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Dec 19th


Ugandan Little League, denied U.S. visas, to be replaced by Saudis

Ugandan Little League, denied U.S. visas, to be replaced by SaudisWith the ouster of the Ugandan Little League from the Little League World Series, World series officials have announced the place will be filled by the team from Saudi Arabia.

The Ugandan children were denied visas to play in the U.S. after the U.S. State Department said there were discrepancies in players’ ages and birth dates, “making some players appear younger than they actually were.”

The top five unwritten rules of baseball

The top five unwritten rules of baseballThey’re called the “unwritten rules” of baseball. 

And they’ve been a hot topic this season, particularly after one Sunday’s game between the Tigers and Angels, when Erick Aybar bunted in an attempt to break up Justin Verlander’s no-hit bid in the eighth inning of a three-run game.

In that same game, Carlos Guillen homered off Jered Weaver, flipped the bat and stared down the Angels hurler nearly the entire way to first base.

U.S. women's soccer: Not quite America's team

Synopsis: Even in loss, the U.S. women's soccer team thrilled the nation.
Too bad this fabulous squad does not yet look like America.

CHICAGO -- What a thrill. What pride. What a show of skill and prowess by the U.S. women's national soccer team in the 2011 Women's World Cup even as they lost in penalty shots to Japan on Sunday.

Too bad that this fabulous squad does not yet look like America.

Black Chamber of Commerce golf tournament

Black Chamber of Commerce golf tournamentThe Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce First Annual Golf Tournament Friday, July 29th at Heritage Links in Lakeville, MN supports the chamber’s College Scholars Fund. The Fund, launched in 2009, works to close the post-secondary completion gap and make young people a centerpiece of the community’s priorities. 

The college scholars program includes employment/internship opportunities, scholarships, and mentoring. “We appeal to you to support the development of our College Scholars Program by joining us at our 1st annual golf tournament,” said Lea Hargett, president of MBCC. “Many of our young business leaders will be present, sharing their talents, and leading the festivities. We take our responsibility to teach, encourage and engage young people very seriously.”

Fantasy football outlook: Believe in Mark Ingram

Fantasy football outlook: Believe in Mark IngramIf you scamper around the web, many online rankings and mock draft results will have Mark Ingram falling to around a seventh-round selection, or ranked in the 25 – 30 range for running backs.

It seems many experts and fantasy owners are still scared to draft a Saints running back because of all the rotational use over the past few years with Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush and others. This is understandable as many fantasy owners have been let down by Bush’s disappointing career and Thomas’s constant health issues.

While Ingram has to prove he can stay on the field, at the pro level, he seemed to have no problems with durability at Alabama, outside of his hamstring injury that cost him a couple of games to start last season.

Washburn High School gets $200K grant

Minneapolis Public Schools will receive a $200,000 grant from the Minnesota Vikings as part of the National Football League Grassroots Program.

The grant, awarded by the Vikings, the NFL Youth Football Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is part of $2.5 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year. It will be used to replace the natural field at Washburn High’s MacQuarrie Field with synthetic turf as part of the MPS Team Up for Turf campaign, a commitment to raise $2.2 million to convert the athletic fields at Henry and Washburn high schools to state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields.

Derek Jeter hits no. 3000

Derek Jeter hits no. 3000 Just call him DJ3K.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th hit in dramatic fashion Saturday, homering on a 3-2 pitch from Tampa Bay southpaw David Price in the third inning to become the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club.

He is the first Yankee to tally 3,000 hits all in pinstripes.

Jeter quickly rounded the bases and was mobbed by his teammates at home plate, where a celebration ensued and fans, teammates and even the Rays players themselves cheered on “The Captain.”

He also singled in the first to get to 2,999 and doubled for hit No. 3,001 in the fifth inning. His home run was his first at-bat with a shot at No. 3,000
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