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Sports Beat
 July 25, 2007

Sports Beat by Bill McCaffrey

Erik Bedard has become the ‚§¶Man‚§? of the Orioles pitching staff ‚§≥ Great effort every time out but Nick Marakakis has been doing a job in right field for the Birds.† He reminds me of the right fielders when I was growing up, like Tommy Henrichm Al Zarilla, Pat Mullin, Buddy Lewis, etc.† He is doing well in right field and at bat.† One thing, its lucky Tampa Bay is in their division if not the Birds would be the anchor team even with Bedard and Marakakis.

RAVENS READY

The Baltimore Ravens are ready for another title year.† Their exhibition opener is August 13th at home in the purple roost.† They will play an exhibition contest at the Redskins on August 25th and their regular season opener will be at Cincinnati on September 10th.† In the regular draft they took Troy Smith who was the Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State (he is listed as the number three quarterback behind ‚§¶Airless‚§? McNair and Kyle Boller). † The supplement draft pick was the Southern Maryland product who couldn‚§Āt cut it in the classroom at Maryland is 6‚§Ā 9 and is over 300 pounds of solid man -Jered Gaither. † Both could produce for the Ravens, linebacker Bart Scott is the leader of the Ravens new defense. † It could be a banner year for Brian ‚§¶Big Ego‚§? Billick and the Baltimore Ravens.† Certainly the team will redo and fix some of the damage the Orioles have done to sports in Baltimore . † What‚§Ās your favorite Raven Roost? † Willis McGothee should help as he‚§Ās better than the moody, inconsistent Jamal Lewis (now in Cleveland ).

Former Field Hockey Terp Teammates Square Off at Pan Am Games
USA, Chile play to advance to gold medal game

Former Terrapin field hockey teammates Paula Infante and Lauren Powley square off at the Pan American Games as members of the Chile and U.S. National Teams, respectively, for the right to advance to the gold medal game. Former Maryland All-American Keli Smith has also helped the U.S. squad clinch a spot in the semifinals. The semifinal match takes place on July 21 at 3 p.m. ET . Paula Infante and Lauren Powley were members of the 2005 NCAA Championship squad. Both were four-time All-Americans, while Infante went on to help Maryland capture the 2006 title, as well. With Powley and Keli Smith, a three-time All-American while at Maryland , starting every game for the U.S. , the Americans have gone 3-0 in pool play, defeating the Netherlands Antilles (4-1), Cuba (7-0) and Canada (6-0). The U.S. is looking to make its fifth appearance in the Pan Am finals in six tries. Smith has scored twice in the Pan Am Games so far, tallying a goal against Antilles and the Cubans. Infante, who will be joining the coaching staff this fall as an undergraduate assistant coach while completing her dual degree, has also scored twice at the Pan Am Games, helping the Chilean squad to a 2-1 record. Chile opened with a 6-0 rout of Uruguay , then easily topped host Brazil , 9-0, before falling in a close match to the Argentines, 2-1. Argentina is considered one of the top field hockey teams in the world. The winner of the Pan Am Games earns the continent's automatic berth in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing , China . In addition, teams placing 2-6 in the women's tournament will earn spots in one of three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in early 2008. The winners of the three qualifying tournaments will earn the final three berths in the 2008 Olympic Games. To follow the Pan American field hockey games, live stats are available at www.usfieldhockey.com. For information on the Pan Am Games, visit www.rio2007.org.br.

Coleman Leads U.S. Women Past Cuba for Top Seed at Pan Ams
Medal round began Monday

The USA Pan American women's basketball team, led by Maryland's Marissa Coleman, swept pool play defeating defending champion Cuba on Sunday, 78-63, and enter the medal round as one of the top seeds. The Americans face the loser of the Brazil-Canada matchup, which was slated for later on Sunday evening. The medal round started on Monday, making it the fourth-straight day of competition for the Pan Am squads. The other semifinal contest will be between Cuba and the winner of the Brazil-Canada game. Entering her junior year at Maryland this fall, Marissa Coleman's most recent outing was a team-best 19-point performance, leading the team to victory over the Cubans, despite coming off the bench. She grabbed six rebounds, shot 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line and also had two blocks. Coleman has averaged a team-high 13.3 points per game at the Pan Am games, shooting 57 percent from the floor. She has also grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in the three games the U.S. has played. Colombia was no match for the U.S. , who cruised to a 95-41 win to open the Pan Am Games on July 20. The following day, the Americans also had an easy time with Argentina , recording an 85-54 victory, while Coleman contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. With both the U.S. and Cuba going into Sunday night's game undefeated, the Americans expanded an eight-point lead over the final 7:34 of the game to claim the pool's top seed. To follow the Pan American Games in Brazil , visit www.rio2007.org.br. For more information on the U.S. team, log onto www.usabasketball.com. Fred Glueckstein, a resident of Maryland, will be speaking and signing copies of his baseball book The'27 Yankees, considered by many as the greatest team in the history of the game, at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 pm. "I am honored to have been invited by the Babe Ruth Museum to talk about the 1927 Yankees and what was the Babe's greatest accomplishment: hitting 60 home runs," said Fred Glueckstein. "I am also pleased to have the opportunity to be at the Sports Legend Museum on the 80th Anniversary of the historic '27 Yankee season during the same week-end that the New York Yankees are in Baltimore to play the Orioles." The '27 Yankees is the definitive historical account of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Earle Combs, Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, and teammates covering Spring Training in St. Petersburg through the World Series. Detailed, lively and richly-layered, the book is an essential baseball book on a past era and the greatest team ever. "The search for the complete story of a team considered by many as the greatest ever was an exciting journey," said Glueckstein, "one that opened up for me the wonderful newspapers from New York and other cities at that time, out-of-print memoirs, and the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame." Directions to Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards can be found at http://www.baberuthmuseum.com/general/index2.cfm?label=Info_Directions After his appearance at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, Glueckstein will at the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown , New York on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 10:00 am . He will be speaking and signing copies of his book as part of an all day event titled "New York Baseball in Books."

Book Review
"Baseball aficionados don't agree on much. But nearly all will assent to the following: The 1927 Yankees were the greatest collection of ball players ever to lace up their spikes and take the field. After all, this was the team whose batting order earned the infamous nickname "Murderers' Row" for its historic exploits . . . . Glueckstein has carefully pieced together the story of the season by recapping newspaper articles [and other sources] published at that time.† Other comments by the reviewer of The '27 Yankees: "the book is rich in minutia . . .† an enormous amount of data . . .† intriguing vignettes about the individual players . . . fascinating for statisticians and baseball historians."† ††††††††† - Kirkus Discoveries For more information about ordering the book, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at www.Xlibris.com . All Xlibris books are distributed through Ingram Distribution and Baker & Taylor. Xlibris is a strategic partner of Random House Ventures, LLC, and a subsidiary of Random House, Inc. Xlibris books can be purchased in any major bookstore, or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or Xlibris.

About the Author
Fred Glueckstein attended Queens College of the City University of New York and New York University . In addition to baseball, he has written extensively about horses. Fred has been published in such magazines as The Chronicle of the Horse, Horses in Art, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, Equestrian, ARMY magazine, Preakness Souvenir Magazine, and Finest Hour, the official publication of the Churchill Centre and International Societies. Fred is a columnist for PhelpsSports.com, a 24/7 all-equestrian sports service, and Equestrian Network Magazine. He is also the author Of Men, Women and Horses. Fred and his wife Eileen live in Sykesville , Maryland . They have two children, Brian and Debra. Contact: Fred Glueckstein 203 Riverview Court Sykesville , MD 21784 Phone: 410-549-8965 Fredglueckstein@msn.com

WE GET LETTERS

Bill: It is†GREAT to see that you are recovering so well and are once again putting pen to paper!

Please make your thousands of loyal readers aware of†the retirement party (from State service) which†is being held for you on Friday, September 14, 2007 from 6 - 10 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie , Maryland.

Tickets to the party are $40.00 per person, and can be purchased by calling Cynthia Marbury at 410-454-7017.† Attendees have their choice of eating prime rib, crab imperial extraordinaire, or stuffed chicken breast.† Tickets can only be purchased in advance.

It promises to be a memorable, fun-filled evening as we honor William R. "Bill" McCaffrey! Thanks. Sincerely, "Loyal Baltimore Colts Fan in Ellicott City "

Bill, Good to have you back on-line consistently Bill!!! How are you feeling? † Very sad about Dave Fay. He was a crusty old guy but a good man and good for hockey around here. There aren't many left with him and Fachet gone now. Ed

Dear Ed, He was a very good man and my deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.† Both he and Fachet were great. Bill

Bill, this is one of the unpublished letters to the capital editor:

BGE rate increase I would like to remind the community that instead of experiencing the huge rate increases from BGE, we can take advantage of our right to choose where our energy comes from. Washington Gas has an option to acquire 5 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent of your energy from wind power drawn from another state. You pay a little bit extra, but if your average power bill is $200 a month, you will be paying $220 to get 100 percent of your power from wind farms, instead of paying $300 from BGE's current source. Call up BGE and they are required to tell you how to switch. Deregulation may have stuck us with huge rate increases, but it cannot prevent us from choosing how to help our planet. B

Dear B, Thanks for the information. Bill

Oh Bill. I am sorry. How are you doing? From Mary Conroy's quote in your column it sounded like you were doing well. I pray that it so. Hoe you have a beautiful summer. I think of you often. Fondly, Joan PS. You really do write a heckuva column. How is Denny doing?

Bill, Missed seeing your column and didn't know that you were out of commission.† Glad to hear that you are feeling better, whatever it was.† I will include you in my prayers.† Really enjoy your column, especially congratulate you on all the great events you report on.† You sure do cover the waterfront.† It's a great read.† I especially enjoy your book ‚§¶reviews‚§?. Stay well, have a good summer. Joan PS† Did you go down to Crisfield?

Dear Joan, Thank you for your kind comments, didn't make it to Crisfield. Bill

Hi Bill.† You don't know me or vice versa and I read parts of your data with names I recognize to easily.† Like Roosevelt H S; I went to Mac Farland, next door about 1938 or 39.† Then we moved to a SE area where I attended Anacostia Jr.Sr. H S,† in which I quit and joined the Navy in Dec. 13, 1941 .† Was discharged in 1945 then went to Chamberlain Voc Tech under the G I Bill.† I also went to Van Buren E S, then Ketcham E S., then NW to Mac Farland.† Crazy, huh and a small world. Good luck, Bob Alexander PS† When I went to Mac Farland we lived at Kenyon St. at Warder St .† In NW, did you know Jane Probey or her cousin Margarete Wagner.† Both at Roosevelt .† Also a star athletic name Green, I think? Drop me a line, if you wish.

Bob, Thanks for the information. Bill

Bill, You are right on the money with your fabulous column and I'm so glad to see you back in the mainstream and telling us how it is.† Keep those articles and letters coming and you know, like the little bunny.† I can see the great improvement and the deep determination you have in your recovery.† Be well. June

June, Thank you. Bill

Bill, Was going through some ol pics and came across this one. Think I may have sent it to you, but if not here it is. It has some Anacostia guys Poochie Hilliary, Buddy Money, and the Brockway brothers (Tech) and Frank (Tarzan) Spicer (Bell), and Buzzy Brown and of course the enigma Marty Cribbins† †† J

All great ones, including you. Bill

Bill, I'm sorry to say Rocky Howland passed away this morning at the age of 98.† I will get the details as soon as I can. Thanks, Henry

Dear Henry, Thanks for the information, my deepest sympathy goes to his family. Bill

Bill, Thanks for the kind words regarding Lou Glickfield, it is all true, I am sure Lou will be very happy.† I forwarded a copy to Maryilyn, Lou's wife to give to him plus I will print a copy and mail to Lou.† If you go to his website www.louglickfield.com you will see all the charities he has given to.† I will check the web after sending this, in any case Thanks for the nice words, Lou has earned it.† Hope you are doing better? Your Pal Emmett

Dear Emmett, Thank you, yes I am doing better and I can't wait for the meatloaf. Bill

Bill, As many of you know, the blog server on WNST.net is down.† I'm certain you have no problem believing that I'm primed and ready to convey some thoughts on everything and anything related to sports.† Hopefully, things we'll be back to normal very soon .... and I'll be casting my opinions out there on a daily basis. In the meantime, I'll just save up my material .... except for one glaring subject.† With yesterday's news on Michael Vick, I'm pushed to the point of blogging in any way possible.† This email is absolutely spirited as my attempt to "blog" to YOU in regard to the Michael Vick situation. Let me start by saying this .... I realize a man/woman is considered innocent until proven guilty.† That said, I find the accusations against Vick to be awful.† I realize there may be an opinion or two regarding the "trivial" nature of the charges .... after all, it's just dogs.† I guarantee you'll hear such opinions over the next couple days.† Although, the charges, in their substance, regard "illegal gaming across state lines" .... it's much deeper and complex than the notion.† This has everything to do with a group of men operating a heinous enterprise, that profited from the blood-letting of living creatures.† If you're a pet owner .... you're absolutely agreeing with me.† If animals aren't your "bag" .... you might consider this a waste of your federal tax dollars. If you're feeling the latter effects .... I urge you to look deeper into the issue.† This really has very little to do with dogs .... and a whole lot to do with state and local authorities negating their responsibilities.† Think about it .... the Surry County prosecutor had the ability to take action and further the case .... on a LOCAL level, where it belongs.† The same statement applies to the Surry County judge, who stood as a human deterrent to the search warrant and investigative process for law enforcement officials. I have a dear friend who hails from this affected region of Virginia .... and he's a police officer in the Baltimore area.† He maintains multiple friendships with law enforcement officials around Surry County .... and he's told me about the REAL Michael Vick .... for years.† Trust me, the local cops didn't drop the ball on this case .... they simply ran into resistance from above, and beyond the police agencies.† Come on .... who do you think called the feds? This case runs deeper than Michael Vick and his "Bad Newz" kennels.† Something stinks in Surry County .... and I'd bet the "house" that federal officials are not done with their investigation.† If I were employed in the judicial branch of that government and if I had ANYTHING to do with the Vick case .... I'd be taking my household garbage to the landfill, myself. Now, outside the legal system and into the NFL, itself.† Many sources are reporting that Vick told Commissioner Roger Goodell that he had no knowledge of "dog fighting" during an April meeting at league offices, in New York .† If this indeed occurred .... there's a simple prediction.† Regardless of whether an individual works in the NFL, at WNST, or for Joe's Deli .... you don't LIE to your boss.† Doing so, warrants dismissal .... period. Having Roger Goodell in charge will not benefit Vick's cause.† We all know he's a disciplinarian and I'd reckon he gets his "ass up on his shoulders" (as my Virginia friend would say) when folks lie to him in his office.† Roger Goodell is not an abrupt, or "shoot from the hip" guy .... but, he's gotta be contemplating some immediate action with Vick.† I sense NFL sponsors and animal rights activists will be pressuring him.† The activists can be avoided, for awhile .... but, the sponsors will be heard.† Remember what I always tell you about "money and sports." Speaking of money, don't be surprised if Nike, Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods "punt" Vick to curb.† They're all multi-billion dollar corporations .... do ya think they word endorsement contracts to their benefit, for situations just like this?† Of course, they do.† I'll guarantee you Michael Vick makes more through endorsements deals, than he does with the Atlanta Falcons.† Well .... this probably won't be the case much longer. In the end, Michael Vick has made his bed .... and he can sleep in it.† Rex

Dear Rex, Keep up the good work on WNST. Bill

Bill, You might wanna add...Trucks is one of only 4...who ever† threw 2 no hitters in the same season- 1952 Dan

Single Season Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data
Most No Hitters In A Season AL Allie Reynolds New York 2 07-12-1951 09-28-1951 Nolan Ryan California 05-15-1973 07-15-1973 Virgil Trucks Detroit 05-15-1952 08-25-1952 NL Johnny Vander Meer Cincinnati 2 06-11-1938 06-15-1938

Thanks, Bill

Hi Everyone, Just checking in with you and making sure all of you are enjoying this Summer of '07 and are in good health.† Hope to see you at our Saturday meeting of the Ba / Johns Hopkins Dystonia Support Group.† It's this Saturday at 1:30 - 3:30 .† Call me if you need more information. Our next meeting after that is October 20. † Perhaps†some of you already know that our good friend Jennifer Molski has left DMRF.† We will miss her greatly, as she was always so very helpful to our needs.

CERVICAL DYSTONIA RESEARCH STUDY

This study is taking place at the offices of Dr. Stephen Grill, Elkridge , MD ,†as well as†other locations. The cost to the volunteer is "0," plus payment for your trouble. Patient eligibility requirements:

o† Must be 18 to 75 years old
o† Have a clinical diagnosis of cervical dystonia
o† Previously been treated for cervical dystonia or interested in learning if they have cervical dystonia ††††††††and have not yet received treatment † The purpose of the study is to assess the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug, NT 201, in controlling the sustained muscle contractions associated with cervical dystonia.† NT201 is a new pure version of Botulinum Neurotoxin type A that is free of certain proteins.† Previous laboratory studies did not show the development of antibodies, which may reresent a clinical advance because the development of antibodies prevents long-term effective use of Botulinum Neurotoxin. † To determine eligibility, you may visit www.dystoniastudies.com or call toll free 1-800-984-0408. † NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) helps people struggling to afford drugs.† For a complete listing of these patient assistance programs, go to www.rarediseases.org/programs/medication, or call NORD directly at 800-999-NORD.

INTERESTING POINTS:

Dystonia is a disorder that tends to begin in our 40's, is more apt to occur in women than men, that person is more apt to be light-eyed than dark-eyed.† They are far more likely to be right-handed than occurs in the general population, and they are apt to have family members or themselves with scoliosis or tremor.

o† -† Dystonia that affects a single body area is focal dystonia.
o† -† Segmental dystonia affects two or more adjacent body areas.
o† -† If two or more nonadjacent body areas are affected, the dystonia is multifocal.
o† -† Generalized dystonia affects the limbs, trunk, and other major body areas simultaneously.
o† -† Dystonia that affects muscles on one side of the body is called hemidystonia.

What's the risk of torticollis in our relatives?† The date at this point with regard to torticollis running in families suggest that the risk is low for the group of first degree relatives, which would be parents, siblings, and children.† The estimated figure is between 5-8% that one of these would be affected. † Ever wonder how your physician "measures" dystonia?† He or she may use a standardized rating scale.† To view these rating scales, visit the WE MOVE website at http://www.mdvu.org/library/ratingscales/dystonia.

THESE ARE MYTHS
o† -† The doses of Botox used in injections for dystonia can cause botulism. - MYTH
o† -† Botox injections can be fatal. -† MYTH
o† -† Botox injections can cause permanent side effects. -† MYTH

Allergan (pharmaceutical company†of Botox) offers a Physician Locator to help people find physicians experienced with Botox:† www.botox.com/site/consumers/home.asp † Dystonia patients may be vulnerable to panic attacks.† These are usually accompanied by phobic avoidance, anticipatory anxiety, and worry in some detail about the consequences of the panic attack.† Anxiety can escalate to a degree that everyday activities become intolerable.† Individuals with dystonia should be aware of their anxiety and seek professional treatment before their emotional discomfort feels unbearable. † By donating your car, you can transform a used vehicle into valuable dollars for research and DMRF programs.† For more information contact Associate Director of Development Tammy Reed at 312-755-0198, or treed@dystonia-foundation.org. † Please go to www.iGive.com, and a percentage of everything you buy goes to the charity of your choice.† Visit the website, set up an account to name the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation as your favorite charity, and turn shopping into a fundraising activity. † Promote awareness by wearing a DMRF 30th anniversary lapel pin.† They are $5 each.† To order, visit www.dystonia-foundation.org. † Ever thought of contacting your state representatives concerning your fight with dystonia, or other issues?† Everyone should do this by calling or e-mailing and speaking to the health aide in the office. He/she would be the best contact.† Our representatives need to know that we are here and that we are asking for additional funding for research for better treatments and a cure.† Here are some directions below: † You can search for your representative online by going to:† http://www.house.gov/writerep/.† Once there, simply look up your representative in your state, enter your five-digit zip code with the four digit extension (If you don't know your four-digit extension go to:† http://zip4.usps.com-zip4/welcome.jsp and fill in your information.† It will give you your four digit extension.)† Once you have filled out that information, a list of your representatives, their office locations, a hyperlink to their website and a hyperlink to a contact form will be available.

SPECIAL EVENTS;

NSTA (National Spasmodic Torticollis Association) is having their Annual Symposium 2007 Sat. and Sun., October 13 & 14 in Orlando , FL. † For more info, please so to their website, www.torticollis.org. † Dystonia/ST is having their Symposium X, Sept 28-30 at the Holiday Inn BWI, Linthicum , MD. † Please go to their website www.spasmodictorticollis.org, or call at 1-888-445-4588.† These are great websites even if you're not going to the symposiums. † These symposiums have always been a great source of information with top notch speakers.† Also, new friends are easily made here.

Remember to exercise and stretch.

If we don't see you at our next meeting, we'll miss you. †-June Sumner

Bill, Have you heard about www.omalleywatch.com?† What do you think about it? Jack W.

Dear Jack, I only know what I read in the ‚§¶Sun‚§?.† Someone did say that some of the former Governor's people who were retained by the present Governor are feeding this blogger.† That's all I know or heard. †You still work in Government don't you? Bill

Bill, I work at MTA and I think Simon Taylor looks more like an adult Harry Potter not "Chickenman". E.T.

Dear E.T., No comment! Bill

SPORTS NOTES

A team made up of prominent Delco League players will play the Russian National Team on August 9th. at Widener University in Chester , PA. Game time will be 1 p.m. The Delco League† the oldest incorporated league in this or any other country is completing it's 100th year of service in 2007. The game is part of a month- long tour by the Russian National Team to celebrate the 20th. anniversary of Russian International Baseball and the 200th. anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States . For more information contact Jim Vankoski, the coordinator of special events for the Delco League, 610-909-4910 or email bvankoski@hotmail.com. † Great story on Travis Pastrana in the July 30th ESPN magazine.† Pastrana who hails from Anne Arundel County is former State Delegate Ray Huff‚§Ās grandson and the nephew of Alan Pastrana (who in 1966 threw 19 TD passes for Lou Sabans Maryland Terps).† Travis has become a legend in his motorcycle heroics. † Who remembers Walt Chipple? † How‚§Ās Herbie Wright doing today? † How about street car turn arounds in DC like Colorado Avenue, Barney Circle, Wisconsin and Western 7th and Penna Ave? † How about the Hi, HO, the Shanty, Eddie‚§Ās Friendly Tavern, Poor Joes‚§Ās, Bob Whites, Jack Rowes, the Bucket of Blood, the 1023, the Rocket Room. † Joel Osteen will be at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore on October 26th. † Roy Clark will be at the Rams Head in Annapolis on November 30th. † I saw ‚§¶Giggles‚§? Davis in a light suit again on the Orioles TV (I guess he only has one dark and one light) and I don‚§Āt know if ‚§¶Goodyear‚§? was spelled on the back. † The River Cree Resort and Casino is pleased to announce the formation of the River Cree Combative Sports Commission. † The mandate of the commission will be to oversee the staging of live combat sports events as the River Cree Resort broadens its scope of headline Las Vegas style entertainment at their newly opened Events Centre. The resort will be hosting several top level fight cards sanctioned by the new commission including boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA), similar to that of†the immensely popular Ultimate Fighting Championship. † Heading up the new commission will be Chairman Al MacKechnie, of Edmonton, with over 24 years experience in the combative sports, first as a promoter and event producer and most recently as an inspector, commissioner and past chairman of the Edmonton Boxing and Wrestling Commission. "Despite being a new commission, we have some of the most experienced people on board with respect to administering MMA events and other combat sports", noted MacKechnie. † This is the first tribal commission set up in western Canada . The River Cree Resort and Casino opened last fall to rave reviews from locals and visitors alike and is located adjacent to the western boundary of Edmonton , on the tribal lands of the Enoch Cree Nation. "We want to encourage people to come out and enjoy the fight cards and then take in the whole casino experience, the great food, night clubs, gaming and the overall excitement that makes River Cree Resort a "must see" entertainment choice", says MacKechnie. † The first event sanctioned by the commission took place Saturday, July 21, with Hardcore Championship Fighting, a mixed martial arts†card titled "Unfinished Business". Tickets are available through ticketmaster. For more information contact: †Al MacKechnie, Chairman River Cree Combative Sports Commission 780-907-8464 almack@shaw.ca † In a move that cold be called ‚§¶Dumb and Dumber‚§? the ‚§¶suck up‚§? radio station is teaming Ray Lewis with Anita ‚§¶Harpo‚§? Marx in a new sports show.† (They were trying to get one of the ‚§¶Blimp Brothers‚§? to be the announcer). † In a letter to the editor in Saturday's Baltimore Sun one Kevin Naff complained about the MARC commuter service and why should that surprise you?† The best man to run MARC, Ira Silverman left MARC to go back to AMTRAK and the new man at MARC has limited if any railroad experience.† Some good ones still at MARC are Norris Walker, Keith Crumpler, Harry Anderson, Jim Hoover, Dave Ricker, Cynthia Marbury, Kathy Waters and Tim Norris. † The Mystics need a lot of help. † Is Rick Moreland still around? † Delegate Jimmy Malone is doing a fine job at Cardinal Gibbons. † Can you believe six more months to finish the bay Bridge repairs?† I wonder if the company doing the repairs has to pay a large penalty? Probably not, the folks using the bridge have to suffer daily for six or more months of inexcusable delays.† Where‚§Ās Tom Osborne when you need him? † Some folks are talking up Mike Miller to be the next Governor. † Congressman Steny Hoyer is doing a great job in Congress. † Did you know the State of Maryland has the fifth worse highway congestion in the country and that when the I-95 construction is finished it will be outdated when its opened, no surprise here either. † Are the Ravens close to adding Daunte Culpepper and ‚§¶Pacman‚§? Jones to their roster? † Can you believe another police chief for Baltimore ?† How many does that make in the last 8 years/ † Okay look for the Yankees to close the gap on the Red Sox. † I understand that Kieffer Mitchell, Mayor and Ken Harris, City Council President are gaining the Baltimore races, also gained is Sarbanes. † Are the Wizards looking for a major trade? † Where are they today ‚§≥ Shirley Briggs, Joann Briggs, Elaine Goodman, Hank Abraham, Tom Vaden, Carl Deanell, Donnie Herman, Don Hanka, George Malloy, Eddie Bell, Shirley Lash and Ruth Estelle? Please be advised the kickoff time for the Saint Paul ‚§Ās at Bowie State football game ‚§≥ Saturday, September 29th has changed to 2:00 p.m.† †A revised schedule is attached for your information. Randy and Rosemary Snowling, Geoff Lanning and Karen Griffin took the Summer Mixer at Tantallon. The Bowie State University men's basketball team completed regular summer league play in the Jabbo Kenner Summer League at Georgetown University ‚§Ās McDonough Arena with a 4-4 record.† The Bulldogs will face Electro Lite ‚§≥ Wednesday, July 25th at 7:15 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs.† Admission is free and open to the public.

BOXING

Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright went toe to toe and head to head for 12 rounds and when the smoke cleared Hopkins was still light heavyweight champion on a decision that many felt should have been a draw and some even felt Wright won.† NO matter it was one of the PFV fights where the fans did get their money‚§Ās worth.† Hopkins is a true champion though and will go down in fight history and one of the best ever in the game. † In Jake Smith‚§Ās Baltimore Pro Showing Pro-AM card at ‚§¶Du‚§? Burns Arena the results were: Mike Dietrich ran his record to 10-0 with a 3 round TKO over Jerry Simpson. Adam Bloom 1st round TKO over Norman Green. Josh Snyder 4th round TKO over Steve Garrett. Martin Wright 4th round decision over Maurice Williams. Mike Paschall 4th round decision over Jake Rodriguez, Paschall is now 12-0-1. Jessie Nicklow and Henry Mays fought a 3 round exhibition bout. Two amateur bouts also were fought.

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