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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Profile of IRL driver Danica Patrick.

Profile of Bob Woolf, the man inside the Suns’ Gorilla.

The WASHINGTON TIMES’ Dan Daly writes, “What’s comical about [MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s] hard-line stance on amphetamines is that baseball has known about their popularity longer than it has known about andro and the like. If you attended the Pittsburgh drug trials two decades ago, as I did, you heard [former MLBer] John Milner testify about getting ‘red juice’ from [HOFer] Willie Mays’ locker. … But the owners were too busy colluding, apparently, to notice. So players went right on popping pills – and, later, sticking needles in themselves – until MLB reached the crisis point it’s at” (WASHINGTON TIMES).

The N.Y. TIMES’ Bob Herbert writes of the Jets’ proposed West Side stadium, “The rail yards on which the stadium would be built are owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority [M.T.A.] and the development rights have been valued by the M.T.A.’s own appraisers at $923[M]. But the M.T.A. has agreed to sell the rights to this publicly owned property to [Jets Owner Woody Johnson] and the Jets for a mere $250[M]. That’s a subsidy of nearly $700[M] for [N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s] fabulously wealthy buddy” (N.Y. TIMES).

The DAILY RACING FORM’s Andrew Beyer writes, “It is uncertain whether the changes in television and sponsorship will have a significant effect on the Triple Crown. But it is certain that maintaining the event’s high profile and popularity is crucial for the entire sport. … The Triple Crown is racing’s showcase. It is the one event that can show the public at large that horse racing is still a vibrant and important sport” (DAILY RACING FORM).


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