Thursday, July 29, 2004

Sports briefs



Dusing does a little decorating

Olympian Nate Dusing will showcase his renovation skills on The Learning Channel's show While You Were Out, Friday at 9 p.m. and midnight. Dusing, 25 (above), a Covington Catholic grad, will swim the 400-meter freestyle relay in Athens. In the taped episode entitled "Austin: Shades of Water," he'll be part of a surprise room refurbishing for girlfriend Michelle Wickwire, done on $1,500 in 24 hours, with one designer and two carpenters. The show runs again Saturday at 1 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Babe Ruth bat up for bidding

The baseball bat used by Hall of Famer Babe Ruth to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium in 1923 may fetch at least $1 million, according to estimates by auction companies Sotheby's Holdings Inc. and SportsCards Plus. The bat, signed by Ruth, was won in a newspaper contest by a high-school boy who kept it for more than 80 years and left it to his caretaker, who is selling it. The bat is on view until Sunday at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland and will be sold in December.

Taiwan returns to Little League WS

Taiwan is back in the Little League World Series, seven years after pulling out of the event because of player eligibility questions. Shou Tien of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, beat Japan's Sendai Higashi 7-5 to win the Asia Region and qualify. The last time a team from Taiwan made it to the LLWS was 1996, when it won the championship. In April 1997, Taiwan withdrew from Little League, saying it couldn't guarantee compliance with eligibility requirements. Taiwan, which won 17 titles in 21 LLWS appearances, returned to play last year but failed to qualify.

ACC proposes 5-year eligibility

The Atlantic Coast Conference has proposed making players eligible to compete for five years, saying the extra season might allow some students to get their degrees rather than leave school early. The NCAA will vote on the proposal no earlier than April 2005, said Shane Lyons, the ACC's associate commissioner.




BENGALS
Draftee Mann signed by Bengals
Daugherty: Stadium squabble an exercise in tedium
Browns, Winslow discuss contract

REDS
Reds' skid reaches 8
O'Brien, Miley have long meeting
Opiates can hide pain, not real life

MORE BASEBALL
Johnson rejected L.A. deal
AL: Twins cap 3-game sweep of White Sox
NL: Clemens returns to form for Astros

COLLEGE SPORTS
Croom emphasizing wins, not race
USC may soon learn if Williams is eligible

TOUR DE FRANCE
Armstrong accused of 'threatening' Italian cyclist over dispute at race

SUMMER FUN
Getting started in softball
Metro adapting to game's curves
Saylor has seen it all for 25 years

OLYMPICS
Greene experimenting with start in hope of record 100-meter finish

BOXING
Kinder, gentler pre-fight Tyson this time around

OTHER SPORTS
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McGwire struggles in amateur golf event
Golf Glance
Roller Hockey Update

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