Some hardware for the couch potatoes
During a pep rally for Sunday's game against New England, Colts owner Jim Irsay wore a giant blue top hat, large round blue sunglasses and a white showman's suit as he told hundreds of fans about the "Quest for the Ring" raffle.
"I look like Willie Wonka Elton, a combination of Willie Wonka and Elton John," Irsay joked before throwing open a gold treasure chest containing a small box with five shiny rings. Although some fans clearly hoped Irsay would toss the rings into the crowd, he explained the rings would be given away in a raffle he hopes will raise up to $1 million for Indiana charities. Finalists will gather on the RCA Dome field at halftime of the Colts' Dec. 2 game against Jacksonville and select one locked box and key. Five of those boxes will contain a Super Bowl ring.
Papelbon leads way at Red Sox parade
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When the Red Sox needed a closer -- even for their World Series championship parade -- Jonathan Papelbon was their man. Papelbon (shown playing his broom guitar) donned a kilt and danced his trademark Irish jig to the roars of tens of thousands of fans Tuesday as the city celebrated Boston's second World Series title in four years with a three-mile-long rolling rally from Fenway Park to City Hall Plaza. Players and their families boarded 20 amphibious, World War
II-era duck boats outside the stadium for a journey through the city. Manny Ramirez grabbed a microphone and yelled to fans along the route. "You guys are No. 1," the slugger said. "There's a party at my house tonight."
Sampras to play in San Jose exhibition
Pete Sampras will play an exhibition match in San Jose against a current ATP Tour player as part of the SAP Open in February. Sampras, who retired after winning his record 14th major singles title at the 2002 U.S. Open, will play Feb. 18, opening night. He has spent the past two summers playing in World Team Tennis events and participated on a limited basis this year on the senior circuit formed by former rival Jim Courier. Sampras plans to play several exhibition matches against current tour players, including one next month in Malaysia against top-ranked Roger Federer.
Finding his stroke
Glen Stubblefield, the head professional at Ripon's Spring Creek Country Club, used some swing adjustments to earn a berth in next year's Senior PGA Championship, Bee columnist Ron Agostini writes.