March 7, 2012 |
John Blake, the head of communications for the Texas Rangers, worked for the Boston Red Sox when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his first spring training game for them in 2007. Looking around the packed press box at Peoria Stadium on Wednesday, Blake said, "There's more interest for this game than there was for Matsuzaka's first game. " Yu Darvish, the Rangers' high-priced import from Japan, will make his Cactus League debut against the San Diego Padres at 1 p.m. Three television stations will simultaneously broadcast the game live in Japan.
March 7, 2012 |
Reporting from Peoria, Ariz. — Seated at a table on the far end of an auxiliary locker room that was turned into a makeshift interview room, Yu Darvish clasped his hands. He twiddled his thumbs. He looked at his interpreter, at the ceiling, even at the tape recorders placed in front of him, but almost never at the person asking him a question. The high-priced Japanese free agent had pitched two scoreless innings in his first game for the Texas Rangers, but didn't smile once. He spoke softly and said little.
August 15, 1996 |
To look at new Oklahoma coach John Blake now, you could easily mistake him for a player. His broad shoulders and athletic stride mimic the swagger and confidence so often displayed by young college athletes basking in their physical and egotistical primes. But only a year ago, the picture was not so pretty. Rather than lean muscle mass and subtle ripples, Blake's physique had rounded out to a robust 340 pounds.
December 1, 1998 |
Texas running back Ricky Williams received the player of the year award from the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Williams has set 12 NCAA Division I-A marks and tied four others. * Oklahoma will name Bob Stoops its new coach, The Associated Press reported. Stoops, Florida's defensive coordinator, would replace John Blake. . . . Fred Goldsmith, who in 1994 coached Duke to its only winning football season of the decade but was 9-35 since, was fired with four years remaining on his contract. . . .