January 5, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - In a city that is in the throes of football mania, a calming basketball game was just what the people needed. What they got was a load of the Sixers' Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday - and a loss for their beloved Hornets. The streets were a sea of Michigan blue and Virginia Tech maroon the past couple of days, part of the fanfare surrounding the Sugar Bowl, which was played at the Superdome Tuesday night. Throngs of LSU and Alabama fans are starting to converge around the French Quarter as the BCS Championship Game will be held at the Big Dome on Monday.
January 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Fred Milano, who made rock and roll history on doo-wop hits with Dion and the Belmonts in the 1950s and continued to perform while starting a late-in-life career with the New York City Department of Correction, has died. He was 72. Milano died Sunday, three weeks after his lung cancer was diagnosed, said Warren Gradus, who joined the Belmonts in 1963. Milano lived in Massapequa, on Long Island, and died in a hospital, Gradus said. Dion DiMucci, the lead singer who left the Belmonts in 1960, said on his Facebook page yesterday, "May he rest in peace and rock on in heaven.
December 14, 2011 |
Some will say Jerry Sandusky showed grace toward his accusers by sparing them the torment of testifying in public about their private hell. I am not so inclined. Sandusky's unorthodox lawyer, Joseph Amendola, has granted interviews to anyone with a pen. He has allowed his client, the former Penn State assistant football coach, to vent on NBC and in the New York Times, with Sandusky spinning a PG version of showers and sleepovers with 10 boys, activities that now encompass more than 50 counts of sexual abuse.
December 5, 2011 |
MIAMI - Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis blitzed from the blind side for his first career sack, then dashed upfield in jubilation. A dazed Carson Palmer rose slowly, looked back at Davis and did a double take, as if startled to discover his tackler was a 5-11 cornerback. The Dolphins, who host the Eagles next Sunday in Sun Life Stadium, are full of surprises lately. Once-woeful Miami won for the fourth time in the past five games yesterday by beating the Oakland Raiders, 34-14.
December 5, 2011 |
MIAMI - Once-woeful Miami won for the fourth time in its last five games on Sunday, beating Oakland 34-14. Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards and a touchdown, Matt Moore had a hand in two TDs and Kevin Burnett returned an interception 34 yards for Miami's final score. The surge came after the Dolphins (4-8) lost their first seven games. In the past five weeks they've outscored opponents 139-54, with the lone loss a one-point defeat at Dallas on Thanksgiving. "We've been on a wild ride here," Moore said.
November 17, 2011
OKLAHOMA STATE'S fifth-year senior, who turned 28 on Oct. 14, was older than 14 of the NFL quarterbacks who started in Week 1. Shades of Chris Weinke, who became the oldest player to win the Heisman Trophy as a 28-year-old for Florida State in 2000 after pursuing a baseball career. The year before, he helped the Seminoles win a national title. Now, Weeden is trying to do both in the same season. The Cowboys, 10-0 for the first time, are coming off a 66-6 win at Texas Tech. It's the sixth time they've scored at least 52. They haven't been held under 30. Last year, in his first full season as a starter since 2001, Weeden became OSU's first all-league QB since the 1930s.
November 11, 2011 |
Closing in on 600 wins, Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta doesn't want all the credit. "In this business, it's not the coach that wins 600 games or 700 games or 500 games," Perretta said. "It's the players who have played in the program. This is more of a reflection on the players at Villanova than the coach. I just happened to have been here for all 600 wins. " With a remarkable 598-378 record in 33 seasons at Villanova, Perretta is just two wins away from the career milestone.
October 30, 2011
City Councilman Bill Green has made no secret of his interest in running for mayor in 2015, four years from now. But he's been more explicit than ever before in five or six recent appearances on the campaign trail, most of them talking to Democratic committee people at preelection ward meetings. Other candidates - for City Council, row offices, and judgeships - have been going to the same meetings and hearing Green give the same pitch, multiple times. So much so that at one recent meeting, one candidate nudged a sidekick while Green was speaking and predicted (accurately)
October 28, 2011 |
College football can be a grind. Week after week of nonstop, high-impact collisions can take their toll on even the most well-conditioned athletes. So it is no surprise that Ohio University loves being in the midst of a 10-day break before hosting Wednesday's Mid-American Conference game against Temple. "The timing couldn't be better for us," Bobcats coach Frank Solich said. "Hopefully, we will get a few guys back that had extensive injuries. " Like Temple (5-3, 3-2 MAC)
October 27, 2011
After getting no bites from the NFL following his televised workout Tuesday, Terrell Owens might consider the Arena Football League. The Chicago Rush became the first team to offer T.O. a contract: a "standard player agreement," which comes with a salary of $400 per week. "We feel that this is an ideal time to approach the future NFL Hall of Famer," Rush GM and president Gene Nudo said in a statement. "It would be a fantastic honor to add Terrell to our current roster for the 2012 season.