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Publication Date: August 19, 2008
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Troyniko McNeil

appears in court
* By NATARIO McKENZIE Lane, shortly after noon yester

NINE months after interna-
tionally known handbag designer
HaIrl.Taylor was found stabbed to
death at his home on West Hill
Street, the man charged in the
brutal murder was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court.
Police escorted Troyniko
Miguel McNeil, 21, of Kennedy
Sub-division, to Court 5, Bank


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day, as his family members jos-
tled for seats inside the packed
McNeil, who was shackled at
the hands and feet, was dressed in
a blue shirt, blue jeans and a pair
of slippers. He was represented
by lawyer Alex Morley of the law
firm Lockhart and Munroe.
SEE page eight

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH was in effect last night for the
islands of Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama, as
Tropical Storm Fay moved towards Key West, Florida.
A tropical storm watch means that winds of 39mph to 73mph
could be experienced in the islands of the watch area within the next
SEE page eight

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21-YEAR-OLD Troyniko.McNeil pictured outside of court yester-
day. McNeil was charged with the murder of Harl Taylor.

Claim that teenage girl was fired after
refusing advances of female supervisor
E By LLOYD ALLEN not to say anything to anyone.
The girl says as the sexual
A FATHER claims his 16- advances persisted, she never
year-old daughter was wrong- once gave any indication that
fully fired after she declined she was interested in the man-
the sexual advances of a ager sexually.
female supervisor. "'You know I like you
"There's a lesbian manager right?' I answered 'I don't like
who works at the store, and woman' and I walked away,
when my daughter first and I told my dad. My daddy
arrived there she made some tell me say the next time she
advances at my daughter," come on to me say I must tell
says Edward Burrows, whose the head manager," said the
daughter was working as a girl.
foodstore packing girl. She said on the day she was
According to Mr Burrows' dismissed, the manager said
daughter, she had experienced to her, "You, this ya last day
problems with the female here, cause you aint wearing
manager from the start. The ya neck tie!"
first time that the manager The girl said she, along with
"came on" to her she told her SEEpage eight
father who then instructed her S

The Bahamas'

assault rate

'170 times

higher than

world average'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas has a reported
assault rate 170 times higher
than the world average, double
that of Swaziland and 7.7 times
greater than that of murder-
leader Jamaica a fact which
could be read as both good and
bad, say international authori-
This is because it is likely that
countries with spiking leport-
ing rates like the Bahamas have
both a high crime rate in com-
bination with a "trusted police
force" to whom people feel
more willing to report crimes,
according to the Joint Report
by the United Nations and the
World Bank from which this
data was revealed.
Entitled "Crime in the
Caribbean Costs, Trends and
Policy Options," the report
identifies the Bahamas as hav-
ing the highest assault rate of

all the Caribbean countries it
analysed, with 1,697 reported
assaults per 100,000 people.
This is compared with 219 in
Jamaica, 103 in Barbados and
93 in Dominica. Meanwhile,
violent Swaziland recorded 754,
Singapore, 2.5, and the world-
wide average sits at 10 per
Assault is defined by the
United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crime as a "physical attack
against the body of another per-
son, including battery, but
excluding indecent assault."
Yesterday Rev. C B Moss,
head Bahamas Against Crime,
responded to the findings with
disbelief, while Bishop Simeon
Hall, head of the National Advi-
sory Commission on Crime
blamed the state of affairs on a
dysfunctional judicial system.
Rev. Moss said he found the
report's conclusion as it relates
to assault "astounding," and
SEE page eight

NEGOTIATORS in the Morton el
Salt dispute are reportedly at a "bar-
gaining impasse" and have not come
to an agreement to end the ongoing
strike at the company's plant on
Inagua, according to spokesman for
Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers
and Allied Workers Union Obie
This statement came a day after
Labour Minister Dion Foulkes told
The Tribune that negotiators were
making "significant progress" in
resolving the dispute.
Despite four meetings this month
(on August 11. 13. 16 and 17) with
representatives from BIMAWU, the
Ministry of Labour and Morton Salt.
the involved parties are still hammering out details to end the
strike, which began on August 8.
Mr Ferguson said the impasse was due to the company's
reluctance to provide employees with alleged back pay in accor-
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Noted shipping economist, Abilities

Unlimited supporter dies suddenly


PLP Deputy Leader pays tribute to a

'giant of a man' who dies aged 64

William "Bill" Braithwaite, a
long-time resident of the
Bahamas, died suddenly at his
home in Cable Beach on
August 12. He was 79.
Born February 14, 1929 in
Paterson, New Jersey, Mr
Braithwaite arrived in Nassau
on May 26, 1956, four days
after marrying his wife Cather-
ine Ann "Nancy" Forbes, to
work for Navios Corporation.
But the storyline in the Braith-
waite family has always been
"They came to the Bahamas
for their honeymoon and nev-
er left."
Knowing that the Bahamas
was where they belonged and
where they would always want
to be, Bill and Nancy Braith-
waite became Bahamian citi-
zens in 1994.
Mr Braithwaite attended
Pace University in New York
City, served with the United
States Navy, and worked with
Orinoco Mining Company in

Arrived for honeymoon in 1956, never left

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Venezuela. In 1964 he joined
Jones, Bardelmeier & Compa-
ny, formed in the Bahamas in
1962 to specialize in bulk ship-
ping consulting services, serv-

ing as treasurer and shipping
economist for more than 30
Mr Braithwaite was an active
supporter of the disabled char-
ity Abilities Unlimited since its
inception 34 years ago.
He is survived by: Nancy, his
wife of 52 years; daughter
Mary Braithwaite and her hus-
band Bob Dumouchel of Nas-
sau; four sons: Tom of Nassau,
Billy and his wife Joan of Nas-
sau, Mark and his wife Dawn
of Hohokus, NJ, Andrew and
his wife Theresa of Sussex, NJ;
and two grandsons: Liam and
his mother Anita O'Dwyer of
Shannon, Ireland, and Quen-
ton of Sussex, NJ.
In keeping with his request, a
private ceremony with family
members was held on August
17. The family requested that
in lieu of flowers, donations be
made to Abilities Unlimited.

Tribune Staff Reporter

PLP Deputy Leader Cyn-
thia "Mother" Pratt
expressed her deepest con-
dolences to the family of her
late friend and first political
financial backer Tommy
Cleare, who died last week
at the age of 64.
Mr Cleare was a well-
known and respected busi-
nessman who died of a mas-
sive heart attack in Chicago
last week.
He has many business
holdings in New Providence
and was the business partner
of Alphonso Elliott, with
whom he owned Bahamas
Welding and Fire.
' Mrs Pratt, who has just
returned from Carolina
where she was convalescing
for a time after an illness,

said she is
grateful to
Mr Cleare
and his
family for ....
their sup-
port over
the years J
ly in her CniaP
"He was a giant of a man.
It's men like him that help
to build and develop a first
class country because of their
continuous giving to those
who do not have.
:I was successful because
of people like Tommy
Cleare," she said.
Mrs Pratt said that Mr
Cleare was a Bahamian who
not only made himself
wealthy, but was capable of
"giving back" to the poor

and assisting others. "He
gave, and he continued to
"He was a first class
Bahamian who loved his
country and who would have
done anything to build it in a
positive way.
"He was a good man, a
good man," she said.
Mrs Pratt has been out of
front-line politics for a short
time since a bout with ten-
donitis limited her access to
and participation in the
House of Assembly.
Since then, she has under-
gone treatment at Doctor's
Hospital and has spent a few
months at home recuperat-
Yesterday Mrs Pratt said
that she is feeling much bet-
ter now and is expecting to
"report back to duty" by the
end of the month.


Trio of chefs plan to expand culinary landscape

Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE Bahamian Chefs are hoping that a
ew business encompassing restaurant man-
gement and consultancy, catering and event
planning will expand the culinary landscape in
ie Bahamas.
!,' Three Restaurant Management Group
brings together Chefs Simeon Hall of Soups,
Sauces and Stuff; Keshlah Smith of Essence
Catering; and Basil Dean, the executive chef
at Old Bahama Bay in West End, Grand
They will a company a company intended to
offer restaurant services ranging from con-
sultancy on start-up businesses, to the opera-
tion of a restaurant, which is being planned to
open in 2010.
Mr Hall, the company's director of product
development,, explained, that one of the ben-
efits of their operation is that small or new
restaurant owners can use their facilities -

which are located just off Carmichael Road a foundation before you actually go," he said.
to formulate menus and experiment with new The restaurant the chefs intend to open,
recipes. "(For) somebody who needs to devel- for which architectural sketches and plans
op a restaurant right now, we probably have have already been created, will be located in
almost all of the contacts that you would need New Providence. "This is the blueprint for
to do that," said Mr Hall of the trio, who have hopefully what we believe to be a number of
45 years of combined experience. restaurants," said Mr Hall.
The company was formed late last year and Without revealing trade secrets, he added
offers other distinct services such as chef place- that they are currently in the planning phase of
ment for winter residents or Family Island what they believe will be one of "the most
establishments, cooking classes, restaurant successful Bahamian owned restaurants in all
branding and cookbook design and develop- of the Bahamas."
ment. The catering arm of the company focuses on
"We are trying to get more people to under- groups ranging from two to 24 people, serving
stand that the services that they would need to all types of cuisine ranging from three to 20
open a successful restaurant in the Bahamas courses. The three hour cooking classes, held
(are) now available. A lot of people say to us four times a week, beginning at 4pm on Mon-
'boy I wish I had that when I was opening a days and Wednesdays, and 7pm on Tuesdays
restaurant.' But now what we are saying is and Thursdays, are open to the public.
two things one, it's not too late to go back The company also provides consultancy
and revisit some of your SOPs {standardoper- -,services at weddings where they work with
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0 In brief

COB faculty

members walk

out of meeting
MEMBERS of the College
of the Bahamas faculty walked
out of a pre-semester seminar
meeting yesterday morning,
claiming that the college's exec-
utives violated their rights.
Staff and faculty at COB yes-
terday met to discuss the
upcoming semester and other
plans concerning the College's
move towards university status.
At that meeting, a draft of
the Quality Assurance Report
was presented to members of
the faculty.
The report makes recom-
mendations concerning acade-
mic quality control and alleged-
ly also effects the terms and
conditions of faculty contracts.
Union of Tertiary Educators
of the Bahamas (UTEB) presi-
dent Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson
told The Tribune yesterday that
in the preamble of the draft
report it states that the faculty
was "widely consulted" about
the contents of the document.
However, Mrs Isaacs-Dotson
said that this is not the case.
"We weren't consulted at all,
so we all walked out. It seems
COB has its own agenda," she
The UTEB president said
that certain points in the draft
report directly contradict the
industrial agreement that the
faculty has with the college.
In addition, Mrs Isaacs-Dot-
son said the union has some
"serious concerns" about some
of the recommendations in the
draft quality assurance report.
The UTEB president said
that the ball is now in the court
of the COB executives, and that
they will have to determine how
to respond to the walk-out by
faculty members.
If there is no consultation,
then the union will have to take
the matter "further", before the
report is ratified by COB's
council, she said.

The Baham

prepares for rise

in Chinese visitors
IT IS predicted that the num-
ber of Chinese travelling abroad
will increase by an annual rate
of 10 to 15 per cent. By 2010, the
number of Chinese travelling
abroad is expected to exceed 56
The 2007 Nielson China Out-
bound Travel Monitor found
that more than one third of Chi-
nese outbound travellers choose
to stay in four-star hotels. A fur-
ther 10 per cent opt for five-star
luxury accommodations when
heading overseas.
The survey, conducted late
2007, also states that the average
spend per person per trip was
nearly $3,000. This includes
expenses prior to the trip, such
as prepaid packages, airfares
and accommodations.
"A part of the mission of the
Ministry of Tourism and Avia-
tion is to make it increasingly
easy to access Bahamas vaca-
tions," said Director-General of
Tourism Vernice Walkine. "Of
course, this means we must find
the most convenient and least
expensive ways for visitors to
enter the country by air and sea.
"However, it also includes the
ease with which they are able
to access amenities and enjoy
attractions when already in the
"Communications is no small
part of this.
"They must be made to feel
comfortable in Bahamian sur-
roundings, and the mission of
our scholars will bring these
goals much closer to reality."
She said other Bahamians
will eventually learn the lan-
guages and traditions of China,
making Chinese guests more
relaxed in The Bahamas.
"We will better be able to
assist them in our airports, in
our hotels, and on our streets.
They will be able to enjoy the
simple things that count for so
much to visitors, such as being
able to receive directions and
being able to participate fully
in tours of historic sites and
landmarks," Ms Walkine said.

plant on Inagua, Mr Bannister said: "The indus-
trial action arose out of a matter (the dismissal of
Ken Rolle) which was the subject of a trade dis-
pute which was conciliated at the Department of
Labour, and which has been referred by the min-
ister of labour to the Bahamas Industrial Tribunal
for hearing. As the matter was referred to the
Industrial Tribunal by the minister prior to the
commencement of the industrial action, Morton is
advised that the strike is illegal and amounts to a
wildcat strike.
"Morton views the matter in issue as being a
purely disciplinary one and It confirms that it shall
accept the decision which is made by the Industrial
Tribunal on this matter".
Negotiators have met four times this month
(August 11, 13, 16 and 17) in hopes of resolving
the strike, which began on August 8, but have yet
to come to find a solution.
As a result, the strike is expected to continue at
least until August 25 when representatives from
Morton, the union and the Ministry of Labour
are set to meet again.
In a press release issued yesterday, Mr Bannis-

Bahamas Embassy in

China processing visas

in a 'timely' manner

THE Bahamas Embassy
in the People's Republic of
China has implemented a
system for the timely pro-
cessing of visas, to allow
Chinese easier travel access
to this country, Acting
Prime Minister and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette said.
He made the statement at
a press conference for the
presentation of language
scholarship awards by the
government of the People's
Republic of China to four
Bahamians in the areas of
tourism and the tour/travel
The recipients Terrance
Strachan and Francenia
Clarke from the Ministry of
Tourism and Crystal Evans
and Crystal Fowler from
Majestic Tours company -
will study Chinese culture
the Mandarin language,
from August 20 to Decem-
ber 17 at the Beijing Chinese
Language and Culture Col-
"The Bahamas' Embassy
in China is working in the
interest of Bahamian stu-
dents in China. The
Embassy is also concerned
with causing applications for
visas to be processed in a
timely manner so that Chi-
nese citizens would not be
unduly delayed when
attempting to travel to the
Bahamas for business and
recreation," Mr Symonette
He said that the Bahamas
recognizes that making visa
application a convenient
process is not only in the
best interest of Chinese
citizens, but will also be a
great asset to Bahamian
"Chinese travellers have
many choices of vacation
destination, many of which
are much nearer to them.
We must do all in our power
to ensure that Chinese trav-
ellers to the Bahamas are
rewarded with efficiency and
a dynamic tourism experi-
ence," Mr Symonette said.
The Bahamas established
diplomatic relations with the
People's Republic of China
in 1997. Since then, China
has proven itself "a good
friend" of the Bahamas, Mr
Symonette said.
In July, Elma Campbell
was appointed the Bahamas
Ambassador to the People's
Republic of China, a move
to further strengthen
Bahamas/China relations.

"The company has done and is willing to do all
that is possible and has put forward multiple pro-
posals to resolve this matter. The company has
always demonstrated high concern for the wel-
fare of our employees and sincerely regrets the
hardship which is being caused to them."
Morton Salt has not reinstated Ken Rolle, the
company's former master electrician and the
union's vice-president. He was fired in May for
allegedly reconnecting the power supply to a res-
ident without the permission of management.
According to the union, this followed a discon-
nection exercise by the company, which supplies
power to Inagua.
Morton representatives maintain that Mr Rolle
was dismissed for violating policies laid down by
the company and for violating his contract of
On the first day of the strike, union official Jen-
nifer Brown was reportedly hit by a car while
picketing in front of the company.
The executive guest house on the company's
compound was also fire-bombed.






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Morton Salt says union

industrial action is an

'illegal, wildcat strike'

* By TANEKA THOMPSON ter said the company accepted a proposal and is
Tribune Staff Reporter "willing to resolve" the dispute on that basis.
tthompson@tribunemedia.net "A proposal was put forward which was accept-
able to the company that would have resolved
THE industrial action by the Bahamas Industrial this matter. Morton is willing to resolve this mat-
Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union is an ter upon that basis".
"illegal, wildcat strike", Morton Bahamas Ltd said Mr Bannister also expressed "surprise" at union
yesterday. negotiator Obie Ferguson's public comments on
The dispute, according to management, arose the company's position over outstanding union
out of a matter previously referred by the minister issues.
of labour to the Industrial Tribunal for resolu- "Morton has had sight of the comments of the
tion. union's negotiator and is extremely surprised. .
Morton Bahamas managing director Glenn Ban- .That it is being indicated that if a resolution is not
nister said that in the wake of the strike, Morton achieved it is due to a lack of motivation on part of
has extended many proposals to bring the con- the company.
flict to a close.
Confirming the company's standpoint on the Proposals
ongoing strike affecting operations at the salt

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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What was behind the strike?

A PREDICTION made 50 years ago echqed
in the ears of a retired policeman as he watched
BatelCo trucks pull up, park and bring Bay
Street's main thoroughfare to a standstill. Union
members also blocked the entry to Paradise
Island, moving their bullying tactics the follow-
ing day to Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama, where
they put on a repeat performance.
It was January 1958 when taxi union mem-
bers blocked Nassau's main airport in its dispute
with tour bus operators who they wanted
banned from doing business at the airport. The
strike, which sparked'the general strike, lasted
18 days. When it ended the taxi union was no
further ahead than when the dispute began.
The tour buses were at the airport, where they
remain to this day.
On January 14, 1958, The Tribune reported
that some of the major hotels had closed
because of the blocking of the airport. "The
others close tomorrow morning," it said. It then
predicted that "all business will stop and many
thousands of innocent people, not connected
with the strike, will be made idle."
British troops were brought in to help keep
essential supplies operational.
At the end of 18 days the dislocation in the
little Bahamian's life was tragic the same
calibre of man who signed himself "Weak Black
Man" in The Tribune on Saturday and com-
plained because the public failed to understand
that the BCPOU and BCPMU had to strike to
make the voice of BaTelCo/BTC workers heard.
At the end of the 1958 strike many were out
of work, many never had a steady job again
and several taxi drivers had to find work else-
At the beginning of the strike, labour leader
Randol Fawkes was the man of the hour. When
the strike ended, he had been replaced by Lyn-
den Pindling: Sir Randol was not even present
for the signing of the peace agreement.
It was obvious that the strike had launched
the political careers of young leaders trying to
make a spectacular break-through, but many
in the rank and file were jobless.
The unfortunate drama on Bay Street last
week, brought back many vivid memories of
1958 for the retired police officer. He said that
many police officers at the time felt strongly
that t1e force had made a serious mistake by not
removing the taxis and opening the road to the
airport. "Salathiel Thompson," he said, "at the
time was either a sergeant or an inspector. He
told me that the police's failure to move the
taxis would one day come back to haunt us all.
He felt that the police had on that occasion
neglected their duty."
Salathiel Thompson, now deceased, later
became the Commissioner of Police.
Over the years, said the retired officer, law
enforcement has been seen to be backing down
from standing up to a crisis. This, he said, has
emboldened various groups to think that they
can make unreasonable demands on the coun-

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try, disrupt the lives and businesses of others,
even destroy property and get away with it.
He recalled the many incidents in which he
felt there was either no punishment, or the pun-
ishment was not sufficiently severe to redress
the wrong.
Among them he remembered when the chain
link gate to ZNS was knocked down by a large
group of protesters, led by Bishop Neil Ellis
and former union leader Shane Gibson, to
demand the reinstatement of a popular broad-
caster who had been "indefinitely" suspended
for insubordination.
He talked of the hotel strike when workers
did much damage to the grounds of the Cable
Beach hotels, throwing a bottle at a passing
tour bus and hitting the small son of a tourist on
the bus. During the same strike, he said, a group
of protesters stopped a car trying to cross Par-
adise Island bridge, pulled the driver out and
was about "to rough him up" when someone
from the crowd shouted: "That's not Barry Far-
rington!" The man was immediately released,
allowed to get back into his car and go about his
business. Barry Farrington, a Bahamian, was
the Senior Vice President of Administration at
the Atlantis resort at Paradise Island.
The retired officer believes that last week's
illegal demonstration would not have taken
place if these previous demonstrations, and
many more like them, dating back to 1958 had
been handled in a wa- that demonstrated that
the law was in control and illegal behaviour
would not be tolerated.
CORRECTION: In this column yesterday
we said that BTC's unions were represented
on both committees appointed by the Christie
administration to negotiate the privatization of
BTC. This is what some unionists told our
reporters, However, it is not correct. They were
only appointed to the Tendering Commission,
headed by former financial Secretary Ruth
Miller and high ranking civil servants. They
were not on the subcommittee of Cabinet min-
isters, which included then prime minister Per-
ry Christie, James Smith, Bradley Roberts and
Alfred Sears. It is this committee, on which the
union was not represented, that it is understood
negotiated whatever deal Bluewater today
believes it got from government.
Today the union is on the "key negotiating"
committee, headed by Minister Zhivargo Laing,
other cabinet ministers, senior public officers
and persons from the private sector. This is the
BTC privatization committee that will assess
the report from the business committee, head-
ed by TB Donaldson. And it is this committee
- the Zhivargo Laing committee on which
the union is represented and on which it was
represented even before union leaders pulled
their illegal strike. The question is: What was
behind the strike? On the face of it the whole
scenario makes the unionists look incompetent
and foolish.

Crime rooted

in our lack of

respect for

each other

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WRITE as a concerned and
an observant citizen. ,
Why should we as Bahami-
ans be surprised of our rela-
tively high crime rate when in
fact, we treat each otfier with
little dignity and respect, or
none at all. Doesn't this go with
the territory of lawlessness,
chaos and crime? Furthermore,
aren't these the social and polit-
ical norms of the Bahamian
We pride ourselves of being
this Christian nation and the
like- and having good man-
ners and excellent customer ser-
vice skills. But wait-a-minute-
for who or whom? The tourists
and the tourists alone? I am
worried to write that good man-
ners and excellent customer ser-
vice are rarely a part of my
Bahamian experience.
And, if you think I'm telling
untruths, go to the grocery store
and check your items with the
Go to the Road Traffic
Department for inspection and
licensing of your vehicle. Go to
the National Insurance Board
for a NIB card.
Go get a driver's license- or
a passport. Try getting a loan
from a bank other than Com-
monwealth. Miss and go to a
high-end jewellery, clothing or
shoe store.
Watch how the bus drivers
treat their customers, better yet,

each other. Yeah! The third
lane that runs through fences,
yards, sidewalks and around
electric poles.
Watch the interaction on the
job, doesn't malice, jealousy,
gossip and unprofessionalism
exceed all else?
You would think these were a
part of company policy the way
most employees subscribe to
the aforementioned.
'Watch how mothers treat
their children after the child
makes a simple mistake.
A mistake that could be pos-
sibly rectified with a little coach-
ing and teaching, called effec-
tive communication. Look what
she resorts to, and it's not out of
love: It is out of frustration and
Abuse that leads to a form of
conflict resolution, 'or a lack
Unfortunately, the child
learns that this is the method
used to effectively solve crises
or problems.
Not through language and
other positive forms of commu-
nication, but to be physically
abusive. "Children live what
they learn." Don't they?
How is it then that we have
the nerve to complain and talk

about the high rate of crime?
What exactly is it stemming
We as a people need to learn
how to treat each other and oth-
ers who are not like us with dig-
nity and respect.
We can start by treating oth-
ers the way we want to be treat-
ed. We can start by speaking to
the next door neighbour we
don't know, and ain't trying' to
Or better yet, why not start
respecting the people we reside
with, for example our parents
and siblings.
Even the little baby is deserv-
ing of our respect not to swear
and abuse others in its presence.
Isn't this the critical time when
the infant is observing, process-
ing and learning behaviour?
What about our foreign neigh-
bours we despise and discrimi-
nate against?
So the next time we build up
the nerve to talk about crime
and its scourge, let's think
about those pesky little root
problems in our society, with
no surprise eventually lead to
the criminal mind.
Lastly, let's think about and
examine what our moral fabric
is comprised of, and how it lacks
depth and substance; it is as
shallow and fake as the dressed
up lady in the front pew.
August 5, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune..
I AM disgusted and angry -
I'm reading The Tribune
(August 15th, 2008) and don't
want to believe what I'm read-
It should be impossible for
the Union Presidents (BCPOU
& BCPMU) not to have under-
stood the role of the commit-
tee on which they sit and repre-
sent BTC workers.
If this is so then, God help
my country.
What this tells me is that the
BCPOU President Mr Robert
Farquharson, BCPMU Presi-

dent Mr Claude Hanna, their
executive teams and members
must as dumb as they come.
Adults actually walked with
their eyes wide open into a
The movie title "Dumb and
Dumber" comes to mind. Title
Their unwarranted, disgust-
ing, disruptive behaviour on
Monday and Tuesday showed
all the level of their intellectual
They have absolutely no
respect for authority.
Today, August 15, 2008 Mr
Robert Farquharson, Mr
Claude Hanna, their executive
teams, membership along with
BEC's union president (Mr
Dennis Williams) in accordance
with their words in the press,
have told us that they have little
intellectual aptitude.
We have a case of "the blind
leading the blind"! This is scary!
These imprudent people tried
and threatened to cripple our
tourist industry, disrupt our
businesses and inconvenience
our citizens.

Some are saying that their
actions were politically.driven
- either by the PLP party or
union elections well, I don't
care what drove these folks to
show their true identities as
"nincompoops". They disrupted
our country, and did not give a
damn about the repercussions
of their actions. Their actions
can not be overlooked and set
I read in disgust Mr Far-
quharson's statement to the
press; in particular "....all mem-
bers of the BCPOU and the
BCPMU who never left work
- are now working under nor-
mal conditions......" Really!
There is no room for
"OOPS" Mr Robert'Farquhar-
son and Mr Claude Hanna. You
and your members opened the
door. How dare you! Now we
the citizens of the Common-
wealth of The Bahamas insist
that the same is closed and
August 15, 2008.

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Seventy per cent of inmates

jailed for less than a year

Tribune Staff Reporter
SEVENTY per cent of the
inmates serving sentences at Her
Majesty's Prison are incarcerated
for minor crimes and are in prison
for less than one year, Prison
Superintendent Dr Elliston Rah-
ming said yesterday.
This statistic underscores the
need for "creative" sentencing leg-
islation such as the introduction of
a work-release programme or an
extension on the window of time
offenders are given to pay off fines
to avoid straining the public purse
and further overcrowding the
"Seventy per cent of the sen-
tenced inmates that come to Her
Majesty's Prison are sentenced for
periods for less than one year, so
that is a clear indication that the
vast majority of persons who
come here under sentence are
here for minor offences," Dr Rah-
ming said during an interview with
The Tribune yesterday.
Under the country's current
laws, a person charged with a
crime must either pay a fine or
serve jail time. Dr Rahming said
to counteract the rising prison
population, this system needs to
be revisited and an extensive
selection of punishments should
be created.
"I think we need a broad menu

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE slop buckets that have been used in
Her Majesty's Prison in place of indoor plumb-
ing will soon be a thing of the past as the water-
less "composting toilets" ordered by govern-
ment are expected on the island in two to three
The installation of the 220 toilets are part of
an ongoing effort to improve infrastructure at
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill (HMP) which
has been labelled as an "unhealthy" and
"dehumanising" institution by observers.
"They should be here in about two to three
weeks. You know the order was placed some
five, six weeks ago but (there was) a delivery
time of two months. The minute we get them
we will start installation, but to install 220 toi.
lets, it will probably take us between now and
Christmas," said HMP Superintendent Dr

of sanctions right now we have
basically two sanctions that we
employ with any degree of con-
sistency in the Bahamas and that's
either a custodial sentence (jail
time) or a fine. And I think that if
we were to become responsibly
creative, we can broaden the sen-
tence without diluting the pun-

Elliston Rahming in an interview with The
Tribune yesterday.
The toilets, which cost government $251,297,
operate under a system which permits the sep-
aration of liquid and solid waste, allowing the
solids to convert into compost.
The solid matter reportedly becomes dry
and odour free, and up to four inmates can
use a waste bag for up to a month before it
needs to be changed.
Other renovations on stream at HMP are
the construction of a new living area for single
prison guards and the construction of the pris-
on's perimetre wall.
In June, officials unveiled the upgraded
Female Correctional Centre.
"We're upgrading all the time, we're still in
the process of constructing an ultra-modern
40 unit living quarters for single officers, our
perimetre wall is ongoing, we constantly
upgrading the physical plant in any number of
areas," the superintendent said.

ishment aspect, indeed perhaps
improving on the punishment
aspect. For instance, let's say
someone goes to court for a very
minor offence and he is fined $80,
and he can't come up with the $80
by let's say 6 o'clock that evening.
S.So he (is incarcerated) for three
months. Now if it costs $12,000 a

year to incarcerate someone, then
a three month sentence you could
translate that into $3,000, juxta-
posed against an $80 fine. Well,
suppose you gave the person 30
days to come up with the $80, you
can even (add) interest on it if
you pay it by 6 o'clock it's $80, if
you pay it in 30 days it's $120 -


you'd find that many persons, I
predict, would be able to do that."
Dr Rahming said a work-
release type programme could be
created to reduce incarceration
levels and keep non-violent
offenders out of prison.
"If someone for instance has a
job, and commits an offence that
is non-violent but let's say the


judge believes that
he still warrants
some custodial care,
but you want to real-
ly teach him a lesson,
is it possible to have
him work during the
week and spend his
time (in jail) on the
weekends?" he

Dr Rahming feels National
Security Minister Tommy Turn-
quest understands the need for
prison reform. "I have found Min-
ister Turnquest to be very open-
minded, very progressive and I
think he is considering these kinds
of matters because it appears to
me that he wants (the prison) to
really be about reform and to
serve its true purpose, and that is
to house and look after people
who justly deserve to be in prison.
As of August 13, there were
1,358 inmates at HMP, 626 of this
number on remand and 732 of
them serving sentences, accord-
ing to the minister of national

;. "i

DR HUBERT MINNIS inspects the medication stockpile at the Harbour
Island Community Health Centre. He also visited health centres/clinics in
Spanish Wells, Lower Bogue, the Bluff, Rock Sound, Gregory Town,
Hatchet Bay, James Cistern, Gregory Town, Tarpum Bay, Green Castle,
Whymms' Bight and Palmetto Point.

HEALTH Minister Dr
Hubert Minnis and senior offi-
cials at the Ministry of Health
travelled to North Eleuthera
over the weekend, where they
reviewed 0he-status of the
healthqatike.icil~iies inAthe area.
According to government,
the visit was the first step in a
process to streamline health-
care throughout the Bahamas,
and in the Family Islands in par-
The minister has planned
additional visits to other Fami-
ly Islands during August and
September in order to gain
"first-hand knowledge" of any
deficiencies or shortages in the
healthcare system in those
Dr Minnis, who was accom-
panied by Public Health Direc-
tor Dr Baldwin Carey; Char-
lene Bain, acting administrator
in the Department of Public
Health; and Sandra Coleby, act-
ing principal nursing officer,
reviewed everything from infra-
structure and equipment, to air
quality systems and policies and
According to a statement
issued by government yester-
day, the health team is particu-
larly concerned about adher-
ence to measures that have
been established between the
Bahamas National Drug
Agency (BNDA) and individual
healthcare facilities/clinics in an
effort to ensure proper controls
on medication inventory.
"Without proper inventory
control, you will find that the
government will continue to
expend hundreds of thousands
of dollars on medication and
because of wastage; our med-
ication lists would continue to
rise as a result of poor controls,"
Dr Minnis said.
"One of the priorities of this
visit was to ensure that the con-
trols, policies and procedures
that have been established are
being adhered to and that
everybody understands what
those controls, policies and pro-
cedures are.
"Once we do that, it will
result in a more cost-effective
operation and the money that
we are now expending could be
spent to advance other areas of
the healthcare system in the
Family Islands and indeed the
Bahamas at large," Dr Minnis
The minister said the savings
could be particularly useful in
acquiring new X-Ray systems
,for clinics in Harbour Island and
Spanish Wells, the lack of which

-- 0"


MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert Minnis greets patients at the Harbour
Island Community Health Centre.

"We want to
take the clinics
in the Family
Islands to
another level as
we are indeed
trying to do for
the entire

Hubert Minnis
has been a source of "chronic
complaint" from healthcare offi-
cials in those two communities.
Dr Minnis said the govern-
ment is "committed" to deter-
mining what deficiencies exist
in the healthcare system, and
setting a corrective course of
"We want to take the clinics
in the Family Islands to another
level as we are indeed trying to
do for the entire Bahamas," Dr
Minnis said. "We have had
complaints about shortages of
medications, of (clinics) not
receiving medications and of

patients not having their med-
ications and so I wanted to
make a determination as to why
it was happening because the
government is purchasing the
required medications.
"This trip gave me an oppor-
tunity to see whether any defi-
ciencies that may exist were at
the clinic level in terms of inven-
tory control, whether it was at
the BNDA level, or whether it
was at the wholesale level and
whether or not the wholesalers
are sending out the medication
on time.
"Now that I am able to
review the process from all
sides, then I will be able to get a
much clearer picture as to what
is going on and everybody will
be more accountable for the
role they must play in ensuring
that shortages do not occur."
Dr Minnis said wherever
shortfall exists, officials from
the BNDA will be sent to
review the control measures
with local healthcare profes-
He said he will also review
the alternative of having senior
personnel from the various
islands travel to New Provi-
dence in order to participate in
"train the trainer" programmes.


0 In brief

Two more


to receive




IT has been announced that
the Queen's Certificate and
Badge of Honour will be awarded
to two additional Bahamians this
year Robert Lightbourne and
Sharon Dean.
Mr Lightbourne is being recog-
nised for his outstanding service
to the community and to business
in the Bahamas. Sharon Dean is
being recognized for her out-
standing service in the field of
In June, during the Queen's
Birthday Honours, it was
announced that three Bahamians
were to' be named Commanders
of the British Empire (CBE) for
their contributions in the areas
of finance, business, retail or
They were Wendy Craigg,
Governor of the Central Bank of
the Bahamas; David Kelly, own-
er of Kelly's Home Centre, and
President of Nassau Motor Com-
pany; and Vincent Vanderpool
Wallace, the newly appointed
Bahamas minister of tourism.
In all, more than 80 other
Bahamians were honoured with
various titles this year.
Ms Craigg was recognized for
her outstanding contribution to
the growth and development of
the finance industry of the
David Kelly was honoured for
his service to national develop-
ment in the fields of business.
retail and sports.
Vincent Vanderpool Wallace
was recognized for his long and
dedicated service to the Bahamas
in the tourism industry, in both
the public and private sectors.
Other recipients of lesser hon-
ours this year included, George
Sherman, Dr Davidson Hepburn,
Sylvia Scriven, Macgregor Nor-
ton Robertson, Marian Glinton.
John Campbell, Frank Russell.
Edwin Velock "Vikie" Brown,
Oswald Marshall. Yvonne Isaacs,
and Rodney Wilbert Braynen.



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Slop buckets on the way out




RHe was a bold and brave

soldier in battle. When
ps | Paul said he had your
back, you could have rest
Paul Thom son assured he was there.

Superintendent of
Police OIC
Eastern Division

Some 46 years ago a special
son was born to the proud par-
ents Mr and Mrs Paul Thompson
and they named him Paul
Thompson Jr.
Paul followed in the foot steps
of his father and later became a
member of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. His friends called
him "Dingers".
He was a well built man,
cheerful, well loved and bore a
heart of gold. Paul loved people,
He loved softball, He was a true
friend, compassionate and fun
loving. Softball was his joy. He
loved being around friends and
he would meet his true friends at
the softball park.
These were Paul's most excit-
ing moments. He was willing to
serve wherever needed. He was

a player, coach and for a period
served with the executive of the
Grand Bahama Amateur Soft-
ball Association.
Each Year, Paul looked for-
ward to travelling to the United
States with his colleagues and
friends to play in a slow pitch
He moved to Grand Bahama
in 2001 and continued his con-
tribution to the game of softball.
As I said before, slow pitch was
his love, but he did not confine
himself only to that sport. He
coached fast pitch and for a short
time even the game of baseball.
I told you of his love for peo-
ple; yes he had a special affection
for young people. Paul believed
in the brotherhood of man. It
was his life's mission to help any-
one in need. He gave unselfishly
to the development of softball.
He worked with the executives
of the GB Amateur Softball
Association in furthering the

was a proud moment for every-
Paul worked with another
group of young people in the
Lucaya area called the "Lucayan
Conquerors." These young peo-
ple participated in many of the
Police Youth Athletic and Social
Club activities and conducted
themselves very well.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am
pleased to have known such a
kindhearted jovial and compas-
sionate man, and to have worked
with him at Mobile Patrol Divi-
sion as his Commanding officer
in 2003/2004. Together, we
fought for the general welfare of
our men. He was a bold and
brave soldier in battle. When
Paul said he had your back, you
could have rest assured he was
there. He was an energizer, even
to the executive of the GB Ama-
teur Softball Association.
Although he was not what Barry
Bonds was to baseball or what

sport; He assisted in the devel-
opment of the junior league pro-
gramme, and in raising funds for
the sport. You could always look
forward to those exciting boat
cruises and delicious steak outs.
Paul Thompson's contribu-
tions to the youths were many.
He was a man in whom they con-
fided. In 2003 Paul teamed up
with the Universal Household
of Faith Ministry and along with
others, trained some 189 young

men and women they called
"Universal Cadets."
During the Independence Cel-
ebration in 2004, this disciplined
group of young people partici-
pated in the country's 31st Inde-
pendence celebration parade
held at Walter Parker Playing
Field. You should have seen the
excitement on the faces of those
young people as they paraded
and performed the march in
their splendid green uniform. It

Jimmy Lee was to softball, Paul
Thompson certainly made his
mark through sheer determina-
tion, commitment and love for
the game of slow pitch.
On 13/7/07 his contributions
came to an end when he depart-
ed this life and .went to receive
his reward. It is my hope that we
continue to recognize the sacri-
fices and contributions of those
who served faithfully in the
development of our communi-
ties. Last month, at the opening
of the first ever Paul Thompson
Softball Tournament I com-
mended Darrel Weir, past pres-
ident of the Grand Bahama
Amateur Softball Association
and'his team, for organising this
tournament in his honour.
Paul loved the sporting rivalry
between the Police and the
Defence Force. He would have
given his all for the police, yet
he would have demonstrated
love for his rival.

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Miss Teen USA

crowned at Atlanti

Paradise sand

MISS Arkansas, 18-year-old
Stevi Lauren Perry of Ham- | 'If
burg, is the new Miss Teen '
She was crowned on Satur-
day at the Atlantis Paradise P. "
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50 other contestants. I~ P W ,"
This is the first time the P
pageant was hosted outside of 0
the United States.w P
Throughout the event, the
contestants competed in three
categories: Swimsuit, evening
gown' and interview.
Afterwards the top, five final-
ists were selected.,
Hilary Cruz, Miss Teen USA
2007, and Crystle Stewart, Miss
USA 2008, crowned the new
Brittany Pjetraj, Miss 'South
Carolina Teen USA, was first
.She will assume the duties of .
Miss Teen USA 2008 if for I C
some reason Ms Perry cannot
fulfill her responsibilities.
Second runner-up was Julia
Dalton, Miss North Carolina
Teen USA.
Miss Louisiana Teen USA
Lindsey Evans came third, and
rounding out the top five was
Shareece Laree Pfeiffer, Miss
Idaho Teen USA.
As part of the final night "
entertainment, Bahamian R&B
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0 In brief

Mobile gets

a larger

cruise ship
* MOBILE, Ala.
CARNIVAL Corp. will
replace its Mobile-based
Holiday cruise ship with the
larger Fantasy next year,
boosting its capacity at the
Alabama port by more than
40 percent, according to
Associated Press.
The announcement Mon-
day came aboard the 2,056-
passenger Fantasy, which
normally is based in New
It has been operating out
of Mobile recently because
of an oil spill on the Missis-
sippi River.
Carnival spokesman Ter-
ry Thornton says the Fan-
tasy will undergo some
improvements next month
and continue cruises from
New Orleans in October,
then move to Mobile in
November 2009.

Prison officers wait

for news on pay issues

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRISON officers will
know by midweek if the
government has kept its
word and settled numerous
pay related grievances that
have been outstanding for
Some officers at Her
Majesty's Prison (HMP) are
upset that despite promo-
tions they have not received
backpay or upward salary
Other officers from the
2005 and 2006 squads are
frustrated because $166 was
subtracted from their
salaries in June. They claim
that this has still not been
refunded. Some of these
officers have also said that
they were denied the $62.50

given to civil servants in
July's salaries.
In addition, numerous
officers from these squads
have riot been regularised
despite being on the job for
two to three years.
The government has
pledged to have these issues
resolved by the end of this

Stephen Sands, head of
the Prison Officers Staff
Association, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that based
on his last conversation with
Prison Superintendent Ellis-
ton Rahming, "everything
is looking good so far."
According to Mr Sands,
there is supposed to be a
meeting between National
Security Minister Tommy

Turnquest and Mr Rahming
this week.
"So we will have a
sure answer at least by
Wednesday, Thursday if
everything is still straight,"
he said.
The resolution of this dis-
pute is a sensitive issue for
prison officers. Several
weeks ago officers at the
maximum security division
at HMP held a sick-out over

two or three days to express
their dissatisfaction over the
salary dispute.
A source at the prison has
told The Tribune that if the
money is not there for offi-
cers this month, serious
industrial action will follow
by prison officers, including
a massive sick-out.
If the money is paid to
officers, said Mr Sands, it
will have to be placed

directly on their -accounts or
forwarded via Treasury
voucher. The latest pay slips
for officers are said to have
already been created, but it
is claimed that the money is
not there.
If the owed money is not
paid this month, said Mr
Sands. the executive of the
Staff Association will have
to meet in order to discuss a
course of action.

MP to launch Baillou

Hills first computer lab

Sidney Collie announced that
he will be on hand to launch
the constituency's first ever
computer lab on August 23.
Mr Collie pointed out in a
statement issued yesterday :
that during his first budget ,
communication after the 2007
election, Prime Minister --
Hubert Ingraham promised
each member of parliament
the sum of $100,000 to be
used for projects in their con-
"After canvassing the com-
munity, it was determined
that there was a need' for a
computdlab-in a safe envi-
ronment and accessible to all
residents of the community,"
said the statement.
On Saturday August 23 at 3pm the lab, which
is housed in the community centre of the Christ
Community Church, will be officially opened.
"Christ Community Church under the lead-
ership of Pastor Deanza Cunningham has unre-
servedly given its support to the project and will

Managing Director

assist in the management
of the lab," the statement
The lab will boast 15 inter-
net ready computers, desks
and chairs in a fully air-con-
ditioned classroom.
The Baillou Hills Commu-
nity Computer Lab will also
offer a computer certification
course to residents of the
The lab's opening will coin-
cide with the community's
second annual Back to School
Jamboree which will feature
performances from the Gold-
en Gates Marching Band and
the Christ Community
Church Levitical Sounds
As with last year's activity
forum speakers will address school
safety, youth development and health and
The event will end with refreshments and
free school supplies for the first 300 students,
the statement said.


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Claim that teenage

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after refusing

advances of

female supervisor

FROM page one

other employees weren't
wearing ties. and that the
manager made the decision
to dismiss her alone
because. "'She mussy mad I
aint like her."
"1 think management
could have dealt with it
in a more appropriate
manner," said Mr. Bur-
rows. He said they treat-
ed my daughter like
trash. He insists he will
not sit by without telling
the public about the
practices at the company.
According to a male
manager at the store,
persons who serve as
packing boys/girls are
not employed by the
company and cannot be
I however, when asked
about the suspected
inappropriate actions of
the cashier supervisor,
the manager claimed he
knew nothing about the
Mr Burrows claims
that the same manager
who spoke with The Tri-
bune was the one that
initially dealt with his
daughter's dismissal.
Mr. Burrows said, "I
don't think this should
get swept under the car-
He said that instead of
the manager being inves-
tigated or even fired
from the company, his
daughter was let go then
offered a similar position
at a sister store to avoid
the real issue being dealt
Mr Burrows said that
in 2008 Bahamian com-
panies must start to
hold their employees
accountable whether
they be line staff or man-

Man charged with Harl Taylor murder
FROM page one

Inspector ( liflodi l);,Cxon was the prosecutor.
It is allcecll tha l McNcil sIomctime between Saturday, November
17, 2007. aiLd Siulti\. Nox\ciniher IS 2007, by means of unlawful
harml, intentioinall\ ;C'is t 'l th' dieatll of Harl Taylor. Nearly 30
witnesses are listk on ('ii the ctnill dockets.
Taylor. 37. an ineittiaitmally-known handbag designer, was
found stabbed to dl:tih ilt his hinIe, Mounthatten House, West Hill
Street. last NoxeLIHcir. I\\o days after Dr Thaddeus McDonald,
59. a senior ctic.ciKiC' iti lcth ( olleec of the Bahamas, was found
bludgeoned to leath. apparently with a clothing iron, in his Queen
Street guecsthouse.
Although police hii\,: not officially linked the two high-profile
murders, there has bI'ccn iv widespread speculation as to whether
there might be a connection between them as both men are alleged
to have been holliosexcitials.
Mr Tavlor \was the second of lour men killed over a seven-month
period since last November to be identified as homosexual.
In June police released a poster showing the face of McNeil-the
first and only indiv idual lo be publicly identified so far as a person
of interest in the rn!cI.'t of r Taylor. McNeil was detained by
authorities in the L'nittd Slates for six weeks, reportedly in con-
nection with immigration \ olitioins. According to reports, he was
brought back to the .Bahamias last week.
McNeil was arraigncdt beforeI Magistrate Derrence Rolle yes-
terday and was not recipe iid to plead to the murder charge. He was
not granted bail.
-His lawyer asked that the prosecution disclose to the defence
whatever evidence it ihas as soon as possible. McNeil was remand-
ed to Her Majesty's Pi ison. The case was adjourned to September
30. Following the arraigtmient. McNeil was escorted to a waiting
police bus to be taken ti> the prison.

'Bargaining impasse' at Morton Salt

FROM page one

dance with the company's
Employment Act and to retin-
state fired employee Ken
Rolle, whose dismissal spami kced
the strike, among other g.riev-
"We've reached an impasse.
The impasse is on the company
failing to pay overtime pay.
vacation pay, sick pay. pensionI
and insurance for what they
call 'part-time' workers who
have been employed for seven
to 12 years when lhe con-
tract provides the employees
to be made permanent after
90 days.
"That's one of the issues,
then we have retroactive pay.
three weeks lavolf pay and a
problem with employees being
put in the proper pay grade.
Those are the isseCs recall, that
we reached an impasse on
because the company feels as
though the\ ied i not be
required to pay ihose things
on what they call the tempo-
rary workers. Whereas the lak
requires (they.) have to do it, so

as a result of that we have
reached a bargaining impasse
on those items."
Another negotiating meet-
ing is scheduled for August 25.
In the interim, Mr Ferguson
said employees remain
"adamant" that they be paid
in accordance with the com-
pany's Employment Act.
"They are very adamant that
they ought to be paid pursuant
to the Employment Act and
pursuant to the industrial
"That's their position, cer-
tainly up to yesterday (Sun-
day), that's the instructions I
received from them. And
rightly so. you can't pay them
less than what the Act pro-
vides or less than what the
agreement provides because if
you have an agreement one
would expect that you (hon-
our) the agreement," he said.
Morton Salt employees
more than 60 per cent of
Inagua's population. The 83
members of B1MAWU,
almost 100 per cent of Mor-
ton's staff are on strike,
according to Mr Ferguson.


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Tropical Storm Watch for

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FROM page one out the day today.
Last night, the centre of Tropical Storm Fay
was located about 145 miles south of Fort Myers,
24 hours. Florida.
While the cloud cover over New Providence Fay was moving toward the north-northwest at
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With the Bahamas only mildly affected by Meteorologists said that a turn toward the
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yesterday. ward motion on Tuesday. This motion was
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was forced to question the accuracy of the data
relied on by the analysts despite believing that the
country is experiencing a crisis in crime and that
both the World Bank and the UN are reputable
"That gives some degree of credibility to the
figures as it relates to their accuracy but...I find it
very difficult to accept that. Not 170 times the
world average. Further research could convince
me, but not on face value."
As to whether extra confidence in the Bahami-
an police force on the part of citizens could in his
mind account for the outcome, he said: "That
explanation would not satisfy me entirely. While
I do appreciate that there is a relatively high
degree of confidence in our law enforcement
agencies as it relates to some other countries, I
don't think that would be the full explanation."
The report released in March 2007 drew
its conclusions from UN Crime Trends Survey
(CTS) data over numerous years.
That CTS data, one of the report's authors told
The Tribune, comes directly from individual coun-
try's police statistics departments.
The Caribbean suffers from the highest murder
rate as a region in the world, and is among the
highest in terms of assault, with narcotics-traf-
ficking being the common denominator linking all
of the countries.
Commenting on the Bahamas, the report said:
"This high rate is probably attributable to gen-
uinely high levels of violence, possibly affected by
the tourist influx, combined with high rates of
reporting to a trusted police force."
"This report has culled many different sources

of data to present as comprehensive a picture as
possible of crime and violence in the Caribbean.
Yet it is clear that there are major data gaps that
hinder policy making. Chief among them is the
lack of regular, periodic victimization surveys '
that permit comparison of crime levels both across
countries and over time."
Bishop Simeon Hall, head of the National
Advisory Commission on Crime, which is due to
present its recommendations on combating the '
rising crime to Government in a few weeks, said
that while he is certainly surprised by the report-
ed rate in the Bahamas versus other countries, he
sees the problem as based on the failure of the
judicial system and parliamentarians over the
"Our politicians seem to be rather impotent
to bring about change that will cause the judicia-
ry to be more relevant to today's needs," he said,
adding, "We might have to look outside both
political parties to find answers."
Bishop Hall said that "the most patriotic thing i
every Bahamian could do right now" is to get ;i
their MP to "keep their promises" as they relate
to crime.
"Write, call, speak to their representatives to fix
the legal system," he said.
If more people felt that when they were
"wronged and aggrieved they could get justice
in the system" Bishop Hall suggested the rate
would be lower.
However, he agreed that people are "gaining
confidence in the police, notwithstanding several
cases where they have gone awry."
The Tribune left messages for senior police
officers yesterday but none were returned. Min-
ister of National Security Tommy Turnquest was
said to be out of office.

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China has not ,.. M..

approved Olympic

protest requests
CHINESE authorities have
not approved any of the 77
applications they received
from people who wanted to
hold protests during the Bei-
jing Olympics, state media
reported Monday, according
to Associated Press.
The official Xinhua News
Agency said all the applica-
tions were *withdrawn, sus-
pended or rejected. Rights
groups and relatives have said
some applicants were imme-
diately taken away by security
agents after applying to hold a
rally, prompting critics to
accuse officials of using the
plan as a trap to draw poten-
tial protesters to their atten-
The Xinhua report provided
the first details about Beijing's
plan to allow strictly regulated
protests in three designated
areas during the Aug. 8-24
games. The plan was intended
to deflect criticism over Chi-
na's poor human rights record,
which came under increased
scrutiny in the run-up to the
Olympics. But there has not
been one demonstration in
any of the three venues since
the games began.
Some reporters have
pressed Olympic officials to
show how China has improved
human rights, a promise it
made while bidding to host the
games. Wang Wei, vice presi-
dent of the Beijing Olympics
organizing committee, defend-
ed the protest plan Monday
to journalists.
"Many problems have not
been solved, not even by the
United Nations, and some
want them to be solved during
the Olympic Games, putting
pressure on the International
Olympic Committee and the
Beijing Olympic Committee,"
Wang said.
"This is not realistic," he
added. "We think that you do
not really understand China's
reality. China has its own ver-
sion and way of exercising our

Xinhua said authorities
received 77 applications from
149 people since Aug. 1, a
week before ,the, games
opened. ji& f_1t e 14
applicants were from overseas.
They wanted to protest over a
range of issues from labor and
medical disputes to inade-
quate welfare, the report said.
Citing an unidentified
spokesman for the Public
Security Bureau, Xinhua said
74 of the applications were
withdrawn because the prob-
lems "were properly
addressed by relevant author-
ities or departments through
Two other applications
were suspended because they
did not provide sufficient
information and. one was
rejected because it violated
laws against demonstrations
and protests, the spokesman
said. The bureau also received
22 inquiries about application
procedures, Xinhua said.
A woman who answered
the telephone at the
spokesman's office of the
bureau would not comment
on the report.
Since the games began, at
least two people who applied
to protest have been taken
away, their families and rights
groups said.
Ji Sizun, who came to Bei-
jing from the southern
province of Fujian, wanted to
denounce official corruption,
and abuses of power. U.S.-
based Human Rights Watch
said last week that he was
escorted out of the public
security bureau when he
checked on his application and
put in an unmarked car by
several men who appeared to
be plainclothes policemen.
And the son of a housing
activist, Zhang Wei, said last
week that his mother had been
taken by authorities from her
home and has been officially
detained for a month for "dis-
turbing social order." Zhang,
who has been a vocal oppo-
nent of her family's forced
eviction, had also tried to
apply for permission to protest
publicly, said her son, Mi Yu.
Phelim Kine, Asia
researcher for Human Rights
Watch, said it wanted more

information on what hap-
pened to those applicants.
"We would like some trans-
parency regarding who those
citizens were, what their issues
were and how the Chinese
government has supposedly
resolved those issues because
we have justifiable concern
about the whereabouts and
safety of those individuals giv-
en that there have been sev-
eral documented incidents in
which Chinese citizens who
have legally applied have gone
missing and are potentially in
,.'-ntion," Kine said.




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and chain management at Kerzner International; Mary Walker, manager of environmental services at PMH; Thelma Rolle, public relations at the PMH; Ed Fields, senior vice-
president of public affairs at Kerzner International, and Herbert Cartwright, materials management at PMH.

Kerzner International makes donation

to the Princess Margaret Hospital

KERZNER International last week
continued to extend its charitable arm
in the Bahamian community, donat-
ing 54 garbage receptacles to the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
The waste bins will be used exter-
nally and internally in general areas, in
the pharmacy, and in spots where hos-

pital officials believe it is necessary to
have them.
Kerzner International's senior vice-
president of public affairs Ed Fields
presented the receptacles to represen-
tatives from PMH.
"The Princess Margaret Hospital is
our premier healthcare facility in the

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vigils at grave of

murdered friend

Bronson Moss, it's still hard
to believe that his good
friend Khodee Davis is
Like many other young
people from Fox Hill, Bron-
son stages regular vigils at
Khodee's grave, talking to
his pal deep into the night.
Khodee, who was mur-
dered on Whit Monday at
Cabbage Beach, Paradise
Island, would have turned
17 last week.


His parents and friends
staged a well-attended party
in his memory.
After the party, about 12
young people visited
Khodee's grave at St Mark's
Baptist Church, Fox Hill, to
sing "happy birthday" to
Bronson cannot forget
how kind Khodee was to
him and others in the com-

munity. Khodee provided
him and others with cloth-
ing and shoes and gave him
good advice.
Bronson visits Khodee's
grave at least once a week
and is now agitating for a
book to be written about the
life of Khodee Davis.
"I want the book written
about how he used to take
care of people and how nice
he was," he said.
Bronson is known among
Khodee's friends as keeper
of the grave.
"Khodee was a great
youth leader," said a family
friend, "Many students have
been visiting his grave to
cry, sing and talk to him."
Bronson said: "I usually
visit Khodee's grave around
midnight to lam in the night
to talk with him.
"Sometimes, I fall asleep
on his grave and catch
myself in the early hours of
the morning and then I go

country and it's used by both residents
and guests. By donating these recep-
tacles, it can go a long way in making
the hospital environment more attrac-
tive," he said.
Accepting the bins on behalf of
PMH was Mary Walker, manager of
the environmental services depart-

e a

I New classes are forming now. Call Success for regish

"I wish to thank Atlantis, Paradise
Island, for this gesture. We plan to
make these receptacles available
throughout the hospital and we hope
that they can make the hospital envi-
ronment more aesthetically pleasing,"
she said.

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MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest enjoys a brief trip and
chat onboard HMBS P-49 at the conclusion of the commissioning cere-
monies held Friday, August 15, 2008 at HMBS Coral Harbour Base. One
of the craft was scheduled to set sail for Grand Bahama immediately
following the ceremonies Friday to join the Northern Bahamas Fleet Com-

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on the 8th day of July 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Arthur Roland Jude Kemp
of Nassau, Bahamas
will be held at
Ebenezer Methodist
Church, East Shirley
Street, Nassau, on
Thursday, 21st August,
2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Gerald Richardson -
will officiate.

Predeceased by his
father Arthur, mother
Freda, brother Garth.

Survived by his loving wife of 53 years Doreen;
son Ian and wife Sandra, daughters Beth and husband
Kim, Samantha and husband Jay.

Grandchildren Heather-Anne and Travis, Tamsin
and husband Nicholas, Andrew, Justin and Candis,
Scott and Kyle.

Brother Billy and wife Edna; sisters Agnes and
husband Kenny, Joey.

Sister in law Ann.

Aunts Emmie and Agnes..

And many dear cousins, nephews, nieces and
wonderful friends including Ray and Flora,
Desmond and Sylvia, Bradley and Jean, Lester and

Special thanks to the staff of the ICU department
at Doctor's Hospital, especially Dr. Theodore
? Ferguson and Dr. Michael Darville and their team
of specialists, all the Nurses, Patient Care
Technicians and Vandessa Astwood.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
; Ebenezer Methodist Church (Focus Group), P.O.Box
S.S.6145, Nassau, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA), P.O.Box S.S. 6247, Nassau,
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, S.S.6539, Nassau
in Memory of Jude Kemp.
Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau,N.P., The Bahamas.

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MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest sits at the controls of Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship P-49 during a tour of the newly commissioned
craft Friday, August 15, 2008 at HMBS Coral Harbour Base. HMBS P-49 joined HMBS P-48 as part of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Fleet.

THE government of the Bahamas is in
the process of developing a further six-year
"acquisition package" that will result in an
increase of 11 additional vessels for use by
the Royal Bahamas Defence Force by the
year 2014, Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said.
The package is'expected to include four
60-foot vessels, four 100-foot vessels, two
140-foot vessels and a landing craft.
Mr Turnquest said the vessels purchased
under the "acquisition package", when com-
bined with the current acquisition of assets,
will provide the Defence Force with the
fleet that is "necessary to do the job." '
He said the package is part of the gov-
ernment's "forward thinking and planning"
in providing the officers with the equip-
ment needed for the Defence Force to car-
ry out its mandate to protect the sover-
eignty and territorial waters of the
Bahamas, particularly from trans-national
criminals including, gun, drugs and human
traffickers, illegal migrants and poachers.
"The Defence Force is a seagoing force
thaf is engaged in serious business in our
territorial water (as) the Bahamas continues
to confront the decades old threat of illegal
activities which have caught our country
up in the currents of trans-national crime,"
Mr Turnquest said.
"Illegal trafficke.;s in drugs, guns and
humans into and through our country, and
pillagers of our marine resources are com-
mitting criminal acts. What happens in our
maritime territory has far-reaching impli-
cations for public safety and security in our
islands (as) illegal firearms in particular

THE crew of Her Majesty's Bahamian Ships P-48
and P-49 prepare the craft to receive guests
who were given a brief tour and trip onboard the
latest commissioned additions to the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Fleet on August 15,
2008. The boats, 48-foot Dauntless craft, will
help to increase the operational capacity of the
Defence Force.
have taken violent crime to a new level in
our country," he said.
"The significance of our charge to the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force comes
sharply into focus when it is placed in the
context of our country of 700 islands, scat-
tered over some 100,000 square nautical
miles of ocean. We have asked the Defence
Force to guard and protect our vast mar-
itime territory with its porous borders that
make it vulnerable to all manner of trans-
national crime. It stands to reason, there-
fore, that we must provide the Force with
the seagoing assets to do what we ask of it,"
Mr Turnquest said.
Minister Turnquest said the "acquisition
package" is part of the government's com-
mitment to crime-fighting and to ensuring
that the territorial integrity and sovereign-
ty of the Bahamas are protected at all times.
He said the commissioning of two 48-

foot Dauntless Vessels and four 43-foot
Interceptor Patrol Boats that were donated
by the United States Southern Command
under the Enduring Friendship Agreement,.
as well as the commissioning of two 27-foot
vessels at HMBS Matthew Town Base and
two additional 40-foot boats that are expect-"
ed to arrive in the Bahamas within the next
several weeks, are all part of the short-ternm
strategies to bring additional assets to the;
Defence Force.
"All of these assets that were recently
provided to the Force will help the Defence
Force to fulfill its mandate almost immedi-)
ately. Protecting the territorial integrity andi
sovereignty of the Bahamas is obviously ar
major priority of the government of the.
Bahamas, but acquiring the number of,
assets we want to give the Defence Force
will take some time and that's why we are,
developing this plan.
"However, in the interim, we are imple-I
menting a number of short-term measures
that are bound to help. For example, the:
four go-fast boats that were commissioned;
two weeks ago will help to intercept the
fast boats the criminals use, the 48-foot
boats will help as well as the other assets,"
he said. Minister Turnquest said the gov-
ernment is also working closely with its
regional and international partners in terms
of cooperation "and see some headway.
coming forward."
"I am extremely happy with the progress
we are making, we just have to remain,
focused and realise that these things take'
planning and time. Sometimes people get a
little impatient, but impatience just won't do'
it. We have to ensure that what we do is'
done the right way," he said.

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to close out'islands ,,

of World Fashion

Week' at Atlantis
Can fashion designer
Kevan Hall will close out
the "Islands of World
fashion Week" at the
Ailantis Resort in
Mr Hall, who has
worked with numerous
Hollywood celebrities,
will present his latest
collection on the catwalk
during the closing recep-
He will join such inter-
national guest designers
as Peter Ingwersen of
Noir Illuminati II from
Denmark and Nick
Verreos of Nikolaki
from the United States
n the presentation of
heir creations on the
patwalks of the premiere
pf the "Islands of the
World Fashion Week",
o be held from Novem-
ber 5 to November 8.
The event, organised
by Mode Iles, an arm of
the Montaque Group,
will provide an annual
showcase for designers
either originating from
br based in islands
around the world.
The fashion event will
highlight the themes of
cultural diversity and
dialogue, and will draw
attention to the global
issues of the environ-
ment and climate
change, the education of
youth on HIV/AIDS,
and poverty alleviation,
particularly as they
impact small island
states. The event is
endorsed by the Paris-
based United Nations
Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organisa-
tion (UNESCO).
The opening and clos-
ing receptions will take
place at Atlantis and the
daily catwalk shows will
be shown-at the British
Colonial Hilton.

In addition to the
international guest
designers, approximately
30 garment and acces-
sories designers from 11
island states from around
the world will also pre-
sent their unique styles
to the international.
media, fashion editors
and trade publications,
merchandise buyers,
agents, and local and
international fashion-
Mr Hall distinguished
himself in the fashion
industry from a young
age, having studied fash-
ion design at Cass Tech-
nical High School in
Detroit and then at the
Fashion Institute of
Design and Merchandis-
ing (FIDM) in Califor-
nia, where he received
the Peacock Award for
"Outstanding Fashion
Mr Hall's career path
then took him to the
fashion house of Halston
where he became the
design and creative
director, reviving the
brand to its former glory.
In 2002, the designer
launched his own signa-
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received the 47th Gold
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Chicago, and in 2005 the
"Stylemaker of the
Year" award by Life &
Style magazine.

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Family Guardian's Financial Services
Division has been awarded the
2008 Gold Master Agency Award
by the General Agents & Managers
S Association International (GAMA)

Ingrid Rose, FLMI, ACS, AIAA
Agency Manager
Silver International Management Award

John Hepburn
Agency Manager
Bronze International Management Award

Julie Adderley Mclnlosh
Agency Manager
Bronze International Management Award

Anna Wilson-Smith, BA, IFA
Agency Manager
Bronze International Management Award

Deborah Delancy, BA Vernelle Butler, MBA, CLU, IFA
Agency Manager Agency Manager
Bronze International Management Award Bronze International Management Award

for the second consecutive year.

Six Agency Managers have also received
individual awards in recognition of
their outstanding record in leadership
and sales performance.

The prestigious awards, presented at GAMA's
San Francisco conference, highlight insurance
agencies or companies considered to be
at the top of their industry.

GAMA promotes the professional development
of managers in the insurance and financial-
services industry through education, research,
and networking through its international

For over 36 years, GAMA has recognized
nearly 36,000 sales leaders in the industry
worldwide through its management
awards programme.

Leonard Henderson, JD, CLU
Financial Services Marketing Consultant
2008 Gold Master Agency Award






"Success means having the courage, the
determination, and the will to become the
person you believe you were meant to be."

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enthusiast, 1918-1993)

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to the outstanding Bahamian athletes of thE
Commonwealth Bank wishes you GOLD in

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i Beijing.

Johnson, Taureano

Burrows, Elvis Vereance
Dillette, Alana
Knowles, Jeremy
Vanderpool-Wallace, Arianna

Knowles, Mark
Mullings, Devin

Track and Field
Amertil, Christine
Atkins, Derrick
Bain, Andretti
Brown, Chris
Clarke, Timicka
Edwards, Jackie
Eve, Lavern
Ferguson, Sheniqua
Mathieu, Michael
Mckenzie-Ferguson, Debbie
Miller, Ramon
Moncur, Avard

Sands, Leevan
Sands, Shamar
Sturrup, Chandra
Thomas, Donald
Williams, Andrae


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current economic slowdown


Baha Mar

officials to

meet with


Business Reporter
SENIOR officials of the
Baha Mar resort are to
meet with a delegation of
Chinese businessmen
throughout this week-to dis-
cuss a variety of opportu-
nities and options for the
billion dollar resort.
The meetings scheduled
for August 19-23 will also
be attended by several gov-
ernment ministers and offi-
cials. Together, they will
host the delegation of Chi-
nese business represenrta-
tives for three days of dis-
cussion on the plans and
vision for Baha Mar to
become a world-class desti-
nation resort project.
Robert Sands, vice-presi-
dent of external affairs, yes-
terday told Tribune Busi-
ness that the meeting is part
of a continuing series of
"open dialogue" discussions
Baha Mar is pursuing as it
explores a variety of oppor-
tunities with parties inter-
ested in the project.
"We wanted to have an
open dialogue with a num-
ber of groups to discuss a
number of issues, including
financing, construction and
any other way that they
might be able to assist us."
Mr Sands said that, at the
moment, there is no specif-
ic project or request that
the company will be dis-
cussing with Chinese, but
the company is, he said,
using the opportunity to
explore and assess a vari-
ety of opportunities and
options, and will continue
to meet with interested par-
ties as it furthers its plans
for the project.

Tribune Business Reporter

down has resulted in a dete-
rioration in credit quality for
the first six months of the
year, the Central Bank of the Bahamas
has reported.
In its monthly economic and financial
developments for June, the Central
Bank said that private sector loan
arrears (loans which are above 30 days
past due) rose by $60.5 million or 11.4
per cent to total $590 million.
The bank said that commercial
arrears constituted some two-thirds of
the increment, and were concentrated
in 31 to 90-day segments.
Further Central Bank reported that
consumer loans arrears which grew by
14.6 million exhibited a steady move-

ment into the non-interest accruing cat-
The bank said that, although mort-
gage arrears were relatively stable,
more of the loans became non-per-
Therefore Central Bank increased
total provisions by $16.6 million or
13.87 during the first six months of the
year, leaving the ratio of total provi-
sions to non-performing loans relative-
ly unchanged at 47 per cent.
"Economic activity in the Bahamian
economy over the remainder of the
year is expected to remain positive
although mild due to uncertainty in the
global economic conditions.
"Although private sector demand is
expected to exhibit the usual seasonal
uptrend and growth is not anticipated
to reach the levels observed in 2007,
the bank predicted," the bank said.

As a consequence, liquidity condi-
tions should remain buoyant and exter-
nal reserves are projected to remain at
comfortable levels.
Additionally, Central Bank report-
ed that indicators for June suggest a
mild pace of economic growth, amid
relatively moderate levels of foreign
investment led construction activity sta-
ble consumer spending and weakened
tourism activity.
The Central Bank reported that pre-
liminary data on the fiscal situation for
the first ten months of FY2007/08 indi-
cates an almost 30 per cent improve-
ment in government's deficit vis-a-vis
the previous year to an estimated $77.6
Buoyed by heightened collections of
international trade and property.tax-
es, revenue receipts gained six per cent
to $1,148.1 million, partly offsetting a

2.76 per cent rise in total expenditure to
$1,225.7 million.
Further, domestic prices remained
elevated as evidenced by further
increased gas prices, and BEC fuel sur-
The rapid fuel cost increases also
underlie the firming in the retail price
index for the 12 month period ending
June 2008, by 2.99 per cent, about 0.57
points higher than the previous year's
Central Bank said that the most sig-
nificant cost gains were recorded for
furniture and household operation -
7.10 per cent, medical and health care
4.73 per cent, food and beverages- 4.03
per cent, transport and communication
-3.21 and other goods and services -
3.07 per cent. The remaining index
components reflected cost apprecia-
tions of less than three per cent.

BHA to place 200 teachers in its member hotels

Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation is to place 200 teachers



dies suddenly

at his Cable

Beach home

WILLIAM "Bill" Braith-
waite, a long-time resident of
the Bahamas, died suddenly at
his home in Cable Beach on
August 12. He was 79.
Born February 14, 1929, in
Paterson, New Jersey, Mr
Braithwaite arrived in Nassau
on May 26, 1956, four days
after marrying his wife Cather-
ine Ann "Nancy" Forbes, to
work for Navios Corporation.
But the storyline in the
Braithwaite family has always
been: "They came to the
Bahamas for their honeymoon
and never left."
Knowing that the Bahamas
was where they belonged and
where they would always want
to be, Bill and Nancy Braith-
waite became Bahamian citi-
zens in 1994.
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Pace University in New York
City, served with the United
States Navy, and worked with
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throughout its member hotels
for the rest of the week in an
effort to expose the country's
educators to the skills needed
in the industry.
Now in its fifth year in New
Providence and the first year
in Grand Bahama, BHA's
annual summer educator
internship programme will
give educators the chance to
experience first-hand the
industry and the opportunities
it presents to young people.
At the opening ceremony
for the program, BHA presi-
dent Russell Miller said that
dramatic changes in the indus-
try dictate that the country
needs to change the way it pre-
pares its young people to enter
the tourism field.
He pointed out that, with
three out of every hotel job
being in the supervisory and
managerial categories, the
industry needs the best and
the brightest minds.
He added that foreign lan-
guage skills are increasingly
important as is international

and technological experience.
According to Bridget Mur-
ray, BHA's workforce devel-
opment manager, there are
myriad challenges facing the
She said that hotels are get-
ting more unfavourable com-
ments from guests.
By exposing the educators
to the ins and outs of the
industry BHA, she said, is
hopeful that educators can
take these situations and inte-
grate them into the curricula at
their schools, thus exposing
students to what is required as
early as possible.
"Sometimes teachers are the
only real source of inspiration
students have."
She added that over the
week of the programme, the
educators will learn about dif-
ferent requirements of the four
generations of guests mature,
baby boomers and generations
x and y.
Ms Murrary also said that it
is vital that the training of the
nation's youth not be left sole-

ly in the hands of educators,
but encouraged all industries
to take an active role.
Alanna McCartney, direc-
tor of strategic sourcing at
Atlantis, said the resort is find-
ing it increasingly difficult to
find a continuous talent pool
to staff the resort.
Therefore she said it was a
pleasure for the hotel to part-
ner with educators to indicate
the skills that are most lack-
ing and the areas which need
the most improvement.
Principal of Aquinas, Col-
lege Shona Knowles, who is to
be stationed at the RIU resort,
said she is excited about the
Noting concerns about the
nation's current D-plus aver-
age and concerns from the
industry on meeting its staffing
needs, Ms Knowles said that
this is an excellent opportuni-
ty for educators to see exactly
where the curriculum needs
changing and to make their
lessons applicable to real
world situations.


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Beware of the impact of higher oil prices

Rising cost of living are midway tl
Last week the US published cane season a
its latest inflation data. As of a hurricane
expected, it revealed a sharp Gulf of Mexic
increase in the basic cost of liv- cern.
ing. The Gulf ol
According to CNNMoney: to some 21 ma
"Prices soared in July on the which are res
back of record oil. Now, after during some 2
witnessing the sharp drop in the domestic oil an
cost of crude, Americans are region house
hoping for relief in August. They refineries repi
may be sorely disappointed. 50 per cent of t
"The latest consumer inflation capacity.
report on Thursday (August 14) The implicat
said that prices in July rose at in the short ten
an annual rate of 5.6 per cent a major hurri
with energy costs increasing region this sea
nearly 30 per cent." possible case si
I have always argued that the age to produce
current market price of oil is not facilities, a mi
fully priced into our everyday two weeks pro
lives. Therefore, it is reasonable be lost. In the
to assume that higher rates of could be long-1
inflation will be with us for a ruptions.
while yet and the portion of our Unlike the
pay cheques going toward ener- has significant
gy is likely to continue rising in of oil which c
the coming months. to mitigate sh
That means the amount of dislocations.
money people spend from their While the B
daily budget on energy (gaso- source its oil
line and electricity) is likely to Mexico, the foi
remain relatively high. Standard demand, will
and Poor's predicts people will crude oil price
spend seven per cent of their dis-
posable income on energy in the Catastrophic
third quarter of 2008, up from Fund (CDF)
6.5 per cent in the second quar- The second
ter. For comparison, people to address today
spent just four per cent on their Catastrophic E
disposable income on energy in I have written
1998. occasions, it is
the Bahamas s
Gulf of Mexico cane Belt" an
Another potential concern on likely, get a hur
the horizon is the fact that we Generally s]

Bardelmeier and Company, formed in the
Bahamas in 1962 to specialise in bulk shipping
consulting services, serving as treasurer and
shipping economist for over 30 years.
He was hlso an active supporter of Abilities
Unlimited since its inception 34 years ago.
He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 52 years;
daughter Mary Braithwaite and her husband
Bob Dumouchel of Nassau; four sons, Tom of
Nassau, Billy and his wife Joan of Nassau, Mark
and his wife Dawn of Hohokus, NJ, Andrew
and his wife Theresa of Sussex, NJ; two grand-
sons, Liam and his mother Anita O'Dwyer of
Shannon, Ireland, and Quenton of Sussex, NJ;
cousin Kay Watson and her husband Don of
Arlington, VA; brothers-in-law Paul Forbes of
Morristown, NJ and Lawrence "Pat" Kramer of
Rumson NJ; sisters-in-law Patsy Forbes of
Upper Monclaff, NJ, Joan Forbes of Paterson,
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through the hurri-
nd the possibility
ending up in the
o is always a con-
f Mexico is home
major oil platforms
sponsible for pro-
25 per cent of US
id gas output. This
s nine major oil
resenting close to
;he US oil refining
ions for oil prices,
rm, are obvious if
cane lands in the
ason. In the best
scenario no dam-
tion and refining
nimum of at least
eduction time will
worst case, there
term supply inter-
Bahamas, the US
strategic supplies
would be released
ort-term market
ahamas does not
from the Gulf of
rces of supply and
drive worldwide
s up.
c Disaster
point that I wish
ay is the issue of a
disasterr Fund. As
n on numerous
a known fact that
its in the "Hurri-
Ld we will, most
ricane every year.
peaking, govern-

| Financial

ment buildings are self-insured.
What this means is that in the
event of a catastrophe, central
government will have to borrow
large sums to replace needed
infrastructure. In other words,
taxpayers such as you and me
and our children and grandchil-
dren will pay these costs for
years to come in addition to per-
sonal losses.
I believe that it is time for cen-
tral government to establish and
finance a Catastrophic Disaster
Fund, which is totally segregated
from the Consolidated Fund. It
is essential to our long-term eco-
nomic security. A little self-help
and forward planning can g6 a
long way.
Concurrently, the government
must establish policies restricting
the maximum amount of risk it
will self-insure until the CDF
achieves critical mass. Other-
wise, we are taking unnecessary
financial risk with our fragile
economy. Caricom has also.
moved to establish a similar ini-
tiative on a regional basis (Cat-
astrophic Fund), but thus far it
has not really been funded by
member countries.
Reinsurance capacity
It is also a known fact that the
world's major re-insurers are
becoming less keen in providing
hurricane coverage capacity to

NJ, Fonce Forbes of Morristown, NJ; nieces
Peggy Lee Insel of Dewitt, MI, Barbara Lee
Smith of Carmel, CA, Lee Anne Forbes Doust
of Bedminister, NJ, Kathleen Swearer of Glen
Ridge NJ, Allison Sidow of Oakland NJ, Kim
Kramer Gallagher of Little Falls, NJ, Mary
Anne Forbes Harris of Memphis, TN, Sara
Moran of Kindsbach, Germany; nephews Carl-
ton Lee, Jr. of Paterson, NJ, Kevin Forbes of
Montclair, NJ, Billy Forbes of Charleston, SC,
Kip Kramer of Glen Rock, NJ, Kelly Kramer of
Bloomfield, NJ; Special friends: Dorothy and
Nancy Booth, Volodis Carey, Claudia Casey,
Bob and Ann Childs, Bob and Dottie Gold-
bach, Bill and Lynn McCargo, Rachael O'Brien,
Blossie Meadows and Gladys Sumner.
In keeping with his request, a private cere-
mony with family members was held on August
17. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,
donations be.made to Abilities Unlimited.

the entire region as the quan-
tum of damages that they have
to reimburse seemingly grows
exponentially with each hurri-
cane. The cost of hurricane cov-
erage will increase as hurricane
activity in the region increases.
Remember, that re-insurers do
not underwrite risk on a country-
by-country basis, but rather on a
regional basis.
So even if the Bahamas is
spared from a hurricane this sea-
son, but significant damage
occurs elsewhere in the region,
our premiums will still increase.
I am very concerned that

many Bahamians are electing to
drop hurricane coverage in an
effort to reduce house insurance
costs. On one hand, the majori-
ty of our housing stock is still
mortgaged (and thus hurricane
coverage is mandatory).
However, the fall-out of a sig-
nificant number of uninsured
properties in the aftermath of a
major hurricane could be even
more disruptive to economic
recovery and even social order.
Until next week...
Larry R. Gibson, a chartered
financial analyst, is vice-presi-
dent pensions, Colonial Pen-

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sions Services (Bahamas) Limit-
ed, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Colonial Group International
Ltd, which owns Atlantic Med-
ical Insurance Ltd and is a major
shareholder of Securito and Gen-
eral Insurance Company in T7h
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

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Dates and Times

New Student Orientation & Advisement.
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Band Shell off Poinciana Drive
(Parking available at the Tucker Road entrance)

Students will use the campus computers to complete their first online registration.
August 21st 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
August 22nd 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Bill Payment
Bills are paid at the Business Office located in the Portia Smith Building off
Poinciana Drive.
August 21st 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
August 22nd 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
August 22n- 8:00 am *r- 3 5:00 p-.-m.




Core responsibilities:

* 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;
Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than August 20th, 2008 to:

DA 65169
c/o The Tribune
P.O. BoxN3207,
Nassau, Bahamas

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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
student applications

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.

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A novel summer internship programme

TWELVE Bahamian students
drawn from local private and
public high schools and univer-
sities abroad, such Atlanta's
Morehouse College, were cho-
sen to participate in a unique
internship programme this sum-
The objective was to expose
Bahamians to varying aspects of
myriad career opportunities in
resort development, and help
them to learn skills and attrib-
utes needed to access such fields
as construction management,
golf course development and
environmental management.
To meet this goal, participants
were given the opportunity to
Interact with seasoned profes-
sionals in the targeted areas.
The 12-week initiative culmi-
nated in a luncheon presenta-
tion during which the interns had
an opportunity to share what
they had learned and speak of
their hands-on involvement in
the hive of activity that now

characterises the Albany prop-
Albany vice-presidents, man-
agers and staff who attended
were impressed with how much
the interns had absorbe I and the
enthusiasm they demonstrated
for their subject areas during
their presentations.
Albrion Symmonette, a
sophomore at prestigious More-
house College, explained his role
as a land surveyor during the
summer programme. "Land sur-
veying is a vital aspect of any
project, no matter how big or
small you need land survey-
ors, because their job is to
ensure that the placement of all
construction works is consistent
with design plans," he said.
During July, Symmonette was
assigned to work with the sur-
vey team on as-build surveys,
where he collected data and
dimensions on something that
was already built. This informa-
tion was then used for compar-

isons on design plans and stake-
"A stakeout is when we insert
geographic coordinates into a
GPS system and use these to
find the property corners/bound-
aries. If land surveying isn't done
properly, and you are placing
the piles of the building, this
would affect the structural
integrity of the building and pos-
sibly fail in the long run. So you
must ensure that piles are placed
properly and property corners
for legal reasons," Symmonette
"During our daily site inspec-
tions I recorded notes on all
activities being conducted on the
external road project of Port
Road and Rock Plant Road,"
said Brenton Smith.
He added that this entailed
recording activities such as the
installation of utility sleeves,
trenching, installation of
drainage wells and paving the
"We also had to complete a
coral relocation project,"
explained intern, Jade Pratt.
"We were on boats in the water

helping professional divers and
marine biologists as they
removed coral from the ocean
floor. These had to be removed
so that they would not be dam-
aged during the dredging for the
marina channel. We received the
coral as they handed them to us
in the boats, put them in bins
and ensured that they were not
exposed to the human touch
because they would die."
Impressed by the knowledge
the students gained in the short
period of time Dr Tyrone
McKenzie, vice-president,
Albany Developer Ltd., point-
ed out that the summer interns
were exposed to all aspects of
the professional area to which
they were attached.
"Our goal at Albany was to
ensure that when the internship
ended, the interns would have
acquired useful knowledge and a
clear idea of the parameters of
the field in which they have tak-
en an interest, from human
resource management to the
technical and skill require-
ments," McKenzie said.
He added that Albany is seek-

applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The.
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 19TH day of AUGUST, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DIANA WIGHTMAN, P.O. BOX
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 15TH day of AUGUST, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Full Time Cashiers


Applicants must be 30 years old or older, honest,
flexible, reliable and customer service oriented.
Must be able to work shifts;
(8am-4pm ; 4pm midnight / midnight 8am).
Expereince is an asset.

Serious enquiries only
Tel: 325-5488 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Fax: 328-5498

Deli worker needed
Applicants must be able to work shifts
(7am-3pm & 3pm 11pm), be honest, flexible
reliable and customer service oriented.
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Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
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Fax: 328-5498


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ing to direct Bahamian talent
towards top-level positions in
fields such as construction, envi-
ronmental management and golf
course construction where they
are badly needed.
Jade Pratt explained that she
had also participated in the
removal of invasive species as a
part of her environmental
attachment. "We went out on
the beachfront, tagged the casua-
rina plants and scavolas, which
are the main invasive species on
this property, and tagged them.
The gardeners were responsible
for moving them under our
supervision. We had to ensure
that native plants which are ben-
eficial to the dune, to keep it sta-
ble and prevent erosion, were
not removed," she said.
As a part of the programme,
the Albany interns were also
responsible for developing pub-
lic information brochures,
emphasising the coral reef and
other important information on
the property for visitors and
"Our internship programme
was unique," said Rochelle New-
bold, Albany's environmental
manager, who was recently
awarded the coveted CIWEM
(Chartered Institution of Water
and Environmental Manage-
ment) designation.
"Many summer internship
programmes are basically acts
of kindness that help students
to keep busy over the summer
while earning a little money. The
students end up being office
gofers, getting lunch or coffee
for office staff. On the other
hand our interns got,hands-on
experience relative to the pro-
duction of development," New-
bold said.
Valentino Bowe, student at C
R Walker High School, who was
placed in the golf course con-
struction sector, explained that
he had initially applied for the
internship to get a better under-
standing of interesting career
fields available in resort devel-
"When I first heard about the
internship I thought that it
would be a regular summer job.
However, I actually got invalu-
able exposure to the golf course
construction field. This lets me
know that there are other fields


Fo h tre

out there that we as Bahamians
have not explored to the fullest,"
Bowe said.
Brenton Smith, a student from
St Augustine's College, worked
in construction management at
Albany. "The knowledge that I
have gained here will help me
in the future. After this experi-
ence I realized that I want to
pursue a career in civil engi-
neering," he said.
Biology major at Bethune
Cookman College, Jenna Gib-
son said: "Working in the envi-
ronmental management area at
Albany was rewarding because I
got to experience a more physi-
cal learning environment, rather
than just filing papers. We par-
ticipated in coral reef locations
and site inspections."
Gibson further explained that
she applied for the programme
because of her desire to broaden
her horizons in the natural sci-
ences field. "I didn't think it
would have been as physical as it
was, but I have grown. I would
encourage other students to pur-
sue this internship programme
in the future as it was fun and a
fulfilling experience," she said.
Levant Miller, graduate, St
John's College, worked directly
with Rochelle Newbold. He said
that his most memorable activi-
ty was going on site inspections.
"Working on a project as big
as Albany, you have to ensure
that everything is running appro-
priately and on schedule. Our
site inspections helped us to
monitor the environmental
aspect and ensured that the con-
tractors are working in accor-
dance with environmental pro-
cedures set forth," he said.
Albrion Symmonette said: "In
a normal day I would go on site,
do an inspection, document it,
and take photographs to add to
the digital report, and I also
gained experience working with
the survey team at Albany.
Being able to speak with pro-
fessionals in the industry as I am
currently pursuing a degree in
civil engineering in college was
truly beneficial. Working here
has also given me great expo-
sure in what actually happens in
the field, and to be able get
advice from persons who already
have their degrees and experi-
ence was most rewarding to
' Dr McKenzie. said Albany
intended to sustain its internship
programrien for tfbest of rei-
sons. "Not only will this pro-
gramme be of immediate benefit
to young Bahamians in search
of competitive careers, but it can
also help to bring talented young
Bahamians to positions for
which employers have tradi-
tionally had to import person-
nel from abroad."
"This is real succession plan-
ning. This is what sustainability is
all about," said McKenzie. He
encouraged students with the
right qualifications, career goals
and drive to apply for summer

Substituted Service of the Sumrons below Is hereby effected on the Defendant
Michael Colin Quirke pursuant to the Order of the Learned Deputy Registrar Mrs.
Marilyn Meeres dated the 29th day of May A.D., 2008, a copy of which Order is
available for collection by the Defendant at the chambers of Glinton Sweating
O'Brlen, 303 Shirley Street, Naasau, Bahamas, Attorneys for the Plaintiff,
Common Law & Equity Side



Registrar he Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in
chambers at the Supreme Court precincts, Nassau, Bahamas on
ih the ay of A. D. 2008on ring
of an application by the Plaintiffpursuant to Order 77, Rule 5 of the Rules of
the Supreme Court,
That, no Appearance having been entered by or on behalf of the Defendant
to the Writ of Summons filed in these proceedings on the 25' of June 2007,
the Plaintiff has leave to file Judgment in these proceedings for the relief
claimed in the Writ and costs to be taxed if not agreed.
Dated the 24' day of June A. D. 2008

TO: The Defendant, by substituted service pursuant to Ihe Order of the Deputy
Reistrar datedthe 290 of May 2008.

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Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Plaintiff

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have a strong typing skills
formal training in shorthand
be proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and
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Insurance and Pension Plan offered.

Salary commensurate with skill and experience.

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'Liar loans' threaten to prolong mortgage crisis

AP Business Writer
IN the mortgage industry,
they are called "liar loans" -
mortgages approved without
requiring proof of the borrow-
er's income or assets. The worst
of them earn the nickname "nin-
ja loans," short for "no income,
no job, and (no) assets."
The nation's struggling hous-
ing market, already awash in
subprime foreclosures, is now
getting hit with a second wave of
losses as homeowners with liar
loans default in record numbers.
In some parts of the country, the
loans are threatening to drag out
the mortgage crisis for another
two years.
"Those loans are going to per-
form very badly," said Thomas
Lawler, a Virginia housing econ-
omist. "They're heavily concen-
trated in states where home
prices are plummeting" such as
California, Florida, Nevada and
Many homeowners with liar
loans are stuck. They can't refi-
nance because housing prices in
those markets have nose-dived,
and lenders are now demanding
full documentation of income
and assets.
Losses on liar loans could total
$100 billion, according to
Moody's Economy.com. That's
on top of the $400 billion in
expected losses from subprime
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,
the nation's largest buyers and
backers of mortgages, lost a
combined $3.1 billion between
April and June. Half of their


credit losses came from sour liar
loans, which arce officially called
Alternative-A loans (Alt-A for
short) because they are seen as a
step below A-credit, or prime,
Many of the lenders that spe-
cialised in such loans are now
defunct banks such as Ameri-
can Home Mortgage, Bear
Stearns and IndyMac Bank.
More lenders may follow.
The mortgage bankers and
brokers who survived were more
cautious, but acknowledge they
too were swept up in the housing
hysteria to some extent.
"Everybody drank the Kool-
Aid" said David Zugheri, co-
founder of Texas-based lender
First Houston Mortgage. They
knew if they didn't give the bor-
rower the loan they wanted, the
borrower "could go down the
street and get that loan some-
where else."
The loans were also immense-
ly profitable for the mortgage
industry because they carried
higher fees and higher interest
rates. A broker who signed up a
borrower for a liar loan could
reap as much as $15,000 in fees
for a $300,000 loan. Traditional
lending is far less lucrative, net-
ting brokers around $2,000 to
$4,000 in fees for a fixed-rate
During the housing boom, liar
loan's were especially popular
among investors seeking to flip
properties quickly. They were
also commonly paired with
"interest only" features that
allowed borrowers to pay just
the interest on the debt and
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several years.
Even riskier were "pick-a-pay-
ment" or option ARM loans -
adjustable-rate mortgages that
gave borrowers the choice to
defer some of their interest pay-
ments and add them to the prin-
cipal. While some borrowers
were aware of their risky fea-
tures and used them to gamble
on their home's value or pull out
money for vacations, others like
Salvatore Fucile insist they were
victims of predatory lending.
Fucile, who is 82, and his wife,
Clara, wound up in an option
ARM from IndyMac after con-
solidating two mortgages on
their suburban Philadelphia
home. Fucile was attracted by
the low monthly payments, but
says the mortgage broker who
signed him up for the loan didn't
tell him the principal balance
could increase. It has risen about
$24,000 to $276,000. "He put me
in a bad position," said Fucile,
who fears he will be forced into
foreclosure. "He misled me."
IndyMac was taken over by
the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corp. last month.
FDIC spokesman David Barr
declined to discuss the Fuciles'
case, but said the agency has
temporarily frozen all IndyMac
foreclosures and is working on a
broad plan to modify mortgages
held by the Pasadena, Calif-
based bank.
The low monthly payments of
liar loans helped many home
buyers afford to purchase in
areas of the country where prices
were skyrocketing. But they also
helped drive up prices by allow-
ing people to buy more than
they could truly afford. Case
in point: about 40 per cent of
loans made in California and
Nevada in 2005 and 2006 were
either interest-only or option
ARMs, according to First Amer-
ican CoreLogic.
"It was pretty evident that the
only thing that was supporting
these loans was higher home
prices" said Tom LaMalfa, man-
aging director at Wholesale
Access, a Columbia, Md.-based
mortgage research firm.
Now that prices have fallen,
almost 13 per cent of borrowers
with liar loans were at least two
months behind on their pay-
ments in May, nearly four times
higher than a year earlier,
according to First American
Countrywide Financial Corp.,


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now part of Bank of America
Corp., was one of the top
providers of liar loans. The com-
pany is now is paying the price.
More than 12 per cent of Coun-
trywide's $25.4 billion in pick-a-
payment loans are in default,
and 83 per cent had little or no
documentation, according to a
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission filing last week.
Critics say Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, which bought or
guaranteed liar loans from
lenders including Countrywide
and IndyMac, should have stuck
with traditional 30-year, fixed-
rate mortgages. "I personally
think that they ventured beyond
their mission," said Richard
Smith, a mortgage broker in

Chattanooga, Tenn. Because of
their decision to back shakier
loans, he said, "the home-buying
public is going to have to pay."
Fannie and Freddie entered
the market for risky loans just
as they emerged from account-
ing scandals. At the time, Wall
Street giants such as Bear
Stearns and Lehman Brothers
Holdings Inc. were backing a
growing share of ever-riskier
loans, and both government-
sponsored companies felt pres-
sure to compete.
Freddie Mac wanted "to stay
competitive in the market and
take steps to preserve market
share," spokesman Michael Cos-
grove said.
Fannie Mae increased its pur-

chases of liar mortgages "at the
requests of many of our cus-
tomers," according to
spokesman Brian Faith.
Both companies also were
able to use subprime and liar-
loan investments to meet gov-
ernment-set affordable housing
Now Fannie, Freddie and oth-
er mortgage investors are
reviewing defaulted loans to see
if lenders committed fraud. If
they find enough evidence, they
could force lenders to assume
responsibility for losses.
But it's unclear how much
money they might recover, espe-
cially from lenders that have
gone under or been seized by
the government.

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Leading Travel Management Company invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for
the position of Vice President Operations

Job Summary:

The Vice President Operations is an executive position having responsibility for managing the day-
to-day business and proposing short-term and long-term strategies and plans within a multi-branch'
travel management company. The successful candidate will take the leadership role in formulating
and articulating the company's vision and mission.

Reporting Relationship:

The person who holds this position will report directly to the Board of Directors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Formulate and executes major policies, programs and objectives to promote and ensure the
company's continuing success and growth.
Develop and execute company's tactical and strategic plans
Develop an operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year with five-year projections.
Manage financial state of the company including compliance with all business and governmental
policies and practices relating to capital expenditures, financial and management reporting, cash
management, financial controls and risk management practices.
Develop and lead a strong management team
Manage Sales, Marketing, Supplier Relationships, Operations, Administration, Finance, Human
Resources, and Technology departments
Formulate training programs targeted to travel agents including air, car, hotel, cruise, insurance,
wholesale, luxury and specialized products, and accounts staff.
Present the company's mission, programs, products and services in a strong and positive image
to employees, suppliers, stakeholders and customers
Advise and report to Board Members on the operational, financial and management well being'of
the company.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required:

Experience in successful travel company management specifically in areas of business growth,
profitability, return on investment, staffing, planning, forecasting and budgeting
Extensive knowledge of the travel industry including air, car, hotel, cruise, tour, insurance,
wholesale, luxury, travel sales, travel marketing, and has first-hand travel experience
Excellent supervisory, organizational, training communication and presentation skills
Demonstrate assertive and creative problem solving and project management skills
Extensive knowledge of systems and technologies utilized in the airline and travel industry
including but not limited to Global Distribution Systems and TRAMS back office systems.

Education and/or Experience:

An advanced business degree or Bachelors Degree in Business or Finance with a minimum of six
(6) years of progressive management experience in a travel management company.
Thorough knowledge and experience with travel management back and front office
operations along with industry related contract negotiations expertise
Have exemplary proven experience with full financial responsibilities including balance sheet,
cash flow, profit and loss, budgets, plans and business management/models

Personal Characteristics:

Highly-motivated, self-starter requiring little or no direction from superiors
Capable of providing strong and effective leadership while building a teamwork environment and a
desire to grow the organization
Excellent communication, presentation and time management skills
Accept responsibility for his/her results while holding others in the organization accountable for
their actions
Candidate must be a strategic thinker with the analytical ability to make tough decisions

Interested persons should submit their resume by September 5, 2008 to:
The Tribune
DA 65197
P.O.Box N3207
Nassau, Bahamas

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1 He can fly a kite unaided
4 Change the fares before
the end of March again (6)
9 Stuffy complaint (7)
10 Refuse to accept new
bread (5)
11 Name a girl was given or
had changed (5)
12 Much was written on this
once (7)
13 Decline to acknowledge
applause and retire
18 Perpetrator of a dark deed
20 African port bar that is
smashed up (5)
22 Many acts are beastly
offensive (5)
23 The defendant made
charges (7)
24 Drink sounds dear to the
French (6)
25 When in a hole, use your
ingenuity (6)

Tribune Comics





1 Got transport inside a
small vehicle (2-4)
2 Excel in striking a note (5)
3 Man comes up with new
name that's appropriate (7)
5 Surfeited having had a
meal in flight? (3,2)
6 An order to stop amber
changing to green? (7)
7 Sarah's new trouble (6)
8 Tradesman's entrance
14 A measure of space and
time (7)
15 The point of no return (7)
16 You can count on it (6)
17 The robber gang takes it
19 One unsuccessful in vari-
ous roles (5)
21 A question for children (5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Auction, 5 Midge, 8
Condescending, 9 April, 10 Evening,
11 Spider, 12 Ragged, 15 Allowed. 17
Sacks, 19 Finishing post, 20 Elsie, 21
Down: 1 Accra, 2 Canary Islands, 3
Ice floe, 4 Nickel, 5 Manse, 6 Driving
school, 7 Engaged, 11 Snaffle, 13
Assegai, 14 Admits, 16 Waste, 18

Across: 1 Exhibit, 5 Rapid, 8
Splinter group, 9 Learn, 10 Outline,
11 Radial, 12 Caress, 15 Proviso,
17 Drama. 19 Long-suffering, 20
Eyrie. 21 Essence.
Down: 1 Easel. 2 Hole-and-corner,
3 Bonanza, 4 Tremor, 5 Right, 6
Proliferation, 7 Depress, 11
Repulse, 13 Address, 14 Coffee, 16
Issue, 18 Argue.




Sudoku Puzzle
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to


7 5

1 4

3 6

7 6_

9 5

4 3
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Difficulty Level *** 8/20

Kakuro Puzzle

Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

71 2
6 9 8
4_7 1
92 5
58 6

21 7

Kakuro Answer

917 171"


Vassily Ivanchuk v Levon Aronian,
Morelia 2008. Ukraine's Ivanchuk
has the reputation of the poorest
nerves among top grandmasters.
Add to that, he frequently
mishandles his clock time and finds
himself with a dozen or so moves to
make in a few minutes in a complex
position. That's what occurred in
today's puzzle, where Ivanchuk
is winning but missed a golden
opportunity. As White (to play) he
got scared of possible back row
dangers to his white king, which is
sitting behind a row of unmoved
pawns. The game went I h4? a4 2
Bc2 Qb8 3 Qxf5 Bxa2 when White
was still winning until Ivanchuk,
now with his clock near to flagfalt,
blundered his bishop. The strange
aspect of the winning opportunity
he missed in the diagram is that
also unaware how close he was to
defeat. Can you find White's winning
move (not too hard since you know
it's there) and the faulty reason why
Ivanchuk rejected It slightlyy harder)?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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1 A stone
fruit (6)
4 Maker of
barrels (6)
9 Fall sharply and
abruptly (7)
10 Cavalry unit (5)
11 Speak (5)
12 Zealous (7)
13 Informal (4,3,4)
18 Severely self-denying
20 Resentment (5)
22 A wind
instrument (5)
23 Seek
to rival (7)
24 Being (6)
25 Decorous (6)

1 Mediterranean island
2 Break out (5)
3 Self-reproach (7)
5 Web-footed river ani-
mal (5)
6 Sequence of opera-
tions (7)
7 Character attributed
8 Haughty (5-6)
14 Narrate (7)
15 Take up and support
16 Bewilder (6)
17 Nothing more than
19 Deal with (5)
21 Twinge of conscience




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HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
malcng a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 19; very good 29; excellent
38 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

An Honorable Decision

East dealer.
North-South vulncral
VJ 103
A Q 9 7

A Q 10

K J 8 5
4J 8 73

The bidding:
East South
2 V Pass
Pass 3 NT
Opening lead eight
Hlow to make the
use of your honor ca
tant concern on alm
you encounter. Elec
withhold an honor ca
huge dillerence \he
at stake.
For example, take
West led the eight o
three nolrunip. Decl
early co\ cred the .igh
ten, and last no\\
which heart to play.
After considerable

chose to cover the ten with the
ble. queen. This play would have proven
II eminently successful if South had
taken the trick with the king. In that
case, whenever declarer tried to
score his ninth trick by leading a club
toward the king, West would rise
EAST with the ace and return a heart,
J 10 83 allowing East to run his hearts.
V A Q 9 6 5 2 But South also had a decision to
4 1043 make at trick one, and he very
S-, smartly refused to win the first trick
H with his king, thus gumming up the
East-West defense. After the queen
held, there was no way to stop South
from scoring three spades, four dia-
monds, a heart and a club for a total
of nine tricks.
West North Subsequent analysis revealed that
3 + Dble if East had allowed dummy's ten to
win the opening trick, retaining both
it of hearts. his ace and queen, he would have
fired much better. When West later
most effective gained the lead with the ace of clubs,
rds is an impor- his heart return would sink the con-
lost very deal tract.
ting to play or In refusing to play either of his
ard may make a honors at trick one, East should con-
n the contract is clude that defensive prospects are
very poor unless he can run his
this deal \\here hearts, and that this can occur only if
f hearts against West has a second heart to lead. Once
arer \cry prop- East credits West with another heart,
i \ith dummy's the play of the heart six or nine on
had to decide lthe opening trick requesting a
later continuation is clearly cor-
Ie thought, he reelt.
Tomorrow: Bridge on a high level.
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NOW that the royal poinciana is losing
its lustre, it is being replaced in some areas
by its distant cousin, yellow poinciana
(Peltophorum pterocarpum).
This yellow poinciana should not be
confused with the true yellow version of
royal poinciana where the flowers are
identical to royal poinciana except for the
The bright yellow flowers of Peltopho-
rum are held upright in panicles above
the foliage of this rather stately tree.The
leaves are compound but are distinctly
different from royal poinciana.
The flowering season for Peltophorum
lasts into September by which time the flow-
ers have changed into coppery pods about
four inches long. The tree can be propa-
gated easily from seeds within these pods.
Peltophorum is not very salt tolerant
but can be grown within a block or two of
the ocean. It comes to us from Sri Lanka,
Malaysia and the northern part of Aus-
tralia and is not very fussy about soil types,
though it does require full sunshine and
good drainage.
Peltophorum is a tree for avenue plant-
ings and parkland. In a large garden it
should only be grown near the perimeter.
Its mature size is similar to royal poin-
ciana except that Peltophorum tends to
grow upright while royal poinciana tends
to spread laterally.
Both trees share the problem of aggres-
sive root systems. I would not dare grow it
within 30 feet of a building as the roots
stay close to the surface and can cause
considerable damage as they expand. They
are fairly easily toppled in strong hurri-
In the right situation, Peltophorum is a
rewarding tree that needs little care. When
it flowers, you forgive it all its faults.
If you have a vegetable bed or two that
you have left fallow for the summer you
may wish to solarise before the new grow-
ing season begins.
Solarisation is the process of laying
down clear plastic sheeting over the soil
and allowing the intense heat and light of
the sun to sterilise your garden.
Clear plastic allows sunlight to pass
through and the process kills weed seeds,
nematodes, mole crickets, cutworms and a
host of other pests to a depth of five or six
To solarise successfully you should first
of all weed and water the garden very
well. Very small weeds can be left in place
as these will be killed off but ones over a
couple of inches tall should be removed.
You have to do this in September any-
way. Deep watering is important as the
heat is transmitted through the soil via
Use a heavy gauge of clear plastic and
bury the edges to prevent the wind carry-
ing the sheet off. Or use 2ins x 4ins lumber
or concrete blocks. A watering over the
surface of the plastic sheet will stick it to
the ground.
Leave the sheeting in place for a mini-
mum of four weeks, but the longer the
better. When it comes time to plant your
new season vegetable seeds and seedlings


you need only remove the plastic sheeting,
fertilise and water. Your garden will be
ready to produce without weed seeds and
critters around to harm your new plants.
Solarisation will kill beneficial micro-
organisms in the soil but these can be eas-
ily replaced by adding a few bags of com-
mercial cow manure or other live com-
post. You were probably going to do that
Probably the greatest benefit from solar-
isation is the removal of a great number of
nematodes. These are notoriously diffi-
cult to get rid of and home gardeners do
not have access to the very toxic pesti-
cides that commercial concerns use with
heavy protection suits.
Give solarisation a try. You may end
up treating your summer garden this way
every year.


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Take control of

your personal-

space naturally!
IN a culture obsessed
with cleanliness, sweating
is something no-one likes
to think about.
Hundreds of products
are jam-packed with
sweat-stopping aluminum
chlorohydrate which arti-
ficially retards this natur-
al process by plugging the
sweat glands, jamming a
vital bodily function.
You see, not only does
sweating help regulate
the body temperature, it
'is also one of the ways
your body eliminates tox-
ins. So, slathering on that
ariti-perspirant may make
you feel like you've elimi-
nated one problem but
at what cost?
Over the years, the side
effects of anti-perspirants
have become somewhat
better understood -
although we still have a
ways to go.
While science is still
searching for a definitive
answer, thousands of peo-
ple are making the switch
to natural deodorants
every year.
Unlike anti-perspirant,
a'deodorant does not
alter the function of the
body, but rather controls
the bacteria and odour
associated withlsweating.
Becoming ever more pop-
ular, botanically-based
deodorants take it even
one step further, by elimi-
nating the odour-masking
synthetic fragrances and
instead using natural
essential oils and bacteri-
Try a natural deodor-
ant, free of aluminum
chlorohydrate, drying
alcohol or irritating artifi-
cial fragrances.

This information was taken
from www.dermalogica.com
Sarah Simpson is a Skin
Care Therapist at the Dermal
Clinic located at One Sandyport
Plaza (the same building as
Ballys Gym). For more informa-
tion visit her website at
www.dermal-clinic.com or call
her at 327.6788

Why do animals eat inappropriate things like faeces and grass?

EVERY day I am asked by a con-
cerned client about their dog eating
They usually think it is the nastiest
thing in the world that their dog has
ever done. But eating faeces or
(coprophagia the medical terminol-
ogy) is quite normal.
Many dogs developp the unpleasant
habit of eating faeces. In some animals
it becomes almost compulsive behav-
It is normal for a mother cat or dog
to ingest her newborn offspring's waste
products. This prevents diseases and
keeps the den odour-free, thus pre-
venting discovery by predators.
Puppies occasionally begin eating
faeces when their mother ceases to
perform this task and they may con-
tinue this behaviour until they are
Some persist beyond weaning and
separation from their litter mates and
If faeces is available a puppy prone
to coprophagia may be tempted. Some
dogs appear to enjoy this activity,
which makes it all the more repugnant
to their owner.
This behaviour does not occur in kit-
tens or cats, perhaps because of their
instinct to cover or bury waste and

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ALTHOUGH eating grass is not usually harmful, report this to your vet if it
becomes excessive and is accompanied by other changes in your pet.

their more sensitive eating habits.

1. Intentionally baiting faeces mate-
rial with foul-tasting substances such
as Forbid or Deter, may render the

experience unpleasant. However, this
method is not always successful
2. The best way to correct
coprophagia is to prevent access to
faeces. Remove the faeces from the
premises daily. Prevent access to cat
litter boxes. And do not confine your

dog to an area where it has bowel
3. Provide regular exercises for your
4. Provide a wide variety of appro-
priate objects for your dog to chew
and increase the time you spend play-
ing with or exercising your pet.
5. Some dogs learn that coprophagia
is a way to get your attention, even
though the attention often consists
of scolding.

Some dogs develop a taste for the
stool of other pets such as cat faeces.
So you want to prevent access to fae-
ces of other animals by being vigilant
during leash walks. Make sure your
cat's litter box is inaccessible by using
a covered box or placing the box on
an elevated surface.

The ingestion of inappropriate items
is seen in diseased and apparently
healthy individuals. Plants may be an
occasional and normal part of a pet's
diet. Pets may be attracted to both
indoor and outdoor plants.
Oral ingestion (tasting, chewing
and possibly swallowing) is common
in young cats and dogs. Cats are pri-
marily carnivores (meat eaters) but
occasionally eat plants, even in the
wild. A pet may also eat plant mater-
ial if it feels nauseated. This is not a
specific sign of intestinal parasitism.
Though a pet with intestinal parasites
may feel ill enough to eat grass, pets

with other unrelated medical prob-
lems may eat grass.
Although eating grass is not usual-
ly harmful, report this to your vet if it
becomes excessive and is accompa-
nied by other changes in your pet.
Ingestion of non-toxic plants like grass
can produce mild gastro intestinal
upset by mechanical irritation of the
digestive tract.
Many plants are poisonous to both
cats and dogs. Household and out-
door plants and trees may cause signs
ranging from mild gastro intestinal
upset to respiratory arrest and death.

Stone chewing by dogs is probably a
form of play but it can be harmful to a
pet's health. Teeth may be broken or
worn, exposing the sensitive pulp and
leading to pain or infection.
Stones may be accidentally eaten.
Small stones may pass through its bow-
els without consequences. Larger
stones may lacerate the intestinal wall
or obstruct the passage of food result-
ing in severe illness, the need for
abdominal surgery and possible death.
Although your dog may enjoy this
activity, it is wise to discourage it by
redirecting attention to safer toys. [balls
or rawhide chew toys.

Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at
the Central Animal Hospital. Questions or
comments should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands can also
be contacted at 325-1288


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Health care giants unite resources

to benefit Bahamian children

FOR the fourth consecutive
year, Doctors Hospital and
their friends in South Florida,
South Miami Hospital, com-
bined their efforts to host a
'Fun Day' for the children of
three local children's homes.
This year, the events mush-
roomed into three days of
events, dedicated to and
focused on the children of the
Bahamas Children's Emer-
gency Hostel, The Elizabeth
Estates Home for Children
and The Ranfurly Home for
The healthcare entities
began with a donation and dis-
tribution of gifts, toys and sup-
plies to each child residing in
each of the three homes for
children. Each and every child
received bags with toys,
clothes, necessities and school
supplies from their friends at
South Miami Baptist Hospital.
In addition, they received one
"wish list" item, which was
specially requested by each
Always the highlight of the
year, the Fun Day, which took

place at Nirvana Beach, West
Bay Street, was strictly a time
for fellowship. Many of the
children have made lasting
friendships since the launch of
the event in 2004.
The children enjoyed rock
climbing walls, volleyball,
music, beach games and water
sports. A delicious meal from
the BBQ grill rounded out the
day's activities as well as one-
on-one interaction with asso-
ciates from Doctors Hospital
and South Miami Baptist Hos-
The final day of the week-
end culminated with a renova-
tion of the Elizabeth Estates
Home for Children. Armed
with supplies, members of both
Doctors Hospital and South
Miami Hospital rolled up their
sleeves and made some much-
needed improvements to the
children's living quarters.
Under the guidance of
Charles Sealy, Doctors Hospi-
tal's chief executive, and Paul
Haven, vice-president human
resources, along with the event
co-ordinator for South Miami

Hospital, Karen Vassell, the
three days of events took
months of planning, hours of
conference calls and teamwork
by Doctors Hospital's social
committee, spearheaded by
Monique Anderson.
The children, both exhaust-
ed and satisfied, showed their
appreciation to their friends at
Doctors Hospital and South
Miami Baptist Hospital as they
boarded their buses to return
home. And as they waved
goodbye to friends made four
years ago, those here and
abroad, everyone expressed
sentiments that they can't wait
until next year!
Doctors Hospital acknowl-
edges kind contributions from
their corporate friends: Nir-
vana Beach, Kentucky Fried
Chicken, Prime Bahamas,
Bahamas Food Services, Puri-
ty Bakery, Snack Food Whole-
sale, Subway Sandwiches and
Salads, Caribbean Bottling
Company Ltd., Pepsi Bottling
Company Ltd., Holiday Ice
Ltd., Chilly Willy Ice, Island
Wholesale and Aquapure.

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and their friends in
South Rorida. South
Miami Hospital, corn-
bined their efforts to
host a 'Fun Day' for the.
children of three local.
children's homes.

Twittering with excitement? Hardly

Boston Globe

YOU have heard about Twit-
ter. Maybe. It's something other
people do, mainly younger peo-
ple. You subscribe to the ser-
vice, then you can post little
messages on people's cell-
phones, or on their instant mes-
sage accounts. About nothing.
"Twitter is a service for
friends, family, and co-workers
to communicate and stay con-
nected through the exchange of
quick, frequent answers to one
simple question: What are you
That's the website's explana-
tion. Twitter messages are lim-
ited to 140 characters, which is
very few. Even Twitter.comrn
can't explain its purpose in few-
er than 154 characters.

This column is written entire-
ly in twitter-length bursts. Isn't
that special?
Who really cares what I am
doing, every hour of the day?
Even I don't care, and I cer-
tainly don't have the energy to
thumb-type little inanities on
my cellphone, like these:
I took my son to the Registry
to get his learner's permit. We
were in and out in 20 minutes.
The staff was extremely help-
ful. You think I'm goofing you.
But I'm not.
Or: We washed our dog with
Dr Bronner's Castile Soap yes-
terday. You know, the stuff the
Old Left brushes their teeth
with. Why? Good question.
Or: I was watching the graph-
ically enhanced Olympics at
lunchtime, and wondered: Who
airbrushed out all the smog?

Can we have a country like
that? Let's delete ... Queens.
Here is one of my favourite
quotes from Epictetus, pretty
apropos: "Remember that the
contest is now, the Olympic
Games are now, and you can-
not put things off any more."
It's more like the Olympic
Games were then, right? Most
of the events you are watching
took place already, on the other
side of the international date-
Maybe the Olympics are
"happening" in the Matrix, or
on a Hollywood soundstage, like
the moon landing. Maybe
Michael Phelps is actually vaca-
tioning with Obama in Hawaii.
So, who twitters? You'd be
surprised. The State Depart-
ment twitters. Governor
Schwarzenegger twitters. UN

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
twitters. NASA's Mars Phoenix
lander twitters:
"MarsPhoenix: Never a dull
day here (AT)madrobby Com-
pleted 1st bake of Rosy Red 3
and now I'll ratchet up the
temps. Also, delivered soil to
the microscope."
Elsewhere in the universe, the
state of Rhode Island twitters:
"Bureau Of Audits Estab-
lishes Anonymous Hotline To
Report Fraud, Waste, And
Abuse At RI Resource Recov-
ery Cor."
Oops. I guess they ran out of
room. Comcast has a twitter
feed called "Comcastcares."
which is pretty funny, when you
think about it.
The au courant state of Maine
twitters: "Tornado Watch Issued
- more at http://maine.gov/."

That was twenty-two days ago.
You can relax now.
Senator Chuck Grassley used
to twitter, doubtless because his
staff assured him it was "hip."
Here's his fascinating final post,
from May 6: "Sitting in on a
Faim Bill Meeting."
Barack twitters. of course:
"Announcing the VP candidate
sometime between nw\v and the
Convention by txt msg and
email. Text VP to 62262 or visit
1rI: I lit the surf with my BFF
Michael Phelps. Dude swims
like a seal! Said he could hook
me up with one of those full-
body Speedus. I'm lovin' it!"
Suppose McCain twittered?
"What the ((insert vivid, ex-mil-
itary epithets here))! Why
should I ((more epithets)) twit-
ter?! Just because Paris Hussein

Hilton Obanma does it? ((Epi-
thet)) no!"
I think Twitter belongs to the
category of Paradigm-Changing
Technologies That Can Safely
Be Ignored, like MySpace. It's
so 2002, no-one goes there.
So, big thinker, what would
be an example of a Paradigm-
Changing Technology That
Can't Safely Be Ignored? The
printing press? That's feeling a
little 1440, truth be told.
The perfect twitter is a lap-
idary techno-haiku: I send these
pointless little messages, gob-
bling up Intcirnet bandwidth for
no reason. Because I am a twit ...

Alex Beam is a Globe
columnist who dGes not
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Learning how to properly discipline



PUNIS ,a.has become a very
controversy ct in Bahamian

because the Lord disciplines those
he loves, and he punishes everyone
he accepts as a son," leaving the
debate open to interpretation.

life, as parents everywhere are inun- othe o en tor tha
dated with professionalss who have' ton Gray of the probation section at
Social Services. He said the most
opposing mandates for the best way to important thing in disciplining a
discipline a hi-. ne -:a child is that both the parent and
iSCipline a Cmi child know what the situation is,
Not only is the literature'out to look tofor instruction because and what went wron%. .l.. h .
there confusing to a parent, but the. '; "(Americans) -have failed miserably After 27years in e fele, he has .
cultures of oiigin roftwo parents.- ii child fearing! They are not a come across a good number of irre -
may not agree.on the most effective ;., Q model to follow -- pasibleO arentsHe fds that in
way to reprimand Mothers a"e t"~*ibd thefe isdisparity beteey, a press are
ally the ones left to figure out the' t e best methods of punishment, .vesting more energy and time into
details, especially awe see therat ''we relo0ing a whole generation," eargthe funds necessary to raise.
-of sing einothte t ib ,- 5laid,h : a y child,ather than pOrtny-
In die latest a- tan DV t,, Nr O'Brien highlighted lit g the love and carng ncsaryto
be released WfmFraink -snn's "Of apparent disparity in our coiunry raise a healthy child -
Air" series, th de te'--i eW.-b eWeen the oldinethods oforpo- He also adsed that it Is only-by
Where do yqu draw te it i le& al punishment and newer "Ameri- being" a diiplhied patent that you
by the crea-tor with tble fbducatbrs canIm.thods" of punishment, such wlt be able to rae a disciplined
-Henry O'Brien,- Mary Cb- pp rand as prohibiting television or going to child, b s a chl.d i eua te
Donald MCartney. --""..: 'a pa~, when he said that we must. e t parent does! "e
The uwainious deiswox was fth ". look at the consequences and not exclatMe-..- -_ -
punishment niust.bq decided on and. just the punishment itself. And in accordance with Frank
served through lyeblL ot ngeoH. He suggested that the conse- Penn's video dising Daha.miaq
or desperation, -i M t r a -ces of corporal push nt culture he said there is room for
persistent and t ybasen later the hi slife oft.- he.old
psyc- e t lop *al -andte tih a n on thC sit-
,utln, brtitii~-t r 6we take it
en s e a that dqfine th$lie between "pun-
Allcontenders ea 4 a
Bahamians have be r ~~iotJ tif fdbie or
too much by parents e dt My" do nt m Aa i
ideas of punishment h io LorfdisiOn i a
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result of "discipline". He further
advised that "you must know as a
parent where to spank, the fleshy
hip" is the best area. Once you :.
move to the face, back, or any.other
sensitive body part, then it may'
verge on abuse.
"The child must know why he or .
she istbeing disciplined as well/give
'them some credit of intelligence and
.discuss the reasons they must be
punished," he advised.

But the main problem right now
is q community problem, an issue -
also discussed in Prank Penn's
DVD. "It takes a villageto raise.a
child, but now we don't even know-
who our neighbours are." Back in
his day, he said, your teighbo.u-- -.-
were entitled to spank you if-you -
nisbehaved. .
"Instead of resorting to corporal -
punishment straight away, fin out --
what caused the problem," be coun-
selled, "if they are sealing, find 0.
why, maybe it's for a completely dif- .
ferext reason than you as their par-
eat, imagined."-
IaMrptray's line of woik, he
gains many cases through the jutVr -
uile court where he finds the di_'z-
pline" they have sustained actually
was "abuse", and has led their to :
"act out" -and sometimes com it .
crimes, This isin accordancewit, :
Mr Q'Brien's view that too w-M h- -
discipline could leave the child ps -
chologically scarred. "-.

The child must
know why he or
she is being disci-
plined as Well,
give them some
credit of intelli-
gence and discuss
the reasons they

must be



must be decided
on and served
through love but
not anger or des-
peration, and it
must be both
persistent and

Do you agree? Fax
'Woman' on 328-2398.


gossipers are

a menace to

FOR a long time now
I've been carrying on a
lone campaign against
women drivers.
Whatever the statistics
say and they can be
made to say anything -
my bet is that women are
responsible for most of
the minor accidents on
the roads.
Crimping hair, apply-
ing mascara, and dabbing
lipstick ought to be done
in the bathroom, not in
the SUV on the way to
Now along comes the
cellphone, the most irri-
tating invention of man,
to add yet another haz-
ard to the roads in the
shape of Gussiemae
women in gossiping
Have you seen the
Gussiemae gossipers
with phone jammed to
their ears trying to nego-
tiate traffic islands?
One woman almost ran
over my foot the other
day as I.stood on a cor-
ner waiting to cross the
road. She was so
involved in a phone con-
versation that she was
oblivious to my presence.
And three weeks ago, I
saw a woman driver
shunt a guy on West Bay
Street while you got it -
jabbering to a pal with
that goddammed phone
stuck against her ear.
Studies in Europe have
shown that cellphone
users in cars are twice as
dangerous as drunken
drivers. That's because
they have one hand off
the wheel, and at least
half their brain concen-
trated elsewhere.
Women have always, in
my view, been pathologi-
cally unsuited to driving
because their attention
span is short and they
are preoccupied with
domestic trivia.
Also, they fail to see
anything happening
around them.
Add these inbuilt defi-
ciencies to the menace of
the cellphone and you
have disasters waiting to
happen on every street in
the land.
Some countries are
now applying $1,000 on-
the-spot fines for anyone
caught using a cellphone
while driving.
Let's have such a law
in the Bahamas, with a
surcharge for women
who also do their make-
up while in motion.
It's the only way to
make these people see






BEIJING, China: Here's
a look at the events our
athletes will be
competing in at the
XXIX Olympic
Games this week:

Women's Long Jump
(Qualifying round)
Jackie Edwards is fifth
competitor in Group B
@ 9:40
Women's 200m
(First round)
Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie in heat
three, lane two
Sheniqua Ferguson in
heat five, lane three
Starting @ 10pm
Women's Javelin
(Qualifying Round)
Lavern Eve is the 10th
of 27 competitors in
Group B
Starting @ 10:40pm
Women's 200m
(Second round)
Debbie Ferguson-
Sheiiiqua Ferguson
Heats and lanes not yet
Starting @ 7:14am
Men's 110m Hurdles
Shamar Sands in heat
two, lane seven
Starting @ 8:53am
Men's 400m
Christopher Brown in
heat one, lane five
Andretti Bain in heat
two, lane two
Michael Mathieu in heat
three, lane nine
Starting @ 9:52am

Men's 110m Hurdles
Shamar Sands
Heat and lane not yet
Starting @ 9:30am
Women's 200m
Debbie Ferguson-
Sheniqua Ferguson
Heats and lanes not yet
Starting @ 9:55 pm

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LEEVAN "SUPERMAN" SANDS (top) has advanced to his first final at his second Olympic Games. Above, he can be seen
celebrating in the triple jump section of the Bird's Nest...

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China It took Leevan
"Superman" Sands just one jump to finally
get the monkey off his back as he advanced
to his first final at his second Olympic
With his parents in the crowd cheering
him on yesterday at the Bird's Nest Nation-
al Stadium, Sands popped a leap of 56-feet,
7 1/4-inches to become the third competitor
to surpass the automatic qualifying mark
of 56-1 1/4.
The Commonwealth Games bronze
medallist, who also celebrated his 27th birth-
day on Saturday, finished the round as the
fifth of 12 qualifiers out of the two pools of
39 competitors that will compete in the final
set for Thursday night.
"I feel so good, you don't know. Tears
started to come to my eyes," said Sands as
he spoke with the Bahamian media in the
mixed zone.
"I'm just happy and overjoyed. I didn't
make the finals last year, I didn't make the
final indoors and thelast Olympics I didn't
make the final. This is my second Olympics
and I qualified on my first jump."
As he urged the crowd to cheer him on,
Sands excelled in the air. Once he landed in
the pit and he saw the marking, he started to
celebrate, acknowledging the crowd again.
"I don't know what to say. It just felt
easy," he stated. "I just went out there and
executed all of my phrases. I hit the 17.25.
That felt so easy. I don't know."
Having accomplished one feat, Sands said
he has two more on Thursday.
"Make the top eight," he proclaimed. "I
made the top 12, now I have to make the
top eight. I'm feeling good, so I think I
could PR. I think I could medal."
Sands holds the national record of 57-5
and he's confident that based on the way
he's feeling, that record will be in jeopardy
in the final.
"Once I get into the final, anything could
happen," said the former Temple Christ-
ian Academy basketball star, who has gone
on to excel in the long and triple jumps at
Auburn University.
With his parents, Elaine and Leevan
Sands Sr, here to watch him compete, Sands
said he didn't want to disappoint them by
not getting into the final.
"I couldn't let them come here a second
time and not see me get into the final," said
Sands, who got a chance to hug them after
he turned in his qualifying jump.
"They took two days to get here, so I
couldn't disappoint them."
Sands will be competing with a talented
field that includes Great Britain's Phillips
Idowu, the top qualifier at 57-2 3/4.
Also qualifying ahead of him were Por-
tugal's Nelson Evora with 56-10 3/4, China's
Yani Li and Cuban Arnie David Girat, both
with 56-9 1/4.
Romania's Marian Oprea qualified eighth
with 56-4 and Brazil's Jadel Gregorio fol-
lowed with 56-3 1/4.


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Women's Javelin
Lavern Eve.
Starting @ 7:20am
Women's 200m
Debbie Ferguson-
Sheniqua Ferguson
Starting @ 7:30pm
Men's Triple Jump
Leevan Sands
Starting @ 8:20pm
Women's 4xl00m
Relay Heats
Chandra Sturrup
Debbie Ferguson-
Timicka Clarke
Sheniqua Ferguson
SChristine Amertil
Jackie Edwards
If they get a spot
Starting @ 8:55am
Men's 400m Final
Christopher Brown
Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Starting @ 9:20pm
Men's 110m
Hurdles Final
Shamar Sands
Starting @ 9:45ani

Women's Long
Jump Final
Jackie Edwards
Starting @ 7:20am.
Men's 4x400m
Relay Heats
Christopher Brown
Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Andrae Williams
Avard Moncur
Ramon Miller
Starting @ 8:10am
Women's 4xl00m
Relay Final
Chandra Sturrup,
Debbie Ferguson-
Timicka Clarke
Sheniqua Ferguson.
Christine Amertil
Jackie Edwards
Starting @ 9:15pm

Men's 4x400m
Relay Final
Christopher Brown,
Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu,
Andrae Williams,
Avard Moncur and
Ramon Miller
Starting @ 9:05pm

Closing ceremonies




stamp on semifinal spot

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China Pushed a little,
harder than expected, Christopher
"Bay" Brown stamped his spot in the
semifinal of the men's 400 metres at
the Olympic Games. He had the
fastest qualifying time.
Brown, the fourth place finisher at
the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece,
said he knew that everybody was going
to be gunning for him, so he made
sure that they got'what they bargained
"I just have to thank the Lord for
allowing me to go-out there and per-
form," said Brown after he fought to a
close 44.79 seconds victory in heat two
over Aussie's Joel Milburn (44.80) and
Sweden's Johan Wissman (44.81).
* "God gave me the strength and the
talent and my coach told me to do
whatever it takes to get the win. We're

Clocks fastest qualifying time in close race

trying to get the win."
Brown, however, said the field of
competitors seemed to have had other
plans. As he took the lead from the
start, coming off the final bend, Mil-
burn and Wissman decided to go after
They eventually caught him down
the stretch, but Brown was able to
accelerate just a little more to pull off
the close finish at the line.
"I really wasn't looking to come out
here and run this fast in the first round.
I was just trying to get through to the
second round," he said. "I don't know

man. I believe these guys have to go
back and learn how to run the rounds.-
We could have ran 45 easily and come
With a prelude to the final coming in
the semifinals against American
defending champion Jeremy Warinmer,
.Brown will definitely have to run
The good thing is that Brown will be
running out of lane six in the first of
the three semifinals right behind
Warinmer in six. Warinmer didn't have
any problems as he easily won heat
seven in 45.23 with plenty of room to
"Round two I'm expecting to run
fast," Brown projected. "Round two, I
don't have any choice but to run faster.
If I see them doing this in the heats,

they are letting me know that they are
coming for me in the semifinals."
As the second heat early yesterday
morning, Brown said running at that
time of day didn't affect him much.
"We train around this time in
Atlanta. So I was well prepared...I
came in ahead of time. I got some rest
and some good food and I feel confi-
dent. I have the Lord on my side and
I'm just ready to perform," said
Preparing to "walk up another lane"
when he gets married in October, he
said he would like nothing better than
to finally win his first individual
Olympic medal.
After that, Brown said he will con-
centrate on getting another one in the
4x400m relay.

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Baseball/American League m 3B
Boston 6, Baltimo ic 3 Tamipa Bay 6, Los Angeles 4
Detroit at Texas Oakland at Minnesota
Seattle at Chicago
National League n 4B
Pittsburgh 5, New York 2 San Francisco 5, Atlanta 0
Houston at Milwaukee
UConn's top recruit opts for Delaware
Elena DelleDonne, USA TODAY's 2008 high
school girls basketball player of the year, said Mon-
day in a statement that
she will forgo a basket-
,'(, ~ ball scholarship at Con-
necticut to attend Dela-
ware this fall.
DelleDonne, who is
from Wilmington, D6l.,
said she felt she could
not give 100% dedica-
tion to basketball right
a now but did not elabo-
v rate on her reasons for
not going to UConn. In e-
tSA0oDAw mails Monday to The
DelleDonne: Plans to (Wilmington) News-
attend Delaware this fall. Journal and The Hartford
Courant, UConn coach
Geno Auriemma said
the 6-4 DelleDonne had not been released from
her scholarship. If she gets the release, she would
be eligible to play any sport except basketball this
school year. DelleDonne's statement did not ad-
dress her athletic plans while at Delaware. John
Brennan, director of public and media relations for
Delaware, told the News-journal that DelleDonne
"has applied and the admissions office is currently
in the process of reviewing her application."
NBC Olympics draw big numbers online
The Beijing Olympics continue to be a ratings
winner for NBC on TV and online. After averaging
15.8% of U.S. households with its Sunday coverage,
NBC's prime-time average is running 9% above the
2004 Athens Games. Meanwhile, NBC online has
drawn 40.7 million video streams of its world TV
feed nearly four times the video streams from
the 2004 and 2006 Olympics combined. NBC's 36
million unique online users since the Beijing Games
started are also 42% higher than its combined user
totall forithe 2004 and 2006,Games.
> Ratings drop for Little Leaguers, 3C
Brewers lose key player Braun again
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun left
the game Monday night against the Houston Astros
after apparently re-injuring his back following a
swing. Braun had missed seven starts last week
with what the team called tightness in his lower
back. He batted four times against the Astros on
Monday, striking out twice. Braun appeared to be in
pain after swinging and missing in his final at-bat in
the sixth. He walked gingerly back to the dugout af-
ter the strikeout. There was no immediate word
from the team on why Braun left the game. Braun
came in batting .301 with 32 home runs and 86 RBI.
Galaxy hires Arena as coach, GM
Bruce Arena, the most successful coach in U.S.
national soccer team history, will debut Thursday as
coach of David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy. Are-
na, 57, also was hired Monday as general manager
of the Galaxy, which hasn't won in more than two
months and is in danger of missing the playoffs for
the second consecutive year.
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fight for

Chase bid

Four-time Cup champ
drops to ninth place

By Travis Braun
Jeff Gordon led NASCAR's pre-
mier series by 276 points at this
point last year, but now finds
himself 57 points away from los-
ing a berth in the 12-driver Chase
for the Sprint Cup, a 10-race play-
off, which starts in three weeks.
The four-time champion cut a
tire and crashed Sunday at Michi-
gan International Speedway,
dropping to ninth in the stand-
ings and into a scrap with at least
six drivers for the final four Chase
transfer spots.
"Just go all out; that's all we
can do," Gordon said of the next
three races. "We were just trying
to ride along there and not make
mistakes, and now a mistake is
Like Gordon, Kasey Kahne and
Denny Hamlin also dropped
three spots in the Chase to 11th
and 12th, respectively, after both
blowing engines at Michigan.
Hamlin sits atop the Chase bub-
ble, 26 points ahead of Clint Bow-

By Bob Brodbeck, AP
Falling flat: A cut tire knocked
Jeff Gordon to 42nd at Michigan.
yer and David Ragan.
"At this point, we don't even
deserve to be in the Chase,"
Hamlin said. "Every week it's
something. We need (to finish) in
the top spot next week."
Bowyer was bumped from the
top 12 at Watkins Glen Interna-
tional two weekends ago, and
now has two consecutive finishes
outside the top-15. Ragan, how-
ever, is gaining momentum with
a third and a fourth in the last
three events.
Momentum has eluded Gor-
don for the last 10 races, in which
he's only had three top-10 fin-
ishes. Gordon held a steady sixth
in the standings for seven races
but began to drop with a 29th at
Watkins Glen before his 42nd at
"This has definitely been a
frustrating year," Gordon said.
"But it challenges our whole
team to see what we're made of,
and I don't see that as a bad

> Running back Michael Turner gets
starting shot in Atlanta, 5B



a horse

Son 'D'

Allen, line partners
quick to form bond
By Jarrett Bell
MANKATO, Minn. It was a
shopping spree from the heart,
and straight out of Lonesome
Dove. Exotic boots. Plaid shirts.
" Leather vests. Jeans and cowboy
This is normal for Jared Allen,
who might be riding steer in a ro-

Cover story

deo if he hadn't blossomed into
one of the NFL's most accom-
plished pass rushers. Yet stam-
peding through his first camp
with the Minnesota Vikings, he
wasn't splurging on himself.
Allen, who got a $15.5 million
bonus with a six-year,
$72.36 million contract after he
was obtained from the Kansas
City Chiefs for three draft picks in
April, was putting together a
Western-wear gift pack for all-
pro defensive tackles Kevin and
Pat Williams two of his new,
fast friends on the Vikings' im-
pressive defensive line.
'"We gotta get a little country in
'em," Allen said of the Williamses
(who are not related), as he sat iii
the lounge of the players' dorm
Getty Images after his errand.
rterback Talk about meshing with new
teammates. The relentless defen-
sive end, hardly treading lightly
his as he integrates vith the unit, has
See COVER STORY next page I,

Underdogs in the hunt

Astros, Rockies, Jays can
still sniff a playoff berth
By Paul White
Cecil Cooper came out of the All-Star
break challenging his 44-51 Houston As-
tros to win 88 games this season. Last
week, he changed the number to 90.
Now, the Astros manager is talking
about a sweep of their three-game series
that began Monday.
Crazy? About as crazy as the idea of the
Astros considering themselves a playoff
contender. Or the Colorado Rockies, still 12
games under .500, eyeing the National
League West title.
Or the Toronto Blue Jays, fourth in the
American League East, thinking playoffs.
Recent unlikely finishes are what buoy
teams many observers have counted out.
Astros fans cling to 2004. On this date in
'04, Houston was 58-60 and 6 games out
of the wild card. They went 34-10 the rest
of the season and came within one game
of the World Series.
Last year's Rockies are a vivid example.
Their 14-1 regular-season finish got them
to the postseason, where they won anoth-
er seven in a row before being swept by
the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
As for a repeat, it's "a difficult chore in
front of us," Colorado manager Clint Hur-
dle says. But his team begins a three-game
series tonight at division co-leader Los An-
geles, eight games ahead of the Rockies.
Cooper's Astros might need that sweep
- "I'm predicting that," he told reporters

By Gene J. Puskar. AP
Surging: Manager Cecil Cooper's Astros
were seven games under .500 last month.
Sunday. "I'm going out on a limb. You
heard it here first."
Houston is 21-10 since July 11 but re-
mains 7 games behind the wild-card
leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros
gained only 1 games during a recent
eight-game winning streak.
In the AL, the usual sense of inevitability
that the Red Sox and New York Yankees
will dominate the AL East doesn't exist this
year. It's the Tampa Bay Rays in first place,
with the wild-card leading Red Sox 4
games behind and the Yankees 9 back.
The Blue Jays are seven games behind
the Red Sox in the wild card after sweep-
ing two games in Boston. Toronto, with the
AL's top pitching staff, begins a six-game
homestand today against the Yankees and
Red Sox, part of 12 consecutive games
against the AL East teams the Blue Jays are
chasing. All but six of their 38 games are
against those three teams plus the AL Cen-
tral co-leaders Chicago White Sox and
Minnesota Twins.

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Ex-Chief Allen looks to ride high as pass-rushing force for Vikings

Continued from 1B

urged (or dared) the Williamses
to match his cowboy attire on an
upcoming game day. They're
pointing to the Sept. 14 home
opener against the Indianapolis
Colts for the fashion statement.
It beats buying a round of
drinks. Allen, who posted a
league-high 15V2 sacks last sea-
son despite missing the first two
games while suspended under
the NFL's conduct policy, has

Cover story

sworn off alcohol. He has had
three DUI arrests, including two
during a five-month span in 2006
that led to a 48-hour jail sen-
tence and soured Chiefs manage-
He insists he's a better man
who has rallied from rock bot-
"It was a maturity issue," says
Allen, 26. "I've always played
football on the edge. I thought I
had to live like I played. I was im-
mature. I don't have to be a wild
and crazy guy. ... I still love
laughing. I'm not going to do
something if I can't have fun. But
now when I go out, I can drink an
O'Doul's (non-alcoholic beer) or
something. And I've got my girl-
friend (Jordan), so I'm not chas-
ing women anymore. I'm a
Now for some other alter-
> Problem 1: "He bought us
size-7 hats," 6-5,311-pound Kev-
in Williams says. "C'mon, we
have bigger domes than that."
Specially ordered size-8s are
> Problem 2: The jeans were
rejected for style. "He bought us
Wranglers," Pat Williams says.
"Wranglers? I'll go with my Le-
o- Problem 3: "No way I'm
wearing that tight vest," says Pat,
listed at 6-3,317.
Even so, the sentiment has
gained steam. The boots are a hit,
and Allen says running back
Chester Taylor even wants in.
"We're trying it out," Kevin
says. "The country stuff don't
really look that bad."
Rolling his eyes at the
prospects of defensive linemen's
dress-up day, Vikings coach Brad
Childress says, "I've got to see it
to believe it."
To Childress, it seems as if Allen
has been on the team for years.
From the first minicamp practice,
Allen was jawing with Pat Wil-
liams about collecting sacks. Be-
fore the first camp session, he
was in line with center Matt Birk
and guard Steve Hutchinson im-
ploring the coach to cancel prac-
tice because of the threat of rain.
Allen even zinged the coach in
a monologue last Thursday night
as entertainment during the tra-
ditional "Rookie Show" before
breaking camp.
"It was an X-rated deal," Chil-
dress says. "But it was awfully
S ..funny. God only knows what it's
going to be like when he really
starts to feel comfortable."

Too risky for Chiefs

As lighthearted and gung-ho as
Allen is on his new job, his past
transgressions represent risk.
The Vikings traded a first-round
pick, two third-rounders and

-~~-~- I~1- .

Growing up: Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was deemed expendable by the Chiefs in the offseason because of character issue
cluded his three DUI arrests. But the fifth-year player says he's maturing off the field and realizes, "I don't have to be a wild and cr

swapped spots in the sixth round
for a player who is tested under
the league's substance program
and is one slip-up from facing the
prospects of a long-term suspen-
Although Allen last year be-
came the first defensive player
since 1999 to win the Derrick
Thomas Award as the Chiefs'
most valuable. player, Kansas City
put him on the trading block
rather than sign the fifth-year pro
to a long-term contract.
Allen fumes when revisiting
the events, directing much of his
anger at Chiefs President Carl Pe-
"It came down to empty prom-
ises," Allen says. "They saw the
changes in .me. They knew the
man I had become and how I've
grown. But they still wanted to
throw that back in my face. 'He's
still a risk.' That made me mad,
because here's your guy and
you're seeing it firsthand. Have
my back. They didn't do that."
Peterson terms the Chiefs opt-
ing to stop pursuing a long-term
deal with Allen as a "business de-
Before trading Allen, the Chiefs

retained him with a "franchise
player" tag that guaranteed
$9 million for this season. Yet Pe-
terson said that with the threat of
a third DUI for Allen in Missouri
or Kansas mandating an auto-
matic 18-month jail sentence -
and with the federal court ruling
against the Atlanta Falcons in at-
tempts to recoup more than
$20 million in bonuses from con-
victed quarterback Michael Vick
- he couldn't sell ownership on
making a huge commitment with
the type of dollars Allen sought.
"I don't like to lose good foot-
ball players," Peterson said. "And
he's a good football player. ...
(But) after that second one, we're
not in a mood to do a long-term
The Vikings, citing extensive
research, were undeterred de-
spite their own reasons for cau-
tion. The franchise's image took a,
major hit with the so-called Love
Boat scandal in October 2005,
when 17 players were implicated
or alleged to have participated in
lewd acts during a party cruise
on Lake Mihnetonka. Most of the
players tied to the incident, and
then-coach Mike Tice, are no

longer with the team.
Yet the case crystallized a pri-
ority for Vikings owner Zygi Wilf,
who purchased the team in May
2005. Shortly after the incident,
the club instituted a 77-page code
of conduct and Wilf pledged em-
phasis on obtaining high-charac-
ter players.
"Our focus is to bring in the
right people," Wilf says. "You
have to sit down and talk to
them, get a good feel for them.
You just have to have that feeling
that the person's right for the
team. As soon as we met Jared,
we knew that."
According to Wilf, there was no
defining moment in the talks
with Allen that sealed the Vik-
ings' interest and convinced the
team that it was not signing onto
a problem. Yet Allen's ability -
his 43 sacks since 2004 are sec-
ond in the NFL to Jason Taylor
during that span undoubtedly
swayed their actions more than
the arrests.
"When you have a guy of his
caliber available and it's a very
rare situation that you have that
we jumped on the opportuni-
ty," Wilf said. "We want to win
championships. I just had a good
The structure of Allen's deal,
which pays more than $38 mil-
lion over the first three years and
is among the richest for a defen-
sive player in NFL history, gives
the team some protection. The
signing bonus and an $8 million
roster bonus due in 2010 are
guaranteed for injury only. Allen
said he understands the business
issue and how the Vikings need-
ed comfort to make a commit-
ment. But he never felt his off-
the-field issues were an overrid-
ing theme during the process.
"Whatever people think of me
now, that's what they think," he
says. "I know where I'm at. That's

what I conveyed to
guys don't know m
stand that you've got
tions. But here's wt
The only way you're
to know me is to be a
think they respected

Fortifying the front

The Vikings are ba
len, 6-6, 270 pounds
the pass-rushing fo
end that helps form
of ferocious defensive
draws comparisons t
"Purple People Eat
1970s. With the Will
fying the middle, Mi
led the NFL in run
past two seasons.
Adding the league
sack leader could be
championship unit.
"He's not just a p
Childress says. "He p
equally well. For a
guy, that speaks valt
like a (former Tampa
neers star) Simeon R
had to back up with
the time. ... And he
Defensive line coach
bar said it was nature
how the unit's chen
be affected with the
highly paid addition.
liamses insist the coi
been an issue, and
neither has Allen's '
sonality although
liams says getting A]
to rap music would
change for wearing v
Not that either
complaining about 1
Williams signed a th
tension in Septer
worth $22 million, v
lion guaranteed. Kev
got a seven-year cor
as much as $50 millic

-. $16 million guaranteed, in De-
cember 2006.
S' "You're a little concerned
when you put a new guy in a
,,. group with some dominant play-
ers," Dunbar says. "But he's come
Sand fit right in. I wish the season
started tomorrow, just to toot the
horn and kick the tires."
\ Pat Williams smells matchups
against single blockers, which
have been rare in recent years as
Opponents routinely employed
double-blocking assignments
ByAndyKing. AP against both defensive tackles.
*s that in- Now Allen will draw some of
razy guy." those double teams.
"Jared is amazing," Pat says.
them. 'You "He gets around the corner so
ne. I under- fast."
t to ask ques- In Saturday's preseason victory
here I'm at. at Baltimore, Allen recorded his
going to get first two sacks in a Vikings uni-
iround me.' I form. But a would-be sack, when
that." 6-foot Troy Smith slipped out for
an 18-yard scramble, was also
t fresh on is mind as he left M&T
Bank Stadium.
nking on Al- "I had him and he just ducked
s, to become under me," Allen said. "Guess
rce at right that's the advantage of being
late the type short. So I owed him one."
ve front that Two plays later, Allen dumped
to the fabled Smith for a 12-yard loss.
ters" of the Even so, the near-miss surely
iamses forti- provided ammo for the video re-
innesota has view.
defense the "We don't let nothing slide
when we're watching tape," Kev-
ie's reigning in Williams says. "In our room,
e a link to a you've got to have thick skin. So
far, he's been rolling with it."
pass rusher," Allen entered the NFL as a
)lays the run fourth-round pick from Division
270-pound I-AA Idaho State and believes
ue. He's not that a desire to constantly prove
a Bay Bucca- himself has fueled his success. So
ice, who you has the idea of adding to his list of
a safety all victimized quarterbacks.
e's an all-day Allen, who grew up in North-
ern California, has hunted red
ch Karl Dun- stags in New Zealand, bear in Ida-
al to wonder ho and wild boar in Texas. But
nistry might bagging quarterbacks has a thrill
gregarious, of its own.
But the Wil- One quarterback he has never
ntract hasn't sacked: Peyton Manning.
apparently "I've hit him so many times
Type-A per- and thought I had him last year,"
Kevin Wil- he said of the Colts- star. "I don't
llen to listen know how he got rid of that ball.
be a fair ex- That's one thing on my list. He's a
western garb. good guy, but because he's up-
Williams is per-echelon it drives me so much
his deal. Pat more (to) put him on his back."
ree-year ex- The next opportunity to corral
mber 2007 Manning could be less than a
with $9 mil- month away. If nothing else, it ap-
vin Williams pears that Allen and his fast
ntract worth friends will be dressed for the
on, including part.


No. 1-ranked amateur Lee looks to finish on top in Pinehurst event

New Zealander opens
with 1-over-par 71

By Jerry Potter

Danny Lee is No. 1 in Golf-
week's ranking of the world's am-
ateur players, but that doesn't
seem to please his mother.
"Not bad," said Lee, when
asked how his mother, SuJin Sea,
reacted to his ranking.
His mother is a former South
Korean teaching pro who now
only teaches her son.
Lee has done rather well, en-
tering the U.S. Amateur played
this week at the Pinehurst Resort
in North Carolina,
U.S. but he said, "Being
Amateur No. I does not
mean you'll win
Lee shot 1-over-par 71 on Pine-
hurst No. 4 on Monday to fall four
strokes out of the lead in the first
of two qualifying rounds for the
Wesley Bryan, who is a fresh-
man at the University of South
Carolina, shot 67 on Pinehurst
No. 2, the more difficult of the
two courses, to lead after the first
Andrew Putnam of University
Place, Wash;, turned in a 3-under
70 on the No. 4 course. Twenty
players were under par.

Iy CeoIV shimIn us. etty Ill ;s
Tough teacher: Danny Lee, teeing off June 30 during qualifying for the British Open in Michigan, says his
mother, who is his teacher, is hard to please. "Maybe if I win some majors she would be happy."

Rickie Fowler, the low amateur
in the U.S. Open last June, shot 3-
over 73 on No. 4.
The top 64 players following
today's second round will move
into match play Wednesday on
the resort's centerpiece course,
the 101-year-old No. 2 that was
the site of two U.S. Opens and is
hosting a third in 2014.
Lee is confident he will make

the match play, but he thinks he'll
have to do well in it to please his
"She's never very happy about
my golf," he said.
"Maybe," he added, "if I win
some majors she would be hap-
Lee, 18, was born in South Ko-
rea and moved to New Zealand
when he was 9. lie's playing for

the third time in the U.S. Ama-
teur, but this time he's coming in-
to the competition with strong
Two weeks ago lie won the
Western Amateur, which got him
an exemption into the PGA Tour's
Wyndham Championship last
week in Greensboro, N.C. He shot
12-under par and finished 20th
at Sedgefield Country Club, firing

a 67 in the final round.
Others in the U.S. Amateur
field were already at Pinehurst,
practicing, but Lee arrived Sun-
day night for an early morning
tee time. He said he tried to offset
the lack of practice by hiring a lo-
cal caddie.
"He helped me a lot," Lee said
of Monday's round. But he added
he benefited more overall from
competing in the Wyndham.
"Playing last week against the
players on the PGA Tour helped
my golf game," he said. "I learned
so much by just watching them."
He came to Greensboro confi-
dent from his victory in the
Western Amateur.
"It was a good opportunity," he
said of the Wyndham. "For me
it's about not making mistakes. If
I don't make mistakes, I can make
the top 64."
Pinehurst has long been a fa-
vorite site for the USGA to deter-
mine a champion; it has played
host to eight previous chanmpi-
onship events, including the U.S.
Senior Open in 1994 and the U.S.
Women's Amateur five years ear-
But this marks the second U.S.
Amateur held in the North Caro-
lina sand hills and first since
1962. Tournament officials have
promised the course won't be set
up quite as brutally as it was for
the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005.
"The more you play it, the

more you find out about the
course where not to miss it, es-
pecially," said Clemson's Phillip
Mollica, who won the North and
South Amateur last year at No. 2.
He shot a 3-over 73.
"It's going to be more about
hitting fairways, getting the ball
in play off the tee versus a couple
of years ago when the rough was
down and you could really hit it
anywhere out there. It's going to
be a premium hitting fairways."
Last year Lee was eliminated in
the first round of match play. He
shot I 1-under par to lead the
qualifiers at Piper Glen Golf Club
in Springfield, IIl.
He plans to enter Q-school for
the PGA Tour this fall, but he'll
play as an amateur just in case he
doesn't earn a card. If he qualifies
for either the Tour or the Nation-
wide Tour, he'll declare himself a

Contribut ing: Wire reports

& Clarifications

A photo caption in Monday's
editions misstated the nickname
of the Auburn University athlet-
ics teams. It is 'icers.

Leaders of the sack
Over the last four years, Jared Al-
len has been one of the NFL's
best pass rushers. He ranks sec-
ond behind only Jason Taylor,
formerly of the Miami Dolphins,
now a member of the Washing-
ton Redskins. Her e are top
10 in sacks over that time.
Player Games Sacks
Jason Taylor 64 46
Jared Allen 61 43
Aaron Schobel 64 401/2
Osi Umenyiora 59 40/2
Shawne Merriman 42 39'/2.
Aaron Kampman 63 .38/2
Patrick Kerney 57 381/2
Robert Mathis 58 381/2
Derrick Burgess 58 371/2
Kabeer 63 37
Julius Peppers 62 37

Back-to-back no easy task
Joining a Minnesota Vikings line that already includes two tal-
ented defensive tackles figures to help Jared Allen's chances of
repeating as the NFL's sack leader. But Allen should be wary. No
one has repeated as the sack leader since Reggie White in 1987-
88. A look at the leaders over the last five seasons and their drop-
offs the following year.
Next year
Year Player Team Sacks total
2002 Jason Taylor Dolphins 18 12 13
2003 Michael Strahan Giants 181/2 4*
2004 Dwight Freeney Colts 16 11
2005 Derrick Burgess Raiders 16 11
2006 Shawne Merriman Chargers 17 12V1/
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W-1 6-4
W-2 4-6
W-2 6-4
L-1 5-5
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W-2 7-3
W-4 8-2
L-1 4-6
W-1 7-3
L-2 2-8
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L-2 6-4
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L-2 3-7


Home Away
46-17 30-31
43-18 29-35
38-27 28-31
34-26 30-34
31-25 29-39

Home Away
42-19 28-34
44-22 26-31
33-28 27-36
33-29 23-38
28-34 27-35

Home Away
37-23 39-24
32-28 30-35
34-33 22-34

Seattle 46 77 .374 30 L-3 2-8 14-20 24-38 22-39

Monday's results

Boston 6, Baltimore 3 Tampa Bay 6, Los Angeles 4
Detroit at Texas Oakland at Minnesota
Seattle at Chicago

Today's probable pitchers, lines
2008 season opp. 2007-08 vs. opp. Last 3 starts
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 ET (Line: Bos., 8V/2:5; Total runs: 9)
Bos.-Matsuzaka(R) 14-2 121% 2.74 1-1 1-1 15% 5.17 3-0 21 1.29
BaL-D.Cabrera(R) 8-7 -163% 4.78 2-10 1-4 39A 4.76 1-1 17% 4.58
Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:05 ET (Line: Cle., 8/V2:5; Total runs: 912)
K.C.-Hochevar(R) 6-11 124 5.44 1-1 9 4.00 0-3 18% 5.79
Cle.-RevestR) 1-I 121i 2.19 1-0 - 1-1 12 2.19
New York at Toronto, 707 ET (Line: Tor., 7.5; Total runs: 9)
N.Y.-Rasner(R) 5-9 92 5.18 2-0 1-0 5 5.40 0-2 15 6.60
Tor.-Bumett(R) 15-9 163% 4.67 5-2 3-0 29 1.23 3-0 17% 6.11
Los Angeles at Tampa Bay, 7:10 ET (Line: T.B., 6:5; Total runs: 8)
LA.-Santana(R) 13-5 162% 3.49 3-3 1-1 18 6.50 2-0 21 2.95
T.B.-Shields(R) 10-7 163 3.75 3-2 2-1 24 3.00 1-0 18 4.50
Detroit at Texas, 805 ET (Line: No line; Total runs: No total)
DeL-Galarraga(R) 11-4 133 3.11 2-0 203 1.74
Tex.-Padllia(R) 12-6 1371 4.85 3-1 1-1 9 7.00 0-1 17 6.88
Oakland at Minnesota, 8:10 ET (Line: Min., 2:1; Total runs: 81/2)
Oak.-Gallagher(R) 1-1 29 4.60 0-1 12 7.50
Min.-Slowey(R) 9-8 1141 3.94 0-0 0-0 6 1.50 2-1 17b 3.57
Seattle atChicago, 8:11 ET (Line: No line; Total runs: No total)
Sea.-HemandezR) 7-7 151 3.04 1-1 1-0 6h 5.68 0-1 20 3.15
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Results, upcoming games
Sunday Wednesday
Bal. 16, Det. 8 Oak. at Min., 1:10
N.Y. 15, K.C.6 Sea. at Chi., 2:05
Cle. 4, L.A.3 Bos. at Bal., 7:05
Tor. 15, Bos. 4 K.C. at Cle., 7:05
Min. 11,.Sea. 8 N.Y.at Cle., 7:05
Chi. 13, Oak. 1 L.A. atT.B., 7:07
T.B. 7, Tex. 4 Det. at Tex., 8:05

K.C. at Cle., 12:05
N.Y. at Tor., 7:07
Min. at LA., 10:05
Oak. at Sea., 10:10

American League notes

Baltimore: A scheduling
conflict between the Orioles
and the Baltimore Ravens has
been solved. The Orioles and
Ravens were both scheduled to
play Sept. 7. The Ravens were
scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.,
and the Orioles were supposed
to play Oakland at a time to be
determined. According to a re-
lease issued by the Athletics,
the Orioles' opponent, the Sun-
day game will be moved to Sat-
urday as part of a day-night
doubleheader at Camden Yards.
Games will be played at
1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. There
will be no Orioles game Sunday.
The Orioles and Ravens share
parking facilities.
BoStOn: RH Clay Buchholz
made his second career relief
appearance when he pitched
the sixth inning Sunday. The
outing worked perfectly as a
side session for Buchholz, who
still is expected to make his
next start Wednesday.
Chicago: The White Sox had
gone 15-10 in their previous 25
games through Sunday despite
losing RHP Jose Contreras, RH
reliever Scott Linebrink and
3B Joe Crede to injuries in that
span. "Those are some big guys
out of our lineup, rotation and
bullpen," DH Jim Thome said.
"It says a lot about the guys
who have stepped in and done
the job for us. When they
weren't playing, they were still
putting their work in, and it
Cleveland: Indians officials
think it is important for C Victor
Martinez (elbow), DH Travis
Hafner (shoulder) and 2B Josh
Barfield (finger) to see game
action again before the end of
the season so that they can go
into thepffseason with no lin-
gering doubts about their phys-
ical condition. All three are on
rehab assignments. ... RH
closer Jensen Lewis, who
picked up his third save Sunday,
said he enjoys the drama of
pitching the ninth inning. "I love
it," he said. "You get that last
out, shake hands and send ev-
eryone home happy."
Detroit 2B Placido Polanco
is gripping his bat down on the
end instead of choking up and is
hitting the ball with more pow-
er as a result. Polanco said he
made the change against Tampa
Bay a few weeks ago because he
wasn't following through in his
swing as well as he liked. After
making the change, he went to
Chicago and hit two home runs
and a triple. ... 3B Carlos
Guillen (sore back) was back in
the lineup after sitting out Sun-
day's game.
Kansas City: IF Alberto
Callaspo, who went on the dis-
abled list for undisclosed med-
ical reasons June 28, one day af-
ter being arrested in Kansas City
on charges of driving under the
influence, was scheduled to be-
gin a rehab assignment at
Class AAA Omaha this week to
work his way back into playing
condition. Callaspo worked with
the major league club in Kansas
City before the Royals began
their current road trip.
Los Angeles: OF Reggie
Willits (mild concussion) has
begun light workouts and has
felt no ill effects from the two
concussions he suffered this
month. Manager Mike Scioscia
said Willits could begin a rehab
assignment by tlre end of this

Minnesota: CF Carlos Go-
mez was not in the lineup Sun-
day or Monday after enduring
another difficult day at the plate
Saturday. Gomez went into
Monday's game batting .190 in
August after hitting .220 in July.
New Yorkc C Ivan Rodri-
guez hit .219 with one home
run and one RBI in his first 12
games with the Yankees.
Oakland: RH reliever An-
drew Brown (right shoulder)
has begun throwing off a
mound in Phoenix, according to
manager Bob Geren. The team
is hoping to get Brown back by
early September.
Seattle: 3B Adrian Beltre,
who is playing with assorted in-
juries, including hand and ham-
string problems, was back at
third base after serving as the
designated hitter Sunday. "You
can't get him out of the lineup,"
manager Jim Riggleman said.
"He plays when other guys
might not." It was the second
appearance at DH this season
for Beltre, who has played in *
121 of the Mariners' 124 games.
... SS Yuniesky Betancourt
is last in the AL in walks per
plate appearance, and C Kenji
Johjima also rarely walks. But
both walked Sunday in the
eighth inning vs. Twins reliever
Matt Guerrier. It was one of two
walks for Johjima on the day.
Tampa Bay: RH closer Troy
Percival said his sprained right
knee felt better thanks to a cor-
tisone shot and anti-inflamma-
tory medication, and he decided
not to have arthroscopic sur-
gery that was tentatively sched-
uled for Monday. Percival ex-
pects to be ready by Aug. 30,
when he is eligible to come off
the DL. ... OF Rocco Baldelli
has given the Rays better de-
fense than they expected in
right field in his first week back
on the active roster after being
sidelined since spring training
because of muscle fatigue. Bal-
delli was 4-for-1 6, all singles,
through Sunday, but manager
Joe Maddon said he was im-
pressed with the quality of Bal-
delli's at-bats and was confident
his power would come back.
Texas: RHP Brandon McCar-
thy (right elbow) extended his
scoreless streak at Class AAA
(Oklahoma City) Oklahoma to
13 innings since a tutorial with
team President Nolan Ryan.
McCarthy allowed three hits
and one walk Sunday in holding
Omaha scoreless for seven in-
nings. ... DH Milton Bradley
was back in the lineup after he
was scratched Saturday and
Sunday because of different
health issues (illness and stiff
back). Bradley has started 17
games since the All-Star break
and left one of those because of
an upset stomach.
Toronto: RHP Scott Rich-
mond, optioned to Class AAA
Syracuse (N.Y.) when LH reliev-
er Brian Tallet (broken toe)
was activated from the disabled
list, was 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA but
still impressed team officials.
"We need Scott to keep stretch-
ing out, and he wasn't going to
get many chances up here," GM
J.P. Ricciardi said. "He'll go into
the rotation in (Class AAA) for
the last two weeks of the sea-
son. We're pleased with what
he showed us. He put himself
on the map."

From The Sports Xchange

By MIc Smirth, The (Charleston. S.C.) Post and Courier, via AP
Injury-filled tenure: Carl Pavano, who signed with the Yankees before the 2005 season,
has pitched in 19 games for New York and could make his latest comeback this weekend.

Pavano back ... again

By Ronald Blum
The Associated Press

NEW YORK Carl Pava-
no, belittled by New York
tabloids that call him
"American Idle" and dispar-
aged by some teammates
for his lack of durability,
could return to the New
York Yankees this weekend.
New York needs a fifth
starter Saturday at the Balti-
more Orioles, and with Joba
Chamberlain and Dan Giese
on the disabled list, the
choice comes down to Pava-
no or Phil Hughes.
Mike Mussina said during
spring training last year that
Pavano must show his
teammates he wants to
pitch. Yankees general man-

ager Brian Cashman said
teammates shouldn't be du-
bious of Pavano in his latest
comeback attempt.
"If people have that type
of attitude there, it's stupid,"
Cashman said Monday. "Ev-
erybody has issues and
makes mistakes or has
things to deal with. It's
about turning the page and
moving forward and con-
centrating on what's in front
of you rather than concen-
trating on what's behind
Since signing a four-year,
$39.95 million contract
with the Yankees before the
2005 season, Pavano has
made 19 appearances, going
5-6. He's been a pre-med
survey course of broken

body parts, sidelined by in-
juries to his shoulder, back,
buttocks, elbow and ribs. He
became a pifiata for the
New York sports media.
Perhaps because many
had little faith he would re-
turn this year, his latest
comeback attempt has at-
tracted little attention.
He missed the second half
of the 2005 season and all of
2006 and then made two
starts in April 2007 before
hurting his pitching elbow.
He allowed one earned
run and six hits in six in-
nings Sunday for Class AA
Trenton (N.J.), striking out
six. "He's had no setbacks in
his rehab at all," Cashman
said. "He's close to being
ready for us, which is great."

Monday's games

Red Sox 6, Jon Lester outpitched Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Bay homered twice and
ORIOLES 3 drove in four runs to boost Boston. Lester (12-4) allowed one run, four hits
and a walk in seven innings to improve to 5-0 lifetime against Baltimore.
Los Angeles The Rays had won six of their last seven at Tropicana Field to move to 45-17
vs. TAMPA BAY at home. The Angels had firsha and experience, getting swept in St. Peters-
burg on May 9-11. They were shut out 2-0 in each of the first two games be-
fore losing 8-5 in the finale.
Detroit Detroit's problems came to a head this weekend when it allowed 30 runs
vs. TEXAS while losing two of three to Baltimore. Tigers pitchers were tagged for a sea-
son-high 22 hits on Sunday in a 16-8 loss to the Orioles. "It's happened way
too many times this year," manager Jim Leyland told Detroit's official web-
site. "One of'the main reasons we haven't been able to maintain a streak is
because we just haven't pitched good."
Oakland The Twins had gone 25-6 in their previous 31 games at the Metrodome to
vs. MINNESOTA climb to the top of the division a surge thanks in large part to a prolific of-
fense. Minnesota had averaged 6.2 runs in those 31 home games.
Seattle Chicago starter Mark Buehrle had been outstanding in his previous two
vs. CHICAGO starts. The left-hander had allowed one run and nine hits over 14 innings in a
pair of victories.
"HOME teams in caps

Rays 6 Angels 4
Los Angeles-- 001 002 100-4
Tampa Bay_.. 023 000 Olx-6
Los Angeles ab r h bi bb so ayg
Figgins3b 5 0 0 0 0 3 .277
Aybarss 4 1 1 0 1 0 .282
Teixeiralb 2 0 0 0 1 0 .371
Guerrerorf 4 0 2 1 0 0 .287
Hunter cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .275
Andersondh 4 1 1 1 0 1 .289
Kendrick2b 3 0 1 0 1 0 .313
Rivera f 3 1 2 0 0 .243
Napollc 3 0 0 0 0 2 .221
Morales ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Totals 33 47 4 3 7
> Batting 2B: Anderson (20). HR: Ri-
vdra (9). SF: Rivera. RBI: Guerrero (74):
Anderson (68); Rivera 2 (27).GIDP. Rive-
ra. Team LOB: 7
I Fielding-E:Guerrero(4).DP: 1.
Tampa Bay ab r h bi bbso avg
Iwamura2b 4 1 1 0 1 0 .277
Upton cf 5 0 2 0 0 0 .269
Penalb 4 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Floyd dh 3 1 2 2 0 0.266
Aybar3b 4 2 3 0 0 0.246
Hinskelf 3 1 2 2 0 1 .256
Ruggianolf 1 1 1 0 0 0 .250
Navarroc 3 0 0 0 0 0 .294
Grossrf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .234
Bartlettss 3 0 1 0 1 1 .266
Totals 34 613 5 2 3
> Batting-HR1 Floyd (9): Hinske(19).
S: Navarro. RBI: Floyd 2 (25); Hinske 2
(54); Gross (28). GIDP: Aybar. Team LOB:
> Fielding E: Iwamura (4). DP: 1.
Pitching Ip h rer bb so era
Los Angeles
GarlandL.-8 610 5 4 2 3 4.33
Loux 2 3 1 1 0 0 1.80
Tampa Bay
Sonnanstlne 5i 5 3 3 2 3 4.37
BalfourH,8 1 2 1 1 0 2 1.38
Bradford H,17 i 0 0 0 0 0 2,18
MillerH,8 H 0 0 0 0 1 4.45
HammelH,1 3 0 0 0 1 0 4.11
WheelerS,6 1 0 0 0 0 1 2.55
WP: Balfour. HBP: Teixeira (by Sonnan-
stine); Floyd (by Loux). Batters faced;
pitches-strikes: Garland 29: 102-68;
Loux 9:;32-22; Sonnanstine 25; 104-65:
BalfourT6; 28-18; Bradford 1:; 6-1: Miller
1:; 6-4; Hanimel 2; 8-4; Wheeler 3:13-8.
> Umpires HP: Emmel: 1B: Miller:
2B: Meals: 3B: Darling.
Gamedata-T:3:05.Att: 15,896.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 3
Boston ....... 020 000 022 6
Baltimore ......... 000 100 020 3
Boston ab r hbi bbso avg
Ellsburyrf 4 0 0 0 1 0 .265
Pedroia2b) 4 1 1 0 1 0 .320
Ortizdh 5 2 2 1 0 0 .262
Youlklis3b-lb 4 0 0 0 1 1 .317
Baylf 5 2 3 4 0 0 .348
Lowriess-3b 4 0 0 0 1 I .309
Caseylb 4 0 1 0 0 2.346
Corapr-ss 0 0 0 1 0 .296
Varitekc 4 1 11 1 2 .216
Crispcf 2 0 1 0 2 1 .248
Totals 36 69 6 8 7
> Batting 2B: Ortiz 2 (16). HR: Bay 2
(3): Varitek (9). RBI: Ortiz (63): Bay 4
(16); Varitek (33). GIDP. Ortiz. Team
LOB: 11
b Baserunning SB: Bay (3). CS: Crisp
Baltimore ab r h bi bb so avg
Roberts2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .295
Markakis rf 3 1 00 11 .303
Mora3b 31 0 0 1 1.284
Huffdh 4 1 2 3 0 0 .304
R. Hernandezc 4 0 1 0 0 0 .258
Millarib 3 0 1 0 1 0.247
Scott f 4 0 0 0 0 2 .270
Paytoncf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .241
Castro ss 2 00 0 0 0 .227
Cintronph-ss 1 00 0 0 0 .281
Totals 32 3 5 3 36
> Batting-- 2B: Huff(37): Millar (23).
HR, Huff(27). RBI: Huff3 (87).Team LOB:
> Field!ng- E: Mlllar(5).DP 1.
Pitching ip h rer bbso era
LesterW,12-4 7 4 1 1 1 5 3.17
DelcarmenH,16 i) 0 2 2 2 1 4.53
Papelbons,33 1 1 00 0 0 1.84
GuthrleL,10-9 7 5 2 2 5 4 3.15
Cherry % 2 2 1 2 2 9.00
Castlllo 0 0 0 0 0 2.76
Johnson M 2 2 2 1 0 2.37
Blerd 1 000 0 13.52
WP: Cherry. Batters faced; pitches-
strikes: Lester 26; 103-64; Delcarmen4:
24-12:; apelbon 5; 16-12. Guthrie 29:
104-56; Chetry 7: 30-16: Castillo 1:; 2-2;
Johnsotb6:;24-14;Bierd 1:5-3.
> Umpires HP: Fletcher: 1B: David-
soil;2B: Marquez; 3B: Reilly.
> Game data -T: 3:01. Alltt: 40,42).

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AL wild-card standings

W L Pct GB
Boston 72 53 .576 -
Chl./Minn. 70 53 .569 1
New York 66 58 .532 5V
Toronto 64 60 .516 7

Sunday's late game

Rays 7Rangers 4
Tampa Bay. 004 300 000- 7
Texas--_____ 001 010 002-4
Tampa Bay ab r h bi bbso avg
Uptontcf 5 2 3 3 0 1 .267
Zobrist2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .235
Penalb 3 1 3 1 0 .241
Floyd dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Aybar3b 4 0 2 0 0 .236
Hinskelf 4 1 1 0 0 0.252
Ruggianolf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233
Navarroc 3 0 0 0 1 0296
Gross rf 4 1 1 0 0 0.233
Bartlettss 4 1 1 1 0 0 .266
Totals 35 710 7 2 1
P Batting 2B: Upton (28): Aybar
(12); Hinske (19); Gross (8). HR Upton
(8); Pena (25). RBI: Upton 3 (57): Pena 3
(71); Bartlett (21). GIDP: Gross. Team
LOB: 3
Texas ab r hbi bbso avg
Kinsler2b 4 1 1 0 0 0.319
Vazquez2b 0 0 0 0 1 0 .308
Boggslf 4 0 11 1 1 .239
Youngss 3 00 0 2 0 .289
Hamlltoncf 4 02 2 1 0 .304
Byrdrf 4 0 1 0 1 1 .290
Laird c 4 0 0 0 0 2.284
Saltalamacchia 3 1 1 0 1 2 .239
Davlslb 3 1 0 0 1 3 .259
Metcalf3b 4 1 1 1 0 1 .171
Totals 33 4 7 4 810
> Batting-2B:Klinsler(41); Hamilton
(28). HR Metcalf (2). RB1: Boggs (33);
Hamilton 2 (114); Metcalf (5). Team
LOB: 10
> Fielding DP 2.
Pitching ip h rer bb so era
Tampa Bay
KazmirW.9-6 6 4 2 2 4 7 3.21
Bradford 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.20
Miller 1 0 0 0 0 4.50
Salas 11 2 2 1 218.00
Balfour '1 0 0 0 3 0 1.19
Wheeler S,5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.60
NippertL.I-3 4 8 7 7 0 1 7.83
Loe 5 2 0 0 2 0 2.93
IBB: Hamilton (by Balfour). Batters
faced; pitches-strikes: Kazmir 26: 114-
72; Bradford 4: 10-8; Miller2; 9-5: Salas
4I; 27-17; Balfour 4; 25-10; Wheeler 1;
5-4; Nippert 20; 74-45: Loe 17: 59-35.
I Umpires HP: Culbreth; IB: Rey-
nolds: 2B:Timmons; 3B: Cederstrom.
.r -e data-T 3:15.Att 18,363.

Inside the AL

By Ted S. Warren. AP
Not throwing in the towel: The Red Sox's Curt Schilling
says he's in no hurry to make a final decision on retiring.

A not-so-curt process: Curt Schilling says he's lean-
ing very heavily toward retirement and is waiting until
spring training approaches to see if he wants to pitch again.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander, who had season-
ending shoulder surgery June 23, said in his blog that his
shoulder was getting better fast. "I've still got a rather
lengthy amount of time before I decide anything," he said.
Still, he said on 38pitches.com, "The pendulum is swing-
ing very heavily in the direction of it just being over. I've
never sat around and not gotten ready to head to Florida,
well not in 23 or so years anyway, so to me that will likely
be the last real test for me and whether or not I want to put
the time and effort into getting after it one more time."
Schilling said that a few weeks ago he thought of trying
to get ready to pitch in the World Baseball Classic,,a 16-
country event scheduled for March.
"But I just don't think that's in the cards," he wrote in his
blog Friday. "Next I started thinking about the original plan
of pitching the second half of next season. Thing is, that ur-
gency just is not there. I miss some things I didn't think I
would and don't miss many things."

Weather permitting: The Tampa Bay Rays and Los An-
geles Angels were holding out hope that their game sched-
uled for tonight at Tropicana Field would not be postponed
because of Tropical Storm Fay.
Team officials met Monday to pore over weather fore-
casts and discuss contingency plans that could include not
playing the game and rescheduling it as part of a Wednes-
day doubleheader in the domed stadium.
"Currently we are planning on playing the game. Certain-
ly the circumstances can change," Rays President Matt Sil-
verman said before the start of a three-game series Mon-
day night. "We will continue to monitor the storm and its
progress. We will continue to consult with government
agencies, as well as the Angels and the (American) League."

Orioles' changes: The Baltimore Orioles shook up their
rotation Monday, sending slumping starters Garrett Olson
and Dennis Sarfate to the bullpen.
Olson was pulled after 1 V3 innings in Sunday's 16-8 vic-
tory against the Detroit Tigers, allowing four hits and five
runs. Olson's eight victories were tied for second-most on
the Baltimore staff, but the rookie left-hander's 6.38 ERA
was the highest among the starters.
"I think I had to do something to be fair to the team and
to be fair to Olson," manager Dave Trembley said. "Olson
needs to get some success and be put in a situation that's
not as stressful and pressure-packed as it would appear it's
been for him his last three starts."
Olson took the demotion in stride, noting Trembley was
showing confidence in him by sending him to the bullpen
instead of the minors. Olson was 4-1 in his first seven starts
but failed to pitch into the sixth inning in eight of 15 starts
since May 31.
"It has been in the back of my mind that I haven't been
doing my job," Olson said. "I tried to make adjustments; it's
- just being consistent has been hard this year. I've showed
brief blips of it, but I need to have it more, especially to help
the team out."
Sarfate, 4-3 with a 5.35 ERA in 49 appearances, was
moved from the bullpen to the rotation July 30.

From wire reports

By Joe Giza. Reuters
Downgraded but not out: The Orioles' Garrett Olson was
demoted to a relief role but is taking the move in stride.

AL leaders (through Sunday

Based on 3. plate appearances for each
game a player's team has played.
G AB R H Avg
Pedrola, Bos 121 511 91 164 .321
Mauer, MIn 108 390 75 125 .321
Youkills.Bos 114 428 78 137 .320
KinslerTex 121 518 102 165 .319
Bradley.Tex 97 322 64 102 .317
Ordonez,Det 108 417 55 132.317
A.Rdrigez.NY 104 386 79 121 .313
Damon, NY 107 418 69 131 .313
Polanco, Det 111 457 74 143.313
Suzukl, Sea 123 519 79 159.306
Home runs Runs batted In
Quentin, Chl ......34 Hamilton.Tex .114
Dye, Chl...........29 Morneau, Minn .-6
HamiltonTex -28 Cabrera, Det _..95
A. Rdriguez, NY .28 Quentln, Chl_..195
Slzemore, Clev .27 Mora, Bait .._..91
Huff. Bait ....... .26 Huff. Bait .....84
Cabrera. Det __25 Youkills. Bos_....84
Pena,TB ......--25 lbanez Sea _...83
Thome.Chl .__25 Abreu, NY _-80
Glambi. NY __-24 Hits
Doubles Kinsler.Tex .......165
Roberts, Bait .__45 Pedrola. Bos ....164
Kinsler. Tex .__ 41 Suzuki, Sea ..... 159
Markakis. alt .39 Lopez.Sea..... 147
Pedroia, Bos .......39 Hamiilton.Tex .146
Triples Markakis, Bat ..145
Crawlord.TB 10 Young.Tex..145
Roberts. Bait .......-8 Ibanez.Sea ......144
Granderson. Det .7 Stolen bases
InglettTor ........7 EllsburyBos ..38
Runs Suzuki. Sea ..37
KinslerTex ..102 Upton. TB .. .36
Pedrola.Bos ... 1 RIos.Tor ....... 30
Markakls.Balt.87 Roberts. Ball ......30
Quentin, Ch ...-87 Si'enmore.Clev .30
RobertsBait .87 Totalbases _
GrandersonDet81 KInsler.Tex ...-268
Hamilton.Tex ..80 Hamilton.lex .264
Huff, Bait ........79 Huff. B't ............_260
A. Rdriguez. NY ..79 Dye. Clhi' ...........254
Suzuki,Sea.........79 Queni .. 1i .....253

On-base+ slugging Slugging pct.
Bradley.Tex...1.026 A. Rdrigez NY .598
A. Rdrgez, NY 1.001 BradleyTex -584
Quentin, Chl -- .977 Quentin, Chl -582
Youkilis. Bos. -965 Youkllls. Bos --577
Drew, Bos .... 930 Dye, Chl .-572
Dye, ChiA .....927 Huff. Bait ..........554
Ramtrez. Bos. .926 Hamilton. Tex .549
Walks On-basepct
Cust.Oak... ...85 Bradley.Tex -442
Upton.TB ___....82 Mauer, Min -414
Drew. Bos ___78 Drew, Bos __408
Sizemore.Clev .78 Markakls,Bait.404
Markakls. Bait .77 A. Rdrigez, NY .402
Victories Strikeouts
Lee. lev .....17-2 BumettTor -.165
Mussina, NY _16-7 Halladay.Tor -159
Bumett,Tor_15-9 Vazquez,Chi -159
Matszaka, Bos 14-2 Santana.,LA -157
Saunders, LA -14-5 Beckett, Bos -145
Halladay, Tor- 14-9 Greinke. KC -142
SantanaLA.- I13-5 Hmandez.,Sea .140
ERA Innings
LeeClev__2.43 Halladay, Tor -191
Dchscher. Oak 2.59 Lee, Clev --1701
Halladay, Tor -2.64 Guthrie, Bait -170
Hrnandez. Sea 3.04 Verinder.Det.164,
Galarraga, Det 3.11 Vazquez.ChIl 164
DanksChi ......3.11 Games
Saunders.LA .-3.14 Guerrier. Minn- .s9
Guthrie. Bait -3.18 Wright,Tex ._59
Lester, Bos .....-3.25 Quality starts
Mussilna. NY ..-3.35 GuthFe.Bal.
Saves Lee.Cle.---....18
F. Rodriguez, LA .47 Shutouts
Nathan, Minn ...33
Soria, KC .-...d3 H3 .
Papelbon Bos .32 Halladay Tor .....2
ShIernll, aIt -..1 LesterBos ._..2
Rivera NY .28 Sabathla.Clev_2
Percval.TB __27 ShIelds,TB___2
Comp. games Holdswey
Halladay, Tor -8 Holds
5 tied ...................3 Wheeleri B.- 26

Tampa Bay
New York

Kansas City

Los Angeles





Major League Baseball

Instruction already has
begun for the umpires. One
crew was shown the equip-
ment and briefed Saturday
at Nationals Park in Wash-
ington by Joe Garagiola Jr.,
MLB senior vice president of
baseball operations.
That unit was mounted
on a wall just offthe runway
umpires use to enter the
field. MLB is attempting to
have units located where
umpires will not have to en-
ter or pass through either
dugout but as close to home
plate as possible.
Replay would be used ex-
clusively on disputed home
run calls, to determine if
balls are fair or foul or over
the fence.
Selig has said he can order
the use of replay to begin
when he's ready, but negoti-
ations continue between
MLB and the World Um-
pires Association over im-
plementation, including
meetings regarding rules
that would be involved.
For instance, if a ball ruled
a home run with runners on
base is later determined to
have not left the field and
would have been in play,
where will the batter and
runners will be placed?

Inside the NL


By Denis Poroy. AP
Right stuff. The Giants' Barry Zito is trying not to force
things, and he didn't in beating the Braves on Monday.

Zito making adjustments: Barry Zito has a new ap-
proach to pitching: stay in the moment, and stop forcing
Whatever he's doing worked Monday. Zito won for only
the third time since the All-Star break, leading the San Fran-
cisco Giants past the Atlanta Braves 5-0.
"I got caught up with trying to make things happen," he
said. "You can't do that. Hitters make things happen."
Zito (7-15) allowed five hits in seven innings, combining
with Keiichi Yabu and Sergio Romo on a seven-hitter. The
left-hander pitched out of trouble, stranding two runners
each in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
"I had some pitches working today," he said. "My off-
speed stuff was pretty good. I made a couple of good pitch-
es to lefties."
The major league leader in losses, Zito has won 18 of 59
starts since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract
with San Francisco before the 2007 season. He improved to
97-5 in his career when receiving four or more runs of sup-
port, including 12-1 with the Giants. San Francisco has
scored no more than one run in 24 of his starts.
"There's no question that he's pitching with so much
more confidence than he did earlier this year," manager
Bruce Bochy said.

Mets send Kunz down: The New York Mets optioned
right-hander Eddie Kunz to Class AAA New Orleans on
Monday to make room for newly acquired reliever Luis
Kunz had a 13.50 ERA in four relief appearances, allow-
ing four runs in 2/% innings during his first stint in the major
leagues after getting called up Aug. 3. The 22-year-old start-
ed the season with Class AA Binghamton (N.Y.), where he
was 1-4 with 27 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 44 games. He was
the 42nd pick in last year's draft.
The Mets acquired Ayala from the Washington Nationals
on Sunday for a player to be named. The 30-year-old right-
hander is expected to provide help for the Mets bullpen,
which has struggled without injured closer Billy Wagner.
Ayala, a reliable reliever for the first four years of his ca-
reer, was 1-8 with a 5,77 ERA for the Nationals this season.
His 62 appearances rank among the major league leaders.

From wire reports

NL leaders (through Sunday)
Batting On-base+ slugging Slugging pct.
Based on 3. plate appearances for each Pujols, St.L ....076 Pujols, StL ........617
game a player's team has played. C.Jones, Atl. .1.042 Ludwick, StL.....612
C AB R H Avw Brkmn,Hou...1.033 Berkman.,Hou.602
Clones Atl 97 346 65 126 364 Holliday.Col..1.013 Braun,Mil......-592
Pujols,StL 113 402 77 140 348 Ludwick, St.L .993 Holliday, Col .585
Holliday, Col 109 422 87 143 339 Burrell,Phi........952 C.Jones, Atl..581
Berkman, Hou 122 435 96 144331 Lee, Hou..........937 Lee,Hou ..........569
TherlotChi 115 453 65 143 .316 Walks- On-basepcLt.
Lee.Hou 115 436 61 137.314 Burrell,Phil 87 C.Jones,Atl_ 462
Ludwick, StL 117 415 82 127 .306 Dunn.Cin-Ari..-87 Pujols,StL ..-..459
Hudson,Arl. 107 407 54 124.305 PuJols, StL...........82 Berkman,Hou.430
Schmaker, StL 119 430 70 131 .305 Wright,NY ......74 Hollliday, Col ...427
J. Reyes. NY 122 529 88 161 .304 Berkman, Hou -.72 Theriot, Chi _396
Home runs Runs batted in Pit
Howard, Phil ..33 Howard, Phil-..104 Ptcig
Dunn, Cln-Arl...32 Lee, Hou.........100 Victories Strikeouts
Braun, Mll..... ..31 Wright, NY-...95 Webb, Ari......18-4 Lincecum,SF ..192
Ludwick.StL...31 Ludwick.StL.......93 Volquez,Cin ....15-5 Billingsley,LA -162
Utey, Phil --......30 Berkman, Hou-8..9 Cook, Col._-.15-8 Hamels, Phil..157
BurrellPhil __29 A.Gonzalez,SD.-89 Dempster.Chi 14-5 HarenAri ......156
FielderMil .28 Braun, Mil....86 Uncecum,SF3-3 Cain,SF .......
A. Gonzalez, SD..28 Ramirez, Chl .983 Haren, Ari .... 13-6 Volquez, Cin _150
Lee.Hou ---____....28 Utley, Phil ..........83 Lohse. StL ..._13-6 Dempster, Chi ..149
Ramirez, Fla ..27 Hits Zmbrano, Chi .12-5 Innings
Doubles J.Reyes,NY 161 Lilly, Chi ......12-6 Hamels,Phil-1817%
McLouth.Pitt_...39 Atkins, Col _144 Billingsley.LA.12-9 Cook,Col .....177
Berkman, Hou .37 Berkman, Hou .144 ERA Santana, NY...177
Young, Ari....-...-35 Lee, Chl .......144 UncecumSF.-2.60 WebbAri...177
Hart .Mil --34 Holliday, Col.--.143 Peavy,SD........2.61 Games
Wright.,NY -.34 Ramirez, Fla-143 Volquez,Cin-..2.73 Boyer Atl .........65
Triples Theriot, Chi -143 Santana, NY .2.75 Feliciano, NY ....65
J.Reyes, NY 14 Braun,Mil_- 142 Webb,Arl..-..2.85 Heilman.,NY ...65
Lewis, SF ......10 Stolen bases Dempster, Chi 2.92 Quality starts
Drew, Arl .. ..9 Taveras.,Col ..58 Haren, Ari. --2.96 Haren,Ari -- 20
Rollins, Phil --..8 J.Reyes.NY ....40 Saves LincecumS.F ....20
Runs Pierre, LA- .....37 Wilson,SF.--33 Santana, NY .20
Berkman, Hou .96 Bourn, Hou .33 Valverde, Hou ...31 Webb, Arl.........20
Ramirez.Fla 96 Rolllns,Phil 31 Lidge, Phil ..........30 Shutouts
J. Reyes. NY__..88 Total bases Gregg Fa ..... 27
Holliday.Col ..87 Braun.Mil .279 Wagner, NY .27 Hames, Phil ......2
McLouth,Pitt-..87 Berkman, Hou 262 Hoffman. SD .26 iKurodaLA ..........2
Beltran, NY--..-85 Utley, Phil- ..262 Comp. --_ Sheets Ml ............2
Wright. NY__..84 J.Reyes. NY_..259 Sabathla. M Holds
Ludwick,StL...82 Ramirez, Fla-..258 Sheets, Mil .. .4
Utley, Phil ...-8...2 Ludwick, StL.-254 Webb,Ari ....3 McClellan, St.L. 29


New York
St. Louis

On MLB's radar: Reliever Koji Uehara is cheered by Norichika Aoki, right, considered Ja-
pan's top position player. He and other players are drawing scouts' attention in Beijing.

Scouts feast on roux

of world's top players

By Paul White

Installation of replay
equipment in all 30 major
league stadiums should be
completed by the end of the
Mike Port, Major League
Baseball vice president of
umpiring, said it probably
could be sooner but added,
'That's a conservative esti-
mate, allowing for things
like equipment delivery and
wiring and cabling situa-
tions in unique ballparks."
MLB has yet to announce
it will institute instant re-
play, but Commissioner Bud
Selig said after owners
meetings last week, "We
should have answers very
shortly. ... I want to make
sure that if and when we
do it, it's really good, it's
The replay units being in-
stalled consist of a flat-
screen television,'a remote
control and a telephone that
will provide a direct link to
an MLB command center,
which will use TV feeds of
games to provide various
replay angles, slow motion
and stop action as requested
by the umpires.

interest to the major league scouts. Every-
one is looking for the next Ichiro Suzuki or
Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Medina says the harvest of Japanese tal-
ent by U.S. teams in the next year or two
could be lean, not because the talent isn't
there, but because most potential U.S. ma-
jor leaguers are under contract to their Jap-
anese teams for several years.
"Yu Darvish is their standout pitcher -
22, of Iranian descent," Medina says. "He
would be a No. 1 starter in the United
States, (but) he would have at least four
more years of Japanese baseball.
"Japan's best position player is Norichika
Aoki, a center fielder, who's probably the
closest they have to Ichiro over there now.
He doesn't throw (as well) as Ichiro, but he
has more game power. It will probably be a
handful of years until he comes over."
So who are the Japanese players the
scouts are looking at with an eye toward the
near future?
Medina says he is watching left-hander
Hitoki Iwase, a saves leaders for several
years in Japan who could become a special-
ist out of the bullpen. "Everything he
throws cuts away from left-handed hitters,"
Medina says.
Then there's Kenshin Kawakami, who
Medina projects to be a fifth starter in the
USA. "He's not dazzling nothing to knock
your socks off but he's a grinder who
knows how to pitch. He throws 90-
93 (mph) and throws strikes."
As for position players?
"It's a down crop this year," Medina says.
"There's nobody that's high-interest like
(Cubs outfielder Kosuke) Fukudome was
last year, but a handful of extra-type guys."
That doesn't mean a player or two from
other teams might not catch the eye of
scouts at the Olympics.
"On teams like Taiwan and (South) Korea,
guys will pop up," Medina says. "Taipei has
a left-hander who pitches in Japan, Wei-Yin
Chen. He's not had a lot of exposure, but he
threw well and opened up some eyes."

Monday's games

PIRATES 5, Pittsburgh's Steve Pearce hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, ending
Mets 2 New York's six-game winning streak. The 25-year-old is hitting .222 but is
4-for-1 0 in three games against the Mets over the last week. "He's making
progress," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "He's been working with
our hitting coach Don Long and is getting better."
Giants 5, Aaron Rowand homered and drove in two runs for San Francisco, which
BRAVES 0 won its first road series against Atlanta since 1993.
Houston This is a matchup of the NL's hottest team, the Astros, vs. the hottest pitcher,
vs. MILWAUKEE the Brewers' CC Sabathia. He had the lowest ERA in baseball since arriving
from the Cleveland Indians on July 6 and had pitched four complete games.
*HOME team in caps
NL wild-card standings

Pirates 5, Mets 2
New York............. 100 100 000- 2
Pittsburgh_ 000 002 03x 5
New York ab r h bi bb so avg
A.Reyes2b 5 1 1 0 0 0 .275
Evans If 3 0 2'0 0 '0.260
Murphy ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .429
Feliclanop 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sanchezp 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smithp 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Wright3b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .292
Beltrancf 2 0 1 1 1 1 .273
Delgadolb 4 0 0 1 0 1 .255
Tatlsrf 2 0 0 0 2 1 .294
Easleyss 3 0 0 0 1 0 .262
Castro c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .261
Maine p 1 0 0 1 0 .111
Stokes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
Schoeneweis p 0. 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Chavez ph-lf 1 00 0 0 0.271
Cancelph 0 0 00 1 0.233
Totals 29 2 6 2 74
>- Batting 2B: Evans 2 (8); Beltran
(32). SF: Beltran. RBI: Beltran (83); Del-
gado (79). GIDP: Easley 2. Team LOB: 8
Pa Fielding-DP1 1.
Pittsburgh ab r h bi bb so avg
McLouthcf 3 0 0 0 2 0 .275
F.Sanchez2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .253
Yatesp 0 0 0 0 0 -
Burnettp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Rivasph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226
Grabowp 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Dounmltc 4 1 1 0 0 0 .323
Ad.LaRochelb 3 2 2 2 1 1 .268
Michaels If 3 1 1 0 1 1 .242
An.LaRoche3b 3 1 0 0 1 0 .196
Pearcerf 3 0 1 1 1 0 .222
Wilsonss 4 0 2 2 0 0 .288
Maholmp 1 00 0 0 1 .113
Gomezph-2b 2 0 1 0 0 1 .294
Totals 31 5 9 5 64
> Batting 2B: Wilson (15). HK Ad.
LaRoche (16). S: Maholm. RBI: Ad. La-
Roche 2 (54): Pearce (6); Wilson 2 (18).
GIDP F. Sanchez.Team LOB:g9
> Fielding DP 3.
Pitching ip h r er bb so era
New York
Maine 5 2 0 0 4 3 3.82
Stokes BS,1 1 3 2 2 0 0 4.50
Schoeneweis ; 0 0 0 0 0 3.04
Feliciano L2-3 1 1 1 0 0 3.74
Sanchez 0 3 2 2 1 0 4.11
Smith % 0 0 0 1 1 4.20
Maholm 7 5 2 2 3 4 3.64
Yates i 1 0 0 2 0 5.18
BumettW,1-1 i 0 0 0 0 0 4.10
GrabowS,4 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.98
D.Sanchez pitched to 4 batters in the
8th. IBB: LaRoche (by Sanchez),
McLouth (by Smith). Batters faced;
pitches-strikes: Maine 20; 96-59:
Stokes 7: 30-19: Schoeneweis 2; 9-6;
Feliciano 2; 5-2; Sanchez 4: 9-4; Smith
3; 16-8; Maholm 26; 96-56; Yates 5:; 24-
11 ; Burnett 1 3-2; Grabow5; 22- 11.
Umpires HP: Bucknor; 1B: West:
2B: Rapuano: 3B: Hickox.
> Game data-T.2:50.Altt 19.066,

Giants 5, Braves 0
San Francisco- 300 001 100 5
Atlanta..__.. 000 000 000- 0
San Francisco ab r hbi bb so avg
Roberts If 3 1 1 0 1 1 .259
Ochoass 3 1 0 0 0 0 .258
Lewisrf 4 0 0 0 0 2.285
Rowandcf 3 1 1 2 0 0.285
Ishikawalb 4 1 1 0 0 1 .353
Aurilia3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .268
Sandovalc 4 0 2 1 0 0.417
Burriss2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .260
Zitop 3 0 0 0 0 0 .088
Yabup 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Velezph 1 0 0 0 0.222
Romop 0 00 0 0 -
Totals 33 5 7 4 1 5
a. Batting-- 3B: Roberts (1). HR: Row-
(65); Aurilla (39); Sandoval (2). Team
LOB: 4
0 Baserunning-SB:Ishikawa(1).
> Fielding- E: Rowand (4). PB: Sando-
val.DP. 1.
Atlanta ab r h bi bbso avg
Escobarss 4 0 1 0 0 0 .283
Kotsaycf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .299
C.Jones3b 4 0 1 0 0 0.363
InfanteIf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .303
McCannc 4 0 1 0 0 1 .302
Francoeurrf 4 0 0 0 0 .231
Kotchmanlb 4 0 0 0 0 2 .149
Prado2b 4 0 1 0 0 2.310
Canplllop 10 1 0 0 0 .176
Ohmanp 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Nortonph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .231
Boyerp 0 0 0 00 0 .000
Nunezp 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Johnsonph 1 0 0 0 0 0.265
Totals 33 0 70 2 7
> Batting 2B: Francoeur (241: Cam-
pillo(l1).S: Campillo.Teari. LOB:
> Fielding- E: McCann (7).
Pitching ip h rer bb so era
San Francisco
ZitoW,7-15 7 5 0 0 2 3 5.43
Yabu 1 2 0 0 0 2 3.61
Romo 1 0 0 0 0 2 4.15
Canpillo L.7-6 6% 7 5 5 1 2 3.29
Ohman Vi 00 0 1 2.86
Boyer 1 0 0 0 0 2 4.92
Nunez 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.54
HBP: Ochoa (by Campillo). Batters
faced; pitches-strikes: Zito 28; 109-65;
Yabu 5; 24-16: Romo 3; 12-8; Campillo
29: 107-78; Ohman 1:5-3; Boyer 3:; 16-
11; Nunez 3: 12-8.
" Umpires HP Eddings: 1B: Barrett:
2B: DeMuLth 3B: Beal.
0 Gamedata -T. 2:33.Atn:18.113.

W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 71 54 .568 -
St. Louis 70 57 .551 2
Philadelphia 66 58 .532 4
LA./Ariz. 64 60 .516 6V
Florida 64 61 .512 7

Sunday's late game

Phillies 2, Padres 1
Philadelphia_. 100 001 000-2
San Diego_..... 000 001 000 -1
Philadelphia ab rh bi bb so avg
Rollinsss 4 1 1 0 0 0 .266
Werth rf-lf 3 0 11 0 1 .264
Uthey 2b 2 0 0 0 1 1 .284
Howard lb 3 0 0 0 1 3 .232
Burrelllf 3 1 2 1 1 0 .266
Jenkinsrf 0 00 0 0 0.241'
Victorinocf 4 0 0 0 0 .282
Dobbs3b 4 0 0 00 2 .301
Lidgep 0 00 0 0 0 -
Ruizc 4 0 10 0 1 .220
Hamelsp 3 0 1 0 0 0 .283
Brnrlett ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .215
Totals 31 2 6 2 3 8
m Batting HR: Burrcll (29). SF:
Werth. RBI: Werth (44); Burrell (70).
GID1P Burrell.Team LOB::7
> Baserunning-SB:Rollins(31).
> Fielding-DIP:1.
San Diego ab r h bi bbso avg
Hairstoncf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .256
Ledezmap 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Falkenborgp 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Gilesrf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Kouzmanoif3b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .279
A.Gonzalezlb 3 0 2 0 0 0 .277
Headleylf 4 0 1 1 0 2 .263
E.Gonzalez2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .277
Rodriguez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .220
Myrow ph 0 0 00 1 0.111
Kazmarpr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Carlinc 4 0 1 0 0 1 .154
Baekp 2 0 1 0 0 0.200
Adamsp 0 0 0 0 0.000
Gerut ph-cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 .296
Totals 33 1 7 1 16
o Batting RBI: Headley (21). GID.P
Hairston.Team LOB:7
> Fielding E: Carlin (3). PB: Carlin.
DP 1.
Pitching ip h rer bb so era
HamclsW,10-8 8 7 I 1 0 3 3.22
.ilgeS.,30 0 0 0 0 0 3 2.10
San Diego
BackL.4-7 6 4 2 1 2 5 1.83
Adams I 1 00 0 1 2.08
L.edezma 'i 0I 0 I I1 4.1
Falkenborig I 1 0 00 5.02
WP Baek. HBP. Utley (by Back); Gon-
zalez (by Haiels). Batters faced; pitch-
es-strikes: Hamels 31: 97-73: Lidge .1:
19-1 1: Back 25: 105-68; Adails 4: 18-
12; Ledezma 2: 7-3. Falkenborg 5; 20-
Umpires HP: Nauert: 1B: Hoye;: 2B:
Hallion: 3B:' ONora.
b Game data -T. 2:46 Alt: 34.756.

Los Angeles
San Francisco

W L Pct.
68 57 .544
66 58 .532
64 61 .512
56 69 .448
44 81 .352

W L Pct.
76 48 .613
71 54 .568
70 57 .551
63 61 .508
56 69 .448
55 70 .440

W L Pct.
64 60 .516
64 60 .516
57 69 .452
53 71 .427

San Diego 48 76 .387

Addition of replay

units almost done

Monday's results

Pittsburgh 5, New York 2 San Francisco 5, Atlanta 0
Houston at Milwaukee

Today's probable pitchers, lines

2008 season opp. 2007-08 vs. opp. Last 3 starts
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET (Line: Phi., 2:1; Total runs: 91/2)
Was.-Bergmann(R) 2-9 109% 4.51 0-2 0-1 36 4.00 1-1 16 6.75
Phi.-Blanton(R) 1-0 27 4.00 0-1 1-0 19 2.37
Atlanta at New York, 7.10 ET (Line: N.Y., 2:1; Total runs 9)
Atl.-Perez(L) 9-7 1422 3.91 6-4 4-1 32% 3.03 2-1 193 3.20
Cincinnati at Chicago, 8:05 ET (Line: Chi., 3:1; Total runs: No total)
Cin.-Cueto(R) 8-11 .145 4.90 1-1 1-1 12% 4.97 1-1 16 3.94
Chi.-Harden(R) 2-1 35 1.80 1-0 2-0 17% 2.55
Houston at Milwaukee, 805 ET (Line: Mil., 13:5; Total runs: 8)
Hou.-Moehler(R) 8-4 111 3.97 3-8 0-3 19 6.63 2-0 17 2.60
MIL-Sheets(R) 11-6 162 3.00 12-8 3-0 42 3.21 1-2 21% 2.08
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 ET (Line: St.L., 9.5; Total runs: 9)
Pit.-Snell(R) 4-10 1261 5.91 3-4 2-3 46 4.89 0-2 16 5.06
StL.-Looper(R) 11-9 148A 4.07 3-2 3-1 23 4.70 1-1 21 2.14
San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 ET (Line: Ari., 2:1; Total runs: 9V2)
S.D.-Banks(R) 3-5 78i 4.37 0-1 0-1 6 4.50 0-1 161 6.06
Ari.-Davis(L) 4-7 99A 4.79 7-3 4-1 351 2.29 0-2 11 12.27
Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:10 ET (Line: L.A., 7:5; Total runs: 8)
Col.-Jimenez(R) 8-11 153 3.94 3-0 3-0 27% 5.53 1-2 18 5.00
LA.-KumrodaLR) 7-8 139 3.88 0-1 0-1 12 7.50 2-0 22I 121
Florida at San Francisco, 10:.15 ET(Line: Fla., 61/25; Total runs: 8)
Fla.-Nolasco(R) 11-7 155 3.88 1-1 20% 3.48
S.F.-Correia(R) 2-6 82% 5.12 0-1 0-0 27 6.75 0-1 19 2.84
Lines by Danny Sheridan

Results, upcoming games
Sunday Wednesday
Chi.9, Fla. 2 Hou. at Mil., 2:05
Cin. 7, St.L.3 Was. at Phi., 7:05
N.Y. 4, Pit. 0 Adt. at N.Y., 7:10
S.F. 3, Atl. 1 Cin. at Chi., 8:05
Col. 7, Was. 2 Pit.at St.L., 8:15
Hou.3, Ari.0 S.D. at Ari., 9:40
L.A. 7, Mil. 5 Col. at L.A., 10:10
Phi.2,S.D.1 Fla.atS.F., 10:15

Cin. At Chi., 2:20
Col. At L.A., 3:10
Fla. At S.F., 3:45
Atl. At N.Y., 7:10
S.D. at Ari., 9:40

National League notes

By Seth Livingstone

BEIJING The stands in China are full of
people still getting a feel for baseball.
They often cheer routine pop-ups and
foul balls and don't seem to know what
they're missing without peanuts, hot dogs
and Cracker Jack.
But there are also some highly knowl-
edgeable people with prime seating behind
the backstop screen the legion of major
league scouts who take in as many of the
marquee matchups as they can at the Wu-
kesong baseball complex.
"You get quite a few teams in one spot
with the tournament style," says Luis Medi-
na, who scouts Japan for the Kansas City
Royals. "Here, you get Cuba playing against
Japan. That doesn't happen every day."
Most of the players in the eight-team
Olympic tournament are well-known to a
majority of the scouts, although the chance
to see Cuba is a novelty for Medina, just as
the chance to watch Japan and South Korea
is a bonus for Rene Gayo, the Pittsburgh Pi-
rates' director of Latin American scouting.
"This gives you a means of comparison,"
Gayo said.
It's aiso a chance to evaluate potential
big-leaguers on a major stage.
"When you have 'USA' across your
chest," says Ed Lynch, scouting for the Chi-
cago Cubs, "it's a whole different dynamic
than when you have 'Toledo Mud Hens' on
your chest. The whole world is watching.
You have a sense that what you're doing is
incredibly important, and just to see how
they handle that kind of pressure will tell
volumes about a kid's makeup.
"It's how they're able to perform under
different circumstances in a strange place
against a lot of pitchers or players they've
never seen before. One of the big parts
about being a quality major league player is
the ability to adjust to your surroundings."
The Japanese team, which has sent its
best players to the Olympics, is of particular

tion to get an extra start out of
LHP CC Sabathia and RHP Ben
Sheets before season's end. But
Yost decided the consequences
of such a move negated any
benefits. '"I'm probably just go-
ing to ride everybody straight
through," Yost said. "That way, it
gives them extra days."
New Yorkl RHP John
Maine has made two effective
starts since returning from a
disabled-list stint caused by
right rotator cuff stiffness, but
he said he is not back at 100%.
In his past two outings, he has
thrown five scoreless innings
each time, but he has needed
90-plus pitches to get there
both times. He walked four bat-
ters in each game.
Philadelphia: 3B Pedro
Feliz (bulging disk in lower
back) moved his rehab assign-
ment from high Class A Clear-
water (Fla.) to Class AA Reading
(Pa.). He is expected to be ready
to return to the Phillies' lineup
by Wednesday's game against
the Nationals at Citizens Bank
Pittsburgh: IF/OF Doug
Mientkiewicz was placed on
the bereavement list and will
miss the two-game series in
St. Louis that starts tonight and
perhaps longer as his wife, Jodi,
is scheduled to have heart sur-
gery. OF Nyjer Morgan was re-
called from Class AAA Indian-
apolis, where he was hitting
.298 with one home run, 33 RBI
and 44 stolen bases.
St. Louis:*RHP Chris Car-
penter (strained right shoulder
muscle) and RHP Adam Wain-
wright(sprained right middle
finger) will be involved in a
throwing session at Busch Stadi-
um before today's game. Car-
penter will throw off flat
ground, while Wainwright will
throw a bullpen session. "The
big thing," pitching coach Dave
Duncan said, "is getting a feel
for where Carpenter's at be-
cause if it doesn't look like Car-
penter is going to be ready, than
you have to think about Wain-
wright as a starter."
San Diego: C Nick Hun-
dley, a late scratch Sunday with
a minor sprain of his left ankle,
is expected to be ready to play
today in Arizona. Rookie catch-
ers Hundley and Luke Carlin
were 2-for-20 last week.
San Francisco: RHP Matt
Palmer, who lasted 2V3 innings
in his first big-league start Sat-
urday at Atlanta, will remain in
the rotation for another outing,
manager Bruce Bochy said.
Palmer, the Pacific Coast League
leader in strikeouts (137) at the
time of his promotion from
Class AAA Fresno, didn't strike
out any Braves. He also led the
PCL with 70 walks.
Washington: c Jesus Flo-
res has a sprained right knee, an
MRI confirmed. Flores hurt
himself sliding into the plate
Saturday and was held out of
the lineup Sunday. The injury
was originally diagnosed as a
strained calft but Flores also
complained of knee pain. His
status is day-to-day, and he may
not be ready to start today
against Philadelphia.

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Arizona: OF Chris.Young
has played every inning of the
Diamondbacks' last 105 games.
"It doesn't bother me. I'm
young. I can still go every day,"
said Young, 24, who has not
missed an inning since his last
day off, April 20 in San Diego.
"I'm glad they are giving me the
opportunity. The more you play,
the better you are going to get.
It's a learning process for me
right now."
Atlanta: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes
will be recalled from Class AAA
Richmond (Va.) to start today in
LHP Tom Glavine's place. Reyes
was 3-9 with a 5.33 ERA in 16
games (15 starts) for the Braves
earlier this season. He made
three starts for Richmond after
his July 28 demotion, recording
no record and a 3.94 ERA.
Chicago: RHP Carlos Zam-
brano has been dropping his
arm slot lately, but pitching
coach Larry Rothschild said
there's nothing wrong with
Zambrano that a little slowing
down on the mound wouldn't
fix. According to Rothschild and
manager Lou Piniella, Zambra-
no has a tendency to rush his
delivery, especially with men on
base. That causes his arm slot to
drop, and he loses command
when that happens.
Cincinnati: OF Chris Dick-
erson enjoyed a big first week
in the majors, going 9-for-22
(.409) with an .864 slugging
percentage. In five games, he
collected five doubles, a triple
and a home run.
Colorado: LF Matt Holli-
day, who has 23 home runs and
19 steals, is on the verge of the
fifth 20-20 season in franchise
history. Dante Bichette accom-
plished the feat twice (1994,
1996), and Ellis Burks( 1996)
and Larry Walker (1997) also
reached 20-20.
Florida: OFs Jeremy Hermi-
da, Cody Ross and Luis Gon-
zalez have all had turns in the
second spot of the batting order
over the past three games. "We
don't have that prototypical
No. 2 hitter that's going to battle
some pitchers, hit behind run-
ners. We don't have that guy,"
manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Houston: With 2B Kaz Ma-
tsui out due to a sore lower
back, IF Mark Loretta figures
to get significant playing time,
although "there might be some
(Geoff) Blum days over there,"
manager Cecil Cooper said.
Blum has been playing regularly
at third base since Ty Wiggin-
ton moved to left field following
Carlos Lee's injury.
Los Angeles: GM Ned Col-
letti declined to address
whether RHP Brad Penny's
right shoulder inflammation
would affect the club's decision
on the $9.25 million option for
2009 on Penny's contract. The
option carries a $2 million
buyout. Penny has made just 17
starts this season. Colletti said
he hasn't given up on getting
Penny back this season and that
Penny's return could come out
of the bullpen, which wouldn't
require as much rehab time.
Milwaukee: With three
scheduled off days over an
eight-day period beginning
Thursday, manager Ned Yost
could have realigned his rota-

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National Football League

"It was the business side of it. I really
didn't want to do it because I love
football and running around."

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs,
on his 23-day holdout'

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By jonn liazenlore, Al'
Early returns: Running back Michael Turner, racing past the Colts' Antoine Bethea during Saturday's preseason game, left the Chargers after four seasons to
sign a six-year, $34.5 million deal with the Falcons. He doesn't necessarily believe Atlanta is in a rebuilding mode, saying, "Who says we can't win now?"

Turner, Falcons get fresh start

LTs understudy

takes lead role

By Tom Pedulla

Turner expected a significant number
of teams to pursue him as a free agent
after he showed considerable promise
as a backup to San Diego Chargers star
'running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
The Atlanta Falcons never made his
list of potential employers.
"I was shocked when they called
me," he says, adding, "I came in with
an open mind, knowing Atlanta had
been through a lot of turmoil."
Turner, 26, listened to new general
manager Thomas Dimitroff and first-
year coach Mike Smith. The more
they talked, the more appealing the
Falcons became. They viewed him as
an important part -of the rebuilding
process, a key figure who could help
the city and team move past the fall of
franchise quarterback Michael Vick.
"They went over the plan they had
for this organization and I felt com-
fortable signing," he says of the quick
commitment he made March 2.

His six-year contract is worth
$34.5 million, with $15 million guar-
anteed. Atlanta made that investment
after finishing 26th in the NFL last sea-
-son with 95.0 rushing yards a game.
"Michael Turner was the fit we
want for (offensive coordinator) Mike
Mularkey's system, that being a sys-
tem that depends on strong, powerful
running backs," Dimitroff says. "He's a
very nice combination of speed and
power. We felt Michael, with Jerious
Norwood, would be a solid one-two
It didn't take long for Turner to en-
dear himself to fans in search of hope
after a 4-12 debacle marked by first-
year coach Bobby Petrino's resigna-
tion with three games left.
In the first home preseason game at
the renovated Georgia Dome on Sat-
urday night, Turner ripped off a 52-
yard gain against the Indianapolis
Colts on the second play from scrim-
mage. He added a 63-yard burst to
begin the next series. He finished
with four carries for 113 yards.
"He's got home run speed (and)
... a very low center of gravity,"
Smith says. "All you are seeing is
shoulder pads and knees. There's not
.a lot of body surface to tackle him."
Turner, a fifth-round draft choice by

San Diego out of Northern Illinois Uni-
versity in 2004, owns three of the six
longest ground gains in Chargers his-
tory with jaunts of 83, 74 and 73
yards. In 59 games there, he carried
228 times for 1,257 yards (5.5-yard
average) and six touchdowns.
Tomlinson, the league MVP when
he set NFL records for touchdowns
(31) and points (186) in a season
while rushing for a team-record 1,815
yards in 2006, always credited his un-
derstudy as a major factor in his suc-
cess. Still, it was difficult to accept be-
ing the other back in San Diego.
"It was kind of hard waiting," the 5-
10, 244-pound Turner says. "I just
had to deal with it. I was patient with
it. I didn't get discouraged. It was
more of a mental thing I had to over-
come, not being the No. 1 guy."
Tomlinson offered him great en-
couragement after San Diego's 21-12
loss to the New England Patriots in
the AFC Championship Game.
"He told me it was my turn. He told
me I was ready," Turner says. "He saw
some stuff in me that made him feel I
was ready."
Then again, the proof will come in
the durability and production he dis-
plays during the 16-game regular sea-
son. Smith limited his carries in an

Patience pays
While waiting for his chance
with the San Diego Chargers be-
hind former NFL MVP LaDainian
Tomlinson, Michael Turner
gained more than 500 yards only
once in four seasons. But his
yards-per-carry average was
enough to persuade the Atlanta
Falcons to take a chance on him.
Year Yards Avg. TDs
2004 104 5.2. 0
2005 335 5.9 3
2006 502 6.3 2
2007 316 4.5 1

eventual 16-9 lops to Indianapolis that
seemingly underscored how long the
road back might be for Atlanta. The
Falcons committed five turnovers and,
were guilty of two penalties for un-
sportsmanlike conduct.
If prognosticators view Atlanta
negatively, Turner does not.
"The coaching staff here and the
players don't necessarily believe it has
to be a long-term plan," he says.
"Who says we can't win now?"

By Jim Rogash, Getty Images
Out of action: Tom Brady says "the idea is to be
ready for when the regular season kicks off."

Injured foot

ails Pats QB

Brady getting treatment,
may miss exhibition game
From wire reports

Tom Brady isn't sure if a foot injury will sideline
him from the New England Patriots' third exhibi-
tion game Friday night after he sat out the first two.
The injury is on the same leg but different from
the right ankle injury the quarterback suffered in
last season's AFC Championship Game
against the San Diego Chargers, the NFL's
NoteS MVP said in a radio interview Monday.
"Just trying to be smart," Brady said on
WEEI in Boston after skipping the trip to Tampa Bay
for Sunday night's 27-10 loss to the Buccaneers.
"The preseason is important, but I think the idea is
to be ready for when the regular season kicks off."
He said he received treatment on his foot during
the weekend but he's "not sure" if he'lplay in Fri-
day's home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots finish the exhibition schedule against
the New York Giants on Aug. 28.
"I'm doing good, doing good, just wishing I could
have been out there last night," Brady said.
"I'll try to get treatment this week. I'm feeling
better every day."
Players were not available to the rest of the news
media on Monday.

Bears name starter, Kyle Orton will start as
the Chicago Bears opening day quarterback beat-
ing Rex Grossman in a competition that lasted
through training camp and two preseason games.
The Bears open the regular season on Sept. 7
against the Indianapolis Colts. ;,
Orton started 15 games in 2005 and three last
seasons. He's thrown for 2,347 yards and 12 touch-
downs with 15 interceptions in his career.
Grossman, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl
after the 2006 season, has 30 career starts, with 31
TD passes and 33 interceptions.

Contributing: The Associated Press

College football

Harper is in lead position to make Clemson roar in ACC

QB quiets
his doubters

By Kelly Whiteside
The decor is red and orange, a
mix that would probably make
any host of an HGTV home make-
over show blanch. The pawprint
pattern of big cats and jowly dogs
also seems like an odd combina-
tion, but the Harpers of Alpharet-
ta, Ga., somehow make it work.
The Georgia-Clemson room in
their basement is a mix of Bull-
dogs and Tigers, given Jeff was
the starting left tackle on Geor-
gia's 1980 national title team and
his son Cullen is Clemson's senior
Jeff's jerseys and helmets and a
picture of the Bulldogs' last na-
tional title are scattered about
the room. The. championship
ring, however, is on one of his fin-
gers. Cullen's jerseys and grow-
ing accomplishments fill the rest
of the space. "Growing up, it was
all Georgia," Cullen says. "Recent-
ly, it's been about Clemson."
With good reason. The No. 9
Tigers are favored to win the At-
lantic Coast Conference for the
first time since 1991, given their
abundance of talented players at
the skill positions such as Harper,
tailbacks James Davis and C.J.
Spiller, and receiver Aaron Kelly.
On defense, the Tigers return
seven starters from a unit that
finished in the top 25 in the four
major defensive categories.
The expectations for Harper
are just as high. He was voted the
league's preseason offensive
player of the year after setting 22
school records last year in his first
season as a starter. He was the
ACC's most efficient passer,
throwing for 27 touchdowns
with only six interceptions.
That was impressive work,
considering Harper entered the
2007 season with plenty of fans
pining for Willy Korn, a highly
recruited quarterback out of Ly-


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you prepared, we are exploring
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ACC at a glance
2007 standings
Conference Overall
Atlantic WL PF PA W L PF PA
Boston Coll. 6 2 213 165 11 3 396 285
Clemson 5 3 230 149 9 4 430 243
Wake Forest 5 3 225 208 9 4 362 289
Fla. State 4 4 192 174 7 6 303 298
Maryland 3 5 194180 6 7 313280
N.C. State 3 5 144248 5 7 249339
Coastal WL PF PA W L PF PA
Va.Tech 7 1 255 12011 3 402225
Virginia 6 2 202 151 9 4 317 256
Ga.Tech 4 4 160 173 7 6 341 271
N.Carolina 3 5 161 188 4 8 254294
Miami(Fla.) 2 6 146232 5 7 247312
Duke 0 8 131 265 1 11215398
Sheridan's odds against winning 2008 title:
Clemson 2:1, Virginia Tech 3:1. Florida Slate
5:1. Miami (Fla.) 5:1, North Carolina 10:1.
Wake Forest I 0: IGeorgia Tech 50:, Mary-
land 50: IBoston College 100:1. North Car-
olina State 5.000:1. Virginia 10,000:1. Duke
I trillion:l.

man, S.C. "Last year people were
writing me off, didn't think I'd last
three games," Harper says. "To
be where I am is quite an honor,
and I'm just thankful."
Though the Bulldogs were his
favorite childhood team, he says
Georgia wasn't much of an op-
tion since two other quarter-
backs were recruited ahead of
him. Neither is playing QB right
now for the No. 1 Bulldogs.
Harper was a bit under the
recruiting radar at Sequoyah
High because his team ran the
wing-T offense. He committed
early to Clemson and then
missed almost his entire senior
season with a broken collarbone.
He waited four years to take over
the Tigers' offense.
"It's night and day ... last year

By Mark Cilammci.AP
Potential for greatness: Cullen Harper, left, and running back James Davis are cogs for Clemson. "I think Cullen Harper can be a better quar-
terback but not as productive statistically because of the offensive line," says coach Tommy Bowden, who may start three freshmen there.

to now," he says. "I always had
confidence in myself. I have lot
more confidence than last year. I
always had confidence in my
ability. I just wanted to show
Clemson fans and rest of the
country what I can do."
The Tigers were 9-4 a year ago
and just missed a chance to go to
the ACC title game because of a
20-17 November loss to Boston
College. The Tigers' last shot at
victory fell short as Harper's pass
slipped through the hands of Kel-
ly near the goal line.
The Tigers knew heartbreak
the year before, too. In 2006 after

a 7-1 start, they slumped to a 1-4
finish. That offseason booster
club circuit was particularly
rough for Clemson coach Tommy
Bowden, and entering last fall, he
made several preseason "hot
seat" lists. What a difference a
year makes: Bowden, 54 and
heading into his 10th season, was
rewarded with a raise and a deal
through 2014.
Bowden's main concern enter-
ing this season is inexperience on
the offensive line, which returns
just one starter.
The new line won't have much
time to ease into the job, given

the Tigers open Aug. 30 with Ala-
bama at the Georgia Dome.
"Opening up with an opponent
like Alabama grabs your attention
right away," Harper says. "It's
time for Clemson to step up and
solidify ourselves as a top team in
the country, time for ACC to step
up and play an SEC team."
He embraces the expectations
and pressure. "I don't look at it
being a negative," he says. "It's
good exposure for Clemson.
When I signed on, the intent was
to play in the ACC championship
game. ... The time is now."
Because Harper has been ig-

nored and doubted in the past
and lauded in the present, he
takes the hype in stride. "I didn't
pay attention to what people
were saying, good or bad. When
people said I wouldn't be the
starting QB, I didn't listen to
them. I'm not going to worry
about this year (and all the acco-
lades). My dad always reminds
me to keep blinders on. Don't get
distracted, stay in the now. Don't
look back, don't look forward."
After all, that's what Georgia-
Clemson rooms are for, to hold
trophies of the past and perhaps
those to come.


Confusion over

scoring system

See our Ever Wonder graphic
that explains how the new scoring
system works

Phelp,s by Peer Parks. AFP/Gctty

Track, handball, basketball, soccer and more
will hold their interest

The final day of gymnastics
is at hand: Can Nastia Liukin
win a fifth gold for the USA?
Get the first word in our Going
for Gold blog and full coverage
at olympics.usatoday.com.

y Se of
By Steve Wieberg

Beijing scene

Peking duck is an Olympic sellout. Cafeterias in
the athletes village have doubled their supply to
600 ducks a day, and they're still sending would-
be diners away with empty plates each night.
The Olympic caterer, Philadelphia-based Ara-
mark, hired chefs from a 136-year-old Beijing
restaurant to prepare the popular dish. Outfitted
in tall white hats, they carve the red, glistening
ducks all afternoon and evening at Olympic ven-
ues. The crispy skin and luscious meat are served
with plum sauce and a sprig of green onion and
wrapped in a tortilla-sized flour crepe.
But duck isn't the only thing on the. menu.
Over the course of the Games, Aramark canteens
will serve 3.5 million meals to athletes, coaches,
staff, officials and news media. They use 460 reci-
pes that rotate every eight days.
There are 320 main dishes, 160 vegetable and
potato dishes, 128 rice and pasta dishes and 400
dessert and baked goods. Featured cuisines are
Asian (heavy on. Chinese food), Mediterranean
(often including kebabs and pasta) and interna-
tional (American and European), as well as vege-
tarian, Islamic halal and kosher dishes.
The kitchens expect to go through 156,528
pounds of beef, 154,323 pounds of chicken and
134,481 pounds of uncooked rice, which equals
20.1 million servings when cooked. Add sides of
800,000 eggs, more than a million apples,
936,000 bananas, 312,000 oranges, 57,320
pounds of cheese and 190,000 loaves of bread. It
takes 230 chefs and managers and 6,700 Chinese
student workers to pull it all off.
Johan Flodin, a Swedish rowing coach, has
been to four Olympics. The food is OK, he says,
"but the Peking duck, I haven't had that before.
It's nice."
By Elizabeth Weise


Stephanie Brown Trafton.
No matter that her discus dis-
tance was the shortest to win
gold in 40 years. She became
the first U.S. thrower, male or
female, to win the event since
Mac Wilkins in 1976 and the
first American woman to do it
in more than three-quarters of
a century.
USA in the water. On the
heels of the swimmers' smash
success, the men's water polo
team is mounting a charge to
its first medal in 20 years.
Monday's 8-7 win against Ger-
many sent it to the semifinals.
Britain. Led by their cy-
clists, the British who se-
cured a single gold in Atlanta in
1996 rank behind only Chi-
na and the USA with 12 gold
medals. A promising tuneup
for London in 2012.
Dirk and the German
men's hoopsters. The USA
sent them packing 106-57.
Dirk Nowitzki shot 42% and'
led the team in turnovers in
five games, four of them losses
by an average of more than 22

By Greg Pearson, USA TODAY
Teutonic disaster. Germany's Dirk Nowitzki,
right, is stripped of possession by LeBron James.

Disappointed China

is. feelmg Liu's pain

In a Beijing hotel, Liu Xiang's parents turned
away from a TV in tears. At National Stadium, his
: coach wept.
A day four years in the waiting for all of China
ended Monday in disappointment. Liu, who be-
came an iconic figure when he won the Olympic
110-meter hurdles four years earlier, could not
punctuate the country's impressive performance
in Beijing by repeating the gold, pulling up lame
with an aggravated Achilles' tendon injury before
even running a preliminary heat.
"Each one of us must ... give our beloved Liu
Xiang understanding, support and trust and calmly
face this disappointment," state news agency Xin-
hua said in a quickly posted commentary. "This
should be the mentality of the citizens of a great
.. ~nation."
It said Liu remained "a hero in our eyes."
The popular Chinese website Sina followed Liu's
parents as they watched the event on television in
a Beijing hotel. Both cried after his withdrawal, it
said. "You can accept the reality and come back
next time, son," it quoted his father, Liu Xuegen,
telling Liu by cellphone.
Liu's 2004 gold earned him reverence in China
rivaled only by that for basketball star Yao Ming.
Liu was a standout in a sport in which the nation
lacked stars.
"There was an investigation on the Internet
A.maybe half a year ago asking, 'If Liu cannot get the
gold medal, what would you think of this?'" said
i 4p Feng Shuyong, coach of China's track and field
team. "I think that more than half, 60% of the peo-
-T pie, showed understanding about this. So I believe
S that all the Chinese people will understand."
S Beijing taxi driver Li Qin did.
a i' "It's a pity Liu Xiang quit the race, but it's under-
standable," he said. "We cannot force any athletes
to compete with injuries. They are not iron men."

S Foot fault Defending Olympic
110-meter hurdles champion
Liu Xiang of China was forced to
q withdraw from the competition
tMonday after aggravating an
JIAchilles' tendon injury.
By Matt Detrich, USA TODAY

Toweled off, Phelps goes for a burger, some Redeem Team hoops, trip to London

The first thing the newly minted
American hero wanted was a fat,
juicy cheeseburger. Michael Phelps
got that with fries as he began life
as the winner of eight gold medals.
The 23-year-old with the built-for-
water body and killer stroke looked
back Monday on his eight memora-
ble days here. He recalled his phone
conversation with President Bush,

Getting to know ...

The Lopezes
Steven, Mark and Diana
Representing. USA
Sport Taekwondo
Events: Diana in Thursday's wom-
en's welterweight, Mark in Thurs-
day's men's welterweight, Steven in
Friday's men's welterweight
Ages: Diana 24, Mark 26, Steven 29
Particulars: They're the USA's first
trio of siblings to compete in the same
sport in an Olympics since 1904,
when St. Louis-born brothers Ed-
ward, Richard and William Tritschler
took part in gymnastics none med-
aling. The Lopezes are favored to
come away with three medals. May-
be three golds.
Each was a world champion in
2005. Steven, named one of People
magazine's 50 hottest bachelors in
2004, has won the last four world ti-
tles in his weight class and took
Olympic golds in Sydney and Athens.

who told Phelps to "give your moth-
er a hug and tell her the president
sent it." Phelps estimated he'd field-
ed between 4,000 and 5,000 mes-
sages on his BlackBerry.
Phelps flies Thursday to London to
participate in the traditional handoff
of the Olympics to its 2012 home.
That will be part of Sunday's closing
ceremony in Beijing.

Before he goes, Phelps wants to
catch some Olympic hoops, recipro-
cating Kobe Bryant and LeBron
James' attendance at the Water
Cube while Phelps and his team-
mates swam their record-breaking
400-meter medley relay Sunday.
"The guys were saying, 'Kobe and
LeBron are here; we can't lose in
front of them,' "Phelps said.

By MickCochran. USA TODAY
The fighting Lopezes: From left, Jean (the coach), Mark, Diana and Steven.

He hasn't lost a fight in six years.
The man he beat out in the last two
Olympic trials, Antony Graf, calls him
"the Michael Jordan of our sport."
The Sugar Land, Texas, family fell
into the sport when father Julio
signed up an older son, Jean, when he
was 8, thinking he was getting him in-
to karate. Jean got hooked and shared

his passion with his siblings.
A silver medalist in taekwondo's
1995 world championships, Jean is in
Beijing as their coach and the team's.
"We have a combative nature," the
eldest Lopez says. "Taekwondo is just
man against man, or woman against
woman, and I think that is what capti-
vated us."

Someday he'd like to meet Mi-
chael Jordan: "What he did for the
sport of basketball is what I'm trying
to do for the sport of swimming."
On returning to training: "The
only thing (coach) Bob (Bowman)
said to me is: Serious training starts
at the beginning of the year."
By Vicki Michaelis


"If Michael

Phelps can
win eight

gold medals,
why can't
USA softball

Monica Ab-
bott, on sug-
gestions U.S.
played a part
in the sport
being dropped
after '08 from
the Games



The floor recognizes the gentle-
man ...
Yeah, Ah-nold became governor of
California. But his strongman days
were behind him.
Latvia has Viktors Scerbatihs, sit-
ting member of parliament for al-
most two years and simultaneous-
ly leading contender.for the title of
the world's strongest man.
The 5-11, 313-pound weightlifter
competes in tonight's super heavy-
weight class, coming off a 2007 world
championship and unthreatened by
leading challenger Hossein "Iranian
Hercules" Rezazadeh. The Olympic
gold medalist in Athens in 2004, Re-
zazadeh was scratched from the
Olympics because of a knee injury.
Scerbatihs, 33, took the super
heavyweight silver in Athens. A little
more than two years later, he won
election to the Latvian parliament as
a member of the country's Greens

and Farmers Union. "My heart is with
sports," he told Reuters this summer,
"but as a politician I can help push
through laws that will secure the fu-
ture of Latvian sports."
Gymnast of a certain age
The Dara Torres of women's gym-
nastics is pointing to London in 2012.
Germany's Oksana Chusovitina,
competing in her fifth Olympics, won
silver on the vault at 33 14 years
older than North Korean gold medal
winner Hong Un Jong and at least 13
years older than every one of the six
remaining finalists in the event.
Asked about sticking around an-
other four years, she said, "By then,
I'll be 37. If I have the chance, I will.
... I still love gymnastics."
Hong, who beat Chusovitina by
0.075 of a point on the vault, was 3
when Chusovitina won her first
medal, a team gold with the former
Soviet Union's Commonwealth of In-

dependent States in 1992.
Precious imports
The "Made in China" label might
be ubiquitous in the USA. But the ma-
terials used in manufacturing the
gold, silver and bronze medals for
Beijing are from Australia and Chile.
"The gold medal, as a matter of
fact, is not of pure gold," Beijing orga-

Oldie, good-
ie: Oksana
33, won sil-
ver in the
vault and
says she
might try to
..7. .. compete in
-. -- F2012.

nizing committee spokesman Wang
Wei said Monday. Rather, he said, it's
mostly a mix of silver glazed with a
6-karat gold coating.
The silver contained in the gold
and silver awards comes from a
mining company in Australia, Wei
said. Material for the bronze medal
comes from a copper mine in Chile.

Must see TV

Today's marquee events:
Another lightning Bolt: Jamaican 100-meter
sensation Usain Bolt runs the 200. (NBC,
8 p.m. to midnight ET)
Hurdling: Top qualifier Sheena Tosta and Tiffany
Ross-Williams carry the USA into the women's
400-meter hurdles. (NBC, 8 p.m. to midnight)
A challenge for once? The dominant U.S.
softball team won its pool play 7-0 but could
be tested in its semifinal against Japan. (CNBC,
midnight to 2 a.m.)
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By Greg I'Parson. USA TODAY
On to the quarterfinals: Dwight Howard
scored 22 points in the USA' s win Monday.



The U.S. men's
team wraps
up poolplay
with an easy
106-57 victory
against Ger-
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Sweeping statement: Angelo Taylor points skyward after winning the 400-meter hurdles, with Kerron Clement, right, taking the silver and Bershawn Jackson, left, getting the bronze in a 1-2-3 U.S. finish.

Men sweep 400 hurdles;

Liukin near Miller's mark

By Marlen Garcia
BEIJING Americah gymnast Nastia
Liukin sat expressionless through most
of the individual final on uneven bars
Monday at National Indoor Stadium.
Was she in second place? Was she
first? Was she tied with China's He Kex-
in? Both gymnasts scored 16.725, but
the scoreboard had Liukin second. Was
she so tired she couldn't see straight?
"I just kept looking at it," Liukin said.
"There was a 1 by her name and a 2 by
my name. I was so confused."
Finally, when the'event ended and the
gymnasts marched backstage, U.S. na-
tional team coordinator Martha Karolyi
informed Liukin she was second because
of a complicated tiebreaker.
It was Liukin's fourth medal of the
Games, and she can keep it next to the
gold she won in all-around last week.
This one, however, tasted a little sour.
"Yeah, I'm a little disappointed just
knowing that I tied," she said. "It wasn't
that I got second by three- or five-
tenths. I had the same exact score. That's
what makesIt a little harder to take."
Liukin will compete in the balance
beam final today. Another medal will tie
her with Shannon Miller for most by an
American gymnast in an Olympics.
Yet again, He faced questions about
her age. The New York Times and Associ-
ated Press have found evidence showing

By JackGruber, USA TODAY
To soccer final: Lori Chalupny, left, and
U.S. teammates celebrate her goal.
He and two teammates might not be 16,
the minimum age to compete. He has
said repeatedly that she's 16.
Liukin, meanwhile, said she would
take solace in her all-around gold. "At
the end of the day, just like my dad told
me, I have the most important medal.
That's the all-around gold," she said.
The International Gymnastics Feder-
ation began breaking ties in Olympic
Games after 1996 on a directive from
the International Olympic Committee,
federation President Bruno Grandi said.
If Grandi had his way, ties would be al-
lowed. "When two people arrive at the
same level, they're champions," he said.

Even in uneven bars ... almost: Nastia Liukin, left, had the same score as China's He Kexin but lost the gold on a tiebreaker.
Liukin competes today on balance beam and can match Shannon Miller's U.S. mark of five gymnastics medals in an Olympics.

The Americans increased their medal
total to 72 overall and 22 gold on the
strength of five medals in track and field.
Angelo Taylor led the first U.S. sweep of
the 400-meter hurdles since 1960. Ker-
ron Clement took silver and Bershawn
Jackson bronze. Stephanie Brown Traf-
ton won the USA's first gold in women's

discus since 1932 and her first interna-
tional title. Jenn Stuczynski won silver in
pole vault behind a world record 16 feet,
6% inches by Russia's Elena Isinbaeva.
> The USA beat Canada in a jump-off
to successfully defend its gold medal in
equestrian team jumping. Canada won
the silver and Norway the bronze.

> The women's soccer team ad-
vanced to the gold medal game with a
4-2 victory against Japan. The USA has
reached every Olympic final since wom-
en's soccer was added in 1996.
> Read show-jumper Beezie Madden's
blog at olympics.usatoday.com

At olympics.usatoday.com Medals table

Hong Kong might be 1,300
miles from Beijing, but it, too, is
an Olympic host city. Our Jour-
ney Across China video series
travels there and discovers a
clean, impressive, energetic city.
S Plus:
H In Hong Kong, the USA suc-
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jumping gold medal Monday. See
what rider Beezie Madden, who is
blogging for USA TODAY, had to say about the vic-
tory, and share your comments with her.
P Beach volleyball combines fast-paced action, a
party atmosphere and scantily-clad, muscular
athletes. Check out its popularity in a photo gallery
from today's USA-Brazil women's semifinal.

Through Monday's 19 medal events
Country G S B Tot
USA 22 24 26 72
China 39 14 14 67
Russia 8 13 15 36
Australia 11 10 12 33
France 4 11' 13 28
Britain 12 7 8 27
Germany 9 7 7 23
South Korea 8 9 6 23

Boxers question system
The U.S. boxing team is on track for a
disappointing Olympics, and it blames
a confusing scoring system, 8B

for USA

The Olympic
beach volley-
ball tourna-
ment has
been full of
surprises for
the USA's
Todd Rogers
and Phil Dal-
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Relaxed: Todd Rogers says
his nervous energy is gone.




Beijing Games

U.S. boxers

down for

the count

Finger-pointing starts after

string of disasters for team

By Seth Livingstorte
BEIJING U.S. boxer Gary Rus-
sell Jr.'s voice trembles as he re-
counts the days leading up to his
shattered Olympic dreams.
"I'm just thankful I'm still able
to talk to you like I am," says the
20-year-old from Capitol Heights,
Md., who was found unconscious
and severely dehydrated in his
room by teammate Luis Yanez af-
ter his unsuccessful attempt to
make weight for his Olympic
bantamweight bout.
"I definitely feel that I let the
team down (and) all my friends,
all the people back home sup-
porting me."
When it comes to pain, phys-
ical or emotional, Russell is hard-
ly alone. Of the
nine boxers the
USA brought to
Beijing, only the
Senced one -
Deontay Wilder
Boxing will medal.
He'll fight in the
semifinals Friday.
Middleweight Shawn Estrada,
23, lost his second-round bout
Saturday, then lost his dad, a for-
mer boxer, to heart and kidney
problems Sunday. Juan Estrada,
64, was told several months ago
he had little time left, the Associ-
ated Press reported, but he lived
long enough to watch on TV as
his son won his opening bout.
And the once-proud US. box-
ing program, which has won 53
more medals than any other
country, has produced three
golds- in the last four Olympics.
Not since 1948 have the Ameri-
cans won only one medal.
As recently as 1984, the USA
walked away with nine golds in
the Games boycotted by 14
countries. That was before the
advent of computer scoring,
which U.S. coach Dan Campbell
says works against boxers being
groomed to fight professionally.
Some say it's not the boxers
but the system that let Russell
and others down and is respon-
sible for Team USA's inability to
properly showcase its best talent.
Long before the first punch
was thrown in Beijing, the string
of disasters was set in motion.
Campbell took heat for los-
ing touch with his boxers during
the 1.0-month residency training
program in Colorado Springs.
Light flyweight Yanez went
AWOL from training camp in
June, was booted off the team,
then invited back. Campbell
blamed Yanez's reliance on out-
side advice for his loss in Beijing.
I> In the first round, team doc-
tor William Kuprevich pro-
nounced light welterweight Ja-
vier Molina fit enough to box
despite a small hole in his lung
apparently caused by an infec-
tion. Molina lost 14-1 to a Geor-
gian who lost his next fight.
One of the top U.S. hopes,
flyweight Rau'shee Warren,
thought he was ahead on points
based on shouts of supporters he
heard in the stands and stopped
attacking in the last 30 seconds.
But he actually was behind and
was eliminated in his first fight.
As the competition pro-
gressed, there seemed no end to
the finger-pointing. Boxers

Down for the
eight count
Boxing medals won by the U.S.
team since the 1976 Montreal
Games, held during the golden
era of U.S. boxing and led that
year by Sugar Ray Leonard:
Year Site GSB Tot.
1976 Montreal 51 1 7
1984 Los Angeles 91 1 11
1988 Seoul 3 2 2 7
1992 Barcelona 1 1 1 3
1996 Atlanta 1 0 5 6
2000 Sydney 02 2 4
2004 Athens 1 0 1 2
Notes: The USA boycotted the 1980 Mos-
cow Games: USSR and Cuba were among
countries boycotting the 1984 Los Angeles
Compiled from USA TODAY research

claimed they were robbed by the
judges. Campbell claimed 'his
coaching was being undermined
by his boxers' continual contact
with their personal coaches.
"What went on in this Olym-
pics, it's hard to say," Campbell
says. "We thought we had a
chance for several guys to make it
to the medal round, but some of
them fell to things beyond our
control illness, other things.
Then we had the judging."
Demetrius Andrade was so up-
set after losing an 11-9 quarterfi-
nal decision that he left the ring
before the official decision was
announced. "Honestly, this don't
make other kids want to come
here or do this Olympic thing at
all," he said. "To know you're go-
ing to get treated like that (by
judges), what's the point?"
Campbell says training tech-
niques employed in the USA
don't factor in the scoring system
and correctly asserts that U.S.
dominance ebbed with the ad-
vent of computer scoring.
"Coaches didn't take the (cor-
rect) approach of how to beat a
guy with the computer," he says.
"The professional style of boxing
won't win on the international
But problems run deeper than
political agendas or the whims of
judges, three of whom must in-
stantly agree to award a point.
USA Boxing was placed on pro-
bation by the U.S. Olympic Com-
mittee in 2002 for program mis-
management, long before Jim
Millman was named its chairman
in June 2007. It has streamlined
its board of directors and recently
signed a marketing deal with
Golden Boy Promotions, founded
by 1992 U.S. Olympic and world
champion Oscar de la Hoya.
"We think those changes are all
steps in the right direction," says
Darryl Seibel, USOC's chief com-
munication officer. "An impor-
tant piece is performance."
Residency program a problem
At the heart of the internal dis-
content is USA Boxing's residency
program, instituted last year,
which required boxers to live and
train in Colorado Springs for 10
months before the Games, away
from their families and personal
coaches who have often trained
them since grade school.
"We supported the idea of a
full-time residency program in
Colorado Springs," Seibel says.
"We invested in it with them. We
thought it was the right approach

By Greg Pearson. USATODAY
The only hope: Deontay Wilder defeated Mohammed Arjaoui of Morocco in the heavyweight quarterfinals at Workers' Gymnasium in Beij-
ing on Sunday and will be in the medal round Friday. Wilder is one of the least-experienced boxers in the U.S. contingent.

By Jack Gruber, USATODAY
Flyweight bout: Rau'shee Warren, who lost in his first fight to South Korea's Lee Oksung, thought he
was ahead on points based on shouts of supporters he heard and stopped attacking late.

to prepare for Beijing."
Despite the results in Beijing,
Millman believes his organization
is taking the proper approach.
"While not every circumstance
out of Colorado has been the way
we would have wanted it," he
says, "I'd say that the majority of
our team really believes they
were best prepared to give their
best here as a result of the pro-
gram they have been a part of."

Russell, who required emer-
gency medical attention, Warren
and others might beg to differ.
"If we're going to be there for a
whole year, why not have our
coaches come up there for a
month or send us home for a
month or two to train with our
personal coaches?" asked War-
ren, a two-time Olympian.
Warren says degrees of resent-
ment and detachment built up

between Campbell, 65, and his
team. Even at the Olympics, the
boxers were regularly phoning
their coaches at home, not neces-
sarily heeding Campbell's advice.
"At first we were kind of cool,
(then) everything started falling
downhill," Warren says. "It was
like, 'Coach Dan, what's up?'
Some people felt like they were
being treated like kids."
Warren's coach, Mike Stafford,

has worked with him since he
was 5 and calls the string of
stumbles in Beijing "amazing."
He believes having personal
coaches alongside the Colorado
Springs staff would go a long way
toward preparing the best team.
"I think they should (allow)
personal coaches to have more
access to their kids and learn this
type of (international) boxing.
(Warren) is like my son. Then
they take him away. They have to
find a way to mix it all together."
Coach: Pro style doesn't work

Campbell brushes aside the
criticism, saying his boxers and
their coaches need to realize that
a style that works in the pros,
where knockouts are valued and
every scoring punch doesn't
need to be a clean blow to the
face, won't work at the Olympics.
"The majority of the personal
coaches have never been to an
international bout, but they're
advising this guy how to box at
the Olympics," Campbell says.
Millman has heard the com-
plaints and says the residency
program will be tweaked. "We
want to increase communication
with parents and personal coach-
es early about what the expecta-
tions are," he says, hoping USA
Boxing will come off probation
"based on our programs and suc-
cess ... the last year."
Seibel says the USOC is pleased
with the recent changes imple-
mented by USA Boxing. But even
a gold medal may not erase the
acrimony, disappointment and
personal wounds suffered on the
rocky road to Beijing. -

Rising soccer stars romping into hearts of fans

BEIJING They grew up painting
their faces for the 1999 Women's World 4'
Cup soccer tournament and taping Mia
Hamm posters to their bedroom walls.
For years, they have been trying to be-
come their role models' rightful heirs,
only to be told they're not there yet, and J '
perhaps never will be.
But on a humid night in Beijing's old
Workers' Stadium, in front of 50,937,
the second-largest crowd to watch a Comment
U.S. women's soccer game since the By Christin
Rose Bowl was filled in that magical
year of 1999, it was as if women named Hucles and
Chalupny all of a sudden were named Hamm and
Dream shots that were practiced in the Ameri-
can schoolyards where tens of millions of little girls
play soccer were once again rippling the back of an
Olympic net. A team that has played with a
clenched jaw for much of this century playing as
if it were trying not to lose rather than trying to win
- suddenly was having a ball again on a soccer field


when the pressure was on.
With a refreshing 4-2 semifinal vic-
tory against Japan, the young, entertain-
ing and completely unpredictable U.S.
Olympic women's soccer team has
somehow found a way to put its coun-
try into the gold medal garne of a fourth
consecutive Olympics.
Of course, it matters, perhaps greatly,
that the triumph wasn't against Ger-
ry many or Norway or Brazil, the team
Brennan that comes next for the Americans on
Thursday night in the game for the
gold medal.
But disciplined Japan was considered no patsy
and was on the rise in this tournament, upsetting
Norway and host China in its last two games and
looking every bit the giant killer once again when it
took a quick 1-0 lead in the game's 17th minute.
The USA, on the other hand, had been working
its way through an indifferent Olympic Games with
star forward Abby Wambach 6,000 miles away, re-
covering from a broken leg back home.

"Obviously, losing Abby and not having her is a
total crusher," former team captain Julie Foudy said
before the game. But there could be a silver lining,
Foudy thought. "Without Abby, it's not like one
person takes over the game. It's actually healthy to
not just rely on one person."
So there was Heather O'Reilly, who painted her
face as a 14-year-old to cheer for the U.S. team at
the first game of the '99 World Cup, passing
through two teammates to Angela Hucles, playing
Wambach's role, for the tying goal near the end of
the first half.
Then Lori Chalupny, who was 15 when she
watched in 1999, sidestepping three defenders to
send a blistering shot high into the left corner of the
net, one of the most beautiful goals scored by an
American not named Hamm in a long while.
In the second half, it was O'Reilly on her own,
chipping one over the reaching arms of Japan's
goalkeeper, followed by Hucles again, sneaking
one in at the near post. Japan scored a meaningless
goal in stoppage time well after the USA had the
game won.

"We were just having a blast out there," Chalup-
ny said. She gave credit to new coach Pia Sundhage,
whose strategy has been to have her young team
play a more fluid style exactly like this.
"Pia's been excellent at letting our own personal-
ities shine," Chalupny said. "After Abby went down,
we're getting scoring from so many different places,
and it's just so much fun to be out there."
The words "fun" and "soccer" haven't been used
at such a crucial juncture in a major tournament by
the Americans in, oh, about nine years, since Brandi
Chastain's famous penalty kick.
"This reminds me of us after the first World Cup
(in 1991)," Foudy said. "No one knew Mia, no one
knew Brandi. It needed time. It wasn't until '95-'96
and our success at the Atlanta Olympics that people
started to follow the team. The same thing may be
happening here."
> Read Christine Brennan's blog page at
> See how the soccer team's style has changed
over the years at everwonder.usatoday.com


Beijing Games

- -By Matt Detrich, USA TODAY
The homestretch: Angelo Taylor keeps his lead in final stages of the 400-meter hurdles, leading a USA sweep of the event with Kerron Clement and Bershawn Jackson.

Taylor's comeback clears last hurdle

Sydney 400 gold reprised

after injury, legal obstacles

By Dick Patrick
BEUJING Angelo Taylor is the
Olympic 400-meter hurdles
champion again eight years af-
ter his first gold in Sydney, four
years after injuries kept him from
the final in Athens, three years af-
ter legal problems and a year af-
ter he worked as an apprentice
"To go through what I did and
be back on top again, I'm so
blessed," Taylor said. "I feel like
I'm on top of the world."

Taylor, 29, led a U.S. sweep, fin-
ishing in a personal-best 47.25,
followed by 2007 world champi-
on Kerron Clement (47.98) and
2005 world champion Bershawn
Jackson (48.06).
"The USA (track team) hasn't
really had a great showing so far,"
Taylor said. "We wanted to uplift
the track team to go out there
and bring home the sweep."
The sweep was the fifth in
event history for the USA and
first since 1960. Taylor joins Ed-
win Moses, the Olympic champi-
on in 1976 and 1984, as the only

man to win the event eight years "To see my son's life highlight-
apart. Taylor, Moses and Glenn ed, exploited in a negative way
Davis, the winner in 1956 and around the world, that'was the
1960, are the event's only two- low point," said his mother, Sub-
time champs. rena Glenn-Everett.
It hasn't all been /-- "But I vowed then we'd,
smooth for Taylor. get through it because
In 2004, he failed to we're strong believers."
make the Olympic final, Taylor was out of the
hampered by what was sport in 2005 and virtu-
discovered to be stress ally out of it in 2006 be-
fractures in both shins fore reviving his career
on the eve of competi- Track & field when he started work-
tion. He ran anyway and ing with Innocent Eg-
chose rest and recovery bunike, a world cham-
rather than surgery to have steel pionships medalist in the 400
rods implanted. who had settled in Atlanta. For a
In 2006, he pleaded guilty to time, Taylor worked an electri-
charges of contributing to the de- cian's job from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
linquency of underage girls in and then would go to practice.
two incidents, in 2004 and 2005, The 2007 turnaround was
receiving three years' probation. highlighted by winning the U.S.

title in the 400 and taking third in
the world championships, re-
cording a personal-best 44.05.
"I knew my speed was there,"
said Taylor, who scored a shoe
contract that enabled him to quit
the electrician's job. "I knew if I
could get the rhythm down and
take it over the hurdles, I'd have a
great chance of winning."
When Taylor won in Sydney, he
was in Lane 1, the inside lane that
makes running the turns most
difficult, and ran 47.50, his win-
ning margin of.03 of a second the
narrowest in event history.
Monday, he ran faster than
ever. "There's more where that
came from," said Egbunike, men-
tioning Kevin Young's world rec-
ord of 46.78. "He's capable of the
world record."

Thrown for a loop in discus

Brown Trafton delivers 'golden egg'
as first toss holds up for surprise win

By Dick Patrick
and Andy Gardiner
BEUJING Stephanie Brown
Trafton's claim to fame before
Monday was that she competed
in the 2004 Olympics. The discus
thrower had never won an NCAA
title or a national championship,
nor had she qualified for the
world championships.
But now she has an Olympic
gold medal. Her opening throw of
212 feet, 5 inches (64.74 meters)
held up over the six.rounds, mak-
ing her the second U.S. champion
after Lillian Copeland in 1932.
"I am surprised," said Brown
Trafton, 28, who lives in Galt,
Calif., near Sacramento. "But I did
tell people that if you make it to
the final, anything can happen.
And I said that I was coming to.
the Bird's Nest to lay a golden
The Bird's Nest, the nickname
for the 91,000-seat National Sta-
dium, hosted its biggest upset of
the Games so far. Yarelys Barrios
of Cuba was second (208-9) and
Olena Antonova of Ukraine third
(205-4). The field did not include
Russia's Darya Pischchalnikova,
the year's leader at 220-9, who
was suspended before the Games

for tampering with drug testing
"Hopefully this can set a pre-
cedent and gives a lot of the U.S.
throwers confidence that our
girls are coming up in the world,"
said Brown Trafton, who had the
No. 3 throw of the year (217-1)
entering the competition.
The 6-2, 225-pound Brown
Trafton's inspiration as a young-
ster was 4-foot-10 Mary Lou Ret-
ton, the 1984 Olympic all-around
gymnastics champion.
"I wore my Mary Lou Retton
leotard all the time," she said. "I
outgrew it quickly. I was 6 feet in
middle school. ... Can you hook
me up with Mary Lou?"

Pole vault record: Russia's
Yelena Isinbayeva needed eight
jumps to win the women's pole
vault in 2004. She needed only
two Monday night to take her
second gold and leave the USA's
Jenn Stuczynski holding silver in
her Olympic debut.
With the gold assured, Isin-
bayeva raised her world record
for the third time this season by
clearing 16 feet, 6 inches on her
third attempt. That eclipsed the
mark of 16-61/2 she set three
weeks ago in Monaco.
Stuczynski was Isinbayeva's

most serious challenger but
could not dethrone the woman
who has not lost since 2003.
"She came through like a
champion, like she always does,"
Stuczynski said.

Junior sensation: Pamela Je-
hmo was a 400-meter runner un-
til fellow Kenyan and 2007 world
champion Janeth Jepkosgei con-
vinced her this year that the 800
would be her better event. Jeli-
mo, 18, has been a sensation.
She won gold Monday with a
personal-best and world junior
record 1:54.87, with Jepkosgei
second (1:56.07). Jelimo cap-
tured the first Olympic track gold
for the Kenyan women and be-
came the sixth-fastest performer
in event history.

Relay lineup: Tyson Gay,
whose hamstring injury led to his
elimination in the 100 semifinals,
said 100 bronze medalist Walter
Dix should anchor the U.S. 4x100
relay. "He's running the best of
the Americans now," said Gay,
the 2007 world champion in the
100 and 200. "I'rh comfortable
running the third leg like I've
been doing for several years." Ja-
maica, with three 100 finalists in-
cluding world recordholder Usain
Bolt, looks like the favorite.
"We've got to pick a team that
can get ahead of them and stay
ahead of them," Gay said.

By 1. Dl, 1 cic1cil, USA 1 OIAY
Looks good: Stephanie Brown Trafton of the USA admires her gold
medal after winning the discus with a throw of 212 feet, 5 inches.

Injury forces

China's Liu

to withdraw

By Andy Gardiner
BElJING Chinese journalists
cried and his personal coach
broke down during a news con-
ference Monday when reigning
Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang
withdrew from the first round of
the men's 110-meter hurdles af-
ter aggravating an Achilles' ten-
don injury.
Liu has become a multimillion-
aire since winning in Athens four
years ago. He was China's only
gold medalist in track and field in
2004 and its best hope this year,
literally the poster .boy of the
2008 Games. His picture appears
on billboards throughout the city,
and he rivals basketball star Yao
Ming as the country's most pop-
ular athlete.
More than 90,000 fans filled
the Bird's Nest stadium Monday
morning to support Liu's chase of
a second gold. But their cheers
were transformed into stunned
silence after Liu pulled up two
strides into a false start by anoth-
er runner in his heat. He hobbled
off the track, unable to race.
Liu's training since May had
been restricted by a hamstring
injury, but it was his right heel
that flared Saturday and got
worse in warm-ups Monday.
"The hamstring is OK," Chinese
coach Feng Shuyong said. "(The
injury) is (at) the end of the Achil-
les' tendon, very close to the
Liu did not attend the news
conference with Shuyong and his
personal coach, Sun Haiping,
who choked up while offering an
apology for Liu's withdrawal.
"No matter what (medical per-
sonnel) did, there was no way to
help Liu Xiang stand," Sun said. "I
hope all our media friends un-
derstand our feeling ... because
it is very hard for all of us."
In the four years since Liu won
gold in Athens, China has waited
for this week. The pressure on
him was intense but did not have
anything to do with Liu's with-
drawal, Feng said.
"He has the greatest and the
strongest will. He wanted to com-
pete," Feng said.
"He stands pressure no other
athletes can stand. Liu Xiang
would not withdraw unless the
pain was intolerable, unless he
had no other way out."
Liu was not the only casualty of
the first round. Two-time Olym-
pic silver medalist Terrence
Trammell of the USA went down
with a hamstring pull in his left
leg after clearing the first hurdle.
Trammell said the hamstring
had been tight Sunday but had
not cramped.
"In warm-ups I didn't feel bad
at all. When it happened ... it
was the farthest thing from my
mind," he said. "I felt like I was on
the brink of something huge."
The exits of Liu and Trammell
enhance the already-promising.
gold-medal hopes of Cuba's Day-
ron Robles, who lowered Liu's
world-record time of 12,88 sec-
onds to 12.87 in April.
David Oliver will now pick up
the U.S. mantle.
The U.S. champion ran the fast-
est time in Monday's qualifying,
has run the second-fastest time
behind Robles this season with a
12.95 and beat him head-to-
head earlier this year before the
Cuban set the world mark.
"I came here to run 40 hur-
dles," Oliver said. "I've got 10 in
the bank and I've got 30 to go."
Contributing: Wire reports
> Sadness in China. 7B

USOC spurred the Olympic resurgence of three teams

By Janice Lloyd

BEIJING In no uncertain
terms, veteran midfielder Kate
Barber walked off the field dis-
appointed after playing Great
Britain on Monday. The 0-0 tie
crushed the USA's medal hopes.
But every bit as certain is Bar-
ber's belief that U.S. women's
field hockey is back.
Barber, the captain and 11-
time national team member, has
seen the worst of times for the
program. She recalls the frustrat-
ing years of 2000 and 2004,
when the USA did not qualify for
the Olympics. The USA has com-
peted in five games here, losing
only one. The Americans are 1-3-1
(W-T-L) and play Spain in their fi-
nal game Wednesday to decide
seventh and eighth place.
"I'm extremely proud of this
team," Barber said. "We worked
extremely hard to make sure
we're in the Olympics and had
the clear goal to be on the podi-
um. Unfortunately, we missed a
1'w points to make that happen,
but overall I couldn't be prouder

of this group."
Women's field hockey is one of
three U.S. teams that returned to
these Games after previous fail-
ures. Baseball is still in the medal
hunt, while men's soccer
dropped out early. Still, the re-
emergence of the three pro-
grams can be seen as testimony
to the U.S. Olympic Committee's
commitment to get its teams
back in the medal chase.
A complete makeover has
been in the works since 2004.
That is when team executive di-
rector Sheila Walker hired tech-
nical director Terry Walsh, an
Australian who coached the
Dutch men to a 2004 silver med-
al. "He is one of the foremost au-
thorities on hockey in the world,"
she said in May. Walsh helped
bring Australian coach Lee Bod-
imeade on board. He played for
Australia's 1992 Olympic silver
medal winning team.
"Sheila Walker set out to get
the very best in the world," said
Steve Roush, USOC's chief of
sport performance. "She doesn't
take no for an answer."
Results followed quickly. In this

Teams that returned to Games have mixed results
Three U.S. teams, baseball, women's field hockey and men's soccer, are back in the Olympics this year. A look at
how they and other teams have fared compared with the past two Olympics:

Sport 2008
Baseball still in
round-robin play

2004 2000
DNQ Gold

Men's advanced bronze gold
to quarters
Women's advanced gold gold
to quarters
Field hockey
Women's advanced DNQ DNQ
to 7th-8th game
Gymnastics (team final)
Men's bronze silver 5th
Women's silver silver 4th
Men's eights bronze gold 5th
Women's eights gold silver 6th

Soccer 2008 2004 2000
Men's failed DNQ 4th
to advance
Women's advanced gold silver
to final
Softball advanced gold gold
to medal round
Volleyball indoor
Men's advanced 4th 11th
to quarters
Women's advanced 5th 4th
to quarters
Men's advanced to semis T-5th/19th gold/l-5th
Women's advanced to semis gold/bronze T-5th/5th
Water polo

Men's advanced to semis 7th 6th
Women's advanced to semis bronze silver

year's Olympic qualifier, the USA Terry and Lee came in we had a
outscored opponents 27-4. belief that we belonged," Barber
"After the disappointments, I said. Roush added "They're doing
took some time away but when -incredibly well. They are one of

the programs who have turned a
new page."
Both Walsh and Bodimeade
have contracts through the 2012

Olympics. "As disappointed as
we are now, hopefully there are
better things down the road,"
Bodimeade said Monday.
For Barber, 31, wednesday's
game is probably her last. She
started playing field hockey in
seventh grade in West Chester,
Pa., an area that has been a hot-
bed for developing top players.
She went on to play at North Car-
olina, graduating in 1999.
"We're going to come back out
and fight to finish as high as pos-
sible," she said.
P Men's water polo will play
for a medal for the first time since
the 1992 Olympics.
P Baseball is ensured a spot in
the medal round with a win to-
day against Chinese Taipei.
> The men's and women's
basketball teams and men's in-
door volleyball team are 5-0 after
I- Roush applauded fencing, a
sport where the USOC increased
resources. For only the second
time, the U.S. won a medal in
team sabre (silver). U.S. fencing
earned six medals. They won two
iii 2004.


Beijing Games

Redeem Team leaves Germany in its wake

Phelps visits;


next for USA

By Kelly Whiteside
BEIJING When Dwight How-
ard left the locker room, swim-
ming goggles were strapped
snuggly on his forehead. The U.S.
men's basketball team had just
finished pool play by lapping Ger-
many 106-57, Monday. Anyone
care for a swim?
Actually, Michael Phelps had
stopped in the postgame locker
room and gave his No. 1 fans gog-
gles. Several basketball players
have been at Phelps'
races, so he wanted to re-
turn the favor before
heading home.
Like Phelps, the "Re-
deem Team" also hopes
to go 8-for-8 as they
need eight victories to
win the gold. The USA Baske
(5-0) faces Australia in
Wednesday's quarterfinals (USA,
8 a.m. ET Wednesday, live). In the
Olympic medal round, it's one
and done or "like Game 7 of the
playoffs," as coach Mike Krzy-
zewski told his players.
When the USA last played Aus-
tralia two weeks ago in Shanghai
during its Olympic preparation,
the USA struggled in an 87-76
win, even though Australia didn't
have its best player, Andrew Bo-
gut of the Milwaukee Bucks. Af-
terward, there were questions
about the Americans' defense
and perimeter shooting.
"That was like a preseason
game," Carmelo Anthony said. "We
were excited about getting here."

Photos by Greg Pealson, USA TODAY
Another laugher: LeBron James, left, and Carmelo Anthony joke on
the bench during their 106-57 Monday win against Germany.

Once the Americans
did, they bulldozed op-
) ponents by an average of
32.2 points, reminiscent
of the dominance of the
original "Dream Team" in
the 1992 Olympics. The
etball defense has been excel-
lent the USA is forcing
22.8 turnovers a game and the
outside shooting (36% on three-
pointers) has steadily improved.
Though barely tested, the USA
has stayed focused.
Chris Bosh said the team has a
singular mind-set because "we
haven't won the gold medal yet.
We have to win three games to
win the gold medal. We don't feel
we deserve it yet, we have to
keep playing, keep pushing and
pay attention to every game."
Australia enters the quarterfi-
nals after impressively beating
Lithuania 106-75 behind Bogut's
game-high 23 points. The USA is
expecting a more physical game
Wednesday. "We're going to try

to wear them down," LeBron
James said.
Against Germany, Howard led
all scorers with 22 points, the
most by a U.S. player in this
Olympics. James scored 18
points, including several angry
dunks followed by one celebra-
tory shoulder shimmy that might
earn him a spot on the Beijing
Dream Dance squad. The USA
shot 42% from three-point range,
where James went 4-for-5.
"If we continue to play defense
the way we are and move the
ball, it's going to be tough to beat
us," Dwyane Wade said.
'Germany's. Dirk Nowitzki fin-
ished with 14 points and left with
3:23 remaining in the third peri-
od. Chris Kaman, an American
who plays for Germany, had six
points. He gushed about the guys
in the other jerseys.
What will it take to beat the
USA, Kaman was asked.
"No one's going to beat them,"
he said.

Rise up: Dwight Howard splits German defenders Chris Kaman, left, and Dirk Nowitzki to take a shot
during his 22-point performance. The U.S. team next faces Australia in the quarterfinals.

Bumpy ride

for Rogers,


By David Leon Moore
BEIJING In one sense, the
Olympic beach volleyball tourna-
ment hasn't turned out quite like
America's top team, Todd Rogers
and Phil Dalhausser, expected.
They didn't anticipate losing
their Olympic de-
but to two guys
from Latvia.
And they didn't
predict, this deep
into the tourna-
Volleyball ment, they'd be
playing a team
from, of all places, Georgia the
country, not the state.
But in another sense, it has
turned out just like they thought.
They're in the semifinals,
seemingly headed for a final with
defending Olympic champions
Emanuel Rego and Ricardo San-
tos of Brazil.
Rogers and Dalhausser, ranked
No. 1 in the world, will play in
one semifinal Wednesday against
Renato "Geor" Gomes and Jorge
"Gia" Terceiro, Brazilian natives
who two years ago began repre-
senting Georgia.
Emanuel and Ricardo, ranked
No. 2, play a semifinal against the
other Brazilian team Marcio
Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes.
The semifinal matchup does
not seem particularly tough for
Rogers and Dalhausser. Then
again, Rogers and Dalhausser, if
they didn't know it already, have
learned in Beijing to not take any-
thing for granted.
Having lost once, having need-
ed a miracle comeback to avoid
losing in the round of 16 to a
team from Switzerland and hav-
ing survived two set points in a
quarterfinal victory Monday
against a team from Germany,
Rogers seems almost as intent on
having a good time as he is on
winning the gold.
As the tension mounts, Rogers,
34, who lives in idyllic Solvang,
Calif., seems to be getting more
and more relaxed.
"These matches are getting
more and more fun," he said.
"The nervous energy has gone
away for the most part. Now it's
just about playing and having
fun. Now it's just sort of, 'Enjoy
the moment. Have a good time.
You're in the Olympics.'
"The ultimate goal is to win a
gold medal, but it's the Olympics,
and you have to enjoy it."
Rogers and Dalhausser had
hoped to meet fellow Americans
and friends Jake Gibb and Sean
Rosenthal in the final, but Gibb
and Rosenthal ran into a Brazilian
buzz saw 'in their quarterfinal
loss to Emanuel and Ricardo.
"They showed why they're the
Olympic champions," Rosenthal
said. "They're going to be tough
to knock out."

Liukin catches dad in medal count

A sixth would

match Miller

for U.S. record

By Marlen Garcia
BEIJING In 1988, Valeri Liukin tied for
an Olympic gold medal on the high bar for
the Soviet Union.
Fast-forward 20 years.
His daughter, Nastia, tied for first for the
USA in the women's equivalent the un-
even bars in an Olympic women's gym-
nastics individual final Monday at the Na-
tional Indoor Stadium.
Only this time there
was a series of tiebreak-
ers in place, and Nastia
Liukin took silver and
China's He l(exin gold. It
was Liukin's fourth
medal of this Olympics.
If she gets another in to- GmllastiCS
day's balance beam fi-
nal, she will tie Shannon Miller for most by
an American gymnast in an Olympics. Mil-
ler won five in 1992.
The competition between Liukin and He
was so close that the first tiebreaker still
left them deadlocked. A second formula
was used, and He had fewer deductions on
execution. The difference between the
gymnasts was ever so slight. It came down
to 0.033 of a point.
"It's unfortunate they had to change the
rules (on ties), but ... it's nothing you can
control," Liukin said. "I have four medals
now, so I'm tied with my dad."
Her father won two Olympic gold med-
als, one other with his Soviet team and the
one on high bar, for which he tied team-
mate Vladimir Artemov. He took silver in
all-around and parallel bars. The Interna-
tional Gymnastics Federation began using
tiebreakers in the 2000 Olympics.
His daughter has the sport's most de-
sired title Olympic all-around champion
- to her credit, but she wants to follow
her dad's path and grab a second gold.
She took bronze in floor exercise Sunday
and led the USA to a silver medal finish
last week.
"I have one more chance (today), and
I'm hoping to get that gold that I feel
like I missed out a little bit on (Monday),"

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Dad set a high bar: Nastia Liukin competes in the uneven bars final. In 1988, her father
tied for gold in the high bar. Nastia also tied for first but fell to second on tiebreakers.

Liukin said.
Liukin, the second of eight finalists, said
she was confused through most of the
competition, unsure where she stood in
the standings. Initially, she thought He, the
first finalist, outscored her because the
scoreboard had He first and Liukin second.
Then Liukin noticed they both scored
16.725. She was reluctant to ask about it

because she didn't want to be presumptu-
ous about winning a medal with other
gymnasts still competing.
"I still don't understand how they broke
the tie," Liukin said. Her father also was
unaware of the formula and said there was
no way to protest. "I just hope they know
what they're doing," he said.
Liukin said a minor mistake when she

When the USA's Nast&fl dIn/
China's He Kexin tied with a score of
16.725 in the uneven bars Monday,
officials had to go to a second tie-
breaker to determine the gold medal
winner. The first tiebreaker of aver-
aging four deductions left the two
still deadlocked. The next step was to
average the three lowest of the four
deductions from the six judges
(highest and lowest scores thrown
out). Since these are deductions, the
lower score wins:
He 0.90 0.90 1.00 0.933
Liukin 1.00 1.00 0.90 0.966
Source: International Gymnastics Federation

released from the high bar to the low bar
"definitely cost me the gold." She looked a
little slow through the routine, especially
compared with the fluidity of He. But Liu-
kin stuck her dismount; the Chinese gym-
nast crossed her legs on her landing.
He, bronze medalist Yang Yilin of China
and their teammate Jiang Yuyuan are em-
broiled in a controversy over their ages.
The New York Times and the Associated
Press have evidence those gymnasts could
be younger than the required minimum
age of 16, but the FIG has verified ages
with the gymnasts' passports.
He faced questions relating to her age in
a news conference after her victory, but
she never wavered. "Those who know me
know I'm 16," she said.
Liukin said she isn't concerned about
the controversy.
For Valeri Liukin, there was more signif-
icance in the disparity of deductions given
by Australian judge Helen Colagiuri. The
judge gave his daughter a deduction of one
point, compared with seven-tenths of a
point for He. That's a big difference in
Valeri Liukin said his daughter has a his-
tory of being scored lower by Australian
judges in world meets. "I'm very dis-
appointed with that," he said.
His daughter has the most important
medal, he said, referring to the all-around
title. "We're trying to be happy with
that," he said. "That's what I'm trying to
think about."

Hopes riding high for BMX, 'NASCAR on two wheels'

By Sal Ruibal
BEIJING The International Olympic
Committee and NBC are betting viewers
are going to fall in love with a sport that
features big people riding little bikes.
It's called BMX, which is short for bicy-
cle motocross, and it does resemble mo-
torcycle racing without the motors.
In Beijing, they won't need motors be-
cause the cyclists will get all the speed
they can handle from a scary starting drop
down a 30-foot ramp into a series of dirt
jumps, bumps, berms and gaps.
It's been called "NASCAR on two
wheels," but for the Summer Games, it's
an attempt to catch some of the excite-

ment snowboarding has brought to the
Winter Games.
NBC is featuring the visually exciting
sport in prime time today and Wednes-
day. "My hope is that this will be big in
bringing new riders to the sport," U.S.
rider Kyle Bennett says. "Kids will see this
on TV and want to race. They may have
seen their local BMX course, but nothing
like this."
The sport has been around since the
1960s as a kids' offshoot of motorcycle
racing, but it didn't reach mainstream ex-
posure until the ESPN X Games featured
BMX stunt-jumping as a regular sport in
the late 1980s.
Olympic BMX isn't about X Games
stunts, however. It is full-contact mayhem

for the fastest 30 seconds in Beijing.
That's what drew Johan Lindstrom to
the sport. The international cycling union
(UCI) official recognized in 2003 that
Olympic cycling needed some pizazz, and
BMX was just what was needed for the
2008 Summer Games.
"It had all the right elements," Lind-
strom says, ticking off the list. "It can be
performed in an arena: it's fast and short:
both men and women can do it; and the
concept is something a general audience
would understand and enjoy looking at."
The UCI approached the IOC and offered
to drop two track cycling medals to add
BMX. The deal was done.
NBC, looking for an action sport for Beij-
ing, helped tweak the concept in 2005 and

was a big supporter of beefing up the
course. "These riders could race a normal
BMX course blindfolded," Lindstrom says.
"They needed a bigger challenge."
NBC helped test that challenge by in-
tegrating the beefed-up course into the
AST Action Sports Tour, which it broad-
casts and evolved into the Dew Tour.
BMX was added to the UCI World Cup
schedule, which helped it quickly acquire
an international stable of athletes, which
now includes riders from Africa, South
America, Asia and Europe. But the best are
from the USA, which could sweep the
men's medals with Bennett, Mike Day and
Donny Robinson, plus another from for-
mer mountain bike champion Jill Kitner,
the lone American woman on the team.



Beijing Games

USA settles down, pulling away for victory

Women defeat

Japan, will face

Brazil for gold

By Beau Dure

BEIJING The U.S. women's soccer
team picked a perfect time to find its fin-
ishing touch.
Down 1-0 to Japan in Monday's Olym-
pic semifinal, the U.S. offense sprung to
life with four consecutive goals to earn a
4-2 win and a shot at
4. gold Thursday against
Before a crowd of
50,937 at Workers'
Stadium that cheered
good play from both
Soccer sides, goalkeeper
Hope Solo helped the
USA absorb several good Japanese scor-
ing chances in a frenetic start.
Japan scored in the 16th minute, with
Shinobu Ohno sneaking into the middle
of the box after a corner kick.
"The beginning of the game, people
are nervous," midfielder Shannon Boxx

By Jack Gruber. USA TODAY
She shoots, she scores: USA's Angela Hucles, right, celebrates after scoring a goal past Japan's goalie Miho Fukumoto. Hucles
had two goals in helping the USA to a 4-2 win. Lori Chalupny and Heather, O'Rilly had the other scores for the USA.

said. "It was a bit chaotic. We needed to
settle and play our game."
The USA established its possession

game. It paid off with two strikes late in the 41st minute that found Angela Hu-
the half. cles for her third goal of the tournament.
Heather O'Reilly slipped in a cross in Three minutes later, left back Lori Cha-

lupny got by Japan with a world-class
strike, taking the ball on the left and
beating a couple of defenders before un-
leashing a high near-post shot with pow-
er and placement.
O'Reilly gave the USA a two-goal lead
when her looping ball from the far right
fooled Japanese goalkeeper Miho Fuku-
moto and nestled in the far netting.
"I can't claim to have done it on pur-
pose, but the intention was to get the
ball across the frame, and good things
happen," O'Reilly said.
Hucles finished the scoring with an
impressive strike for her second goal of
the game, beating a defender on the
right and sneaking in a near-post shot
from an acute angle.
Japan kept creating pressure, hitting
the crossbar on one shot and finally get-
ting a consolation goal across the line
just before the final whistle.
Germany and Japan play for the
bronze medal, also Thursday.
The Brazilians got down by a goal
Monday, then went on to defeat Germa-
ny 4-1 in Shanghai.
The USA continues its run of having
played in every gold medal game of the
Olympics. The USA took the gold medal
-in Atlanta in 1996 and the silver medal in
Sydney in 2000 and beat Brazil for the
gold in Athens in 2004.

Ever wonder how they

swim the 10K marathon?
The inaugural women's 10K marathon swim is Wednesday (tonight ET) at the Shunyi
Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. Twenty-five swimmers will swim four 2,500-meter laps
around the venue. A lot can happen in two hours.
Course and conditions
Although this is held at the flatwater rowing venue, it is considered
an open-water event. Southwesterly winds could whip down from
a neighboring mountain range, creating whitecaps.
Wanm-up area

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two yellow cards,
they are disqualified,
indicated by a red'

The racers
Racers have num-
bers on the backs of
their hands, shoulder
blades and shoulders
and designations on
their caps for easy
identification by the
They wear transpon-
ders on each wrist
that trigger their fin-
ish time when they
hit the finishing
touch pad.

By Robert F. Bukaty, AP
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By Julie Snider, USA TODAY

A deep reservoir of inspiration

Amputee competing
in marathon swim

By Kelly Whiteside

BEIJING When South Africa's Natalie
du Toit dives into the water for the women's
marathon swim Wednesday (tonight ET), the
dreams of those she has inspired will surely
be riding the waves along with her.
Du Toit, 24, is the first female amputee to
compete in the Olympics. When she was 16,
she nearly qualified for the 2000 Games. But
the following year as she trained for the
2004 Olympics, she was struck by a car while
on her motorbike in Cape Town. Her left leg
was amputated at the knee.
Du Toit responded to the tragedy by jump-
ing back into the pool a few months later. She
had never been a distance swimmer, but a
year ago she started training for this grueling,
6.2-mile race. She qualified for Beijing with a
fourth-place finish in the world champion-
ships in May.
"You have to work hard for what you want
to achieve, and you have to set goals and
dreams and really go for them," she said in a
phone interview before leaving for Beijing.
"When bad things happen, you have to try to
use those bad things in a positive manner."
Swimmer Roland Schoeman has known
du Toit since she began swimming and was
considered one of the country's promising
young athletes. "I think now she's swimming
faster than she ever did before" the accident,
he said. "It's hard to say, if she hadn't been in
-the accident, would she be where she was to-
day? If Lance Armstrong had not experi-
enced cancer, would he have the same dedi-
cation and drive to be where he is today?
Sometimes it takes a tragic moment in one's
life to set the ball in motion."
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Looking ahead: Natalie du Toit of South
Africa already has the 2012 Games in mind.
At home, du Toit is a national icon.
"I think everyone around the country
knows who she is," South African swimmer
Ryk Neethling said.
Her story has been told in textbooks, and
she is in muLch demand as a motivational
speaker. "I am always late because people
stop me for autographs and say hi," she said.
When she was asked to-carry South Afri-
ca's flag at the opening ceremony, she was
overwhelmed by the honor. Then she won-
dered, "What if I can't carry it, what if I trip
and fall?" as she wrote in her blog. All went
well, except she was tired from standing.
iu Ihit's example has inspired more than
lhr,, l vitlh disabilities or Olympic dreams. "It

shows you the determination South Africans
have," Neethling said. "The kind of adversity
we've come through in the last 50 years it's
kind of a testament to that."
Unlike the debate surrounding fellow
South African Oscar Pistorius, a double-am-
putee runner who uses carbon-fiber pros-
thetics and missed qualifying for the Olym-
pics, there was no controversy surrounding
du Toit since she does not use a prosthetic to
help her kick. She does use one in daily life.
"Your body adjusts naturally," she said of
the technique changes she had to make.
There is less kicking in distance swimming,.
but her right leg does extra work. She down-
plays any major differences other than,
"Someone has to take my (prosthetic) leg
from me at the beginning of the race and give
it to me at the end."
The marathon, which will make its Olym-
pic debut, is unlike any other swimming
event, given athletes can finish the race with
bruises as murky as the water. Twenty-five
swimmers jump in at the same time. There
are no lanes, so there can be plenty of jos-
tling. "I get elbowed just like everybody else,"
du Toit said.
There are officials in the water, and, like
soccer, if a blatant foul occurs, a swimmer
gets a yellow flag. After two yellows, a swim-
mer receives a red card and is disqualified.
After Wednesday's race, du Toit will com-
pete here in the Paralympics in several
events. "One of the reasons why I do able-
bodied is because the disabled events don't
have any long-distance races," she said.
When du Toit was a teenager, the Olympics
were her dream. Though this moment ar-
rived four years later, in a way she never
could have imagined, she said, "Once your
dream is fulfilled, you face another one."
The next? "London," she said of the
2012 Olympics.

Contributing: Vicki Michaelis

Whom to watch
Russia's Larisa Ilchenko is
the favorite. She's won every .
world championship since
South Africa Natalle duToit
is an amputee swimming in
both the Olympics and Para-
Chloe Sutton is swimming !
for the USA. ;
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U.S. men nearing

watershed moment

By David Leon Moore

BEIJING Tony Azevedo has
grown up with U.S. water polo,
and it has not been what one
would call an ideal childhood:
In fact, U.S. water polo coach
Terry Schroeder, one of the great-
est players in the history of
American water polo, says the
program was
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al" when he
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Water polo three years.
But Monday,
when the U.S. men beat Germa-
ny 8-7 to win their group in pre-
liminary play and earn a berth in
Friday's Olympic semifinals, Aze-
vedo, the face of the team since
he was an 18-year-old phenom
starting for the USA in the Sydney
Olympics in 2000, said the dis-
appointments and turmoil of the
last eight years were worth it.
"It's definitely all worth it,"
said Azevedo, 26, the team's cap-
tain. "This is what I've been wait-
ing for forever. Sydney was the
toughest time. I was a young kid
expecting everything of the
world and then not getting it.
And then the disappointments,
year after year.
"A big game would happen,
and we'd lose in the last seconds.
Finally, we're in the final four."
By winning their group, the
U.S. men got a bye through the
quarterfinals and guaranteed
themselves of playing for an
Olympic medal for the first time
'since 1992, Schroeder's last year
as an Olympian. The Americans
were seventh in 1996, sixth in

By Jerry Lai. US Presswire
Tread alert: Tony Azevedo and
the USA are in the semifinals.

2000 and seventh in 2004.
Schroeder was part of a U.S.
water polo era that included
Olympic silver medals in Los An-
geles in 1984 and in Seoul in
1988. He retired as a player after
the U.S. team's fourth-place fin-
ish in Barcelona in 1992. His re-
gret as a player is not having won
a gold medal. Now he has a shot
at coaching a team to the gold.
"It's a huge accomplishment,"
Schroeder said. "I'm so proud of
these guys."
The Americans' victory Mon-
day came two days after their
biggest win in ages 7-5 against
reigning world champion and
gold medal favorite Croatia.
"We didn't just beat them, we
controlled them the entire
game," Azevedo said. "That
showed all of us, 'Hey guys,
we can beat anyone in the
world. Don't go into any game
with fear.'"
That offensive balance showed
against Germany, and depth "was
huge," Schroeder said. "One guy
can't win this thing. We need the
whole team to be there."
They are. Still. In the Olympic

USOC, caught luring votes

of U.S. athletes, apologizes

By Janice Lloyd

BEIJING The U.S. Olympic
Committee apologized to other
national Olympic committees
Monday for offering $50 vouch-
ers to U.S. Olympians in an at-
tempt to get them to vote in an
important election this week.
The USA's Julie Foudy is one of
31 athletes running for four seats
on the International Olympic
Committee's Athletes Commis-
sion. The election is Thursday.
The USOC received a warning
from the IOC. The apology came
at a.daily meeting of representa-
tives from each country.
"There have been a couple oth-
er reprimands prior to ours," said
Steve Roush, the USOC head of
sports performance who deliv-
ered the apology. "The difference
between ours and maybe those
is that athletes were involved,
where this one involved the NOC
(national Olympic committee)."
IOC spokeswoman Giselle Da-
vies confirmed two warnings had
been issued. The second went to
an "athlete who was distributing
leaflets in a place she shouldn't
have been. Both cases have been
dealt with reprimands given
for both and communicated in
the village," she said.
Spokesman Darryl Seibel said
the USOC originally intended to
give the vouchers, which can be
used for purchasing merchandise
at the USA House in Beijing, to
the athletes before the Games


ended. Vouchers were not of-
fered to athletes from other
countries, Seibel said.
"In no way did we intend to
push the rules," Seibel said.
The IOC allows candidates and
their supporters to publish a doc-
ument, which must be approved
by the election committee. It can
be distributed inside the Olympic
Village. No other document,
poster, sign, banner or present
may be distributed and/or dis-
played inside or outside the vil-
lage, according to Davies.
More than 10,000 athletes
from 204 countries are eligible to
vote, allowing nations with the
largest number of athletes to
have an advantage in the process.
The USA has the second-largest
athlete contingent (596) behind
China (639).
To be eligible for the Athletes
Commission, athletes must have
competed in the 2004 Games or
the current Olympics. Foudy
competed on the gold medal-
winning 1996 and 2004 soccer
teams and the 2000 silver med-
alist team. Terms are ending for
Russia's Sergey Bubka and Alex-
ander Popov, the USA's Robert
Ctvrtlik and New Zealand's Bar-
bara Kendall.
Having members on the IOC or
having access to IOC members is
helpful to countries in years lead-
ing to selection of host cities. So-
chi, Russia, won the most recent
election and will host the 2014
Winter Games. Chicago is bidding
for the 2016 Summer Games.

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SUDDENLY, the Cincinnati
Bengals need help on offense.
Pro Bowl receiver Chad John-
son strained his left shoulder
Sunday night during the Detroit
Lions' 27-10 victory over the
Bengals, who now have their top
two receivers andiheir starting
tailback limited by injuries.
Johnson landed awkwardly on
his left side after cornerback Bri-
an Kelly intercepted a pass
thrown his way on Cincinnati's
first series. He rolled on the field
in pain for several seconds, then
went to the locker room for an
examination. He did not return.
Coach Marvin Lewis said the,
shoulder popped out and back
into place on the field. Medical
tests found no fracture.
"I think he should be ready
by the opener," Lewis
said4B'Some of these things
come back right away, and
they're ready to go. A lot of
players play with these things."
The Bengals already were
missing Pro Bowl receiver TJ.
Houshmandzadeh and running
back Rudi Johnson. Both of
them have missed the first two
preseason games with hamstring
Detroit got the better of it in
the first quarter, when both
teams played their starters.
Jon Kitna had a perfect passer
rating of 158.3 for the second
straight game. Playing in the sta-
dium where he started the Ben-
gals' resurgence in 2003, Kitna
was much better than Carson
Palmer, the No. 1 draft pick who
took his place in Cincinnati.
Right away, Kitna tested a
redesigned Bengals defense that
has the cornerbacks aggressive-
ly covering receivers. He threw a
40-yard pass to Calvin Johnson
on the opening play, letting the
receiver beat cornerback Leon
Hall on a sideline route.
That drive came up short in
part because of an offensive pass
interference penalty on Roy
Williams. The next time the
Lions got the ball, Kitna threw a

27-yard touchdown pass to John-
son, who ran past cornerback
Johnathan Joseph for an easy
score. Joseph grabbed him as he
went by but couldn't slow him
"It was just a man (to man)
coverage, and Jon put it in a per-
fect spot," Johnson said. "There
was a little contact. Jon's putting
it in the right places and we're
running our routes in the right
Kitna completed his three
passes all to Johnson for 76
yards and a touchdown, leaving
him 9-of-10 for 146 yards with 1
pair of touchdowns in the pre-
"We basically kept it simple,"
Kitna said. "If we keep getting
protection like that, we can do
whatever we want. We've passed
the ball well the last two years
and knew we were going to be
able to throw the football. But
we've got to keep working on
the running game to help our
The Lions ran for 112 yards
averaging 3.6 per carry. i
In an ominous sign for th6
Bengals, Palmer wgs repeatedly,
hit as he threw and got sacke|
once. He was only 6-of-13 for
yards with the one costly inte,
ception. He led Chad Johnson
a bit too much, giving Kelly ad
chance to knock the ball free
and grab it in the air.
Palmer was knocked to the,
ground five times overall.
"Our quarterback was
touched a little bit more than
we're used to," Lewis said. "We'
were a little bit out of sync in
the passing game early."
Palmer played until the mid-
die of the second quarter, try-
ing to get the offense moving.'
In his two preseason games,
Palmer is 11-of-22 for 83 yards
with a touchdown and an inter-
Both teams failed on field goal
attempts. Cincinnati's Shayne'
Graham had a 46-yard try
blocked by Dewayne White, but
later made one from 50 yards
away. Detroit's Dave Rayner
was wide left on a 47-yard
attempt, then later connected
from 48 and 23 yards.

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Associated Press
1' 1-15 season can pro-
dtc',e a hero. Greg Camarillo
n d';; il Id-string receiver
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in 'Cve'rtiun' in the 14th game
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They might be sent back to
the AFL. New boss Bill Par-
cells might throw up his hands
in frustration and declare the
situation hopeless.
It's more likely the Dol-
phins will story in 2007.
"We have to let that go,"
linebacker Channing Crowder
says. "We don't even think
about it anymore. We're just
going to get better. We're just
going to win the AFC East,
go to the playoffs and go as
far as we can and be a great
team go back to the old
Dolphins way."
No one takes Crowder's
prediction seriously, because
even the new regime led by
Parcells concedes the Dol-
phins' rebuilding project will

take at least a couple of years.
A complete makeover was
needed after Miami missed
the playoffs for the sixth con-
secutive year, a franchise
record. More than half the
roster has turned over since
last season, and it's likely to
remain in flux for some time.
The Dolphins are unsettled
at quarterback, at receiver and
in the offensive line. The sec-
ondary has been a problem
for years, and the front seven
faces revamping following the
offseason departures of Jason
Taylor and Zach Thomas, the
defense's anchors for the past
As a result, the new regime
is looking under every rock
for help.

"We're just going to keep
turning over stones and bring-
ing in a lot of people," new
coach Tony Sparano says. "It
probably won't change for two
to three years. We need to
make sure we're doing our
due diligence on players that
are available."
Parcells, who took over los-
ing teams with the Giants,
Patriots, Jets and Cowboys
and transformed them into
winners, is back in the NFL
for the first time since he quit
coaching after the 2006 sea-
son with Dallas.
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Sparano, the Cowboys' offen-
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BEIJING, China Shamar
Sands actually had the lead in
his opening round of the men's
110 metre hurdles before he
flattered down the stretch at
his first Olympic Games.
At the end of heat two of
the preliminaries yesterday at
the Bird's Nest National Sta-
dium, Sands clocked 13.45 sec-
onds for a third place finish
that enabled him to go through
to the quarterfinal in the eighth
His heat was won by Amer-
ican David Oliver in the fastest
qualifying time of 13.30. But
the 25-year-old of St
Augustine's College and
Auburn University, said he
was just pleased to run as fast
as he did so early in the
"That was one of my strong
points in my race," he said
about his blazing start. "I got

out as usual and just tried to
stay down on top of the hur-
dles, but I faded to the end.
"I know that was expected
because I haven't raced since
When he came out of the
tunnel and saw the crowd in
the stands, Sands said the only
thing left for him to do was run
"It feels great (to be in the
quarterfinals)...Last year in
Osaka (at the World Champi-
onships), I only had one race. I
thanked the Lord. That's one
down and three more to go,"
he told Tribdie, Sprts.
Based on his training, Sands
said he's confident that he will
be a contender for a lane in
Thursday's final.
"I know I'm ready to run,"
he said. "I just hbpe my times
keep dropping and I get into
the final."
Speaking about the field of
athletes he has to compete
against, Sands said that all they
can do is inspire him to run

SHAMAR SANDS (far right) clocked 13.45 seconds for a third place finish in heat two of the preliminaries...

even faster.
"So I'm confident that I can'
make it to the final."
In today's quarterfinal,
Sands will run in the second of
the four heats in lane seven.

The heat will include world
record holder Dayron Robles
from Cuba in lane four.
While Sands prevailed, the
Chinese fans were quite disap-
pointed as their Olympic

champion Xiang Liu won't be
able to defend his title against
Robles. Liu, who was still not
fully recovered from an injury
that hampered his perfor-
mance, started the sixth and

final heat, but pulled up. and
didn't finish..
Robles easily Won the first
heat in 13.39, but it wag only
the fourth fastest qualifying

JAMIAL ROLLE'S (in centre at
bottom right) time of 20.93
seconds was good enough
for fifth place in the seventh of
eight heats. He was 34th
overall and just barely missed
the cut of 32...


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Jamial Rolle barely

misses the cut in

200m first round

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING. China Jamial
Rolle came into his first
Olympic Games \ith high
He didn't make the neces-
sary adjustments and got elim-
inated in the first round of the
men's 200 metres vesterdaN at
the Bird's Nest National Sta-
Rolle's time of 20.93 seconds
%was good enough for fifth
place in the seventh ot eight
heats. However. only the first
0 three and the next eight fastest
advanced to the quarterfinal.
'= Rolle. 28, was 34th overall
i and just barely missed the cut
" of 32.
"The start felt good for
E about 30 metres, then I felt a
' bit sluggish for some reason
g for the whole race," Rolle said.
j_ "'So I'm a bit disappointed

right now."
The heat was won b\ Nige-
ria's Obinna Metu in 20.62.
Brazil's Sandro Viana, who
placed fourth in 20.84. went in
as one of the eight fastest qual-
ifying times.
"This %%as definitely a great
opportunity for me to make it
to the quarterfinal round."
Rolle said. "I don't think it
should have been a problem. I
just didn't execute the way that
I should have."
Reflecting on the race. Rolle
said coming off the curve, he
didn't put himself in the right
position to sling off it.
"I tried to make it up on the
home stretch, but I pretty
much lost it from there." he
said. "I wasn't nervous. I was
looking forward to it."
But with the race being held
so early in the morning, Rolle
said running at that time of the
day ma. have been the decid-
ing factor. "I did feel sluggish

and when I looked back at the
replay. I was sluggish.'
Now that he's done. Rolle
said the only thing left for him
to do is to be a cheerleader for.
his teammates, including his ,
training partner Chris "Bay"-
Brown. and the rest of tlh*
Caribbean athletes.
Speaking about the *
Caribbean's dominance in the
men's and women's 100m,
Rolle said it was like the Catif- .
ta Games. *
"Carifta. definitely. rooted
for a Caribbean country when
we're not in it. I assumed they
do the same thing. I heard oth-
er athletes rooting for Ch'rii
and the other athletes. So gp
Rolle said he is particularly
looking forward to Brown not '
just getting a medal, but hope-
fully upsetting the American .
1-2 punch of Jeremy Warminer
and Lashawn Merritt to take
the Olympic men's 400m gold.

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Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China Michael
Mathieu knew that if he stood
any chance of advancing in the
men's 400 metres at his first
Olympic Games, he had to run
from the crack of the gun.
Although he wasn't too keen
on running so early in the
morning, the 24-year-old did
just that.
In the sixth of the seven
heats of the preliminary rounds
yesterday at the Bird's Nest
Olympic Stadium, Mathieu
stormed out of the blocks, pro-
ducing a personal best of 45.17.
The Grand Bahamian ended
up as the third and final quali-
fier in his heat, but he was tied
for 10th overall with Aussie's
Sean Wroe, booking a spot in
today's semifinal.
He will run out of lane nine
in the last of the three semifi-
nals. American LaShawn Mer-
ritt'of the United States is in
lane seven.
For Mathieu, it doesn't mat-
ter where he is on the track,
just as long as he's in.
"I ran a PB (personal best),
so anyone would be pleased
with that," said Mathieu in the
mixed zone. "It was hard. I
know that. The last 50 metres
was my weakest part of my
race and that was what I was
working on."'
Mathieu made up the stag-
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ahead of the pack.
But as he headed down the
straight away, he was passed
by Great Britain's Andrew
Steele in a PB of 44.94 and
Trinidad & Tobago's Renny

Quow in 45.13. However,
Mathieu was able to hold off
two big contenders Jamaican
Michael Blackwood, who ran
45.56 for fourth and Canadian
Tyler Christopher, who placed
sixth with a time of 45.67.

Both Blackwood and
Christopher failed to advanced
to the semifinals. "I just hayv
to go out there and run all out
again. No holding back," said
Mathieu on getting ready fo#
the semifinal race.

Andretti Bain advances to semifinal

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China NCAA champion Andretti
Bain, competing in his first Olympic Games, admitted
that he wasn't as sharp as he wanted to be. But his per-
formance was good enough to get him into the semi-
final of the men's 400 metres.
Yesterday, in the third of seven heats in the prelim-
inaries at the Bird's Nest National Stadium, Bain had'
to settle for third place in a time of 45.96 seconds.
Despite his time placing him 31st overall, Bain was
able to advance to the semifinal by virtue of being
*the automatic qualifier behind heat winner Nery
Brenes in 45.36 and Godday James of Nigeria in 45.49.
"It was good. Thank the Lord for allowing me to
make it this far," Bain said.
"But I felt kind of flat today. I wasn't as explosive as
I need to be. But the good thing is that I live life
another day. So I'm looking forward to running a lot
Bain told Tribune Sports that he came through his
first 300m a bit too slow and he had to try to make up
too much ground on the home stretch.
"I had the strength and the speed to pull back up on
the guys and ensure that I got a top three spot," he said.
Today, Bain will run out of lane two in the second of
three heats in the semifinals. The first two in each
heat and the next two fastest times will advance to
the final on Thursday.
"Definitely I have to go 44," said Bain, who hasn't
broken that barrier yet. "That's what it's going to take
to get into the final. I'm ready to do it."
Although he had to get an early wake up call to get
ready to run yesterday, Bain said he's ready and he
thanked God that he's still alive, despite his sluggish
The 20-year-old St John's College graduate, who
went on to shine over the past couple years at Oral
Roberts University, expressed his thanks to every-
body in the Bahamas who are rooting for him.
"I've been getting a lot of best wishes from my fam-
ily and friends, so I'm doing this for them," he said.
"Thank you all. Hopefully your prayers will help to pull
me through to the final."
Once he gets into the final, Bain said it's anybody's
game for a shot at a medal.

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ANDRETTI BAIN (far left) had to settle for third place in a time of 45.96 seconds in the third of seven heats in the preliminaries...




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