U.S. softball team upset by Va. Tech
The mighty U.S. Olympic softball team struck out. Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher pitched a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the three-time defending gold medalists Wednesday night, ending the U.S. team's 185-game winning streak in pre-Olympic exhibitions. It was the American team's first loss in a pre-Olympic exhibition since May 3, 1996. During that span, the U.S. team outscored opponents 1,475-24. Tincher, an All-American last season who had pitched her 12th career no-hitter last week against North Carolina State, struck out 10 and allowed one baserunner on a one-out walk to Kelly Kretschman in the second inning. Earlier, the U.S. defeated DePaul 23-0, running its record on the "Bound 4 Beijing" tour to 17-0.
McNamee to kids: Learn from my errors
Former New York Yankees trainer Brian McNamee resurfaced to give a brief motivational speech to a small group of workout buffs Thursday but refused to comment on the steroid scandal that landed him and his famous former client in front of Congress. In his first public comments since testifying that he injected seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, McNamee gave about 25 high school athletes, coaches and parents a warning about mistakes that can tarnish one's reputation. "My lifetime of actions can be defined by one singular monumental mistake," he said in a 12-minute talk at a friend's supplement store. "I believe firmly that everyone deserves a second chance. Every second chance needs a first step. Today, I'm taking that first step."
No signs of Bonds
The Giants opened the doors of AT&T Park on Wednesday to show the media what's different in the ballpark this season. But we already know what's different. Gone are the enormous banners that adorned the light standards. Gone is the mural that covered the left-field wall. Gone is the counter showing career home runs. Gone are the rubber chickens. Gone, we can presume (though the clubhouse was locked), are the personal TV and invisible ropes in the corner. Gone: any sign of Barry Bonds. "It's not relevant," said Staci Slaughter, the team's senior vice president. Also missing was the Splash Hits counter, but the team promises that will be back in place by opening day.
Fish tacos on, Stu off
Bee fantasy sports columnist Stu Rosenberg is off this week as he prepares for his baseball draft on a beach in San Diego. His column will return next Friday.