Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Sunday Baker's Dozen

The Sunday Fact - This will be the third time the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played in San Francisco. The game was played there in 1961 and 1984. The National League won both of those games.

The Washington Post has a story of how Tiger Woods created the latest PGA Tour event and the person who helped get it going...."As the top-ranked golfer in the world explained how this tournament was the fulfillment of a dream shared with his late father, the man in charge of executing Woods's vision listened from a folding chair in the front row."
  • Washington Post

  • New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand got a rare interview with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner this week....George Steinbrenner will celebrate his 77th birthday on Wednesday, his 35th as the owner of the Yankees. With an assist from PR guru Howard Rubenstein, the Daily News conducted a Q&A with The Boss this past week, getting a closer look at Steinbrenner's three-plus decades at the helm of the most storied franchise in baseball.
  • Mark Feinsand - Steinbrenner Interview

  • New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand writes how Yankees catcher Jorge Posada lit into the team after their lackluster effort on Saturday...."I'm not talking about unlucky; luck comes when you go after it," the Yankee catcher said. "And it seems like at times we just go through the motions and today was one of those cases."
  • Mark Feinsand

  •'s Elizabeth Merrill writes about the behind-the-scenes story of Chris Benoit and his wife.... " . . . describing how rigormortis had set in by the time they found Nancy, whose skin was marbleized as she lay face-down on the floor. He's remembering his walk into Daniel's room -- the 7-year-old boy's body was gone, but posters of his dad still hung on the wall, and two toy wrestling belts sat on a shelf.
  • Elizabeth Merrill

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Gary Washburn writes about the new era of Sonic basketball....The only certainty about the Sonics as Sunday's free agency period begins is that they are not a finished product. General manager Sam Presti is carefully adjusting his roster to match his goal of having a defensive-minded team that will provide matchup nightmares for opponents.
  • Gary Washburn

  • Detroit Free-Press columnist Mitch Albom writes about Detroit Tiger Magglio Ordonez and his quest for the batting title....As of Saturday morning, he was batting .375, which was 11 points ahead of the closest guy in the American League, and 27 points ahead of anyone in the National League.
  • Mitch Albom

  • New Orleans Times Picayune reporter Pierce W. Huff writes how even though the New Orleans Saints donated money to fix a city stadium, the reality is that it will not be ready until next summer....But less than two months before the start of the season, the stadium remains largely untouched and will not be used this fall. There is no electricity at the stadium. The grass field is in poor shape, covered in patches of dirt. The locker rooms and bathrooms don't work, and the scoreboard remains mangled.
  • Pierce W. Huff

  • Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock writes how the Kansas City Chiefs need to take care of stud running back Larry Johnson....Larry Johnson is a rebel. It's in his DNA — the mind that is always thinking, the comfort with confrontation, the desire to point out hypocrisy and the love of raw honesty.
  • Jason Whitlock

  • Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Dustin Dow writes how some former Cincinnati Bengal players did not get any help from the NFL when their career was over....Depending on the severity of their injuries, players may be eligible to receive disability checks when they finish playing. Otherwise, they have to make ends meet until retirement benefits kick in at age 45.
  • Dustin Dow

  • Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington writes how new Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green has had many men influence his career, but the one he misses most is his dad.....Less than a year before that blow, the Dolphins' new leader never got to say goodbye to his father. If only Green's soul -- for those 11 long, quiet minutes -- might have wandered to where his dad had gone while everyone else stayed behind to pray.
  • Jeff Darlington

  • Boston Globe reporter Michael Vega writes how NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is adjusting to age and fatherhood while trying to win a title....A first-time father at 36, Gordon, the driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, is a man in full, flecks of gray in his sideburns notwithstanding.
  • Michael Vega

  • Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson writes about Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfield Rocco Baldelli and his constant battles with injuries....At the Naimoli Complex, where the Devil Rays send their injured players, there is only the dull repetition of rehabilitation followed by empty hours and a sense of detachment. Baldelli knows the routine far too well by now, having spent significant amounts of time on the disabled list. That's where he is now, for the fourth time since 2004.
  • Joe Henderson

  • The Arizona Republic is already previewing the college football season with stories about the Arizona State Sun Devils, Arizona Wildcats and their PAC-10 foes....
  • Arizona Republic
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