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Volume: 104 No.222
MONDAY, AJJGUST 18, 2008
Tropical sorm set
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER battering Cuba yes-
terday and leaving five people
in Haiti dead in its wake, Tropi-
cal Storm Fay is expected to pass
the Bahamas on the west today,
sparing the islands the system's
However, meteorologists are
warning Bahamians to never-
theless stay cautious, as heavy
thunderstorms and possible
flooding in lower lying areas are
likely to occur.
Water spouts and even torna-
do development are also a pos-
sibility, weather forecasters said.
Tropical Storm Fay's "worst
impact" on the Bahamas is
M By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
expected to be felt in the north-
western islands starting today in
the late morning hours and con-
tinuing throughout the day until
SEE page eight
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Bahamasair passengers delayed after
THE man wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with the
murder of Harl Taylor is back
on Bahamian soil after being
held in the United States for
the past six week. He is now in
the custody of local police.
Chief Supt. Glen Miller told
The Tribune yesterday that 21-
year-old Troyniko McNeil
entered the country last Thurs-
day and is now being held by.
However, Chief Supt Miller,
officer in-charge of the Central
Detective Unit (CDU) could
not give out any further details.
When asked if McNeil is cur-
rently being questioned by
CDU officers, Mr Miller said
he could only go so far as to say
that the man is in police cus-
It is still not known if McNeil
was deported by US authori-
ties, or if Bahamian police offi-
cers escorted him back to the
lightning destroys computer system
BAHAMASAIR passengers flights had to be cancelled and no
'ere delayed for hours yesterday passengers were left stranded.
after a lightfling strike on Satur- However, international trav-
ay night completely destroyed ellers, especially those heading
he national airline's computer towards south Florida tomorrow,
nd international communications are advised to check with
-4yslems.'_fn lni nd d
The airlines operations man-
agers, IT technicians and BTC
employees worked all day yes-
terday to get Bahamasair's sys-
tem up and running again.
As of last evening, the airline
was partially operating manually
without a computer system, and
flights were delayed by at least
Bahamasair's managing direc-
tor Henry Woods said that no
Dalihamasairt or upi Uates anU LU
monitor the status of airports in
Working without an interna-
tional telephone system, staff at
Bahamasair yesterday had diffi-
culties dispatching flight releas-
Pilots were also not able to
obtain the latest weather reports
and had to wait on staff to manu-
ally bring them updates before
The local police has for the
last several weeks been working
with a liaison officer in Florida
concerning the McNeil case.
According to a source close
to the matter, McNeil was being
held in Florida on matters relat-
SEE page eight
Morton Salt strike talks
N By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER a weekend of meetings, the
Ministry of Labour, Morton Salt execu-
tives and union representatives were said
to be making '.significant progress" in
talks to resolve the ongoing strike which
has closed operations at Morton Salt's
plant on Inagua and threatened the
SEE page eight
RESIDENTS of Central Andros are concerned after hooligans
burned a police car to the ground over the weekend.
Although details were sketchy up to press time last night, reports
from the island claim that the incident happened in Blanket Sound,
Andros on Saturday.
"The car came by and had some mechanical trouble and they left
it in front of (my neighbour's) house and about maybe two in the
morning we heard some explosion and this morning we find out that
somebody burn up the car. At first I thought it may have been gun-
shots, then I thought it was the bad weather some thundering, but
SEE page eight
Businesses on Bay Street
struggling with electricity bills
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
JUST as the government is working towards revitalising down-
town Nassau, businesses on Bay Street are being hit hard by "exor-
bitant" electricity bills, making them struggle to continue operations
Caf6 Skans, which has been a fixture on Bay Street since 1973. is
now appealing to government to give them a temporary break
from paying the high fuel surcharges.
SEE page eight
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PAGE 2, MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008THEOCTRIBUNE
'Cash cow' BTC does not
have to be privatised,
says BPSU president
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
BTC is a "cash cow" and does
not have to be privatised, Pres-
ident of the Bahamas Public
Service Union (BPSU) John
Pinder said yesterday as a guest
on Island FM's talk show "Par-
He also backed the actions of
Bahamas Communications and
Public Officers Union
(BCPOU) President Robert
Farquharson who led mem-
bers of his union in heated
demonstrations on Nassau and
Freeport's main thoroughfares
last week saying that employ-
ers in the Bahamas need to
understand that unions are pre-
sent to protect the livelihood of
"For the life of me I couldn't
understand why it (BTC) need-
ed to be privatised, however to
some extent I am seeing that
they're saying we don't have the
technical skills ... to keep it on
the cutting edge of technology.
But I will dispel the fact that
Bahamians aren't qualified to
run it if it is making a profit.
"I listened to the remarks
made bythe minister of state
for finance who is responsible
for the privatization of BTC, but
to be honest with you from day
one I look at BTC as the cash
hog government cash hog,
that's what I call it. Granted the
minister is saying it can make a
bigger profit, fine. I agree to
some extent that the services
aren't as good quality as we
would like it to be, but that calls
for training of staff."
- Mr Pinder also said he felt fel-
low trade union leader Robert
Farquharson made a "very rea-
sonable" request by insisting his
union be represented on both
of the two privatization com-
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"For the life of
me I couldn't
understand why it
(BTC) needed to
"I think Robert Farquharson
was asking for a very reason-
able request, that his union
ought to have some represen-
tation at that level and he gave
me some very strong points, you
know if they're going to talk
about downsizing, rightsizing,
out-sourcing, or even offering
special packages he would have
liked to have been in a position
to protect those members that
most needed the protection.
"First of all, employers in this
country need to understand the
responsibility one of the main
responsibilities of any trade
union is to protect the livelihood
of its membership and jobs
(are) the main thing any mem-
ber needs in order to survive.
When you're threatening peo-
ple's jobs and you're making
decisions and the union isn't
there to help to steer, guide or
give information in the best
interest of its membership, cer-
tainly there (is going to be) a
great concern. We must ensure
that public sector reform speaks
to whenever a government
agency is going to be privatised
or services from a government
agency will be out-sourced that
the union be involved step by
step in the out-sourcing or the
privatization of that particular
company. You must extend that
social dialogue of courtesy to
the trade union movement to
have its membership comfort-
able. If they have to out-source,
I believe... the union should be
given first preference to buy
those services or to operate
those services, because I believe
all governments of the
Bahamas, PLP or FNM, are all
applying union busting tactics. I
don't care what no one tell me,
none of (them) are union friend-
CABLE OUTAGE IN EASTERN ROAD KNOCKS OLYMPICS OFF THE AIR
Fury as residents miss Debbie
Ferguson's 100 metre final run
B -..- I. .. -so
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS the world watched Bahami-
an track and field star Debbie
Ferguson finish seventh in the
Olympic women's 100 metre final
ov'ezr he weekend, some residents
of Eastern Road were "infuriat-
ed" when a two-day cable outage
fotreed'them to miss the anticipat-
"It's been two days of the.
Olympics that we've been forced
to miss because all of our Cable
has been off since (Saturday).
"It went off mid-day Saturday
and it was off all night, we missed
everything yesterday morning.
See Sports for Olympic coverage
"And then it came on for like
half an hour mid-day (Sunday)
and then went off again," said one
resident of East Bay Street who
, asked to have her name withheld.
"It's infuriating, you know the
Olympics is..on every four years
and we pay our cable-billstbut you
have to wait on the phone for
three hours to get through to
Another resident of the area
said he was frustrated because he
could not even watch events on
ZNS due to the cable outage:
"... we don't
Debbie did, we
couldn't see the
high jump we
couldn't see any-
"When Cable is off we have noth-
ing. So we couldn't watch the
Bahamian athletes, we don't
know what Debbie did, we could-
n't see the high-jump we could-
n't see anything."
Yesterday, a customer care rep-
resentative of Cable Bahamas said
the cable outages were due to a
fibre break in the area but tech-
nicians were dispatched to cor-
rect the problem:
"There (was) a fibre break in
the area, we've been receiving
some calls as well and notifying
customers. Technicians have been
dispatched out there already and
they're working on (the problem).
"It's just a fibre break and that
can take up to several hours to
The representative said there
were several "nodes" or areas on
the Eastern Road that were
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The Bahamas Electricity Corporation ("BEC"') is extending its deadline for submission of proposals
from Companies / Entities / Firms ("Tenderers") wishing to supply electrical power from
renewable sources on one of the islands within SEC's area of supply to:
Friday SeptemlWr 12th, 2008
Renewable Energy Firms wishing to prequalify for this project shall be required to subm
comprehensiveve details to.allowJha following areas to be evaluated:
i) Experience and past performance of the company on similar projects,
ii) Capability of the company to undertake the project with respect to personnel,
equipment, structure, organization and financial resources
Requests for Prequalification documents or any other information may be made by Imafilng:
All proposal documents must be prepared in English and every request made for the prequaliAc.
lon documents must be accompanied by an application fee of US$ 100 if applying from outside
the Bahamas and B$50 if applying from within the Bahamas. Documents may be sent by eoc
tronic mail. The method of payment will be cash, cashier's check or wire transfer to a specied
Completed documents shall be delivered to the following address no later than 4:00 PM on the
deadline specified above:
oBahamas Electricity Corporation,
P.O. Box N-7509, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: +1 (242) 302-1000 / Foax +1 (242) 323-6852
Atfn: Renewable Technmologies Committee (RTC)
requestt For Proposals: Renewable Energy -Power Generation
Ip entation Proed
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PAGE 2, MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008
THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 20Q8, PAGE 3
0 In brief
hurt after East
A DARING shooting in
the East Street area Friday
night left a young man in
hospital nursing gun shot
wounds, police said yester-
According to a statement
from press liaison officer
Walter Evans, around 9pm
on Friday, a 25-year-old
male resident of Peter Street
was walking through Frog-
man Lane, off East Street,
with his girlfriend when two
men approached them and
fired shots in their direction.
The man was hit in his leg
and was taken to hospital
where he is in stable condi-
tion, police said.
The two gunmen fled the
scene and are being sought
by police. Investigations con-
prepares to hold
THE Bahamas National
Youth Council will hold its
general meeting on Tuesday,
August 19, at 6.30pm at the
Ministry of Youth Sports
and Culture to discuss what
is currently happening in the
"Come 'out and speak
your views on what the gov-
ernment and private sector
has to say about the current
conditions of our education-
al system and the immigra-
tion crisis that is possibly
burdening our economy-
from progression," the
The Council is encourag-
ing those attending to bring
"as many young persons as
you possibly caln."
Bahamas on Fay
alert over weekend
By Lindsay Thompson
Russell, interim director of the
National Emergency Manage-
ment Agency, partially activat-
ed the emergency operations
centre over the weekend as the
country faced the threat of a
On Saturday, Commander
Russell galvanised a "core
team" of personnel at NEMA's
headquarters in the Churchill
Building to monitor Tropical
Storm Fay's path in the
The team comprised repre-
sentatives from the Department
of Meteorology, the Depart-
ment of Social Services, Min-
istry of Public Works and
Transport, the Ministry of
Health, the Ministry of Nation-
al Security, and other relevant
Family Island administrators
were also contacted for report
on their level of preparedness,
as the storm initially threatened
the Southeast Bahamas, and the
Turks and Caicos Islands.
"We will continue to moni-
tor the track of Tropical Storm
Fay and its potential to develop'
into a hurricane," Commander
On Friday, NEMA held an
emergency meeting with mem-
bers of the national disaster
committee, who were put on
alert for any possible event.
Subsequently a press confer-
ence was held to update the
country on its state of readiness.
"NEMA stands by to respond
to any form of disaster, natural
or man-made that might impact
the Bahamas," Commander
Brenda Samuels, assistant
director at the Department of
Social Services said that the hur-
ricane shelters have been
r inspected and were in order,
Emergency operations centre
partially activated as tropical
storm threatened the country
THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA) moved
into readiness as Tropical Storm Fay threatened The Bahamas. Pictured
during a press conference Friday are Commander Stephen Russell,
interim director, NEMA; and Trevor Basden, acting director, Bahamas
Department of Meteorology.
should evacuation exercises
"We also will have a team in
place when it is necessary to
send to the Family Islands to
carry out damage control assess-
ments," she said.
Cyprian Gibson of the Water
and Sewerage Corporation said
the public utility activated its
disaster committee and con-
ducted a number of capital
improvements throughout the
"We are in the best state of
readiness that we have ever
been," he said.
"We always ask conservation
of water during these times and
to store sufficient supplies for
your family." Over the week-
end, tropical storm force winds
extended outward up to 105
miles from the centre, the
Bahamas Department of Mete-
The islands of the northwest
and central Bahamas experi-
enced showers and thunder-
storms associated with the
Residents in Long Island, Cat
Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador
and South Andros were advised
to take all necessary precautions
to protect property and life.
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PAGE 4, MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008
IN The Tribune's weekly "Why you Vex?"
column in which members of the public have an
opportunity to vent their grievances, a gentle-
man, signing himself "Weak Black Man," was
upset by the public's reaction to BTC's illegal
demonstration, which brought a busy town to a
standstill last Monday.
"I am vex about how manyBahamians mis-
understood what the BTC was trying to do.
Bahamians have to understand that to get your
rights heard and defend them you have to take
aggressive action, especially when the govern-
ment is being unreasonable. All the union want-
ed to do was to be fully a part of the whole pri-
vatisation process and the government should
That is where "Weak Black Man" and many
like him are being misled by their union leaders.
Many times after the appointment of the two
committees to negotiate the privatization of the
telecommunications company, Minister Zhivar-
go Laing explained the committees' function
to union leaders Robert Farquharson, pres-
ident of the BCPOU, representing the line staff,
the larger of the two unions, and Claude Hanna,
president of the BCPMU, the managerial arm of
the union. It was made very clear to both union
leaders that of the two committees appointed to
oversee the privatization the one on which the
union was represented was the most important
of the two.
It is understood that under his administration
former prime minister Perry Christie had
appointed two committees for the same pur-
pose. One was called the Tendering Commis-
sion, headed by former financial Secretary Ruth
Miller, the second was a sub committee of Cab-
inet ministers. The union was represented on
Under the Ingraham administration two
committees were also appointed. One a business
committee, under the chairmanship of Mr Tim
Donaldson, who will negotiate with the poten-
tial purchasers, and the "key committee," which
will act as an advisory body to the cabinet. This
committee, headed by Minister Laing, who has
ministerial responsibility for BTC, will receive
the recommendations from Mr Donaldson's
committee, process them and make its recom-
mendations for cabinet consideration. The union
is not on the first committee, but is on Mr
Laing's committee the "key committee." It is
understood that the unions' objection to the
second committee arose because they thought
that the advisory committee would be similar to
the Christie sub committee, which, it is claimed,
unionist felt did not take the task before them
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Although union leaders were told that no
committee could exist in the Ingraham govern-
ment that was not meaningful or productive,
they insisted on having it their way -- all or
nothing. They even proposed sitting in on the
business committee as observers. The govern-
ment said no. If they were incapable of grasping
what government was trying to achieve without
wasting time, they would probably be out of
their depth in a business committee that would
be talking over their heads. Not understand-
ing, they would probably again be disruptive.
Whatever the business committee proposed
would have to go before the committee on
which they were represented. At that point they
would have their full input before the final rec-
ommendations went to Cabinet.
Union leaders still said no.'All or nothing.
Bullies on the block. Thinking they would get
public sympathy on their side, they called an ille-
gal strike, took government trucks without per-
mission and blocked Bay Street and Paradise
Island bridge, hitting directly at the heart of
the country's already-threatened tourism induS-
try. However, in their arrogance they misjudged
the public. The public reacted in anger.
Immediately, B"'. executive chairman Julian
Francis got a Supreme Court order barring the
two unions from interfering with or impeding
the employees of BTC from doing their job.
The tables had been turned. The injunction
was served on the union. Union faces had to be
saved. All of a sudden union leaders fully under-
stood what government had been telling them
all along. Mr Farquharson telephoned Labour
Minister Dion Foulkes at 11 o'clock that same
night asking for a "clarification" meeting. The
next morning Mr Foulkes met with union lead-
ers. An injunction and an angry public had
quickly put the bullies in their place.
"I am now confident." said Mr Farquhar-
son, "that the BCPOU will be involved in all of
the discussions and all of the negotiations rela-
tive to the privatization of BTC."
As far as government was concerned nothing
had changed. The union will be represented on
only one committee the "key committee," the
advisory committee headed by Minister Laing.
They will not be on Mr Donaldson's business
committee. In the meantime the injunction
remains in place until such time as government
deems it no longer necessary. But the public,
that long suffering public, are not going to be so
easily placated. Many of them, even up to Sun-
day morning, were calling for the law to take its
course, so that such a demonstration will never
Unionism, because of irresponsibility, is start-
ing to wear out its welcome in this country.
The Tribune Limited
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
Thanks for the assistance to
show that in the Bahamas there
is a perception that anyone
could do anything they wish. I
believe that, for the most part,
the police are doing a good job,
but I must admit, and others
have expressed that they think
the police could do better. A
small group seem "hell bent"
on terrifying the public. We
must band together to stop
them, because evil can only pre-
vail when good people d(o north
Evil Knieval .1r has taken
over our streets.
I think I speak for all sensible
Bahamians. I also speak for the
Bahamians who are terrified
and shocked how our once
organised, peaceful Bahamas
has been taken over by lawless-
ness. It is frustrating and embar-
rassing for a country, loaded
with potential and tourist-dri-
ven can have a "band of hooli-
gans" take over our streets, with
no relief in sight. Is Evil Knievil
Jr living in the Bahamas'?
Every single day, I repeat
every single day onl any street at
any time a motorcyclist with the
silencer missing from his inmutf-
fler, prances through our streets
on one wheel until he sees fit
to stop. Seconds later, just in
case he did not get the atten-
tion hle expected, he pops
Sometime ago while I was
transporting a potential investor
from the airport via Tonique
Darling Highway to Paradise
Island, a sudden extremely loud
noise interrupted our very
pleasant and interesting conl-
I'lhree young men passed, all
on minotorcycles performing
death defying acts on one
wheel. In fact two of the three
literally stood on their moor-
cycle seals while their bikes
were on one wheel.
First and foremost the
toui isl were terrified from the
sudden noise and seeing the
wanton behaviour and lack of
respect for other motorists
which caused them to ask me
several questions. They want-
ed to know if they were some
gang, I guess in the United
States there are motorcyclists
who move in groups. Then they
wanted to know if they were
safe. Of course I quickly and
emphatically assured them that
they were safe. But the percep-
tion was already made.
Travelling north on Mackey
Street, again there was another
display of the level of disregard
for others and disrespect for the
law, a motorcyclist performed
his act. Needless to say I had
not further explanation as my
guest could now see that this
was the norm.
I stand to be corrected, some
time ago: the police said words
to the effect that they would not
pursue cx list because they did
not \va nt to pluta police motor-
cyclist's life in danger attempt-
ing to intercept the violators.
The excruciating noise from
the motorcycles is annoying
enough to force the authorities
to prohibit the licensing of the
motorcycles if the silencer is
removed. If it is removed after
licensed then the bike should
be confiscated. To cut a long
story short, the bikes that have
been altered should be removed
from the street.
Any motorcyclist who causes
his bike to be driven on one
wheel should have his bike con-
fiscated and destroyed.
The police must now "do
their job" by pursuing the per-
petrators to the very end, and
rid our country of this vexing
situation. This is embarrassing
and would only contribute to
an eroding society. Tourists are
not looking at us any more
favourably if we continue to
ignore that this chaotic behav-
Our Bahamas needs to start a
journey toward a more disci-
plined society, not just on the
front streets and in the suburbs
but on,all the streets, especially
in the inner city. All Bahami-
ans deserve to live in a peaceful
society, nothing more and noth-
Someone somewhere must
share my sentiments. Therefore
we must not stop until the
police get up off their laurels
and stop this cancer before it
causes a life, that's all.
A threat to national security
EDITOR, The Tribune.
HOW is it possible that one
government corporation after
another has the right to cripple
a nation?! The stunt pulled by
various members of BaTelCo
on Monday and Tuesday is
unacceptable and quite frankly.
all involved should have been
arrested and all vehicles towed
as it was a threat to national
security. To have the audacity
to create and talk this type of
apocraphy is the height of
"ridiculousity." What would
have happened if there was a
police or medical emergency?
How would I'ave they been able
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registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
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from the 11th day of AUGUST, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
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Betty Tayloir week-
Journalist / Entrepreneur
"It is good to
encoura ge yourse-
because t you don't,
no one to
to pass'? What if there was
another gangster shooting on
Bay Street in front of thousands
of tourists, would the police
have been able to get there with
there huge helicopter reserve
fleet? The sallme goes if an
emergency happened on Par-
adise Island or Cable Beach or
an\m where for that matter.
Where is our precious Min-
ister of National Security in
these chaotic times where lead-
ership and some form of alIthor-
ity was needed? How is it pos-
sible that BaTelCo could bring
the country to a standstill in
government vehicles and burn-
ing Ifuel that I and every other
taxpayer paid for? I suggest the
PM (who I amn told is on a
cruise) and others "iin power"
arrest every person roimi here
o n out mid t chargC then with
sedli Nim n o levcr deliberite-
l1 conducts actions that puts our
Bahamnialand in chaos. I have
recently met some efficient and
plcasmit mcnibers of BaTelCo
and now lhe public will view
the cnitile corporation as one
set of anlarlchists dlue to recent
actions. Whatl a shame.
I ceitainly caliuse the impli-
cations of being so direct, as vic-
timisation has and will rear its
ugly head. While it was just a
few months ago I exposed BEC
for exploiting thie 8ahamian
public and just three days after
its publication in The J tribune,
they arrived at my residence
and switched my meter. The
result...anil incricase of 35 pr cent
on my monthly bill! I will how-
ever have new information
shortly exposing them for what
they are coercing on the
Bahamian people and I trust at
some point the Bahlamian peo-
ple will wake up.
By the way (and I hate to
bring this uIp yet agailln). will I
have any compensation which
is justly due to me by BEC for
blowing my A/C unit?
It has now been one year with
I certainly won't hold by
breath and quite frankly nei-
thiler should any of yoiu.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008, PAGE 5
Govt should 'revisit' the Cuban
eye programme, says Mitchell
GOVERNMENT shou ld Bahamas'cur- created under the PLP. Mr
"revisit" the Cuban eve pro- rent represen- Mitchell said it is important for
erammenic, which has 'essentially tlative in Cuba the Bahamas to have a good
come to a halt", according to for- is "being "talking" relationship with its
mer Minister ol FoIreign Affairs recalled" this nearest neighbour.
Fred Mitchell. year, despite But the FNM both before and
Mi Mitchell said that scores of '<- his contract after the May 2007 election sug-
Bahamians, including many of his beginning in gested that it would minimise its
constituents, reported having had .. mid-2006. relations with Cuba in order to
a good experience when they iOn Wednes- be on the best terms with the US.
travelled to Cuba to get free eye. day, asked if Mr Ingraham said that if elect-
care mainhl cataract surgery Mr Wright was ed to power the FNM would
- and it helped those who would being recalled, immediately downgrade its pres-
have otherwise been unable to Mr Symonette ence in the country from an
afford treatment. said that Mr embassy to a consulate, but this
"As I understand, under the Wright's con- has not yet happened.
provisions of this eve programme tract is "up for renewal" in Sep- Mr Wright has said that he
by Cuba. the Cuban government tember. believes the embassy "performs a
would provide doctors who would He said that Government had valuable service" in the Commu-
come to the Bahamas, examine not yet decided whether to renew nist country, where Bahamian
people who would have problems it. He did not comment on tourists, students, prisoners and
with their eves. they would then whether anyone else would be healthcare seekers travel by the
fl\ to Cuba. the C'ubanl govern- appointed to the post, which was thousands every year.
nient picked up the expense of
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expense on that side." said Mr
Mitchell. lH E
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could in their usual way review C I ) !
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Mr Mitchell also stated that
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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008, PAGE 7
EPA for w.
* By SIR RONALD
(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean countries will be
signing an Economic Partner-
ship Agreement (EPA) with
the European Union (EU)
which is not fair and which,
over time, may well return
Caribbean countries to a state
of "plantation economies"
where the commanding
heights are owned by foreign
companies run by expatriate
managers, and Caribbean peo-
ple are merely workers.
As a fundamental point,
how could trade be fair on a
basis of "reciprocity" between
the world's largest economy
of 350 million people and a
small country like St Kitts-
Nevis with a population of
50,000? And, this is an issue
that has tended to be ignored
by the advocates of the EPA -
it is not the Caribbean coun-
tries collectively that will sign
the agreement with the EU
on September 2nd, it is each
Caribbean country individu-
ally. Conversely, all 27 coun-
tries of the EU will sign col-
lectively. The EU is a $12 tril-
lion economy, 88 times larger
than all Cariforum states put
In any dispute that arises
over the agreement, individ-
ual Caribbean countries will
be up against the full force
and resources of the EU as a
whole. The potential for dis-
aster is glaring.
But, the fact that settlement
of any future dispute is
stacked against Caribbean
countries is not the only aspect
of unfairness in the EPA. For
all the hype about Caribbean
access to the EU market for
services, the EPA is replete
with non-tariff restrictions on
entry even if Caribbean com-
panies had the resources to go
into Europe to compete with
European companies. And, it
is evident that Caribbean com-
panies do not have such
resources. There are 39,000
EU trans-national companies;
in Caricom there are ten firms
of any significance that are just
Free trade is now the
mantra of the EU countries
that grew their economies on
protectionist policies. It is their
mantra because they will ben-
efit the most from prying open
markets all over the world for
their goods and services.
Peter Mandeslon, the EU
Commissioner for Trade, says
this: "In Europe we .have
much to gain from a further
opening of global trade. We
are highly competitive, knowl-
edge-based and innovative.
We are the largest economy
in the world. We are the
biggest exporters. Our
economies and our living
standards, which depend on
economic success need open
But while the EU wants
others to open their markets
for European goods and ser-
vices, they protect their own
markets through non-tariff
barriers on the exports of oth-
er countries, and subsidies to
their own producers. Anyone
from outside the EU who has
ever tried to establish a bank
or a banking agency in Europe
has quickly discovered how
the bureaucracy works against
them. Indigenous banks in the
Caribbean that have tried to
establish agencies in the UK
to take advantage of the sav-
ings and investments of the
Caribbean Diaspora have all
failed to get over the huge
In the 1970s, when the EU
negotiated the Lom6 Con-
ventions with the African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)
group, the European objec-
tive was to ensure the supply
of raw materials particularly
from Africa. The concern
now, as Mandelson stated, is
for increase market access for
EU exports. And, in going
after market access in the
EPA, the EU's objective was
to enforce trade arrangements
with ACP countries that the
global community has not
accepted in the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) negotia-
One would have imagined
that Caribbean countries
would have been reluctant to
WORLD VIEOWT -L
sign up to new arrangements
with the EU when negotia-
tions on many of these
arrangements are not com-
plete in the WTO. Yet, if the
present EPA is signed with-
out modification, that is pre-
cisely what they will be doing.
Some Caribbean countries
whose economies are reliant
on tourism and financial ser-
vices and whose government
revenues depend on tariffs on
imports really do not need an
EPA with the EU. Among
these countries would be
Antigua and Barbuda, St
Kitts-Nevis, Grenada and the
In a recent analysis of the
Bahamian situation for
instance, Professor Norman
Girvan states the following:
"72 per cent of the Bahamas
foreign currency earnings
come from services, and 85
per cent of this is from tourism
and offshore banking fees that
do not need an EPA. 83 per
cent of exports of goods go to
the US and Canada and only
13 per cent to the EU, so mer-
chandise exports to the EU
provides just 4 per cent of the
Bahamas total export earn-
ings. There are probably oth-
* SIR Ronald Sanders
er people who will buy
Bahamas crawfish if the EU
wants to charge an 8 per cent
tariff. On the other hand the
Bahamas will be giving up tar-
iff revenues on EU imports:
an additional 49 per cent to
be zero-rated within 15 years
and 5 per cent in years 15-25
on top of the 32 per cent
Girvan makes the further
point that the US, Canada,
Japan, and China will not
accept that the EU can export
duty free to the Bahamas
while they cannot. In other
words, eventually it is riot only
the revenues on tariffs from
EU imports that will be lost,
but tariffs on all imports. He
notes that a significant por-
tion of government revenues
come from tariffs and other
duties and asks the pertinent
question: "How will the Gov-
ernment recoup these tax rev-
enues? Which other taxes will
go up? What will be the cost
of the change-over to the
Government? To businesses?
If the government doesn't
recoup all the revenue what
expenditure will be cut? Edu-
cation? Health? Security"?
The EPA will bring no new
investment to the Caribbean.
Caribbean incentives to for-
eign direct investment are
already overly generous;
European firms do not need
an EPA to invest in the
region. What the Caribbean
needs is the capacity to foster
its indigenous businesses even
as it encourages foreign invest-
ment. This means that
Caribbean countries should
reserve the right to help local
companies. But under the
EPA, any conditions given to
local companies will also have
to be accorded to EU firms.
Who exactly is being satis-
fied by the EPA, except the
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FROM page one
Yesterday. Obie Ferguson,
president of the Trade Union
Congress and chief negotiator
for thi Bahamas Industial
Manulcltui ers and Allied
Workers Union (BIMAWU),
said Moriton r t.\cutI. lives wereI
*o "consideriiii' Ihbe union's
demands and was hopelul both
parties could soon come to a
' Will-Win" sel a io.t
i\,' n really ti ,mg to ham-
iner out soIme basic issues and
we're hoping that if and when-
exei we come to an aiiange-
ment, the arrangement will be a
I am not certain whether
that is possible. What I do know
is that as the chief negotiator
for the union. I will do whatev-
ei I can do to ensure that tins
nmattei becomes a master of the
Mr lerguson said there were
a few basic issues at the heart of
the dispute, some of which have
been unresolved since 2002:
(lassilticaii etl pair-tineC
workers to lull-tliri workers;
pa vnment for over-time and hol-
iday hours worked: piovisions
set oul in the current industrial
agicement: and the re-instate-
'Significant progress' in
Morton Salt strike talks
ment of former employee Ken
Rolle, whose dismissal was said
to have sparked the strike.
'It's a litany ol issues that
ordinarily could be resolved if
the company wants.to do it but
the company has a cultllu of
not complying with the indus-
trial agreement. They went on
strike to deal with an issueI
..That has been going on from
2002. We have signed agree-
ments with them before with a
view to have it resolved, but
nothing's happened. We have
met. we have written, we have
negotiated and nothing's hap-
pened so the workers decided
they will go on strike. which
they have a legitimate right to
do and it's a legal strike. And
thev will remain on strike until
such time as we come to an
Minister of Labour Dion
Foulkes, who spoke to The Tri-
bune during a break in vester-
day's meeting with Morton
executives, would not speculate
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on whether the strike could pos-
sibly be resolved by the enl oof
yesteiday'-, meeting, but said it
was a top prio ity ot the gox-
ernment to bring a resolution
for the benefit of Inagua's econ-
"We met (Saturday), liV e
union executives and their
negotiating team along with the
management from Moltton,
including senior representatives
from their head office in (Chica-
go. We returned (yeste day),
i' are making significant
pIir'iess. and that's ill that I
can ,a\ for the time being.
It's xCrv important that we
hl nng resolution to this matter
bec clause the econolil ol Inagnla
is depeIndent on the salt busi-
ness and this is a (op priority
Ioi the gio\erinlent to have this
I'cnsion was high after oper-
ationls li the plant ceased when
industrial action forced Morton
eLeclui\'es to close down the
plant on August 8. That week-
end the company's guest house
\'was ii bombed and company
exccutis es said company pumps
useId in the salt-making process
were badly damaged.
An Inaguan man was arrest-
ed and subsequently charged
last week in connection with the
Union executive Jennifer
Brown was reportedly struck by
a vehicle on August 8 while
picketing in front of the plant.
She was flown to Nassau for
treatment and remains in hos-
pital. Yesterday, involved par-
ties said the charged atmos-
phere on the island has abated
with no new incidents of vio-
Yesterday, Glenn Bannister,
Managing Director of Morton
Salt, said he could not comment
on details of the series of meet-
ing, but that negotiators were
trying their best to come to a
Man wanted in Harl Taylor case back in the country
FROM page one
ed to inunigration violations.
Altei being appichended h' UIS authorities,
McNeil wxais held for more th'an six weeks by
police in 1 -orida.
The source explained thal McNeil oCverstayed
his time in the US and did not ha\e lthe necessary
travel documents to ret iini to New Providence.
McNeil.was taken into custody in the US just
one week after ah all-points bulletin with a
description and photograph of him was released
to the public by the police in the Bahamas.
The source claimed that the 21 vear-old man,
after learning that hlie was anted for questioning
in a murder investigation, made inimediatc trav-
el plans to return to the Bahanias to talk with
police in order to "clear the air."
However, his passport had expired and he was
just about to pick up a new one from the Bahamas
Consulate office in Miami when he was appre-
hended by US police.
The source close to the case claims that the
McNeil family believe the police are being too
myopic in their investigation and are not looking
at any other viable suspects in this case.
The source claimed that McNeil had sprained
his ankle two weeks prior to Mr Taylor's murder,
and that he had one leg in a cast and was walking
on crutches at the time the handbag designer was
brutally slain in his Mountbatten House home
McNeil was the first, and so far the only indi-
vidual to be named as a "person of interest" in the
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The popular Greek restaurant
has seen its BEC bills increase
by more than a 100 per cent in
the last few years and may soon
be forced to let employees go if
fuel prices continue to climb.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, a spokesperson for
Skans said that the restaurant
this month had an electricity bill
"About two years ago we
were paying around $2,500 to
$3,000 a month, last year that
jumped to $4,100 a month, now
this month its $6,000 that's a
100 per cent jump from a few
years ago," he said.
The restaurant's spokesper-
son said that if these price
increases continue, Skans will
have to let three or four employ-
"In the 35 years that we've
been around we have never had
to lay off any people, but if this
goes on we will have to in order
to cut the payroll," he said.
Starting next month, Caf6
Skans is already planning to cut
the work days of their. staff in
an effort to save money to pay
the high electricity bills.
"We have no choice," he said.
The spokesperson added that
Caf6 Skans is one of the most
financially robust businesses on
Bay Street and questioned how
other businesses, some with
much larger premises, are able
to make it with the high cost of
"As a restaurant we have to
have air conditioning, and then
we have two walk-in freezers,
we have 10 fridges," he
The restaurant's spokesper,
son said that government is
encouraging downtown busi-
nesses to renovate their build-
ings, however, he said that with
BEC prices being what they are,
the businesses have no money
left over to make improvements.
The spokesperson said that
Skans is not asking for a per-
manent fuel tax exemption, just
a temporary one to tide them
over the hot summer months
and the current spike in fuel
FROM page one
the first part of Tuesday, meteo-
rologist Josh Newhard of
Last night, the tropical storm
watch for the central Bahamas
However, a tropical storm
alert was still in place for the
north-west Bahamas, including
the islands of Bimini, Grand
Bahama, Abaco, the Berry
Islands, New Providence, Andros
Tropical Storm conditions
could be experienced in those
islands within the next 48 hours.
Meteorologists at AccuWeath-
er told The Tribune yesterday
that while south Florida is
expected to be hit hardest by
Fav, the north-western Bahamas
is expected to only experience
squalls and thunderstorms from
the system's outer bands.
In the best case scenario, the
Bahamas could experience one
to three inches of rain, in the
worst case, two to four inches,
the AccuWeather meteorologist
Mr Newhard further predicted
that the western Bahamas could
experience sustained wind speeds
of 30mph to 40mph, and even
some gusts of up to 60 mph.
Last night, the centre of Trop-
ical Storm Fay was located about
205 miles south-east of Havana,
Cuba, and about 270 miles south-
southeast of Key West. Florida.
Fay was expected to cross
western Cuba last night or early
Maximum sustained winds
were near 50mph with higher
Tropical Storm Fay could
reach hurricane strength by the
time it approaches the Florida
Keys Monday night.
FROM page one
come to find out it was the car
"We don't know what caused
the fire and who did. If they know
nobody is saying anything. We
only have about 200X) people living
in this area this is the first time
something like this happened, this
is what's so puzzling because the
population is so small. "a resident
of Blanket Sound, who wished to
remain anonymous said yester-
Police at the Nicholls Town
police station declined comment
on the incident yesterday and
attempts to reach press liaison
officer ASP Walter Evans were
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Government signs contract
to pave Current Island roads
IVONDAY,,AUGUST 18, 2008, PAGE 9
* BY KATHRYN CAMPBELL
ELEUTHERA -- Current
Island has been home for Mvr-
tis Brown for some 77 years.
She knows about life there
where, before 1992. there was
no electricity or telephones and,
today, there are no paved roads.
In fact, Ms Brown admitted
that she and the 40 to 50 resi-
dents of the fishing community
often felt they were "forgotten."
However, being able to wit-
ness the official signing of a con-
tract for paving of roads at the
Zion Methodist C('hurch in Cur-
rent Island has changed Ms.
"I was expecting to see a day
like this before I die." she said.
"My children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren live in
Nassau and want to come
home, but there's nothing to do.
When we get the roads it's
going to be different."
The Bahamas 'government
has signed a $1.4 million con-
tract for the paving of 3.1 miles
of road in Current Island.
The contract was signed by
Works Minister Neko C Grant
with Eardley Hepburn of flep-
burn Pavers. It covers the
paving of the main, back and
cemetery roads in addition to
the dock's access road.
"The 40-50 persons that live
there deserve to have the basic
necessities of life. To be able to
move from point A to point B is
not a luxury, it's a necessity,"
Minister Grant said. "While
the community is small, we wish
to not just say, but to demon-
strate that we're concerned
about all Bahamians irrespec-
tive of where they live.
"The people of Current have
endured much. I'm here today
in keeping with the commit-
ment we made in Manifesto 07
to improve your lives. We look
forward to returning within
about 12 months to celebrate
with you an improved standard
House Speaker and MP for
North Eleuthera Alvin Smith
described the contract signing
as an historical, momentous and
He said: "The island is large
and the community is small in
numbers, but their strength, for-
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MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008, PAGE 11
0 In brief
* By ZARAR KHAN
Pakistan's ruling coalition
took another step Sunday
toward impeaching President
Pervez Musharraf, honing the
charges to be launched against
the former army chief if he
refuses to resign, according to
the Associated Press.
Musharraf is holding out
against enormous pressure to
quit from foes who swept Feb-
ruary elections and relegated
the stalwart U.S. ally to the
They include Nawaz Sharif,
whose government was ousted
in Musharraf's 1999 coup and
who is calling for the ex-gener-
al to be tried for treason a
charge that can be punished
with the death penalty.
Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for
Sharif's party, said a commit-
tee of coalition officials gath-
ered Sunday to review a list of
impeachment charges against
Iqbal said the committee
would forward the charges to
top party leaders for final
He wouldn't discuss the
charges -but said they formal-
ized those "which the nation
has been hearing since many
days through the media" -
principally gross misconduct
and violations of the constitu-
The coalition has threatened
to initiate impeachment pro-
ceedings in Parliament within
days if Musharraf doesn't resign
first. It insists it will secure the
required two-thirds majority to
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* SPRINGFIELD, III.
THE doughnut stand's exte-
rior was plastic and studded
with incandescent lights. It had
its own humming generators.
And the cold water for sale
came in plastic bottles.
But unlike most of the hun-
dreds of vendors at the Illinois
State Fair, The Donut Family
was in contention for the fair's
first-ever Green Vendor
Award, according to Associated
Why? It served its fare in
At an institution where recy-
cling became a possibility only a
year ago, a vendor doing busi-
ness without styrofoam is as
green as it gets.
It's the same across the coun-
try, as state and county fair
organizers promote "going
green" this summer but many
are having difficulty following
"It's a learning curve," said
Marla Calico, a director at the
International Association of
Fairs and Expositions, which
represents state and county fairs
in the United States and Cana-
da. "A lot of it depends upon
the fair's community."
Fairs in California and Wash-
ington are ahead of the curve,
installing solar panels to gener-
ate electricity and converting
used cooking oil into biofuel.
Others, like Missouri, are intro-
ducing recycling bins for the
The Illin6is State Fair baHm
'setting up recycling bins for
plastic bottles last year. But
those are still scarce compared
with trash cans.
This year, the state Depart-
ment of Commerce and Eco-
nomic Opportunity set up
kiosks throughout the grounds
promoting conservation. -They
have calculators where people
can enter numbers to determine
their impact on the Earth and
learn how to minimize it.
"It's.a good way to attract
families so that they can learn
abouj nu know; small steps
the\ can iake tio reduce their
carbon footprint," said Marce-
lyn Love, a spokeswoman for
the department. .
conference for the Bahamas
THE eyes of the interna-
tional maritime community
will be focused on Freeport,
Grand Bahama when it hosts
the three-day Bahamas
International Maritime Con-
ference and Trade Show
beginning November 19.
The event will be held at
the Westin at Our Lucaya
Resort, and the theme is
"Opportunities in Trade and
"It is intended to serve as
a platform for showcasing
the multiple facets of the
Bahamas' maritime industry,
particularly as it relates to
transshipment, trade, ship
ownership, registry services,
ship repair and other
things," stated the Ministry
of the Environment.
The conference will be
opened by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and Inter-
national Maritime Organisa-
tion secretary general
Efthimios E Mitropoulos
will deliver the keynote
"The Bahamas is highly
respected in the internation-
al maritime community for
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having attained and main-
tained the world's third
largest ship registry," stated
the Ministry of the Environ-
"However, in order for the
Bahamas to maintain its
position of prominence in
the region and in the world,
policy makers and pro-
gramme planners must stay
abreast of the ever-changing
demands and developments
in the international maritime
The conference and trade
show, stated the Ministry,
aims to promote th'e
Bahamas as a hub of inter-
national trade; highlight the
benefits and advantages of
the Bahamas International
Ship Registry; draw atten-
tion to the latest develop-
ments and opportunities in
the maritime industry in the
Bahamas, and explore issues
related to local and interna-
tional investment trends and
opportunities for the mar-
Freeport, a free trade
zone, is home to the
Freeport Container Port,
Grand Bahama Shipyard,
Freeport Harbour, Bahamas
Oil Refining Company, and
South Riding Point Hold-
Among other presenters,
Barry Malcolm, Managing
Director, Scotia Bank, will
speak on "Entrepreneurial
and expansion opportunities
',within the maritime indus-
try of the Bahamas"; Robert
Somerville, Chairman and
CEO, American Bureau of
Shipping, will speak on
"Clean air, cleaner oceans,
cleaner beaches What the
shipping industry is doing to
reduce its footprint"; and
Anthony Price, president,
Algoship Designers Limit-
ed, will speak on "Opportu-
nities for training within the
Bahamas maritime sector."
"'We want to stimulate
interest in the many world
class maritime services
offered by the Bahamas,"
said the Environment Min-
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THE praise and worship can to uplift them, promote
team of Gilead Full Gospel them, and get them beyond
are on their way to becoming the courts of the Bahamas and
the newest recording artists of into the international arena."
the Bahamas after winning a The finale of the Ride the
home recording single con- Wave Competition was a win-
tract and a viewer's choice ner in itself, enlivened by the
award. invigorating humour of hosts
The group captured the Sister C, Joy 101.9 FM, Jack
grand prize, a contract for Thompson, and comedian,
recording a single, in the finale Simone Beneby, kept the
of Kingdom Glory Records' audience excited and in great
(KGR) Ride the Wave Musi- anticipation as judges, Patri-
cal Competition. cia Bazard, Kevin Harris and
Gilead also captured the Joanne Callender deliberated
Eah irnas @ Sunrise, Ride the and finally selected the win-
Wave Viewer's Choice ning team. Each'group pre-
Award, with over 40,000 votes sented two selections includ-
from Bahamian viewers, in ing the featured song: "Don't
addition to $1,500 in, prize Do It Without Me," and one
money donated by Franon other song from the praise and
Wilson, President, Arawak worship project, "Wave of
.Homes and major sponsor of Glory."
the Ride the Wave Musical
Competition 2008. Experience
Nehemiah Hield, Managing
Director KGR, and one of the
organizers of Ride the Wave Kenyatta Gibson, praise and
Musical Competition said, "It worship leader, Gilead Full
was just awesome." He said Gospel Baptist Church said,
that the intensive process of "Right now I am over-
recording the Gilead single whelmed. I just want to say to
will immediately begin. "First- God be the glory because I
ly, we will need to choose the know that this is only Him."
songs to record. We are going Regarding her team's experi-
to see if they have songs ence in the competition she
already and if they don't we added, "We are just expect-
will need to get writers and ing great things from here on
musicians in to create songs in. This competition helped us
for the group. After the pre- with all the musical technical-
production stage, we will need cities, and we have been work--
to get them into the studio. ing hard, so this made us more
KGR is looking forward to confident about what we do.
releasing the single in Janu- Coming on Bahamas @ Sun-
ary 2009," he noted. rise was also a new experience
"Ride the Wave" is part of a for us. I think it was the first
musical treasure hunt to dis- time most of us were on tele-
cover talented singers from vision, so we were very excited
across the Bahamas and bring about this," said Gibson.
them to public notice. The Minister Nadine Moss,
competition, held on July 2 Praise and Worship Director,
and July 16 with the grand Mount Tabor, said that the
finale taking place on August groups exceeded their expec-
6, 2008, drew hundreds of stations. "It was fantastic, each
Bahamians together to sup- night we had the competition
port their favourite praise was exciting and innovating,
team. Fans of the groups and everybody's anticipation was
viewers of Bahamas @ Sun- really high and it produced
rise were also able to vote even more than we expected."
online for their favourites. Edwina Rolle, Mount Tabor
The competition was stiff Minister of Music, added,
and the prizes were generous. "Although the organizers had
Finalists included the teams their own expectations for this
from Everlasting Life Min- event, when the praise teams
istries, (third place) and Living were in place, and the music
Waters Ministries, (second began, the performances and
place) received certificates of the atmosphere took a turn
participation along with a that no one anticipated or
cheque in the amount of expected."
$1,000 and $1,500 respectively. Regarding next year'scorn-
The fourth participant, Word petition, Nadine Moss added,
of Life, had their efforts "When people hear the CD
rewarded with a certificate of they will be really excited
participation and a cash prize about entering the competi-
of $600. tion next year. I don't think
Bishop Neil Ellis, Executive any of our praise and worship
Director, KGR, said. "We teams within the Bahamas
believe that this is what it's would want to miss out on
about. Our role here at KGR next year's competition
is to go after praise and wor- because it willbe bigger and
ship teams and do what we better," said Moss.
praise group takes top prize
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Franon Wilson,
president, Arawak Homes and major sponsor of
the Ride the Wave Musical Competition, pre-
sented Everlasting Life Ministries team, third
place winners, with a certificate of appreciation
and a cash prize of 1,000. From I to r: Franon
Wilson, Jody Turnquest, Nova Munroe, Patricia
Farrington, Minnie Bodie & Jenniemae Major.
FIRST LADY Patrice Ellis, Mount Tabor Full
Gospel Baptist Church, presented members of
Word of Life praise team with a certificate of par-
ticipation and a cash prize of $600.
(l-r) Patrice Ellis, Ashley Neely, Laquel Albury,
Adrie Pinnot and Tanya Duncombe. Team mem-
bers not in the photo include: Chancell Rolle,
Alexandria Sweeting, Merline Emile, Shakitra
Cooper and Samantha Thompson.
FRANON WILSON, president, Arawak Homes,
and major sponsor of the Ride the Wave Musical
Competition, presented second place winners,
Living Waters Praise Team with a cheque in the
amount of $1,500 and a certificate of participa-
Front row (1-r): Minister Sharelle Rodgers, Min-
ister Alma Knowles, Shenique Curtis, N'Shonda
Rolle, Minister Kristone Rodgers, Shantel Fer-
guson, Gala Jueles, Desiree Major, and Marvin
Back row (I r): Nicole Smith, Garnel John-
son, Linica Williams, Targina Sands, Michael
Smith, Rufus Emmanuel, and Albert McKinney.
ON BEHALF of her group, Kenyatta Gibson,
leader of the Praise Team of Gilead Full Gospel
Baptist Church praise team, received the Bahamas
@ Sunrise Ride the Wave Viewer's Choice Award
presented at the finale of the Ride the Wave Musi-
cal Competition 2008. Gilead was the clear
favourite of the viewing audience, receiving over -
(l-r) Sharell Ferguson, producer, Bahamas @
Sunrise, Kenyatta Gibson, Gilead praise team
leader, and Bishop Neil Ellis, Senior Pastor, Mount
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* By CHRISTOPHER
Russian forces built ramparts
around tanks and posted sentries
on a hill in central Georgia on
Saturday, digging in despite West-
ern pressure for Moscow to with-
draw its forces under a cease-fire
deal signed by Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev, according to
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cities well outside the breakaway
provinces where earlier fighting
"From my point of view and
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reporters at his Texas ranch.
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separatist fighters in one of tihe
regions, Abkhazia, of taking over
13 villages and the Inguri
hydropower plant Saturday, shift-
ing the border of the Black sea
province toward the Inguri River.
Abkhaz officials could not
immediately be reached for com-
ment on the late-night claim, and
there was no information on
whether the seizure involved vio-
lence. The villages and plant are
in a U.N.-established buffer zone
on Abkhazia's edge, and it
appeared that the separatists were
bolstering their control over the
zone after Russian-backed fight-
ers forced Georgians out of their
last stronghold in Abkhazia ear-
lier this week.
The tense peace pact in Geor-
gia, a U.S. ally that has emerged
as a proxy for conflict between
an emboldened Russia and the
West, calls for both Russian and
Georgian forces to pull back to
positions they held before fighting
erupted Aug. 7 in the other
breakaway province, South Osse-
tia in central Georgia.
But freshly dug positions of
Russian armor in the town of
Igoeti, about 30 miles west of the
capital Tbilisi, showed that Russia
was observing the truce at the
pace and scope of its choosing.
Russia's foreign minister,
Sergey Lavrov, acknowledged
that Medvedev had signed the
cease-fire deal and ordered its
implementation, but he said Russ-
ian troops would not withdraw
until Moscow is satisfied that
security measures its forces are
allowed to take under the agree-
ment are effective.
He also said Russia would
strengthen its peacekeeping con-
tingent in South Ossetia, the sep-
aratist Georgian region at the
center of more than a week of
warfare that sharply soured rela-
tions between Moscow and the
West. "As these additional secu-
rity measures are taken, the units
of the Russian armed forces that
were sent into the zone of the
South Ossetian conflict ... will be
withdrawn," he said.
Asked how much time it would
take, he responded: "As much as
Rice bristled at this, saying that
the text of the cease-fire agree-
ment, negotiated by French Pres-
ident Nicolas Sarkozy, the cur-
rent leader of the European
Union, outlined a very limited
mandate only for Russian peace-
keepers who were in Georgia at
the time hostilities escalated. She
said the agreement specifies that
these initial peacekeepers can
have limited patrols in a pre-
scribed area within the conflict
zone and would not be allowed to
go into Georgian urban areas or
tie up a cross-country highway.
According to Rice, Medvedev
told Sarkozy that the minute the
Georgian president signed the
cease-fire agreement, Russian
forces would begin to withdraw.
Sarkozy said Saturday that the
truce explicitly bars Russian
troops from Gori or "any major
urban area" of Georgia.
Earlier Saturday, Russian
forces dug shallow foxholes in the
middle of Igoeti and parked
tanks, one flying a Russian flag,
along the road. In the afternoon,
they withdrew from those posi-
tions to the town's western out-
Western pressure for Moscow
to withdraw from Georgia
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itary authorities issued a flurry of conflicting reports Sunday about whether Russian troops had begun to pull out of South Ossetia, one of Georgia's
two separatist provinces.
skirts. There, they set up defen-
sive positions with tank cannons
pointed back toward Georgian-
held territory, where police and
soldiers milled about, awaiting
Russia's next move.
West of Igoeti, Russian troops
were deployed in large numbers
in and around the strategic city
of Gori, which endured an intense
Russian bombardment during the
fighting that began when Georgia
attacked its breakaway region of
South Ossetia. Military vehicles
on the side of the road were cam-
ouflaged with branches; a couple
of soldiers slept on stretchers in
the shade of the hulking
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through the western half of Geor-
gia, because they surround the
strategic central city of Gori and
the city and air base of Senaki in
the west. Both cities sit on the
main east-west highway that slices
through two'Georgian mountain
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appear to be using as a base for
their sorties elsewhere in west-
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port of Poti Saturday after sinking
Georgian naval vessels and ran-
sacking the port. A picture of
Georgian President Mikhail
Saakashvili in the looted office
of the Navy and Coast Guard had
been vandalized, with the face
"They have robbed the mili-
tary base and taken almost every-
thing, and they have burned or
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ry," port worker Zurab Simonia
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the security measures planned,
but suggested they would be lim-
ited mostly to South Ossetia, not
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ty, citing the Russian military's
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ers and ammunition.
"We are constantly encounter-
ing problems from the Georgian
side, and everything will depend
on how effectively and quickly
these problems are resolved," he
Georgia, meanwhile, claimed
that Russian forces blew up a rail-
road bridge Saturday. Russia
The rival claims underscored
the fragility of the cease-fire.
Lavrov said the deal Saakashvili
signed Friday differed from the
one with Medvedev's signature,
with Saakashvili's version lack-
ing an introductory preamble.
While that difference may appear
to be a technicality, it could be
one either side could cite if it
wants to abandon the deal.
The conflict erupted after
Georgia launched a massive bar-
rage to try to take control of
South Ossetia. The Russian army
quickly overwhelmed its neigh-
bor's forces and drove deep into
Georgia, raising fears that it was
planning on a long-term occupa-
tion.Even if Russian forces do
withdraw from the rest of Geor-
gia. Moscow appears likely to
maintain strong control over
South Ossetia. Lavrov said Thurs-
day that Georgia can "forget
about" South Ossetia and Abk-
hazia, which broke from Geor-
gian government control in early
I 99)s wars, and their future status
is shaping up as a potentially
explosive source of tension.
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A WOMAN walks past Russian armored vehicle in Gori, northwest of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Sunday, Aug.
17, 2008. Russian military authorities issued a flurry of conflicting reports Sunday about whether Russian troops
had begun to pull out of South Ossetia, one of Georgia's two separatist provinces.
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* By NICHOLAS KULISH
and SARA RHODIN
For 17 years now, several for-
mer satellites and republics of the
Soviet Union have cherished their
democracies, all made possible
by the simple premise that the
days of dominance by Moscow
were over, according to the New
York.Times News Service.
Tlie'events in Georgia over the
past w k, hj'.c ,.made, them
rethink that idea. Poland
announced Thursday that it had
reached a deal to base American
missile interceptors on its terri-
tory, after months of talks. But
then a Russian general went so
far as to say that Poland might
draw nuclear Russian retaliation,
sending new shudders through
The sense of alarm may be
greatest here in Ukraine. Since
the Orange Revolution began in
2004, bringing the pro-Western
Viktor A. Yushchenko to power
after widespread protests,
Ukraine has been a thorn in
Moscow's side, though perhaps
not as sharp as the outspoken
Georgian president, Mikheil
"We're next," said Tanya
Mydruk, 22, an office assistant
who lives in Kiev, the capital.
"Sooner or later our president is
going to say or do something that
goes too far, and then it will
Ukraine has done little to win
Russia's favor since the crisis in
the Caucasus began. First
Ukraine announced that it would
restrict the movements of Russi-
a's Black Sea fleet into Sev-
astopol, on the Crimean penin-
sula. On Friday, the Foreign Min-
istry issued a statement saying it
was prepared to give Western
countries access to its missile-
"What happened here in the
last week certainly came as a
shock, not only to Georgia but to
a lot of others as well," said Peter
Semneby, the European Union's
special representative for the
South Caucasus. "A lot of peo-
ple will, as a result of this, want to
build a closer relationship with
their Western partners as quickly
Tensions between Russia and
Ukraine have been high for years.
Yushchenko, like Saakashvili in
Georgia, has sought stronger ties
with the West, including mem-
bership in NATO, which Russia
has said would threaten its secu-
rity. In early 2006, Russia cut off
natural gas supplies to Ukraine, in
a bold maneuver to weaken
Yet despite fears of a Russian
resurgence, Ukraine remains
deeply tied to Russia by culture
and history. Its ethnic Russian
minority, largely in the south and
east of the country, is roughly 17
percent of a total population of 46
million. Indeed, many Russian
speakers watched the conflict in
Georgia unfold through the prism
of state-controlled Russian tele-
vision channels that are broad-
A growing nationalist senti-
ment among other segments of
society, along with expanding
trade and cultural ties with the
West, have further complicated
the political situation. Asked
whether Ukraine's future lay with
Russia or the European Union,
Lena Stepnevska, 24, who works
at a construction company and
was out for a walk in the capital
on Friday, opted Russia. "I would
like to believe it will be Russia,
because we are fraternal nations
and have to support each other,"
she said. Though he supports
membership.in both NATO and
the European Union, Anatoliv
Grytsenko, the head of the
national security and defense
committee in parliament and a
former defense minister, said that
Russia could not, be ignored.
"Russia will not disappear tomor-
row, as well as in a century or
two," he said. "We will always
wake up and it will be there, not
Canada," he said.
The Baltic states, meanwhile,
are also gravely concerned about
what a newly dominant Russia
could mean for them, even
though they became members of
NATO in the 1990s and there-
fore have more protection.
"In the public, there's a certain
anxiety," said the Estonian pres-
ident. Toomas Hendrik Ilives.
"Given our history, we under-
stand why people feel anxious."
While lives said fears that Rus-
sia would invade Estonia were
unfounded, he stressed the seri-
ous consequences of Russia's
actions in Georgia in terms of
maintaining international order.
"The assumption of the post-
1991 settlement has been that the
old Russia is in the past that it
is not a country that invades its
neighbors," he said. "Basically
the entire European security
architecture is based on this
Estonia has been at the fore-
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gia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a truce with Georgia o!n Saturday, a
definitive step toward ending the fighting there despite the uncertainty on the ground.
Due to a lightning strike
our telephone and email
services have been
interrupted. We can still
be reached at
front of states giving aid to Geor-
gia. The country has not only pio-
vided humanitarian assistance,
but also sent Internet security
specialists to Georgia and agreed
to host Georgian Web sites that
had been attacked.
Georgian 'officials suggested
Moscow was behind the attacks.
which the Russian government
As much as there is fear in the
region, there is also anger that
more could have been done bv
the West to rein in Russia. In an
interview with a Polish newspaper
on Saturday. Lech Kaczynski.
Poland's president. criticized the
European Union as being too soft
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l iiBmbei struck Shiite pil-
i ims, Saturday for a third con-
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three people in the latest in a
series of attacks apparently
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ed P'/ xi',.
Ii'h attacks have targeted pil-
grnis headed lor the Shiite city
of Kairblahi, wheie hundreds of
thousands of people have gath-
ered lor festi' ities that culmi-
nate Sunday morning.
No group has claimed respon-
sibiliil. but assaults on Shiite
civilians have been carried out
for \ears by Sunni extremists
such as al-Oaida in Iraq.
The latest attack occurred
about 9 a.m. Saturday when a
car homb exploded in the north
Baghdad neighborhood of
Shaab as pilgrims were board-
ing minibuses bound for Kar-
hala, 50 miles to the south.
liaqi police and hospital
employees said six people were
killed and 1 I injured. The U.S.
military put the toll at three
dead and eight injured.
On Friday., a passenger van
packed w\\ith explosives blew up
at a bus station in Balad, north
of Baghdad. The Balad hospital
director, Qassim Hatam al-
Qaisi. said nine people were
killed and 40 were wounded.
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in the holy cilv. he said.
In LtJ;iihdad, Iraqi soldiers
S;iliii(daI\ ai 'cted the head of
;i t.. funded Sunni group who
\\is iccuse(d of "supporting ter-
mis isni in a series of raids in
ihe wt-.'stei i! I ioghdad district of
.ihad. An Iirai officer, who
dec'led to he identified
bceautw,' lie wa'. anot authorized
It, scak to lhe media, identi-
flied li stis],ect'l as Tahir Abdul-
;Ili alI laimdani. the head of the
so- ailed ;i\,akcning council in
I lie I.S. niilitar confirmed
thal ia l'ali of the group was
il nested ibut declined to idenfi-
I\ him or gi\e more details.
A iei ICI con mlnianders have
said tlie Suni revolt against al-
(U;.ida' in Iraq was a key factor
in a sharp decline in violence
s\ei the past year, but the
mosveient lias been troubled
Iv icindv lire incidents and
ioin;ei iIs abolt infiltration.
A,\P lele\ision News video
sii Ned Iraqi soldiers combing
tlie largely empty residential
tra and a blindfolded man sit-
in ime os-leggeed next to three
io\s oh Kalashnikov assault
lile's. Iiaqi army officer Col.
Ii A\hI)tiid I haImir said the
laid .s aiiimed at clearing the
area ii extreimists so about 240
displaced families could return
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THE RIBNE MNDA, AGUST18,2008 PAE 1
'We have agreed that Mr Mugabe will be
president whilst I become prime minister'
* By DONNA BRYSON
Associated Press Writer
Africa (AP) Zimbabwe's
opposition chief would accept
the prime minister's post and
concede the presidency and
command of the military to
Robert Mugabe to settle a polit-
ical crisis in his country, the
Associated Press learned Sat-
Morgan Tsvangirai outlined
his proposal for resolving the
contentious issue of who would
lead any unity government in
Zimbabwe in a speech Friday
to regional Cabinet ministers,
gathered for the Southern
African Development Commu-
nity summit. The AP obtained a
copy of the speech on Saturday,
the day the summit opened.
Tsvangirai's proposal, which
he said his Movement for
Democratic Change presented
during the deadlocked negotia-
tions with Mugabe's ZANU-PF
party, would mean a major
curbing of the powers Mugabe
has wielded since the country
gained independence in 1980.
But it also would leave
Tsvangirai working closely with
a leader he has reviled as a bru-
tal dictator. After months of
attacks on opposition support-
ers. blamed on soldiers and
police, the prospect of Mugabe
remaining commander in chief
was worrisome to some.
Tsvangirai's foreign policy
adviser, acknowledged in an
interview Saturday there was
"a possibility of abuse," but said
regional leaders who were
expected to endorse a deal
could keep a check on Mugabe.
The opposition may have lit-
tle choice. Top military leaders
have said publicly they would
not recognize Tsvangirai's
"This whole process is about
sharing power," said
Mukonoweshuro, adding, "Mr
Mugabe will be head of state
and Mr Tsvangirai will be head
of government with executive
Suuth African President
Thabo Mbeki, who has been
mediating Zimbabwe's power-
sharing talks, spent much of the
past week in Zimbabwe trying
to push Mugabe and Tsvangi-
rai to strike a deal. The question
of Mugabe's role has been a
major sticking point, with the
MORGAN Tsvangirai (centre), Zimbabwe's opposition leader, arrives at the
summit of SADC heads of state and government in Sandton, South Africa,
longtime president reportedly
refusing to yield any power and
his administration publicly
mocking Tsvangirai's claim to
have the mandate to lead Zim-
In his speech Friday, Tsvan-
girai said the two sides remain
unable to agree on how powers
would be divided between him
and Mugabe. A South African
Cabinet minister closely
involved in the talks, Sydney
Mufamadi, said Saturday that
a deal was close but said it was
unclear if a breakthrough would
come during the summit.
Tsvangirai walked out of talks
in Harare on Tuesday, but his
chief negotiator, Tendai Biti,
said Saturday that the negotia-
tions were back on track.
Friday, Tsvangirai said com-
promise is necessary because
Zimbabweans would reject a
deal "if any party is greedy."
"We have agreed that Mr
Mugabe will be president whilst
I become prime minister," he
told the SADC ministers. "We
envisage that the prime minister
must chair the Cabinet and be
responsible for the formulation,
execution and administration of
government business, including
appointing and dismissing his
ministers...A prime minister
cannot be given responsibility
without authority and be
expected to deliver."
Tsvangirai, whose party won
the most seats in parliament in
the March elections, is propos-
ing that the president have no
power td veto laws. The oppo-
sition also proposed that the
president "shall be commander
in chief of the defense forces of
Zimbabwe," but exercise that
power on the advice of the
Tsvangirai won the most
votes in a field of four in the
first round of presidential voting
in March, but not by the margin
necessary to avoid a runoff
against second-place finisher
Mugabe. Tsvangirai withdrew
from the June 27 runoff, citing
attacks on his supporters by
opening ceremony of the 28th
security forces and ruling party
Mugabe held the runoff and
was declared the overwhelming
winner in a widely denounced
South African mediators
helped guide Mugabe and
Tsvangirai to sign a memoran-
dum of understanding July 21
establishing a framework for
Mbeki praised that agree-
ment at the summit Saturday,
saying the SADC would con-
tinue working "to help put Zim-
babwe on the right road to its
But Botswana's President
ZIMBABWE President Robert Mugabe is seen at the opening ceremony of
the 28th Southern African Development Community...
Seretse Ian Khama refused to
attend the summit. in protests
against Mugabe's status there
as head of state.
President Levy Mwanawasa
of Zambia, who also has been
critical of Mugabe, was hospi-
talized in Paris but said in a
speech read by his foreign min-
ister that the events in Zimbab-
we were a "serious blot on the
culture of democracy in our
Outside, several hundred pro-
testers marched peacefully to
protest Mugabe's presence,
some holding up red soccer
penalty cards reading: "Mugabe
Tensions over Zimbabwe
come at a time when southern
Africa is struggling to uinify to
fight poverty. SADC is to
launch a free trad.- agreement
Sunday scrapping tariffs on 85
percent of goods traded among
Mbeki said soaring food and
fuel prices and global economic
decline make greater regional
economic cooperation "more
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kills four in Haiti and
* By EVENS SANON
Associated Press Writer
(AP) Flooding from Tropical
Storm Fay killed four people in
Haiti and the Dominican
Republic, and authorities
warned Saturday that the storm
could reach hurricane strength
as it headed toward Cuba.
Florida's Governor Charlie
Crist declared a state of emer-
gency and said Fay threatened
the state with a "major disas-
ter." Forecasters said Fay could
bring hurricane-force winds to
the Florida Keys as soon as
The United States National
Hurricane Center in Miami said
that on Saturday afternoon the
storm was located about 60
miles (100 kilometers) south of
Guantanamo, Cuba. It was
heading west at about 16 mph
(26 kph), and maximum sus-
tained winds had decreased
slightly to 40 mph (65 kph).
A man died Saturday in Haiti
while trying to cross a river in
Leogane, south of Port-au-
Prince, said Marie Alta Jean-
Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil
protection department. No fur-
ther information was immedi-
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Valley, Haiti's most fertile
region, were flooded, accord-
ing to reports from Radio
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destroyed banana crops in Arc-
ahaie, north of the capital,
although it is unclear how many
acres were affected, Jean-Bap-
Haiti has struggled to cope
with a food crisis that sparked
deadly riots in April.
The capital's airport
reopened Saturday afternoon,
but heavy rains were still
expected in the south.
In neighboring Dominican
Republic, a 34-year-old woman
drowned when a family tried to
cross a swollen river in a car,
civil defense agency director
Luis Luna Paulino, said. The
bodies of her missing 13-year-
old niece and five-year-old
nephew were found Saturday
afternoon, but her husband
swam to safety.
A tropical storm warning was
lifted Saturday afternoon for
parts of the Baham'as and the
Turks and Caicos Islands.
Cuba's government said hur-
ricane watches were in effect
for the provinces of Villa Clara,
Cinefuegos, Matanzas, Cam-
aguey, Ciego de Avila and
Sancti Spiritus. A hurricane
watch means that hurricane
conditions are possible within
the watch area, generally with-
in 36 hours.
Fay's path will take it over
the southern coast of eastern
Cuba late Saturday or Sunday
and over the island's west near
Havana on Sunday night Mon-
day, according to forecasters.
Forecasters said Fay could hit
the US as a Category 1 or 2 hur-
ricane, with winds perhaps
reaching more than 100 mph
"The official track brings it
off the west coast of Florida
Tuesday and Wednesday, how-
ever, the track is always uncer-
Associated Press writer
Ramon Almanzar contributed
from Santo Domingo, Domini-
PAGE 20, MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008
T THE T R I B U NE
MONDAY AUGUST 18, 2008
Discuss proposed EPA
offer with the public
M By CARA BRENNEN-
offer for the
to have maintained the status
,quo, the country's former for-
eign affairs minister Fred
Mitchell said government
needs to discuss the offer with
the public openly and frankly.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence late last week, Mr
Mitchell said the public is still
very concerned about the
county's foreign trade policy
and in particular the services
offer the country will be mak-
ing to the European Union for
the Economic Partnership
He explained that when the
PLP was in government, they
had agreed to sign" the initial
offer on the EPA which con-
tained the goods offer leaving
the services side opened
because they were unable to
conclude that portion of the
agreement before leaving
After examining the pro-
posed offer on services which is
currently still being reviewed
by cabinet, Mr Mitchell said,
"We have had a look at, the
government has shared the ser-
vices offer, now it appears to
me that the services offer is try-
ing to maintain the status quo."
Mr Mitchell did add that he
felt there was no reason to be
coy about the offer.
"Whatever you intend to do,
you need to share it very pub-
licly with the Bahamian peo-
ple and let them make a judg-
ment about whether this is
something we should proceed
with or we shouldn't. Again,
that's our position; let us know
what your position is."
Mr Mitchell noted that
Zhivargo Laing, the minister
of state for finance had previ-
ously said that he would not
be in a position to say when
cabinet would have concluded
its review, although he did say
it should be before the mon-
"We have on record that the
head of Caricom who has said
that the offer will be signed on
the second of September.
If the Bahamas, intends to
make that deadline as well, Mr
Mitchell said that government
should release the offer soon.
On the surface, Mr Mitchell
said the offer appears to have
maintained the status quo.
"If it is," he said, "it would
alleviate many of the fears that
people have as to the position
FORMER foreign affairs minister Fred Mitchell says the public is still very
concerned about the Bahamas' foreign trade policy and in particular the
services offer the country will be making to the European Union for the
Economic Partnership Agreement...
of the EPA. but again, there
must be a clean breast of this, it
must be discussed openly and
its position on
* By CARA BRENNEN-
THE Bahamas' tax system
does not facilitate smaller retail
stores, which has lead to a lack
of quality merchandise coming
in to the country.
Noting the number of retail-
ers who in recent months have
been forced to downsize or
close their businesses, Charles
Klonaris who heads the down-
town revitalization project told
Tribune Business that the tax
system of the country only
serves these stores selling high
end, luxury, duty free items such
as watches perfumes and jew-
As a result those stores flour-
ish while smaller retail stores
are faced with having to deal
with pre-paid duties, high
licence fees and the ever
increasing cost facing the entire
world today of doing business.
Mr Klonaris said government
should rethink its position on
retail taxes, because it has led to
an influx of businesses either
closing down or having to bring
in inferior quality merchandise.
Additionally, he said, the
$600 exemption that is given to
persons each year to bring mer-
chandise into the country also
serves to negatively impact
"That actually encourages
persons to take their money out
of the country and away from
Bahamian merchants, he said.
Mr Klonaris noted that
because many Bahamians fail
to fully declare and pay the cor-
rect duty on the merchandise
they bring in, the tax system is
"No one pays the duty, so the
country does not benefit from it,
what good is a duty system,
when people do not pay duty."
If the country is to improve
the quality of its merchandise
and encourage more persons to
shop at home the tax system
must be re-examined, he said
noting that the majority of mid--
dle class and wealthy persons
have stopped shopping in the
Store owner expands
AS a little girl, Joy Higgs
watched her parents nurture
their entrepreneurial spirits,
managing several successful
businesses in Bimini, including
Sue & Joy's Variety Store.
Joy spent her school years in
Nassau, but her summers were
spent in Bimini, where she often
found herself working at Sue &
"Joy grew up with the store.
In fact, I kept her in her crib
right there with me at the store
when she was a baby," said Susy
Duncombe, Joy's mother and
the Sue in Sue & Joy's. "She
did go away to school, but she's
really been with me all along."
When Joy was graduated
from school, she returned to her
native Bimini and started work-
ing regularly at Sue & Joy's.
The mother-daughter duo has
turned the store into a prime
shopping spot for Biminites and
tourists alike, selling everything
from groceries to local jew-
Working together, Susy
taught Joy that building a fam-
ily business is as much about
family as it is about business.
So when Joy started a courtship
with Nassau accountant Derak
Higgs, she encouraged him to
move to Bimini and help build
the golf cart rental side of the
business. The couple married
in 2005. Derak moved to Bimi-
ni and has been working with
his wife and mother-in-law ever
Sue & Joy's has enjoyed its
fair share of successes over the
years and celebrated its 30th
anniversary at its current Alice
Town location just last year. But
it wasn't until a representative
of Bimini Bay Resort and Mari-
na contacted Susy that the fam-
ily started thinking expansion.
Sean Grimberg, president of
Bimini Bay Resort, asked if
they would be interested in
adding a store to Fisherman's
Village at the resort. Joy
jumped at the idea.
"I've wanted to get up to the
resort ever since it opened. I
just felt like Bimini Bay is the
place to be," Joy said. "Plus,
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I've learned so much from my
mother and felt like this was my
chance to branch out and do
something on my own."
The new branch of Sue &
Joy's opened in July, offering
resort-goers a variety of
Bahamian and American-brand
products, including food, bev-
erages, toiletries, over-the-
counter medicines, gift items
and more. The store plans to
offer personalized services soon,
including grocery deliveries to a,
resort guest's home prior to
arrival and pre-orders for items
not regularly kept in stock.
"As time goes on, people are
going to realize all the oppor-
tunities Bimini Bay is creating,"
Joy said. "But we have to be
willing to take advantage of
them. That's what we're doing
here. This is a chance for us to
take Sue & Joy's to the next
Today, Joy's husband Derak
has expanded the golf cart
rental business to the Bimini
Bay location, allowing the cou-
ple to continue working togeth-
With the 2008 summer
tourism season approaching an
end, Joy and Derak say busi-
ness has been good and they
hope business remains steady
in the fall. Susy has no doubts.
"That store has a lot of poten-
tial because the resort has a lot
of potential," she said. '"I would-
n't have gone for another store
if I didn't think it would be suc-
cessful. Besides, my daughter is
a very hard worker. I don't have
any doubts about this one."
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
The University of the West Indies Open Campus, The Bahamas, invites suitably and
well-qualified applicants to fill the position of Programme Officer at the UWI Open
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P.O. Box N-1184
Nassau, Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Additionally, you may send in advance an electronic version to E-Mail address: howard
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PAGE 2B, MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008
Sobers' sudden death shocks tourism officials
THE sudden death of Arley
Sobers, the interim head of the
Caribbean Tourism's Organisa-
tion (CTO), has shocked and
saddened the region's tourism
Mr Sobers, the acting secre-
tary general and director of
information management and
research at the CTO, died dur-
ing an overseas mission to New
York on Thursday. He was only
60 years old.
Minister of, Tourism and for-
mer CTO secretary general
last week remembered Mr
Sobers as the man who helped
establish and solidify CTO's
global reputation as a source of
information on the Caribbean.
"We in the CTO family have
lost our heart and the
Caribbean has lost a brilliant,
passionate and compassionate
friend in the passing of Arley
Sobers. He was my sounding
board, my confidant, my advis-
er and my great friend during
my years at CTO and long
"Few people are irreplace-
able, but Arley comes as close
as any. We all consider our-
selves a part of Arley's family
and mourn our great loss with
Margaret and all of Arley's fam-
ily and friends," he said.
CTO chairman Allen Chas-
tanet said: "Arley was a hard
working, dedicated and com-
mitted member of the CTO
family, selflessly giving over 20
years of his life to the organisa-
"His passion for research and
information management was
unparalleled, and his work on
the development of an infor-
mation management system for
tourism in the Caribbean was
revolutionary at the time. Qui-
et by nature, his work spoke
volumes for itself."
The Caribbean Hotel and
Tourism Association (CHTA)
yesterday also expressed its sad-
ness over Mr Sobers untimely
"Mr Sobers was a long-time
colleague and personal friend,"
said Alec Sanguinetti, director
general and CEO of the
"We will all miss his perspec-
tive, his knowledge and his
understanding of tourism trends
around the world. But most of
all, we will miss the man, his
smile and his deep resonant
voice filled with advice and wit."
"He was a Caribbean man
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The successful applicant must have:
a strong command of the English Language, coupled with excellent report
writing and presentation skills.
solid intuitive and deductive reasoning skills.
possess practical experience in either financial investigation, banking,
accounting, auditing, and AML/CFT Compliance, or any combination thereof.
be computer literate with proficiency in the use of the Internet and various
highly disciplined with the ability to work within a team environment as well
be reliable, conscientious and confidential.
good research and typing skills.
Completion of formal analysis of assigned reports on a timely basis.
Ensure the on-going maintenance and management of assigned reports.
*Assist with delivery of training programs by the FlU for financial institutions
*Assist with proper functioning of the department on a daily basis, inclusive of
formulation/identification of programs for continuing professional development.
*Assist with preparation of typology reports for inclusion in the FlU's Annual
Participation from time to time in local and international seminars and
conferences on issues relating to AML/CFT and Methodologies.
Full execution of all other related duties that may be assigned by the Head of
Analysis from time to time.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Minimum requirement: a Bachelors Degree from an accredited tertiary
institution in Business Administration or Accounting;
Related experience or investigative background preferred but not required.
Interested persons may obtain additional information from the FlU's website at
www.bahamas.gov.bs/fiu and should submit written applications inclusive of
resumes and copies of relevant certificates) by 29th August 2008 to:
Anthony M. Johnson
Financial Intelligence Unit
P.O. Box SB 50086
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO
Looking for a
- Must be proficient in photoshop
- Responsibilities include:
-Layout and Design
-Customer Service Oriented
Resume + Portfolio should be sent via e-mail to
IBI m 7BHS
.~FOR SAL.E OR RENT'T I pls, al 0-27
MONTHLY INDIVIDUAL/GROUP SESSIONS" IFOR SALTE OR ARE
* Receptionist Sales/Telemarketing
* Customer Service Human Resources
* Management Warehouse
* Office Procedures Marketing
* MS Word/Excel etc. QuickBooks
Monthly Contracts/Flexible Payment Plan Available
Log on: www.markturnquestconsulting.com I ,ktA Tq
MAK TRNUST O IT
* ARRT registered or registry eligible
* Ultrasound training and competency
Minimum 2 years experience
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent written and oral
The successful candidate will:
Perform various routine and special
Rotate and/or cross-train through
Salary commensurate with experience
D co H si 'IB. . 3 1 8'
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For more information, please call
322-4187 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A leading Law firm with offices located in Nassau, is seeking
to fill the following position
* have a minimum of 5 years experience as a Legal Secretary
* have strong typing skills
" formal training in shorthand
* be proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and
* be self motivated and able to work without supervision
Applicant with background in Conveyancing, Banking, Civil
Litigation, Wills, Immigration matters encouraged. Medical
Insurance and Pension Plan offered.
Salary commensurate with skill and experience.
Interested persons should apply in writing to:
The Office Manger
3 or 4 Bed
Ocean Villa with Pool and Rainwater Tank
VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR
MAJOR COMMERCIAL BANK
* Performs operational and compliance audits and reviews for all branches
and departments of the Bank.
* Prepares comprehensive written internal audit reports for each audit performed,
which would include the scope and objective of the audit, observations of audit
* Assists the Chief Internal Auditor in administering the Internal Audit
department and programs, in setting audit policy, to ensure frequency and scope
of audits are appropriate.
* Assists and advises the Chief Internal Auditor regarding Bank policy statements
and system improvements.
* Acts as team leader in advising and instructing the junior Internal Auditors in
regard to audit assignments.
Knowledge; Skills and Abilities:
* Detailed knowledge of banking, Central Bank of The Bahamas Acts and
* Strong accounting and auditing skills to analyze financial statements.
* Ability to communicate regulatory compliance information to internal persons
* Bachelor's degree along with relevant professional certification plus five (5) to
eight (8) years of banking experience. CPA designation would be an asset.
* Strong analytical capability to monitor the scope and frequency of the audit
schedule, investigate audit issues and asses implications.
* Computer literate Ability to use Electronic Working papers, MS Word and
Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and
qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and Life Insurance;
Interested persons should apply no later than August 20th, 2008 to:
c/o The Tribune
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INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, ADAJANAE J'NIA JAKELLE NEVAEH
WILLIAMS of Rich Close, Mermaid, Blvd. West, P.O. Box CR-56711,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to ADAJANAE NEVAEH
WOODSIDE. If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of the publication of this notice.
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, DERENCE ROLLE DAVIS of the
Southern District of N.P. P.O. Box CB-13265, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my child's name, MCDERBERN SILAS ROLLE to MCDERBERN
SILAS ROLLE DAVIS. If'there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, PRO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of the publication of this notice.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Must have a pleasant telephone voice with a good
command of the English Language and be customer
Good working knowledge of general office procedures.
Computer literate, knowledge of Accpac software working
with A/C's Receivable an asset.
Scheduling Customer work.
Typing Customer proposals and letters on Microsoft
Filing new quotes and work completed.
Credit Stop lists and collections.
Updating Customer Data Base.
ONLY APPLICANTS AGE 35 YEARS AND OLDER
PLEASE SEND RESUME TO THE FOLLOWING:
OR P.O. Box N-1388
THE Bahamas International
Securities Exchange recently
announced that Phoenix Four
Inc (Phoenix Four) has suc-
cessfully completed the BISX
Mutual Fund Listing Process
and has now been added to the
roster of funds on the exchange.
Phoenix Four is a closed end
fund that is listed under the
trading symbol PFI.
Phoenix Four has become the
twenty-third mutual fund list-
ing on the exchange and the
third international mutual list-
ing since December 2007.
Keith Davis, the CEO of
BISX, said, "We believe that
our listing facility for interna-
tional funds has evolved into an
important value added for
financial services provided in
"We are satisfied that issuers
will seek a listing on our
Exchange in order to send a
clear signal to their investors
that they are well regulated and
are receiving a high level of ser-
CFAL securities limited
served as the BISX sponsor
member that brought Phoenix
Four to the exchange, Genesis
Fi Fund Services Ltd serves as
the funds' administrator. The
fund's objective is capital
preservation and appreciation
for its investments which are
concentrated in United States
Percy"Pyre, chairman OT the "
board of directors of Phoenix
Four, stated: "We are thrilled
to be listed on the Bahamas
Exchange. The high level of
professionalism and quality ser-
vice demonstrated by the BISX
makes them a first rate
BISX is committed to contin-
ually making certain that the
quality value added services to
issuers are of the highest stan-
Health Information Management Coordinator
* The Transcriptionist must possess a high school
* Certified Medical Transcriptionist credentials or
equivalent training is preferred.
A minimum of one year of previous medical transcription
experience within a health care setting is preferred.
LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION:
CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist) is preferred.
Manages the computerized/manual system of
material/information recorded by the physician, utilizing
a computerized transcription system, to assist in the
completion of medical record. Performs duties in
support of Doctors Hospital mission to ensure the
highest quality of patient care in an economically sound
and efficient manner.
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent
Plesesubitleter to HmanReouresDeprten
The following persons are asked to contact
STOR-IT-ALL OF NASSAU, LIMITED
in connection with items left in storage:
* Monique Bain
* Theologus Cochinamogulos
* Katina Roach
* Kathleen Culmer
* Dannella Rolle
* Anthony Wells
* Kenneth Rolle
* E.C. Imports
* Garth Sawyer
* Solomon Miller
* Michael P. Butler
* Agatha Bowe
* Obrien Knowles
* Leroy Henchell
* Olga Toler
* Michael Horton
* Samantha McDonald
* Physician Alliance
* Wellington Andrews
* Tropical Airways
* Robert Smith
(byLow' s WhoTl esale),r~t?[3^^
Are you an energetic
an Excellent communicator, with a passion to
work with a professional Team ?
If we've piqued your interest, Let's Talk!!
We are seeking qualified persons to fill the following positions:-
Retail' Sales & Store Operations Manager
Senior Accounts Associate
Accounts Payable Associate
Accounts Control Officers
Showroom Floor Assistant
For more information on each position, please visit us at
Plus Group of Companies is an established Bahamian owned
group that is growing & continuing to build it's team of
professionals in various areas.
We offer a competitive salary & benefits package as well as
ongoing professional training & development.
Nassau Grand Bahama World Wide Web
Please submit your application by Mail to:
Director of Human Resources, The Plus Group
P. 0. Box N713, Nassau, Bahamas
or eMail: email@example.com
We thank all applicants, however only those selected
for an interview will be contacted.
NOTICE OF SALE
The Lagoon Court Management Co. ("the
Company") invites offers for the purchase of
ALL THAT Apartment Unit No. 307 in the
Lagoon Court Condominium situate in the area
known as "Olde Towne at Sandyport" in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence
being a three bedroom/ 3 bathroom apartment
unit of 2,052 square feet with ALL THAT
5.4818% share in the common property of the
The Company makes no representations or
warranties with respect to the state of repair of
the Unit which is offered for sale "as is where
The Company will sell under power of sale in
accordance with Section 21(4) of the Law of
Property & Conveyancing (Condominium) Act.
TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase
price at the time of contract and the
balance upon completion within
Sixty (60) days of contract.
This sale is subject to a reserve price. The
Company reserves the right to reject any and
Interested persons may submit written offers
addressed to Lagoon Court Management Co.,
c/o Dana C. Wells, P.O. Box N-272, Nassau,
Bahamas to be received no later than the close
of business on the 8th day of September, 2008.
Bridgewater Properties Limited
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above named Company is in
dissolution, which commenced on the 25th day of July, 2008.
The Liquidator is Shareece E. Scott of Deltec Bank & Trust
Limited, P.O. Box N-3229, Lyford Cay, N.P, Bahamas.
Shareece E. Scott
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The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.
MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008, PAGE 5B
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Agape Christian School
A Ministry of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel __' -_
P.O.Box AB20760, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas -'
Now accepting applications for
Lower Primary Grades
Junior and Senior High School
with BJC and BGCSE experience in Language Arts, Literature,
Mathematics, Music, Spanish, French, Computer Science,
Physical Education, Biology, and Art
For the school year beginning SEPTEMBER 2008
Applicants must be Born Again Christians and adhere to the
Statement of Faith of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel.
Teachers must also have at least a Bachelors Degree in
Education or a Teacher's Certificate and must be a
Bahamian or a permanent resident of the
Bahamas with work status.
Qualifying persons are asked to contact the office at
Telephone (242) 367-4777 8:30am 3:45pm
or fax (242) 367-5777
or visit our website www.agape-school.com ~ for job or
Agape Christian School uses the A Beka Book Curriculum
which emphasizes Christian values as well as a very high
standard of education and is approved by the Bahamas
Ministry of Education.
We seek to train the mind, guide the person, and love the
"Study to show thyself approvedunto qocd....."2 Timothy2:15
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
INVITATION FOR TENDERS
The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for the following
contracted services for the Department of Environmental Health Services.
(1) Packer type garbage trucks
(2) Garbage truck parts
Interested parties may obtain further information including eligibility to
participate and may collect the bidding document upon payment of a non
refundable fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) as of August 19th, 2008 From:
The Department of Environmental Health Services
Nassau, The Bahamas
P.O. Box SS-19048
Telephone No. (242) 322-8037, Facsimile No. (242) 322-8073 between
the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
The method of payment will be certified cheque or cash. Tenders are to
be submitted in triplicate (3) in sealed envelope(s) addressed to:
The Tenders Board
c/o The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre
Public Utilities Commission
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hereby invites
licensees, other stakeholders and the general public on
document on the National Numbering Plan for
The goals of this consultation are to:
inform licensees, other stakeholders and the general public of the PUC's
intention to develop a National Numbering Plan to administer and
manage numbering resources for current and future needs; and invite
comments from licensees, other stakeholders and the general public.
Section 6(4) of the Telecommunications Act, 1999 requires the PUC to act in
a timely, transparent, objective and non-discriminatory manner and consistent
with the objectives of the Act. While section 6(5) of the Act requires the
Commission to- publish its proposals on 'any general instruction intended to be
issued under any part of the Act and allow a reasonable period of consultation.
Copies of this document can be obtained from the PUC's office located at
4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue Written comments should be submitted
by September 26, 2008 via post, hand delivery, facsimile or e-mail to:
Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box N-4860
Fourth Terrace East
Fax: 242 323-7288
BAHAMAS TECHCAL AND AVOCATIONAL
PIRP, --[ORkTHE REAWORLD
,ww .bviorg.bs Tel: 502-6300
STUDENT ADVISEMENT & REGISTRATION SCHEDULE
August i8-21 2008
Classes begin September 1, 2008.
Note: Persons who do not register during this period will be subject to
Late Registration fee.
(Late registration is August 27-29, 2008).
Date Time Programme
August 18 8am 7pm Massage Therapy
Fashion Design Production 1 & 2
Tuesday 8am 7pm Carpentry
August 19 Masonry
Wednesday Auto Collision Repair
August 20 8am 7pm Computer Repair
Thursday 8am- 7pm Applications
August 21 Office Administration 1 & 2
P.O. Box N-3017
No later than September 19th, 2008.
Tenders will be open at 10am on September 23rd, 2008 at the office of
the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.
The government reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders
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THE TRIBUNE PAGE 7B
Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs
CENTRE.FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION & EXTENSION SERVICES
CAREER INSTITUTE SCHEDULE
SEMESTER: FALL 2008
ALL COURSES MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK (*) INDICATES THE COURSE MUST BE TAKEN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAMME
THE COST OF BOOKSIRESOURCE MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FEES
CODE SEC COURSEIPROGRAMME DAY TIME MAX# RMS DURATION VENUE STARTS LECTURER TUITION
MASSAGE THERAPY PROG.
Prerequisites: BJC Math, English &
General Science OR High School Diploma
& BJC General Science
MASG900 ICI Massage Therapy Essentials I* M/F 9:30am 12:30pm 16 TBA 12wks Mun Buld 8-Sept TBA $670
APHY900 ICI Anatomy & Physiology* F 6:00pm 9:00pm 25 TBA 10wks BLVDLT 12-Sept E. Grant $400
MEDT900 CI Medical Terminology* W 6:00pm 9:00pm 25 TBA l0wks DRS HP 24-Sept J. Infremeta $225
COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN PROG.
Prerequisites: BJC Math and English OR
High School Diploma
COMP957 1CI PC SupportI F 6:00pm 7:30pm 25 TBA 12wks Mun Buld 12-Sept TBA $500
ICI CONTINUED S 9:00am 10:30am 25 TBA 12wks Mun Buld 13-Sept TBA -----
COMP900 ICI Keyboarding S ll:00am 2:00pm 20 LAB 5wks CEES 13-Sept V. Collie $200
COMrP30 ICI Web Page Design I Th/F 9:30am 4:30pm 20 LAB 2 days CEES 16-Oct C. Roach $500
CODE SEt COURSUPROORAMME DAY TIME MAXI RMI DURATION VENUR STARTS LECTURER TUITION
MEDICAL SECRETARY'S PROG.
Prerequisites: BJC Math, English &
General Science OR High School Diploma
& BJC General Science
MEDT900 ICI Medical Terminology* W 6:00pm 9:00pm 25 TBA 10wks DRS HP 24-Sept J. Inlreieta $225
APHY9oo ICI Anatomy & Physiology* F 6:00pm 9:00pm 25 TBA 10wks BLVDLT 12-Sept E. Grant $400
COMP900 m CI Keyboarding S 11:00am 2:00pm 20 LAB 5wks CEES 13-Sept V. Collie $200
MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING PROG.
Prerequisites: BJC Math, English &
General Science OR High School Diploma
& BJC General Science
MEDT900 ICI Medical Terminology* W 6:00pm 9:00pm 25 TBA 10wks DRS HP 24-Bept J. Infremeta $225
APHYO9O ICI Anatomy & Physiology* F 6:00pm 9:00pm 25 TBA 10wks BLVDLT 12-Sept E. Grant $400
COMP9OO ICI Keyboarding S 11:00am 2:00pm 20 LAB 5wks CEES 13-Sept V.-Collie $200
WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING PROG.
Prerequisites: BJC Math and English
OR High School Diploma
WEDD900 1CI Wedding Planning T/Th 6:00pm 7:30pm 25 TBA 12wks BLVDLT 9-Sept TBA $450
COMP900 ICI Keyboarding S ll:00am 2:00pm 20 LAB 5wks CEES 13-Sept V. Collie $200
CEES RESERVES'THERIGHT TO CHANGE TUITION,FEES. COURSE CONTENT, COURSE SCHEDULE, COURSE MATERIAL AND CANCEL COURSES
Tuition does not include the one time $40 application fee
ENQUIRIES: Contact the Coordinator at Tel (242) 325-5714 / 328-0093 / 328-1936 or e-mail vedie@-,-ob.edubl
CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND EXTENSION SERVICES
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FALL SEMESTER 042008
NO. NO. DESCRIPTION TIME DAY START DUR FEE
ACCA900 01 ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERS I 6:00pm-8:00pm Thurs 23-Sep wks $ 250.00
ACCA901 01 ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERS II 6:00p -8:00pm Mon/Wed 22-Sep wks $275.00
ACCA902 01 ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERS III 6:00p -8:00pm Mon/Wed 22-Sep wks $300.00
BUSI900 01 CREDITS COLLECTIONS I 6:00pm-8:00pm Tues 23-Sep 8 wks $225.00
BUSI901 01 CREDIT& COLLECTIONS II 6:00pm-8:00pm Thurs 25-Sep 8wks $250.00
CUST900 01 SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICi W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs 9-Oct 1 day $170.00
BUSI904 01 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 25-Sep wks $ 225.00
TSM900 01 TIME & STRESS MANAGEMENT 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs 23-Oct 1 day $180.00
COMP901 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 11:00am-2:00pm Tues 16-Sep wks $450.00
COMP901 02 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 15-Sep wks $ 450.00
COMP902 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 18-Sep wks $ 550.00
COMP941 01 QUICKBOOKS 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 23-Sep 6wks $330.00
COMP953 01 PC UPGRADE AND REPAIR 6:00pm-7:30pm Mon/Wed 15-Sep wks $ 500.00
COMP930 01 WEB PAGE DESIGN I W/S 9:30am-4:30pm 'Thurs/Fri 16-Oct das $ 550.00
COMP931 01 WEB PAGE DESIGN II W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs/Fri 13-Nov days $ 650.00
COMP 960 01 MICROSOFT POWER POINT 9:30am-4:30pm Fri 19-Sep 1 day $170.00
COSM802 01 MAKE-UP APPLICATION. 6:00pm-9:OOpm Mon 6-Oct 8wks $225.00
COSM804 01 MANICURE & PEDICURE 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 6-Oct 8wks $250.00
COSM805 01 NAILARTTECHNICIAN 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon/Tues 6-Oct 8wks $500.00
DECO800 r01 INTERIOR DECORATING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 7-Oct 8wks $225.00
DECO801 01 INTERIOR DECORATING II 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 8-Oct 8wks $250.00
FLOR800 01 FLORALDESIGN I 6:00pm-9:00pm Tue 23-Sep 8wks $225.00
FLOR801 01 FLORAL DESIGN II 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 22-Sep 8wks $250.00
FLOR802 01 1FLORAL DESIGN III 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 25-Sep 8wks $275.00
ENG 900 01 EFFECTIVE WRITING SKILLS 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 7-Oct wks $225.00
MGMT900 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 18-Sep wks $ 250.00
MGMT901 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT II 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 15-Sep wks $300.00
SEWING & CRAFT
SEW 800 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 22-Sep 8wks $225.00
SEW 800 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING II 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 24-Sep 8wks $250.00
SEW 804 01 BEDROOM DECORATING 10:00am-1:00pm Sat 20-Sep 8wks $225.00
SEW 805 01 DRAPERY MAKING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 23-Sep 8wks $225.00
CRA900 01 JEWLERY MAKING 6:00pm-8:00pm Tues 23-Sep 8wks $250.00
MEDT900 01 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 24-Sep wks $225.00
HEALTH AND FITNESS__
MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 25-Sep wks $465.00
MASG901 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS II 600pm-9:00pm Mon 22-Sep wks $620.00
BWAX900 01 BODY WAXING 9:30am-4:30pm Tues/Wed 21-Sep days $ 300.00
DANC900 01 BAHAMIIAN FOLKLORE & DANCING 6:30pm-8:30pm Tue 16-Sep 8wks $275.00
DANC901 01 BALLROOM DANCING 6:30pm-8:30pm Wed 17-Sep 8wks $27500
All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).
CEES reserve the right to change Tuition, Fees. Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.
Revised June 2008
NEW STUDENT ADVISEMENT
Fall Semester 2008
Dates and Times
New Student Orientation & Advisement
Wednesday. August 20t'. 2008
12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Band Shell off Poinciana Drive
(Parking available at the Tucker Road entrance)
(Pan7nce ale ecVrcd tro aurwd)
Students will use the campus computers to complete their first online registration.
August 21" 8:0() a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Augumt 22"' 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Bills are paid at the
Business Officc located in the Portia Smith Building ol'
August 21" 8:00 a.m. :0()() p.m.
August 22nd 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
The Creation of a University
The College of The Bahamas is accepting
proposals for the creation of a university
brand identity and the design of initial
marketing material to support the new
To obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal
or to make inquiries, please contact:
The Office of Communication
The College of The Bahamas
P.O. Box N4912
Oakes Field Campus
Nassau, The Bahamas
emai communicationon' cob.edu.bs
The deadline for proposal submissions is
Wednesday, September 10, 2008.
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CONTACT CHARLES KLONARIS 362-4657 or 424-7374 :
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, M NIONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008 *
Photo: Tim Clarke
misses out on
E TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
BEIJING, China: Der-
rick Atkins missed being a
part of the greatest
ever to take place at the
Olympic Games on Satur-
day night at the fabulous
Bird's Nest National Sta-
The 2007 World Cham-
pionships' silver medalist
bowed out of the men's
100 metres in the semifi-
nal when he crossed the
finish line in 10.13 seconds
for sixth place at the
Only the top four
advanced to the final with
Jamaican world record
holder Usain Bolt speed-
ing to an impressive 9.85
seconds, just shy of the
Olympic record of 9.84
thht was set by Canadian
Donovan Bailey in
Atlanta, Georgia in 1996.
The much anticipated
showdown in the final was
wiped away as American
world champion Tyson
Gay, still bothered by a
hamstring injury from the
US trials in June, also
failed to advance after he
was fifth in heat two in
10.05 that was,won by for-
mer Jamaican world
record holder Asafa Pow-
ell in 9.91.
But in the final, based
on the way he's been per-
forming all year, there was
no doubt that Bolt was
headed for another light-
He certainly didn't dis-
appoint the jam packed
In another spectacular.
performance, Bolt was the
second to the last com-
petitor to ,get out. But
once he caught everybody,
he pulled away, threw his
hands up in the air and
celebrated again, this time
beating on his chest.
That was about 70
SEE page two
Debbie finishes Sventh
Debbie finishes. sev enth
TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BEJING, China: It was a com-
"plete Jamaican sweep as Shelly-Ann
Fraser, Sherone Simpson and Ker-
ron Stewart carted off the gold, sil-
ver and bronze in the women's 100
In the mix was Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, the only Bahamian to
survive the rounds. She was sev-
enth in 11.19 seconds.
But the reigning 200 bronze
medalist from the 2004 games in
Athens, Greece admitted that she
was disappointed in not getting a
century medal before her career
comes to an end.
"It was an excellent race, but I
am disappointed in my perfor-
mance," she stated.
"For me, I wanted to just once try
to be up there in the top three and
my execution in the beginning
was okay, but somewhere in
between, I stopped driving
and I gave up at the
Although she is
proud to be a part of
another historic night
for Jamaica. coming olfl
the first gold medal
won by Ulsain Bolt in
a world record time in
the men s 1111
guson-McKenzie said she never saw
the sweep the way it was done.
While Fraser pulled away to win
the gold in a personal best of 10.78
without a wind reading (as was the
case with Bolt's impressive 10.68),
Simpson and Stewart had to wait
for. at least five minutes before they
posted the silver and bronze medal
In a photo finish in a time of
10.98, Simpson got the silver and
Stewart had to settle for the bronze.
"Being a Caribbean nation, con-
gratulations Jamaica," said a modest
Ferguson-McKenzie. "That was
excellent. Fast time and well done.
We know that Lauryn (Williams,
the fourth place finisher in 11.03) is
a trouper. She always finds a way to
get in. But I'm surprised that they
got the sweep."
Great Britian's Jeanette Kwakye
came through with a sixth place in a
PB of 11.14. She said she was just
delighted to just be a part of the
race and to finish ahead
of two competitors.
zie said she will
now turn her
attention on the
200 that "ill start
on TIuesda)y She
will run along
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China: The look on his face said it
Taureano 'Reno' Johnson came through the
mixed zone at the Worker's Gymnasium, having
given it his all in his welterweight boxing match
against Silamu Hanati of China at the XXIX
With his most defining moment on the line,
Johnson was out-boxed in the four-round quar-
terfinal bout as Hanati went on to post a 14-4
point decision as he took advantage of the
tremendous support from the home crowd.
In the process, Johnson was denied a chance
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metres into the race. At
the end of the line, he
crossed it in a remark-
able 9.69 to lower both
his national record of
9.72 he set on June 1 and
Bailey's Olympic record
in the same breath.
Bolt became the first
Caribbean athlete ever
to win the marquee cen-
tury race and to add to
the feat, Trinidad &
Thompson picked up
the silver in a personal
best of 9.89 for the 1-2
American Walter Dix,
who along with Darvis
Patton were left to spoil
the Caribbean party, had
the fastest reaction time
and ended up with the
bronze in his PB of 9.91
as he finished just ahead
of Churandy Martina
with his Netherlands
Antilles" national record
Bolt is also attempting
to sweep the two sprints
when he contests the 200
After his feat, many
are predicting that he
will have no problem
achieving the sprint dou-
ble, although he is once
again expected to be
challenged by Dix and
Jamial Rolle will be car-
rying the Bahamian flag
in that event.
Thompson, who rose
from obscurity to inter-
national prominence this
year, said he was just
thrilled to be a part of
the history making night.
"There's nothing like
being a final when a
world record is done.
"I'm just glad that I
was there and that I
came up with the silver,"
said Thompson, who
paid for 13 of his family
members to attend the
games to watch him per-
Dix, on the other
hand, said: "Anything
you have a competitor
like Bolt in the race, you
can expect anything.
"He ran exceptionally
well and so I knew that
he had the ability to not
just win the gold, but
also break the world
Powell and his training
mate Michael Frater
both dipped under the
10-second barrier Pow-'
ell fifth in 9.95 and
Frater sixth in a PB of
9.97 as it also marked
the first time that
Jamaica had three
competitors in the
Trinidad & Tobago
also produced another
piece of history with two
competitors in the final.
But Marc Burns had to
settle for seventh in
Patton completed the
field in eighth in 10.03.
Atkins, the 24-year-old
graduate from CR Walk-
er and Dickinson State
where he shone as the
double sprint champion,
will now have to turn his
attention on the 12th
IAAF World Champi-
onships in Athletics in
to go on to fight for the Bahamas' tirst
boxing medal eer at an OIympics
I don i know honestly I don't know
what went on," said a deflated John-
son. who was confident from the start of
the games that he would win the gold.
Not wanting to admit that the crowd
support played a factor for Hanati.
Johnson stated: "At times it did, but I
could brush it off He just got the better
The crowd threw their support behind
Sanati from the moment he entered the
arena. When Johnson followed him,
they continued to chant louder and
When the bout got underway, John-
son got in the first punch to try to quiet
down the crowd&. But Hanati came
back, evened the score and went ahead
2-1 at the end of the round.
In the second round. Hanati kept the
crowd roanng as he opened with a jab to
go up 3-1 John.on wouldd keep it close
by answering with one of his own
However, after Hanati punched his
was to a 5-2 lead. Johnson was given
an eight-count by the referee. He
responded b\ connecting on a shot to
Hanati's head for a 5-3 deficit that
staved that way until the end of the
'1 was really surprised The punches
were landing on my elbow so I was won-
dering what was going on.' Johnson
reflected I lost That' s all I could sao
It wasn't until the third when it
appeared that the bout was over.
Johnson. the 24-year-old old 2003
Commonwealth Boxing Champi-
onships' silver medalist, tried to take
the inside to the taller Hanati rather
than box from the outside
But that didn t make a difference as
Hanati was able to stop him there as
well, taking the only two punches land-
ed in the ring for a 7-3 lead.
In the fourth and final round, Hanati
continued his aggressive stance, pound-
ing his way to a 9-3 advantage before
Johnson finally landed one.
Down 13-4 with about 10 seconds left,
Johnson got another eight count from
the referee. This time, it was just a mat-
ter of what the final score would be.
After the first round. I felt good.
but after the second round. I tound out
that w.as down. Johnson pointed out.
' After the hard work I did in the sec-
ond, I was pretty. much discouraged
Then I got another eight count, but
I didn't know where that came from. I
don't know He was landing punches.
but to gi\e me an eight count to hurt
me, no. It was clear out of the blue
There %was no reason for an eight
Coach Andre Seymour. a two-time
OIlmpiad. said Johnson just simple,
waited too long to get going
"The gu} fought Taureano game plan
inside and that was what reallN surprised
us." Seymour said. "I thought Taure-
ano should ha'e done more on the
inside, but he let the guN man-handle
him on the inside.
I don't know if the crowd got to him
or whatever, but that's the first time
that I saw Taureano fight like that. To-
me, he wasn't as busy as I expected on
the inside. I don't know if he lost confi-
dence or what on the inside, but he
threw a lot of shots that they gave to the
Despite the loss. Seymour said they
are sttll proud because theN gaie it their
best shot. ad ancing to the quarter-final.
He said the\ don't ha'c anything to feel
"As a coach. I'm going to be honest
He didn't do a good job on the inside of
man-handling his opponent.' Sey mour
said "I've seen him do much better than
that. I don't know what broke his
Assistant coach Prince Ferguson said
he was disappointed in the final score.
I saw there and watched Taureano
land some clean punches and they gaie
it to the other gu,.' he added
That s what happens when ou tfighi
a hometown gu\ The onl\ thing that
sas left was for Taureano to knock the
guy out and that was A little difficult for
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76ers re-sign Iguodala for 6 years, $80M
The Philadelphia 76ers re-signed Andre lguodala
on Sunday, giving the forward a six-year contract
worth a reported $80 million. Iguodala, who was a
restricted free agent, helped the 76ers reach the
playollffs for the first time
in three years. An official
announcement is ex-
f pected today. Iguodala
averaged 19.9 points,
5.4 rebotnids, 4.8 assists
and 2.1 steals in 82
games last season. lie
-' struggled in the playoffs
S against the Detroit Pis-
tons, averaging 13.2
points, 4.8 rebounds
and five assists. I he 24-
By EiIeenm .ss.uI ,A I year-old could've played
Iguodala: Averaged this season under terms
19.9 points last season, of a one-year,; $3.8 mil-
lion qualifying offer and
become an unrestricted free agent next year. Re-
taining Iguodala was a top priority for Philadelphia,
which lured two-time All-Star forward Elton Brand
away from the Los Angeles Clippers this summer.
Ivanovic back atop WTA rankings
Just when Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's
long stay atop the men's tennis rankings, Ana Iva-
novic moved back to No. 1 on the women's side.
When the WTA Tour rankings come out officially
today, Ivanovic will be back on top a place she
will hold for at least two weeks. The 20-year-old
Serb, who held the No. 1 ranking for nine weeks
from June 9-Aug. 11, moved past compatriot Jelena
Jankovic. Nadal, wllo 'captured the men's singles
-gold medal 1. y in te Beijn: Olympics, will alto
become dy.W, -dind Federer's 41 -vear
reign atop th6 rankings. '
Hull bests field for Canadian title
Australia's Katherine Hull won the Canadian
Women's Open in Ottawa on Sunday for her first
LPGA Tour title, taking advantage of Yani Tseng's fi-
nal-round meltdown for a one-stroke victory. Hull,
six strokes behind Tseng at the start of the round,
shot a 3-under-par 69to finish at 11-under 277. Se
Ri Pak closed with a 72 to finish second, and Tseng's
77 left her two strokes behind at 9 under. "This is
something we all dream about as kids," Hull said.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa tied for fourth.
0 Fred Funk won the JELD-WEN Tradition for his
first Champions Tour major; closing with a 3-under
69 for three-stroke victory over Mike Goodes in
Sunriver, Ore. ... Carl Pettersson won his adopted
hometown event for his first PGA Tour victory in
two years, shooting a 2-under 68 on Sunday for a
two-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship
in Greensboro, N.C.
SEC looking for BCS title three-peat
No NCAA Division I-A conference has produced
three consecutive national football champions with
three different teams, but the Southeastern Confer-
ence could pull it off in 2008. The SEC has produced
the last two Bowl Championship Series title-game
winners in LSU (2007) and Florida (2006). Another
SEC school, Georgia, starts this season as the con-
sensus No. 1 in the polls with Florida and LSU also
among the top six in the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll.
Another two league members, Auburn and Tent
nessee, open the season in the top 25.
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Celebrities turn out for Agassi's benefit
Married tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi iGral
hosted "A Night In The Hamptons" benefit to raise
funds to promote national education changes, 9B
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Olympics: Michael Phelps' feats are even rare
than the Games, Christine Brennan writes, 8B
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Non-European nations have won the last thrqe
Olympic men's soccer golds. but Europe still
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-", will reveal its 10 best seats in the house with one a day over the next two
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Day at the beach: Baseball is served Southern California style at San Diego's Petco Park, complete with palm trees and a sandy beach beyond center field.
By Robert Deutsch. USA TODAY
The high life: The 269 Monster Seats at Fenway Park cost $160 each and are the hottest ticket in Boston. "There's this feeling you just don't get in the
bleachers or a regular seat," Red Sox owner John Henry says. Nearly a dozen teams offer rooftop seats or bars/restaurants overlooking the action.
Baseball is elevating its game
Rooftop seats a big hit then rises
Vith fans, management stretched hi
1 fans atop tl
By Michael McCarthy The grand
USA TODAY the Monster
BOSTON As the line ive jumps off the bat of Kansas City
J.D. Drew of the Boston kRd Sox, you leap up from of Red Sox I
your "Monster Seat" on top of Fenway Park's down front
Green Monster wall in anticipation. White says
Only 310 feet from home plate down the left- worth it."
field line, the seat puts you on top of the action. A growir
Drew's home run is no white speck disappearing teams are s
over a distant wall. It's a bullet that starts low, aiming to
Edwards, Busch rule
NASCAR's top two
finish 1-2 at Michigan
By Travis Braun
BROOKLYN, Mich. Jeff Gor-
don and Jimmie Johnson dom-
inated NASCAR's Chase fnr the
Spi int Cup last yeai, and CIrl Fd-
wards and Kl(yle Busclh tunld
make it another two-horse race
this year after combining to win
the last three races.
Edwards scored his fifth Sprint
Cup victory of'the season after
pulling away froin series leader
Busch on the final restart in the
3M Performance 400 at Michigan
Inte lrnational Speedway, gainingg
10 boitnus p)uits that are p1id for
each wiin at the start of tih 'tase.
Hle now tralis Busch, wv has
locked in lo the top spot the
Chase, by 40 bonus points.
"The greatest part is thnt we
didn't give up more bonnu points
to (KyI," Edwards said. "IEvery
time I win iantil lie finish, ,'
ld., thai. s i, lly ,1
splead foil lis.
"We'ie getting to the point
where I think we can win it any
racetrack we go to."
lEdwards has scored top 0 fin-
iklecs if' Ilt' list 1 oIur rates, in-
(i l, , ,'i .. 1 'J ln If
Pocono Raceway. Busch, who
won last weekend at Watkins
Glen International, acknowl-
edges this momentum.
"He's right there," Busch said.
"Has been all year. He's great at
these (larger) tracks, and there
are a lot of these in the Chase."
Edwards and Busch have com-
bined to win the last three races.
Edwards dominated late, lead-
ing 84 of the 200 laps and win-
ning by almost a second on the
restart with two laps to go. Ed-
wards passed Busch during final
pit stops and led his Roush Fen-
way Racing teammates to four of
the top five places.
The day ended roughly for sev-
eral drivers in the top 12. Dale
Earnhardt Jr. led 43 laps but fin-
ished 23rd after a late-race slap of
the wall. Fellow Hendrick Motor-
sports driver Jeff Gordon slipped
three spots to ninth in the stand-
ings after contact with teammate
Jimmie Johfison ended his race.
Johnson placed 17th, holding
third in the standings above
lenny Ilaminli and Kasey
Kahne failed to finish the race be-
cause of blown engines, dropping
from eighth and ninth, respec-
tively, to 11 th and 12th. David
Ragan finished third and along
with Clint Bowyer is 26 points
at your face. At the last second, the
liner veers away from your out-
iands and crashes among screaming
he famous 37-foot-high, 231-foot-long
d slam, the first of two hit into. CCO
r Seats that afternoon by Drew
iate Mike Lowell against the ste
y Royals, ends up in the,hands
fan Michele White, 25. Peering
n the Monster's 4-story-high perch,
, "I'm afraid of heights. But this was
ig number of Major League Baseball
seeing the value in going on the roof,
replicate the old-time charm of the
rooftop seats built by homeowners outside Wrig-
ley Field in Chicago.
Nearly a dozen teams offer rooftop seats or
open-air bars and restaurants overlooking the ac-
tion: the Red Sox, Washington Nationals,
ver Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, San
Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis
)ry Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago
White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Houston
Astros. The seats are less crowded and of-
ten have patios or picnic tables for fans who don't
like to eat on their lap.
"Rooftop seating hearkens back to a lot of good
things in baseball ... Wrigleyville, Fenway Park,"
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Around NFL, many backs
in running for starting jobs
By Skip Wood
One of the NFL's most chewed-over
topics in preseason, for hardcore and casu-
al fans alike, is the fight for the starting job
But there are other backfield jobs in
play at several camps across the league.
With the Chicago Bears, second-round
draft pick Matt Forte is competing for time
with recently acquired Kevin Jones. The
latter has yet to play as he recovers from a
torn knee ligament; Forte has 14 carries
for 42 yards in two games.
Free agent pickup Julius Jones and Mau-
rice Morris, Shaun Alexander's former
backup, have split time with the Seattle
After all, unless your name is LaDainian
Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook or Adrian Pe-
terson, it's unlikely you'll enter camp and
automatically be anointed the starter.
Consider the situation with the Carolina
They finally decided to part wit h often-
injured DeShaun lFoster, who has tmtoved
on to the San Francisco 49e s. Five seasons
ago, Foster and Stephen Davis helped lead
Carolina to the Super Bowl.
But now the Panthers are looking to
DeAngelo Williams, a first-round draft
pick in 2006, and rookie Jonathan
Stewait, a first-rounder this year, to re-
Chicago hopeful: Second-round pick
Matt Forte is vying for the Bears' top job.
make the running game.
But which one will be No. 1 ?
"Both of them are quality backs," Pan-
thers coach John Fox says. "We've seen
enough of Jonathan Stewart in practice to
see that, and I think (Williams) is a year
better than he was a year ago. I like both
those guys. As far as defining their carries
at this point, we're still evaluating that."
Rookie Kevin Smith has been impres-
sive enough that the Detroit Lions might
be left to see who is the odd man out
among Tatum Bell, Aveion Cason, Artose
Pinner and Brian Calhoun.
"He really understands what we're
doing," coach Rod Marinelli said of Smith.
"He's picking up the blitzes well ... and
is doing all the things we're asking him
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says Jeff Overton, executive vice
president of business operations
for the Padres.
These freewheeling sections
appeal to 20-something hipsters
who come to socialize as much as
watch sports. Some have sky
bars, dunk tanks and mechanical
bulls. Their party-hearty atmos-
phere makes them a magnet for
singles who like to mingle. Of
course, there's always the possi-
bility fans could get carried away.
Like the topless blond woman -
"wearing nothing but a thong
and a smile," ac-
Cover cording to the To-
ronto Sun who
story casually enjoyed a
Blue Jays game
from a Renaissance
Hotel outfield suite overlooking
the Rogers Centre in July.
The way the Red Sox have
squeezed additional seats and
revenue out of MLB's oldest
and smallest ballpark (seating ca-
pacity: 37,400) has become a
model for other clubs.
The Monster Seats are the hot-
test tickets in town. Fans atop the
nearly vertical seats can look al-
most straight down at new Red
Sox left fielder Jason Bay.
Then there's the coolness fac-
tor. Rather than cramming in the
bleachers, there are only 269
Monster Seats a game. Fans get
individual stools with bar rails.
They have more room to wander
around, touching the famous wall
or left-field foul pole that Carlton
Fisk drilled with his game-win-
ning homer in the 1975 World
"There's this feeling you just
don't get in the bleachers or a
regular seat," Red Sox principal
owner John Henry says. "It's sort
of like there's a party, a discrete
party, going out there."
Since 2003, the Red Sox have
added 2,502 seats in new sec-
tions above the walls and roofs in
left and right field, where there
was previously only a net, bill-
boards or empty sky.
The additions have helped
"dramatically increase" revenue
for the ownership group that
took over for the 2002 season,
says Larry Lucchino, president
and chief executive officer. Bar-
ring rainouts this season, Lucchi-
no says he expects the Red Sox-
Photo composite by John Zich. USA TODAY
Wrigleyville: Fans watch the Cubs from a roof on Sheffield Street. Rooftop seating appeals to a younger crowd, which comes to socialize as much as watch the baseball game.
will crack ti 3 million mark in
game attendance for the first
time in Fenway's 96-year history.
"When we got here, we were
fighting for inches," Lucchino
says. "All of a sudden, with some
bolder imagination from our staff
and our architects, we realized
we could expand the envelope."
After decades of focusing on
the bowl behind home plate,
more teams are looking up and
out, Red Sox chief operating offi-
cer Mike Dee says.
"At some point in the last 20
years, baseball teams figured out
one size doesn't fit all," says Dee,
who doubles as president of the
Fenway Sports Group (FSG)
sports marketing agency. "Hav-
ing different flavors of ice cream
for the ballpark is a good thing."
Viewed as a novelty, the Mon-
ster Seats cost only $50 when
first introduced for the 2003 sea-
son. Five se ins later, that figure
has more tf tripled to $160.
More than 300,000 members
of Red Sox Nation entered an on-
line lottery to sit atop the wall
this season. Those selected were
told in March they could pur-
chase as many as four seats to
The rooftop movement dispels
"the notion baseball needs to be
viewed from box seats or luxury
suites to be enjoyed," Dee says.
"They made the rest of the park
But not all ballparks can ac-
commodate adding rooftop seat-
ing. Those that offer it usually
seat several hundred people. The
Padres' rooftop bleachers at Pet-
co Park fit between 180 and 250,
and the Astros' roof deck at Min-
ute Maid Park holds 100.
Clubs continue to push the de-
By Robert Hanashlro, USATODAY
Sandy-iego: Be ready to play "Simon Says," and also make sure
to bring a shovel and a pail to "the Beach," where kids rule.
The Beach, Petco
Park, San Diego
USA TODAY combines read-
er and staff input to count
down the 10 best seats in base-
ball. At No. 10 is "The Beach" in
> Where: "The Beach" is a
sandy play area behind a see-
through section behind the
> How much? $10 the day
of a game, or $9 in advance.
> What you will see: Kids,
kids and more kids, playing in
the sand with their plastic
shovels and pails. The lead ush-
er will frequently play "Simon
Says" during the game while
the kids scream in delight.
> What you won't see: You
can shout at the outfielders
standing nearby, but not at the
umpires. They're much too far
> Sitting pretty: Hey,
where else can you play in the
sand and still catch a ballgame?
Rich Rachman, the main usher
at The Beach, says he wouldn't
trade his job for any in the Pa-
dres organization. "This is not a
job, it's Disneyland," Rachman
By Bob Nightengale
> Get more of "The Beach" at
sign envelope for new ballparks. a relocated Monument Park in
The new $1.3 billion Yankee Sta- center field.
dium, opening in 2009, will in- The Minnesota Twins' new
clude an open-air bar patio above park in 2010 will feature multiple.
CHR ITY Ip
"Knotholes" along Minneapolis's
Fifth Street so fans on the street
can watch the game without
buying a ticket.
With their panoramic view of
Fenway in front, and the famed
Citgo sign behind, fans in the
front row of the Monster Seats
during a May 22 game against
Kansas City called them the best
seats in Boston and a feature all
teams should consider adding.
"I would encourage that," Matt
Malone says, from his Monster
seat. "Where can we give people
a perspective they haven't expe-
Other ballclubs play up the
food and entertainment as much
as action on the field:
> The roof is on fire: The
Phillies invite fans to "Party on
the Rooftop" above Ashburn Al-
ley on nine Thursdays this season
at Citizens Bank Park. Price: $15
"It's similar to .the bleacher
seats at Wrigley," Phillies team
coordinator of events Michele
DeVicaris says of the section,
which features a mechanical bull
and dunk tank. "We want the
ballpark to be a fun, cool place to
hang out not just a place to see
a Phillies game."
> Social scene. Washington's
new Nationals Park invites any
ticketholder to hang out at the
double-decker Red Porch Restau-
rant and Red Loft Bar overlooking
Derek Schiller, Braves execu-
tive vice president of sales and
marketing, thinks the Nationals
copied the idea from Turner
Field's Chop House, which
opened in 1997. The 2-story hot
spot features a sit-down restau-
rant on the ground floor and a
roof bar overlooking right-center
field. With the Chop House usu-
ally filled to capacity, the club
added a higher, outdoor bar
dubbed Top of the Chop in 2006.
"Invariably, the 21- to 25-year-
olds will buy a $1 ticket and go
straight to the Chop House or Top
of the Chop to meet girls or
guys," Schiller says. "It's kind of
like a bar scene inside a ballpark."
P All you can eat. Some clubs
are combining two increasingly
popular trends: roof seats and
all-you-can-eat sections. The Pa-
dres' bleacher seats atop the
Western Metal Supply Co. build-
ing in left field come with an all-
inclusive buffet, plus separate
dining area, for $39.
"You have to create unique
niches that build excitement
about your ballpark," Overton
The St. Louis Cardinals offer
half a dozen all-inclusive outdoor
decks overlooking the outfield in
Busch Stadium, including the Co-
ca-Cola Rooftop Deck and Hom-
er's Landing. Tickets for these
sections run from $65 to $105
and include an all-you-can-eat
buffet and complimentary beer
and soft drinks.
The success of the Monster
Seats in Boston, and other new
sections, has convinced Lucchino
that clubs can add seats and tin-
ker with ballparks without
changing their personality. Or
"It wasn't guns or butter," Luc-
chino says of the changes. "You
can add new seats and revenue
to Fenway and still do no harm
to the charm."
USA TODAY MONDAY, AUGUST 18,2008- 3B
W L Pct.
74 48 .607
71 53 .573
66 58 .532
64 60 .516
60 63 .488
W L Pct.
70 53 .569
70 53 .569
60 64 .484
56 67 .455
55 69 .444
GB Strk 10 Div. Home Away
L-1 7-3 28-19 45-17 29-31
4 L-2 6-4 21-23 43-18 28-35
9 W-2 4-6 23-22 38-27 28-31
11 W-2 6-4 21-20 34-26 30-34
14 W-1 6-4 19-28 31-24 29-39
GB Strk 10 Div. Home Away
W-2 7-3 36-21 42-19 28-34
W-4 8-2 36-21 44-22 26-31
10 L-1 4-6 21-30 33-28 27-36
14 W-1 7-3 17-30 33-29 23-38
151 L-2 2-8 18-26 28-34 27-35
West W L Pct. GB Strk 10 Div. Home Away
Los Angeles 76 46 .623 L-1 6-4 20-13 37-23 39-23
Texas 62 62 .500 15 W-1 2-8 20-15 32-27 30-35
Oakland 56 67 .455 201 L-2 3-7 14-20 34-32 22-35
Seattle 46 77 .374 30 L-3 2-8 14-20 24-38 22-39
Baltimore 16, Detroit 8 Toronto 15, Boston 4
New York 15, Kansas City 6 Cleveland 4, Los Angeles 3
Minnesota 11, Seattle 8 Chicago 13, Oakland 1
Tampa Bay at Texas
Today's probable pitchers, lines
2008 season opp. 2007-08 vs. opp. Last 3 starts
Pitchers W-L IP ERA W-L W-L IP ERA W-L IP ERA
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 ET (Line: Bos., 6:5; Total runs: 8 V2)
Bos.-Lester(L) 11-4 160 3.25 4-0 3-0 31 2.61 2-1 21 3.80
BaL-GuthrieR) 10-8 170 3.18 1-1 1-1 35% 3.53 3-0 23 1.17
Los Angeles at Tampa Bay, 7:.10 ET (Line: T.B., 6V-5; Total runs: 91/2)
LA.-Carland(R) 11-7 152 4.26 5-1 1-0 15 0.60 2-1 20 4.05
T.B.-Sonnanstine(R) 12-6 147 4.35 0- 0 12 6.00 2-0 19!1 2.33
Detroit at Texas, 8.05 ET (Line: Even; Total runs: 11 V2)
Det.-Rogers (L) 8-10 149 4.95 6-3 1-0 9 6.75 0-3 16% 7.56
Tex.-Feldman R) 4-5 1141 5.18 0-0 0-0 6 6.00 0-2 15 6.60
Oakland at Minnesota, 8:10 ET (Line: Min., 6V2:5; Total runs: 8)
Oak.-Duchscherer(R) 10-8 139 2.59 0-2 0-1 171 4.15
Min.-BlackburnfR1 9-6 144% 3.73 2-0 17& 4.08
Seattle at Chicago, 8:11 ET (Line: Chi., 2:1; Total runs: 81/2)
Sea.-Washburn(L) 5-12 135r1 4.58 6-7 1-2 18s 6.75 0-3 17% 5.09
Chi.-Buehrle(L) 10-10 162!5 3.77 6-4 2-1 18 4.42
Lines by Danny Sheridan
Results, upcoming games
Bal.11,Det.2 N.Y.3,K.C.32 (13)
K.C. 4, N.Y. 3 L.A. 4, Cle. 3
Cle. 3, L.A. 2 Chi. 2, Oak. 1
T.B. 7, Tex. 0 Min.7, Sea. 6
Min. 9, Sea. 3 Tor. 4, Bos. 1
Oak. 6, Chi. 4 Det. 4, Bos. 1
Tor. at Bos. (ppd.) Tex. 3, T.B. 2
Bos. at Bal., 7:05
N.Y. at Tor., 7:07
L.A. at T.B., 7:10
Det. atTex., 8:05
Oak. at Min., 8:10
Sea. at Chi., 8:11
American League notes
Baltimore: Sunday's 16-
run outburst gave the Orioles a
.332 batting average in August
and .307 since the All-Star
break, up from .258 before the
break. They are averaging 7.1
runs over their last 20 games
and have reached double digits
in hits 15 times in that span.
BOSton: RH closer Jonathan
Papelbon has been afflicted
with chronic migraine head-
aches in the past and was bat-
tling through a difficult head-
ache Friday and Saturday,
according to The Boston Globe.
"They don't go away," Papelbon
told The Globe. "It's just some-
thing that I'm going to have to
deal with." ... RH Tim Wake-
field (right shoulder tightness)
threw 30 pitches from 60 feet
away on flat ground Saturday
and then played catch again
Sunday. There was not yet a
timetable for his return.
Chicago: LH reliever Matt
Thornton was rested for three
days because his arm was fa-
tigued, then retired the next
seven batters he faced. He
struck out the side in the eighth
inning Saturday at Oakland. ...
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he
was still weighing his options
for a fifth starter, which the
Whitex Sox probably will need
this week for the last time until
mid-September. They are off the
next three Thursdays. Guillen
said the leading candidates for
the spot start, if the team
doesn't dip into its minor league
system, are RHP D.J. Carrasco
and LHP Clayton Richard.
Cleveland: DH Travis
Hafner(strained right shoul-
der) is scheduled to begin a re-
hab assignment today at
Class AAA Buffalo. Manager Er-
ic Wedge said Hafner will be
evaluated after the first week of
Detroit: RH reliever Todd
Jones might be looking at the
end of his career. Jones, 40, was
placed on the disabled list retro-
active to Saturday because of
continuing soreness in his right
shoulder. He will visit James An-
drews in his home state of Ala-
bama but to work out at his fa-
cilities, not for examination. RH
reliever Gary Glover's contract
was purchased from Class AAA
Toledo (Ohio) to replace Jones.
... DH Gary Sheffield is one
away from tying Fred McGriff
for the most home runs (492)
by a Tampa native.
Kansas City: RHP Brian
Bannister gave up a career-
high 10 runs in his shortest ca-
reer start, one-plus innings,
Sunday. Bannister is 0-6 with
three no-decisions in his last
nine starts. ... OF David DeJe-
sus was back in the lineup Sat-
urday and Sunday after missing
two games last week and five
games this month because of a
sore lower back.
Los Angeles: LF Garret
Anderson took a 20-game hit-
ting streak into Sunday but was
given the day off against Cleve-
land LHP Jeremy Sowers. An-
dersdn's streak is the longest by
an Angel this season and his
longest since a franchise-record
28-game streak in 1998. He is
the fifth player in major league
history to go 10 years between
20-game hitting streaks. The
others: Edgar Renteria (1996
and 2006), Tony Gwynn (1983,
1997), Charlie Gehringer (1927,
1937) and Tris Speaker (1913,
1923). ... SS Maicer Izturis is
scheduled to have season-end-
ing surgery on his left thumb
Minnesota: 28 Alexi Casil-
la hit in the batting cage and
said he felt "98%" batting left-
handed, up from 85% when he
swung off of a tee Friday. Casilla
is scheduled to join low-A Beloit
(Wis.) today for two rehab
games and, if all goes well, trav-
el to Anaheim, Calif., with the
team Wednesday. ... RH re-
liever Matt Guerrier got four
days off last week in the hope
rest would snap him out of his
August slump. But he gave up a
double and two walks Sunday
and was charged with two runs.
New York: RHP Joba
Chamberlain (right rotator cuff
tendinitis) resumed throwing
and told news reporters he ex-
pects to go on the road with the
Yankees and continue throwing
to rebuild arm strength.
Oakland: RH reliever Keith
Foulke (right shoulder) was
shut down for a week at
Class AAA Sacramento, but an
MRI performed last week
showed no structural damage.
Foulke is expected to resume
his throwing program in the
next few days, but it is unlikely
that he would rejoin the Athlet-
ics before rosters expand
Seattle: OF-IF Mike Morse,
out all season after suffering a
separated left shoulder late in
spring training, is on the Mari-
ners' road trip and for the first
time this season is going
through a mostly normal base-
ball routine. He was supposed
to be out for they ear, but he'd
like to play in a few games be-
fore the season ends. .... RHP
Carlos Silva (right elbow ten-
dinitis) was placed on the dis-
abled list, and LHP Ryan Feie-
rabend was promoted from
Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.).
Team officials have indicated
Feierabend will be given the
chance to pitch every fifth day
the rest of the season.
Tampa Bay: CF BJ. Upton
was back in the lineup after be-
ing pulled from Friday's game
and benched Saturday for a lack
of hustle. Upton and manager
Joe Maddon met for about 15
minutes Saturday and said the
issue the second time in 10
days Upton was benched was
behind them. ... With C Dion-
er Navarro's average dropping
below .300 for the first time this
season, Maddon gave him Fri-
day and Saturday off, his first
back-to-back rest days since he
was on the DL in April. He start-
ed Sunday's game.
Texas: After his scheduled
start twice was pushed back
because of soreness in his neck
and chest, RHP Vicente Padilla
made it through a bullpen ses-
sion on Sunday and will start on
Tuesday against Detroit. ...
RHP Tommy Hunter was op-
tioned to Class AAA (Oklahoma
City) Oklahoma, and RH reliever
Kameron Loe was recalled to
give the beleaguered bullpen
extra depth. The bullpen en-
tered Sunday's game on pace to
pitch 594 innings this season.
Only three teams have ever
pitched more bullpen innings.
Toronto: 2B Aaron Hill's
season is over, general manager
J.P. Ricciardi said. Hill, injured
in a collision with SS David
Eckstein on May 29, continues
to suffer the after-effects of a
concussion and was limited to
55 games this season. ... RHP
Roy Halladay tossed his
league-leading eighth complete
game Saturday and is one away
from his season high of nine
complete games, set in 2003,
the year lie won the Cy Young.
From The Sports Xchange
Major League Baseball
Indians end Angels' run
From wire reports
Lewis pitched like Francisco
Rodriguez to make sure the
Los Angeles Angels closer
never got a chance.
Game of the day
Lewis worked out of a
ninth-inning jam .for his
third save to help the Cleve-
land Indians beat the Angels
4-3 in the deciding game of
a three-game series Sunday.
It was the Angels' first se-
ries loss to an AL foe since a
three-game sweep in May
at the Tampa Bay Rays.
"You set the standard so
high, and you lose one se-
ries and ask 'what's
wrong,'" Angels outfielder
Torii Hunter said. "That's
what we're saying. We've
been riding the wave so
long. We have to get anoth-
One key to the Angels
having baseball's best rec-
By Aaron Josefczyk. Reuters
Going for it Indians outfielder Gracy Sizemore dives for a
ball off the bat of the Angels' Juan Rivera.
ord (76-46) has been Rodri-
guez. The right-hander has
47 saves and is on track to
shatter the record of 57 by
Bobby Thigpen of the Chi-
cago White Sox in 1990.
Jeremy Sowers gave up
eight hits but only two
earned runs over 62 in-
nings for his first win in five
starts. He again struggled in
the first inning, allowing
two runs. In 15 starts, Sow-
ers has given up 15 runs in
the opening inning.
He has his former Vander-
bilt teammate to thank for
his first home win since
"This was just like col-
lege," Lewis said. "Jeremy
would start, and I would fin-
ish. I told him during the an-
them, 'I'm going to come in
and save it for you.' But if he
doesn't pitch like he did, we
don't have the chance to
win. He did a great job."
Blue Jays 15, Alex Rios went 5-for-6 and matched a club record with four doubles, and To-
RED SOX4 ronto knocked Boston ace Josh Beckett out after 2/ innings. "He just made
some mistakes early in the game and the guys hit him," Blue Jays manager
Cito Gaston said. "Otherwise, that doesn't happen to him too often." The
Blue Jays won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 6-2 against the
Red Sox this season.
YANKEES 15, Jason Giambi hit a grand slam, and Alex Rodriguez sent a three-run hom-
Royals 6 er bouncing into Monument Park
TWINS 11, Minnesota's Jason Kubel had four hits and scored four runs. Joe Nathan got
Mariners 8 four outs for his 33rd save. He got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to complete
the three-game sweep, leaving the bases loaded for the second consecutive
White Sox 13, Chicago's Carlos Quentin hit his 34th homer and drove in four runs and
ATHLETICS 1 Alexei Ramirez added a grand slam. The White Sox won consecutive games
in Oakland for the first time since August 2000.
Orioles 16, Baltimore's Melvin Mora went 5-for-6 with two homers, two doubles and a
TIGERS 8 career-high six RBI. "I just feel real confident when I get to the plate right
now," said Mora, who is hitting .500 in his last 15 games. "To be able to go
out there and crush the ball against a team like Detroit was really some-
Tampa Bay The Rangers had given up 69 runs in their last seven games, but they had
vs. TEXAS been shut out in consecutive games and four times in their last eight.
*HOME teams in caps
Orioles 16, Tigers 8
Baltimore- 410 440 120-16
Detroit__. 140 000 102- 8
Baltimore ab r h bi bb so avg
Roberts2b 4 3 2 0 1 1 .295
Castro ph-ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 .233
Markakisrf 5 3 3 1 1 0 .305
Mora3b 6 4 5 6 0 0 .286
Hufflb 3 3 2 2 3 0 .303
Millardh 4 1 1 2 2 0246
Scott Ilf 6 2 3 4 0 3 .273
R.Hernandezc 5 0 2 1 0 0 .258
Quirozc 1 0 0 00 0 .202
Paytoncf 5 0 2 0 1 0 .245
Cintronss-2b 6 0 2 00 0 .284
Totals 47162216 8 4
>- Batting 2B: Roberts (45): Marka-
kis 2 (39); Mora 2 (27): Huff(36); Scott
(22). Hit Mora 2 (20); Huff (26); Scott 2
(21). RBI: Markakis (76): Mora 6 (91);
Huff2 (84); Millar 2(65); Scott 4(51); R.
Hernandez (50). GIDP: Castro: Cintron.
Team LOB: 12
P- Fielding- E: Mora (12).
Detroit ab r h bi bbso avg
Grandersoncf 3 1 1 0 3 1 .300
Polanco2b 3 2 2 1 1 0 .313
Joyce If 2 00 0 0 0.265
Sheffield dh 5 0 1 2 0 0 .224
Cabreralb 4 0 2 2 0 1.298
Santiago2b 1 0 00 0 0 .324
Thameslf-lb 5 0 1 0 0 1 .236
Renteriass 5 3 4 0 0 0.271
Raburnrf 5 1 2 0 0 2.250
Inge3b 4 1 1 2 1 1 .213
Sardinhac 5 0 1 0 01 .111
Totals 42 815 7 5 7
P Batting 2B: Polanco (29): Cabrera
(28). 3B: Inge (3). RBi: Polanco (47);
Sheffield 2 (39); Cabrera 2 (95):; Inge 2
w Baserunning SB: Granderson (9);
I- Fielding-DP 2.
Pitchinig ip h rer bb so era
Olson 1% 4 5 5 3 4 6.38
Castillo i 1 0 0 0 0 2.81
F. Cabrera W,2-1 3 3 0 0 0 3 3.13
Cormier 2 4 1 1 2 0 4.69
Walker 2 3 2 2 0 0 5.10
Miner 1I 6 5 5 4 1 3.94
FossumL2-1 2 3 4 4 2 2 6.23
Lopez 22 7 4 4 2 0 3.49
Beltran 2 5 3 3 0 1 6.10
Seay 1 1 00 0 0 2.76
IBB: Huff (by Miner); Huff (by Lopez).
Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Olson 12;
63-33; Castillo 2: 15-9; F. Cabrera 12;
46-30: Cormier 12; 45-26; Walker9; 30-
24: Miner 14; 52-27; Fossum 11; 43-25;
Lopez 16; 56-33: Beltran 10; 29-23:
> Umpires HP Scott; 1B: lassogna;
2B: Holmhn; 3B: Kulpa.
> Game data -T1 3:33.Att* 40.586.
Twins 11, Mariners 8
Seattle_.. 000 004 220- 8
Minnesota__ 501 022 0lx -11
Seattle ab r h bi bb so avg
Suzukirf 6 0 2 0 0 0 .306
Cairo3b 5 1 0 0 0 1 .237
Ibanez f 5 1 5 1 0 0 .298
Beltredh 5 1 1 3 0 1 .249
Lopez2b 5 0 0 0 0 1 .299
Balentiencf 5 1 2 1 0 0 .216
Johjinac 3 2 2 1 2 0 .218
LaHairIb 5 1 1 1 0 1 .296
Betancourtss 3 1 2 0 1 0 .267
Clementph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .220
Hulettpr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Totals 43 816 7 3 4
> Batting 2B: Ibanez 2 (38); Balen-
tlen (6); Johjima (16); LaHair (3). Hit:
Beltre (20); Balentien (7); JohJlma (4).
RBI: Ibanez (83); Beltre 3 (63); Balentlen
(16): Johjima (25); LaHaIr (5). Team
Minnesota ab r h bi bb so avg
Spancf-rf 5 1 3 1 1 0.315
Punto2b 4 1 2 0 2 1 .271
Mauerc 4 1 1 0 1 0 .321
Morneau lb 3 2 2 2 2 0 .306
Younglf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .291
Kubelrf 5 4 4 2 0 0.278
Gomnezcf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Ruizdh 4 1 2 2 1 1 .364
Harris3b 4 1 2 1 1 1 .266
Everettss 2 0 1 1 2 0.215
Totals 361117 9 10 4
Batting 2B: Span (11); Punto 2
(13); Kubel 2(14); Ruz (1); Harris (25).
Hit Morneau (19). SF: Everett. RBk: Span
(20): Morneau 2 (96); Kubel 2 (64); Ruiz
2 (3); Harris (41); Everett (16). GIDP:.
Punto; Mauer; Young.Team LOB: 12
P Basetunning-SB: Punto(7).
0- Fielding- E: Harris (12).
Pitching ip h rer bbso era
Feierabend 310 6 6 1 118.00
Dickey I1 3 2 2 3 1 4.92
Lowe 1% 2 2 2 3 0 5.57
Batista 1 0 0 0 2 0 6.63
Putz 1 2 1 1 1 2 4.41
PerkinsW,10-3 6 8 4 4 0 1 4.17
Bonser 1 3 2 2 0 1 6.42
Guerrier 'V 1 2 2 2 0 4.94
ReyesH.16 1V 2 0 0 0 1 2.31
Nathan S.33 1 2 0 0 1 1 1.02
WP: Dickey (4). IBB: Morneau (by Batls-
ta). Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Fele-
rabend 18: 53-38; Dickey 10; 43-22;
Lowe 9; 46-21; Batista 4; 16-5; Putz 6:
26-14; Perkins 26; 100-71; Bonser 6;
18-14; Guerrier 4; 18-7: Reyes 3: 8-5:
Nathan 7; 29-19.
> Umpires HP Kellogg; 1B: Hol-
brook: 2B: Fairchild; 3B: Wegner.
Yankees 15, Royals 6
Kansas City- 300 000 012- 6
New York- 641 000 40x -15
KansasCity ab rh bi bb so avg
DeJesuscf-lf 5 2 2 0 0 1 .293
Aviless-2b 4 1 1 1 0 1 317
Teahen If-rf 4 0 0 0 .0 2 249
Guillenrf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .253
Malerph-cf 1 0 0 0 0 0 345
Butlerdh 4 0 1 2 0 1 .266
Gordon3b 2 1 0 1 1 0 .255
Gloadlb 4 1 2 2 0 0 272
Buckc 4 0 1 0 0 1 .220
German2b 2 0 1 0 0 0 226
PenaJr.ph-ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .162
Totals 35 610 6 1 7
> Batting-2B: Butler(16); Buck(20).
Hit Gload (3). SP Gordon. RBl: Aviles
(32); Butler2 (41); Gordon(51); Gload 2
Fielding-L Buck(6). DP 2.
NewYork ab rh bi bbso avg
Damondh-lf 4 2 0 0 2 1 .313
Jeterss 4 3 4 0 0 0.295
Betemltss '0 0 0 0 0 0 .261
Abreurf 3 2 1 1 2 0 289
Christlan rf 0 0 0 .250
A.Rodriguez3b 3 3 3 5 2 0 .313
Traberp 0 00 0 00 -
Brittonp 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Glambllb 4 1 1 4 0 1 .251
Ransomph-3b 1 1 1 2 0 01.000
Nadylf-1b 4 1 2 1 1 0 312
Cano2b 5 1 2 0 0 1 .266
Mollnac 5 1 1 1 0 0 227
Gardnercf 5 0 2 1 0 0 .192
Totals 38151715 7 3
> Batting 2B1 Abreu (31); Mollna
(17). 3B Gardner (1). HiR: A. Rodriguez
(28); GlambI (24); Ransom (1); Nady
(7). RBl: Abreu (80); A. Rodriguez 5 (77);
Giambi 4(72); Ransom 2(2); Nady (18):
Molina (13); Gardner (9). GIODP. Abreu.
Team LOB: 7
Baserunning- SB: Damon (21); Je-
a Fielding-ODP 1.
Pitching ip h r er bb so era
Bannister 1 101010 3 0 5.96
Newman 4 3 1 1 4 1 4.50
Fulchino 3 4 4 4 0 2 1024
Mussina 6 6 3 3 0 5 3.35
Traber 2 2 1 1 0 1 5.65
Britton 1 2 2 2 1 1 4.63
Bannister pitched to 6 batters In the
2nd. WR Traber. HBP: Jeter (by Fulchi-
no). Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Ban-
nister 16: 65-37; Newman 16; 67-37:
Fulchino 14: 41-26; Musslna 23; 97-67;
Traber 8:23-16; Britton 6; 24-17.
Umpires HF: Diaz; 1B: Barry; 21k
Danley; 3B: Bell.
I Game data -1. 3:07. Att 54.114.
Indians 4, Agels 3
Los Angeles 200 010 000-3
Cleveland 201 001 OOx-4
LosAngeles ab r h bibbso avg
Flgglns3b 5 2 2 0 0 0 .281
Aybarss 5 1 2 0 0 0 282
Telxelradh 4 0 2 1 0 1 .383
Guerrerorf 4 0 0 1 0 1 285
Huntercf 2 00 0 2 1 275
Kendrick2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .313
Riveralf 4 0 1 0 0 0 241
Matthews Jr.pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 224
Quinlan Ib 3 02 0 0 1 266
S. Rodriguez ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .185
Mathisc 3 0 0 0 0 1 205
Morales ph 1 0 1 0 0 0.500
Totals 35 310 2 2 5
- Batting-2B:Aybar(13).SS. Rodri-
guez. RBI: Telxeira (15); Guerrero (73).
Team LOB: 8
, Baserunning SB: Guerrero (4):
Quinlan (2).CS: Hunter(5).
Cleveland ab r h bi bb so avg
Slzemorecf 5 0 2 1 0 0 266
Carroll3b 3 2 1 0 1 1 263
Francilscolf 4 1 2 0 0 1 288
Peraltass 4 0 0 0 0 0 277
Garkodh 2 0 2 1 1 0 253
Gutlerrezrf 3 0 3 2 1 0 .231
Gonzalezlb 4 00 0 0 1 208
Fasanoc 4 1 1 0 0 1 .314
Cabrera2b 3 0 0 0 0 0.222
Totals 32 411 4 34
0 Batting 2B: Sizemore (28): Garko
(17); Fasano (4). S: Cabrera. RBI: Size-
more (69); Garko (61): Gutierrez 2 (27).
GIDP Peralta; Gonzalez. Team LOB: 9
I Baserunning- SB: Slzemore (30).
m Fielding- E:Sizeniore(2). PB: Fasa-
Pitching Ip h rer bIso era
Saunders 5 8 3 3 2 2 3.14
SpelerL.l-6 Il 3 1 1 1 1 5.19
Arredondo 1; 0 0 0 0 1 1.10
sowersW,2-6 6 8 3 2 2 2 5.46
PerezH.18 li 0 0 0 0 3 3.18
LewisS,3 1 2 0 0 0 0 3.91
HBP: Garko (by Saunders). Batters
faced; pitches-strikes: Saunders 25:
101-61; Speler 8: 31-19: Arredondo 4:
17-9; Sowers 29; 98-65: Perez 4: 14-12;
Lewls 5: 14-11.
0 Umpires HP: Rellly: 1B: Fletcher;
2B: Davldson; 3B: Drake.
0- Game data -T1.2:55.At 28.356.
From wire reports
ARLINGTON, Texas Af-
ter a 10-game road trip, the
Tampa Bay Rays might be
heading home to a hurri-
Tropical Storm Fay, which
could gain momentum to-
day and reach hurricane
force after passing over Cu-
ba, is expected to make
landfall Tuesday on Florida's
The Rays wrap up their
trip Sunday night against
the Texas Rangers and are
scheduled to begin a three-
game homestand tonight,
all against the Los Angeles
The Angels flew to the
Tampa Bay area after Sun-
day's game in Cleveland.
"We're in communication
with the Angels," Rays
President Matt Silverman
said Sunday. "We hope to
get at least two games in
The Rays have made con-
tingency plans with officials
of St. Petersburg, where
Tampa Bay plays at the Trop-
"It's one of the command
centers for the city," Silver-
man said. "As of now we're
playing the game (today).
"If the storm runs in its
current path, Tuesday
would be in doubt. We
should know (tonight)
"There is no talk about
moving (games) to another
city. After (today), the An-
gels possibly could go to Mi-
ami or Atlanta. That de-
pends on the path of the
storm and whether we have
The Rays and Angels both
lead their divisions, so they
would probably have to play
any games that are post-
poned if those would affect
the final standings. One or
two games could be made
up Sept. 1, when both
teams have a day off.
Rays manager Joe Mad-
don said, "Our biggest con-
cern is that guys can be
with their families if some-
AL wild-card standings
W L Pct GB
Boston 71 53 .573 -
NewYork 66 58 .532 5
Toronto 64 60 .516 7
White Sox 13, Athletics 1
Chicago- 033 200 500-13
Oakland 000 000 010- 1
Chicago ab rh bi bb so avg
Cabrera ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 .270
Getz2b. 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Pierzynskic 5 1 1 0 0 01 .287
Quentinlf 3 2 2 4 2 1 .292
Dyerf 3 I 1 1 0 0 .300
Andersonph-cf 2 0 0 0 0 0.238
Thomedh 3 2 1 0 1 1 .251
Hallph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 .286
Konerkolb 2 2 0 0 3 0 .223
Griffeyjr.cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .225
Wiseph-rf 1 1 1 1 0 0 .297
Ramirez2b-ss 4 1 1 4 0 0 .306
Uribe3b 3 2 1 2 1 1 .236
Totals 3513 912 7 8
h Batting Hit Quentin (34); Dye
(29); Ramirez (12); Uribe (5). RB: Quen-
tin 4(95); Dye (77); Wise (7): Ramirez 4
(47); Uribe 2 (25). GIDP: Dye: Griffey Jr..
Team LOB: 2
Oakland ab r h bi bb so avg
Patterson2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .105
Suzukic 3 0 0 00 0.290
Bowenc 1 0 0 0 0 1 .177
Thomasdh 3 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Davlsph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Custf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .230
Gonzalezcf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .262
E.Brownrf 3 0 1 0 0 2 .251
Crosbyss 2 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Penningtonss 1 1 1 0 0 0 .125
Hannahan3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .221
Barton b 3 0 2 1 0 0 .211
Totals 31 1 4 1 010
>- Batting 2B: Pennington (1). RBI:
Barton (32).Team LOB:3
> Fielding- E: Barton (10). DP 2.
Pitching ip hr er bb so era
VazquezW.10- 8 4 1 1 0 8 4.34
Richard 1 0 0 0 0 2 9.64
GonzalezL.1-2 3i 6 8 7 5 2 7.53
Blevins 2 0 0 0 0 1 2.42
Meyer 3 3 5 5 2 5 5.32
WP: Gonzalez. Batters faced; pitches-
strikes Vazquez 28; 91-66; Richard 3:
13-8; Gonzalez 21 88-43; Blevins 7:26-
16; Meyer 14; 64-40.
> Umpires HP. Johnson; 18: Tiller;
2B: Joyce; 38: Nelson.
b- Game data-T12:19. Att: 28,84.13
AL leaders (through Saturday)
Battin On-base + slugging Slugging pct.
Based on3plate0appearancesfore Brex ARodeigzNY -87
game player's team has played A. Rodrigz. NY .983 Bradley, Tx __584
G AB IR H Avg Quenoilii.Chi_.965 Qoentil.Cli ..574
Pedroia, Bos 120 506 90 63 .322 Yotkilis, Bos....-958 Youkilis. Bos.-_.570
Maer, Mlnn 107 386 74 124 321 Drew, Bs .....929 Dye,Chi ........567
Youklis. Bos 113 426 77 136.319 Ra irez. Bos..-926 ll ailton, lex 5-17
KinslerTex 120 514 101 164 .319 Walks On-base pct.
Bradley,Tex 97 322 64 102 .317 Cust.Oak.......85 Bradley.lex .-..-142
Ordonez Det 108 417 55 132 .317 Upton.TB ...82 MaueiMmnin .414
DamIonNY 106 414 67 131 .316 Sizemore,Cle..-..78 Drew, Bus .....-407
Polaco, Det 110 454 72 141 .311 Drew. Bos ....... 77 MarkakisBal .401
A. Rodrigz, NY 103 383 76 118 .308 Markakls. Bal ...-.76 RaImlrez. Bos ._398
Suzuki, Sea 122 513 79 157 .306 Swisher.Chi ........71 A. Rodngiz,.NY .396
Home runs Runs batted In Pitc
QuentlnChl .._-.33 Hamllton.Tex- .112 Pthing
Dye hl .C....28 Morneau. Mlnn.94 Victories Strikeouts
HamiltonTex ...28 Cabrera,Det _-..93 Lee,Cle -- 17-2 Burnett.Tor ....165
A.Rodrlgz, NY..-27 Quentln.Chl....91 Mussina,NY .15-7 Halladay.Tor._159
Slzemore, Cle .._27 Mora.Bal__ ......_85 Bumrnett Tor ._15-9 SanlanaLA ......157
Cabrera, Det ..._25 Youkllls., Bos...83 Malsuzka. Bos 14-2 Vazque,Ch .....151
Huff. Bal ..-......25 Huff.Bal.....82 Saunders.LA ..14-5 Innings
ThomeCh .....25 Ibanez, Sea ..........82 Halladay.Tor .14-9 0ialladayTor .191
PenaTB .......24 Abreu, NY .. 79 SantanaLA .13-5 ee, CIe ..........17
Glarnbl.,NY_..23 Hits ERA Gulthrle, Bal._....170
Doubles Klnsler.Tex ...164 Lee.Cle .........2 43 Verlandr, Det.164h
Robets, Bal 44 Pedromia. Bos...163 Dchsclrr.Ok 2.59 Games
Kinsler.Tex .......40 Suzuki,Sea .......157 Hlalladay.Tor 2.6 Wgh. ex ... 59
Pedrola, Bos __.39 Lopez.Sea ......... 1417 Hernandz. Sea 3.0 Dotel. Chli ... 58
Markakls. Bal..-.-37 Young. Tex..... 145 Salunders. LA ....3 07 (eo Sea.............58
Ibanez, Sea ......_36 Hamilton.Tex ..14 Galarraga, Det 3.11 ii (ueier. Minn .58
Peralla,Cle ........36 Markakis, al..142 Danks.Chi .3.11 F Rodii iuez. LA .57
Ttpl Stolen bases Saves Qualitystarts
Crawford,TB I 10 Ellsbury.Bos ...38 I. RtXriguezlA ./ i A t hil le, a.11,1 .. ts
Roberts. Bal ...S.... Suzukl.Sc ...........37 Sorl.1,KC ..............33 Lec, Ce.s.
Granderson. Det -.7 Upton. TB ............3 Nathani. MInn ...32 Siutonts
Inglett.Tor ..... 7 RiosTor ....... 30 Papelbon.Bos ...32
JonesBal ......-- 6 Roberts.Bal ....30 Shel ill.Bai l ........... 31 t(;aiza., 1 .............. 2
Rios.Tor-......6 Sizemlore.Cle -.29 Rivora, NY ............28 l11lIdwav, ii .........2
Suzuki, Sea 6 Kinslei. lrx ...26 Percival.TB ..........7 oLestr, l ..........2
Runs Total bases Jenks.ChIi .............. 25. ,'l11a,Ile..l ..... 2
Klnsler,Tex _.- 101 Klnsler.Tex ...266 W llso.Tx .........2 '1 ls, ... ......... 2
Pedrola,Bos .....90 H ,miltonTex ,.261 Ryan r...........3 Slow M ...l.2
Quentln.Chl .__85 HuBal..........254 Comp.games Holds
Markakis, Bal._84 Dye.ChI .... 250 llala.day,. ......... iV'k I ...
Roberts,Bal __. 84 Quentln.ChI ...248 5 tied .. .. ...... ............. 3 hIlliles. L's .......... 2.1
From wire reports
Blue Jays 15, Red Sox 4
Toronto- 602 111 130-15
Boston 000 101 101 4
Tbronto ab rh bi bb so avg
Inglett2b 6 1 2 1 0 1 297
Scutaro3b 6 2 3 0 0 1 261
Riosrf 6 3 5 2 0 0 .289
V.Wellscf 4 1 2 1 2 1 .288
Unddh 6 2 3 4 0 0 .301
Barajasc 4 2 00 1 3 .254
Overbaylb 5 3 3 2 1 1 .269
Wilkersonlf 6 0 1 1 0 2 .219
McDonaldss 5 1 3 3 0 1 .226
Tbtals 48152214 410
>- Batting 2B: Rios 4 (36); V. Wells
(14); Und (11); Overbay 2 (25); McDon-
ald 2 (7). 3B: Wllkerson (2). Ht: Lind (8).
RBI: Inglett (27); Rios 2 (54); V. Wells
(51); Und 4 (34); Overbay 2 (49):; Wil-
kerson (26): McDonald 3 (14). GIDP:
Rios. Team LOB: 11
Boston ab rhbi bbso avg
Ellsburycf-rf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .267
Pedrola2b 5 1 1 10 2.321
Ortizdh 2 00 0 1 1 .260
Caseyph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 .348
Youklllslb 2 1 1 1 0 .320
Crlspcf 1 0 0 1 0 246
Drewrf 0 0 0 0 1 0.280
Balleyrf-lb 3 1 10 0 0.222
Baylf 3 0 0 0 1 3 .328
Lowrie3b 3 1 31 1 0 318
Corass 4 0 2 0 0 0296
Varitekc 2 0 10 0 0.215
Cashc 2 0 0 0 0.218
Totals 33 410 3 5 9
P Batting-2B:Balley(1); Lowrie(14).
3B: Lowrie(3).Hit:Pedroia (12): Youkllis
(23). RBtI: Pedrola (58); Youkllls (84):
Lowrie(30). GlDR Pedrola; Bailey; Vari-
tek.Team LOB: 7
l> Fielding-E: Bay(1).DP:1.
Pitching Ip h rer bbso era
MarcumW,8-5 5 5 1 1 4 4 3.36
Camp 1 2 1 1 0 1 3.75
Carlson 1 1 1 1 0 2 2.25
League 1 0 0 0 1 1 2.18
Ryan 1 2 1 0 0 1 2.93
BeckettL.11-9 2N 8 8 8 1 3 4.34
Aardsma 1 3 1 1 2 2 3.83
Timlln 1 3 1 1 0 0 5.35
Buchholz 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.35
Masterson 1 2 1 1 0 1 3.44
Okajlima 1 5 3 3 0 1 3.02
Papelbon 1 0 0 0 0 2 1.89
HBP: Barajas (by Beckett). Batters faced;
pitches-strikes: Marcum 21; 95-53;
Camp 5; 19-14: Carlson 4; 19-15:
League 3: 12-8; Ryan 5; 22-15: Beckett
16; 55-36; Aardsma 9: 36-19; Tinlin 7:
21-16: Buchholz 5:21-12; Masterson 5:
14-10; Okajima 8; 28-20; Papelbon 3:
0 Umpires HPR Wolf: 1B: Cuzzi: 2B:
Layne; 3B: Knight.
P, Game data-T-.3:27.Att 37.415.
Rays games in Tampa
threatened by storm
Inside the AL
Wild, wild inning: Seattle Mariners knuckleballer R.A.
Dickey tied a major league record by throwing four wild
pitches in an inning Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima was charged with a
passed ball on another errant pitch in the fifth. The Twins
scored on two of Dickey's wild pitches.
The Metrodome's still air usually provides a friendly en-
vironment for knuckleballs,
but this time it didn't help.
"It was moving violently.
If I could have thrown it for
strikes, it would have been a -
real fun day, I think," Dickey A; o
said. "But I couldn't throw it ,
In and out of the rotation
this season, Dickey has
thrown 11 wild pitches in ,
97 innings. He entered the
game in the fourth in relief
of starter Ryan Feierabend'
and allowed three hits, /
three walks and two runs
while recording four outs.
Dickey became the fifth
major league pitcher to ByTomonmoscheitId.
throw four wild pitches in Out of control: R.A. Dickey
an inning. The Philadelphia tied a mark for wild pitches.
Phillies' Ryan Madson was
the last to do it, in 2006.
Another knuckleballer, Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, is on
the list. So are Hall of Famer Walter Johnson and Florida
Marlins closer Kevin Gregg, who was with the Los Angeles
Angels when he tied the record.
Matsui prepares to return Injured outfielder Hideki
Matsui is back with the New York Yankees and probably
will be activated Tuesday, when the club begins a six-game
trip at the Toronto Blue Jays.
Matsui had 15 at-bats during a simulated game at the
Yankees spring training complex in Tampa on Sunday, facing
left- and right-handed pitching. Manager Joe Girardi said
the balky left knee that has derailed the rehab process sev-
eral times seems to be holding up.
"Every time he would get to bat, it would just blow up,
but it hasn't this time," Girardi said. "So far the knee is good
and we'll make a decision tomorrow."
Matsui, out since June 27, homered Friday night for his
only hit in a doubleheader for Class A Tampa. He went 1-
for-3 and walked in his third rehab game Saturday night.
"I'm very happy, definitely happy, and the only thing left
is do whatever I can to help the team," Matsui said through
Drew leaves game: Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D.
Drew left Sunday's game against the Blue Jays after three
innings because of tightness in his lower back.
Drew, who walked in his only at-bat and was doubled off
second on Alex Cora's line drive to center, has been slump-
ing. He entered the game with six hits in his last 31 at-bats.
Jeff Bailey, recalled from Class AA Pawtucket (R.I.) for
the third time this season Thursday, replaced Drew in right
field to start the fourth inning.
u 4 i
4B.. MONDAY, AUGUST 18,2008 USA TODAY
Inside the NL
Glavine career in jeopardy. Atlanta Braves pitcher
'Ibm Glavine is out for the season, and his career could be
over if he needs major surgery on his injured left elbow.
Glavine, 42, still hopes to return next year unless he
needs elbow ligament replacement surgery.
A 300-game winner, Glavine said Saturday he will be ex-
amined by James Andrews next week in Alabama. Gla-
vine, placed on the disabled list Friday, plans to have sur-
gery to repair a torn tendon in his left elbow.
He said he'd give up his
comeback hopes for 2009 if
Andrews determines he
needs the ligament replace-
ment procedure. Rehabilita-
tion takes at least a year.
I." A two-time Cy Young
Award winner with Atlanta,
Glavine gave up seven runs
in four innings against the
Chicago Cubs Thursday in
his first start since June 10.
Glavine said Braves doc-
tors think the damage in his
elbow is limited to the ten-
don. If Andrews confirms
ByAIBehrman.AP that, the pitcher said he
Glavine: Brave is holding out could recover in time for a
hope he can pitch next year. normal offseason program.
"I don't think I want my
career to end this way," he said. "I think that lends me to
think I want to pitch next year."
Most top draftees sign: The system eventually
worked out for most of baseball's first-round draft picks. It
didn't for Aaron Crow and the Washington Nationals.
Crow, the Missouri pitcher taken ninth overall, is the
highest pick who didn't sign in what is becoming an annual
late-night mad scramble approaching the Aug. 15 deadline.
Two other first-rounders didn't sign No. 20 pick Josh
Fields with the Seattle Mariners and No. 28 pick Gerritt
Cole with the New York Yankees. Cole, a high-schooler
from Orange, Calif., will attend UCLA and Fields can still ne-
gotiate with the Mariners until next year's draft because he
has completed his senior year at the University of Georgia.
College juniors and high school players who do not sign
by Aug. 15 go back into next year's draft. The drafting team
gets a corresponding choice next year. The Nationals will
get a compensation pick after 2009's No. 9 selection in ad-
dition to their regular pick, which could be the first overall.
"We're disappointed," said Nationals general manager
Jim Bowden. "We wanted the player.... I have no regrets
over taking him. I regret that we couldn't sign him."
Among those who signed: Pedro Alvarez, the No. 2 pick
by the Pittsburgh Pirates, No. 3 Eric Hosmer by the Kansas
City Royals, No. 4 Brian Matusz by the Baltimore Orioles
and No. 5 Buster Posey by the San Francisco Giants. Alva-
rez and Hosmer got $6 million bonuses and Posey got $6.2
million to top the $6.15 million No. 1 Tim Beckham got
from the Tampa Bay Rays. Bowden said the final difference
between Crow and the Nationals was about $500,000. -
By Paul White, wire reports
Rockies 7, Nationals 2
Colorado............. 000 300 040- 7
Washin.... 010 010 000-2
Colorado ab rh b bb so avg
Barmes2b 4 00 0 1 1 .288
Taverascf 4 03 0 1 0.261
Hollldaylf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .339
Atkinslb 4 0 0 0 1 1 300
Hawperf 4 1 2 1 0 .294
lannettac '4 2 0 0 0 1 .266
Tulowitzkiss 3 1 0 0 1 1.239
Stewart3b 2 2 1 3 2 0 .286
Cook 1 000 0 0.240
Bakerph 1 00 0 0 0.263
Hergesp 0000 0 0 .000
Corpasp 0 00 0 0 0.000
Smithph 1 1 1 3 0 0.286
Buchholzp 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Ruschp 0 00 0 0 0.000
Totals 33 7 7 7 7 5
Batting 2B: Taveras (13). Hit
Hawpe (21); Stewart (8); Smith (3). S2
Cook. RBI Hawpe (68); Stewart 3 (32):
Smith 3(10).GIDP. Atkins.Team LOB: 8
Washington ab r h bl bb so av
Bonifacdo2b 4 1 1 0 1 0 .229
Harrisif 5 0 2 0 0 1 .251
Mlledgecf 4 0 2 1 0 0 .261
Boonelb 4 0l00 0 2 247
Belllard3b-ss 3 1 1 0 1 0 .255
Langerhansrf 4 0 1 0 0 0 247
Orrss 30 2 1 1 0 .245
Hanrahanp 0 00 0 0 0 .000
Nievesc 4 0 1 0 0 0 .269
Perezp 2 0 0 0 0 1 .184
Zimmerman 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Shellp 000 0 0 0.000
Manningp 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Colomep 0 0 00 0 0 -
Casto3b 0 0 00 0 0 .191
Kearnsph 1 0 0 0 0 0.217
Totals 35 210 2 3 4
> Batting -2B: Mlledge2(19); Lang-
erhans (5). RBR Mlliedge (45); Orr (6).
GIDP Bonifacio. Team LOB: 9
I Baserunning -CS: onifaclo(2).
P FReMldg-E:Orr(3).DP: l.
Pitching ip h rer bbso era
CookW,15-8 5 7 2 2 3 4 3.86
Herges 0 2 0 0 0 0 5.09
CorpasH,10 2 0 0 0 0 0 433
Buchholz 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.60
Rusch 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.46
PerezL.,5-9 6 4 3 2 4 3 4.06
Shell 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.85
Manning 0 1 1 1 0 0 5.23
Colome 1 2 3 3 1 1 5.09
Hanrahan 1 000 0 1 3.88
Herges pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Manning pitched to 1 batter In the 8th.
HBP: lannetta (by Colome). Batters
faced; pitches-strikes: Cook 24; 87-46;
Herges 2; 8-6; Corpas 5:;13-9; Buchholz
4; 12-8;:Rusch 3; 10-8; Perez 27; 103-
62: Shell 4; 16-6; Manning 1; 6-5; Col-
ome 7; 23-11; Hanrahan 3; 15-9.
I Umpires HP: Estabrook; 1B: Hud-
son; 2B: Marsh; 3B: Wendelstedt.
NI wild-card standings
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 71 53 .573 -
St.Louls 70 57 .551 2V
Philadelphia 65 58 .528 5"
Florida 64 61 .512 7
LosAngeles 63 60..512 7
Dodgers 7, Brewers 5
Milwaukee 000 100 004-5
LosAngeles 300 010 102- 7
Milwaukee ab rh bi bb so avg
Weeks2b 3 0 1 02.229
Villanuevap 0 0 0 0 0 .125
Fielderlb 5 0 0 0 0 1 .274
Hartrf 4 0 2 0 0 0.286
Hall3b 4 0 1 0 0 1.229
ameroncf 4 1 2 1 0 .245
Kendallc 4 1 1 0 0 0 .242
Suppanp 2 0 1 0 0 0 .100
Nixph 1 0 0 0 0.000
McClungp 0 0 0 0 0 0.294
Motap 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Counsellph 1 1 0 0 0 0 .230
Kaplerf 0 0 0 0 0 0.305
Totals 39 512 518
I Batting-2B:Weeks(19); Hart(34).
HRt Braun (31); Cameron (21). RBI: Dur-
ham 2 (35); Braun 2 (86); Cameron (53).
GIDP Fielder. Team LOB: 8
S Fielding-DP-1. I
Los Angeles ab rh bibb so avg
Kempcf 5 2 2 1 0 1 300
Ethierrf 5 3 3 3 0 1 .282
Kent2b 4 1 2 0 0 .279
Ozuna2b 0 0 0 0 0.188
Ramirezlf 4 1 2 3 0 1 .424
Loneylb 4 0 1 0 0 0 .292
Martin 2 0 2 0 2 0 .291
Blake3b 4 0 0 0 01 .274
Berroass 4 0 2 0 0 1 .211
Kershaw p 2 00 0 0 0 .000
Sweeneyph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .123
Johnson p 1 0 0 0 .000
Park p 0 00 0 0 0 .111
Belmelp 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals 36714 7 2 6
m Batting 2B: Ethier (26); Loney
(30); Berroa(7).HR:Kemp(15); Ethier2
(15); Ramirez(6). RBI: Kemp(63); Ethier
3 (54); Ramirez 3 (21). GIDP. Blake.
Team LOB: 7
SFielding- E:Loney 2 (10). DP: 1.
Pitching ip h rer bbso era
Suppan 6 9 4 4 2 4 4.62
McClung 1 2 1 1 0 0 4.55
Mota 1 1 0 0 0 2 4.74
Villanueva L,4-6 0 2 2 2 0 0 4.55
Kershaw 6 8 1 1 1 6 3.59
Johnson 2%i 2 1 0 0 2 2.78
Park A 2 3 0 0 0 2.58
BelmelW,4-0 i 0 0 0 0 0 1.83
Batters faced pitches-strikes: Suppan
28; 90-53; McClung 4; 16-10; Mota 4;
14-13; Villanueva 2; 9-6; Kershaw 26;
96-59; Johnson 9; 38-24; Park 4; 12-10;
BI Umpires HP. Tichenor; IB: Davis;
2B: Gorman; 3B: Dreckman.
w Game data -T 3:02. Att 45,267.
NL leaders (through Saturday)
Batting Os-base slugging t
Based on3?plateappearancesforeach OTRY el n ing 1.08 Slg --62t
game a player's team has played. C. Jones, At. -1.048 Ludwick. StL_.611
G AB R H Brkmn,.Hou.-1.037 Berkman, Hou.606
C.Jones, At 96 342 65 12365 Holllday, Col..1.024Holiday .1olllday.024 HoldayCol 592
PuJols.StL 112 398 76 139 349 Ludwlck.St.L -989 Braun, Mil]_588
HolldayCol 108 417 87 143 343 Burrell.Phi.-941 C.Jones,Ati .585
Berkman, Hou 121 431 96 143.332 Lee,Hou. 937 Lee,Hou- 569
Theriot.Chi 114 449 65 142.316 Walks -On-base pct.
Lee.Hou 115 436 .61 137 314 Dunn, Cin-Arl...7 C.JonesAtl_464
J.Reyes.NY 121 524 88 160305 BurrellPhi...86 PujolsStL__ 459
Hudson, Ai. 107 407 54 124.305 PuJois,StL......l Holliday, Col 432
Ludwick, StL 116 411 82 125.304 Wright,NY 74 Berkman,Hou.432
Winn.SF 117 438 65 133.304 Berkman, Hou .72 Theriot, Chi -396
Home runs Runs batted in t
Howard. Phi -33 Howard, Phi-104 Ptc
Dunn, Cln-Ari._32 Lee, Hou 100 Victories Strikeouts
Ludwick.StL...31 Wright, NY__ 95 Webb.,Arl..18-4 Lincecum, SF-182
BraunMil............30 Ludwlck,StL_-.92 Volquez,Cin 14-5 Billingsley, LA.162
UtIey,Phl---i. .30 Berkman. Hou-..89 Cook,Col 14-8 Haren,Arl..- 156
Burrell,Phi....--28 A.Gonzalez,SD-.89 Dempster, Chi 13-5 HamelsPhi -.154
Fielder.MII .....28 Braun.MII .....-- 84 Lohse,StL -13-5 Caln,SF ..153
A. GonzalezSD.28 Utley Phi.--- 3 Haren, Ari. 13-6 Innings
Lee, Hou._.__ 28 Reynolds.Ari.-82 Uncecum, SF-12-3 webb,Ari. __ 177
Doubles Hits Zambmo. Chl .12-5 Hameis, Phil_173%
McLouth, Pt.....39 J.Reyes. NY 160 ll y.Chi.--12-6 Cook, Col__ 172
Berkman, Hou ..37 Atklns.Col__ 144 Bllllngsley,LA.12-9 Caln, .SF 169
Young,Arl.....-.35 Berkman, Hou .143 ERA Games
Wright, NY .......34 Holliday, Col -143 Peavy, SD ........2.61 Boyer, Atl .... .65
Hart. Milu .33 Lee, Chi 143 Uncecum, SF-2.67 Felciano, NY.65
Utley, Phi .._._..._33 Ramlrez,Fla -142 Webb,Ari.__L2.85 Heilman, NY -.65
Triples Theriot.Chi 142 Volquez,Cin ....2.86 Ohman,Atl 64
J.Reyes,NY ...14 Stolen bases Santana, NY-..2.89 Qualitystarts
Lewls, SF... 10 TaverasCol .......57 Saves HarenAri. 20
Drew, Arl.---.9 J.Reyes, NY .--40 Wilson,SF ..-.32 Webb, Arl ....20
Rollins, Phi -.8 Plerre. LA ...--- 37 Valverde, Hou .-.30 uncecum, S.F. -..19
B. Phllilps,Cin -7 Bourn,Hou .33 Lidge,Phi ._ ..29 Santana, NY 19
Braun,Mll---.......6 Rollins, Phi .._-30 Gregg, Fla ..27 Shutouts
Jackson, Ar.__...--6 Kemp, LA ...28 Wagner, NY ...__27-
Loney, LA.---- 6 RamirezFla ... 28 Hoffman,SD .....26 Hamels, Phi ---22
Runs Total bases Lyon.Arl.......-25 Kuroda, LA .--.2
Berkman, Hou ._96 Braun,MI__....274 Wood, Chl.-.25 Sabathia, Mil .--2
Ramirez, Fla ..95 Utley, Phi ...........262 Comp. games Shee M
J. Reyes, NY --...88 Berkman, Hou .261 Sabathia. Mil 4 -Holds
Holllday, Col ...87 J. Reyes, NY .....258 Sheets, Mil 4 McClellan, St.L..29
McLouth, Pit....87 Ramirez,Fla..256 Webb./ .- 3 Marmol, Chi .22
Major League Baseball
Oswalt baffles D'backs
From wire reports
HOUSTON Roy Oswalt
downplayed how well he
ched on Sunday. The rest ^*,
the Houston Astros
uldn't recall him looking
y better. d .
Game of the day ; ,
Oswalt allowed one hit in
eight innings and struck out
10, outpitching Randy John-
son in Houston's 3-0 victory
against the Arizona Dia-
Ty Wigginton hit a three-
run homer off Johnson in
the first inning as the Astros
averted a three-game
sweep and won for the
ninth time in 11 games. Ari-
zona, which had won three
in a row, fell into a first-place
tie with the Los Angeles
Dodgers in the NL West.
Oswalt, 5-0 in his last sev-
en starts, walked two and
matched a season high for
strikeouts. He improved to
7-1 in his career against Ari-
"Roy was just phenome-
nal," Houston manager Cecil
Cooper said. "Without
Gotcha: Astros catcher Brad Ausmus tags the Diamond-
backs' Chris Snyder for the final out in the top of the third.
question, this was his best
outing of the year. It prob-
ably was the second-best
outing I've ever seen him
throw after the (NLCS) play-
off game in 2005.
"You saw two of the best
pitchers ever out there.
Randy pitched a great game,
too. He just made one mis-
Oswalt said that he was
off his game more than it
"I got through it," he said.
"They were hitting it pretty
well but I got them to hit it
right at someone."
Astros slugger Lance
Berkman called it Oswalt's
best performance in at least
two seasons. But he dis-
pelled the notion that Os-
walt was more locked in be-
cause he faced Johnson.
"I think it was the other
way around," Berkman said.
"I think Randy was more fo-
cused because he was facing
Roy. Randy was pretty dom-
inant and Roy was real dom-
Mets 4, Johan Santana pitched a three-hitter for his fifth career shutout and streak-
PIRATES 0 ing New York got home runs from Brian Schneider and Carlos Beltran to
pick up its sixth win in a row.
Cubs 9, Two-run doubles by Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez and a three-run
MARLINS 2 double by Reed Johnson sparked an eight-run seventh. Ryan Dempster
struck out 10 batters in six innings to win for the fourth time in six starts.
DODGERS 7, Andre Ethier hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning and Los
Brewers 5 Angeles recovered after blowing a four-run lead.
Giants 3, Tim Lincecum pitched 7% strong innings, and closer Brian Wilson got San
BRAVES 1 Francisco out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.
Rockies 7, Colorado's lan Stewart and Seth Smith hit three-run homers to hand
NATIONALS 2 Washington its 10th consecutive loss. Aaron Cook struggled through five in-
nings but picked up his 15th victory. The Nationals' skid is the longest since
they moved to Washington and the franchise's worst since the Montreal Ex-
pos dropped 11 games in a row in 1991.
REDS 7, Revived Edinson Volquez pitched seven scoreless innings and traded up-
Cardinals 3 and-in fastballs with counterpart Kyle Lohse as Cincinnati ended St. Louis'
four-game winning streak.
Philadelphia The Phillies' offense had not been getting the job done on this trip, as it has
vs. SAN DIEGO scored 20 runs while batting. 190 through the first six games.
*HOME team in caps
Biggio's No. 7
From wire reports
HOUSTON For the first
time in a while, Craig Biggio
The Houston Astros re-
tired Biggio's No. 7 before
Sunday's game against the
Biggio retired in 2007 af-
ter becoming the 27th play-
er to reach 3,000 hits. He is
Houston's careeij leader in
seasons played (20), at-bats
(10,876), hits (3,060), extra-
base hits (1,014), doubles
(668) and runs (1,844).
Dressed in a blue suit,
Biggio hopped out of the
dugout and walked across a
red carpet toward a podium
at home plate. He was
flanked by about two dozen
family members and
friends, including ex-team-
mates Jeff Bagwell, Brad
Ausmus, Bill Doran and the
widow of Ken Caminiti, Big-
gio's teammate from 1989
to 1994 and 1999 to 2000.
"To have your number re-
tired, it's one of the greatest
things that could ever hap-
pen to you," Biggio said. "I
knew the significance of it,
so I was nervous."
Giants 3, Braves 1
San Francisco- 020 010 000- 3
Atlanta. 000 000 010-1
San Francisco ab r h bli bb so avg
Winnrf 3 1 1 0 2 1 .304
Burrlss2b 4 0 2 1 0 0 .260
Lewlslf 3 0 1 0 1 2 .288
Mollnac 4 0 1 0 0 1 .284
Rowandcf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .284
Ishikawalb 4 1 2 2 0 1 .385
Wilsonp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rohlnger3b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .111
Vizquelss 3 0 1 0 0 0 .184
Uncecump 2 0 0 0 0 0 .173
Taschnerp 0 0 0
Aurillalb 1 0 0 00 1 .268
Totals 31 393 49
0- Batting 2B: Burriss (5): Molina (26);
Rowand (31). 3B: Winn (2). HR: Ishikawa
(1).S: Burriss; Vlzquel: Uncecum. RBI1: Bur-
rlss(12); Ishlkawa 2 (3).Team LOB:8
> Baserunning SB: Burriss (10). CS:
Atlanta ab r hbi bb so avg
Blancolf 4 0 0 0 1 3 .258
Escobarss 3 1 1 0 1 0 .283
C.Jones 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 364
Kotsaycr. 4 0 1 1 0 1 .302
Kotchmanlb 2 0 0 0 1 0 .159
Tavarezp 0 0 0 0 0 -
Infante ph 0 0 0 0 0 .304
McCannph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .303
Jurrjenspr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .104
Carlylep 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Francoeurrf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .231
Johnson2b 3 0 1 0 1 1 .266
Sammonsc 40 0 0 0 3 .214
Mortonp 1 0 0 0 0 1 .091
Nortonlb 1 0 0 1 1 .231
Totals 30 1 4 1 612
L Batting 2B: Escobar (20). S: Morton.
RBI: Kotsay (37).Team LOB: 9
> Baserunning-SB: Blanco (11).
P Fielding PB: Sammons.
Pitching Ip h rer bb so bf era
* ncecum 7 3 1 1 41030 2.60
Taschner 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4.05
WilsonS,33 I1 0 0 0 2 2 6 3.88
MortonL3-7 6 7 3 3 2 G25 5.95
Tavarez 2 2 0 0 2 8 4.24
arlyle 1 0 0 0 2 1 5 3.71
Taschner pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
WP Lincecum; Wilson. IBB: McCann (by
Wilson). Pitches-strikes: Uncecum 119-
68; Taschner 8-5; Wilson 25-12; Morton
111-69; Tavarez 32-22; Carlyle 22-13.
> Umpires HP: Beal: 1B: Eddings; 2B:
Barrett; 38: Barksdale.
I Game data -1l 3:04. Art: 30,503.
Reds 7, Cardinals 3
St. Louis 000 000 012--3
Cincinnati-- 200 001 31x--7
St. Louis ab r h bi bb so avg
Schumakercf 5 0 2 1 0 0 305
Ludwickrf 4 0 21 1 0 .306
Pujolslb 4 1 1 01 0 .348
Anklellf 3 0 0 0 2 2 .277
Glaus3b 3 0 11 1 1 .276
Kennedy2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .278
Molinac 4 1 1 0 0 1 .301
Lohsep 2 0 0 0 0 0 .059
Lopezph-ss 1 0 1 0 0 0.244
lzturlsss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .252
Garciap 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Franklinp 0 00 0 0 0 -
Mllesph 1 1 0 0 0 0 .311
Totals 34 3 9 3 5 6
I> Batting 2B: Ludwick (28). RBL Schu-
maker (41); Ludwick (93); Glaus (81).
GIDP: Pujols; Kennedy.Team LOB: 10
Cincinnati ab r h bi bb so avg
Dickersoncf-lf 5 1 3 0 01 .409
HairstonJr.lf 2 1 1 0 1 0 .338
Cabreraph 1 1 0 0 0,.356
Weathers p 0000 0 00 -
Vottoph 1 0 1 1 0 0 .281
Corderop 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Brucerf 4 1 2 1 1 .263
B.Phllllps2b 5 1 2 3 0 0 .270
Valentlnlb 4 0 0 10 0.257
Encamacion3b 4 1 3 0 0 .251
Kepplngerss 4 0 1 1 0 0 .261
Bakoc 3 0 0 0 1 1 .215
Volquezp 3 0 0 0 0 1 .087
Pattersoncf 0 1 0 0 1 0 .197
Totals 36 713 7 4 4
b Batting 2B: Dickerson (5): Hairston
Jr. (18); Encamaclon 2 (23). Hit B. Phillips
(20). RBI: Votto (54); Bruce (34); B. Phillips
3 (73);Valentin(14); Keppinger(30).Team
> Baserunning-CS:B. Phillips (7).
i- Fielding-DP: 2.
Pitching ip h rer bbso bf era
LohseL13-6 6 7 3 3 3 227 3.94
Garcia 3 3 3 0 0 5 4.61
Franklin 11 3 1 1 1 2 8 3.56
VolquezW,15-5 7 3 0 0 4 427 2.73
Weathers 1 2 11 1 1 6 3.33
Cordero 1 4 2 2 0 1 7 3.90
WP* Lohse. 1BB: Bako (by Lohse). HBP: Lo-
pez (by Volquez). Pitches-strikes: Lohse
115-74: Garcia 14-10; Franklin 32-20; Vol-
quez 97-58; Weathers 31-18; Cordero 26-
P Umpires HP: Gibson; 1B: Emmel; 2B:
Runge; 3B: Campos.
Game data -T 2:59. Att: 37,468.
Mets 4, Pirates 0
New York... 20 101 000 4
Pittsburgh- 000 000 000-0
New York ab rh bi bbso avg
J.Reyesss 5 0 1 0 0 0 .304
A.Reyes2b 4 0 3 0 0 0 .280
Easley3b 5 0 1 0 0 0 .265
Delgadolb 4 0 0 0 1 1 .257
Beltrancf 4 2 2 1 0 1 .272
Murphylf 3 1 1 0 1 0 .415
Chavezlf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Tatisrf 4 0 0 0 0 2.296
Schneiderc 3 1 2 3 1 0 .259
Santanap 4 0 0 0 0 1.140
Totals 36 410 4 3 5
I- Batting-HHR: Beltran(17); Schneid-
er (4). S: A. Reyes. RBI: Beltran (82);
Schneider 3 (25). GIDP: Easley 2. Team
Pittsburgh ab r h bl bb so avg
McLouthcf 4 0 0 00 0 .277
Wilsonss 4 0 2 0 0 0 .285
F.Sanchez2b 4 00 0 0 0 1.253
Ad.LaRochelb 4 0 0 0 0 3 .264
An.LaRoche3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .202
Moss f 3 0 0 0 0 0 .193
Pearcerf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .216
Michaelsrf-lf 3 0 0 0 1 .241
Chavezc 3 0 0 0 1 .221
Karstensp 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Gomezph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .291
Beam p 0 000 0 0 .000
Burnettp 0 0 00 0 0 .333
Mlentkliewicz 1 0 0 0 0 1 .285
Hansenp 0000 00
Totals 31 0 3 0 0 7
P. Batting-Team LOB: 4
b. Fielding-E:An. LaRoche2(5).DP: 2.
Pitching ip h rer bbso era
SantanaW.11-7 9 3 0 0 0 7 2.75
Karstens L2-2 6 9 4 4 I 3 2.25
Beam 1A 1 0 0 1 1 4.18
Burnett 0 0 0 1 1 4.14
Hansen 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Santana
31; 113-85; KIarstens 27; 95-66; Beam 7;
23-15; Burnett 2: 12-5; Hansen 4; 19-
> Umpires HP Hickox; 1 B: Bucknor;
2B: West; 3B: Rapuano.
I Game data -T 2:42. Att: 36.483.
Astros 3, Diamondbacks 0
Arizona- 000 000 000 0
Houston.............. 300 000 06x-3
Arizona ab rh bi bb so avg
Drewss 3 0 2 0 1 1 .284
,.Youngcf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .239
Tracylb 3 0 0 0 0 0 279
Dunnlf 3 0 0 0 0 1.236
Reynolds3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .247
Romerorf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .254
Snyderc 2 0 0 0 1 2 247
Burke2b -3 0 0 0 0 0 203
Johnsonp 1 0 0 0 1 .108
Quallsp 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Monteroph 1 0 0 0 0 0.275
Totals 26 0 2 0 210
> Batting- S: Johnson. Team LOB: 2
Houston ab rh bi bbso avg
Erstadcf-lf 4 0 1 0 0 .288
Loretta2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .270
Tejadass 4 1 2 0 0 .283
Berkman lb 4 0 1 0 1 .331
Wiggintonlf-3b 4 1 3 3 0 0 .308
Blum3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .232
Valverde p 0 0 0 0 00 .000
Pence rf 4 0 0 0 1 .264
Ausmusc 2 0 1 0 0 1 .235
Oswaltp 2 0 0 0 0 1 .170
Bourncf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226
Totals 31 3 9 3 1 6
I> Batting 2B: Tejada (27). HIt Wig-
ginton (15). S: Oswalt. RBI: Wigginton 3
(42). GIDP. Tejada.Team LOB: 7
> Fielding-DPI 1.
Pitching ip h rer bb so era
Johnson L,10-9 7 8 3 3 1 5 4.16
Quails 1 1 0 0 0 1 3.44
OswaltW.11-8 8 1 0 0 210 4.28
ValverdeS,31 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.15
WP Qualls. HBP: Ausmus (by Johnson).
Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Johnson
30; 107-74; Quals 4; 17-13; Oswalt 25;
105-73; Valverde4; 12-8.
b> Umpires -HP, Everitt; 1B: Colon; 2B:
McClelland; 3B: DiMuro.
5 Game data -1T2:14.Att: 42,619.
Cubs 9, Marlins 2
Chicago 000 000 801- 9
Florida._ 001 001 000-2
Chicago ab rh bi bb so avg
Sorianolf 6 11 2 0 2 .293
Lee lb 2 1 0 3 0 .290
Ramirez3b 4 1 2 2 1 0 .287
Fukudomerf 4 0 0 1 0 3 .268
Sotoc 3 10 0 2 0 .286
Fontenot2b 3 1 2 0 0 0 .291
Cedenoph 0 1 00 1 0 .277
Cottsp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Samardzuiap 0 0 0 0 0 0 000
Blancoph 1 1 1 0 0 0 .292
Marmol p 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Johnsoncf 5 1 4 3 0 0 .314
Dempsterp 1 0 0 0 0 0 .163
Edmonds ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
DeRosa ph-2b 1 1 0 1 1 0 .278
Totals 34 912 9 8 5
Batting- 2B: Soriano (20); Ramirez
(33); Fontenot(17): Blanco (3); Johnson
2 (20). S: Dempster. SF: Fukudome: De-
Rosa. RBI: Soriano 2 (61): Ramirez 2
(83); Fukudome (45): Johnson 3 (45);
DeRosa (71). GIDP: Lee. Team LOB: 10
Florida ab r h bi bb so avg
Ramirezss 3 1 1 0 1 0 .297
Gonzalezlf 4 0 1 1 0 1 .263
Cantu 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .282
Jacobslb 4 0 0 0 0 4 .241
Uggla2b 4 0 0 0 0 4 .260
Hermldarf 2 0 1 0 1 0 .255
Pintop 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kensingp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hendricksonp 0 00 0 0 0 .265
LoDucaph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229
Ross cf-rf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .257
Bakerc 3 0 01 1 2 .226
Volstadp 2 0 0 0 0 1 .077
Amezagacf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .254
Totals 33 26 2 313
v> Batting 2B: Ramirez (28); Gon-
zalez (19); Cantu (30). 3B: Ross (4). RBl:
Gonzalez (38); Baker (15). Team LOB: 7
> Fielding- DP 1.
Pitching ip h rer bb so era
Dempster 6 5 2 2 2 10 2.92
Cotts 1I 1 0 0 0 2 2.88
Samardzija 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.20
Marmol 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.81
Volstad 6 6 2 2 3 3 3.02
Pinto L,2-5:;BS.2 2 5 5 3 0 4.29
Kensing 1 2 1 I 2 2 4.02
Hendrickson 1 2 1 1 0 0 5.70
Volstad pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
IBB: Lee(by Pinto): Soto (by Pinlo); Her-
mida (by Dempster). HBP: Theriot (by
Volstad). Batters faced; pitches-strikes:
Dempster 25: 96-60: Cotts 6: 31 -18: Sa-
mardziJa 1: 4-3; Marmol 4: 17-8; Vol-
stad 26: 106-65: Pinto 7;34-14; Kensing
8; 31-20; Hendrickson 5; 13-9.
> Umpires HP: Darling:; IB: Guc-
cdone: 2B: Miller; 3B: Meals.
o> Game data -T1 3:05.Att: 19.085.
East W L Pct. GB
New York 68 56 .548 -
Philadelphia 65 58 .528 2
Florida 64 61 .512 4V
Atlanta 56 68 .452 12
Washington 44 81 .352 24h
Central W L Pct. GB
Chicago 76 48 .613 -
Milwaukee 71 54 .568 5%
St. Louis 70 57 .551 7h
Houston 63 61 .508 13
Pittsburgh 55 69 .444 21
Cincinnati 55 70 .440 211
West W L Pct. GB
Arizona 64 60 .516 -
Los Angeles 64 60 .516 -
Colorado 57 69 .452 8
San Francisco 52 71 .423 11i
Arizona: OF Adam Dunn
batted .286 (6-for-21) with two
doubles and three RBI in his first
week with the Diamondbacks.
With his seven walks, his on-
base percentage was .464. "He
has a terrific eye. Even when he
is not hitting, he's on base. He
takes a lot of pressure off every-
body in the lineup," manager
Bob Melvin said.
Atlanta: LHP Mike Hamp-
ton's win Saturday ws his first
at Turner Field'since Aug. 14,
2005. Hamptdn is 159-4with a
3.59 ERA lifetime against San
Francisco. ... The Braves went
46 innings without having a
lead, from Aug. 9 in Arizona -
an 11-4 win against the Dia-
mondbacks until the second
inning Saturday against the Gi-
ants, which turned into an 11-5
Chicago: 3B Aramis Rami-
rez returned to the lineup after
missing two starts because of a
bruised left hip. He drove in two
runs, giving him 83 RBI for the
season, tops on the team. ...
By striking out the only batter
he faced, RH reliever Jeff Sa-
mardzija ran his scoreless in-
nings streak to 10. He hasn't al-
lowed a run since July 29. RH
reliever Carlos Marmol has a
scoreless streak of 15 innings
dating to the All-Star break.
Cincinnati: RHP Aaron Ha-
rang, a 16-game winner each of
the past two seasons, is 3-13
this year and 0-4 with a 10.74
ERA over his last six starts. In
two starts sipce coming off the
disabled list, he has allowed a
combined 16 runs on 16 hits in
71/3 innings. Harang had missed
a month with a strained right
Colorado: LHP Jorge De La
Rosa, 27, will start Thursday at
the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking
the turn ofLHP Glendon
Rusch, 33 who was moved to
the bullpen. De La Rosa was
bumped from the rotation
when RHP Livan Hernandez
joined the team, but when the
Rockies had to shuffle their ro-
tation last week because back
stiffness caused RHP Aaron
Cook to miss a start, De La Rosa
started and won Friday at
Florida: C Paul Lo Duca
joined the Marlins after batting
.458 (1 l-for-24) in six games for
Class AAA Albuquerque. Lo Du-
ca hit.230 with 12 RBI in 46
games for Washington before he
was released July 31. "1 really
feel that I'm the player I was be-
fore," he said. "My job is to go
prove it." He will be used pri-
marily as a pinch hitter and as a
defensive replacement. RH re-
liever Justin Miller, who went
4-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 46 ap-
pearances, was designated for
assignment to clear a roster
spot for Lo Duca.
Houston: 2B Kaz Matsui
went on the disabled list for the
third time this year, this time
with an ailing lower back. He
began the season sidelined
while recovering from an anal
fissure, then was out June 23 to
July 9 with a strained right
hamstring. Matsui's spot on the
25-man roster was taken by
C-i B J.R. House, whose con-
tract was purchased from
Class AAA Round Rock (Texas).
Los Angeles: 2B Jeff Kent
made it clear to the Los Angeles
Times that anyone who thinks
LF Manny Ramirez has helped
him has no idea what he is talk-
ing about. This despite Kent hit-
ting above .400 since Ramirez's
arrival. Dodgers Hall of Fame
broadcaster Vin Scully in-
curred Kent's wrath for men-
10 Div. Home Away
8-2 26-20 36-23 32-33
3-7 25-21 32-27 33-31
3-7 27-21 35-31 29-30
4-6 20-24 34-30 22-38
0-10 16-28 23-39 21-42
10 Div. Home Away
8-2 33-22 45-17 31-31
7-3 30-23 36-23 35-31
6-4 28-27 33-28 37-29
8-2 26-28 34-28 29-33
3-7 25-29 33-31 22-38
3-7 19-32 32-33 23-37
10 Div. Home Away
5-5 31-16 33-26 31-34
7-3 23-22 38-28 26-32
5-5 17-28 :34-29 23-40
4-6 21-22 24-36 28-35
San Diego 48 75 .390 15 W-1 5-5 20-24 27-37 21-38
Chicago 9, Florida 2 Cincinnati 7, St. Louis 3
New York 4, Pittsburgh 0 San Francisco 3, Atl4nta 1
Colorado 7, Washington 2 Houston 3, Arizona 0
Los Angeles 7, Milwaukee 5 Philadelphia at San Diego
Today's probable pitchers, lines
2008 season opp. 2007-08 vs. opp. Last 3 starts
Pitchers W-L IP ERA W-L W-L IP ERA W-L IP ERA
New York at Pittsburgh, 12:35 ET (Line: N.Y., 6VA/5; Total runs: 81/2)
N.Y.-Maine(R) 10-7 I;9' 3.97 2-2 2-0 12 3.75- 2-0 161 2.20
Plt.-MaholmL.l. 8-7 161 3.69 3-1 1-0 6 4.50 1-1 21 3.00
San Francisco at Atlanta, 4:35 ET (Line:AtL, 2:1; Total runs; 8%)
S.F.-ZIto(L) 6-15 127 5.73 1-1 1 -2 182 530
Atl.camplo(R) 7-5 119N 3.09 2-1 18 4.91
Houston at Milwaukee, 85 ET (Lin MiL, 145; Total runs: 8)
Hou.-Wolf(L) 8-10 142 4.56 5-3 1-1 171 4.67 2-0 18 3.00
MIl.-Sabathla(L) 7-0 64 1.55 3-0 24* 1.11
Lines by Danny Sheridan
Results, upcoming games
Chi.6,Fla.5 Ari.11,Hou. 5
StL. 5, Cin. 3 Fla. 2, Chi. 1
S.F. 5,Atl.1 Atl.11,S.F.5
Col. 4, Was. 3 Col.13, Was. 6
Ari. 12,Hou. 2 St.L. 9,Cin. 3
Phi. 1, S.D. 0 S.D. 8, Phi. 3
L.A. 5, Mil. 3 Mil. 4, LA. 3(10)
Was. at Phi., 7:05
At. at N.Y., 7:10
Hou. at Mil., 8:05
Cin. at Chi., 8:05
Pit. at St.L., 8:15
Fla. at S.F., 10:15
tioning it on his broadcast. "Vin
Scully talks too much," Kent
said. "I'm so tired of talking
about this stuff. It diminishes
my whole career and all the
hard work. I take it as an insult."
Braun, who sat out six consec-
utive games with an strain near
his lower ribcage, was used as a
pinch hitter in the eighth inning
Saturday and hit an opposite-
field double to right. Braun was
back in the start in eu in the
finale against theDodgers,'and
he hit his.secornid hboiengthe
New York: RH reliever Luis
Ayala was acquired fronl Wash-
ington for a player to be named.
Ayala, 30, was 1-8 with a 5.77
ERA in 62 appearances for the
Nationals. 'They're fighting for
first place, so I'm going to do my
best to clear my mind and try to
help the bullpen," Ayala said.
According to multiple news
media reports, IF Anderson
Hernandez is expected to be
sent to the Nationals.
Philadelphia: With RH re-
liever RudySeanez returning
from the disabled list Saturday,
the Phillies optioned IF Mike
Cervenak to Class AAA Lehigh
Valley (Allentown, Pa.). Cerve-
nak had six at-bats in his second
major league call-up, but he col-
lected his first big-league hit
and RBI with a single against
Florida on Aug. 6. Seanez had
been out with right shoulder in-
Pittsburgh LF Brandon
Moss left the game in the sev-
enth inning with a sprained left
ankle, which he suffered in a
strange incident in which his
foot gave way while he swung
at a pitch and grounded out.
Moss was on crutches after the
game and will be re-evaluated
St. Louis: RHP Adam Wain-
wright threw 64 pitches in
working 4% scoreless innings
Saturday in a rehabilitation start
for Class AA Springfield (Mo.).
Wainwright experienced no
discomfort with his sprained
right middle finger, and it is ex-
pected he will be taken off the
disabled list by this weekend.
San Diego: RHP Chad Rei-
neke not ofly won his major
league debut against Philadel-
phia on Saturday, he also joined
Scott Sanders and Adam Eaton
as the only Padres pitchers to
collect a hit and an RBI in their
first major league start. RH re-
liever Cla Meredith, 0-3 with a
3.99 ERA in 60 appearances,
was optioned to Class AAA
Portland (Ore.) to make room.
San Francisco: RHPrm
Lincecum is 4-0 in four career
starts against Atlanta. He re-
corded his sixth double-digit
strikeout game of the season,
putting him in a tie with Juan
Marichal (1966) for the fourth-
best single-season total in San
Francisco history. Jason Schmidt
(nine in 2004), Ray Sadecki
(eight in 1968) and John Mon-
tefusco (seven in 1975) have
Washington RHP Marco
Estrada is expected to be pro-
moted from Class AAA Colum-
bus (Ohio) to fill the roster va-
cancy created by the trade of
RH reliever Luis Ayala. Estrada,
25, is 3-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 12
starts at Columbus, but he will
make his big-league debut as a
reliever.... C Jesus Flores was
out of the lineup with a strained
From The Sports Xchange and
National League notes
USA TODAY MONDAY, AUGUST 18,2008 5B
By Brant Sanderlln. AP
Picture perfect Georgia running back Knowshon
Moreno poses on Picture Day.
Giddy fans line up
for No. 1 Georgia
From wire reports
From 7-month-old Daniel Leuthner of Samford,
Ga., to 86-year-old Curtis Bell of Dublin, Ga., thou-
sands of Georgia football fans of all ages turned out
Saturday for the annual Picture Day ceremonies.
Unlike previous seasons, however, the school
starts as the consensus No. 1 in the polls.: The pre-
vailing word among fans about the lofty ranking
was awesome, followed by exclamation points.
Hugh Morgan of Athens, Ga., arrived at 7:30 a.m.
to get a ticket that would gain admission into the
* line for coach Mark Richt. Even 7V2 hours before
gates opened, Morgan was 120th in line.
Morgan was one of the few who expressed trepi-
dation about the season.
"I think we have a hard road," he said.
Family members of the players were excited, too,
but they are also realistic.
Frank Ros, a captain of Georgia's 1980 national
championship team, and his wife, Jan, came to sup-
port their son, Bryce, a freshman tight end.
Pointing to her husband's national title ring, Jan
said, "I want one of those for my child."
Said Frank, "To win a national title takes a lot of
talent, but it also takes a lot of breaks created by
players who have worked hard and made those
Pitcher gets win: Oklahoma State left-hander
Andrew Oliver has won a temporary restraining or-
der restoring his eligibility. Judge Tygh Tone in Erie
County, Ohio, granted the order Friday'after Oliver's
attorney, Richard Johnson, filed a new lawsuit
The order allows Oliver, 7-2 with a 2.20 ERA last
season, to start school today with his scholarship
Tone's ruling also halts the NCAA's investigation
and stops it from enforcing the bylaw under which
Oliver was declared ineligible. The judge also set a
hearing for Sept. 9 to allow the NCAA to present its
case and determine whether to extend the tempor-
Oliver was declared ineligible just before this
year's NCAA tournament.
Johnson filed a lawsuit last month in Oliver's na-
tive Ohio against the NCAA, the school and several
sports advisers who'd worked with Oliver before
the 2006 major league draft. The suit claimed the
advisers sent a letter to the NCAA making fraudu-
lent claims that led to Oliver's eligibility issues.
Johnson dropped that suit and re-filed Friday with
only the NCAA as a defendant.
A message left Friday by the Associated Press
with the NCAA was not returned.
Briefly: A Syracuse judicial affairs panel cleared
basketball players Jonny Flynn, Antonio "Scoop"
Jardine and Richard Jackson of any violations of the
school's code of conduct in connection with allega-
tions they sexually assaulted a female student on
campus last fall. The panel did put the men on uni-
versity probation through the spring semester of
2011. Two weeks ago, an Onondaga County grand
jury declined to bring criminal charges against the
men. ... Sam Collins, a freshman defensive line-
man at Division Ill Huntingdon (Ala.), died Friday
night after the second practice of the preseason. Of-
ficials said a cause of death had not been deter-
mined. The school said he became ill following a
two-hour morning workout in temperatures that
reached 85 degrees with 68% relative humidity.
AP Top 25
b> The Associated Press Football
Bowl Subdivision (Division i-A)
preseason Top 25:
Rank, school (1st) W-L Pts. LY
1.Georgia(22) 11-21,528 2
2.OhioState(21) 11-21,506 5
3. Southern 11-21,490 3
4. Oklahoma (4) 11-31,444 8
5.Florida(6) 94 1,415 13
6. Missouri 12-21.266 4
7. LSU 12-21.135 1
8.WestVirglnia 11-21,116 6
9.Clemson 9-4 1,105 21
10.Auburn 9-4 968 10
11.Texas 10-3 966 15
12.TexasTech 9-4 786 22
13.Wisconsin 9-4 771 24
14.Kansas 12-1 707 7
15.ArizonaState 10-3 631 16
16.BrighamYoung 11-2 590 14
17.VlrginlaTech 11-3 578 9
18.Tennessee 10-4 509 12
19.SouthFlorida 9-4 496 -
20.Illinois 9-4 483 20
21.Oregon 9-4 366 23
22. Penn State 9-4 293 -
23. Wake Forest 9-4 227 -
24.Alabama 7-6 89 -
25. Pittsburgh 5-7 85 -
Others receiving votes:
South Carolina 84, Fresno State 83.
California 59, Utah 53. Cincinnati
44, Florida State 41, Michigan 36,
Boston College 32, Rutgers 32,
Michigan State 21. Boise State 17,
Arkansas 14, North Carolina 14,
Connecticut 10, Tulsa 7, UCLA 6,
Oregon State 5, Missississippi State 4,
Virginia 4. Arizona 3. Nebraska 2.
Notre Dame 2. Hawaii 1, Washing-
Coaches' Top 25
Rank school (1st) W-L Pts. LY
1.Georgia(22) 11-2 1438 3
2. Southern 11-21430 2
3.OhioState(14) 11-21392 4
4.Oklahoma(3) 11-3 1329 8
5.Florida(5) 9-4 1293 16
6.LSU(3) 12-21163 1
7. Missouri 12-2 1143 5
8.WestVirginia 11-21008 6
9.Clemson 9-4 999 22
10.Texas 10-3 979 10
11.Auburn 9-4 888 14
12.Wisconsin 9-4 747 21
13.Kansas 12-1 714 7
14.TexasTech 9-4 644 23
15.VirginiaTech 11-3 568 9
16.ArizonaState 10-3 560 13
17.BYU 11-2547 14
IB.Tennessee 10-4 506 12
19. llinois 9-4 422 18
20.Oregon 9-4 399 24
21.SouthFlorida 9-4 350 -
22.PennState 9-4 313 25
23.WakeForest 9-4 203 -
24.Michigan 9-4 112 19
25. Fresno State 9-4 91 -
Others receiving votes:
Alabama 83: South Carolina 64;
Utah 60; Florida State 53; Rutgers
53; Boston College 47; California
41; Pittsburgh 34; Boise State 25;
Oregon State 23; Nebraska 17; Cin-
cinnati 13; Virginia 12; Connecti-
cut 9; Michigan State 9; Mississip-
pi State 6; Kentucky 5; NotreDame
5; TCU 5; Maryland 4: North Caro-
lina 3; Texas A&M 3; UCLA 3; Cen-
tral Florida 2; Georgia Tech 2: Lou-
isville 2; Arizona 1; Colorado 1:
Oklahoma State 1; Tulsa 1.
Auburn is going on the offensive
aims for fast
By Andy Gardiner
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville
puts little stock in polls and pre-
dictions, but he smiled when the
news media picked the Tigers to
win the Southeastern Conference's
West Division in its preseason vote.
"We'll use this," Tuberville said at
the conference's annual media
summit. "We need something to
get us going. We need to have a
sense of urgency a lot more than
we did last year."
Auburn went 9-4 in 2007. Two of
the losses came at home in the first
three games of the season.
"Last year we had a good football
team, but one thing we didn't do
was get out of the blocks," Tuber-
ville said. "We lost four games total,
and three of those games were on
the last play.
"So I'm looking for consistency.
That's going to be the theme ...
and I think our players will un-
derstand it a lot better by being
picked No. 1 in the West."
Auburn is 80-33 in Tuberville's
nine seasons, including a 13-0 mark
in 2004 that did everything but
bring the Tigers a national champi-
onship. Southern California
grabbed that crown after crushing
Oklahoma for the Bowl Champi-
onship Series title.
But LSU has ruled the West since,
relegating Auburn to also-ran status
in the ultra-competitive SEC. That's
one reason Tuberville, a defense-
oriented coach, has switched to a
spread formation offense this year.
"We've got five or six running
backs in the NFL," Tuberville said.
"We've won 50 games the last five
years. We've been one or two plays
away from getting to Atlanta (for,
the SEC championship game).
"That's what we all want, but I
think we've got to score more
points on offense. We've got to get
into somewhere in the mid-20s ev-
Auburn scored more than 24
points only three times in 2007 and
was held to fewer than three touch-
downs in six games.
Tuberville hired Troy assistant
coach Tony Franklin as offensive co-
ordinator on the eve of the Chick-
fil-A Bowl last December, and the
results were immediate. Although
Auburn had worked only briefly
with Franklin's spread attack, it
beat Clemson 23-20 in overtime by
piling tip a season-best 423 yards.
"Last year we averaged 56 plays a
game in the regular season," Tu-
berville said. "In the bowl game, we
"If we wanted to win eight, nine
games, sometimes maybe win 10,
we could have stayed with the two-
back offense. But it's hard to consis-
tently pound and pound the ball.
People were-ganging up on us with
eight, nine, 10 people in the box."
Tuberville said the quarterback
will now be a major part of the run-
ning game and that the Tigers will
look to pressure the flanks more of-
ten with four, and sometimes five,
"Last year I can count on one
hand how many big plays we had
over 15, 20 yards," Tuberville said.
"It's tough to win just trying to play
smash-mouth. Hopefully this of-
fense is going to help us be able to
score from long distance a little
The Tigers will try to make this
work with a pair of unproven quar-
terbacks. Sophomore Kodi Burns
and junior college transfer Chris
Todd could both play significant
"Kodi is not a natural thrower -
never has been but he's durable
and this offense is built for a guy like
The major-college football season begins
Aug. 28. To help get you prepared, we
are exploring stories in all 11 Division
I-A conferences plus the independents:
> Today Southeastern
> Tuesday Atlantic Coast
> To read up on 1-A conferences you
missed, go to collegefootball
SEC at a glance
East W L PF PA W L PF PA
Georgia 6 2 228 171 11 2 424 262
Tennessee 6 2 243 246 10 4 455 382
Florida 5 3 305 224 9 4 552 331
Kentucky 3 5 249 276 8 5 475 385
South carolina 3 5 205 227 6 6 313 282
Vanderbllt 2 6 148 203 5 7 260 271
West W L PF PAW L PF PA .
LSU 6 2 298 21512 2 541 279 .
Auburn 5 3 156 138 9 4 315 220
Arkansas 4 4 274 249 8 5 485 345
MississippiState 4 4 157 215 8 5 279 301
Alabama 4 4 212 190 7 6 352 286
Mississippi 0 8 131 252 3 9 241 342
Sheridan's odds against winning 2008 title: Florida 2:1.
Georgia 2:1, Auburn 3:1. LSU 4:1. Alabama 8:1. Ten-
nessee 8:1. South Carolina 10:1. Missippi State 50:1,
Mississippi 500:1. Kentucky 1,000:1, Arkansas
10,000:1,Vanderbilt 10 million:1.
him," Tuberville said. "He can run
the ball 12,14,15 times a game and
take the beating.
"Chris is more of a thrower who
can run the ball. But he under-
stands how to run this offense."
Senior Brad Lester will be the
lead man in a one-back set. Robert
Dunn, Rodgeriqus Smith and James
Swinton will be the primary pass-
Tuberville believes the spread at-
tack is the offense of the future, and
Auburn's switch already has paid
"I've never had 20 commitments
in my life, even when I was (an as-
sistant coach) at the University of
Miami and this year we already
have 20 commitments," he said. "A
lot of it's due to the offense we've
gone to and the ability to recruit a
lot more skilled players."
Tuberville knows that he's taking
a gamble, but he believes it's worth
"I was looking for a way to help
this football team score a few more
points on the average and help the
defense," Tuberville said. "We're
still going to run the ball. We're still
going to be physical.
"But can we hold up doing this
week in and week out? That's the
thing we just have to sit back and
see if it's going to work."
From staff and wire reports
Elena DelleDonne, USA
TODAY's high school girls bas-
ketball player of the year in
2008, has decided not to use
her scholarship to the Univer-
sity of Connecticut.
The decision was con-
firmed Saturday by the
school. A message left Sunday
with DelleDonne by USA
TODAY was not returned.
"I have recently been in-
formed that Elena Delle-
Donne has decided not to
play college basketball and
will not enroll in Connecticut.
Everyone at UConn wishes
her the best of luck," Con-
necticut coach Geno Auriem-
ma said Saturday in a news
release. He would not com-
DelleDonne is expected to
address the situation today,
according to a report on The
Philadelphia Inquirer website
that cited DelleDonne's for-
mer AAU coach, Veronica Al-
DelleDonne, 18, signed a
letter of intent with UConn in
She skipped her high
school graduation ceremony
at Ursuline Academy in Wil-
mington, Del., on June 1 so
she could travel to UConn for
the summer session, which
began the next day.
But DelleDonne withdrew
June 3 and returned home.
"I have a lot of personal is-
sues to fix," she said at the
time. "Only my family under-
stands what's going on. Right
now, I am going to take a long
DelleDonne also took a
self-imposed break from bas-
ketball last summer. The deci- ,i '
sion on a college had
"weighed on me for so long,"
DelleDonne said in an Au-
gust 2007 interview with The
(Wilmington, Del.) News
But once she picked
UConn, DelleDonne seemed
enthusiastic about joining a
program that has produced
five NCAA titles since 1995.
In August 2007, Delle-
Donne said it was "amazing"
just to say she was going to
Connecticut. "It just gives me
the chills," she said.
Contributing: Buddy Hurlock By wilhi.ThiiosC.,1 c.1i, o, USA, IoY
of The (Wilmington, Del.) Let's hear it Elena DelleDonne; no longer going to Connecticut,
NewsJournal is expected to discuss her situation today.
Tenn. eager to return to top
A decade has passed
since Tennessee defeated
Florida State in the Fiesta
Bowl to win the first Bowl
Championship Series title,
bringing coach Philip Ful-
mer the only national title in
his 15-year reign. The bal-
ance of power within the
Southeastern Conference .
has shifted since then, and
the Volunteers start this
season on the outside look-
Tennessee is 18th in the i t
USA TODAY preseason
Coaches' Poll behind four
SEC rivals who have
grabbed the Aligh ground
since UT'S 1998 unbeaten
season. Geogia is No. 1;
Florida,' the 2006 national
champion, is fifth; LSU, with ,
titles in 2003 and 2007, is
sixth; and Auburn, which
was 13-0 in 2004, is 1y1th. ByJinm Brown US Presswire
Even including the 5-6 Stopgap: DB Eric Berry should help Tennes-
record in 2005, the Vols see curtail points allowed on defense.
have been solid for the last
decade. They've beaten Georgia "I put the team first. You don't
three of the last four years and aver- want individual goals to get in the
aged better than nine wins a season. way of the team," Foster said of the
They've reached the SEC title game rushing record. "I think I need to be
three times, including last year. more consistent as an all-around
But UT lost all of those conference player. I would like to be solid in ev-
title showdowns. The Vols are 0-3 erything."
against Florida since Urban Meyer The defense lost linebacker Jerod
became coach in 2005. They've lost Mayo, the 10th overall pick in the
four of the last five against LSU. 2008 NFL draft. But sophomore All-
"You look at the whole scenario," America defensive back Eric Berry
Fulmer, the dean of SEC coaches, said (five interceptions in 2007) should
recently. "Every situation you're giv- help improve a unit that allowed al-
en, good or bad, you learn from it. most 28 points a game last year.
"I think in 2005 we assumed way "If Eric stays healthy and con-
too much. I was taught you don't as- tinues on the path he's on, he'll be
sume anything. We won nine games one of the best players in the coun-
(in 2006) and then won 10 (last sea- try," Fulmer said.
son), and hopefully we have laid the Tennessee plays archrivals Florida
groundwork to make a run again at and Alabama at home but will be on
the championship. the road against UCLA, Auburn,
"If you go back and look at the era Georgia and South Carolina. SEC
of the late '90s, you're talking about coaches picked the Vols to finish
some really great players. I think third in the East Division behind the
we're getting close to having that Bulldogs and Gators.
kind ofathlete at Tennessee again." "We were picked third in '98
Senior running back Arian Foster, when we won the national champi-
a first-team preseason all-conference onship," Fulmer said. "The division is
pick, will lead an offense that must as good as it's ever been, and it will
find a quarterback to replace four- be close again. I'm about tired of go-
year starter Erik Ainge. Foster has ing to the SEC championship game
2,394 career rushing yards, 684 be- and not winning it."
hind the Vols' all-time leader, Travis
Henry. By Andy Gardiner
High school star DelleDonne
won't play basketball at UConn
By Dave Martin, AP
Spreading things out Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, left, will be working with quarterback Kodi Burns to
make the Eagles score more. Coach Tommy Tuberville says Burns isn't a natural passer, but fits in with this offense.
Usain Bolt had
time to look
back at his
foes as he ran
Hlto a world rec-
By II. DalieATODAY ord in the 100
Showing the colors: Jamaican Usain Bolt
takes a lap after winning in 9.69 seconds. meters, 10B
Phelps: Strokes of greatness
By Jack Gruber. USATODAY
Wading through: Michael Phelps makes his way past photographers after greeting family members to celebrate his record eighth Olympic gold medal, one better than Mark Spitz achieved in the 1972 Summer Games.
Johnson, Liukin get medals
on floor, have three each
By Marlen Garcia
BEIJING Michael Phelps capped a
history-making performance in the pool
and U.S. gymnasts Shawn Johnson and
Nastia Liukin each won their third Olym-
pic medals Sunday.
Phelps won his eighth gold medal of
the Beijing Games, the single greatest
Olympic performance ever. He also has
the most career golds of any Olympian
His final gold came'in the 4x100-
meter medley relay, his seventh world
record of the meet. On the podium, his
eyes welled up as they had all week as he
listened to the national anthem.
"I don't want to forget anything that
happened," Phelps said. "With getting
emotional like I was on the awards
stands, those are moments and experi-
ences that will live with me forever."
He probably won't forget the cele-
bration. President Bush, who saw Phelps
race in Beijing, told him in a congratula-
tory call Sunday, "If you can handle eight
gold medals, you can handle anything."
In women's gymnastics, Johnson won
her third silver with a runner-up finish
By Robert Hanashl io, USA TODAY
Another medal: Shawn Johnson
acknowledges the crowd after a silver
medal performance in floor exercise.
on floor exercise. Liukin, who became
the third American to be crowned all-
around champ Friday, won bronze.
Romania's Sandra lzbasa took the gold
RyClive Rose. Getty
Sister Act 2: Serena Williams and Venus Williams celebrate with shrieks and t
a bearhug after winning the tennis doubles gold. They also won in 2000 in Syd
by 0.15 against Johnson.
Johnson came to Beijing as a favorite
to win all-around, in which she won sil-
ver behind Liukin. She still has a shot at a
gold Tuesday on balance beam.
"When you train, you definitely train
for gold," Johnson said. "You don't say,
'Oh, I'm going to train for that silver
ifidal.' But, honestly, I don't care'about
scores. I don't care about placements.
just, ant to gout.andthit the bestroub
S.tine that I can." '...
Liukin is trying to win five medals.
Her best events are still ahead. Today,
she competes on uneven bars; Tuesday,
she joins Johnson on balance beam. She
and her teammates took silver in the
team finals last week.
"I have a collection now, which is real-
ly cool," Liukin said. "But I have a few
more finals, so hopefully I'll add to that
and at least tie my dad, if not break his
record." Her father and coach, Valeri,
won four medals for the Soviet Union in
the 1988 Seoul Games.
On a day in which Americans earned
11 medals, including three gold:
0> Sisters Venus and Serena Williams
won their second tennis doubles gold,
defeating Spain's Anabel Medina Gar-
rigues and Virginia. Ruano Pascual 6-2,
6-0. They also won in 2000.
I The women's eights won a rowing
gold for the first time since 1984.
> Dara Torres, 41, earned silvers in
the 50 freestyle and 4x100 medley relay,
Y .ma1"g giving her 12 medals for her career.
then > Monica Abbott pitched a five-in-
ney. ning perfect game as the U.S. softball
team defeated the Netherlands 8-0.
Contributing: Vicki Michaelis and The
At olympics.usatoday.com Medals table
USA TODAY's Christine Bren-,
nan provides an audio-visual es-
say of Michael Phelps' quest for
eight gold medals in the Beijing
Games, as well as a recap of each
race. Listen to her narrative and
see the images of Phelps' special
run in the Olympics in our Sights
and Sounds. Plus:
> Get continuous updates of the
events with our Going for Gold blog
> Check out the action in pictures by day and
by sport in our photo gallery
> Ask a question or get an answer in our
Ever Wonder graphics, which explain the nuances
of some of the events
Through Sunday's 36 medal events
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 19 21 25 65
China 35 13 13 61
Russia 7 12 12 31
Australia 8 10 11 29
Britain 11 6 8 25
France 4 9 12 25
South Korea 8 9 5 22
Germany 9 6 6 21
Japan 8 5 7 20
Italy 6 6 6 18
Ukraine 5 3 6 14
Netherlands 2 4 4 10
Belarus 0 3 7 10
Romania 4 1 3 8
Cuba 1 3 4 8
Kazakhstan 1 3 4 8
Canada 2 1 4 7
Spain 3 2 1 6
Poland 2 3 1 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Iv Ic Gay. AP
Medal round next
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routs New Zealand by 36 points, 11 B
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By Stev Wieberg O
First gold to ... Czech Republic
The schedule just happened to award the
Games' first gold in an event in which China
looked like a lock women's rifle. But.the Czech
Republic's Katy Emmons, wife of American
shooter Matt Emmons, was perfect in qualifying
and won the event, tying a world record. Chinese
favorite Du Li, who won rifle in 2004, finished
fifth and acknowledged the "pressure of compet-
ing at home."
Fencing sweep: Red, white and blue
Four years after
winning the USA's
first fencing gold in a
century, Mariel Zagu-
nis led a 1-2-3 U.S.
sweep in women's
sabre. Silver went to
Sada Jacobson and
bronze to Becca
Ward. The USA pulled
come surprise five
days later, managing
only a bronze in the
By DanielJ.Powers.USA TODAY
Zagunis: Repeat gold. Hamim-less
With twin pillars Paul and Morgan out because
of injuries, alternates Raj Bhavsar and Sasha Arte-
mev came in and helped the USA to a men's
gymnastics team bronze with Artemev nerve-
lessly nailing a final-rotation pommel horse rou-
tine to close it out.
Backstroke silver for Soni
U.S. swimming also went to its bench with
similar success. Rebecca Soni, filling in for Jessica
Hardy (who tested positive for clenbuterol in the
U.S. trials), took silver in the women's 1q00-meter
Bye-bye, Federer, Venus and Serena
A much-anticipated, reprise-of-Wimbkdon
tennis final matching Roger Federer and lafael
Nadal went poof with Federer's straight-ses loss
to American James Blake in the men's qurterfi-
nals. Not long afterward, the William.sisters
were bounced in the women's quarternals. To
the credit of all three, they came back tevin golb
in doubles' -: an elated Federer witStanislI
Wawrinka, and the Williamses repting thdr
victory from Sydney eight years earFl
She and Natalie Coughlirvere the closest
thing U.S. women's swimnrrs had to Michael
Phelps, qualifying in six evwS apiece. Coughlin
came away with six meda4loff three a silver
and two bronzes. Her scrue, Hoff said, was
"definitely a lot tougher tP I thought it was go-
ing to be."
Nine came to BeijinlY two survived into
the quarterfinals, andst one heavyweight
Deontay Wilder wight in the semifinals.
A 1-2-3 finish waanceivable. But two-time
Olympic silver mecst Adam Nelson fouled on
all three of his atteits. Last year's world cham-
pion, Reese Hoffa, ed on his last two and fin-
ished seventh. Total medal take was Chris-
tian Cantwell's sila "Inexcusable," Nelson said.
The reigning ld 100-meter champion kept
saying his left mstring was OK But a 1-
month interrunF in training appeared to take
its toll in Gay'emifinal, in which he finished
fifth and failed qualify for what turned out to
be a memoralfinal. "I may have needed more
races, but I I't really have any excuses," he
said. "I just dft make it."
The next licee
The emertce of Taylor Phinney, the 18-year-
old son of 14 Olympic cycling medalists Con-
nie CarperrPhinney and Davis Phinney, had
raised hope could resurrect the U.S. profile of
a sport theas dimmed since the retirement of
Lance Anrfong in 2005. But he proved merely
young anaortal, finishing eighth in the men's
4,000-me track individual pursuit.
Matt nmons appeared to weather one
squand4 gold medal nicely. A second, in the
same eit four years later, might eat at him a lit-
tle mofhe U.S. marksman, who hit the wrong
target :h his final shot in Athens, prematurely
pulled& trigger while lining up his last shot in
the rr's three-position rifle Sunday. He went
from ommanding first place to a final fourth
and v go home with only a silver that he won
in throne event two days earlier.
Tie were the first in the 112-year history of
themmer Games to sell out. Tickets distrib-
ute6.8 million. But as the first week unfolded,
locorganizers scrambled to explain rafts of
enY seats at various venues. Acknowledging
thio-shows, officials took to dispatching yel-
loshirted volunteers as "cheerleaders" and
ofed up access to the broad Olympic Green
tiencompasses the stadium, swimming's Wa-
tCube and other competition sites and Olym-
It was dramatic. ilesmerizing. Utterly unforgettable. And that was
just the openiniceremony 10 days ago, setting an appropriate stage
for what Michae Phelps, Nastia Liukin, Usain Bolt and a succession of
Chinese stars deVered in the pool and on the playing fields and courts
in the first fu week of competition in the Beijing Games. We
review the high and lows, stars and surprises and the smaller, spirit of
the Games moments through Sunday.
By Roheit IHanashiro, USA TODAY
Lifting her team: Chen Xiexia of China earned a gold medal in the women's 48kg competition, one
of eight golds for the host country's men and women through 13 weightlifting events.
U.S. men's swimmers
Had Michael Phelps broken
away as his own country (and
taken a handful of relay team-
mates with him), he would rank
second in the team gold medal
count only to China. But there
was good U.S. depth behind
him, accounting for two more
world-record golds and 11
more medals overall. By the
time the 400-meter medley re-
lay was in the books Sunday,
the USA had piled up 57 medals
across the board, and this
bunch was responsible for near-
ly a third of them.
Four synchronized golds in
hand, four more on springboard
and platform in the offing. The
sweep, if diva Guo Jingjing and
her Chinese teammates pull it
off, would be the sport's first in
an Olympics since the USA did it
in 1952, when there were only
They can more than double
the five medals they won in
both Sydney and Athens, col-
lecting eight golds and a silver
through the first 13 completed
men's and women's events.
Chinese men's gymnasts
They didn't merely win. They
took the team gold by the big-
gest margin (7.25 points) in a
non-boycotted Games since
1972. Yang Wei's 2.6-point run-
away in the all-around was the
biggest since 1932.
The Olympic winning streak
is now 20, with no end in sight.
Opponents are batting .039 and
have a third as many hits (four
against U.S. pitchers Cat Oster-
Pedal mettle: Rebecca Romero won the women's individual pur-
suit Sunday, adding to Britain's medal haul in cycling.
man, Jennie Finch and Monica
Abbott) as the Americans have
home runs (12). Aggregate
Chinese table tennis
It's the national sport and,
with the world's two top-
ranked men and two top-
ranked women playing for the
home team, only a gold sweep
will do. Sunday's women's dou-
bles win was the expected
British track cyclists
With Sunday's 1-2 finish in
the women's individual pursuit,
they are four-golds-for-five in
the Laoshan Velodrome. To that,
add two silver medals and two
U.S. basketball teams
The men's closest game? A
win by 21. The women's? Sun-
day's 36-point rout of New Zea-
land. They're shooting a com-
bined 56% from the field,
forcing 24 turnovers a game
and blocking an average of 4V2
shots. Yeah, the guys still have
something to prove after the
last Olympics and world cham-
pionships, but they're getting
their point across. "Everybody
knows that they're for real and
they're very serious about this,"
Spain's Pau Gasol said after the
2007 world champion went
They left the Water Cube
with six golds, four world rec-
ords and 12 medals. Striking
Stephanie Rice turned in a de-
cent Phelps impression: three
golds, three world records.
Lezak's anchor leg
The USA's 4x100-meter freestyle relay and
most notably, Michael Phelps needed nothing
less than the fastest leg ever in the event to
overtake France's Alain Bernard. Jason Lezak
swam it, beating Bernard by a dramatic finger-
tip. The margin: eight-hundredths of a second.
Only two U.S. women's gymnasts, Mary Lou
Retton and Carly Patterson, had won Olympic
all-around gold. Never had the Americans taken
the top two spots. After a disappointing silver in
the team final, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson
came back with an impressive 1-2 finish. A nice
moment: the two slapping hands as Liukin left
the floor exercise mat and Johnson walked on
during the decisive final rotation.
Tensions between their countries spilled onto
the battlefield, but Russian and Georgian ath-
letes were models of detente. Shooters Natalia
Paderina of Russia and Nino Salukvadze of Geor-
gia shared an embrace on the medals podium
after winning a respective silver and bronze in
women's 10-meter air pistol. In judo, besides
exchanging ceremonial (and required) judo
bows after their 198-pound semifinal match,
Georgia's Irakli Tsirekidze and Russia's Ivan Per-
shin of Russia also shook hands. The Georgian
won and went on to gold. No matter the fighting
back home, he said, he and Pershin are friends.
That Phelps fellow
There is no earthly explanation for the only
Olympian to win eight golds in a Games, for a
swimmer who shaved or helped shave al-
most 13 seconds off seven world records. So Cor-
nel Marculescu, who heads swimming's interna-
tional federation, offered this: "We have an
His and Phelps' brilliant arcs crossed briefly,
Bolt running an otherworldly 9.69-second 100
meters in between Phelps' historic seventh and
eighth wins. Phelps made swimming sexy. But:
the Beijing stage now belongs to the Jamaican,
with the 200 and the 4x100 relay to come.
By Robert Hanashiro, USATODAY
Golden week: Yang Wei competes in parallel
bars in the men's individual all-around.
Basketball's Yao Ming towers over these Olym-
pics, and the eyes of the host nation will be on
hurdler Liu Xiang on Thursday. But 28-year-old
Yang Wei's double-gold performance in gymnas-
tics made his a Chinese face of the Games, as
well. His all-around win was China's second, fol-
lowing Li Xiaoshuang's by 12 years.
The 18-year-old seemed cast in a supporting
role. Teammate Shawn Johnson was women's
gymnastics' all-around world champion and
Olympic favorite. But the lithe, elegant, not-
quite-like-Mary-Lou Liukin came up big in the
all-around, beating Johnson by six-tenths of a
point. Liukin came out of the same gym World
Olympics Gymnastics Academy in Piano, Texas,
part owned by her father, Valeri as 2004 all-
around gold medalist Carly Patterson.
U.S. men's volleyball team
Staggered at the start of the Games by a stab-
bing that left the father-in-law of coach Hugh
McCutcheon dead and his mother-in-law criti-
cally wounded, the Americans resolutely won
three games without McCutcheon. Upon his re-
turn, they beat China in three sets to complete a
4-0 run to the quarterfinals.
Must see TV
Today's marquee events (times Eastern):
Tracking gold: The USA could sweep the men's
400-meter hurdles. (NBC, 8 p.m. to midnight)
Pole positioned: Small-college basketball star-
turned-pole vaulter Jenn Stuczynski of the
USA challenges Yelena Isinbayeva, the Russian
world recordholder. (NBC, 8 p.m. to midnight)
Nastia's back: The USA's. Nastia Liukin, with a
gymnastics all-around gold, team silver and
floor exercise bronze in hand, competes in the
women's uneven bars final. (NBC, 8 p.m. to
Taking a dive: The Chinese are overwhelming
favorites, but Americans Troy Dumais and
Chris Colwell take long-shot medal hopes into
the men's springboard diving competition.
(NBC, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
il Olympics.usatoday.com: News on major
events at the Going for Gold blog, instant results
8B MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008 USA TODAY
By Eileen Blass, USA TODAY
Raining gold: Michael Phelps creates waterworks after tying Mark Spitz's record with his seventh gold in a single Olympics. It was his closest call of the Gamesby a hundredth of a second in the 100 butterfly.
A Phelps surfaces
Olympic feats few and far between
BEIJING One of the reasons
we fall in love with Olympic ath-
letes is that they never overstay
their welcome. They drop into
our lives for two weeks every
four years, then they drop right
out again. They don't
play a 162-game
schedule. Their sea-
son doesn't stretch
from September until
early February. They
don't go on strike.
They rarely complain
about their contracts
(if they even have
Basically, they show Comment
up, compete for a few By Christin
days, then leave. Of-
ten, we never see them again,
and, for the most part, that's just
fine with us.
So what, then, do we make of
the future of Michael Phelps? He
has been such a part of the lives
of so many Americans for. the
past week that we almost can't
let him go. Yet we must, because
the Water Cube has gone dark, at
least for swimming, and Phelps
will leave Beijing on Thursday to
head home to Leno, Letterman,
and then ... what, exactly?
Some lucrative corporate ap-
pearances, certainly. Commer-
cials? Absolutely. A parade
through Baltimore? Guaranteed.
But because Phelps swims, the
vast majority of the people who
planned their nightly schedules
around his races for the past
week will not see him compete
for another four years, until the
2012 London Olympics, which
Phelps says he plans to attend.
There. is no pro swimming
league, no Baltimore Backstrok-
ers against the Fort Lauderdale
Freestylers. And no one is clam-
oring for someone to start such
an enterprise. College and pro
football are just around the cor-
ner, while baseball enters the fi-
nal weeks of its playoff races.
Swimming? It will fall off the
radar screen almost as quickly as
it appeared a little more than a
week ago. There are next year's
national championships, and the
worlds, but those events often
,aren't televised, even with
Phelps in them and he plans to
be at both next year. And if they
are televised, the ratings will be
paltry, simply because it's not the
These truths, however, do not
diminish anything Phelps accom-
plished over the nine magical
days of Olympic swimming. If
anything, they enhance what
Most professional athletes get
a chance .to reach their sport's
greatest heights once every 52
like Phelps are on
the 208-week plan.
What they achieve
becomes more mem-
orable because they
waited so long to
"I wanted to make
sure I took every sin-
gle moment in,"
ary Phelps said, and he
e Brennan meant it, from the
card games with his
Olympic Village roommates to all
eight visits to the medal stand. "I
don't want to forget anything that
If he did this every year, he'd
never think like that.
Phelps already is a multimil-
lionaire, and there are no limits
for him as an all-American pitch-
man, if he wants to do that. But
there's a little bit of Eric Heiden in
Michael Phelps. You remember
Heiden? He won five speedskat-
ing gold medals at the 1980 Lake
Placid Olympics, then eschewed
all endorsements to go to med-
Phelps isn't 'doing that. He cer-
tainly isn't saying no to everyone
not even close but when
asked what he looked forward to
now that his races were over, he
didn't speak of Disney World or
TV shows or photo shoots. No, he
talked about literally sitting
down and "not moving," about
spending time with his mother,
his two sisters and his good
High-maintenance, this man
Yet for as much as he is looking
forward to putting up his feet,
he'll miss this. And we will miss
him. So let's put his perfor-
mances on a shelf with the great-
est things we will ever remember
about sports, and let's make sure
they remain there, a lovely mem-
ory, to be cherished forever.
And one other thing: His
pledge to compete in London in
Let's hold him to that one.
o Christine Brennan provides
commentary on Michael Phelps'
path to eight gold medals in
Sights and Sounds at
By Elleen Bla'ss. USATODAY
Family celebratioifter the USA's 4x100 med-
ley relay win Sunday abled him to break Mark
Spitz's record for golaedals in a single Olympics,
Phelps made his way tough the stands at the
Water Cube to greet fai members.
Team effort Three of Phelps'
gold medals came in relays,
where he put nearly as much ef-
fort into cheerleading as he did
into his swims. From left, Ricky
Berens, Ryan Lochte and Phelps
whoop it up after anchor Peter
Vanderkaay completed the vic-
tory in Wednesday's 4x200 free-
style relay, giving Phelps his fifth
gold medal in Beijing.
Great walt Passersby ir>ijing
found it hard to miss a gi mu-
ral of Phelps on the side <
building on the Olympic (en.
By the end of the swimm.
competition, Phelps had g. a
long way toward building -rg-
[IV Jack I .ibel, USA FODAY
USA TODAY. MONDAY, AUGUST 18,2008 -9B
By Jeff Swinger. USA TODAY
Golden eight: From left to right, Erin Cafaro, Lindsay Shoop, Anna Goodale, Elle Logan, Anna Cummins, Susan Francia, Caroline Lind, Caryn Davies and Mary Whipple celebrate by showing off their gold medals.
U.S. women show mettle with eights gold
Team adds silver in
single scull; men's
eight wins bronze
By Janice Lloyd
BEIXIAOYING TOWN Coxswain Ma-
ry Whipple kept saying "trust and be-
lieve" to her team Sunday as they blitzed
the field from start to finish en route to
winning the U.S. women's eights first
Olympic gold medal in a non-boycotted
The USA pulled ahead by nearly a boat
length and finished in 6:05.34, denying
the Romanians their fourth consecutive
Olympic gold. The Netherlands won sil-
ver (6:07.22). Romania settled for
Whipple, one of three re-
turning members of the 2004
Olympic silver medal-winning
team, steers and coaches the
team as they race the 2,000-
meter course. She had a quick
answer why they raced in a
boat that has the name "Hunt- Row
er" emblazoned on the side
rather than "Hunted."
After all, they are back-to-back world
"No, we are hunting that finish line all
the way," she said, adding she and team-
mate Anna Cummins first raced in the
Hunter at the University of Washington
as sophomores and like to row in it be-
cause it brings them success.
Cummins of Bellevue, Wash., and Ca-
ryn Davies of Ithaca, N.Y., also returned
from 2004. Davies, the stroke
~ who sets the pace, sits directly
in front of Whipple.
"We make a great team," Da-
vies said. "I love seeing her in
front of me. In the last 500, 1
just remember thinking, 'Look
Wing at Mary, trust her.'"
Whipple, from Sacramento,
told her she had about 10 more strokes
to the finish and to keep the strokes long.
"I wasn't actually sure I was going to
make the last 10, but we did," Davies
She had reason to be tired. Their last
500 was more than a full second faster
than their third split.
Davies added that Whipple told them
at 1,000 meters to win this one for the
1984 team, which won the USA's only
other women's eights gold. The current
team gathered in Princeton, NJ., where
they train, to watch the 1984 race at
Whipple's home before leaving for Chi-
na. That team also beat Romania.
"In that race, they drove to the line,"
Whipple said. "There was never any
question in that race. They were just go-
ing. That's what we envisioned."
Completing the team: Caroline Lind
(Greensboro, N.C.), Susan Francia (Ab-
ington, Pa.), Elle Logan (Boothbay Har-
bor, Maine), Anna Goodale (Camden,
Maine), Lindsay Shoop (Charlottesville,
Va.) and Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif.).
Coach Tom Terhaar said beating the
Romanians "was fantastic. Pretty incred-
ible." When asked how concerned he
was in the last 250 meters when the
Dutch were surging, he said, "Not at all."
Several team members, standing be-
side their coach, heard him and shouted
together, "Not concerned at all."
In the men's eights Sunday, the USA
took bronze, the third U.S. rowing medal
here. Returning from the defending
Olympic champion team: Bryan Volpen-
hein (Cincinnati), Wyatt Allen (Portland,
Maine) and Beau Hoopman (Plymouth,
Wis.). New to the team: Josh Inman
(Hillsboro, Ore.), Steven Coppola (Buffa-
lo), Dan Walsh (Norwalk, Conn.), Micah
Boyd (St. Paul) and Matt Schnobrich
Saturday, Michelle Guerette of Bristol,
Conn., won silver in single sculls, the first
U.S. medal in the event in 20 years.
Williams sisters doubly tough
They crusWSpaniards in final; 7
Nadal, Dementieva win gold
By Sal Ruibal win it with Serena I mean, we -. .; : ....' -ti
USATODAY arepractically joined at the hip." ':.-i
Between every point, they put 11 ^ .- Ph ft
BEIJING The Williams sisters their heads together and -
took their brand of shock-and- sometimes to the dismay of their
awe doubles tennis to the Olym- opponents discussed strategy
pics and won their second joint while the Spanish server waited
gold medal. for their meeting to adjourn.
Venus and Serena crushed "We were really focused from
Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues the very first point," Serena said.
and Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, "We wanted to win and we knew
6-0 Sunday with booming serves this was a really tough tourna-
and high-velocity volleys that ment, but we never gave up."
had the diminutive Spaniards -
as well as the ball boys and lines- He's No. 1: Rafael Nadal didn't
men ducking for cover, have to win an Olympic gold
Twice, Serena hit overhead medal to grab the No. 1 ranking
smashes that ricocheted high in- in men's tennis today, but he did
to the stands. it anyway, beating Fernando Gon-
The Williams sisters won dou- zalez of Chile in Sunday's men's
bles gold in Sydney in 2000, singles final 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.
when Venus won the women's Nadal was already assured of
singles gold. They didn't play ascending to No. 1 for the first
doubles together in 2004 be- time, ending Roger Federer's
cause Serena was injured. She reign after 237 weeks. To reach
lost in the third round in that level, Nadal won 38
singles. This year both of his last 39 matches,
lost in the quarterfinals: including victories
Venus to Li Na of China, against Federer in the
and Serena to eventual French Open and Wim-
gold winner Elena De- bledon finals. He also
mentieva of Russia. had to overcome an odd
Venus emphasized Tennis Olympic jinx: Nadal is
that success as a family the first top-five man to
is sweeter, especially when that win the gold.
family has now won all 10 of its Also, Dementieva topped fel-
Olympic doubles matches. low Russian Dinara Safina 3-6,
"The Olympics is truly about 7-5, 6-3, ending Safina's 15-
participation but also about your match winning streak, to earn
moment in time," she said. "To- the gold in women's singles. Rus-
day my moment in time was sia's Vera Zvonareva beat Li 6-0,
with my sister, who I love almost 7-5 to win bronze.
more than anyone in the world.
... It does mean more for me to Contributing: Wire reports
By Ch.rl ." I( lpa. AP
Twice as nice: Serena, top, and Venus Williams react after their win
against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual.
Beaten by sliver, Torres content with 3 silvers, accolades
By Mike Dodd
BEIJING Dara Torres fell a fin-
gernail short of her ultimate goal
Sunday (Saturday ET), but she'll
leave China with three Olympic
silver medals and an inspirational
message for legions of women.
Torres, a 41-year-old mom and
the oldest female swimmer in
Olympic history, capped her re-
markable comeback by winning
two silver medals on the final day
of the Olympic swimming meet
- missing gold by a hundredth of
a second in the 50-meter free-
style and anchoring the 4x100
medley relay to a second-place
finish to Australia about 35 min-
"Maybe I shouldn't have filed
my nails last night," Torres joked
after being touched out by Ger-
ond in the
and an American record. who finished sixth in the 50 free-
The double-medal day also style. "She actually was talking
gave the five-time Olympian 12 about childbirth in the ready
in her career, tying her room."
with Jenny Thompson \ Her conclusion? "She
as the most-decorated thought swimming is
female U.S. Olympian. tough, but she said
I "The thing that's most childbirth is harder,"
rewarding here is what Joyce said.
can be learned about Added Natalie Cough-
what I've done," Torres lin, whose six medals
said. "You don't have to Swimming tied an Olympic swim-
k *, put an age limit on your ming record for women
dreams. I'm hoping that people in one Games: "She's done a fan-
out there that may have thought tastic job proving that ... wom-
they were too old to do certain en can have children and still
ByJackGruber.USATODAY things can realize they're not." compete at a high level."
Dara Torres, 41, was Torres became the oldest Torres said she had no plans to
a hundredth of a sec- swimming medalist when she compete any longer and looks
e 50-meter freestyle. won silver in the 4x1 00 freestyle forward to taking her 2-year-old
relay earlier in the meet. daughter to school next week.
ritta Steffen, who set an "She's truly remarkable. She Is there a chance she'd launch a
record in 24.06 seconds, gives me hope for another 20 third comeback? "No," she said.
4.07 was her best time years," said Kara Lynn Joyce, 22, "I said that in 2000, but no."
ByCarlos Barria, Reuters
Moving up: Xue Chen, above, and Zhang Xi of China advanced to the
semifinals by beating Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh of the USA.
remain perfect pair
Brazil, China duos
stand in their way
By David Leon Moore
BEIJING The biggest scare for
beach volleyball superstars Kerri
Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in
their march to the Olympic semi-
finals might have come after their
quarterfinal victory Sunday
against Brazilians Larissa Franca
and Ana Paula Connelly.
Each of the four players was
asked by Olympic officials to
autograph a volleyball and hit or
throw it into the 12,200-seat sta-
dium at Chaoyang Park.
Walsh reared back and threw
the ball with all her might into
the upper reaches of the stadium.
It was probably one of
the hardest arm swings
Walsh, who has been
nursing a sore shoulder
s vice having surgery to
repair a torn rotator cuff
in November, has made
since arriving in Beijing.
"I threw it up there, Vle
then I thought, 'Oh my
gosh, what am I doing?'" Walsh
What she is doing, as usual, is
winning. Walsh, 30, who lives in
Hermosa Beach, Calif., and May-
Treanor, 31, from Long Beach,
had little trouble defeating the
Brazilians in straight sets.
The updated streaks for the
> Five consecutive wins in
> Twelve consecutive Olympic
wins, including 7-0 en route to
their 2004 title in Athens.
> 106 consecutive match vic-
tories, dating to Aug. 19, 2007.
So when they take the court in
a semifinal Tuesday against an-
other Brazilian pair, Renata Ribei-
ro and Talita Antunes, it will be
one year to the day since they last
lost in the final of the AVP tour-
nament in Boston to Elaine
Youngs and Nicole Branagh.
Youngs and Branagh, the No. 2
American team in Beijing, fell in
the quarterfinals Sunday to a
team that just might be the fu-
ture of international beach vol-
leyball China's Xue Chen and
Xue, 19, a 6-3 blocker who is
playing well beyond her age, and
Zhang, 23, a 6-footer who is an
amazingly agile defensive player
for her size, beat Youngs and Bra-
nagh for the fifth consecutive
time, the third time this year.
"It's been very difficult for us to
play against them," said Youngs,
38, a bronze medalist in 2004
with Holly McPeak.
Xue and Zhang will play in the
other semifinal against
another Chinese team,
Tian Jia and Wang Jie,
who defeated Aus-
tralihns Natalie Cook
and Tamsin Barnett.
China vs. China at
"Beijing Beach" should
yballl be quite a show.
And so should Thurs-
day's final, which will include one
Chinese team and probably
Walsh and May-Treanor.
"I think they can win the gold,"
Youngs said of Xue and Zhang. "If
they play Kerri and Misty, you
have to pick Kerri and Misty. But
it won't be a walk in the park."
Cook sees the Americans
"But you throw in some factors
Kerri's shoulder, the home
crowd, a 19-year-old who shows
no fear and you have a recipe
for a great final," Cook said.
That is if Walsh can refrain
from throwing more balls into
the upper deck.
> See Walsh and Todd Rogers
blog at olympics.usatoday.com
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10B. MONDAY, AUGUST 18,2008 USA TODAY
By Jack Gruber. USA TODAY
Running down a dream: Usain Bolt, center, begins celebrating just past the halfway point of the men's 100-meter final in which he set a new world record with his time of 9.69 seconds Saturday.
Bolt strikes again: How low can he go?
Jamaican sensation lowers
100 record; 200 up next
By Dick Patrick
BEIJING He flaunted his
superiority, during the rounds
and even during Saturday's 100-
Usain Bolt of Jamaica toyed
with the Olympic field. Not once
during his four races did he have
to run hard to the finish line. His
winning margin of two-tenths of
a second in the final was the larg-
est in the Olympics since Carl
Lewis' 0.20 margin in 1984.
After Bolt broke his world rec-
ord of 9.72 with a 9.69, there
were two main questions.
> What would he have pro-
duced had he not slowed to cele-
brate in the last 25 meters, look-
ing to his left and right, thumping
his chest, raising his arm and
turning backward to view the
"It looked like he could have
gone 9.54 seemingly," said Trini-
dad and Tobago's Marc Burns,
who was seventh
"It had to cost him
some," said Tyson Gay,
who is No. 3 all time'
but didn't make the fi-
nal in his first compe-
tition since a ham-
string injury six weeks ago.
"Maybe he could have (gone)
. 0.60 low or some say (0.59). It's
> How low can Bolt go in the
200 (today through Wednesday),
his favorite event?
"That's what I want to know, as
well," said Trinidad and Toaba-
go's Richard Thompson, second
in the 100 (9.89). "It's going to be
interesting. I'm waiting just as
much as you to see."
Bolt expected to run
the 4x100 arid possibly
the 4x400 made it
clear Saturday that he's
not here for records. He
Field said Michael Johnson's
200 record of 19.32, set
in the 1996 Olympics, is not on
his mind: "I'm not worried about
world records. I have a lot more
time to think about that. Right
now my main aim is just to win."
In Johnson's record run, he ran
the first 100 in 10.12 and came
home in 9.20.
Bolt has superior 100 speed to
Johnson, who had the superior
endurance he still holds the
world record in the 400 (43.18).
"I think (Bolt's) definitely capa-
ble of running 19.5," said Gay,
second fastest in history in the
200 (19.62) but not in the event
because his injury in the U.S.
trials forced him out of the event.
"If he runs 9-something on
curve? He's a strong guy, tall it
looks like he would be capable of
breaking the record if it's the
If the record goes, Johnson
won't be surprised. "I've already
kissed it goodbye if he keeps
running like this," Johnson said.
"And that was before the 9.69."
NBC analyst Ato Boldon, a four-
time Olympic sprint medalist, al-
so thinks it's possible: "It's not
the 10.12 part (that's difficult).
It's the 9.20 part. He'll probably
run sub-10 off the turn. If that's
the case, he conservatively can
run in the 19.2s."
Bolt has broken the mold for
sprinters. He's 6-5, previously
considered too tall to be a great
"His surge is incredible," said
Thompson, who had an interest-
ing view of the final. He realized
he had second, yet Bolt was
2 meters ahead of him: "I could
see him slowing down, and I'm
still pumping to the line. He's a
phenomenal athlete, and I don't
think there's any way anyone
would have beaten him."
It could be more of the same in
Lagat out of 1,500, focuses on 5,000
By Dick Patrick and Andy Gardiner
Bernard Lagat got the bad news when
talking to news reporters after Sunday's
1,500-meter semifinals. The two-time
medalist for Kenya, who became a U.S.
citizen in 2004, missed a berth in Tues-
day's 1,500 final.
The 2007 world champion in the 1,500
and 5,000 will not become the first man
to earn three Olympic medals in the
1,500, be the oldest winner at 33 or the
first U.S. winner since 1908.
Lopez Lomong, the U.S. flag-bearer in
the opening ceremony, and NCAA champ
Leonel Manzano also were eliminated,
both finishing last in their semifinal heats.
Lagat finished sixth in his semifinal,
one spot out of an automatic final berth.
He was edged out for a spot that goes to
the two fastest non-automatic qualifiers,
finishing in 3 minutes, 37.79 seconds.
"I wasn't as flat as last time," Lagat said
of the first round, "but I thought I'm going
to have to dig deep to get in.
"I am disappointed. I didn't let (family,
friends) down. If I was to say I let them
down, that means I didn't do my best. I
tried 100%. I hope they will understand."
Lagat still has the 5,000, with semi-
finals Wednesday and the final Saturday.
10,000 final Ethiopia's Kenenisa Be-
kele became only the sixth man to win
back-to-back gold medals in the 10,000,
and he did it by setting an Olympic record
By H. Darr Belser. USATODAY
Golden again: Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele celebrates his successful defense of his
Olympic 10,000-meter title Sunday.
Sunday night. Bekele won a battle down
the final stretch with countryman Sileshi
Sihine to finish in 27:01.17. Sihine took
silver in 27:02.77, and Micah Kogo of
Kenya won bronze in 27:04.11. Haile
Gebrselassie, the 1996 and 2000 champi-
on, finished sixth.
Conditions were ideal: The weather
was clear and breezy with temperatures
in the low 70s. The temperature wasn't
much different from earlier in the day,
when Romania's Constantina Tomescu-
Dita won the marathon in 2 hours, 26
minutes, 44 seconds.
Richards advances: Gold medal fa-
vorite Sanya Richards of the USA breezed
into Tuesday's final of the 400, winning
her heat in a semifinals-best time of
49.90. Americans DeeDee Trotter and
Mary Wineberg were eliminated.
Briefly: Liu Xiang, China's biggest track
star and the defending champion in the
110 hurdles, is still suffering pain from an
inflamed hamstring. Liu has been training
in seclusion for weeks amid questions
about his fitness. ... Deena Kastor, third
in the women's marathon in the 2004
Games and the U.S. recordholder,
dropped out at about 3 miles when she
"heard something pop in my (right) foot."
Kastor's manager, Ray Flynn, said X-rays
have confirmed the foot is broken.
Jamaicans sweep, leave
USA in 100-meter dust
By Dick Patrick
BEIJING While the U.S. women
were left in the blocks or struggled to
finish in the 100-meter final Sunday,
the Jamaicans were executing the
first sweep in event history in the
Shelly-Ann Fraser, second in the Ja-
maican trials, earned gold (10.78) and
Sherone Simpson (10.98) and Kerron
Stewart (10.98) finished in a dead
'heat for silver. Fraser's victory margin
was the same two-tenths of a sec-
ond as countryman Usain Bolt's a
"We made history," Simpson said,
"just like yesterday when Bolt set a
world (100) record. It was expected.
We went out there and did what was
expected of us."
The USA went 4-5-8: Lauryn Wil-
liams (11.03), the 2004 silver med-
alist, trials champ Muna Lee (11.07)
and Torri Edwards (11.20).
Edwards, in lane 6, appeared to
twitch in the blocks before the gun
was fired. The USA filed a protest that
a false start should have been called,
but it was rejected.
"I think I false-started," Edwards
said. "Then I kind of hesitated. That
was really a rookie mistake."
Lee, in lane 5, sensed Edwards'
movement and also hesitated, antici-
pating a restart. "I've never had a bad
start like that ever," Lee said. "I should
have just ran, like I've been taught.
That's my fault. I think I could have
run a (personal record). I feel great."
Lee gets a chance at revenge in the
By H. Darr Beser,. USA TODAY
No doubt: Shelly-Ann Frase;r, left,
wins the women's 100 meters in
10.78, leading a Jamaican sweep.
200, which starts Tuesday. Jamaica
has a strong contingent, led by de-
fending champ Veronica Campbell-
Brown, expected to battle for the gold
medal with the USA's Allyson Felix.
"I think maybe it's just time for
America to humble themselves," Wil-
liams said. "We're getting a pretty
good taste of what it's like to be at the
bottom, and it's going to make us
hungry to get back to the top.
"We definitely need something to
turn our morale around. We're look-
ing forward to the rest of the sprints."
Diving in and out of controversy, Guo still a splashy star
By Tom Weir
BEIJING There's an easy way
to remember the name of China's
most famous female face in the
Olympics. Guo Jingjing rhymes
with bling-bling, and she has
plenty of it.
Guo lad another shiny object
hung around her neck Sunday,
Tracking Team China
and it was her nation's most sig-
nificant medal awarded on the
day China surpassed its 2004 to-
tal of 32 gold medals.
Guo's victory in the 3-meter
springboard extended China's
hold on that event to six golds in
a row, and with 22-year-old Wu
Minxia taking bronze, China has
another star on the horizon.
Guo also became the most
decorated female diver in Olym-
pic history. She won her second
gold medal in Beijing, the fourth
of her career and the sixth medal
overall in an Olympic career that
began in 1996 in Atlanta. There,
her fifth-place finish in platform
diving at the age of 14 served no-
tice something special was hap-
pening in China.
But as China's coming-out par-
ty hits full stride, Guo also has set
a standard for celebrity in a na-
tion we've been led to believe
still celebrates selflessness. Guo
is the diva of diving, and one of
the first questions she was asked
at her news conference was
whether she was ready to recon-
cile with the Chinese news media
that reports her every move.
Guo made nice, saying,
"There's the freedom of opinions
and comments." Then she added,
"It doesn't matter what they say
... I won't be distracted."
In an unforgiving sport where
one angular entry into the water
or too much splash can end a
medal campaign, Guo has
weathered controversies that
could have pushed her off track.
In 2006, Guo went on state TV
to apologize and say, "I belong to
the country," after drawing criti-
cism for signing endorsement
deals with Coca-Cola, McDon-
aid's and Budweiser. In May,
many Chinese media outlets
spread a rumor that Guo was
A relationship with ex-China
diving champion Tian Lang re-
ceived tabloid treatment, partic-
ularly after he married someone
else. Lately, there have been
steady updates on her comings
and goings with the son of a Hong
Speaking through an interpret-
er, Guo indicated she could use a
little breathing room. "I suffered a
lot of frustrations," she said of the
four years between her Olympic
golds. "I have given a lot, and I
have suffered a lot."
Chinese reporters aren't the
only ones who can't take their
eyes off Guo.
U.S. diver Christina Loukas,
who finished ninth, admitted she
went against her sport's conven-
tional wisdom and watched Guo
during the finals.
"I did watch her," Loukas said.
"We're not supposed to, but I
couldn't help it."
That's understandable, consid-
Tuck rule: Guo Jingjing won the 3-meter springboard Sunday for her
second gold medal in Beijing and fourth of her Olympic career.
ering Guo's point total through
four rounds was better than Lou-
kas and the USA's eighth-place
finisher, Nancilea Foster, had after
It marked a comeback of sorts
for Guo, who in February was
chastised for being gruff after a
second-place World Cup finish
and also for saying one of her ri-
vals in Beijing would be Canada's
Blythe Hartley, whom she re-
ferred to as "fatty."
Hartley, who's 5-5 and 123
pounds, finished fourth Sunday
and said the comment "didn't
Hartley's coach, Mitch Geller,
looked on the brightest possible
side of the putdown. "I'm just
flattered she considers us one of
her competitors," he said.
Guo also had a last laugh on the
Chinese media, who have been
reporting she will retire, saying,
"I have not thought of retirement
yet, because I love diving."
Since that means they might
get to follow Guo for another four
years, that's a story they're glad
they got wrong.
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USA TODAY MONDAY, AUGUST 18,2008 11B
By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
Taking flight Nastia Liukin, shown competing in the individual i lor exercise Sunday, said winning the all-around title was "a little bit sweeter just knowing
I've been through some pretty big injuries and had some l n le or;." I I in c la bronze in the floor and competes today in uneven bars and balance beam.
Power, grace in proper balance
By Marlen Garcia
BEIJING Last year, U.S. women's
national team coordinator Martha Ka-
rolyi used the word "fragile" to de-
scribe gymnast Nastia Liukin.
It wasn't a slight but a reality. At the
time, Liukin was coming back from an
ankle injury that required surgery to
remove bone chips. Three years earli-
er, the slender Liukin suffered a stress
fracture in her back.
all for Liukin was adjusting to a
growth spurt. Five years ago, she was
4-6 and weighed 66 pounds. Now,
she's 5-3, tall for her sport.
Such physical changes are a big deal
in women's gymnastics. They alter
the way a gymnast tumbles and mess
with the mind.
Liukin, who turns 19 on Oct. 30,
got through all of it Friday to become
the Olympic all-around ciamp. Slhe
defeated teammate Sha\vi indinson
by six-tenths of a point.
Additionally, she won bronze in the
individual floor exercise Sunday, just
behind Johnson's silver. Slihe will try to
win uneven bars today and thle hal-
ance beam Tuesday.
"This makes it a little bit sweeter
just knowing I've been lhiouigl some
pretty big injuries ami had some
doubters," L.iukin .iiil. "i jii,. 1,td ,
me so much stronger, and it I1i ti, ni t
the person I am today.
"It's definitely been a long PI, i ney,
but every single m iimenl hias beein
For Liukin to reaCh tlhe pinnacle of
her sport, her father and coach, Valeri,
had to tweak her training often. "It
wasn't easy," lie said. "Slieo gew up
real quick. We had It i sli t evei
Her swings on llite uneven ai s le-
came relatively awkward, and she lost weight Liukin put in the tire.
some of her quickness for the takeoff That's one way Liukin made signifi-
on tumbling passes. cant strides on floor exercise, an ap-
Her father, an Olympic champion paratus for which power is vital. Her
for the Soviet Union-20 years father found a combination
ago, says he turned to a of tumbling passes that send
"very wise man" for guid- 7 her through the air like a
ance. That man, Edouard la- / bottle rocket. "Even on floor,
rov, was Liukin's Soviet we managed to find some in-
coach and now coaches Can- teresting stuff," he said.
ada's national team. V Still, she would never be
larov preached patience. as muscular and powerful as
"I told Valeri, 'Don't Johnson or other team-
rush,'" larov said. "'It hap- Gymnastics mates. Liukin doesn't have
pens with all girls. Today the force to pull off high-
they are small, tomorrow ...' If she level vaults as do Johnson and team-
grows very fast, she's probably notlso mate Alicia Sacramone.
strong physically. She'll have prob-. But she learned .to compensate,
leils with her health. He found the .with meticulous execution, especially
solution." on uneven bars and balance beam,.
Liukin toughened with extreme where her long legs accentuate her
workouts. For example, to build leaps and spins and turn her-into an
strength and speed, she would race artist. Her dad was counting on that to
down a straightaway in the gym gain favor with Olympic judges.
with a rope around her waist to pull a "It was exactly what I was hoping,"
car tire. That part of a workout was he said, "and it did work."
filmed fcr a commercial, which has
aired in the months leading up to the > Coach wonders about Johnson's
Games. What the commercial didn't scores; Mike Lopresti on Sacramone's
show was the 20 pounds of extra anguish, at olympics.usatodaycom
is own brother
By Vicki Michaelis
When Rosalie Reed's two sons qualified for the
Olympic triathlon, each for a different country, she
had a conundrum over how to express her loyalties.
She solved it when she found a flag that com-
bined the flags of the USA and New Zealand.
Matt Reed, the younger of her
sons, immediately wanted to ----
know which country was on top. .
Such is the competitiveness
that brought the Reed brothers
to Beijing. They'll race Tuesday
morning (tonight ET) in the
men's triathlon Matt, 32, for
the USA and Shane, 35, for New Triathlon
When Shane was nominated to New Zealand's
Olympic triathlon team in early April, he immedi-
ately called his brother to let him know. Matt knew
the pressure was on for him to make it as well. He
did, two weeks later, in the U.S. trials.
Their road to Beijing began when Shane started
swimming at 8. Matt started at the same time.
"I can't ever remember enjoying swimming,"
By Marc Piscotty for USA TODAY
Same sport, different country: World-class
triathletes and brothers Matt, left, and Shane Reed.
Matt says. "I just did what Shane did, really."
Shane showed so much promise in swimming
that when he was 11, the family moved to Australia,
where he would have access to better training and
competition. At 16, Shane competed in his first
triathlon, a sport that ultimately would lure him
away from swimming.
"I went and watched, and I thought it was a really
cool sport,'' says Matt, who competed in his first
triathlon on his 15th birthday.
In 2001, Matt met Kelly Rees, a former cross
country runner at Miami (Ohio). The two were
married in June 2003 and settled in Boulder, Colo.
Later that year, a USA Triathlon official approached
Matt about possibly joining the U.S. team.
"I don't think I had a lot of pride racing for New
Zealand because I didn't live there," he says.
He was sworn in as a U.S. citizen last year. "I feel
this is my home now and I feel like this is where I'm
going to raise my family," the father of two says.
Shane raced for Australia when he first began in
triathljon. But he soon realized Austtalia's depth in
the sport was a hindrance. In 1997, he was ranked
fourth in the world but didn't make the Aussies'
world championship team.
That's when he began racing for his native New
The brothers rarely find themselves competing
head-to-head in the last few meters, but those who
know them well have teased them about how the
Olympic race could end. "Everyone jokes that if it
comes to a sprint finish, it would be the most cut-
throat, unbelievable sprint finish ever," Kelly says.
Women cruise into
quarters vs. S. Korea
By Erik Brady
BEIJING South Korea coach Jung Duk
Hwa didn't sound much like a coach. Maybe
something was lost in translation.
"I don't think we can
win," he said. "I just want a
good game." /
He was talking about
Team USA, the goliath of
the women's tournament. .
The USA walloped New -.4.
Zealand 96-60 Sunday, im-
proving the Americans' Women's
record to 5-0 in pool play. basketball
Next up is the medal
round, where the USA
plays South Korea in Tuesday's quarterfinals.
Then, if form holds, the USA would play old
rival Russia with new rival Becky Ham-
mon, South Dakota's Rapid City Russian in
Thursday's semifinals. Win that, and chances
are Australia will be waiting in Saturday's
game for gold.
"I'm really not thinking about Russia," U.S.
coach Anne Donovan said. "Australia is in the
back of my mind because they're playing
really well. But there's really only one team in
our mind, and that's South Korea right now."
The USA was very much on the minds of
Australia and Russia on Sunday.
Australia overcame a 12-point halftime
deficit to beat Russia 75-55, relegating the
Russians to that probable semifinal meeting
with the USA.
"America being who they are ... there
was a lot riding on this game," Aussie star
Lauren Jackson said.
"We were both trying to avoid meeting
(the USA) too early," Hammon said.
"From where I sit, if any other team in this
tournament has a crack at the U.S. and can
beat them, I'm sure it can be the Russians,"
Aussie coach Jan Stirling said.
She sure hopes so. Russia beat the USA in
the semifinals of the 2006 world champi-
onship and Australia beat Russia in the final.
How will the USA adjust strategy in the
depth buries foes
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rled over Lisa Wallbutton and New Zealand
pool play by an average of 43 points.
said forward Tamika Catchings, who has
played professionally in South Korea.
"I played over in South Korea four years,"
she said. "Some of their players I actually
played with. So I'm looking forward to play-
ing against them."
The USA has won 30 consecutive games in
the Olympics, dating to the bronze medal
game in 1992. The USA's all-time Olympic
record is 47-3. Six of those victories have
come at the expense of South Korea, which
clinched a spot in the medal round with Sun-
day's 72-68 win against Latvia.
South Korean center Sin Jungja sounded
braver than her coach. "We will not be intimi-
dated," she said. "We will do our best."
"They'll be a good challenge," Donovan
said. "They have nothing to lose."
By Kelly Whiteside
BEIJING Once the question is
posed to Dwyane Wade When
was the last time you were a sixth
man? he pauses for a moment,
as his mind wanders back to his
early days of first bouncing an or-
Finally, he says 2006, meaning
the only time
Men's Wade has ever
basketball come off the
bench in his
hoops life is
with the "Redeem Team."
"That was the first time," he
says. "1I don't want to get used to
it, but I kind of enjoy it. I don't
look at it as the sixth man. When I
come in, Chris (Paul) comes in
and the other Chris (Bosh) comes
in, so we're like the three man."
The "three man" is one of the
major reasons the USA is rolling
over foes with varsity vs. junior
varsity ease. Their average victory
margin in four games is 28 points.
Their defense has excelled, forc-
ing 23.8 turnovers a game.
The USA plays Germany in its
final preliminary game. Today's
result matters little because the
USA clinched first in its group by
demolishing Spain, the reigning
world. champ, 119-82 Saturday.
The quarterfinals begin Wednes-
day. The USA will probably face
Australia in the medal round,
which is one-and-done play.
The USA's unmatched depth
deflates opponents from the
start, given Wade, Paul and Bosh
enter the game together a few
minutes into the first period.
Wade leads the team in scoring
(17.8 points a game) and steals
(11). Bosh is the leading rebound-
er (5.5) and has anchored the de-
fense the last two games. Paul is
second in assists (five a game)
.By G.cg 'eal son. USA I OIAY
Air play: Dwyane Wade dunks in
the win against Spain.
and averages more minutes than
everyone but LeBron James.
When starting point guard Ja-
son Kidd was asked whether Paul
was his heir apparent, Kidd said,
"He's already there."
Paul was expected to play a sig-
nificant role, but Bosh's emer-
gence and Wade's return to his
MVP self after two significant in-
juries have been a revelation.
Bosh, a three-time NBA All-Star
for the Toronto Raptors, doesn't
have the same name recognition
as the other All-Stars. If his stand-
out play continues, Bosh could go
from a star to a superstar this
summer. "I'm just a quiet dude on
the team," lie says.
Wade, MVP of the 2006 NBA
Finals, has been derailed the last
two years by a dislocated left
shoulder and torn left patella ten-
don. By mid-May, coach Mike
l(rzyzewski wasn't sure how
healthy he'd be.
Now? "He may be the most
dangerous guy in this tourna-
ment in transition," Paul says.
"This is the Dwyane Wade we
all know," James says. "To have
him come off the bench is a luxu-
ry. It's almost like bringing in a
guy averaging 25 points a game.
No one has that besides us."
Toughness no longer in doiuhl
for all-around winner Liuki i
Celtic dropp:.d two early
points in its pursuit of a fourth
straight Scottis'i league title
when it drew 1 1 at Dundee
United on Sun lay, according
to the Associated Press.
Celtic led at Tannadice
through Paul Hartley's 51st-
minute opener. but had to set-
tle for a point rather than
three after substitute Francis-
co Sanda/a struck for the
bid'l 'ile vilth 11 minutes
Hartley put (Celtic in front
' with a side-fooled shot that
' dclleeted olf tG.irry Kenneth
, before Sandaza flicked a cross
'.by fellow substitute Craig
Conway past goalkeeper
' Artur Borue at the near post.
The draw means Celtic has
four points from two games,
Stwo fewer than leaders Hamil-
jtonl alit I rc cc it rivals
Rangers, lwhicli heat Hearts 2-.
0 on Saturday.
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S''i';rl anC' Hertha Berlin
lv ) tllicii Dim'nt esligp openers
onI I e I .c l Slulnd:y, with
S. on i;rl hl 1 11g p)roinoted
3-1 a;nd I leirtha winning 2-0 at
Sclialke and niwcoimer Hof-
ftiiecini lead on ouial differ-
i t'it;O, Il;lvin iwon their games
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Korath Wright eyes 2010 Winter Olympics
* By The Vendetta Group
In recent years the Bahamas has proven itself to the
world to be a formidable force when it comes to track
and field events during the Olympics.
Now, with the introduction of 22-year old Korath
Wright, it seems that the country can now look forward
to making an impression at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Korath, or Kory as he is affectionately called, is the
first and only member of the Bahamas snowboarding
Winter Olympics team for 2010.
To those who know Korath's story, this is all histo-
ry in the making.
It all started 12 years ago in Calgary, Alberta, Cana-
da where Bahamian-born Korath took up snowboard-
ing as a pastime like most of his counterparts in Calgary.
However, unlike most of his friends, Korath's skills on
the board seemed to flow naturally.
He began to enter local snowboarding competitions
at the age of 14 and slowly began to dominate these
events. The adept young snowboarder's appetite for
even stiffer competition propelled him beyond the
events in Calgary though.
Over the years Korath went on to earn the title of
Swiss National Champion. He also won third place at
the Junior Worlds, and even landed third place at the
World Cup event in Whistler, Canada in December
2005; beginning his 2006/2007 snow season ranked 13th
in the world for half pipe.
Following his third place finish in the World Cup.
Korath was approached by the Bahamas High Com-
mission about representing his country at the Winter
Olympics. It took awhile to sort out some of the details.
but it all became official on May 28 that Kory would lie
representing the Bahamas at the 2011) Winter Olympics
which are scheduled for Vancotiver, Canada.
Korath soon premiered his official snowboard that he
will be riding at the upcoming Winter C lympics. The
board sports the colours of the Bnhalniailn flag on the
upside, and the word i nhiiliiias in l l.I print on the
The YgoveCrniiiment of the Bahalmas has lhiown is lull
support behind Kor'ithi in lissisting him with achieving
his overall goal of winning the gold medal at the Win-
Korath's success and his potential for future achieve-
ments have not only garnered the attention of his fellow
countrymen but also sponsors like Protest Outerwear
and Hoven Goggles.
At present, Korath is in China lending his moral
support to the Bahamian Olympic delegation.
After the Olympics it will be back to business as usu-
al for him. It begins with an intense training regiment,
and participation in several Olympic qualification com-
Despite his many accolades and newfound interna-
tional praise, Korath remains very humble and down to
earth. He has surrounded himself with some of the
best in the industry and it is this combination that will
hopefully insure his future triumph in the 2010 Winter
Korath was born in the Bahamas but left with his
C(inadian-horn mother when he was one year old. For
niore information about this athlete, check out
MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008, PAGE 14E
DIRECTOR OF THE
THE RIBUE MODAYAUGUT 18 200,SPAERTS
BEIJING, China: Here's a look at the
events the Bahamian athletes will be com-
peting in at the XXIX Olympic Games this
Venue National Stadium
Men's 400 preliminaries.
Competitors Christopher Brown, heat
two, lane six at 9:08 p.m.; Andretti Bain,
heat three, lane nine at 9:16 p.m.; Michael
Mathieu, heat six, lane six at 9:40 p.m.
Men's 100 hurdles preliminaries.
Men's triple jump qualifiyng round.
Competitor Leevan Sands, 8th jumper
in Group B, starting at 10 p.m.
Men's 200 preliminaries.
Competitor Jamial Rolle, heat seven,
lane 5 at 10:47 p.m.
Men's 110 hurdles round one.
Competitor Shamar Sands, heat two,
lane two at 11:18 p.m.
Men's 200 metres round two.
Competitor Jamial Rolle, heat and lane
not yet decided. Start time 8:05 a.m.
Women's Javelin qualifying round.
Competitor Lavern Eve. Group not yet
released. Start time 9 p.m.
Women's long jump qualifying round.
Competitor Jackie Edwards. Group not
yet released. Start time 10 p.m.
Women's 200 metres first round.
Competitors Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie and Sheniqua Ferguson. Heats and lanes
not yet released. Start time 10:40 p.m.
Women's 200 round two.
Competitors Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie and Sheniqua Ferguson. Heats and lanes
not yet determined. Start time 7:14 a.m.
Men's 110 hurdles second round.
Competitor Shamar Sands. Heat and
lane not yet determined. Start time 8:45
Men's 200 metre semifinal.
Competitor Jamial Rolle. Heat and lane
not yet determined. Start time 9:25 p.m.
Men's 400 metres semifinal.
Competitors Christopher Brown,
Andretti Bain and Michael Mathieu. Heats
,and lanes not yet decided. Start time 9:45
Men's 110 hurdles semifinal.
Competitor Shamar Sands. Heat and
lane not yet determined. Start time 9:30
Women's 200 semifinal.
Competitors Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie and Sheniqua Ferguson. Heats and lanes
not yet determined. Start time 9:55 p.m.
Men's 200 final.
Competitor Jamial Rolle. Lane not yet
determined. Start time 10:20 p.m.
Women's javelin final.
Competitor Lavern Eve. Start time 7:20
Women's 200 metre final.
Competitors Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie and Sheniqua Ferguson. Start time 7:30
Men's Triple jump final.
Competitor Leevan Sands. Start time
Women's 4 x 100 metre relay heats.
Competitors Chandra Sturrup, Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie, Timicka Clarke,
Sheniqua Ferguson, Christine Amertil and
Jackie Edwards, if they get a spot. Start
time 8:55 a.m.
Men's 400 metre final.
Competitors Christopher Brown,
Andretti Bain and Michael Mathieu. Start
time 9:2. p.m.
Men's 110 hurdles final.
Competitor Shamar Sands. Start time
Women's long jump final.
Competitor Jackie Edwards. Start time
Men's 4 x 400 metre relay heats.
Competitors Christopher Brown,
Andretti Bain, Michael Mathieu, Andrae
Williams, Avard Moncur and Ramon
Miller. Start time 8:10 a.m.
Women's 4 x 100 metre relay final.
Competitors Chandra Sturrup, Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie, Timicka Clarke,
Sheniqua Ferguson, Christine Amertil and
Jackie Edwards. Start time 9:15 p.m.
Men's 4 x 400 metre relay final.
Competitors Christopher Brown,
Andretti Bain, Michael Mathieu, Andrae
Williams, Avard Moncur and Ramon
Miller. Start time 9:05 p.m.
omas fails to jump
out of qualifying round
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China: Since winning
the world title last year in Osaka,
Japan, Donald Thomas has not
been the same athlete that mes-
merised the high jump pit.
In his debut at his first Olympic
Games, Thomas didn't make the
cut out of the qualifying round
last night at the Bird's Nest
He finished tied for 12th place
with Michal bieniek of Poland,
but there were two of four other
competitors who cleared just 2.20
Although none of the competi-
tors in any of the two groups did
the automatic qualifying height
of 2.32 metres, only six competi-
tors advanced out of Thomas'
group, including defending
champion Stefan Holm from Swe-
The other six came out of group
B, all of whom did a best of 2.25.
Thomas, the former basketball
player who switched to high
jumping two years ago on a dare
from a college friend, said he just
didn't have the performance in
him to advance.
"The competition was good,"
he insisted. "I tried, but I was
After he cleared 2.20, Thomas
said he doesn't have any expla-
nation as to what went wrong.
"I just didn't feel it," said
Thomas, who was coming off a
fourth place finish at the national
trials in June. "I just didn't per--
form as I expected."
With this being a make or
break meet for him, especially
coming off an injury that pre-
vented him from performing at
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his best, Thomas said he will now
have to ponder the remainder of
his season and possibly his career.
"The injury had a significant
impact because I wasn't able to
train until April," he pointed out.
"Getting back was quite difficult,
but I gave it a chance."
The 24-year-old Grand
Bahamian, who even switched
jumping shoes this year, said he
will have to go back to the
drawing board and start all over
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Chandra edged out
of 200m final place
finishes fourth in
* TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
Williams-Darling was not
here to defend her title, the
Bahamas was looking for
Christine Amertil to at least
make the final of the wom-
en's 400 metres.
Running against Ameri-
can favourite Sanya
Richards in the second of
the three semifinals last
night at the Bird's Nest
Olympic Stadium, Amertil
could do no better than
fourth place in 51.51 sec-
Richards went on to win
the race in 49.90 to go in
with Russian Anastacia
Kapachinskaya, who did a
personal best of 50.30.
Only the first two in each
heat and the next two fastest
finishers advanced. Amertil
was 15th overall.
"I'm happy to be able to
run, but the race wasn't
what I wanted," said Amer-
til after the race in the
mixed zone at the stadium
where she was interviewed
by the media.
"I didn't get to finish the
last 60 like I wanted to. So
I'm just happy that I got this
Not having run that much
this season coming into her
second Olympics because of
a slight injury, Amertil said
she wasn't expecting any-
thing spectacular. She just
wanted to be able to run as
best as she could and what-
ever happened, she would
Amertil, who turns 29
today, said she will get back
into training and complete
the rest of the season on the
international front. She then
intends to come back
stronger for the 12th IAAF
World Championships in
* TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China: Chandra
Sturrup had predicted that this
was going to be her year to
finally win a medal at her fourth
appearance at the Olympic
But the veteran sprinter did-
n't get out of the semifinal, com-
ing fifth in the first heat last
night at the Bird's Nest Nation-
Her time: 11.22 seconds.
It matched the same time as
who advanced out of heat
two by virtue of coming in
Sturrup, who watched as a
pair of Jamaicans and Ameri-
cans advanced ahead of her,
said she felt she was right in the
thick of things.
"I thought I was in it, but it
didn't turn out that way," she
Shelly-Ann Fraser, who went
on to win the gold in the final in
a personal best of 10.78 as the
Jamaicans swept the top medal
spots, took the heat in 11.00.
American Muna Lee was sec-
ond in 11.06; American Lauryn
Williams third in 11.10 and
Jamaican Sheron Simpson
fourth in 11.11.
Looking back at her race,
Sturrup said: "This was my
best start, but I just didn't have
the drive phase to pull
The 37-year-old says she's not
done yet. She intends to finish
competing this year and is also
looking at running in the 12th
IAAF World Championships in
Golden moment at
the Olympic Games
B EIJING, China: The
Caribbean and more
specifically Jamaica, had its
greatest golden moments so
far at the XXIX Olympic
Games as they dominated the
sprints at the Bird's Nest
National Stadium on Saturday
About a half a hour drive
away, at the Worker's Gym-
nasium on Sunday, the
Bahamas was hoping to claim
its place in history with boxer
Taureano 'Reno' Johnson in
Fighting in the quarter-final
of the welterweight division,
Johnson ran into a tough Sila-
mu Hanati, who stopped him
from achieving the Bahamas'
first Olympic boxing medal.
A confident Johnson, who
had predicted all along that he
was here to win the gold and
nothing else, was hoping to
take the Bahamas to just its
third Olympic medal plateau,
joining the ranks of sailing and
Sailing broke the ice in 1956
in Melbourne, Australia when
the legendary. Sir Durward
'Sea Wolf' Knowles teamed up
with the late Sloane Farring-
ton to win the bronze before
Knowles and Cecil Cooke cap-
tured the first gold in 1964 in
Twenty-eight years later in
Barcelona, Spain in 1992, I was
fortunate to be present when
Frank Rutherford ascended
the podium to receive the first
Olympic track and field medal
with the bronze in the men's
Since then, I've had the dis-
tinct pleasure to watch as ath-
letics of track and field have
on to win at least one Olympic
medal in every other Olympics,
including Athens, Greece in
2002 when Tonique Williams-
Darling electrified the world
in the women's 400 and Deb-
snatched the bronze in the 200.
For these games, I had pre-
dicted that we would come out
with three, thus surpassing our
best performance ever.
Johnson was pegged in my
estimation as an outside threat
for a medal. He came close to
exceeding that and should be
congratulated for the position
that he found himself in.
I also predicted that if he
was going to win, he would
have to bring his A game with
him every match.
Against the taller Hanati, I
don't think he did. Or was the
Chinese fighter that much bet-
ter? Add the third element of
the home crowd advantage and
you could probably understand
why he didn't win.
The 24-year-old, who has
spent considerable time train-
ing in Cuba for this moment,
now has to ponder his future,
whether it be as an amateur or
he turn pro.
At 28, it might be a little
more difficult for him to pur-
sue the gold again at the 2010
Olympics in London. So we
might just see him launching
his pro career very soon.
Whatever decision he
makes, Johnson can rest
assured that he will be remem-
bered as the greatest amateur
boxer the country has ever
While I felt for Johnson,
watching him as he slowly
came through the mixed zone
for an interview with the
media, there has been some
disappointments so far in ath-
The biggest was Derrick
Atkins, the 2007 World Cham-
pionships' silver medalist in
Osaka, Japan, who didn't get
into the historic men's 100 final
here on Saturday night.
But it was still a thrill to
watch as Jamaican Usain Bolt
claimed the world's fastest
man title with a blistering run
that will I definitely remem-
ber for quite some time.
To add to the thrill, Jamaica
posted a 1-2-3 sweep of the
women's race last night with
the only Bahamian entered in
the field, coming in seventh.
Veteran Chandra Sturrup
surprisingly didn't make the
Nor did world champion
Donald Thomas in the men's
high jump and Christine
Amertil in the women's 400.
As I log off to continue to
hustle through the security
zones from one venue to the
next, I look forward to the rest
of the Bahamian contingent in
athletics making my predic-
tions of three medals a reality.
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