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May 15, 2000
Marathon MessWhy the world's best doesn't deserve a free pass to Sydney
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May 15, 2000

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PLAYER

Hank Greenberg

Joe DiMaggio

Tony Conigliaro

Dave Dravecky

Bo Jackson

David Cone

Andres Galarraga

LAYOFF

May 6, 1941, to July 1, 1945

Sept. 30, 1948, to June 28, 1949

Aug. 18, 1967, to April 8, 1969

May 28, 1988, to Aug. 10, 1989

Oct. 5, 1991, to April 9, 1993

May 2, 1996, to Sept. 2, 1996

Oct. 14, 1998, to April 3, 2000

REASON

Joined Army after receiving low draft-lottery number, re-upped after Pearl Harbor

Had surgery to remove bone spurs from right heel

Partial blindness, dislocated jaw, broken cheekbone, courtesy of Jack Hamilton heater

Cancerous tumor forced docs to cut chunk of muscle from Giants lefty's pitching shoulder

Two-sport star had left hip replaced as result of injury in NFL playoff game while with Raiders

Righthander had surgery to remove career-threatening aneurysm in throwing shoulder

Underwent treatement for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

RETURN

Hit eighth-inning home run to help Tigers beat athletics 9-5

Singled in first at bat, went yard in second to help Yankees beat Red Sox 5-4

Hit two-run, 10th-inning homer to help red Sox beat Orioles on Opening day

Took one-hit shutout into eighth inning against Reds to earn 4-3 win

Launched 400-foot pinch-hit homer on first swing for White Sox against Yankees

Tossed seven no-hit innings for Yankees against A's, yanked on strict pitch count

Blasted game-winning Opening day homer for Braves against Rockies

Marathon Mess
Why the world's best doesn't deserve a free pass to Sydney

For the first time since 1896, the U.S. will field fewer than three runners in an Olympic marathon. At the men's trials in Pittsburgh on Sunday (page 88), no runners met the Olympic standard of 2:14. As a result only winner Rod DeHaven will represent the U.S.

What gives? After all, waiting in the wings is Moroccan-born Khalid Khannouchi, 28, the fastest marathoner in history (2:05:42), who negotiated miles of red tape to become a U.S. citizen early last week. By now his heartwarming story is well-known—how he fell in love with America during a 1993 visit and stayed, training on the mean streets of Brooklyn after working late-night shifts as a busboy. Khannouchi repeatedly claimed that representing the U.S. was his dream.

Yet on April 16, just days after his immigration lawyer told him he had an 80% shot at getting citizenship in time to participate in the U.S. trials, Khannouchi ran the London Marathon, where he aggravated injuries and all but ensured he'd be unable to run in Pittsburgh. Apparently the chance to represent the U.S. didn't mean so much to Khannouchi that he'd break his contract with London and pass up the prize money and the six-figure appearance fee that went with it.

Taking the money and running may be the American way in many endeavors but not in Olympic qualifying. To represent the U.S. in track an athlete must survive the trials. If U.S. Olympic officials start adding team members by petition, they might as well contest the trials in a courtroom—which is surely where DeHaven, who ran his brains out in killing heat and humidity, would go to plead his case. A free pass to Khannouchi would require the U.S. to bump the trials winner, and that, most certainly, is not the American way. Best of luck to Khannouchi in the Olympic marathon in 2004. Not sooner.

MAVS MOVES
Terry Cloth Temptation

As part of his continuing effort to revamp the Mavericks' image, Mark Cuban, Dallas's dot.com billionaire owner, shelled out $22 apiece for "half robe" towels for the locker rooms at Reunion Arena. Anything to show his players—and their opponents, some of whom might be NBA free agents in the near future—what the new Mavs are all about "When you take a shower, do you like to dry off with a nice, plush towel and slip into a thick, comfortable robe?" says Cuban, sounding like a guy who knows from plushness and comfort "For $22 I can get the half robes and make our guys more comfortable. It's crazy not to."

Judging by how many were pilfered, the luxurious linens proved irresistible to more than one visiting player, but Cuban was happy to have rivals take home a keepsake of his new regime. "There are a lot of Mavs embroidered towels in the houses of players from other teams," he says. "It's a $22 investment for a constant reminder of how the Mavs are a better place to work." Just one question: Does tempting players with towels count as tampering?

WEST NILE DANGER
Bug Out!

Sportsmen along the East Coast have a common foe this summer: the mosquito, principal carrier of the West Nile virus that killed seven people, several horses and at least 5,000 birds in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York last year. Golf courses and horse tracks are among those launching efforts to protect competitors from the pests.

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