four-year deal, sources said, will pay Montana a minimum of $14 million - and possibly as much as $16 million through incentives.