High school football
All games involving teams in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties and Addison.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Mount Hope at Brindlee Mountain, Speake at Hatton, Falkville at Danville, Tanner at Clements, Austin at Hartselle.
Friday, Aug. 31
Tarrant at Hazlewood, R.A. Hubbard at Addison, Munford at West Morgan, Ardmore at Elkmont, Holly Pond at West Limestone, Lawrence County at East Lawrence, Priceville at Brewer, Huntsville at Decatur.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Athens at East Limestone.
‘IN MY OPINION’
Forget about being a doctor or a lawyer or even a movie star.
When I grow up, I want to be a Major League closer.
Mariano Rivera made $10,500,000 as a closer for the New York Yankees last season. That’s not bad for about an hour of work a week, seven months out of the year.
Think about it: You have a great seat in the bullpen for a Major League Baseball game every night. You get to see a lot of big cities, if only briefly without much time to sightsee. And on top of that, you don’t actually have to throw many pitches and you come into the game with a chance to be a hero every time.
I’d like to see the reaction from children when those details are presented at a career day.
Of course, there are the qualifications of a rocket arm and nerves of steel. Other than that, sign me up.
Brooke Milam, Daily Sports Writer
THE SPORTING BUZZ
Umps reject background check
NEW YORK — Minor league umpires Tuesday voted against allowing Major League Baseball to perform credit checks on them because they aren’t big league employees.
Minor league umps, just like their major league colleagues, are opposed to expanded background checks that the baseball commissioner’s office wants to perform in the wake of the NBA’s referee betting scandal.
Members of the Association of Minor League Umpires, the labor union that represents more than 200 minor league umps, were briefed on discussions between MLB and the AMLU during a conference call Tuesday.
In a vote, umpires then refused to sign away privacy rights to MLB.
MLB has said that such refusal could affect whether a minor league ump gets a major league job.
Lindsay Davenport’s return to professional tennis was postponed Tuesday when her doubles match at the Pilot Pen event was bumped because of rain. Davenport gave birth to her first child, Jagger Jonathan Leach, in June and has not played since last September.
Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin, 25, died last week when his sport utility vehicle collided with a freight train in a fiery crash, the Harris County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. The five-year veteran, who was the No. 7 pick in the 2001 NBA draft, had battled alcohol problems since coming out of Seton Hall and was suspended by the league for five games in January for violating the anti-drug program.
Trevor Linden re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $600,000. The 37-year-old Linden, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound center, is the Canucks’ career leader with 1,081 games played and 721 points, will be entering his 16th season with the Canucks and can earn an additional $350,000 in bonuses for games played.
Landon Donovan could become the United States’ career scoring leader when the Americans play Sweden in an exhibition game and he also could break U.S. records for goals and points in a year. The 25-year-old forward is tied with Eric Wynalda with 34 career goals for the national team, while Donovan’s nine goals equal the mark set by Wynalda in 1996, and his 21 points match Cobi Jones’ output in 2000.
Continental Airlines Inc. has decided to opt out of its deal for its name to appear on the home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. The Meadowlands building has been called Continental Airlines Arena for 12 years, but the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority said it is hunting for a new company to put its name on what is now Continental Airlines Arena.
The Associated Press and NBC Universal reached a deal that allows AP to include video links and other exclusive content from the 2008 Summer Olympics in a premium online service. NBC Sports and NBC Olympics will provide links to exclusive video and other online content generated by NBC in a joint effort to provide AP customers with comprehensive Olympic coverage leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
From wire reports
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