Rowe: Parity new buzzword in baseball (Springfield News Sun)

Rowe: Parity new buzzword in baseball (Springfield News Sun)
Parity Pete Rozelle would have loved the current state of Major League Baseball. The late NFL commissioner was always trying to lead the NFL out of the days of dynasties and into more of a free trade market so that cities with teams who rarely contended for championships still, theoretically, had a fair chance to rebuild their organizations and compete with the league s big bullies and

New Orleans squad bonds over baseball (The Times)
Ponstein’s Food Store’s American Legion baseball team had not reached the state tournament since 1995. And after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August, there seemed to be no reason for the drought to end.

Youth baseball clinic stresses athletic, academic skills (Whittier Daily news)
WHITTIER – Jesse Carmona recalls his disappointment last summer after hearing news that former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was in trouble.

What to look for this NFL season (Newsday)
You won’t find football players feeling that same sense of renewal their baseball brethren experience when they report to spring training.

NBC hopes NFL deal lights way to ratings revival (Chicago Tribune)
More than once in NBC’s promo touting “Football Night in America”–amid crushing NFL hits, stirring music and announcers getting misty-eyed about prime-time pro football–there are majestic shots of stadium lights against the dark sky.

SPORTS SLATE (The Pueblo Chieftain)
TODAY Baseball: San Diego at Colorado, 1:05 p.m.; Colorado Springs at Memphis, 1:10 p.m. NFL football: Denver Broncos training camp, Dove Valley Golf: Colorado Open, Denver (last of four days) Motorsports: Drag racing, Pueblo Motorsports Park (second of two days) MONDAY Baseball: Milwaukee at Colorado,

Record Holder in 100 Meters Failed a Drug Test (New York Times)
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Only a game for the diehards (Contra Costa Times)
So you think a 31/2-hour baseball game is a long day at the yard. You’ll never hang with this bunch. About 200 fans from a crowd of more than 9,000 stuck around to watch all 26 innings of the Oneonta Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones in a minor league game on July 20 in Coney Island, N.Y.

Wyche coaching these days at South Carolina high school (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
GREENVILLE, S.C. – A healthier, happy Sam Wyche is still in the game — even if his to-do list at Pickens High School includes things he never did in the NFL. Sweep out the locker rooms? You bet. Simplify his vast playbook for the high school game? Easily done. Watch his starting quarterback take a few days away from camp to play baseball? Not a problem. “Money’s tight up here. They’re looking

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