February 12, 2013 |
EVEN IF VOTERS approve using tax money to help upgrade the Miami Dolphins' stadium, a deal might be contingent on the NFL awarding the 2016 Super Bowl to the city. The Dolphins confirmed Monday they've reversed their position and agreed to a referendum. A "no" vote would scuttle the plan. Should the measure pass, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, county commissioners still ought to have final approval - and insist on assurances from the NFL that the city will host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.
February 12, 2013 |
Norman Braman, who became a billionaire thanks to Florida car dealerships and investments in fine art and the Philadelphia Eagles, is no fan of taxes paying to upgrade Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. "This is still welfare for a multi-billionaire. It's wrong," Braman said, according to WSVN-TV in Miami. This morning, South Florida's NFL franchise announced it would accept letting voters approve a deal that would fund $400 million worth of renovations. Supporting the deal was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who said final OK by lawmakers should hinge on landing the 2016 Super Bowl.
December 7, 2012 |
THE NFL KICKOFF could be nearing the point of no return. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league's competition committee would consider in the offseason replacing the kickoff. The league previously had moved the kickoff from the 30- to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano suggested that instead of kickoffs, teams would have the option of punting from the 30-yard line and going for a first down in a fourth-and-15 situation. Schiano witnessed one of his players at Rutgers, Eric LeGrand, get paralyzed on a kickoff in 2010.
December 2, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, thanking them for all they'd done before turning the gun on himself. Authorities did not release a possible motive for the killings, though police said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had been arguing recently. The two have a 3-month-old girl who was being cared for by family.
October 28, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was two hours before kickoff of Penn State's biggest game of the year, and a 17-year-old wearing a navy sweat suit weaved through a sea of white-clad fans outside Beaver Stadium. He was the biggest celebrity in sight. Fans stopped to say hello to Christian Hackenberg, the five-star quarterback orally committed to play for Penn State next season. They high-fived him. They wished him luck in his senior season at Fork Union Military Academy (Va.). They wanted to thank him for sticking with his commitment to the Nittany Lions, even through the crippling NCAA sanctions, even through Penn State's 0-2 start.
October 21, 2012 |
IOWA CITY, Iowa - At Kinnick Stadium, the visitors' locker room is painted pink - a psychological tactic intended to calm Iowa's opponent. But nothing is soothing about this 70,000-seat venue, where the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) will face Iowa (4-2, 2-0) Saturday at 8 p.m. The forecast calls for a Midwestern chill. Fans clad in black and yellow will heckle, cheer, and do everything they can to cool down Bill O'Brien's red-hot Lions. Penn State is riding a four-game winning streak.
September 6, 2012
The Philadelphia Eagles' season has not yet officially begun, but the NFL team has already been declared an environmental winner. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Green Sports Alliance on Wednesday cited the Eagles franchise as one of 20 leaders in the green-energy movement. The Eagles are retrofitting Lincoln Financial Field with solar panels, wind turbines and a biodiesel/natural gas generator that can produce 100 percent of the stadium's energy needs. The project, which is being installed by NRG Energy Inc. of Princeton, will give the Eagles "the most extensive on-site renewable system of any U.S. sports stadium," NRDC says.
June 14, 2012 |
JORGE PERLAZA scored in his debut, but a reserve-laden Union fell to USL Pro affiliate Harrisburg, 3-2, Tuesday night in a friendly at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Perlaza tied the match in the 41st minute when he scored on a half volley assisted by midfielder Michael Lahoud. Credit Kai Herdling with the Union's second goal, via a free kick in the 81st minute, but a pair of second-half goals gave the Islanders their first win against the Union. Tom Mellor, Yann Ekra and Garrett Pettis scored for Harrisburg, which will face the Union again on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at PPL Park in quarterfinal play of the U.S. Open Cup. The Union (2-7-2 in MLS)
June 9, 2012
After a six-day preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the two men accused of brutally beating a San Francisco Giants fan last year outside Dodger Stadium to be tried on charges of committing mayhem, and assault and battery. Authorities say Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, so severely beat Bryan Stow, 43, on March 31, 2011, that the paramedic from Santa Cruz suffered permanent brain injury and will require care the rest of his life.
June 8, 2012
THE PRESS CONFERENCE was over and Joe Banner was bouncing between a series of one-on-one television interviews and a stint on the team website when he stopped to talk. The Eagles' president is leaving the club after 18 years. He says it is to seek one last professional challenge, either an NFL franchise turnaround, or putting together a group to buy a team, or some such adventure. Some people believe him. Some don't. The search for hints of a lost power struggle, or a conspiracy aflame, has begun in earnest.