Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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JACKSONVILLE.COM

This week's question

Which team has the best chance of winning the World Series?

a). . .Atlanta Braves

b). . .Los Angeles Dodgers

c). . .Minnesota Twins

d). . .New York Yankees

e). . .St. Louis Cardinals

Last week's question

Will another hurricane affect this college football season?

a) Yes. . . 32 percent

b) No. . .19 percent

c) I refuse to think about hurricanes anymore. . .47 percent

2 CENTS

Jamal Lewis is devastating. The Ravens' running back packs 245 pounds of punch and combines it with speed that makes cornerbacks look like grandmothers.

He is already one of just five backs in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season, and he's just 24.

So what's not to like? Well, in addition to Lewis' prodigious talent on the field, he is accused of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Lewis and his friend Angelo Jackson are scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 1.

Now, Lewis' lawyers are negotiating a plea bargain that may include jail time after the season.

The situation is just sickening. Mostly because of how you know the NFL will handle the situation: Lewis will admit his guilt, play the rest of the season, conveniently serve his minimal time after the season and continue to be glorified as a superstar.

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

In order to get big names to come to his small event, 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy offered golfers a tempting bribe.

With the star-studded American Express Championship in Ireland the week after his 84 Lumber Classic in rural Pennsylvania, Hardy offered players eligible for the American Express a nonstop, round-trip charter to Ireland aboard a 747 equipped only with first-class seats. The value was estimated at $40,000, but it was free if the players came to the 84 Lumber event.

The bribe worked, and players like Chris DiMarco, David Toms and Charles Howell III jumped at it. …

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