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Baseball scrap has real Odor to it

Sir Charles with piece of advice for fighters
May 22, 2016 3:30 P.M.

Jim Craig, the goaltender on the U.S.’s gold medal-winning 1980 Olympic men’s hockey team, is selling a lot of his memorabilia. “Do you believe in fire sales?” asks Torben Rolfsen, the host of The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 Vancouver on Saturday mornings. . . . Rolfsen, again: “Should Montreal get an NBA team? #OuiTheNorth.” . . . “In Tiger Woods’ first public golf appearance in months,” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, “he lost three consecutive shots in the water. Wasn’t that long ago everybody thought he could walk on the stuff.” . . . One more from Currie: “Reuters reports an alligator bit off the arm of a Florida man who tried swimming across a lake to avoid arrest. Police said he was unarmed.” . . .

A tweet from Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles Daily News: “Floyd Mayweather says he’ll come out of retirement to fight Rougned Odor.” . . . A news flash from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Cruiserweights Denis Lebedev, Grigory Drozd, Victor Emilio Ramirez and Rougned Odor to meet in four-man box-off to unify the WBA, WBC, IBF and MLB titles.” . . . Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent, notes that “a Texas BBQ restaurant is offering Rougned Odor free food for life for his clocking of Jose Bautista. Meanwhile, the restaurant has honoured Bautista by putting more tomatoes in its BBQ sauce.” . . . Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post writes: “One thing was evident during the brawl between Odor’s Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays: Odor is more than just a slap hitter. For a second baseman, that guy’s got some punch.” . . .

Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong weighs in on the fight of the week: “Odor was handed an eight-game suspension for his part in the brawl with the Blue Jays. This will give him enough time to sign an endorsement contract with Hawaiian Punch. Not to be outdone, look for Bautista to sign a contract with Odor Eaters.” . . . “Shia LeBeouf will play John McEnroe in a new Borg vs. McEnroe film,” reports Littlejohn. “Can you imagine an actor being told that he will have to tone down his erratic, often bizarre behaviour in order to play McEnroe?” . . . New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon has been married for 21 years. He and his wife have four children. The New York Post reports that he is being sued by a woman who claims she has had two children by him. As the aforementioned Perry noted: “That certainly isn’t what Ernie Banks had in mind when he said, ‘Let’s play two!’ ” . . .

Watching the Toronto Blue Jays these days, you wonder if chief apologists Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler, who head up the television crew, realize that the sky is falling. . . . Headline at TheKicker.com: Bowling alley forced to close after visit from U.S. shot-put team. . . . Headline at Fark.com: Indiana Pacers announce Nate McMillan will be next head coach they fire. . . . Gregg Popovich took over as the San Antonio Spurs’ head coach in December 1996. Since then, there have been 223 head-coaching changes in the NBA. . . . Popovich, of course, still is with the Spurs. . . . Whatever happened to Alannah Myles? . . .

“I have enjoyed watching the Cleveland Globetrotters play the Toronto Generals,” notes Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. . . . You have to think that the pooh-bahs at Thompson Rivers U in Kamloops, the home of the WolfPack, will begin the search for a new director of athletics and recreation before too long. A little birdie has whispered that Ken Olynyk, the AD since 2003, has plans to retire in August 2017. . . . A piece of advice from the always relevant Charles Barkley: “Don’t get in a fight with somebody who’s ugly. They got nothing to lose.” . . .

“In Kentucky,” reports Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald, “an e-cigarette user’s pants exploded in his pocket due to a bad battery. Nothing can destroy the coolness of e-cigarettes faster than exploding pants.” . . . One more from Dickson: “Lawnmower racing season has begun in Great Britain. I’d just like to say that if anyone wants to start a lawnmower racing league in Omaha, they can use my yard for the course.” . . . Cast members of the movie A League of Their Own staged a reunion last week. As Dickson noted: “Just for fun, they beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2.” . . .

Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers homered off Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. The pitch came in at 69 miles per hour and left at 109. Earlier, Vin Scully had said: “Weaver doesn’t need a speed gun, an hour-glass will do.” . . . Weaver used to rely on his fastball, but it has disappeared and now he’s a pitcher, not a thrower. . . . “First Justin Trudeau, then they get one of the four remaining teams in the NBA playoffs,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “Now Canada’s just piling on.”

(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at greggdrinnan@gmail.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)

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