SEARCH

Thursday
Oct272011

Asante Samuel Criticizes Eagles Front Office

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During the NFL's trade deadline, the Philadelphia Eagles tried to see what they could get in a trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Apparently, that didn't sit too well with Samuel.

"Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They've probably never played football," Samuel said on Wednesday. "It's a business and they run it like a business and they're going to do what they need to do. They're playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing."

Samuel was referring to the free agent splurge the team made over the off-season in which they acquired numerous players, including the singing of free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and trading for fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Arizona Cardinals. Samuel's name has been the subject of trade rumors even since the Eagles acquired the two other cornerbacks.

Despite his criticism, Samuel later backed off of his comments and claims there is no longer any problem between he and the Eagles' front office.

Since 2006, Samuel's 37 interceptions lead the NFL. He is in the fourth year of a six-year, $57 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in 2008.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct272011

Report: Sale of Atlanta Hawks In Jeopardy

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- According to ESPN.com, the potential sale of the Atlanta Hawks may not happen, due to financial concerns for the ownership group.

California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo is attempting to purchase the team from current Hawks ownership, led by Michael Gearon Jr. and Bruce Levenson. But apparently there is growing concern from the Hawks ownership group that Meruelo may not have the proper financial means to acquire a majority stake in the team and still be able to run the Hawks in a proper fashion. If a deal is not reached, Gearon Jr. and Levenson may be forced to keep the team for an additional year.

Meruelo had agreed to purchase a majority stake of the team back in August, but a 75 percent vote from the NBA's Board Of Governors is still required. It's believed that the current NBA lockout may have something to do with the stall of the sale, but the lockout didn't keep the sale of Philadelphia 76ers to Joshua Harris from occurring.

If Meruelo does indeed gain majority ownership of the team, he would become the first Hispanic majority owner of an NBA franchise -- and responsible for any financial losses. While Meruelo would have the majority ownership of the team, Gearon Jr. and Levenson will then retain minority stakes in the team.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct272011

Cubs Name Jed Hoyer New General Manger

Andy Hayt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- New Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, reached back to his time with Boston Red Sox when he named the team's new General Manager.

Former San Diego Padres General Manager Jed Hoyer will take over as the Cubs new General Manager, reuniting him with Epstein. Hoyer served as the Red Sox Senior Vice President and assistant General Manager under Epstein from 2005-2009. While Hoyer was with Epstein in Boston, he dealt with player acquisitions, contract negotiations, and player evaluations. Hoyer then left the Red Sox in 2010 to join the Padres organization.

Along with Hoyer, Jason McLeod will leave the Padres for the Red Sox. McLeod was the assistant General Manger for the Padres with Hoyer. He now will serve as the Red Sox's senior vice president of scouting and player development.

Both teams announced that a press conference will not be held to officially announce the decision until after the World Series is over.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct272011

Eric Lindros Suiting Up for Flyers Again -- in Alumni Game

Rick Stewart/Stringer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a messy divorce from the Philadelphia Flyers over a decade ago, Eric Lindros is being welcomed back to the organization with open arms.

Lindros confirmed that he will take part in the team's alumni game during the NHL's annual Winter Classic. The event will be played on January 2nd next year, and has grown to become the most popular regular season NHL game: most of the appeal for hockey fans is that the game is played outside.

This year, the NHL Winter Classic will feature the Flyers and the New York Rangers; the game will be held in Philadelphia and will be played at Citizens Bank Ball Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The event will also feature an alumni game consisting of past Flyers and Rangers on New Year's Eve. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren reached out to Lindros in hopes that he would play and wear a Flyers jersey for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

Lindros spent the first 8 seasons of his career in Philadelphia, even winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP back in 1995. Despite the success he had with the Flyers, he later clashed with the team's front office and sat out the entire 2000-2001 because of a contract dispute. As a result the team ended up trading him to, ironically in this case, the New York Rangers.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct272011

Canadiens Beat Flyers 5-1

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Winger Max Pacioretty scored two goals for the Canadiens on Thursday, helping them pick up their second win of the season in a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Pacioretty also had an assist. Goaltender Carey Price made 21 saves and notched the 100th win of his career. With the win, Montreal ended a six-game losing streak overall and a five-game losing streak at home. It was the longest the Canadiens had gone before winning two games since 1941.

Andrei Kostitsyn and Michael Cammalleri also scored for Montreal. Jaromir Jagr scored the lone goal for Philadelphia, who was playing their first game this year without captain Chris Pronger. He was injured when an opposing player's stick hit him near the eye on Monday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct262011

LeBron James, Others Pull Out of World All-Star Classic

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- The roster for Sunday's World All-Star Classic in San Juan has been set, but it's missing a few marquee names.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony pulled out of the exhibition charity game on Thursday, according to ESPN.

A press release listed Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant as the top names in the game. Others appearing include Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin, Rajon Rondo and Chris Bosh.

Some of the proceeds from the game will be going to charity. Other games under the World All-Star Classic are planned for England and Australia, but nothing has been formally announced.

Copyrigth 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct262011

Boxer Mayweather Acquitted of Harassment Charges

Jay Reilly/Getty(LAS VEGAS) -- Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been acquitted of misdemeanor harassment charges. The claims were brought against him by security guards from the homeowners association in the gated community in suburban Las Vegas where he lives.

The guards accused Mayweather of threatening their lives after a dispute over parking tickets. The judge dismissed the case, saying that she did not believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the guards feared for their lives.

The boxer's 29 cars are a source of conflict within the community.

Mayweather still has two more court dates ahead. On Nov. 4, he'll face trial for misdemeanor battery stemming from another conflict with a security guard. In December, an evidence hearing is scheduled in connection with felony charges brought against him following a domestic dispute with an ex-girlfriend and two of their children.

Mayweather is undefeated at 42-0. He won the WBC welterweight championship from Victor Ortiz in September.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct262011

Patriots Tight End Gronkowski Sorry for Racy Pictures

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has apologized after pictures with him and adult film star Bibi Jones surfaced on the Internet over the weekend.  One of the pictures shows Gronkowski with his shirt off and Jones wearing his Patriots jersey. 

"I didn't send anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft," Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday. "That's all, just a simple picture, that's all. From here on out, I'm just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game this weekend." The Patriots take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Gronkowski, who scored three touchdowns in New England's win over the Steelers last year, is one of the Patriots' top receivers this season.  He has 29 catches for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct262011

Lions QB Stafford Back at Practice

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who injured his ankle during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, returned to practice today, although backup quarterback Shaun Hill also took some snaps.

Stafford has been injury-prone during his two-plus seasons in the NFL.  He missed all but three games last season due to a shoulder injury.

The Lions, 5-2 on the season, have lost two straight games.  They face Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct262011

NBA Owners, Locked-Out Players Meeting Wednesday

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA owners and locked-out players are meeting in New York City today to try and bring an end to the work stoppage before more games are canceled.  Commissioner David Stern has already canceled the first two weeks of the season, and the New York Daily News reported earlier this week that Stern is ready to cancel two more weeks.  The regular season was scheduled to start November 1.

Last week's talks between the two sides, overseen by federal mediator George Cohen, broke down after the two sides could not agree on how to split all basketball-related income.  Another main issue that needs to be discussed is a new salary cap system.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio







ABC News Radio