News archive from 15 March 2012

Recap: Detroit vs. NY Mets

Quintin Berry's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 win over the New York Mets in Grapefruit League play. Prince Fielder went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and Delmon Young added two hits and two RBI for the Tigers. Max...

 
Puerto Ricans set to voice a choice in GOP race

Puerto Ricans set to voice a choice in GOP race

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Welcome to the Caribbean, Republicans. Puerto Rico doesn't get full voting privileges in Congress. It doesn't vote for the president in the general election. And it has been fighting for decades not just over its status as a...

 
Eagles' DeSean Jackson gets five-year contract

Eagles' DeSean Jackson gets five-year contract

DeSean Jackson, given the franchise tag by the Philadelphia Eagles last week, won't have to fret over his contract status. The Eagles announced Wednesday that the star wide receiver had agreed to terms on a five-year contract. While the team didn't...

 
Greece: Ex-Socialist ministers form new party

Greece: Ex-Socialist ministers form new party

ATHENS, Greece -- Two of Greece's former Socialist ministers on Wednesday announced the formation of a breakaway party as the debt-stricken country gears up for general elections in which the majority Socialists are expected to take a severe...

 

Top FDLE agents in Central Florida for agency planning meeting

Top agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are in Central Florida this week, where they are attending an agency planning meeting at the Mission Inn Resort & Club. The retreat is mandatory for supervisors and special-agents-in-charge...

 
On last day free, Blagojevich to offer last word

On last day free, Blagojevich to offer last word

CHICAGO -- On his last full day of freedom, Rod Blagojevich will do what he loved doing while Illinois governor and as he unsuccessfully defended himself against corruption charges: He'll step up to a microphone and talk. Blagojevich, known for...

 

2 surfers bitten by sharks within minutes

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. -- Authorities cleared the water in New Smyrna Beach after two surfers were apparently bitten by sharks. Volusia County Beach Patrol reports that a teenage boy and a young girl suffered bites within five minutes of each other...

 

Lawmakers return for short, costly session

TALLAHASSEE -- It might have been the most expensive quorum call in the history of the Florida Legislature. At a cost of tens of thousands of dollars, House members returned to the Capitol Wednesday for a session that lasted 11 minutes, and most of...

 

UF's Erik Murphy improves scoring heading into NCAA Tournament

GAINESVILLE - Following a January game in which Florida used a balanced scoring attack to beat a ranked team at home, Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury focused on the shooting of one player in particular. Junior forward Erik Murphy had scored 14...

 
All-Pro Nicks joins Bucs; Megatron collects

All-Pro Nicks joins Bucs; Megatron collects

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Calvin Johnson got the biggest contract in NFL history Wednesday, and he wasn't even a free agent. The All-Pro wide receiver's eight-year deal through the 2019 season is worth $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed,...

 

Recap: Philadelphia vs. Minnesota

Minnesota got to Roy Halladay, belting two homers and recording five runs off the Phillies ace in a 6-4 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. Josh Willingham had a solo shot and Chris Parmelee launched a three-run bomb for the Twins. Starter Jason...

 

Recap: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh

Alex Presley and Josh Harrison each had two hits, two RBI and a run scored as Pittsburgh thumped Baltimore, 11-5, in Grapefruit League play. Clint Barmes had two RBI and scored a run while Neil Walker scored twice for the Pirates. James McDonald was...

 

USOC-Budweiser extend deal through 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Olympic Committee has extended its most lucrative domestic sponsorship deal through 2016 - a contract with Budweiser worth more than $13 million over four years. The contract, announced Wednesday, will extend...

 

All-Pro Nicks joins Bucs; Megatron collects

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Calvin Johnson got the biggest contract in NFL history Wednesday, and he wasn't even a free agent. The All-Pro wide receiver's eight-year deal through the 2019 season is worth $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed,...

 

In a first, international court convicts Congo rebel leader

WATAMU, Kenya - Nearly 10 years after opening its doors as a bold attempt at a global justice system, the International Criminal Court has reached its first verdict, finding a Congolese rebel leader guilty Wednesday of using child soldiers in...

 

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