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2008-07-10 12:01:17

By Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa. Jul. 10--A local McDonald's owner-operator is inviting the community to help "Pay it Forward" by turning dinner into dollars today at the Frackville restaurant. McDonald's at 960 Schuylkill Mall Road said it will donate 20 percent of sales from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to Frank and Jane Ulicny and family, winners of The REPUBLICAN & Herald and PPL's recent "Pay It Forward" contest. Frank Ulicny is suffering from neurofibromatosis and is...

2008-06-27 12:00:10

By Ken Berger, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jun. 27--It was a close call as to which was louder in the WaMu Theater last night: the boos for Danilo Gallinari, or the "Jeff Van Gun-dy!" chants. To no one's surprise, a minority of Knicks fans expressed their disapproval for Donnie Walsh's first pick as president of the Knicks. Slightly more puzzling was the warm reception for Van Gundy, live on the ESPN set, when you consider that the same people booed Mike D'Antoni when his image was beamed...

2008-06-27 09:00:29

Derrick Rose is going home, and a record crowd of freshmen are following him to the NBA. The Chicago Bulls selected Rose, who grew up on the city's South Side, with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, choosing the Memphis guard over Kansas State forward Michael Beasley. With Beasley going second to Miami and Minnesota picking O.J. Mayo at No. 3, college freshmen made up the first three picks for the first time in draft history. "We actually talked about this earlier," Beasley...

2008-06-27 09:00:03

By Sarah Rothschild, The Miami Herald Jun. 27--NEW YORK -- All the doubts, angst and confusion vanished from Michael Beasley's mind at 7:43 p.m. Thursday. With the highest pick in franchise history, the Miami Heat selected the Kansas State forward second overall in the NBA Draft, and put to rest trade rumors that persisted all week. "I can sleep again," Beasley said. With Memphis point guard Derrick Rose taken first overall by the Chicago Bulls, the Heat landed the 6-8 Beasley, who...

2008-06-27 06:00:48

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jun. 27--Five hours after more than 2,000 draft-party participants cheered the arrival of new Timberwolf O.J. Mayo, their NBA hometown team made a midnight deal that reshaped its roster. The Wolves dealt Mayo's draft rights along with Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and their contracts to Memphis for the rights to Kevin Love, swingman shooter Mike Miller, forward Brian Cardinal and center Jason Collins. The dramatic deal long after...

2006-08-28 05:35:00

By Steve Keating SAITAMA, Japan -- The U.S. path to reclaiming the world championship is not so much blocked by a team as it is by a player as the Americans prepare for a quarter-final meeting with Germany and Dirk Nowitzki. "Dirk is one of the best players on the planet, right now," U.S. forward Shane Battier told reporter. "Probably one of the top five players on planet Earth." Certainly Germany enter Wednesday's quarter-final needing another out-of-this-world performance from their NBA...

2006-07-12 21:30:22

NEW YORK (Reuters) - LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, two of the NBA's brightest young stars, agreed multi-year contract extensions with their respective teams on Wednesday. All-Star forward James inked a three-year extension worth $60 million, tying him to the Cavaliers through the 2009-10 season, after which he becomes an unrestricted free agent. "I knew all along and I had always said that I wanted to stay here in Cleveland, so it's a terrific...

2006-07-01 22:58:14

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Boston Bruins made a major splash on the opening day of the National Hockey League's free agency period Saturday, signing defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Marc Savard. Chara, formerly with the Ottawa Senators, was one of the most highly sought defensemen available but didn't wait long to sign a five-year, $37.5 million deal with the Bruins. The 6ft 9ins (2.057 meter) Chara, the tallest player in the NHL, had a career best 43 points with the Senators last...

2006-07-01 18:36:23

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Boston Bruins made a major splash on the opening day of the National Hockey League's free agency period Saturday, signing defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Marc Savard. Chara, formerly with the Ottawa Senators, was one of the most highly sought defensemen available but didn't wait long to sign a five-year, $37.5-million deal with the Bruins. The 6ft 9ins (2.057 meter) Chara, the tallest player in the NHL, had a career best 43 points with the Senators last...

2006-06-28 22:33:20

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Italian Andrea Bargnani became the first European player to be number one pick in the NBA Draft when he was selected by the Toronto Raptors in a dizzying first round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. "It's an incredible feeling," Bargnani said. "I feel so excited, so proud to represent my country." While Bargnani was clearly headed to the Raptors, four of the other players taken among the top 10 were sent to other teams in a flurry of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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