Bush's Ball Bouncing Blunder [J. Mark English]
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At least eight people were arrested in Florida, New York and Texas and up to 24 people face felony arrests after a year-long investigation.
"There are celebrities involved in the case as consumers," said District Attorney David Soares from Albany, the New York state capital.
Officials also confirmed a report that the investigation could expose steroid use by current and former Major League Baseball players, National Football League players, bodybuilders and college and high-school athletes.
Mr Soares alleges the network prescribed anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and other substances over the internet and without face-to-face examinations, supplying much of the national market for illegal online steroids.
It gets worse...the Anaheim Angel's Gary Matthews among a multitude of other athletes:
Athletes were involved as customers of an illicit steroid distribution network that led authorities to raid two pharmacies in Orlando and arrest four company officials, a New York prosecutor said.
Albany County (N.Y.) District Attorney P. David Soares refused to identify any steroid recipients, saying prosecutors were focused on producers and distributors. The Times Union of Albany, which first disclosed the investigation, cited unidentified sources who said Los Angeles Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley were customers.
"I understand that the involvement of athletes and celebrities makes this a sexy story, but I assure you we are not, at this point, we are not concerned with the celebrity factor," Soares said. "Our focus here is to shut down distribution channels."Buster Olney of ESPN tries to explain the magnitude of what this all means:
The talent evaluator seems resigned to a past and present and future in which performance-enhancing drugs are engrained in Major League Baseball. He doesn't know who is taking what, but what he sees, again, is that the bodies are getting bigger.
"With the kind of season we had, the World Series was where we felt we belonged," Jose Valentin said.
Tucked away, though, the Mets did have a preference; unspoken as it was. No team ever publicly chooses a postseason opponent. It's not diplomatic, and the PC world in which the game now is played, tact ranks up there with a high OPS.
All that aside, the Mets favored playing the Tigers. Once the Yankees were eliminated and, to some degree, because it was the Tigers who ended the Yankees' season, the Mets wanted to play the American League team that captured the imagination of the country -- even if it didn't capture a division championship.
To the untrained eye, the swings looked crisp, tight and absolutely right. But not to Mattingly, who assembled the group behind the plate and broke down each swing with unfettered accuracy.
Lesson learned, Mattingly clapped his hands together and stretched out his arms as if to say, "See?" And as Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Doug Mientkiewicz and Alex Rodriguez nodded and scattered, another Mattingly mini-clinic was complete.
Mattingly may have been promoted to become Joe Torre's bench coach this season, ceding his duties as hitting coach to Kevin Long, but he can't resist the urge to chip in with a few pointers for his love of hitting.
Dr. Lisa Callahan, the team’s director of player care, delivered that news to Thomas just before noon on Tuesday. Thomas unleashed a primal scream that echoed through the hallways at the team’s suburban training center.
Yes, the news was that bad. Crawford has a stress fracture in his right ankle and will almost certainly need surgery. The length of his recovery is not yet known, but the team says it expects Crawford to miss the final 24 games of the regular season.
There is a chance that Crawford could return for the playoffs, but the Knicks have to qualify first. And that quest has been dealt a severe blow.
“Believe me, we’re not going to go in the tank,” Thomas said after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s a devastating injury for him personally, but I remember there was an old sign in the Boston Garden, and I remember reading it every time I went in. It said, ‘We will not be denied.’ That’s our motto, and that’s our stance right now.”
After defeating Miami on Monday — a victory that Crawford sealed with a late 3-pointer — the Knicks improved to 26-32, two games out of the playoff field in the Eastern Conference. But it will be difficult to make that final push without Crawford, their most creative scorer.
Quentin Richardson will slide from small forward to shooting guard to replace Crawford, who was averaging 17.9 points a game. Jared Jeffries will start at small forward. Thomas said he would not sign a free agent but would instead rely more heavily on the Knicks’ two youngest guards, Nate Robinson and the rookie Mardy Collins.
The loss of Crawford can in no way compare to what the impact of losing Wade will have for the Heat. Nevertheless, the Knicks will be challenged without the consistent scoring that Crawford provides for the team. He's a streaky shooter, but when he gets into a zone he can be unstoppable. Also he has an uncanny ability to make a big shot late in the game. The Knicks have been somewhat resurgent this season. If they can overcome this injury, then they will have shown even more heart and character then most people give them credit for.
The buyer has only been identified as a Southern California collector. SCP Auctions Inc., a company that holds sports memorabilia auctions, said it bought a small share of the card. It is scheduled to be shown at a news conference at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
There are about 60 of the tobacco cards in existence featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, one of the first five players to be inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame.
The seller, Brian Seigel, in 2000 paid a then-record $1,265,000 for the prize card, which is in much better shape than the others.
"This particular one was preserved in spectacular condition,'' said Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator of Newport Beach - the company that certified the authenticity of the card. "It's the Holy Grail of baseball cards.''
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"We have been informed of the passing of Damien Nash," team spokesman Jim Saccomano said Saturday night. "We are attempting to get more details. ... We do know it's true."
Officials at Christian Hospital in St. Louis said the 24-year-old Nash died early Saturday evening. The cause of death wasn't immediately determined.
Nash collapsed shortly after participating in the game benefiting a foundation named for older brother Darris Nash. The foundation raises money for heart transplant research. It was established last month, after Darris Nash received a heart transplant.
|THE TOP 20|
|Rank, movie|| || || ||Page 2's review|
|1. Bull Durham |
| || ||The dialogue is sharp and funny, the baseball sequences are accurate and the prevailing sexual tension triumphs throughout.|
|2. Rocky |
| || ||Rocky Balboa remains the lovable lughead of an underdog who will register with the everyman inside all of us.|
|3. Raging Bull |
| || ||A definitive movie about any sport has yet to be made, but this one comes closest. There's nothing formulaic or feel-good.|
|4. Hoosiers |
| || ||While "Rocky" shows what one individual can do in the face of overwhelming odds, "Hoosiers" is the ultimate parable for the underdog "team."|
|5. Slap Shot |
| || ||Paul Newman demonstrates how goofball sports movies ought to be done (this should be required viewing for Adam Sandler).|
|6. The Natural |
| || ||Authentic in the nostalgia that's in every adult heart -- the career, game, love, girl that got away; then turns up again, backlit.|
|7. Field of Dreams |
| || ||Just an odd and wonderful premise with baseball acting as a metaphor for so much more about life, and love, and passions.|
|8. Caddyshack |
| || ||Perhaps the funniest sports movie ever made, and 22 years later, it still ranks as definitely the most "quotable" sports film.|
|9. The Hustler |
| || ||Unbelievable acting, especially by Newman. The scene at the beginning, when he plays Gleason for the first time, is one of the best.|
|10. The Longest Yard |
| || ||One of the best things about sports is the sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle bird they flip at the establishment.|
|11. North Dallas Forty |
| || ||From the opening scene, when Nick Nolte struggles to get out of bed, we get an up-close look at the brutal world of pro football.|
|12. Jerry Maguire |
| || ||Somehow they managed to turn a movie about an agent into a statement against the greed and selfishness that has overrun professional sports.|
|13. Hoop Dreams |
| || ||The viewer develops more of an emotional attachment to the lead characters than in any other movie -- because you know they're real.|
|14. Breaking Away |
| || ||The scene where Dave rides to keep up with the truck is one of the two most inspiring training scenes in movie history.|
|15. White Men Can't Jump |
| || ||"The sun even shines on a dog's ass some days." The constant yammering of trash talk shines throughout this playground hoops saga.|
|16. The Bad News Bears |
| || ||The kids are ruthless, funny, honest and vulnerable. Which is to say, they're just like real kids.|
|17. Chariots of Fire |
| || ||Behold an intelligent dissection of what makes a championship athlete tick when it really isn't about the money.|
|18. Brian's Song |
| || ||A tearjerker that captures the ideal interracial relationship, even in a competitive situation, so rarely achieved.|
|19. Eight Men Out |
| || ||One of the great period-piece movies ... it brought 1919 alive. Like most of John Sayles' movies, it features tremendous ensemble acting.|
|20. When We Were Kings |
| || ||It has a wonderful beat and rhythm that sweeps you up into the film. And when Ali is the central figure, you can't possibly look away.|
|Also Receiving Votes: 21. Pride of the Yankees (51), 22. A League of Their Own (41), 23. Bang the Drum Slowly (40), 24. Tin Cup (32), 25. Hurricane (30), 26. The Color of Money (27), 27. Rounders (25), 28. Rocky III (25), 29. Rocky II (24), 30. Heaven Can Wait (20)|
"I was so pumped for Frans," said Islanders and Bridgeport linemate Jeff Tambellini. "He's the first kid to grow up in Denmark and do what he's been doing, so that's phenomenal. He's been a great friend of mine the whole year. Nielsen and I played every shift together down in Bridgeport. Whether it's PK, 5-on-5 or power play we're out there. Since we've been up, we've been doing everything together, so it was nice to be out there when he scored his first."
Tambellini and Jason Blake also tallied goals while Richard Park set-up two goals for the Islanders, who improved to 4-1 on their current seven-game home stand. Blake's goal was his 29th on the season a career high after totaling 28 last year in 76 games. Rick DiPietro earned his 27th win of the season, stopping 20 of 22 shots. Rookie netminder Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 31 shots.
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That finished off Woods, and the second-longest streak in tour history.
"I was so enthralled with the line, I didn't see the ball mark," he said. "I knew if I hit it left-center, the match would be over. It's my fault for not paying attention to detail."...
...It is rare that Woods makes such a gaffe, and misses such a short putt with so much riding on the outcome. One hole earlier, he hit a sand wedge to 5 feet and made the birdie putt to extend the match, completing a rally in which he was four holes behind after seven holes, and still trailed by three with eight holes left...
....Byron Nelson's record of 11 straight tour victories in 1945 again looks as untouchable as ever.
Woods had won seven in a row -- although the purity of the streak was in question because he had failed to win four times during that streak while competing on other tours -- and he will have to start over next month in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
The Rangers captain did not shoot for the sixth consecutive time after two initial misses because he previously told Tom Renney he does not feel confident enough to participate in the one-on-one showdown in which the great ones generally thrive.
It is unimaginable that Jagr, battered and bruised though both his left shoulder and psyche must be, would not demand to go. It is beyond belief that he would not demand the opportunity to have the game on his stick, if for no other reason than to prove himself unafraid of failure to his teammates.
It is inconceivable that he would not try to keep the Rangers alive when trailing 2-1 in the shootout in a game they once led 2-0 but would lose 3-2.
Sad and angry. That's how I feel.
First, the sad part: Dennis Johnson dropped dead Thursday at the age of 52. I never met him and only followed his career from afar, most notably when he played for my beloved Celtics, so I won't pretend to be as distraught as his family, friends and former teammates. My condolences to everyone who knew him and loved him. At the same time, I am sad, and he's a guy who meant an inordinate amount to me during a time when sports probably meant a little too much. Maybe I wasn't part of his life, but he was a huge part of mine. So it's a sad day for Celtics fans (as well as his fans from Pepperdine, Seattle and Phoenix). As one of my friends e-mailed me today, "It's really hard to dodge the feeling that someone in control has just decided to [bleep] with the Boston Celtics this year. Really hard."
Now, the angry part: DJ passed away before the Basketball Hall of Fame found a place for him. He's going to make it within the next few years -- probably in 2008, when everyone gives him the proverbial sympathy vote (this summer's finalists have already been announced and he wasn't one) -- and they'll have the ceremony without him in Springfield, Mass., and everyone will say, "It's a proud day, but it's also a bittersweet day because DJ wasn't here to see it," and then they'll put up his plaque and we'll go on with our lives.
Not acceptable. He should have made it already. I wrote about this ongoing injustice last fall, when Joe Dumars made the Hall with credentials that weren't any better or worse than DJ's resume (or Sidney Moncrief's, for that matter). It didn't make sense then and doesn't make sense now. DJ played 14 seasons, made five All-Star teams, won the 1979 Finals MVP and three rings overall, and made All-NBA first-team in '81 and All-NBA second-team in '80. Dumars played 14 seasons, made six All-Star teams (in a weaker era of players), won the 1989 Finals MVP and two rings overall, and made the second-team All-NBA in '93. But this isn't about Dumars vs. DJ -- it's about a great basketball player who never got his just due.
Mickey Meyer rode his stick like a horse, dropped his bulky pants, mooned the crowd and slapped his buttocks during a game against Brigham Young University, police said.
He was ejected and ticketed for lewdness, a misdemeanor, after an officer who was working security at the rink said he witnessed the scene Saturday.
Randy Moss at least kept his pants on when he "mooned" fans. Guess he's not that much of a show off after all.
"The team and community want to provide Britney Spears with a stress-free environment and the chance to experience a high level of hockey," said Crunch president Howard Dolgon.
"There won't be paparazzi within a 100 miles."
Spears, who has grabbed headlines with her wild behaviour since splitting from husband Kevin Federline, was in the glare of the media spotlight again at the weekend by shaving her head and getting another tattoo.
The Crunch believes Syracuse would provide the perfect escape for Spears with the city still digging out from a storm that dumped as much as eight feet of snow on upper New York.
The Crunch is also offering any woman who shaves her head a free ticket to their Feb. 24 game against the Manitoba Moose.
If Spears accepts the Crunch's invitation, each member of the club's front office staff will also shave their heads.