Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Sports Soapbox: Is boxing the manly art of self defense or the ultimate blood-lust sport?

The brain injury to American boxer GERALD McCLELLAN on Saturday night in London has ignited once again the debate whether the sport should be banned in Britain.

McClellan, who was in critical condition on a life-support machine on Sunday, is the third pro boxer to suffer brain injuries in the past year in London.

No one ever has accused pro boxing promoters of actually being concerned about the good of their sport, but it seems there's an obviously logical response: Why not require the pros to wear headgear like the amateurs do?

The sport survived the passing of the bare-knuckle era a century ago. Isn't it time for boxing to take one more step away from brutality?

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Everybody knows that DENNIS RODMAN's hair is in a league of its own. But WOODY WOODBURN, columnist for the Star-Free Press in Ventura, Calif., recently discovered that the NBA Rebounding Machine also has a unique nose as well.

"Some players `have a nose for the ball,' " Woodburn wrote. "Rodman has a pierced nose, two ears (with about six earrings in them combined), two eyes, arms, legs, a spleen, an appendix and 20 tattoos for the ball. He is a human bloodhound on the scent of a Spalding."

Woodburn said he ventured into the San Antonio Spurs locker room after a recent game, hoping to sniff out some of Rodman's secrets. But Rodman couldn't be bothered. He was busy having a nose ring surgically removed by the trainer.

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No one would pretend that Yankees pitcher STEVE HOWE, seven-time drug offender, is any kind of role model for kids. Turns out he isn't much of a role model for his union brethren, either.

BOB NIGHTENGALE of the Los Angeles Times reports that Howe, the Yankees' co-player representative, will start work today in the Yankees front office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. …

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