Archive for Monday, June 17, 1996

OFFER NIFTY BOON FOR BROWN

June 17, 1996

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Notes and quotes while wondering if the Royals' PR people are scouring the Milky Way in search of something that has played in more consecutive games than Cal Ripken. ...

Yes, Larry Brown was happy for John Calipari, his former aide at Kansas, when Calipari was hired by the Nets, but Brown's motivation was at least partly monetary. Brown's contract with the Pacers requires he be paid the average of the league's four highest-paid coaches and that average skyrocketed when Calipari agreed to New Jersey's $3 million contract offer. ...

At about the same time the NCAA sent a letter of inquiry to Georgia about possible football recruiting violations, the board of directors of the Georgia Athletic Association approved a two-year extension of athletic director Vince Dooley's contract. Interesting timing. ...

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, a new father in the off-season, asked about the late-night demands of parenting said it. "I'm 55 so I have to get up three times during the night to go to the bathroom anyway." ...

Former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth's latest movie, "One Man's Justice" is bypassing theaters and going straight -- no, not to the trash can -- to video. Don't rush to Blockbuster, though. It won't be available until June 25. ...

Coincidental Statistic of the Week: Roy Jones Jr., the IBF super middleweight champion who dabbles in playing point guard for a USBL team in Tampa, connects on 48 percent of his free throw attempts and, according to CompuBox, 48 percent of his punches. ...

B.J. Windhorst, a 6-foot-4 basketball guard, has transferred from Drake to Missouri. Not for basketball, though. Windhorst has no more eligibility in that sport, but he does have a year left in baseball and, since Drake doesn't offer baseball, Windhorst opted for Mizzou which offered him a partial scholarship. ...

Former Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich, now with the Phillies, said it after hitting a pair of home runs in the Astrodome. "The good Lord gives me a day in the sun every one in awhile ... even if this wasn't in the sun." ...

Attention Mr. and Mrs. Nebraska and all other Good Lifers: The University of Nebraska athletic department has updated its gun policy. From now on, all athletes must store their guns at the campus police department. Also, any NU athlete convicted of any crime involving a gun will be dismissed immediately. ...

For years, Missouri was the only Big Eight Conference school with no outdoor track, but when the Tigers make their Big 12 Conference debut they'll have a brand-new track and field facility. It's scheduled for completion next month. So far, no name, though. MU athletic director Joe Castiglione is still looking for a big donor. ...

Lawrence Phillips has received all the publicity, but the trouble-prone former Nebraska I-back may not even be the best former Big Eight running back in the St. Louis Rams' preseason camp. Rams' officials are high on Oklahoma's Jerald Moore, their third-round selection. Moore, who unleashed a couple of long runs against Kansas last fall, has shown a surprising ability to catch the ball. ...

Who'll finish last in the major leagues in home runs? It's a heckuva race so far. As of last weekend, the Royals had one more dinger (46) than the San Diego Padres (45). ...

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