Morning Jolt: Soriano on hot seat in Chicago

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Soriano on the hot seat in Chicago
Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano had a relatively uneventful Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field, though he knows his poll numbers in Chicago seem to fluctuate on an hourly basis. In fact, a Cubs official offered protection for Soriano, instructing left-field bleacherites before Monday's game that any profane or inappropriate comments made toward Soriano would result in their immediate ejection. Soriano always seems to be in the eye of the storm, whether he's hitting seven home runs in one week, as he did from May 12-17, or losing a ninth-inning fly ball in the sun to help lose a game in Pittsburgh, as he did Sunday. That gaffe led to some harsh criticism from Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, who said Soriano can't be called a "superstar" because of his shaky defense and joked that if you threw a dart into the Cubs' dugout, anyone you hit could play left field better than Soriano. (Chicago Tribune)
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Did airport snafu kill Super Bowl bid?
National Football League owners' decision last week to award the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis, rather than Arizona, might have a silver lining. It gives Valley aviation authorities at least another year to figure out whether they can minimize problems that left the planes of Super Bowl XLII high rollers sitting on the tarmac at Scottsdale Airport for more than six hours. Big names in the professional-football world, treated to a weekend of exclusive parties and perfect Arizona weather, left town Feb. 4 -- the Monday after the NFL championship game -- furious at delays that kept their private jets waiting for permission to take off. Arizona's Super Bowl Host Committee President Bob Sullivan said he doubted that memories of the airport snafus would affect decisions. (Arizona Republic)
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