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Bud Selig sounded an awful lot like a man aimed in exactly the direction he wanted. [Selig] has charmed the UW-Madison history department, paid a million-plus for a professor to teach the history of sports and had scholarships created in his honor. ... His intention to return to his alma mater to write his memoirs, and to create a legacy in his chosen-but-not-followed field of history, has been in the works for at least a few years. "One of the favorite parts of my life was the four years I spent in Madison, and I always thought I would be coming back as a history professor," Selig said Tuesday. "I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it, to write my book and do what I want to do in Madison," he said. (Madison.com)Comment
For some, it is galling to see former Miami coaches going on to success in other NFL cities. Have we learned anything during the Dolphins' walk through the wilderness over the last decade? Or is everyone going to surround the palace with pitchforks and torches demanding Tony Sparano's nameplate when the Dolphins lose to Denver and think that solves everything? The issue of Sparano's future is on the table. It's been there for a couple of weeks, according to a source, an internal question that if Sparano doesn't win by Denver whether to make a change or keep him for the duration. ... But if you're wondering how the Dolphins get back to relevance coaching is just one of the issues. (Sun Sentinel)Comment
Mayors from nearly half of the NBA's cities recently sent an open letter to the league and its players union, asking them to end the lockout. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett refused to sign. "I just felt like the players and owners are on the same side as we're on. Everybody wants it to be resolved," Cornett said Wednesday. "It just seems disrespectful to sign a letter that seemed to imply somebody was necessarily at fault." Cornett played a prominent role in helping the city lure an NBA franchise, but he has maintained a low profile throughout the league's 111-day lockout. However, he is still paying close attention to negotiations between the owners and players. (The Oklahoman)Comment
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter dives into first to force out Rangers shortstop Elivs Andrus in Game 1. (Steve Mitchell/US PRESSWIRE)
Tim McCarver could use a spelling lesson.
Game To Watch
World Series Game 2: Rangers at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m., FOX
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SI Vault: More Julius Erving
This Day in Sports
- 1976 -- The New Jersey Nets sold Julius Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers.
- 1996 -- The Braves' Andruw Jones became youngest player to homer in World Series.
- 1992 -- Toronto beat Atlanta in the first World Series game outside of the U.S.