Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction debated before state's highest court
PHILADELPHIA — Two years after a trial that rendered Bill Cosby the first convicted celebrity of the #MeToo era, lawyers for the 83-year-old comedian will push the state’s highest court Tuesday to overturn outcome of the case, arguing it was marred by evidence that should never have been presented before a jury.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court plans to livestream the hearing, which Cosby, who remains incarcerated at a state prison in Montgomery County, will not attend, starting at 9:30 a.m.In agreeing to hear the case last year, the court’s justices said they were interested specifically in the ...
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David Murphy: Jeffrey Lurie is the only person who can fix the Eagles. Fixing his front office should be his top priority.
Good news is, you aren’t the only one who can’t stomach the Eagles. The guy who signs their checks is apparently tired of them too.As The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported, Jeffrey Lurie’s skipped his team’s trip to Cleveland last weekend, the first time that anybody can remember the boss man not making a road trip.Lurie’s absence was, at least in part, due to his frustration with the Eagles performance. Never before has an NFL owner felt so relatable to his team’s fans.Difference is, Lurie doesn’t need to rely on copious amounts of whiskey and Tums to carry him through the winter. He can fix th...
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How do the Miami Hurricanes look at quarterback in the future beyond D'Eriq King?
Redshirt senior quarterback D’Eriq King will have a decision to make at season’s end on whether to stay with the Miami Hurricanes for a sixth college season or declare for the NFL draft.Under normal circumstances, there wouldn’t even be a decision to make, but since the NCAA is not counting the 2020 college football season amid the coronavirus pandemic against player eligibility, King has the option to return for a second year at UM after playing his first four at Houston.Should King opt to move on, what can the Hurricanes look forward to beyond him?The Hurricanes have three other scholarship ...
Dan Wiederer: Aaron Rodgers once again shows the Chicago Bears what they've been missing
Third-and-long. Against the NFL’s stingiest red-zone defense.Aaron Rodgers knew a play was needed on the opening drive Sunday night at Lambeau Field, and he dialed in accordingly. With the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears 12-yard line and trying to finish off a tone-setting march that already had covered 63 yards in 13 plays, the quarterback whom Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano likened this week to Picasso and Michelangelo went to his palette, whipped out his brush and gracefully painted his newest masterpiece.The play that ended with Rodgers pinpointing a 12-yard touchdown pass...
Chris Jones: College football this fall is a cruel joke and a staggering failure on the part of America's universities
When the news broke Monday morning that the University of Michigan football team planned to pause all of its “in-person activity” due to “presumptive” positive tests for coronavirus, the joke went around Twitter that denying Ohio State a sixth game was the best way for the Wolverines to deny the Buckeyes their shot at the national championship. Far better likelihood of success for Michigan to surrender to the virus than actually, you know, playing its mortal enemy.Funny. Except we’re talking here about young student-athletes and a virus with potential long-term effects about which we know very...
Commentary: I will let my kids play football, despite my devastating injury
Ten years ago — during the annual college football game between Harvard and Yale — a photographer snapped a picture of my body, face down on the football field, that The New York Times published to illustrate the dangers of college football.As a linebacker for Yale, I had just tackled Harvard’s star running back at the perfectly wrong angle while we were both running full speed. We then collapsed on the field. I was motionless. Harvard’s running back was OK, fortunately. But the impact tore two nerves in my neck, causing searing chronic pain and permanently paralyzing parts of my right shoulde...
Defense and DK: Seahawks shut down Eagles, Metcalf has huge game as Seattle takes control of NFC West
Maybe this new incarnation of the 2020 Seahawks — which looks eerily similar to those of many of coach Pete Carroll’s first 10 years in Seattle — isn’t quite as exciting as the earlier “let’s give up a ton of points but score just a few more” version.But it’s proving to be just as effective.For the second consecutive week it was a suddenly revived defense that Seattle largely rode to victory, a 23-17 win against the Eagles in Philadelphia.Well, that and the even larger shoulders of receiver DK Metcalf, who had a career-high 177 yards receiving on 10 receptions, besting the 161 he had against t...
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Benjamin Hochman: Gambling via Cardinals telecasts will raise tough questions for some parents
Kids, as recently as 2009, or in the Pete Rose days of 1989, or even back in the Black Sox days of 1919, were told that betting on baseball was bad. It was illegal. It was precarious. And for ballplayers and team employees who did it, well, it could be career-threatening.But now, betting on baseball is going to be part of baseball. It’s going to be part of Major League Baseball broadcasts, and while this was inevitable, it still makes me uncomfortable.Perhaps you’ve seen the stories by Dan Caesar in this newspaper — Fox Sports Midwest and other regional networks owned by Sinclair Broadcasting ...
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Matthew Stafford taking wait-and-see approach on future with Lions
For his entire career, through all the franchise’s struggles, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has never wavered — Detroit is where he wants to be.But with a pending rebuild looming following the firing of general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia, Stafford is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding his future with the franchise for the first time.“I’m not going to limit myself to anything,” Stafford said. “ … I’ll answer that probably better for you after the season. There’s too much work for me to be done at the moment and if I’m worried about all that other stuff, I’m not...
The Detroit News
Michigan football halted by virus, but Jim Harbaugh says season has 'been worth it'
It seems like ages ago. But in mid-September Jim Harbaugh was brimming with optimism.The Michigan football coach was enthusiastic about the reinstatement of Big Ten football after a five-week postponement that roiled this section of the country.“Stay positive. Test negative. Let’s play football,” he said in an enthusiastic statement.Exactly 75 days later, at the conclusion of Harbaugh’s weekly news conference Monday, the vibe surrounding his sinking program was negative. Multiple people within the team were presumed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and no football was being played or pract...
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