Leading Off

May 28, 2006

Moment of Ruth

After failing tohomer in 40 plate appearances, Barry Bonds blasted a 90-mph fastball (right ofthe ATHLETICS outfield sign) from Oakland lefthander Brad Halsey over the fencein right center last Saturday for his 714th career homer, tying Babe Ruth forsecond on the alltime list (EDITOR'S LETTER, page 15). The ball was caught by19-year-old Tyler Snyder (inset), who plans to sell it.

Against AllOdds

Following morethan five hours of surgery on Sunday to repair multiple fractures of the righthind leg suffered in the Preakness the day before (page 40), Barbaro was placedin a pool so that he wouldn't put pressure on the leg or reinjure himself bythrashing. A metal plate and 23 screws were used to put the shattered bonesback together (X-ray, inset). Surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania'sveterinary hospital said that horses so severely injured are usuallydestroyed.

Barceloco

Flanked byGiovanni van Bronckhorst (far left) and Ronaldinho, team captain Carles Puyolhoisted the UEFA Champions League trophy after Barcelona's 2-1 victory overArsenal on May 17 in Saint-Denis, France. After Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmannearned a red card in the 18th minute for taking down forward Samuel Eto'o(inset), Barça used its man advantage to win Europe's most coveted club titlefor the second time.

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PHOTOPhotograph by Brad Mangin PHOTOKARL MONDON/CONTRA COSTA TIMES/ZUMA PRESS TWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Sabina Louise Pierce/UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PHOTOPhotograph by Oliver Weiken/EPA PHOTOBERNAT ARMANGUE/AP

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)