Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pictures Of The Day

Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom walks in the Stakes Barn led by Dan Rock after arriving at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Baltimore. Animal Kingdom is set to run in the Preakness Stakes race today. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
The Jim Stable’s Ben’s Cat and Jeremy Rose cross the finish line to win the $50,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. King Leatherbury trains the winner. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Michael Tabor and Todd Pletcher teamed up to in the $50,000 Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland with Excited and John Velazquez. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s R Holiday Mood (John Velazquez up) scores by a neck over R. Larry Johnson’s Strike The Moon in the $50,000 Miss Preakness Stakes on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Jockey Jose Lezcano and Royal Delta cross the finish line to win the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Royal Delta is owned by Palides Investments N.V., Inc. and trained by Bill Mott.  (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Jockey Jose Lezcano aboard Royal Delta crosses the finish line to win the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
John Salzman Jr’s Silver Partner and Ramon Dominguez cross the finish line to win the $25,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Sandy Valley Farm’s Suzzona and Julain Pimentel cross the finish line to win the $50,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Full Field For 136th Preakness Stakes

DANCE CITY (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Post positions for the 136th Preakness Stakes were drawn May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland:

1. Astrology (A. P. Indy x Quiet Eclipse by Quiet American) - Owned by Stonestreet Stable and George Bolton and trained by Steve Asmussen. Ridden by Mike Smith.

2. Norman Asbjornson (Real Quiet x Merryland Missy by Citidancer) - Owned by Thomas McClay and Harry Nye and trained by Christopher Grove. Ridden by Julian Pimental.

3. King Congie (Badge of Silver x Wise Ending by End Sweep) - Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Rom Albertrani. Ridden by Robbie Albarado.

4. Flashpoint (Pomeroy x Two Punch Lil by Two Punch) - Owned by Peachtree Stables and trained by Wesley A. Ward.  Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez.

5. Shackleford (Forestry x Oatsee by Unbridled) - Owned by Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge and trained by Dale Romans, Shackleford is assigned to jockey Jesus Castanon.

6. Sway Away (Afleet Alex x Seattle Shimmer by Seattle Slew) - Owned by Batman Stable, Philip Lebhert, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace and trained by Jeff Bonde. Ridden by Garrett Gomez.

7. Midnight Interlude (War Chant x Midnight Kiss by Groom Dancer) - Owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert. Ridden by Martin Garcia.

8. Dance City (City Zip x Ballet Colony by Pleasant Colony) - Owned by the Estate of Edward P. Evans and trained by Todd Pletcher, Dance City is assigned to jockey Ramon Dominguez.

9. Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno x Ponche De Leona by Ponche) - Owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing and trained by Kathy Ritvo. Ridden by Rajiv Maragh.

10. Dialed In (Mineshaft x Miss Doolittle by Storm Cat) - Owned by Robert V. LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito.  Ridden by Julien Leparoux.

11. Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux x Dalicia by Acatenango) - Owned by Team Valor International and trained by H. Graham Motion. Ridden by John Velazquez.

12. Isn't He Perfect (Pleasantly Perfect x Raciclada by Rictorious) - Owned by Kharag Stables and trained by Doodnaugh Shivmangal. Ridden by Edgar Prado.

13. Concealed Identity (Smarty Jones x Richetta by Polish Numbers) - Owned by Linda Gaudet and Morris Bailey and trained by Eddie Gaudet.  Ridden by Sheldon Russell.

14. Mr. Commons (Artie Schiller x Joustabout by Apalachee) - Owned by St. George Farm Racing LLC and trained by John Shirreffs. Ridden by Victor Espinoza.

The Preakness, second gem in horse racing's Triple Crown, will run Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico. Post time is 6:25 p.m. ET.

Pictures Of The Day

From right here in ACC country, Virginia-bred Dance City is given a bath after galloping at Pimlico this morning in preparation for Saturday's 136th Preakness Stakes.  Dance City was born about 10 minutes from T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC headquarters at Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, VA.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
A horse works out during early morning at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland, May 19, 2011. The 136th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place at Pimlico Saturday May 21, 2011.  (Reuters Photo)
Carlton House ridden here by John Nolan, owned by The Queen (yeah, that Queen, the world's most famous mother-in-law) is the favorite for the Epsom Derby in June.  The Epsom Derby is the English version of our Kentucky Derby.  Here, Carlton House returns from a morning gallop on May 19, 2011 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sanders, Maryland Headed Into College Football Hall of Fame

Sanders and Lawrence Taylor (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
One actual and one adopted ACC football player are part of this year’s class of inductees into the FBS College Football Hall of Fame – Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders (1985-98) and Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland.

Sanders was known for his acrobatic interceptions and electric punt returners. He won the 1988 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, and finished his career with 14 interceptions -- a number that ranked second all-time at FSU when he left in 1988.

During his junior and senior seasons, Florida State was 11-1 with a pair of New Year’s Day bowl wins. In 1988, he ranked among the top 10 nationally with five interceptions in nine games.

Russell Maryland and the Ibis
That year, he was also the nation’s top punt returner with 15.2 yards per return. He also set the career record for punt return yardage when he left with 1,429. Sanders ranks third on the FSU career interceptions list and still holds seven school records for interceptions and punt returns.

Sanders was a three-sport star in football, baseball and track and was eventually a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and also started in centerfield for the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. He was the fifth pick in the 1989 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons, won two Super Bowls with San Francisco and Dallas, and also played in the World Series with Atlanta. Sanders had his jersey retired in 1995.

Maryland played tackle at Miami and was the 1990 Outland Trophy winner prior to be taken as the top pick in the 1991 NFL draft.  His Hurricanes won the National Championship in 1989, and his ten year NFL career (nine with the Dallas Cowboys) included three Super Bowl wins.  He was a NFL Pro Bowl selection in 1993.

ACC/Big 10, 11, 12(?) Challenge Matchups Announced

North Carolina will host Wisconsin and Duke will play at Ohio State in the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge next season.

The series expands to 12 games with Nebraska joining the Big Ten.

The Blue Devils and Buckeyes combined to be ranked No. 1 in all but one of the AP polls last season. They face off Nov. 29. The other games that day are Miami at Purdue; Northwestern at Georgia Tech; Illinois at Maryland; Michigan at Virginia; and Clemson at Iowa.

The Tar Heels, who return their top seven scorers, take on the Badgers on Nov. 30. The rest of that day’s slate features Indiana at N.C. State; Penn State at Boston College; Florida State at Michigan State; Virginia Tech at Minnesota and Wake Forest at Nebraska.

ESPN, which broadcasts the games, announced the matchups Tuesday.

Crime: Ex-Wake Forest Players Say They Have Already Been Cleared Of Charges

Jeff Teague (AP Photo)

Did the college basketball players get off easy or is the alleged victim setting the table for a big civil settlement?  Time will tell…

According to Andy Katz at, Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch sent a letter to the Wake Forest community acknowledging that a NBC "Today Show" segment airing Thursday morning will feature a former student who alleged that two former Wake Forest basketball players – Jeff Teague Gary Clark –  sexually assaulted her in 2009.

Hatch said that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) would prevent the university from discussing the specifics of the case. But he added that "I can assure you the University takes these issues seriously, has a well-established Code of Conduct and has procedures for hearing alleged violations of that Code of Conduct. In addition, Wake Forest offers significant resources to support our students in times of need."

The attorney for the two former Wake players said Tuesday night both of his clients were cleared of any wrongdoing by a school hearing and an investigation by the Miami police department into the alleged assault hours after the Demon Deacons were upset by Cleveland State on March 20, 2009, in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Miami.

Winston-Salem attorney Mike Grace told he represented former players Jeff Teague, now a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and Gary Clark, in the case that was adjudicated two years ago but is now coming to light again when the alleged victim appears on the Today Show. Grace said Teague's agent, Mike Conley, has endorsed Grace speaking on the matter.

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Hang In There ACC Football Fans, Here Are Some Links

Chad Wilson
Via ESPN and Edward Aschoff:

*The Hurricanes will travel to Chicago for an alumni event.

*Sixteen years later, ex-Hurricane Chad Wilson earns his degree.

*Football season-ticket sales are down six percent from this point last year at Clemson.

*Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says it's best that his Seminoles embrace expectations early.

*Buford, Ga., linebacker Dillon Lee picks Alabama over Florida State.

*ESPN's KC Joyner looks at the summer stock of the Seminoles.

*Former University of Maryland freshman quarterback Tyler Smith is transferring to Elon.

*Virginia Tech gets to work on re-stocking its offensive line by gaining a verbal commitmentfrom offensive guard Jack Willenbrock.

*Former Virginia Tech receiver Austin Fuller appears headed to SMU. 

*The loss of Tate Forcier is no big deal for Miami. 

Mario Nixon
*The Hokies have picked up their 10th commitment for the class of 2012: receiver Mario Nixon. 

*Football should be eliminated from Title IX compliance. 

*Highly touted Georgia prep linebacker prospect Dillon Lee is to announce where he will play Monday night. FSU is in the running along with Alabama, Georgia and USC.

*Miami coach Al Golden was in Naples over the weekend at a local golf outing, trying to sell the football program.

*Thoughts on the Georgia Tech two-deep roster from Ken Sugiura of the AJC.

*The cloud of possible NCAA sanctions is still hanging over North Carolina.

Pictures Of The Day

Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness entrant Animal Kingdom grazes after a morning workout at the Fair Hill Training Center on May 17, 2011 in Elkton, Maryland. Animal Kingdom is training for Saturday's 136th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Racers compete during the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit.  (Photo by Race-Press.Com/DPA/
Evidently Dirk Nowitzki is en fuego.  The notorious laid back seven foot jump shooter has cranked up his game a few notches.  Last night he put up 48 and here he posts up Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 17, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  The Mavs won 121-112.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jason Andre of Brazil win his opening heat at the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil after defeating Gabe Kling of the USA and Bede Durbidge of Australia to advance to round 3.  (Photo by Kelly Cestari/ASP-Covered Images/

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shocking News: Coach K Makes Big Bucks

Did Coach K charge Alex for the autograph?
Every now and then an story surfaces about Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski leaving Durham.  Why would he?  He's adored by zillions of (misguided) Duke fans, alums and students.  Hamburger Heroes line up to attend his school making the most tedious part of coaching, recruiting, a snap and he gets paid a zillion dollars a year.

OK, not quite a zillion.  But, Coack K continues to do well and is, once again, Duke's highest-paid employee.

The Associated Press on Monday obtained the university's most recent IRS documents for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010.

Krzyzewski's total compensation for that year was listed as nearly $4.7 million. That includes a base salary of $2 million, more than $2.2 million in bonuses and incentives and $420,000 in retirement and other deferred compensation.

The Blue Devils appear to be getting their money's worth: During that fiscal year, Krzyzewski won his second straight ACC tournament title, followed that up with his fourth NCAA tournament championship and spent much of the 2010-11 season ranked No. 1.

Krzyzewski is only the second Division I men's coach with 900 career wins, and enters the 2011-12 season two victories shy of tying his mentor Bob Knight for the record among top-tier men's coaches.

According to past IRS Form 990 filings, Krzyzewski made nearly $4.2 million in 2008-09 and roughly $3.6 million the year before that.

Duke's IRS Form 990 also shows football coach David Cutcliffe made $1.7 million. That included a base salary of nearly $1.4 million and $300,000 in incentives.

Athletic director Kevin White's total compensation was listed at $908,000, including a base salary of more than $775,000.

Evidently, there is good money in college sports.

New Wolfpack Coach Lands Top Recruit

Torian Graham
From ACC Now:

The first day new N.C. State basketball coach Mark Gottfried was allowed to talk to recruits, he called Torian Graham.

The timing of the call in early April made a big impression on Graham, one of the top recruits in the country who made a verbal commitment to the Wolfpack on Monday.

"He told me I was their top priority," Graham said. "That meant a lot to me."

Graham, a 6-4 shooting guard at Raleigh's Word of God, is rated as the 25th-best player in the class of 2012 by and 45th by ESPN's Dave Telep. He averaged about 19 points per game as a junior.

Gottfried, who was hired on April 5 to replace Sidney Lowe, has four scholarships available for this season and one more will open up after the 2011-12 season.

The Wolfpack is also pursuing Graham's prep teammate T.J. Warren, a forward, and Graham's close friend, guard Rodney Purvis of Raleigh's Upper Room Academy.

"I'm going to get [Purvis] and a couple of more," Graham said. "I can recruit now."

ACC Basketball Brainiacs

Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas)
From ACC Now:

Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State had widely varying degrees of success on the court in men’s basketball in 2009-10, but all three schools posted stellar performances in the classroom.

All three Triangle ACC men’s basketball teams received public recognition awards for performance in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) calculation for 2009-10. The only other ACC men’s basketball team to receive recognition was Virginia Tech’s.

The NCAA on Tuesday announced the awards, which are given each year to teams that finished in the top 10 percent nationally in their sport in the APR calculation, which measures classroom performance for each team.

On the court in 2009-10, Duke won the NCAA title, North Carolina was NIT runner-up and N.C. State played in the NIT.

Duke led all ACC schools with 15 sports programs receiving public recognition awards. In men’s sports, Duke was recognized in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, soccer, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling. The Blue Devil women’s basketball, fencing, lacrosse and volleyball teams also were honored.

North Carolina was honored in seven sports - men’s basketball and swimming, and women’s fencing, golf, gymnastics, swimming and volleyball.

N.C. State received honors men’s basketball and cross country, and mixed rifle.

Boston College finished second to Duke in the ACC with 10 public recognition awards. Wake Forest has six sports honored.

ACC 2011-12 Basketball: North Carolina Logical Pre-Season #1

Here is early preseason top 25 for next hoop season.

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
1. NORTH CAROLINA – The buzz: There was a chance that UNC could lose its entire starting frontcourt to the NBA. Instead, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller decided to remain in school and will give the Tar Heels the nation's most formidable front line next season. The Heels also are adding five-star prospects James McAdoo, a forward, and P.J. Hairston, a guard. UNC also should benefit from having PG Kendall Marshall in the starting lineup all year. The only question about the Heels is their outside shooting.

2. Kentucky, 3. Ohio State,

4. DUKE – The buzz: The Blue Devils lost three big-time talents in PG Kyrie Irving, G Nolan Smith and F Kyle Singler. But Duke will be fine. Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and five-star freshman Austin Rivers -- Doc's son -- will give the Blue Devils one of the nation's best backcourts. The Blue Devils will add a third Plumlee brother up front, with Marshall Plumlee joining Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee. Freshman are going to play a key role for coach Mike Krzyzewski.    
5. Syracuse, 6. Vanderbilt, 7. Louisville, 8. Pittsuburgh, 9. Memphis, 10. Arizona, 11. Kansas, 12. Florida, 13. UConn, 14. Wisconsin, 15. Baylor, 16. Alabama, 17. Michigan State, 18. Xavier, 19. Temple, 20. Texas A&M, 21. Gonzaga, 22. California, 23. New Mexico, 24. Wichita State, 25. Mississippi State. 

Former AAU Coach Hill Accepts Post At Maryland

Hill (left)
This hire will be popular in the circles that believed Gary Williams wasn’t recruiting hard enough and unpopular with those that don’t want to buy into the current system of AAU coaches and other outsiders being involved in the process…

Kansas State assistant coach Dalonte Hill has accepted a position on Mark Turgeon’s Maryland staff, has confirmed through sources close to Hill. According to the source, a deal between Hill and the Terrapins was struck days ago, but was delayed until Tuesday afternoon in an effort to give the former Wildcat coach a chance to tell those to whom he is close.

While details of the contract were not made available on Tuesday, Hill’s contract at is said to be significantly less than $423,750 per year base salary he was being paid at K-State, a contract that was set to run through the 2015 season.

Hill spent the last five seasons at K-State, the last four of which were spent with the title of associate head coach. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He is credited with bringing former No. 2 NBA draft pick Michael Beasley to Manhattan and reigniting the school’s presence on the recruiting trail.

Prior to arriving at K-State in 2006, Hill, a DC-area native, served as an assistant coach at Charlotte, where he also played, from 2003 until 2006.    

Pictures Of The Day

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom with David Nava aboard gets a morning workout at the Fair Hill Training Center on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Fair Hill, Md. Animal Kingdom and his trainer Graham Motion are preparing for the 136th Preakness Stakes race Saturday in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Jim Dietz)
The peloton (Latin for big group of cheaters) passes through the countryside (where they will throw away all their syringes and empty vials) during stage two of the 2011 AMGEN Tour De Cheaters De California from Nevada City to Sacramento, CA. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Nice play, Elvis.Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers flips the ball to second base during a game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the White Sox 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chad Fortune flies his truck Superman at Monster Jam, monster truck “competition” in San Jose, Costa Rica.  (Photo by Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)
President Barack Obama poses for a photograph with the 2011 NCAA Champion University of Connecticut men's basketball team and its coach Jim Calhoun at the White House May 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. UConn earned the national championship with an 11-game run through the postseason, ending with a 53-41 win over Butler in the NCAA title game.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Terps Pull Hidden Ball Trick On Tar Heels

The Other Picture Of The Day

Adios, Endeavour.  Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 16 in Cape Canaveral, Fla, on Monday, May 16 for the next-to-last time.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Saturday, May 14
DUKE 15, Delaware 14 – Duke University attackmen Zach Howell and Jordan Wolf combined for seven goals and three assists and senior goaltender Mike Rock made 12 saves as the fifth-seeded Blue Devils held off No. 14 Delaware, 15-14, in front of 2,572 in the first round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

(Photo by Peyton Williams/
Delaware battled back from a six and five-goal deficits during the game, but Duke was able to outlast the Blue Hens and get the win to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

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Sunday, March 15
MARYLAND 13, NORTH CAROLINA 6 – Junior Drew Snider scored four goals and senior Ryan Young had two goals and three assists to lead the University of Maryland to a 13-6 victory over No. 8 seed North Carolina Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament.

To read the details, click here.

Matt White (Virginia Sports)
VIRGINIA 13, Bucknell 12 РTewaaraton finalist Steele Stanwick found Matt White for the game-winning goal with 2:33 left in overtime to push the No. 7 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (10-5) over the unseeded Bucknell Bison (14-3) on Sunday, 13-12, inside Klöckner Stadium in the NCAA Tournament first round. Virginia now advances to the quarterfinal round in Hempstead, N.Y., and will face the No. 2 seeded Cornell Big Red at noon on Saturday. The game will be televised in HD on ESPN2.

With the win, Starsia now owns 326 career victories, tying him with Jack Emmer (326) for most victories by a head coach.

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Quote Of The Day

(Nick Laham/Getty Images North America)
"The facility issue will fix itself. Within a year, we'll have one of the best facilities in college basketball." – Brian Gregory, new coach at Georgia Tech.

Gregory, who was hired by the Jackets after eight season at Dayton, has his work cut out for him getting GT back on track.

To read more, click here.

Pictures Of The Day

Timber!  Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gassol during Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.  The Thunder won 105-90.  (Photo by John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated)

Silvana Lima of Brazil falls into a wave while competing in the quarterfinal round of the Billabong Rio Pro Women’s surfing competition in Rio de Janeiro.  (Photo by Victor Calvano/AP Photos)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Miami v. Ohio State Goes Prime Time

Simply because there is only LAX and baseball news out there, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday that kickoff in Miami will be at 7:30 or 8 p.m. on Sept. 17. The game will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN.

What a can stop holding your breath.

The teams played in Columbus last season, with the Buckeyes winning 36-24. The 2011 matchup will be Ohio State's first trip to play the Hurricanes in Miami.

Embattled Ohio State coach Jim Tressel (right) will be allowed to coach the game but his A.D. and the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) have asked him to attend a seminar called "Winning Games in Prime Time."

Pictures Of The Day

Clint Bowyer, driver of the #33 Rheem Heating, Cooling and Water Heating Chevrolet, spins in the air after colliding with Joey Logano, driver of the #20 GameStop Toyota, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series 5-hour ENERGY 200 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins' Sonny Jurgensen (Duke)  is seen in action against the Giants on Oct. 29, 1974. The Raleigh News & Observer's Caulton Tudor wrote about our favorite QB on Friday.  (AP file photo) 

In this infrared photo Rory Sabbatini hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the Players Championship held at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of The Players Championship hled at The Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Woods withdrew after re-injuring his knee.  (Photo by Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated)

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