By Shane Mosley, 34, his junior middleweight rematch with Fernando Vargas, 28,in Las Vegas last Saturday. Mosley (above left) knocked down Vargas (right)with a crushing left hook in the sixth round. It was a less controversialvictory than he had in their first meeting five months ago, when the fight wasstopped after an alleged head butt from Mosley caused grotesque swelling overVargas's left eye. "It [boosts] my confidence knowing I can knock outbigger guys," said Mosley. The four-time world champion plans to take therest of the year off and then drop down to 147 pounds and seek a bout with IBFwelterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. or another contender.
By the Blue Jays, their clubhouse at Rogers Centre, after two players in lessthan a month were placed on the disabled list with staph infections. OutfielderAlex Rios hasn't played since June 27, and last Saturday pitcher Ty Taubenheimwent on the DL with an infected left foot. The clubhouse was examined by healthinspectors during the All-Star break; no staph source was found, but the teamdecided to give the area a cleansing anyway.
By A's slugger Frank Thomas, two White Sox team doctors, for allegedlymisdiagnosing his broken foot in 2004. Thomas, who signed as a free agent withOakland this season after 16 years with Chicago, claims that orthopedistsGregory P. Nicholson and Kathleen Weber told him he had a bruised left foot andcleared him to continue playing. Thomas says the injury was actually a bonefracture--and that playing on it led to another broken bone in the foot lastyear, which put him out of action for 68 games. "He's 280 pounds," saidThomas's lawyer, Thomas Demetrio. "He shouldn't have been walking on thatfoot, let alone playing baseball." Thomas is seeking unspecifieddamages.
From the Team USA roster for next month's world championships in Japan, threeplayers: J.J. Redick (back injury), Lamar Odom (personal reasons) and PaulPierce (elbow injury). A fourth, Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, is highly unlikelyto play after he had surgery to clean out scar tissue and loose cartilage inhis right knee last Saturday. Bryant will travel with the U.S. team toexhibitions in China and South Korea and the tournament but probably won't beready to play when the championships begin. "That's why you have a team, sothat when these normal life situations come up, we can go on without it beingan emergency," said coach Mike Krzyzewski, who must submit his final 12-manroster before the tournament opens on Aug. 19.
From the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., Michelle Wie (above), because ofheat exhaustion. Wie, 16, who was trying for the fifth time to become the firstwoman in 61 years to make the cut in a PGA tournament, shot a six-over 77 inthe first round last Thursday. Temperatures were in the high 80s with highhumidity the next day, and Wie was in obvious discomfort. She suffered stomachpains, nausea and dizziness and called it quits nine holes into the secondround, with her score at eight over for the tournament. Wie was treated at alocal hospital and released that night; her next chance at making a PGA cutwill be at the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa., in September.
To six months' probation after being found guilty of simple assault, CollinFinnerty, one of three Duke lacrosse players charged with raping an exoticdancer at a team party on March 13 (SI, June 26). Finnerty's conviction, whichis unrelated to the rape case, stems from a fight he and two friends got intowith other bar patrons in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., lastNovember. During his probation Finnerty, 19, who could have received six monthsin jail, must avoid establishments that serve alcohol and is barred fromentering the Georgetown area. His lawyer said he will appeal. Finnerty hasmaintained his innocence in the rape case.
By Auburn, claims that several football players padded their GPAs by takingclasses that required little work and no attendance. Last week The New YorkTimes reported that 18 players on Auburn's undefeated 2004 team took a total of97 hours of one-on-one classes--many in areas that usually require classroominstruction--with the same professor. (One former player said he was requiredonly to read one book and write a 10-page paper, though he couldn't rememberthe book's name.) The school said it launched an investigation in June after aprofessor complained.
While driving on a Dallas highway early on Sunday, Cowboys safety Keith Davis.He suffered minor injuries and is expected to be ready when training camp opensnext week. Davis, 27, was driving home from a family vacation at 5 a.m. when acar pulled up beside his and opened fire. He was struck twice but was able topull over. The police were looking for possible motives, including carjacking.Davis (left) was also shot outside a Dallas topless club three years ago."The thing that's really pertinent here is that Keith was not involved inany type of criminal activity or anything like that," his agent, CurtisStephens, said. "This is not the residual effect of that."
By gunmen in Baghdad, several members of the Iraqi Olympic committee, includingits chairman, Ahmed al-Hijiya. (Two people were killed in the attack.) Thekidnappers--who wore Iraqi police uniforms--stormed a conference room where acommittee meeting was being held last Saturday and abducted at least 30 people.The daylight raid came two days after the country's Olympic wrestling coach,Mohammed Karim Abid Sahib, was killed in a botched kidnapping attempt. OnSunday six members of the Olympic committee were released blindfolded andunharmed.
By Danica Patrick (above), a remark by fellow IRL driver Ed Carpenter about herchances of success in NASCAR. In a July 12 interview with a Nashville radiostation, Carpenter praised Patrick's aggressiveness on the track and said,"Especially if you catch her at the right time of the month, she might betrading plenty of paint out there." Patrick said she was not offended:"That sounds like a good joke to me.... Ed is a really nice guy.... I'mglad he's showing some personality." Patrick also downplayed reports thatshe's planning to leave open-wheel racing for NASCAR. "Since one of mygoals is to win [the Indianapolis 500], I don't believe I can be anywhere elsebut Indy Car," she said.
The Canseco Files
LAST WEEK Juiced author and self-proclaimed steroidtrailblazer Jose Canseco met with Senator George Mitchell's investigators, whoare delving into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Theex-slugger, who at 42 is playing again with the independent Long Beach Armada,reportedly named more names and made an odd request: He wants to be deputizedas one of Mitchell's men, to be the Sherlock Holmes of Human Growth Hormone,the Columbo of the Clear. "Jose could meet face-to-face with [the probe'stargets], use his own friendship with them," Canseco's lawyer RobertSaunooke told the New York Daily News. "[He could ] remind you of all thegood times, then [say], 'It's time for us to come clean with thesethings.'"
Canseco's crime-fighting zeal is admirable, but he maybe overestimating his ability to get baseball folks to sit down for a nicechat. Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling told The Sporting News earlier this yearthat "if even one Hall of Fame voter casts a ballot to get him into theHall, they should lose their voting privilege." And White Sox manager OzzieGuillen, asked by Playboy if he would ever write a tell-all book, said,"No. I don't need to be Canseco, busting people's balls to makemoney."
For Canseco, though, money is very much the point.He's got a new energy beverage (Juiced--The Drink) coming soon, and he'sshopping an autobiographical movie in which he'd like Rafael Palmeiro toco-star. "[Jose is] struggling financially and finding his niche,"Saunooke told The Miami Herald. "It's hard to go from three million a yearto zero."
0 Saves recorded in the 15 major league games lastSaturday, the first time that baseball has had a saveless full slate of gamessince Sept. 15, 1978.
6 Blown saves last Saturday--one each by the BlueJays, Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Reds and Rockies.
122 Combined age of the Giants' Barry Bonds (41),Steve Finley (41) and Moises Alou (40), who made up the majors' firstall-40-year-old outfield last Friday.
600 Consecutive Nextel Cup starts by Mark Martin, thefifth longest streak in NASCAR history.
14 Consecutive games with an extra-base hit for theBraves' Chipper Jones, tying a major league record set by Paul Waner in1927.
An 84-year-old ex-salesman becomes baseball's oldestplayer--for the time being
JIM ERIOTES, a retired salesman from Elmers, Ill.,speaks like a grizzled baseball vet. "You could be the best hitter in theworld, but one at bat, that means nothing," says Eriotes. The 83-year-oldshould know--he's had one professional at bat in the last six decades, astrikeout for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the independent American Associationon July 11. That appearance made the 5'4", 145-pound Eriotes, a minorleague outfielder for a time in the '40s, baseball's oldest pro player.
Eriotes got the idea to play six years ago, when heread that Canaries owner Mike Veeck was a boss who believes in second chances."He gave Daryl Strawberry a chance when he was down," says Eriotes."And I'm like an older Daryl Strawberry. So I wrote him a letter."Eriotes practices by taking 1,000 swings daily against machines pitching up to100 mph, and last week the Canaries finally gave him an at bat. Eriotes whiffedon four pitches, but he did foul a ball off--"one-sixteenth of an inch awayfrom a double," he says.
Alas, his record will be short-lived: On Tuesday theKansas City T-Bones of the Northern League were to send Negro leagues star BuckO'Neil, 94, to the plate. The news didn't please Eriotes, who plans to playagain when he's 84."I can hit a ball great with my one good eye," hesays, "and I can see pretty girls with it too!"
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