Morning Jolt: Could Steinbrenner family sell Yankees?
Reports suggest George Steinbrenner's family will save a fortune based on tax laws, but another question is whether they will have the same "level of passion" for the Yankees. There was no doubt that even in the past few years when Steinbrenner's health was declining and the role of sons Hal and Hank increased, that George was still The Boss, and that things had to meet his approval, or at least have his blessing. What we don't know is what level of passion Hal Steinbrenner has for running the Yankees. ... What we don't know is whether the family would love to sell the team for a couple of billion or so and bow out from the public eye. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Byron Scott, at least after on Vegas Summer League game, is coming through on his promise to run an up-tempo offense in Cleveland. Sometimes even when there wasn't a natural fast-break situation, they pushed it anyway. The 88 points is a lot for a summer-league game, which is just 40 minutes instead of the usual 48, and the Cavs racked up numerous easy transition baskets on the way to shooting 54 percent. "Rebounds, turnovers and even made baskets, we're going to try to run off all of them," Scott said. "We have to try to get a little more organized offensively. The main thing is guys are making a conscious effort to get up and down the floor." (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment
Look out, SEC. Joker Phillips is convinced Kentucky can be a SEC football power. More than a few folks believe him. In just more than six months as coach, Phillips has commitments from 14 prospects for the 2011 recruiting class. That includes highly regarded defensive back Glen Faulkner and defensive tackle Clint Tucker, both of East St. Louis (Ill.) High. This time last year, the Wildcats had two commitments. "This is exactly what we envisioned," Phillips said of the Wildcats' fast start. "We want to be a top-10 program, and to be a top-10 program, you've got to recruit. When I hire coaches, the No. 1 thing I ask is, 'Can he recruit?' Second is, 'How is he as a teacher?' Third, I want enthusiasm and passion for Kentucky. I've got to sell the coaches first. They have to have passion for the plan we have in place." (Rivals.com) Comment
Brian McCann guides the National League to its first All-Star Game victory since 1996, stroking a three-run double on this swing in the seventh inning. The NL won Tuesday night's game 3-1 and McCann received MVP honors. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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- SI Vault: Hank Aaron
- 1951 -- First color telecast of a sporting event (horse racing on CBS).
- 1968 -- Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run off San Francisco's Mike McCormick.
- 1972 -- Plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is the ump, Tom Haller is Tigers' catcher.
- 1987 -- Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson.
- 1995 -- Los Angeles Dodger Ramon Martinez no-hits the Florida Marlins, 7-0.