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The Bounce: Big foot returning to UA stadium

<h4>Billie Jean causes a scene </h4></p>
<p>Former U.S. Open champion Billie Jean King, the woman for whom the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is named, acknowledges applause during opening ceremonies at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Monday.

<h4>Billie Jean causes a scene </h4>

Former U.S. Open champion Billie Jean King, the woman for whom the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is named, acknowledges applause during opening ceremonies at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Monday.

There’s no problem with the hang time or the distance of Keenyn Crier’s punts any more.

The first-team all-Pac-10 honoree was back on the field practicing with the University of Arizona’s special teams unit Monday, booming the ball after spending preseason camp on the sidelines following back surgery to remove a cyst.

“It’s been really, really tough not being out there, but it felt good,” Crier said. “I had to calm down and be patient while just sitting there watching camp.”

Crier takes over the punting duties in time for Saturday’s season opener against Idaho at Arizona Stadium.

The sophomore tried to come back sooner.

“There were many times I said my back was fine when it really wasn’t,” Crier admitted. “I was just anxious. Anxiety was building up.”

Alex Zendejas and Kyle Day handled the punting in his absence.

“He is our punter and we feel good about Keenyn,” UA coach Mike Stoops said. “I think he will have a fresh leg and will punt well.”

Crier, who averaged 43.7 yards a boot a year ago, just smiled when asked about his leg strength after not punting for two months.

“It is really fresh, really fresh,” Crier said. “The last time I was punting, I was amazing myself. I am at that level, but I just have to be consistent.”

August kickoff

Early-season kickoffs have been a good thing for the Wildcats.

Arizona has a 4-1 record in August games in school history, with wins over UTEP (2003), NAU (2002) and San Diego State (2001). The Wildcats also defeated UTEP to begin the 1996 season.

The only August loss was 41-7 at Penn State in 1999.

Moredich

Tucson golfers do well

A threesome of Tucson-area players shared second place Monday after the first round of PGA Southwest Section club pro play at Oro Valley Country Club.

Rich Elias of Torres Blancas, Dean Vomacka of Stone Canyon Club and Paul Nolen of The Gallery Golf Club each shot 4-under-par 68, along with Bob Blean of Union Hills Country Club of Sun City, in a four-way tie. Jon Stanley of Goodyear Tuscany Falls Country Club led at 5-under 67.

Glen Griffith of Tucson Golf Schools and Don Littrell and Chris Dompier, both of Skyline Country Club, were in a tie for eighth place at 1-under 71.

The 54-hole tournament continues Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bryan Lee

brylee@tucsoncitizen.com

Pitcher, 9, too good to pitch

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player – too good, it turns out.

The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Scott took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.

Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Scott’s team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Scott’s coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.

But Vidro says he didn’t quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league’s field on Saturday urging the league to let Scott pitch.

“He’s never hurt any one,” Vidro said. “He’s on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?”

The Associated Press

SEC signs television deal

The Southeastern Conference has signed a 15-year deal with ESPN reportedly worth more than $2 billion to televise sporting events, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.

The pact is the longest ESPN has ever signed and matches the length of the league’s deal with CBS earlier in August.

The Associated Press

Ref files sought by lawyer

PHOENIX – Maricopa County prosecutor Andrew Thomas is seeking the federal files in the investigation of disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy, sentenced in July to 15 months in prison in a gambling scandal.

Thomas wants to know whether Donaghy broke any Arizona laws while officiating two Phoenix Suns-Los Angeles Lakers playoff games in 2007.

The Associated Press

Big post-invasion crowd

BAGHDAD – Tens of thousands of Baghdad soccer fans cheered on their club in the top league’s final game, the largest sports crowd the city has seen since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The Baghdad club, al-Zawraa, lost 1-0 in overtime Sunday to a team from Irbil in northern Iraq. The game was not marred by crowd violence or a terrorist attack, a sign security forces may have more control in the capital.

The Associated Press

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<h4>QUOTABLE </h4>
<p>‘The guy still looks great, hell of a player. . . . How could you not want him back?</p>
<p>BRETT FAVRE,</p>
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QUOTABLE

'The guy still looks great, hell of a player. . . . How could you not want him back?

BRETT FAVRE,

New York Jets quarterback, on the Giants trying to decide whether to go after retired defensive end Michael Strahan

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ON THIS DATE

1939: The first Major League Baseball game is televised. NBC-TV broadcasts a doubleheader at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field between the Cincinnati Reds and the Dodgers.

1989: Chris Drury pitches a five-hitter as Trumbull, Conn., becomes the first American team since 1983 to capture the Little League World Series with a 5-2 victory over Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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SPORTS SOUND-OFF

Early commitment hard to swallow

Re: Cats pick up guard, but lose Carlino

Carlino’s obviously a good ballplayer. But for someone who has only played as a freshman in high school basketball, committing to a college three years away appears to be a bit too much.

Coach O would be what, 77 years old when young Carlino enters school? Can you imagine him staying for four years (yeah, yeah yeah, I know he won’t but?) and playing for a guy in his 80s?

That’s what I say, too. . . .

- ALFRED M.

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NUMBER OF THE DAY

10.6

Career at-bats per home run for Mark McGwire, tops among players with 3,000 plate appearances. Other career leaders:

Babe Ruth 11.80

Barry Bonds 12.90

Jim Thome 13.60

Adam Dunn 13.80

Ralph Kiner 14.10

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TRIVIA CORNER

What’s the salary of J.T. O’Sullivan, who replaced Alex Smith as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback?

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Answer: $645,000

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