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Published July 12, 2006
THREE UP: The BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA announced the finalists for its annual J.G. TAYLOR SPINK AWARD, presented at July’s Baseball HOF induction ceremony in Cooperstown. The finalists are the late MORRIS SIEGEL, who worked for several DC-area newspapers; RICK HUMMEL of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; and NICK PETERS of the Sacramento Bee (Baltimore SUN, 7/12).
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT: ANDREW FIRESTONE, great-grandson of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Founder HARVEY FIRESTONE, will serve as grand marshal of Saturday’s IRL Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/12)....Actor CUBA GOODING JR. has optioned a script “billed as ‘Slap Shot’ meets ‘Bull Durham.’” The project is being directed by DAVID ANSPAUGH. Meanwhile, PLAYERS INC is tabbing NFLers for an “acting competition TV show with the winner appearing in a yet-to-be-named soap opera” (ESPN THE MAGAZINE, 7/17 issue).
BEST WISHES: An infection in Kentucky Derby winner BARBARO’s left hind leg “may be more serious than first thought.” Barbaro co-Owner GRETCHEN JACKSON said that tests had identified a bacterial infection that surgeon Dr. DEAN RICHARDSON “hoped he had cleaned out during a three-hour operation late Saturday.” The leg is not the one injured during this year’s Preakness Stakes (N.Y. TIMES, 7/12).