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Runyanfront, June 10, 2008


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Runyanfront, June 10, 2008

  1. 1. BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES WWW.PHILLYBURBS.COM/COURIERTIMES Dominik Hasek retires 6C TUESDAY JUNE 10, 2008 C ‘Still a rival’ BUZZER BEATERS Griffey hits No. 600 Frequent Eagles nemesis Michael Strahan decides to retire after capping a Hall of Fame-caliber career with a Super Bowl victory. Runyan, Strahan defined rivalry in trenches PHILADELPHIA — They played a full NFL season against each other, 16 games Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th over their respective home run on Monday night, careers. Sixteen completing his long ascent and times they danced a becoming the sixth player in brutal dance of history to reach that milestone. bull-rushes and The Cincinnati Reds outfielder Mike body-slams, mutual homered off Florida lefty Mark Sielski respect and Hendrickson in the first inning. E-mail friendship springing Griffey joined Barry Bonds, Hank msielski@ from their violent Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays duels over all those and Sammy Sosa. Sundays. The 38-year-old homered with So even when Jon Jerry Hairston on third and one Runyan, the Eagles’ right tackle, out. The left-handed swinger learned that Michael Strahan, the launched a 3-1 pitch 413 feet into Giants’ left defensive end, had the right-field seats. announced his retirement from “I don’t think I touched any of the NFL on Monday, he was not the bases. I sort of floated ready to let down his guard and around,” Griffey said. admit his friend and rival Griffey received a standing ova- might be gone from the game tion from the relatively sparse for good. He’d seen enough crowd and responded by coming inside moves from Strahan out of the Reds dugout and tip- over the years to know bet- ping his helmet to the fans. ter. Controversy ensued in the stands “As of now, he’s done,” following the home run. Justin Runyan said after the Kimball, a 25-year-old from Eagles’ minicamp session. Miami, said he caught the home “But anything can change. run ball, put it in a wool cap and People get hurt. Money per- then had the cap ripped from his suades people. We’ll see.” hands. Kimball said someone ran Oh, no, there was no way off with the ball. Runyan was giving Strahan the satisfaction of a clean exit, T.O. misses Runyan’s skepticism just another forum for him to fend off Strahan, random drug test to never allow him an edge. Terrell Owens acknowledged Fifteen years with the Giants, Monday having missed a random 141½ sacks in his career, induc- drug test several tion into the Pro Football Hall of weeks ago, Fame surely in his future. And for blaming it on a Strahan, Runyan was “probably “communication the one guy [who] I’ve played who problem involving probably stokes my fire just about cell phone more than anyone else,” he told numbers.” in 2005. He also said he Their matchup was always the was in New York most gripping game-within-the- last week talking game whenever the Giants and Terrell Owens about his absence Eagles met over the last eight with league officials the day he agreed to a $34 See SIELSKI, 6C million new contract with the RICH KENNEDY / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Dallas Cowboys. Owens was not suspended or fined, although he could’ve been, according to, which first reported the story, citing NFL, team and player sources. The report also Strahan leaves Giant footprints BY TOM CANAVAN you’ve done more for us than we can ever do for said Owens now could face up to ASSOCIATED PRESS 24 tests per year as part of the you.’ ” EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Michael Strahan never told his coaches or his team- league’s “reasonable cause” test- Strahan had what he wanted — a Super Bowl ing program for performance- mates of his decision. They learned of it from championship to add to a resume featuring reporters at practice. enhancing drugs. seven Pro Bowls and two sack records. Now it “I’m not really worried about “I’m just finding out about it; let me get was time to leave football and leave the New organized,” coach Tom Coughlin said after a anything,” Owens said Monday York Giants after 15 years in the NFL. afternoon in an interview with team workout. Four months after a stunning Super Bowl vic- Strahan, who has long said he wants a job in The Associated Press. “It’s not a tory over the previously unbeaten New England big deal. Anything I do is going to television, plans to hold a news conference Patriots, the 36-year-old Strahan informed today at Giants Stadium. grab headlines. I have nothing to Giants co-owner John Mara he was done. He will hide. I’ve made a statement and Tony Agnone, Strahan’s agent, said the be walking away from a $4 million contract for Giants offered Strahan more money in an effort that’s it. It’s basically a dead the 2008 season. issue.” to get him to play another year. “I told him he’s been a great Giant,” Mara said Monday “He thanked me for everything the . organization has done for him. I said, ‘I think See STRAHAN, 6C DAILY NUMBER Kobe Bryant’s field-goal percentage in four games against the Celtics this .368 Hot Phillies making rest of division sweat regular season and postseason. “We just went from 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 fear of some unspoken jinx. But the TRIVIA QUESTION Kevin Cooney [games down] and we’re headed IT’S BEEN A truth of the matter on June 10 in back out on the road, where we the National League East is this: Which Los Angeles Laker holds the NBA Finals record for best 215-949-4209 haven’t exactly lit it up,” Jones told VERY GOOD YEAR the Phillies appear ready to put a field-goal percentage in a the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on The National League East standings stranglehold on the division. E-mail Sunday afternoon. “I don’t know since June 10, 2007 When they begin a three-game seven-game series? kcooney@ (Answer 2C) about anybody else, I’m worried. I set tonight in Miami, the Phils will Team W L Pct GB don’t want to come back from this stand four games ahead of the sec- road trip and be out of the race.” PHILLIES 96 69 .586 — ond-place Marlins in the NL East. THE LAST WORD The words are so familiar. After A continent away, after watching his Mets blow a fourth straight Braves 82 81 .503 13 A sweep in Miami wouldn’t win the division. But it sure will give “We’ve come too far to really all, they have become a staple of game to an offensively-anemic Mets 82 82 .500 13 1/2 them a lot of margin of error with sweat being down 2-0. We’re going Phillies baseball over the last five Padres squad, David Wright sound- Marlins 74 88 .456 20 1/2 94 games to play It would also likely . to go home and handle our seasons or so. It’s the annual plea to ed a similar note of concern. deflate almost all momentum that rise up before a season gets washed “The Phillies, obviously, are a Nationals 72 92 .439 23 1/2 Florida carried through the first business.” KOBE BRYANT away in the early summer sun. great team,” Wright told the New two months of the season. AS THE LAKERS PREPARED So that’s what made Chipper York Daily News. “I wouldn’t have The cushion over the two main FOR GAME 3 IN THE NBA FINALS Jones’ comments so striking on planned it or drew it up this way to we need to make a stand. We’re competitors in most minds during Monday morning. The fact that he be this far behind. We better figure already too far behind the Phillies the pre-season — the Braves and the was talking about the Braves’ chances something out quickly because as far as where we’d like to be. I Mets — stands at 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 Editor: Jeff Beideman, 215-345-3076 in the division in the same manner we’re too good of a team to contin- don’t think we’re nearly games, respectively (Both are six . that used to come out of 11th and ue to play as poorly as we are and playing the kind of baseball we’re Call in results: 215-949-4215 Pattison on a yearly basis in June was expect to be in this race come the capable of.” after 6 p.m. or fax 215-949-4177 — at the very least — jolting. end of the year. … This is where You may not want to admit it for See COONEY, 5C