<strong>Not the usual shot </strong>
Marc Gicquet of France plays a shot from between his legs to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko during their men's singles third round match at the Australian Open on Friday. Davydenko, a No. 4 seed, won, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
It’s the middle of January, signifying the annual push for spring training baseball tickets for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.
Tickets to the Diamondbacks and White Sox games at Tucson Electric Park go on sale Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at TEP, 2500 E. Ajo Way. You also can call 1-866-672-1343 toll free.
“Ticket prices haven’t been raised,” said Bonnie Faircloth, manager of spring training operations. “Pricewise, everything is the same.
“If things go historically as they have in the past where the teams have gone to the playoffs in the past, there was a bump in the attendance. We’re expecting to see a raise in our attendance.”
Tickets range from $5 for lawn seats to $16 for mezzanine.
“We have 12 promotional days where fans can receive something at the gate or special during the game,” Faircloth said.
Colorado Rockies tickets are also on sale at Hi Corbett Field, 3400 E. Camino Campestre, or by calling 327-9467. Ticket prices start at $4 for sandpile to $17 for box seats.
This marks the 11th year Arizona and Chicago have shared TEP. Both clubs will play 15 home games. That includes five games against each other.
The White Sox will open the exhibition schedule against the Rockies at 1:05 p.m. Feb. 27.
The following day there will be a rematch of last year’s National League Championship series between Arizona and Colorado. That matchup will also start at 1:05 p.m.
Colorado has 10 other promotions scheduled during spring training.
For the first time, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be coming to TEP. The Dodgers will play Arizona on March 21.
“We are expecting a sellout on that game,” Faircloth said. “We’ll have a better gauge once tickets go on sale on what games will actually be targeted.”
Grow beard for Lambeau
Pete Chalverus’ introduction to wintry football in Green Bay came 20 years ago, when the cameraman was sent to the Lambeau Field roof to retrieve a few cables. He picked up the thick, rubber-wrapped copper wire and it snapped in two.
Chalverus has shot about a dozen frigid Packers home games over the years, so he knows how to prepare for Sunday’s NFC championship game, at which he’ll man a camera behind an end zone for FOX.
The forecast calls for single-digit temperatures in Green Bay for the matchup against the New York Giants, and not much higher for the AFC contest in Foxborough, Mass., between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers.
Chalverus told his wife to not expect him to shave this week. A bit of a beard helps protect the face from the elements. He planned to visit a hunting store down the street from the stadium after arriving in town Thursday.
“I’ll probably be buying every bit of insulation they have available,” he said Wednesday.
Just in case retailers in Wisconsin have sold out of hand and foot warmers, FOX officials won’t take any chances. They’ll buy them at an outdoors store in Los Angeles and ship them to Green Bay, said Jerry Steinberg, FOX’s vice president of field operations.
Decades of broadcasting football games in the cold and snow have taught TV crews many tricks for dealing with inclement weather.
FOX will turn on its cameras at Lambeau on Friday and leave them on until the game ends Sunday.
As long as the equipment’s internal temperature remains constant, the lenses won’t fog up, Steinberg said.
The Associated Press
Lowell willing to take test
BOSTON – World Series MVP Mike Lowell is willing to give blood if that’s what it takes to be tested for human growth hormone. But only if the test is 100 percent accurate. Not 99 percent.
“If it’s 99 percent accurate, that’s going to be seven false positives,” the Red Sox third baseman said Thursday before the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “Ninety-three percent is 70 guys. That’s almost three whole rosters.
“You’re destroying someone’s reputation. What if one of the false positives is Cal Ripken? Doesn’t it put a black mark on his career?”
The Associated Press
'There seems to be a campaign to try to smear me.'
Michigan football coach, on allegations he took files with him from West Virginia
The coach is key factor in recruits’ decisions
Re: High school recruiting
I disagree about the school being the reason for a recruit’s decision, and not the coach. The kid is going to practically live with the coach for the next four years (theoretically), so why wouldn’t that relationship be important?
I can see second thoughts after a coaching change; after all, it is to the previous coach the kid committed.
However, I cannot see going back on one’s word if no such changes occurred. As Mark Stoops said, do not commit until you’re sure. I don’t know how parents can be happy about their child’s going back on his word.
Re: UA softball team
Rock on, girls! You are the absolute best athletic team at the University.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Points per game this year by Cleveland’s LeBron James, the most in the NBA. Other leaders:
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 27.6
Allen Iverson, Denver 26.8
Carmelo Anthony, Denver 25.9
Dwyane Wade, Miami 24.9
Richard Jefferson, New Jersey 23.9
When was the last season that the Phoenix Suns didn’t win a division title?
Answer: 2003-04, when they finished 27 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers.