Schlichter on the lam
Federal marshals are fanning out across the Midwest looking for Art Schlichter, the former Colts and Ohio State quarterback whose gambling problems ended his NFL career and led to years of legal troubles. At least a dozen marshals are mounting an intense effort to find Schlichter after learning he recently tried to obtain a handgun from a friend, authorities said.
Rays may face Rickey
Stolen-base king Rickey Henderson, released by the Mets over the weekend, has reached an agreement to play for the Seattle Mariners, the Devil Rays' next opponent. Henderson's decision came down to Seattle and Montreal: "It went down to the bottom of the ninth," agent Jeff Borris said. "The Expos made a valiant effort to get him, but so did the Mariners." Henderson, who struggled at the plate and feuded with management as a Met, played for Mariners manager Lou Piniella as a Yankee from 1986-88.
The good guys
The bay area boasts three of the most charitable athletes in the state, according to Florida Sports Awards, which named its Hometown Heroes for 2000. The Bucs' Derrick Brooks, the Lightning's Pavel Kubina and the Devil Rays' Quinton McCracken are among the 15 honorees.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Seven teams have more blown saves than saves (including the Devil Rays, who are 4-for-12). Since saves became an official stat, one team has managed this over a full season. Which one?
Last season, the Kansas City Royals had 29 saves and 30 blown saves. The Los Angeles Dodgers were 20-for-41 in the strike-shortened 1994 season.