HEY, ABBOTT: The starting center on Nebraska's football team last season is no longer on the roster and nowhere to be found. Richie Incognito left school after being suspended for the Cornhuskers' first two games because of what coach Bill Callahan called repeated violations of team rules. Boy, could Bud Abbott and Lou Costello have had fun with that name. Costello: "I can't tell who is playing center. Is he incognito?" Abbott: "Yes, he is Incognito."
SORRY, PETE: The Cincinnati Reds opened their new Hall of Fame on Monday. It includes a wall of 4,256 baseballs, one for each of Pete Rose's record number of hits, but Rose is not in the Hall. The Reds chose to abide by the rules of Major League Baseball. So, because Rose is banned from baseball, he is also banned from the Reds' Hall of Fame.
OF THE DAY
Who was the first hitter to strike out 100 or more times in 17 consecutive seasons?
"We lost two games. I don't think it's time to slash your wrists."
_ TOMMY BOWDEN, whose 1-2 Clemson Tigers entered the season No. 15 but have fallen out of the rankings.
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A BIKE WITH A CAUSE: Boston pitcher Curt Schilling is auctioning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by Red Sox players to benefit ALS and melanoma research. The auction, which runs through Sunday, is being conducted on the Red Sox's Web site (redsox.com) and Major League Baseball's site (mlb.com). Schilling's wife, Shonda, is a melanoma survivor. "ALS and melanoma are two causes close to my heart," Schilling said. "I hope this Harley-Davidson auction will generate funds that eventually eliminate these diseases."
CHALLENGE MADE: The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team challenged Olympic champion Argentina to a $1-million winner-take-all game that would be shown on pay-per-view television. Promoters have agreed to provide the prize money. The game would be played on a neutral court on a date to be determined.