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Leading Off

July 28, 2008
July 28, 2008

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July 28, 2008

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Leading Off

Tuft Going
Greg Norman slashed his way out of the fescue en route to a bogey on the 6th hole at Royal Birkdale during the final round of the British Open. Norman, who started Sunday with a two-stroke lead, bogeyed four of the first six holes and finished with a 77 to tie for third, six strokes behind Padraig Harrington (inset), whose three-over 283 won him the claret jug for the second straight year (page 41).

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Around the Horns
Dan Cathcart of Carpenter, Wyo., brought down a steer after losing his lid last Saturday during the 112th Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo Days; at week's end he was third in the steer wrestling competition. The nine-day event, which attracts old and young (inset), offers $1 million in prize money.

Seeing Stars
Commissioner Bud Selig (first row, center) welcomed 49 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame to Yankee Stadium on July 15 as part of the All-Star Game festivities. First row (left to right): Robin Roberts, Lee MacPhail Jr., Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Hank Aaron, Selig, Willie Mays, Ralph Kiner, Juan Marichal, Earl Weaver, Willie McCovey. Second row: Bill Mazeroski, Lou Brock, Tommy Lasorda, Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jr., Ernie Banks, Al Kaline, Dick Williams, Gary Carter, Gaylord Perry, Jane Clarke (the Hall's chairman of the board). Third row: Goose Gossage, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Harmon Killebrew, Steve Carlton, Dennis Eckersley, Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Billy Williams, Rollie Fingers, Ryne Sandberg. Fourth row: Jeff Idelson (Hall of Fame president), Phil Niekro, Eddie Murray, Robin Yount, Tony Gwynn, Mike Schmidt, Rod Carew, George Brett, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton. The alltime greats were then introduced on the field before the All-Star Game that night, but it wasn't until nearly five hours later, at 1:37 a.m. EDT, that the game finally ended. Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (far left, embraced by White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin) scored in the 15th inning on a sacrifice fly by Rangers shortstop Michael Young to give the American League a 4--3 victory, stretching the AL's unbeaten streak to 12 games. The night before, another Texas player, outfielder Josh Hamilton (left), thrilled New York fans by putting on the most spectacular display in the 23-year history of the Home Run Derby, blasting 28 dingers in the first round, including one that carried 518 feet. Hamilton, however, fell to Morneau in the final round 5--3.

PHOTOPhotograph by Robert BeckPHOTOBOB MARTINTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Bill FrakesPHOTOPhotograph by Walter Iooss Jr. for MLBTWO PHOTOSJOHN IACONO