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July 31, 2006
Played Last Thursday by the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Oneonta Tigers, a 26-inning game that is the longest in the history of the New York--Penn League and one of the longest ever in pro baseball. (The longest game was a 33-inning Triple A game in 1981; the longest major league game was a 26-inning tie between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves in 1920.) The Tigers won 6--1 by scoring five runs in the 26th off Cyclones outfielder Mark Wright (above), who joked in the 20th inning that he was available to pitch and was taken up on his offer five innings later. The game, at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, began at 12:03 in front of more than 9,000 fans and ended at 6:43. "There were maybe 50 [fans] at the end," says Wright, who last pitched in high school. "I don't blame them. I probably wouldn't have stuck around if I didn't have to."
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July 31, 2006

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Played
Last Thursday by the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Oneonta Tigers, a 26-inning game that is the longest in the history of the New York--Penn League and one of the longest ever in pro baseball. (The longest game was a 33-inning Triple A game in 1981; the longest major league game was a 26-inning tie between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves in 1920.) The Tigers won 6--1 by scoring five runs in the 26th off Cyclones outfielder Mark Wright (above), who joked in the 20th inning that he was available to pitch and was taken up on his offer five innings later. The game, at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, began at 12:03 in front of more than 9,000 fans and ended at 6:43. "There were maybe 50 [fans] at the end," says Wright, who last pitched in high school. "I don't blame them. I probably wouldn't have stuck around if I didn't have to."

Knocked Out
By Argentine journeyman Carlos Baldomir, Arturo Gatti, a defeat that may have ended Gatti's career. Baldomir (43-9-6), who shocked Zab Judah in January to win the WBC welterweight belt, stood toe-to-toe with Gatti (40--8), knocking him down twice before his ninth-round TKO. The loss disappointed the Atlantic City crowd, which came to cheer on Gatti, a native of Jersey City. After the fight Gatti said, "I don't know if I'm ever going to fight again. I had a good time doing it."

Hired
By Duke to coach its embattled lacrosse team, John Danowski, who led Hofstra to a 17--2 record last year. Danowski (whose son, Matt, is an All-America attackman for the Blue Devils) will take over for Mike Pressler, who resigned following an exotic dancer's allegation that she was raped at a team party.

Charged
With resisting arrest and obstructing official business after Cincinnati police Tasered him, Bengals defensive tackle Matthias Askew. Police say officers were trying to handcuff Askew after he ignored an order to move his illegally parked car, when the 24-year-old broke away from them. After he was shocked, Askew was taken into custody and was eventually released on his own recognizance.

Dropped
By Allen Heckard, his $832 million lawsuit against Michael Jordan and Nike chairman Phil Knight. The 51-year-old Portland shuttle bus driver claimed that he is frequently harassed by fans mistaking him for Jordan (Scorecard, July 17). Heckard--who is four inches shorter, 20 pounds lighter and eight years older than Jordan--did not elaborate on his reasons for dropping the suit.

Died
Of injuries suffered in a car accident, Georgia basketball player Kevin Brophy (above). The junior guard was driving from Athens to Savannah after working at a basketball camp last Thursday when he collided with another car. Brophy, who was from Melbourne, Australia, was 21. "Things were really, really coming together for Kevin in every way," said Bulldogs coach Dennis Felton. "He was going to have a tremendous life."

Broken
By Ricky Williams, his left arm. The Dolphins running back, who is moonlighting with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL while serving a one-year NFL suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, was injured when he was gang-tackled in a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Saturday. "You're talking about some fortitude," said Toronto coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons. "I'd have been screaming." Williams, who is not eligible to play in the NFL until 2007, is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Rejected
By the Pittsburgh Penguins, a $170 million offer for the team from a group including Mark Cuban. The outspoken Mavericks owner (a native of Mount Lebanon, Pa.) teamed up with several local investors--including Oakland, Pa., native Dan Marino--in a bid to purchase the franchise and keep it in Pittsburgh, but their group was outbid. With Cuban's group out of the running, the favorite to buy the Pens is believed to be Hartford real estate developer Sam Fingold, who has talked about moving the team to Kansas City if a new arena is not built.

Filed
By former Big Ten referee James Filson, a suit accusing the conference of firing him after commissioner Jim Delany was made aware that Filson only has one eye. Filson, 53, lost vision in his right eye after an accident in 2000 but continued working games (including an Orange Bowl) with a prosthetic replacement. The suit contends that Filson received higher marks on his reviews after losing his sight and that he was fired only after Michigan coach Lloyd Carr informed Delany that he had only one eye. Filson is seeking his old job, back pay and unspecified damages.

Acquitted
Of a charge that he raped a fellow midshipman in her dorm room, former Navy quarterback Lamar Owens (left). The 22-year-old, who led Navy to a win as a senior in the Poinsettia Bowl last year, faced life in prison if convicted. (He was found guilty of two lesser charges, but the jury declined to punish him.) "I had tears in my eyes because this young man needed and received justice today," Owens's attorney, Reid Weingarten, said.

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