April 28, 2005
Before I get into this week's column, I'm taking a minute to fill out an All-Star ballot at mlb.com, with some interesting results. After three weeks of the season, you'd be hard-pressed to find a first baseman worthy of representing the AL at this year's game in Detroit. Pretty sad. Chicago's Paul Konerko (seven HRs, .236 average) and Texas' Mark Texeira (five HRs, .229 average) both have big power numbers. But in a surprise move, I'm going with Toronto's Eric Hinske, who's hitting a respectable .290 with three HRs, 13 RBIs and a couple of steals.
April 24, 2000
FORT WORTH, Texas -- What a time to be a fantasy baseball geek. By launching its handy Sports Geniuses Sports Search this week, FoxSports.com has provided virtual nirvana for the fantasy-baseball enthusiasts or trivia buffs who hound the newspaper sports desk. Users accessing the search (http://sportssearch.foxsports. com) can simply type in a question about a major-league team or player from 1876 to the present and get an instant answer. What was the Rangers wins and losses for 1996?
August 8, 2004
On the second Wednesday of 2004, Michael Phelps took his first solo business trip. Taking direction from a crew filming a commercial in Malibu, he splashed in the Pacific. Then Phelps hustled back across the country for a brief stop at his Rodgers Forge home before returning to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. After two days of low-key competition at Auburn University, he unwound on Sunday night. Powerful enough to schmooze with CEOs but too young to experience Happy Hour, Phelps headed to his hotel bar, not to imbibe but to play arcade games.
May 25, 2006
NATIONAL Office search confrontation The confrontation between congressional leaders and the Bush administration over the search of a representative's office escalated, with House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other congressional leaders demanding the return of all material seized during the incident. pg 3a MARYLAND Snipers face off in court John Allen Muhammad tangled with Lee Boyd Malvo in an aggressive cross-examination of his former protege yesterday, then erupted in anger at prosecutors who tried to limit Muhammad's questioning in his sniper murder trial.
March 7, 2006
Fantasyland Sam Walker Viking Press/354 pages I knew I would like Sam Walker's Fantasyland from the moment the first scene unfurled. Walker, a Wall Street Journal reporter, is talking with outfielder Jacque Jones in the Minnesota Twins' spring clubhouse. He hopes to divine the player's true nature because he thinks Jones might be a sleeper pick in his fantasy draft. The outfielder spots a copy of the Baseball Forecaster by fantasy guru Ron Shandler in Walker's bag. He flips to Shandler's prediction for his season.