The Question …
Ole Miss just completed its sixth season of NCAA-sanctioned women's fast-pitch softball. Who was the team's head coach during that first season (1997).
Star Tracking …
May 31, 2001
COLLEGE STATION, Texas The Meridian Community College golf team found itself in the middle of the pack Wednesday after the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association's national tournament. Temple Community College leads with a team score of 567, followed by Tyler (Texas) Junior College with a two-day total of 580. MCC's team score stands at 600. The Eagles shot a 303 on the first day of competition and a 297 Wednesday.
Barry Bonds would gladly trade home runs for wins. Bonds became the most prolific left-handed home run hitter in NL history Wednesday night, connecting twice for the San Francisco Giants in a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. With 522 homers, Bonds moved past Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Willie McCovey into 11th place on baseball's career list. Bonds shook hands with McCovey, who was sitting in the front row at Pacific Bell Park, after hitting his major league-leading 28th homer.
May 31, 1997
BALTIMORE Mike Mussina came within two outs of a perfect game, losing it on Sandy Alomar's single Friday night as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-0. Mussina struck out 10 and walked none in his second career one-hitter. The right-hander entered the game with a 4.26 ERA. The Indians had been averaging 10.5 hits and six runs in their last 10 games.
PARIS The French Open jinx continues for Pete Sampras. Every spring, Sampras comes to Paris searching for the one title missing from his Grand Slam collection. Every year, he goes away empty. This time, it was a stomach bug which ruined his chances for a Grand Slam sweep. Weak and sluggish, the top-seeded American got off to a horrible start and bowed out in the third round Friday to Sweden's Magnus Norman, who celebrated his 21st birthday, with a 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory.
May 31, 1992
OAKLAND, Calif. Brady Anderson, Sam Horn and Chito Martinez hit home runs and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Saturday. The day marked the start of Cal Ripken's second decade of consecutive games. The Baltimore shortstop began his streak, now at 1,620 games, on May 30, 1982.
The Answer …
Sports Faces …
A move up in fighting weight has basically found Brad McNeil back climbing the ladder.
The Meridian boxer had recently cracked the Top 100 in the 160-pound, middleweight division after compiling a 12-1-1 pro record. This included a February decision win on a card at the Frank Cochran Center.
McNeil, however, fought as a light heavyweight against Kerry Parks in the recent card at the Silver Star Hotel &Casino. The result was a stunning majority draw decision. One judge went for Parks, while the other two voted for a draw.
McNeil, though, is eyeing a bright future in the fight game.