October 2, 1999 |
Michael Ovitz, who already has spent millions of dollars of his money to catch the NFL's attention, has agreed along with his ownership group to give the league $25 million in earnest money to demonstrate interest in bringing an expansion team to Los Angeles. Ovitz and partners Ron Burkle and Tom Cruise will surrender the money if they are selected to own the expansion franchise and then fail to execute the terms of their agreement with the league.
October 11, 1999 |
New York Jet Coach Bill Parcells has a knack for diagnostic medical examinations. For example, when Wayne Chrebet had a sprained ankle last year, Parcells went up to the wide receiver and kicked him on the injured joint to gauge his pain threshold. Similarly, he poked former quarterback Glenn Foley in the ribs to judge just how sore they were. "That wasn't a malicious thing," Parcells said. "My college coach used to do that to me to find out if something was hurt. You can tell a lot."
October 20, 2000 |
Cleveland Brown quarterback Tim Couch fractured his right thumb on the final play of practice Thursday and will be out at least six weeks. Couch was following through on a 25-yard fade pass to rookie Dennis Northcutt into the right corner of the end zone when his hand banged into the hand of linebacker Ryan Taylor. "He'll need surgery and he'll miss at least six games," said dejected Brown Coach Chris Palmer.
September 10, 1999 |
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Thursday the league will still honor a Sept. 15 deadline, and based on what it has learned by that date, vote Oct. 6 to award an expansion franchise to either Houston or Los Angeles. He said no one has the lead in this dragged-out race. He said the league remains very interested in meeting with invited Los Angeles groups, and will do so Monday in New York. He said a delay in making a final determination between Houston and Los Angeles is unlikely.
April 15, 2001 |
Right now, trainer Bob Baffert doesn't care which horse is better. "Congaree's got as much talent as Point Given," he said Saturday. "In three weeks, we'll find out who wants it more." The "it" is the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 5 at Churchill Downs with Baffert holding most of the trump cards.
May 7, 2004 |
I stopped by Angel Stadium the other night figuring Mike Scioscia and I might catch a cup of coffee and spend some time discussing my fantasy baseball team. I find it's taking a lot of my time, and Scioscia has plenty of that. As loaded as the Angels are this season, Scioscia has nothing to do these days other than sit in the corner of the dugout and pat his players on the back after they return from crossing the plate.
April 11, 1999 |
They could have used shovels for the groundbreaking, but this called for Texas flair. The guests fired Colt .45 pistols into a vacant lot, marking the start of Harris County Domed Stadium, otherwise known as the Astrodome. The man behind the project, Judge Roy Hofheinz, modestly suggested the stadium be dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World. That was 34 years and several facelifts ago. Now the Astrodome is losing its oldest tenant.
December 28, 2013 |
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida after his Mercedes-Benz was clocked traveling 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, police said. The arrest came less than two months after Puig had speeding-related charges dropped in Tennessee. Puig, who makes his off-season home in Miami, was driving westbound on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale when he was pulled over, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol.
September 9, 1998 |
Had they been buying the Rams or Raiders, a 72-hour grace period providing for buyer's remorse might have been appropriate, but the team of Alfred Lerner and Carmen Policy has been given permission by the NFL to write a $530-million check to buy the new Cleveland Browns franchise. Former Browns' owner Art Modell, who moved his team to Baltimore three years ago, paid $4 million for the original Cleveland franchise in 1961.
January 5, 2008 |
The NFL's top X-factors are now ex-factors. Chicago returner Devin Hester will be a spectator this postseason. Same goes for Houston's Andre Davis, Cleveland's Josh Cribbs, Buffalo's Roscoe Parrish and the New York Jets' Leon Washington -- the leaders in what was a record season for returns for touchdowns in the NFL. There were 25 kickoff returns for touchdowns this season and a combined 42 scores on kickoff and punt returns.