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Tuesday
Dec202011

Two Power Outages, Bomb Threat Highlight 'Monday Night Football'

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Monday night football game, 20-3, but that wasn't the big story.

Right before the game started, San Francisco's Candlestick Park was plunged into darkness because of a transformer blow-out.

When power was restored after a brief delay, the game got underway.  But just as things were heating up in the second quarter, the lights went out again at Candlestick, forcing another delay.

Talk buzzed around the stadium about a possible postponement until the lights came back on.  The teams were able to finish the half and the rest of the game was played without incident.

However, after everyone had gone home, San Francisco police revealed that a bomb threat had been called in before the coin toss to start the game.  Following a quick hunt for a possible "explosive" device, cops determined that the threat wasn't credible.

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Sunday
Nov132011

Franco Harris Defends Joe Paterno in Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- On Sunday, Pittsburgh Steeler great Franco Harris, who played college ball at Penn State, defended his former coach, Joe Paterno, who lost his job over the child sex abuse case that has rocked the university.

Harris was one of a stream of supporters who visited Paterno at his home in State College, Pa., on Sunday.

When he came out of the Paterno house, Harris said he didn’t understand why Paterno is being portrayed the way he is, that he did what he should have done in the case.

Paterno told investigators that when a graduate student told him in 2002 that he had seen former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in the gym showers with a young boy, he in turn informed university officials.

Investigators say those officials never passed on the report to police to investigate.

Sandusky was arrested on Nov. 5, charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.

Two university officials have also been arrested on perjury charges, and University President Graham Spanier and Paterno both lost their jobs.

The children Sandusky allegedly abused were all connected to his Second Mile charity, which was supposed to give at-risk children a chance to improve their lives through sports.

Harris, along with Cal Ripken Jr., Arnold Palmer and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid have all been listed as honorary directors of the charity.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Super Bowl XLV: Last Chance to Watch NFL Before Labor Stoppage?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- On Sunday millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. But could this be the last National Football League game for some time?

The current labor contract between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the players' union, expires March 4. Unless a new agreement is reached, the league could be headed for a work stoppage. That means no spring practice, no free agency deals and, potentially, no 2011 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said repeatedly in Dallas Friday that the owners and league are committed to reaching an agreement before the deadline.

The standoff between the league, team owners and players centers on two key issues. First, there's revenue sharing. NFL players currently receive 60 percent of the league's $9 billion in annual revenue, but team owners say that's unsustainable, given the economic downturn. They want to reduce the players' share by 9 percent to 18 percent.

Second, there's the schedule. The league wants to add two more regular season games, for a total of 18. Players say that would increase their risk of injury, and they deserve compensation.

Goodell was scheduled to meet with officials from the NFL Players' Association on Saturday, the first formal negotiating session since November. The NFL commissioner met with the head of the players union, DeMaurice Smith, in New York Monday.

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