The Department of Defense has put a lot of money and effort into finding alternative fuels to replace petroleum-based fuels it uses now, but a new study concludes the military will not benefit from alternative energy research.
1. FIFA corruption. It's been a long time since anybody thought of FIFA as a bunch of do-gooders, but this has been a damaging year for its reputation nonetheless. As Sepp Blatter's merry troupe was courted by World Cup bidders, two members (Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii) were suspended for offering to sell their votes, and the rest of the executive committee did nothing to quell suspicions that it was standard practice by giving the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to mega-rich, risky options Russia and Qatar, respectively. Blatter says he wants to give soccer to the world -- though South Africa saw not a cent of the $2 billion profit that FIFA, which refuses to pay tax in host countries, made from last summer's World Cup.
Forgive former Texas owner Tom Hicks if he would like to forget the anniversary, but one week from Sunday marks exactly 10 years since Hicks dropped jaws at the winter meetings by handing shortstop Alex Rodriguez an industry-rattling $252 million, 10-year contract. The contract was so outsized that even a decade later the best shortstop in baseball, Troy Tulowitzki, came up almost $100 million short from matching it this week ($157.75 million for 10 years).
Faced with the prospect of losing in a Texas court, former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. withdrew the temporary restraining order that they had obtained from Texas Judge Jim Jordan and that had ostensibly blocked the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) from selling Liverpool FC to New England Sports Ventures (NESV). A substantive review of the order had been scheduled for Oct. 25; by withdrawing the order prior to a decision on its merits, Hicks and Gillett strategically avoid the prospect of a negative ruling and help to preserve possible legal claims against RBS and NESV.
Can a Texas court block a British court from allowing the sale of Liverpool FC to the owners of the Boston Red Sox? If that sounds like a strange question, it's because it concerns a curious mix of conflicts of law, international banking law, and the fate of one of soccer's most storied franchises. It is also a question that could lead to a legal showdown at 7 a.m. Friday, Texas time.
The group headed by prospective buyer Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan is said to be making "consistent progress'' in talks to buy the Texas Rangers from longtime owner Tom Hicks and sources indicate an agreement is expected to be reached by Tuesday or Wednesday.
While nearly 100 free agents remain available, it's probably too late for any team to transform its team or winter with what's left. So it's time to assess the winters of the 30 teams -- or at least the top 10 of them.
The company that owns baseball's Texas Rangers and hockey's Dallas Stars has defaulted on about $525 million in loans, with owner Tom Hicks saying on Friday that he intentionally made the move to help negotiate with banks.
Word is Braves pitcher Mike Hampton is making very little progress in his efforts to come back from the "strained pec'' injury he suffered while warming up for what was to be his season debut on April 4. What a shame it is that so many words were written this spring about a comeback that was, very predictably, a mirage.
If you simply glanced from the outside at the Dallas Stars' 7-7-3 record, things might not seem so bad. But anyone who's spent time watching this maddeningly inconsistent team knew that it was in need of change. A trade. Maybe a new man behind the bench. Something, anything, to shake up an awkwardly-constructed group that too often sank into extended periods of complacency that ended up costing them points.
In the race for baseball's most disappointing team, the Texas Rangers have to be right up there. Their 23-41 record has shocked a lot of folks, including their owner, Tom Hicks, who is said by associates to be extremely disappointed.
The Limey has winged its way across the pond to bring you news of the title race in the English Premier League, an American takeover at Liverpool and yet another installment in the debate on video replay.