June 10, 2013 |
Three NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, have been fined an unspecified amount for tampering, according to a league memo obtained by USA Today. ESPN reported the Houston Rockets were one of the other teams. The Hawks were fined for sending an email to prospective season-ticket holders referencing free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. The Rockets were fined, according to ESPN, for mentioning free agents on their team website. The league memo said the teams were fined because "the conduct at issue involved statements by a team employee to the media, a team email to prospective season-ticket purchasers, and articles posted online on a team website, each related to players who are currently under contract to other teams but who will become free agents this summer.
April 26, 2013 |
Matt Lauer's public popularity may be in the dumps, but he still has at least one ally on "Today": Kathie Lee Gifford. The co-host of "Today's" boozy fourth hour recently attempted to show support for the embattled Lauer by circulating a letter expressing kind words and staff love, according to a report in the New York Daily News. The letter, which Gifford had planned to publish as a full-page ad in USA Today before Lauer put a stop to it, was filled with signatures of "Today" staffers, including Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
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April 20, 2013 |
Al Neuharth, the newspaper mogul who in 1982 made a $1-billion gamble called USA Today that earned derision for its emphasis on brevity, flashy graphics and upbeat stories but endured to become the nation's largest-circulation newspaper, died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89. He died of complications from a recent fall, according to USA Today and the Newseum, the Washington, D.C., news museum he founded. Described by detractors and admirers as brutish, egomaniacal, brilliant and fiercely competitive, Neuharth was a latter-day Citizen Kane, who in the 1970s turned the small Gannett newspaper chain into the nation's most profitable newspaper company.
April 8, 2013 |
John Unitas Jr. is not happy with his half-brother's choice of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to play their father, Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas, in the football scenes of the upcoming biopic "Unitas We Stand. " In an interview with USA Today, John Unitas Jr. called Flacco "a goofball" and said a better choice to play his late father would be a modern-day legend who played many years for the Indianapolis Colts. "If you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning," said John Unitas Jr., one of five children from Johnny Unitas' first marriage.
March 18, 2013 |
NFL owners are scheduled to vote this week on a proposed rule change to prohibit running backs from delivering a blow with the crown of their helmets in an open field. Matt Forte does not get a vote because he is a running back, not an owner. Still, he had plenty to say about the proposal on Twitter this weekend. "The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I've ever heard of," he said in a series of tweets . "In order to lower ur shoulder u obviously have to lower ur head.
October 30, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can take over Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show. The Skinny: When did Los Angeles drivers get so bad? On Monday, I saw someone turn left from the center lane despite the fact that there was a left-turn lane. Put the phone down and pay attention! Tuesday's headlines include how local stations are covering Hurricane Sandy, low ratings for the World Series, and Anderson Cooper's daytime show getting the ax. Daily Dose: In the grand scheme of things, the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Nielsen ratings is a trivial matter.
October 8, 2012 |
Handshakes and helmet stickers go out to the two schools known as USC in this week's top 10 — we could not be more thrilled for the players and their families. The USC at No. 3 lost the legal right to be called USC, so it will heretofore be referred to as South Carolina, "Southern Car" or "Spurrierville. " The USC at No. 9 in the latest USA Today coaches' poll has been known for years as the University of Southern California. Both Southern Car and USC displayed the kind of extended-weekend grit that earns you resilience red ribbons from our blue-ribbon platitude panel.
October 8, 2012 |
USC had the weekend off, but the Trojans climbed in the polls Sunday after three top-five teams lost. USC, a 38-28 winner at Utah on Thursday, got a bump courtesy of Florida State, Louisiana State and Georgia defeats on Saturday. The Trojans moved from No. 13 to No. 11 in the Associated Press media poll and from No. 12 to No. 9 in the USA Today coaches' poll. "It's out of our control so we don't worry about it and don't pay attention to it," Coach Lane Kiffin said after practice Sunday.
September 30, 2012 |
The major polls agree on the top two teams in college football again this week, but not on No. 3. Sunday's Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls both have Alabama and Oregon in the top two positions. AP voters, though, as some suspected, dropped Louisiana State to No. 4 after the Tigers struggled in a 38-22 home win over 1-AA Towson on Saturday. This came a week after both the AP and coaches' polls dropped LSU from 2 to 3 after a 12-10 win at Auburn, which had struggled to beat Louisiana Monroe.
September 24, 2012 |
USC welcomes an open date this week with hopes that injured players and mentally and physically drained starters will be at full strength for an Oct. 4 game at Utah. Nursing the offense to its full potential could take more time. On Sunday, a day after rushing for nearly 300 yards in its 27-9 victory over California, USC remained No. 13 in the Associated Press media poll but dropped from No. 12 to No. 13 in the USA Today coaches' poll. For a team that boasts a record-setting quarterback, two 1,000-yard receivers and two 1,000-yard running backs, the Trojans have not recently approached offensive juggernaut status.