SBD/Weekend Rap

Weekend Briefs....

About 1,000 Expos fans yesterday during the Rays-Blue Jays game "packed into the outfield bleachers" at the Rogers Centre to "attract the attention of baseball's movers and shakers." The group, part of a "small but growing movement to bring a team back" to Montreal, "held up signs promoting their cause" (AP, 7/20).

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic officials have announced a sellout for the '14 game, "one of the quickest in bowl history." Part of the draw "might be the last contractual meeting" between teams from the Big 12 and SEC (DALLASNEWS.com, 7/20).

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has "landed its first major motorsports event for 2014 -- a much sought after date on the new United SportsCar Racing series calendar" (CANOE.ca, 7/19).

Yankees P Mariano Rivera received a standing ovation yesterday at Fenway Park upon entering the Yankees-Red Sox game, a "wonderful moment" in a rivalry that "has been bitter and bloody at times" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/21). Rivera prior to yesterday's game continued his behind-the-scenes farewell tour (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/21).

Former MLBer Ivan Rodriguez yesterday "received a warm standing ovation as he was introduced as the 16th member of the Rangers Hall of Fame" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/21).

The Reds yesterday honored CF Shin-Soo Choo, holding Shin-Soo Choo Day at Great American Ball Park for the team's game against the Pirates. Choo met with "three hundred-plus Korean-Americans from across the Tristate" (CINCINNATI.com, 7/20).

The Univ. of Washington as of Thursday had sold 45,056 football season tickets for the new Husky Stadium, up from 41,193 at CenturyLink Field last year (SEATTLETIMES.com, 7/19).

A crowd of 9,631 attended last night's friendly between the MLS Earthquakes and EPL club Norwich City at Buck Shaw Stadium (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/21).
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