June 24, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Manuel: Mets fans are fertilizer
Met fans think new manager Jerry Manuel stepped in it when he compared them to fertilizer. "That's garbage right there, what he said. We want Willie back," said teed-off ticket holder Jeff Spiletic of Huntington, L.I. Spiletic and other members of the Flushing faithful unloaded their ire on the new Met skipper last night when he returned to Shea Stadium for the first time since taking over for Willie Randolph last week. Manuel's loose lips got him into trouble on Sunday when he took Met fans to task for booing underachieving reliever Aaron Heilman. "It's very, very fertile ground for growth in Shea Stadium," he said. "It's fertile ground for a team's growth and development. Sometimes, fertile ground has fertilizer." But Shea fans weren't happy when Manuel's quotes hit the fan.(New York Post)
Nets interested in Camby, Alexander
Look for the Nets to go out of their way to acquire Marcus Camby; they have one team to beat. As part of that deal or independent of it, I expect them to trade back to No. 13 (the Blazers are primed to deal the slot, that's for sure) perhaps to snare West Virginia's Joe Alexander.(New York Post)
Michigan QB recruit wavering?
Kevin Newsome, Michigan's dual-threat QB commit who could be the offensive centerpiece Rich Rodriguez has been waiting for, has decided to transfer. Transfer high schools, that is. Newsome will transfer from Western Branch High School and play his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy. But Michigan fans breathing a sigh of relief shouldn't feel 100% safe yet, according to Newsome's former high school coach. Former Western Branch coach Lew Johnston, a close family friend to the Newsome, said Rivals.com's fourth-ranked dual-threat QB of the 2009 class might not be as firm in his commitment to the Wolverines as some may think. Virginia Tech appears to be one of the schools giving Newsome the most attention. The Hokies have enjoyed success with dual-threat QBs Michael and Marcus Vick. They were also Newsome's favorite team growing up.(Detroit Free Press)
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1894 -- It is decided that the modern Olympics will be held every four years
1979 -- Rickey Henderson plays his first major league game and steals his first base
1980 -- Affirmed becomes the first horse to win $2 million
1995 -- New Jersey Devils finish four-game sweep of Detroit Red Wings to win Stanley Cup

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