Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crystal Ball Is Crystal Clear

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crystal Ball Is Crystal Clear

Article excerpt

In order to preserve entertainment and allow justice to be

served in the sports world this year, here are some news

developments that should help all of us feel better about the

games we watch:

Sunday -- Dennis Rodman, making his professional wrestling

debut Sunday night in Daytona Beach, loses the match by

getting pinned shortly after a kick to the groin leaves him

writhing in pain on the mat. The event verifies to a

pay-per-view audience what Chicago Bulls fans have known for

the past year -- Rodman is an equal opportunity fraud no matter

what the sporting venue.

Wednesday -- Two days after signing first-round pick Renaldo

Wynn, the Jaguars get a signature on a long-anticipated

contract extension: They secure the services of coach Tom

Coughlin through the 2001 season.

July 30 -- With the Oakland Athletics stumbling along with the

worst American League record, they offer to trade slugger Mark

McGwire to the Colorado Rockies to increase his chances of

breaking Roger Maris' home run record at hitter-friendly Coors

Field. McGwire vetoes the trade, saying: "My conscience won't

allow me to do it. Any hitting record set there should come with

an asterisk." Jose Canseco interrupts McGwire's news conference,

adding: "I have no conscience. I'll go to Colorado."

Sept. 6 -- Against Southern Cal, once known as Tailback U.,

Florida State freshman Travis Minor gallops for 154 yards in the

Seminoles' 27-10 triumph. To celebrate his first collegiate

milestone, Minor jumps on the Trojan horse and takes a victory

lap around Los Angeles Coliseum. Predictably, the horseplay

prompts an NCAA investigation into whether Minor was given an

extra benefit not available to regular students.

Sept. 7 -- To ensure the U.S. Open final of having more drama

than Wimbledon, Pete Sampras -- riding a streak of 103 games

without an opponent breaking his serve -- agrees to play

left-handed against Michael Chang whenever Chang is serving.

Sampras is taken ill during the 5 1/2-hour match, but wins 7-6,

6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 when Chang double-faults at 43-44 in a

fifth-set tiebreaker. …

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