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That’s gold-medal snowboarder Hannah Teter jumping off a mountain for an energy beverage.

It’s our very educated guess she probalby doesn’t drink said drink. When we asked the very health-conscious Teter once whether she actually drank Mountain Dew, a major sponsor of extreme sports, she kind of krinkled her nose and asked that we really didn’t need to know her answer.

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Try the Spero-Stu soup for Friday night


Mychal Thompson’s pending personal obligation — attending the high school graduation of his son Trayce, a standout baseball player at Santa Margarita High in Orange County (bio linked here) — means he’ll miss Friday’s Lakers-Nuggets’ Game 6 broadcast on the KLAC-AM (570) team in Denver.

Which also means that, by some string pulling, the radio station will bring in Stu Lantz to call the game with Spero Dedes, according to our people in the know.

Lantz has done strictly the Lakers’ local TV broadcasts for FSN West and KCAL Channel 9 the last six seasons (two with Paul Sunderland and four with Joel Meyers) after the team abandoned the simulcast upon Chick Hearn’s passing. He’s been apart of the team’s broadcast the last 21 seasons. Oh, that’s right, you’re probably in the know about as well.

It’s the first time Lantz has been paired up for a Laker game with Dedes, who’s been doing the Lakers’ radio since his hiring before the 2005-06 season. They did a couple of NBA Network Summer League games a few years back so they are familiar with each other’s approach.

Turn down the sound Friday on the ESPN telecast — it’s OK, that’s what the mute button is for — and synchronize the audio from the radio to sample what the future of Lakers’ basketball could sound like.

Or look like.

Oh, her? She’s Krystle Lina. Wearing a Jerry West retro jersey. For no apparent reason, other than to counteract the top photo.

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This bleeds into the Dodgers-Rockies game at noon, kickball breath


AP Photo/Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano
Pope Benedict XVI, left, greets Swiss referee Massimo Busacca at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican today. Busacca has been chosen to take charge of the UEFA Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United at Rome’s Olympic Stadium this evening. Others are referee assistants Matthias Arnet, third from right, and Francesco Buragina, right, and fourth official Claudio Circhetta, second from right.

Today, ESPN, 11:25 a.m. (with the Dodgers-Rockies starting at noon on Prime Ticket) will be the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United and … wait, there’s a stabbing pain in my leg …

ROME (AP) — An American and Manchester United fan were hospitalized after being stabbed today ahead of the Champions League final. Nine people, including United and Barcelona supporters, were arrested.

Four Italians were arrested in Ostia, on the coast near Rome, after they attacked an American, apparently mistaking him for a United supporter. The man was beaten up and stabbed in his thigh and backside, police said.

A United fan was taken to a hospital after he was stabbed in the thigh, police said. The fan reported that he had been attacked by four people near his hotel in the Vatican area.

Up to 50,000 United and Barcelona supporters converged on Rome for the match tonight, and large numbers of police patrolled the city.

Three Barcelona fans were arrested after police searched their car and found blunt objects, including clubs and a javelin, police said. They were traveling from Civitavecchia, a port near Rome where hundreds of Spanish fans had arrived by ship.

Two United fans were arrested for assaulting bystanders and police in Campo de Fiori, a historic piazza and popular tourist hangout. Police said the men were drunk despite a ban on alcohol sales imposed by authorities in areas including the city center and near the stadium.

Hundreds attended Pope Benedict XVI’s public audience at the Vatican, waving their flags and scarves before the pontiff. The match referee, Massimo Busacca of Switzerland, greeted the pope at the end of the audience.

Some 67,000 people are expected to pack the Stadio Olimpico for the match.

Many could be stabbed later.

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Do you’re own spelchek on this

Maybe there’s no write way to say this, but we’ll try: The National Spelling Bee has no busines being presented to the American publik as a sport. On ESPN. On ABC. On any network teevee.

Put it on the Lurning Channel. Find a place for it on Nickleodeone. Wedge it in between “Sesame Street” and the “Reading Rainbow” on PBS.

And definitely, no live.

Otherwise, read the first account of this annual exersize from the Associated Press wire service, nowing that ESPN covers it for three hours starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday (with Eren Andruws assisting) and then ABC has two more hours in prime time (8 to 10 p.m., when most of these kids are fast aslepe) later that day — and this celebrating the fact there’s a contestent from China emerging makes this all smell of Little League baseball, when they decided eventually to make an “American” champ and an “International” champ and have them skware off for the world title:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oral rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (linked here) opened Wednesday with a touch of geography and a celebratory pump of the arms from the first contestant from China.

Kun Jacky Qiao became the first speller to represent China in the competition for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. The 12-year-old seventh-grader at the Beijing BISS International School, which caters to the children of expatriates in China, had no problem with “recuperate.”

The bee has included international competitors for three decades. Two winners have come from outside the 50 states: Hugh Tosteson of Puerto Rico in 1975 and Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998. This year’s field also includes spellers from New Zealand, Ghana and South Korea.

Thirteen-year-old Lindsey Zimmer of Notasulga, Ala., was the first of a record 293 spellers in the 82nd annual bee to step to the microphone Wednesday. The eighth-grader who likes to play the flute aced the word “longitude,” drawing out the letters with her Southern accent.

The competition began Tuesday with a written test. Those scores were to be combined with oral round results to determine who will advance to the semifinals. The finals will be broadcast by ABC during prime time Thursday for the fourth consecutive year.

The opening oral round gave the spellers their only guaranteed moments on stage, and the words were relatively easy — at least compared with the mind-blowing stumpers officials planned for later rounds. Only 16 of the first 144 youngsters misspelled, while others raced through familiar words such as “lyric” and “custard.”

There were also tense and comical moments that have made the bee compelling to watch. Some spellers smiled as they approached the microphone, while others seemed on the verge of nervous tears.

Canadian Jonathan Schut muttered “that’s helpful” when told the origin of the word “gimmick” was unknown. The 14-year-old from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, breezed through it anyway.

After 14-year-old Imogen Page of Blue Hill, Maine, exhausted all the information she could get about the word “cowardice,” she asked: “Is there anything else you can tell me?”

“It’s a nice day,” pronouncer Jacques Bailly offered.

Imogen handled the word with ease.

Two of the returning favorites went through their familiar rituals to correctly spell their words. Three-time finalist Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kan., wrote with a finger on her palm as she called out the letters to “disciples,” while last year’s runner-up, Sidharth Chand of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., mimed writing on his placard to help him get through “chaotic.”


Hey, kids … would you rather be back home in Canada watching two U.S. teams going to the Stanley Cup finals, or in D.C. where you can possibly apply for asylum? By the way, we did a spellcheck on this story: It came out clean.

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Our Daily Dread: A shriney welcome to Dalkowski, Maris and Eisenreich


The annual election of the Shrine of the Eternals holds much anticipation for the results than those of the Baseball Hall of Fame because … just because.

And Steve Dalkowski, Roger Maris and Jim Eisenreich now don’t ever have to feel slighted by the later. They’re a member of the former. Which, to many fans, is a bigger honor.

In voting for the 2009 Class by members of the Baseball Reliquary during April and May, Dalkowski had the greatest response (34 percent of the ballots returned), with Maris (30 percent) and Eisenreich (27 percent) just ahead of Effa Manley, Casey Stengel and Don Zimmer (all with 26 percent).

Dalkowski, Maris and Eisenreich will be enshrined at the Pasadena City Library on Sunday, July 19 by the Southern California-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering an appreciate of American art and culture through the context of baseball history.

One of these you definitely know about. Another you should know about. The third … he’s a former Dodger, remember?

Why is there a specialness about these three, and the others who’ve gone before them?


The most intriguing has to be Dalkowski (Wikipedia bio linked here with a story here by the HardballTimes.com linked here).

He was Ron Shelton’s inspiration for Nuke LaLoose in the movie “Bull Durham” — a wild, hard-throwing minor leaguer who logged nine minor-league seasons (1957-’65), amassing 1,400 strikeouts in 995 innings — along with 1,354 walks. Otherwise unimposing (5-foot-10 and a buck 70), the left-hander was said to reach 105 to 110 mph (pre-radar) — Ted Williams once said Dalkowski was the hardest thrower he’d ever seen. “White Lightning” threw so fast that at least one opposing batter soiled his uniform in expectation of facing him (or so the legend goes).

In one game, Dalkowski (with Earl Weaver as his manager in Aberdeen, South Dakota), threw a no-hitter with 20 strikeouts — and 18 walks.

In a blog posting on SportsHollywood.com (linked here), former minor-leaguer Robert Fabbricatore admits that while he was “awarded a Bronze Star for my actions in Vietnam … I should have gotten a Silver Star for spending 20 minutes in a batting cage with Steve Dalkowski.”

Just before making the Baltimore Orioles’ roster, Dalkowski blew out his arm. It led to a bout with what was described as “uncontrollable alcoholism.” After his career was over, he headed out to these parts and was working for a time as a migrant farm worker in California’s Central Valley. The Association of Professional Ball Players helped him for a 20-year span until the 1990s when he went to a health-care center in his hometown of New Britian, Conn., where he reportedly lives these days with his sister, about to turn 70 on June 3.

Terry Cannon, the executive director of the Baseball Reliquary, said he notified Dalkowski of his enshrinement and will attempt to contact him later this week to see if he is healthy enough to make a trip to Pasadena for his induction.


Maris (linked here), of course, set the single-season home-run record with 61 in 161 games in ’61 (also the AL MVP with 132 runs scored), a mark since shattered by Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds and nearly approached by Alex Rodriguez. What do those four have in common? We’re not sure.

But they really have nothing more in common with Maris, who died in 1985 after a bout with cancer. He’s often mentioned as a player who deserves Baseball Hall of Fame induction — 275 career homers, 851 RBI (142 of them coming in ’61, the year after his first AL MVP season of 1960), but that may never happen. He played 12 seasons, the last two for the St. Louis Cardinals after the Yankees let him go following the 1966 season.

Why isn’t he in the “real” Hall. Statistically alone, the Baseball Reference compares his body of work to those like Danny Tartabull, Eric Davis, Jesse Barfield and Tony Armas. But none of them are a two-time MVP and single-season record of anything.


Eisenrich (linked here), a member of the Dodgers in his last season in the big-leagues in 1998 (75 games, 147 at bats, .197 average, coming over in the package with Florida for Mike Piazza), battled through Tourette Syndrome during his career. The 50-year-old had uncontrolable physical tics and jerks and erratic behavior — which resulted in the Minnesota Twins eventually waiving him for $1 before he was properly diagnosed. He was a very good left-handed hitter and outfielder for the Royals, Phillies and Marlins (playing in two World Series) and ended up playing 15 seasons with a .290 career mark.

Eisenreich began to produce for his new team, the Kansas City Royals, emerging as a gifted left-handed hitter and outfielder. In 1967, he was named the Royals most valuable He now heads the Missouri-based Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome (linked here), which he founded with his wife in 1996.

These three join Shrine of the Eternals members Jim Abbott, Dick Allen, Emmett Ashford, Moe Berg, Yogi Berra, Ila Borders, Jim Bouton, Jim Brosnan, Bill Buckner, Roberto Clemente, Rod Dedeaux, Dock Ellis, Mark Fidrych, Curt Flood, Josh Gibson, William “Dummy” Hoy, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bill James, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Marvin Miller, Minnie Minoso, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige, Jimmy Piersall, Pam Postema, Jackie Robinson, Lester Rodney, Fernando Valenzuela, Bill Veeck Jr. and Kenichi Zenimura. Get them all together for a game, and you’d have one heck of a movie script.

More info on the organization at www.baseballreliquary.org.

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