November 5, 2007 |
It was a special day for special teams Sunday around the NFL and a day for defensive units to get defensive. Nine players scored touchdowns on returns of all varieties: three kickoff returns, a punt return, three interception returns, a fumble return and, for good measure, a field-goal return. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in league history that players scored touchdowns with every possible type of return on the same day.
September 23, 2007 |
Depending upon the will of the people, the baseball might go untouched, or it might get blemished with a big, fat asterisk. Then again, it just might be strapped onto the back of a rocket and launched into the ether. A deep drive, hit to heaven. Talk about a tape-measure home run. The orb in question is the baseball that Barry Bonds famously launched into the bleachers during a Giants game last month in San Francisco. This was no hum-drum hit, and this is no everyday ball.
September 19, 2007 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Manhattan Beach man who submitted the winning bid on Barry Bonds' record-tying 755th home-run ball said Tuesday that he also will let the public decide what to do with it. Ben Padnos said he would follow the lead of Mark Ecko, who bought Bonds' No. 756 ball, and let fans vote on whether he should give it to the Hall of Fame or destroy it. Padnos said he was surprised when he heard that he wasn't the only one with a voting plan. "What are the odds?" Padnos said.
September 10, 2007 |
No sprinter can beat the clock like Asafa Powell. It's beating opponents at major meets that gives Powell problems. Fresh off a defeat in the 100 meters at the World Track and Field Championships in Japan, where Powell confessed to caving in to pressure, the Jamaican sprinter emphatically broke his world record in the 100 at a third-tier meet Sunday in Rieti, Italy. Running in a preliminary race, or heat, Powell clocked 9.74 seconds to erase the mark of 9.
August 23, 2007 |
BALTIMORE -- As much as Dave Trembley is honored and excited to be returning as Orioles manager next season, there will be nights when he would prefer a 14-hour bus ride in the minors -- broken air conditioning and all. In Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Orioles were battered by a team that kept batting around. They surrendered six home runs, two of them grand slams, and a club-record 29 hits.
August 22, 2007 |
So this is what the Angels' lineup looks like with a legitimate power hitter batting behind Vladimir Guerrero. One game does not a season make, but oh, what a game it was. Cleanup hitter Garret Anderson broke out of a power slump in a huge way Tuesday night, knocking in a franchise-record 10 runs to lead the Angels to an 18-9 thumping of the New York Yankees in Angel Stadium.
August 20, 2007 |
Fifty for Federer. Top-ranked Roger Federer reached another measure of tennis greatness Sunday, winning his 50th tournament title by beating James Blake, 6-1, 6-4, in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters at Mason, Ohio. The 26-year-old Swiss star became the fifth-youngest player in history to reach 50, and only the ninth overall in the Open era -- since 1968 -- to win so many tournaments.
August 15, 2007 |
ATLANTA -- Hank Aaron's team paid tribute to baseball's new home-run king Tuesday night, but Aaron wasn't at Turner Field to congratulate Barry Bonds in person. Before the opener of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves replayed the videotaped message from Aaron that was shown in San Francisco last week after Bonds hit his 756th homer. Aaron, a senior vice president with the Braves, was not at the game.
August 14, 2007 |
PITTSBURGH -- Put this down as one of the unexpected moments of Barry Bonds' historic season: a standing ovation in Pittsburgh, the town that once booed him mercilessly because of his playoff failures. Bonds, possibly playing his final game in his former home city, singled in three at-bats as the Giants lost the first game of a makeup doubleheader to the Pirates, 3-1, Monday.