Star Tracking …
August 12, 2001
STARKVILLE Mississippi State is ranked 20th in The Associated Press preseason poll, the Bulldogs' first preseason ranking since 1993. "It's great that the players are recognized for their hard work," coach Jackie Sherrill said Saturday. "They have won 26 games over the last three years and there are not a lot of teams in the country that can say that." The Bulldogs were ranked 24th in last season's final poll. In 1993, they began the season ranked 24th.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. The play that ended John Elway's college career is shown repeatedly at the College Football Hall of Fame in the bloopers section. Though it caused pain for a while, he laughs about it now. The play is the infamous five-lateral kickoff return by Cal through the Stanford band in 1982 for a winning touchdown on the final play of the game, costing Stanford a possible bowl berth. Elway, who never played in a bowl game, was enshrined in the hall Saturday along with former Southern Cal running back Marcus Allen, former Nebraska wingback Johnny Rodgers and 22 other former players and coaches
August 12, 1997
ATLANTA The Atlanta Braves gained some breathing room in the NL East, beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 Monday night when Danny Bautista's bases-loaded sacrifice fly brought home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Marlins, who have an 8-4 advantage over the NL champions this year, left Atlanta 5 games behind the Braves after splitting a four-game series contested in a playoff-like atmosphere at Turner Field.
SAN DIEGO San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn was released from a Chicago hospital Monday, one day after having a kidney stone surgically removed. Gwynn flew back to San Diego on owner John Moore's private plane. The seven-time batting champion was diagnosed with the ailment Friday night.
August 12, 1992
NEW YORK When it comes to Olympic Fever, Atlanta was next to last as far as television is concerned. The site of the 1996 Summer Olympics ranked 14th among the 25 largest U.S. cities in television viewing of the Barcelona Games, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Atlanta averaged a 13.6 primetime rating on WXIA, 22 percent below the national rating of 17.5 on NBC. The top rating was in Portland, Ore., at 22.5 Chicago got a 21.6 while Los Angeles was a 21.0 and New York was at 18.5.
Sports Faces …
He may not be affiliated with a high school, but 17-year-old Ian Hajek may be one of the best high school distance runners around.
Hajek won the first-ever Meridian Moonlight 5K run on Friday night at Northeast Park. He shattered his previous best 5K performance by clocking a 15:21 time.
Hajek is home-schooled, so he does not run in high school meets. He runs in open meets. His next run will be the Mobile Meet of Champions. He will also run at the William &Mary Invitational and the Foot Locker South Regionals.