BETTER THAN BABE?: An infinitely small group has watched Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds play in their prime. Buck O'Neil, the legendary Negro Leagues star who turns 93 in November, discussed Bonds and his place in baseball history. According to O'Neil, he played against Ruth several times in the 1930s. He said Bonds can be placed alongside Ruth as one of the best to play the game: "Actually, I think Barry Bonds was a better all-around player than the Babe. Nobody can hit like him, and hit with power."
OUT OF BOUNDS
GIVE POPS A CHANCE: South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said 39-year-old walk-on receiver Tim Frisby, nicknamed "Pops," will get to play this season once his eligibility is approved by the NCAA clearinghouse. USC spokesman Kerry Tharp said the school expects no problems. Frisby recently retired from the U.S. Army, where he served in Desert Storm and during the Kosovo conflict. Tharp said there was no clearinghouse when Frisby finished playing at Allentown Catholic High in the mid-1980s. "There wasn't even college boards when he graduated," Holtz, 67, quipped. "He's back in my era. College boards, I thought that was back at the carpenter shop."
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Who holds Southern Cal's single-game record for most rushing yards?
"Thom, the only thing I know right now is that we are killing your ratings."
_ TERRY FRANCONA, Red Sox manager in response to a question from Fox's Thom Brennaman in the fourth inning of Boston's 14-4 loss to New York on Saturday.
Ricky Bell ran for 347 yards in a school-record 51 carries against Washington State in 1976.
The Bucs are in their 29th season. A subhead on 1X in Monday's section was incorrect.