November 20, 2014 |
Critics of the NFL's $765 million settlement proposal to compensate former players for concussion-related health problems will finally have their day in court Wednesday, as the designers of the landmark deal push for final approval from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who has overseen the massive case involving more than 5,000 individual lawsuits and 20,000 potentially eligible league retirees, is set to preside over a fairness hearing in what could be one of the final steps to resolving a legal fight that began three years ago with allegations that the league hid or ignored the long-term dangers of head-hits for decades.
November 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA's fave pitcher, Mo'ne Davis , the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, is writing her memoir. Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name will be released next March by HarperCollins Children's Books, the publisher told the Associated Press yesterday. Even though Mo'ne is an honor-roll student, she will get some help with the book from Hilary Beard , whose previous collaborations include Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life . Mo'ne became a sensation this summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville in the LLWS, when she was just 13. Known for her long braids and uncommon poise, she has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated , thrown out the first pitch at a major league World Series game and starred in a car commercial directed by Spike Lee . In September, she donated her jersey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and a week from Thursday she and her fellow Taney Dragons will help kick off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
November 17, 2014
WE LEARNED many new things at City Council's hearings on Philadelphia's energy future last week. Here's one: components of natural gas include propane, butane, methane . . . and here, in Philadelphia, civic pain. We're referring to the pain of listening to experts on Philadelphia's future as an energy hub and wondering why the city wasn't having these discussions years ago. And the pain of realizing that PGW's private ownership could be a key to the city's future as an energy hub, but Council killed that prospect just last week primarily because of "process" instead of the potential outcome for the city as a whole.
November 14, 2014 |
BRETT BROWN is no stranger to the game of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. As an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, Brown has seen more Nowitizki exploits than he cares to remember, both during the regular season and playoffs. On Tuesday, with his 23 points, the 17-year vet from Germany surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA scoring list to become the highest scorer born outside of the United States. His 26,953 points rank him No. 9 on the all-time list. He has scored 19,452 more points than the entire roster that will be available for Brown tonight when 76ers face the Mavs.
November 13, 2014 |
Delaware County Council on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board not to issue another casino license in the Philadelphia area until the economy improves. The county, home to Harrah's Philadelphia, in Chester, has included $8.6 million from Harrah's in its 2015 budget, councilman John P. McBlain said. A South Philadelphia casino would result in an estimated 30-percent decline in revenue at Harrah's. That would translate into a loss of $2.5 million in revenue to the county, McBlain said.
November 12, 2014 |
Luke Duris wasn't trying to score the goal that sent Holy Ghost Prep back to Hershey. He was standing more than 40 yards away from the net, and he isn't crazy. He was simply aiming for his teammate's head. "That's a far kick," Duris said. "I wasn't going to shoot it. . . . The goal is to find Joey Braun's head and whip it in as hard as you can. " Instead, Duris drilled his direct kick over the goalie with 23 minutes, 1 second remaining in the first half to send Holy Ghost Prep to a 2-1 victory over Fleetwood in a PIAA Class AA boys' soccer semifinal Tuesday night at Souderton.
November 12, 2014 |
During his introductory news conference with the 76ers in 2013, Nerlens Noel said what many fans were thinking after that summer's draft. "Sam [Hinkie] is a genius," Noel said. "How can you think of something like that?" The center/power forward's reaction came after the Sixers general manager acquired him and his longtime friend Michael Carter-Williams on draft night. The two players grew up in the Boston area and were AAU teammates. "A lot of credit goes to him for building that as a foundation for this organization into the future," Noel said then.
November 11, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was the most lopsided defeat of Bernard Hopkins' career. The judges at Boardwalk Hall failed to award the 49-year-old a single round in Saturday's unanimous-decision loss to Sergey Kovalev. Hopkins threw 390 fewer punches than the Russian slugger. And none of his attacks seemed to inflict much pain. Perhaps it was time for Hopkins, who looked ageless until Saturday, to walk away. "Asking me to fight right now is like asking a woman that was just in nine-hour labor if she's going to have another baby," Hopkins said.
November 10, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - At about a quarter to 2 yesterday morning, an hour after relinquishing his shiny IBF and WBA light heavyweight belts, the man who holds the record as the oldest world champion in boxing history emerged from his locker room at Boardwalk Hall. Flanked by a hoard of supporters, Bernard Hopkins made the short walk to the postfight news conference. He stepped behind the podium, offered opening remarks and then took the first question. It was the query on everyone's mind.
November 10, 2014 |
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was a little busy last week as he prepared to explain to an appeals judge his finger-in-the-wind decision process regarding the suspension and re-suspension of Baltimore running back Ray Rice. Even so, Goodell must have noticed that one of the league's owners, Washington's Daniel Snyder, was suing five Native Americans for the crime of being upset about the "Redskins" team nickname. If he wins the suit, maybe Snyder can take their land and force them to live in a fenced-in section of the FedEx Field parking lot. Not much of a view, but, hey, no income tax. The five activists, perhaps to their own surprise, won a ruling earlier this year from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that canceled six of the team's trademarks that used the word "Redskins," with the ruling board stating it did so because the word was "disparaging to Native Americans.