Off of waivers by the White Sox, for whom he'll likely be a designated hitter, Dodgers leftfielder Manny Ramirez. The 38-year-old, 12-time All-Star came to L.A. from Boston (where he won two World Series, including, in '04, Series MVP accolades) in '08 and caught on quickly, batting .396 with 17 homers in his first 53 games. L.A. rewarded him with a two-year, $45 million contract, but the relationship soured after Ramirez failed a drug test in '09 (he was suspended for 50 games) and frequented the disabled list in '10. To Chicago, which sat 4½ games behind Minnesota in the AL Central through Sunday, Ramirez brings a .311 average and his tempestuous nature: He was tossed from his last game with L.A. on Sunday (above) after disputing a strike call on the first pitch he faced.
By NBC this season on its telecasts of Notre Dame home football games, commercial breaks. Hoping not to unduly restrain the hurry-up, often no-huddle offense being installed by first-year Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly, the network (which has aired Notre Dame games since 1991) agreed to employ five breaks per quarter, all shorter than the four slotted in previous seasons. "We've talked to NBC about the way we like to play the game," Kelly said on Aug. 24. "I'm very confident that we are going to be able to do the things that we want to do in terms of pushing the tempo without having to go to a commercial break."
By a Nevada coroner, that the May 9 death of 25-year-old LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg was a suicide (attributable to asphyxia and a lethal cocktail of pills) that had been covered up by one of the golfer's friends. On Aug. 24 Henderson police arrested 43-year-old physician Thomas Hess, who made the 911 call reporting Blasberg's death, and charged him with misdemeanor obstruction of justice. Hess was released on bail and faces up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. According to a police affidavit, Hess hid a suicide note and pills that he found at the scene, preventing police from making a quick ruling on the death. (A plastic bag had also been secured around Blasberg's head, and police were investigating foul play.) Hess, whose relationship with Blasberg remains unclear, later told police, "I know doing that was stupid, but I was trying to save some embarrassment for her."
At age 91, former Florida A&M band director William P. Foster, whose innovations at the historically black university, achieved in a time of racial intolerance, helped shape the art of the college marching band. A clarinet player with degrees in music from Kansas and Wayne State and a doctorate from Columbia, Foster arrived in Tallahassee in 1946 when the A&M program had 16 members. He renamed his unit the Marching 100 (above) in hopes that his charges would someday reach that number and, defying the style of the time, incorporated the sounds of black pop music—jazz, rock and R&B, often sampling whatever was popular on the radio—into his creatively choreographed, high-stepping routines. The Marching 100 (whose ranks eventually numbered as many as 400) later appeared on televised award shows and at Super Bowls, at presidential inaugurations and, in 1989, in Paris, at the bicentennial of the French Revolution. "Energy," Foster (inset, above) said, in summing up his style before retiring in '98. "Lots of energy.... Dazzle them with it."
To box in Texas after being denied the same request in California, former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, opening the door for a Nov. 13 fight for a vacant junior middleweight belt with current welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs). For Margarito, the bout would be his first on U.S. soil since he took on Shane Mosley in L.A. in January 2009. In the lead-up to that match Margarito (38--6, 27 KOs) was discovered to have an illegal plasterlike substance inside his hand wraps. He lost that fight on a ninth-round KO, after which his California license was revoked. State regulators later brushed off Margarito's excuse that he was ignorant of the inserts and denied him a new license, leading to the change of venue, which was approved last week without a hearing.