Player traded for 10 bats
During three years in the low minors, John Odom never really made a name for himself. That sure changed this week — he’s the guy who was traded for a bunch of baseball bats. “I don’t really care,” he said on Friday. “It’ll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues.” For now, Odom is headed to the Laredo Broncos of the United League. They got him on Tuesday from the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League for a most unlikely price — 10 Prairie Sticks Maple Bats, double-dipped black, 86cm, C243 style. “They just wanted some bats, good bats — maple bats,” Broncos general manager Jose Melendez said. The Prairie Sticks Web site says their maple bats retail for US$69 each, discounted to US$65.50 for purchases of 10 bats. “It will be interesting to see what 10 bats gets us,” Melendez said.
Reds' Baker gets suspended
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was suspended for two games and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and San Diego Padres hitting coach Wally Joyner were penalized one game on Friday after recent arguments with umpires. Major League Baseball also fined all three undisclosed amounts. Unlike players, managers and coaches cannot appeal suspensions. Baker made contact with umpire Eric Cooper during a dispute in Thursday’s 8-2 loss at San Diego. The suspension was set to start on Friday as the Reds continued their series against the Padres. Baker had gone onto the field after Cincinnati’s Edwin Encarnacion was ejected by Cooper for arguing a called third strike. Baker wound up getting ejected by Cooper, too.
Aussies take series win
Australia's women's basketball team beat Taiwan 90-58 on Friday in the second of a three-game series in Terrigal, New South Wales state. After losing the first game 100-57 on Thursday, Taiwan’s team performed well in the first three quarters, taking the lead several times and forcing Australia head coach Jan Stirling to call a time-out. At the beginning of the third quarter, Taiwan’s Chiang Feng-chun (姜鳳君) shot a three-pointer and narrowed the gap to 7 points. But Taiwan’s defense collapsed in the last quarter and they only scored 18 points in attack against Australia’s 33. Chiang top scored with 16 points for the visitors.
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Konstantinov loses case
A federal jury rejected on Friday a request to award former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and a former team masseur nearly US$300 million for a 1997 limo crash that left them with disabling brain injuries. The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before deciding that Findlay Ford Lincoln Mercury, the Ohio dealership that sold the limo, was not responsible for the injuries the two sustained. James Feeney, an attorney representing the dealership, told the Detroit Free Press that the seven-person jury returned a “common sense verdict.”
Redknapp wins court case
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has won his claim against police that a raid on his house as part of an inquiry into soccer corruption was illegal. The High Court in London ruled that City of London police carried out the early morning raid in November under a warrant issued unlawfully by the City of London Magistrates’ Court. The police were ordered to pay £1,000 (US$1,980) in damages to Redknapp and to pay his legal costs.