August 29, 2013 |
Verizon Communications Inc. may be close to striking one of the largest deals in history to take full control of the country's leading wireless carrier. On Thursday, Vodafone Group confirmed that it was in advanced discussions with Verizon to sell its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. Although such talks have been held repeatedly in recent years, it appears that the two sides may be days away from finalizing a transaction that could cost as much as $130 billion. Such a sale is not likely to affect consumers in the short term.
August 28, 2013 |
Kyle Larson is about to achieve his goal of becoming a driver in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. The 21-year-old racing prodigy from Elk Grove, Calif., will join Jamie McMurray next year on the two-car team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, persons familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday. Larson is expected to step into the No. 42 Chevrolet and replace veteran Juan Pablo Montoya. The team this month declined to re-sign Montoya, 37, a former Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One driver who found little success in NASCAR.
August 20, 2013 |
When he watches a NASCAR race on television, Greg Scott feels his heart sink if smoke suddenly billows from the cars of Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin or some other Toyota drivers. The smoke usually means one of Toyota's engines blew up from the enormous stress placed on the power plants. "I take it hard," Scott says. "I don't feel good at all. " That's because Scott helps build the motors at Toyota's engine plant in Costa Mesa. But when his drivers win "it's exhilarating," said Scott, a 16-year veteran of Toyota Racing Development.
August 6, 2013 |
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart broke his right leg Monday night while competing in a sprint-car race in Iowa, his Stewart-Haas Racing team said. Stewart is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and was in contention for a fourth, but he'll miss the next Cup race Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y. A replacement for Stewart at Watkins Glen -- where he holds the record for most Cup wins with five -- has not yet been determined, nor was it clear...
August 3, 2013 |
The day after one of the greatest catches in Angel Stadium history, the discussion Saturday was if it was the best ever by an Angel. Manager Mike Scioscia said no, ranking J.B. Shuck's fourth-inning robbery of Jose Bautista's home run - in which the outfielder tumbled into the stands over the left-field wall - behind Mike Trout's full-sprint, high-leaping grab of a J.J. Hardy fly over the center-field fence in Baltimore in...
July 25, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard probably will feel bittersweet emotions when the NASCAR driver returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Menard won the Brickyard 400 at Indy in 2011 for his first Sprint Cup Series victory, ending four years of winless frustration. But Menard hasn't won since. As NASCAR prepares for this year's Brickyard 400 on Sunday, the 32-year-old Menard has gone 71 races without revisiting Victory Lane. While five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has won races every year since he joined the series full time in 2002, including four victories this season, several other drivers continue to slog through winless streaks that extend well beyond one of the series' 36-race seasons.
July 23, 2013 |
NBC Sports will return to televising part of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup stock-car racing series starting in 2015 under a 10-year deal announced Tuesday. The deal means ESPN and Turner Sports (TNT), which currently share NASCAR coverage with Fox Sports, no longer will carry Cup events after next year. Financial terms weren't announced. But the NBC pact is valued at about $440 million a year, or $4.4 billion overall, according to people with knowledge of the deal who were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
July 20, 2013 |
CONTINUING TO SET THE PACE 1. ST. LOUIS Division-leading Cardinals have 14 games left with second-place Pirates. (2) 2. BOSTON Red Sox need pitching help but lead MLB in 6 offensive categories. (1) 3. TAMPA BAY Rays are 20-6 since calling up rookie Wil Myers. (3) 4. OAKLAND With AL's top home mark, schedule favors A's, who have 36 game left there. (6) 5. ATLANTA Braves - up by 6 1/2 games - have led NL East for all but 1 day this season. (10) 6. PITTSBURGH Pirates are 37 games under .500 after All-Star break the last 2 seasons.
July 11, 2013 |
Sprint gave customers its biggest assurance yet that it has no plans to take away unlimited data service as its rivals have done. Its new "Unlimited Guarantee" comes with the promise that as long as users stick with one of two new service plans, they will have unlimited data as long as they like -- or at least until Sprint goes out of business. In recent years, AT&T and Verizon have killed their unlimited data plans and put in place practices that encourage users who still have those plans to dump them.
June 26, 2013 |
Sprint announced two new Windows Phone 8 devices for its lineup that will be capable of connecting to its LTE network: the HTC 8XT and the Samsung Ativ S Neo. The HTC 8XT is the first Windows Phone 8 device the Taiwanese smartphone maker has outfited with dual front-facing speakers. Between the phone's two speakers, the 8XT features a 4.3-inch screen. Additionally, the HTC device has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 8 gigabytes of storage and it runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.