Leading Off

July 23, 2007
July 23, 2007

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July 23, 2007

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  • Henry Aaron is about to be displaced from his spot atop the alltime home run list, but 755 will endure as one of baseball's magical numbers, a lasting monument to an underappreciated star and to the courage and integrity with which the Hammer attained his crown

  • It's after midnight on the East Coast: Do you know where baseball's best closer is? J.J. Putz is in Seattle, saving games with near-historic efficiency

Pro Football

Leading Off

Kilt Bill
During a competition at the 52nd Grandfather Mountain Highland Games last Friday, Bill Gray of Coolidge, Ga., heaved the 22-pound Scottish hammer. The four-day festival in Linville, N.C., celebrates Gaelic athletics and culture.

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Home Stretch
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz tried to bend his 6'4" frame around Jason Phillips, but the Blue Jays' catcher tagged him out on Sunday in Boston. Ortiz was nailed by a throw from rightfield by Alex Rios in the sixth inning, helping to preserve Toronto's 2--1 victory in Boston.

Point Taken
French long jumper Salim Sdiri had yet to react after an errant javelin, thrown by Tero Pitkamaki of Finland (inset), pierced his right side just as this photo was shot at the Golden League meet in Rome last Friday. Sdiri, who suffered a slight tear at the top of his kidney, was released from the hospital a day later but returned for further tests on Monday.

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