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Piniella: Ump ambushed me
Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he was "ambushed" by plate umpire Rob Drake during his second-inning ejection Sunday night at U.S. Cellular Field, and claimed Drake "wasn't paying attention" to the pitch that led to the early thumb. After blowing off the media following Sunday night's loss to the White Sox, Piniella addressed the ejection before Monday night's game at AT&T Park. "I was talking to the first-base umpire about the checked swing, and I got ambushed from behind," Piniella said. "Well, then I got my money's worth -- I think. Probably not." (Chicago Tribune)
Cowboys seek staggering PSLs
The New York Giants unveiled the pricing structure for their new stadium, which will open in 2010. Capacity will be 82,500, and every seat will be tied to a personal seat license (PSL). That's a one-time payment by a season-ticket holder for the right to purchase a game ticket. The PSLs will range from $1,000 to $20,000 per seat. The Giants said PSLs were necessary to help finance the $1.6 billion project. The Giants said fewer than 5,000 seats in the new stadium will command that $20,000 PSL, and that 90 percent of the tickets in the upper deck will carry a $1,000 PSL. Contrast that to the Cowboys, whose new 80,000-seat stadium opens in 2009. The Cowboys also decided seat licenses were necessary to help finance their $1.1 billion project. Their seat licenses range from $2,000 to $150,000." (Dallas Morning News)
LeBron teases Knicks, Nets fans
During his tour of Manhattan, LeBron James had fun teasing Knicks and Nets fans yesterday about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple in 2010 when he becomes a free agent. When asked his favorite city, King James listed New York No. 1. But when asked his favorite borough, James said Brooklyn, where the Nets plan to open shop in 2010. Knicks president Donnie Walsh's every move is designed to make sure they are enough under the cap to go after James as a free agent. The hiring of the popular Mike D'Antoni was done partly to entice King James. The Nets are in better position for now after dealing Richard Jefferson Thursday and with minority owner Jay-Z one of James' best friends. (New York Post)
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Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn reacts as she defeats Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, the number two seed, in their fourth-round Women's singles match at Wimbledon on Monday, June 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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