Dolphin flip

Sports | Faced with repaying the Dolphins $8.6 million, Ricky Williams appears ready to return to Miami
by John Dawson
Posted 10/16/04, 12:00 am

Ricky Williams's sudden retirement now looks simply like a vacation. A few days after an arbitrator said Mr. Williams would have to repay the Miami Dolphins more than $8.6 million for breaching his contract, the pariah running back asked the NFL to clarify his playing status in light of positive drug tests. This means the former Heisman Trophy running back could be back on the field soon, or at least serving a drug suspension.

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Bitter bomber

Sports | What do baseball fans-and even the man's teammates and reporters-have against Barry Bonds?
by John Dawson
Posted 10/09/04, 12:00 am

While the fans at San Francisco's SBC Park cheered lustily on Sept. 17 as Barry Bonds belted a high breaking ball into the opposite field bleachers, from the field Barry Bonds's 700th home run appeared much like his 699th. No mob of teammates awaited the San Francisco slugger at home plate when he joined one of sports' most exclusive clubs. Only teammate J.T. Snow, who watched the historic blast from the on-deck circle, greeted Mr. Bonds at the plate.

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The frozen chosen

Sports | Canada's national team featured three stars with Christian backgrounds
Posted 10/02/04, 12:00 am

With the danger that their favorite athletes could soon be headed overseas, millions of Canadian hockey fans gathered around televisions on Sept. 14 to watch Canada defeat Finland to win the World Cup of Hockey. Cynics might wonder whether the NHL scheduled the tournament, out of storage for the first time since 1996, to take fans' minds off the impending lockout that began the next day.

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