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January 18, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
Shani Davis qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic speedskating team in three individual events, winning two of them - the 1,000 and 1,500 meters - at the recent Olympic trials. That gives him a chance to become the first man in the world to win long-track gold medals in three Olympics - he took the 1,000 meters in 2006 and 2010 - and the first U.S. man in any sport to win gold at three Winter Games. Should Davis do that, he will cement his status in the pantheon of speedskating greats.
January 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR said Tuesday it reinstated Todd Parrott after the veteran crew chief completed its substance-abuse recovery program. Parrott, 49, was suspended indefinitely nearly three months ago for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy. The substance at issue in his case was not identified. With 19 years in the Sprint Cup series, Parrott last year was crew chief for driver Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports, who drives the No. 43 car that Petty made famous, before Parrott was suspended.
January 6, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
If Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield looked fast as he sprinted 100 yards for a Florida State touchdown on a fourth-quarter kickoff return Monday, there's a good reason. He's really just that fast. According to the game clock, Whitfield, a freshman, covered the distance in 11 seconds - a little slower than what he ran for 100 meters to win the Florida state high school sprint championship last spring during track. Whitfield also won a state title at 200 meters. Now he's a football champion too, as his return helped the top-ranked Seminoles defeat Auburn, 34-31, in the Bowl Championship Series title game before 94,208 at the Rose Bowl.
December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Japanese parent company, SoftBank Corp., is reportedly close to acquiring rival T-Mobile from German communications company Deutsche Telekom in a deal that is expected to be worth more than $19 billion. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint was interested in T-Mobile, but Japan's Nikkei news service said Tuesday that SoftBank had entered final stages of talks with Deutsche Telekom about the deal, according to Reuters . SoftBank, which acquired 80% of Sprint this year, is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile to create a third wireless power that could compete with Verizon and AT&T, the top two carriers in the U.S. PHOTOS: Top smartphone apps to find last-minute deals on gifts SoftBank is exploring different ways to make the deal happen -- such as by paying with shares of Sprint or borrowing from banks -- but Deutsche Telekom would prefer a cash a deal, Nikkei reported, citing unnamed sources.
December 16, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Beatles and the National Security Agency? There may be stranger bedfellows, but it's difficult at the moment to come up with a good example. Nevertheless, Federal District Court Judge Richard J. Leon turned to the Fab Four in the course of his ruling in Klayman vs. Obama , a suit brought by a consortium of citizens led by conservative public-interest lawyer Larry Klayman. Leon ruled that the NSA's collection of information on U.S. citizens through their cellphone providers “surely” infringes on the rights of privacy established under the 4th Amendment and is, therefore, unconstitutional.
December 13, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint Nextel Corp. is reportedly working on a bid for T-Mobile in a deal that could combine the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers. Sprint could make a bid for its rival in the first half of next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The paper said a deal could be worth more than $20 billion. A bid probably would face regulatory hurdles, as a merger would further consolidate an industry ruled by a small handful of wireless giants.
November 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint has landed at the bottom of Consumer Reports' annual ranking of cellphone service providers, dropping from the No. 2 spot last year. Sprint this year received "dismal marks" for value, voice, text and 4G reliability, according to the report, which is based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers. Verizon was once again the top major carrier, receiving high scores for data service and "some aspects of customer support. " AT&T and T-Mobile got mostly middling marks, although AT&T received the top rating for the reliability of its 4G service.
November 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Now that Danica Patrick has wrapped up her first full season in NASCAR's top-level Sprint Cup Series, how did she do? A cold look at NASCAR's statistics shows that the celebrated driver struggled throughout her initial 36-race Cup season. Patrick, on average, started in 30th place among 43 cars racing each week - indicative of her inability to do well in qualifying. Her average finish was 26th. Patrick, 31, certainly had good race cars. Her team, Stewart-Haas Racing, is co-owned by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and is widely considered one of the best in the business.
November 17, 2013 | By George Diaz
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson began the 2013 NASCAR season celebrating a victory at the Daytona 500, accidentally tearing up his car during a celebratory burnout. He finished the season in celebratory mode again at Homestead on Sunday, completing the perfect bookends to a 36-race grind by winning his sixth NASCAR Cup title. "Yes, yes, yes!" Johnson screamed over the radio after the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin's first victory of the 2013 season was obliterated by Johnson's amazing "Six Pack" - a title that brings him to within one championship of tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most Cup titles in the sport's history.
November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - As Kevin Harvick streaked to victory when Carl Edwards ran out of fuel on the last lap Sunday, Jimmie Johnson streaked toward a sixth NASCAR championship. Johnson finished third at Phoenix International Raceway to widen his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to a sizable 28 points over Matt Kenseth, who finished 23rd, with only one race left. The season finale, and the last of the 10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff, is next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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