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SPORTS DIGEST

The Kick Off

July 07, 2005

Ripken's `Iron Man' record to be celebrated Sept. 5, 6

A celebration of the 10th anniversary of Cal Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game will culminate with ceremonies on Sept. 5 and 6 at Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium and at Camden Yards, respectively, it was announced yesterday at Sports Legends at Camden Yards.

To commemorate the former Orioles shortstop surpassing Lou Gehrig's major league record for consecutive games played, an official logo has been created and merchandise will be available at www.ripken2131.com through IronBird authentics.

The merchandise will range from $2 Iron Spirit wristbands to expensive bracelets that will each represent one game of the famed streak that ended at 2,632 games.

All proceeds from sales will benefit the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at the Johns Hopkins University and The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which aids disadvantaged youths.

"I'm trying to make a difference in many different ways," said Ripken. "I never played to break records. I played because this was my job that I had to do."

Fans are encouraged to attend 2,130 Night Sept. 5 at Ripken Stadium for the IronBirds' game and 2,131 Night Sept. 6 when the Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Both games will celebrate the streak with on-field ceremonies and in-game promotions.

A traveling exhibit created by The Sun will circulate throughout the state and fans may submit their personal stories and photos of the historic night to the Web site for a chance to meet Ripken at the Sept. 6 game.

Pro basketball

Trail Blazers hire McMillan as coach

Nate McMillan is leaving the Seattle SuperSonics to coach the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers late last night hired McMillan, who led the SuperSonics to the Northwest Division title this past season. He will be introduced today at a news conference, the Blazers said in a statement. The terms of his contract were not immediately available. McMillan replaces interim coach Kevin Pritchard, who took over for the fired Maurice Cheeks when the Blazers embarked on a youth movement in midseason.

Pistons: After Larry Brown's agent and Detroit talked about his future again, the Hall of Fame coach insisted nothing had changed from his perspective. "I just want to get well and coach the Pistons," Brown told the Associated Press. "I've been saying that for a long time, but nobody seems to believe me. I don't know what else I can say." Brown was hospitalized last week for two days to address a medical problem that developed from complications following hip surgery in November and didn't go away after a second procedure in March.

Jazz: Scott Layden, the former president of the New York Knicks and an assistant coach and administrator with Utah, is coming back to the Jazz as an assistant on coach Jerry Sloan's staff, the team announced.

College football

BCS wants replay used in bowl games

Bowl Championship Series officials want instant replay used in all bowl games starting this season, and are confident it can be done. The Big Ten became the first conference to use video review of football game officials' calls last season, with an official in the press box determining if a play would be reviewed and overturning the call if replay showed conclusively it was wrong. The NCAA gave all Division I-A conferences the opportunity to experiment with replay this season, and nine of 11 have adopted the Big Ten's system or some variation.

Florida State: Junior linebacker Ernie Sims was arrested for allegedly throwing his girlfriend to the ground. Sims, 20, was arrested by Tallahassee police after the fight with his live-in girlfriend, Brooke McGriff, who refused to press charges. He was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors.

Et cetera

UM will host 2008 women's regionals

The University of Maryland's Comcast Center was selected as one of the sites for the NCAA Division I women's tournament regionals in 2008. Maryland also hosted a women's regional last March.

Horse racing: Churchill Downs Inc. will sell historic Hollywood Park and surrounding acreage at the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack to Bay Meadows Land Co. LLC for $260 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in late September. Bay Meadows Land Co. will buy the land and facilities at the 67-year-old track and assume management of racing operations for a minimum of three years.

Pro football: Wide receiver Tim Brown will end his prolific NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, after all. He will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Raider, team spokesman Mike Taylor said. Brown was released last August and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Nose tackle Grady Jackson could hold out or seek a trade if the Green Bay Packers don't improve his contract, his new agent said.

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