News item: Trade rumors continue to swirl around Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia, though general manager Mark Shapiro insists that he wants to re-sign the club's veteran ace.
My take: It's OK for Orioles fans to dream, but Sabathia probably isn't going to be wearing Baltimore on his road jersey next year.
News item: Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow, who already had a checkered past, was suspended recently by Kentucky racing officials after one of his other horses tested positive for an excessive amount of Clenbuterol.
My take: Somebody needs to go undercover and get to the bottom of horse racing's drug scandal. Where's Mr. Ed when you need him?
News item: Bulgaria has announced it will withdraw its weightlifting team from the Beijing Olympics after 11 of 13 members tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.
My take: Wouldn't surprise me a bit if Rep. Henry Waxman runs for office in Bulgaria so he can hold another round of steroid hearings.
Bonus take: Really, 11 of 13? And it wasn't the Tour de France?
News item: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the system that allows top draft choices to receive huge signing bonuses without playing a down in the league is "ridiculous."
My take: Hard to argue with that when former Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long now is worth significantly more than Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning.
News item: The Houston Astros released pitcher Shawn Chacon the day after he grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground.
My take: If you're looking for a bright side, it's the first time anyone in an Astros uniform has gone for the throat this season.
News item: Don Imus insists he was trying to make a sarcastic point when he made a racially charged comment on his radio show.
My take: That's plausible enough, but it's not as if he has earned the benefit of the doubt in the racial sensitivity department.
News item: The foreclosure sale of cornerback Adam Jones' home in Tennessee has been postponed until next month.
My take: Apparently, the mortgage company is holding out hope Jones will show up at the home office and make it rain.
News item: Fresno State came out of nowhere to win the NCAA baseball championship and become the first No. 4 regional seed to both make the College World Series and win it.
My take: What a nice Cinderella story. Now Fresno is known for more than just its walnuts and Trent Dilfer.
News item: Sidney Ponson made his 2008 debut with the New York Yankees on Friday night and pitched six scoreless innings in the nightcap of a rain-makeup home-and-home doubleheader against the New York Mets.
My take: It was a terrific, gutty performance, but Sidney proved he's still the old Sidney when he washed out with the Texas Rangers a few weeks ago. Stay tuned.
News item: Orioles reliever Matt Albers became the second player from the Miguel Tejada deal to go on the disabled list with a torn labrum in his shoulder.
My take: If he has surgery on the cartilage, he could be back early next season. In the meantime, the Orioles are going to find out whether their bullpen depth is as good as advertised.
News item: The Ravens have commissioned the training of two real-life ravens to take part in pre-game ceremonies at M&T; Bank Stadium this season.
My take: That's all well and good, but I heard one of them already failed to show up for a voluntary OTA.
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