Bonds' last homer to hit auction block
After snaring the baseball Barry Bonds hit for career homer No. 762, Jameson Sutton stored it in the safest place he could think of -- deep inside his closet. The 24-year-old from Boulder, Colo., quickly moved the baseball into a safety deposit box after the season was finished, realizing its potential worth. And with the former Giants slugger still looking for a place to play this season, Sutton decided to come forward with the ball. Sutton hired SCP Auctions to run an online auction that starts March 31 and could fetch as much as $1 million. "I thought it would be cool to give it to my grandkids, but it's too important of a ball for me to have it in my house laying around," Sutton said. Baseball, Page C-5
Return of Billy ball
Billy Crystal whacked himself in the helmet with his backswing, found his shoelaces and socks sabotaged and watched his team lose. Oh, and the New York Yankees rookie struck out in his one and only at-bat as a big leaguer. "It was the strangest, greatest moment of my life," he said Thursday. A day before his 60th birthday, the comedian, actor and Oscar host enjoyed every moment of the day he'd hoped for his entire life. Talking ball with Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson at the batting cage. Taking infield with Derek Jeter. Becoming a victim of clubhouse pranks.
"I felt like a baseball player," he said. "I really hate to leave." Batting leadoff, Crystal hit a chopper that went 3 feet foul down the first-base line before whiffing at two cutters.
49ers part with Dilfer
The San Francisco 49ers terminated quarterback Trent Dilfer's contract, possibly signaling the end of the 14-year veteran's career. Dilfer started six games for the 49ers last season, passing for 1,166 yards with seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions before an injury shortened his season.
Wile E. Coyotes
Cal State San Bernardino is sending its women's basketball team to the NCAA Division II tournament this week, and the Coyotes appear to be an entertaining group to watch, at least judging by how some team members answered the "most embarrassing moment" question in the media guide. Leslie Pickron: "Double-dribble with no defender around." Diane Redfox: "Running into a wall and breaking my foot." Koi Brown: "My shorts were too big and fell down while I was taking a shot at the free-throw line." The Coyotes have apparently honed their game a bit since.