After 99 years, the voice of Bob Sheppard, public address announcer for New York's baseball Yankees and football Giants dating back to the 1950s, a tenure that spanned the careers of Joe DiMaggio and Derek Jeter (in Sheppardese, "DEH-rek JEE-tuh"), Frank Gifford and Eli Manning. Raised in Queens by parents who he said "were very precise in how they spoke," Sheppard (above), who died on Sunday, earned a B.A. at St. John's and a master's at Columbia, both in speech, before being hired in '51 by the Yankees, to whom he lent his voice for 57 years. His Giants career lasted from '56 to 2005. On Bob Sheppard Day in '00, former Yankee Paul O'Neill summed up Sheppard's august tone for The Record of Hackensack, N.J.: "It's the organ at the church. Certain sounds and certain voices just belong in places."
By three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, that he would consider events other than the sprints after the 2012 Olympics in London. Speaking in Lausanne, Switzerland, before an IAAF elite Diamond League race that he later won by tying the year's fastest 100-meter time (9.82 seconds), Bolt, 24, postulated that his fans might get bored if he were to continue dominating at 100 and 200 meters. "I'm not going to be one of those athletes who go on to do track and field until they're 36; if I win [in London], then I probably have to try something else," said Bolt, who added that he was likely to retire after the 2016 Games. If he were to branch out, Bolt said he would most likely add the 400 meters and long jump. Said Bolt's trainer, Glen Mills, of the latter event, "It's not impossible, but it's something that we would have to see."
July 18, 2010
To the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens one month after he came within one out of the 21st perfect game in major league history, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga. Since his June 2 near-perfecto—which was spoiled when first base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that the Indians' Jason Donald had beaten a routine toss by Miguel Cabrera (page 54) to first base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth—the 28-year-old righty has been anything but perfect. Over six starts he is 1--1 with a 5.61 ERA while striking out just 2.9 per nine innings. On July 6, after he allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against the MLB-worst Orioles, Detroit sent Galarraga to the Mud Hens for a July 15 start. He'll return to Detroit after the All-Star break for a July 20 outing against the Rangers.
To Miami after he initially chose Southern California, blue-chip offensive line prospect Seantrel Henderson (above). The 6'8", 338-pound tackle from Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.), widely considered to be the top incoming lineman, chose USC on national signing day in February. He reportedly began pondering a change during the lead-up to the NCAA's sanctioning the Trojans with penalties that include a two-year bowl ban and four years of probation. On Friday, after USC announced it would release him from his letter of intent, Henderson changed his Facebook profile image to a Hurricanes logo and wrote on his wall, "It's all about The U."
On suspicion of murdering a former girlfriend, Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes Das Dores de Souza, who captained the club team Flamengo to a Brazilian league championship in 2009. Following Souza's apprehension on July 7, Rio de Janeiro police detailed the case: They believe that Souza, 25, hired a bodyguard to kidnap Eliza Samudio, a model with whom the married soccer star had fathered a child, and that he watched on June 4 as his hire tortured and murdered the victim. Police have yet to recover a body (witnesses have told police that Samudio was fed to Rottweiler dogs and that her remains were buried in concrete) and are holding the suspect pending DNA testing. Souza, who has claimed a "clear conscience," has expressed concern that the scandal might cost him a chance at making Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad.
With shoplifting and criminal mischief after he allegedly stole a $1,395 Polo Ralph Lauren satchel from a New Jersey shopping mall, former Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez. According to police reports, on June 29, Gonzalez entered the Polo store at the Short Hills Mall, removed a security sensor from a leather bag and left with the item without paying. Afterward, Gonzalez is alleged to have ditched the bag at a neighboring restaurant whose employees became suspicious and alerted authorities. Less than a week later, following an investigation by local police, Gonzalez turned himself in. Because of the bag's value, convictions could result in as much as five years' prison time. A lawyer representing Gonzalez, who was terminated by Seton Hall on March 17 in part because of his personal behavior, described the alleged theft as "a misunderstanding in a series of miscommunications."
Approximate number of followers on Twitter for Dutch porn star Bobbi Eden before the Holland-Uruguay World Cup semifinal.
Approximate number of Eden followers as of July 10, four days after she tweeted promising oral sex to all her followers if Holland won the World Cup.
Grand slams hit by the Yankees, a pre--All Star break record.
Newly reduced price of a Cavaliers LeBron James Fathead decal after scorned Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who owns Fathead, changed it to reflect the birth year of traitor Benedict Arnold.
Attendance at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on July 8 to see Kim Clijsters defeat Serena Williams, topping tennis's previous biggest crowd, the 30,472 at the Astrodome for 1973's Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs Battle of the Sexes.
Lions players remaining from the team's 2002--06 drafts under former president and CEO Matt Millen after Detroit last week released safety Daniel Bullocks (the team's second pick in '06).
THEY SAID IT
LPGA golfer and Stanford senior, on whether she made Phi Beta Kappa: "No sorority for me yet, but it's been fun."