Good mornin' Philly sports fans. Just a quick link dump to start your day.
Best non-USA news of the World Cup so far? Looks like Didier Drogba will play for the Ivory Coast after being medically cleared. Whether or not you care about the plight of Côte d'Ivoire or Drogba, it's a better, more entertaining tournament with him out there, especially considering today's match will pit Drogba against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. Too bad my SlingBox doesn't arrive until tomorrow. [AP/USA Today]
Topping that injury news is the US announcement that Tim Howard will play on Friday against Slovenia. Howard, the team's backbone and greatest strength, took a set of cleats to the chest while making a save in Saturday's opener versus England. [ESPN Soccernet]
The Phillies kick off a series at Yankee Stadium tonight facing CC Sabathia, an ace against whom they've had some dramatic success. Lately, everyone but the Orioles has hit CC though. What's wrong with the ace? [Rob Neyer]
Hey Mr. Tambourine Mullet! Here's one link that will help calm any sadness over the Flyers not being the team on the celebration circuit right now. Not sure a scene could be more annoying than this. [Puck Daddy]
Whereas Digital Mike Richards will smash your face. [Flyers Goal Scored By]
Still feeling empty after that Flyers loss in game 6? So is Peter Laviolette. Hard to remember a coach that could instill this much confidence in us coming off a crushing loss, and Lavvy's pre-season prep has already begun. [DelcoTimes] [Inq]
Want to hate the NBA Finals matchup even more? Here's a look at which stars could have been Sixers, as well as the players selected instead of them. Some more frustrating than others... [CSNPhilly]
Slump or no, I'm buying this Milt Thompson instructional video for my nephew's 10th birthday this weekend. [MiltThompson.com]
Been listening to Graceland and watching Paul Simon's Concert in Africa a lot this week. Even more than usual. Someone please put this on Blu-Ray.
Position Title: Intern
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned
1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA
Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.
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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier's criminal conviction means he is barred from pursuing defamation claims against former FBI director Louis Freeh, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Spanier, who said Freeh made false statements about him in a scathing 2012 report on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, was convicted in March of covering up a 2001 abuse allegation against the retired assistant football coach.
Citing Spanier's conviction, Freeh's lawyers argued the defamation suit should be dismissed. Senior Judge Robert Eby said in his ruling that lawyers for both sides agreed Spanier's conviction on a child endangerment count barred him from pursuing his civil claims.
Freeh, in a statement issued by his lawyer, said he was "not surprised that this frivolous and malicious claim has finally been dismissed."
Freeh concluded in his report for Penn State's board of trustees that Spanier, two other administrators and late football coach Joe Paterno concealed abuse allegations against Sandusky for more than a decade out of a desire to avoid bad publicity for the university.
Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to child endangerment and were sentenced to jail.
Spanier faces two months in jail but is free on bail while he appeals. He said in a statement Wednesday that he's confident he will win his appeal and will be able to resume his defamation case against Freeh.
Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. He has maintained his innocence.
Penn State has paid out nearly a quarter-billion dollars in fines, settlements and other costs associated with the sex abuse scandal, and the football program suffered heavy NCAA sanctions. More than 100 of Paterno's victories were briefly erased from the record books.
Paterno's family and supporters hotly dispute Freeh's findings.