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The Calgary Herald is looking into the “possibility that sports columnist Bruce Dowbiggin plagiarized” a N.Y. Times article, according to William Houston of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. But Dowbiggin said that a computer problem at the Herald Sunday “caused the Times information to appear in his column without attribution.” Dowbiggin said, “Because of the meltdown, it appears an earlier version of the column was printed, not the last one that I sent in.” Dowbiggin added that the paper “accepted his explanation,” but Calgary Herald Sports Editor Dale Oviatt said that “nothing has been resolved.” Oviatt: “We’re going to do our due diligence and look into it.” Houston notes Dowbiggin’s column in question was about athletes’ jersey numbers. The N.Y. Times published a similar piece, by Lee Jenkins, three days earlier. Two consecutive sentences from Jenkins’ article about Giants P Jeff Feagles selling jersey No. 10 to QB Eli Manning for a week vacation in Florida appeared in Dowbiggin’s story “almost word for word.” Dowbiggin is not a Calgary Herald staffer, but a “freelancer who regularly contributes” to the paper (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/19).
Santos Refiles Defamation
Lawsuit In Broward County
THROWING STONES: Steve Stone, baseball analyst for WSCR-AM in Chicago, said that an unnamed D’Backs official called D’Backs play-by-play man Thom Brennaman “to offer his support” of Brennaman after D’Backs LF Luis Gonzalez criticized him “for supposed negativity.” Stone said, “He said to him: ‘We’ve got your back. We’re behind you all the way. We’ll address the Luis Gonzalez situation.’ And it quickly dissolved. I believe that’s the way you should handle these things.” Also, Stone “acknowledged a dispute with [Cubs Manager Dusty] Baker led to his decision to leave the Cubs’ TV booth after the team had offered to pick up his option” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/19).
(FUNNY) BONE TO PICK: Jockey Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to wins in the ’03 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has sued the Miami Herald for defamation in Broward County (FL) Circuit Court. The suit accuses the paper of printing an article “that falsely and with reckless disregard for the truth accused Jose Santos of carrying an unauthorized and illegal object in his hand during his Kentucky Derby ride of Funny Cide.” Racing stewards “later concluded Santos was holding only his whip.” Santos originally sued The Herald about a year ago in federal court in Louisville, but the court dismissed the suit, “which sought $48[M] in damages, for lack of jurisdiction” (MIAMI HERALD, 5/19).