January 11, 2013 |
BEIRUT - After weeks of fighting, Syrian rebels said Friday that they had seized a strategic air base in northwestern Idlib province, depriving the government of its ability to carry out helicopter airstrikes in the area. The Taftanaz air base has been used by the government to stage helicopter attacks on rebels in the province, adjacent to the Turkish border. The campaign to seize it had been spearheaded by hard-line Islamic fighting groups, such as Al Nusra Front, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda.
October 15, 2012
Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill was released from a Minneapolis hospital one day after he had a seizure in the locker room after a loss to Northwestern. University physician Pat Smith issued a statement on Sunday saying Kill was treated and was "in excellent health. " Kill has struggled with seizures for years, including several times last season in his first year with Minnesota. School officials did not provide a status for Kill for next weekend's game at Wisconsin. But Kill has never missed a game because of seizures and Smith said the coach planned to be back in the office on Monday.
September 27, 2012 |
Monday night's NFL outrage with the officials reminds me of the time in 2010 that "replacement Rankman" put Boise State at No. 1 and kept the Broncos there until the Friday night after Thanksgiving. This week's standings offer their own controversial finish, with four Big Ten Conference schools bunched in the basement for what should be an exciting playoff two years in advance of college football's new format. The winner gets the Floyd of Rankman trophy, presented by John Deere, at imaginary Grain Silo Stadium.
September 7, 2012 |
Matt Barkley is anticipating what he called “a blast of a weekend.” And why shouldn't he? USC's senior quarterback, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, will celebrate his 22nd birthday Saturday -- on a huge stage. As part of what is already a football-crazed week at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, Barkley leads second-ranked USC (1-0) against Syracuse (0-1) in a game dubbed as “New York's College Classic.” On Wednesday, Tony Romo led the Dallas Cowboys over Eli Manning and the Giants.
August 12, 2012 |
TEHRAN - - More than 180 people were reported killed and 1,300 injured Saturday when twin earthquakes struck mountainous northwestern Iran, sending entire villages crashing to the ground. The earthquakes, one of them measuring magnitude 6.4, struck the sparsely populated region Saturday afternoon, and as rescue efforts continued through the night, some officials said the number of dead could rise markedly. Naser Zagar, who heads the coroner's office in the town of Ahar, near the epicenter, told Iran's official news agency IRNA that 35 people had been killed there and that the toll could rise to 40 times that number.
April 12, 2011 |
Police in northwestern China announced Tuesday that milk that killed three infants and sickened 36 others was intentionally poisoned with nitrate by a competing dairy farm seeking revenge, according to the New China News Agency. Nitrate is used for making dyes and curing meat but is not found in dairy products. A rival diary farmer added the industrial salt to milk because of unresolved business disputes, the report said. Police have arrested two suspects and two farms have been shut down.
November 21, 2010 |
Not since the Chicago Bears left after the 1970 NFL season had football been played at Wrigley Field. And now we know why. When Northwestern played host to Illinois on Saturday, both teams shared one sideline ? switching places after halftime ? and all offensive plays headed in the same direction, west. This might be how the game looks on a one-goal-post sandlot field, but it's unusual for a regular-season Big Ten Conference game. The Associated Press reported that the game looked like a "pigskin version of 'Groundhog Day.' " It was played that way because, after months of planning for the Wrigleyville Classic, Big Ten officials declared less than 36 hours before kickoff that there wasn't enough room between the east end zone and the brick wall in what is right field in the baseball configuration.
November 19, 2010 |
For one day at least, Northwestern (7-3) and Illinois (5-5) will be two Big Ten Conference football programs headed in the same direction ? west. Saturday's game, the first college football matchup at Wrigley Field since 1938, has been in the works for months, but it was decided Friday that the Cozy Confines were too confining in the east end zone. In one of the more bizarre moments in Wrigley Field history ? and remember, the Cubs play here ? the Big Ten determined that Northwestern and Illinois will both play toward the west end zone.