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Crowder ready to turn pro

Florida linebacker Channing Crowder, above, is forgoing his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft after an injury-plagued sophomore season. Crowder, 6-3, 245 pounds, was third on the Gators with 73 tackles last season despite missing three games with a sprained arch in his right foot. He carries other baggage, including two misdemeanor arrests the past two years and one-game suspensions both seasons. Still, Crowder said he expects to be a first-day pick based on feedback from the NFL underclassman advisory council. He was close with fired coach Ron Zook but said that didn't influence his decision.

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SOME CHARITY MUSCLE: The San Francisco Giants are auctioning off a personal meeting in the dugout with Barry Bonds, as well as four other "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences, to raise money for the tsunami relief effort. The online auction is today and Friday on the team's Web site, All the funds raised will be donated to organizations doing tsunami disaster relief work in South Asia. The winners of each item will be able to direct the money to the charity of their choice.


Of the top 20 pitchers in career shutouts, all of them Hall of Fame eligible, one has not been elected to the Hall. Who is he?

Answer below.


"The alphabet test, to me, is kind of confusing. I don't think anybody's asked Mr. Taylor to say the alphabet since fourth grade."

_ WARREN McLAIN, attorney for Sean Taylor on why the Redskins safety struggled with a field sobriety test in October. A drunken driving charge was dismissed after a judge viewed a videotape of the tests.


Bert Blyleven, who ranks ninth with 60, one fewer than Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan and two more than No. 10 Don Sutton. After Blyleven, the pitcher with the most shutouts who's not in the Hall is Luis Tiant, tied for 21st with 49.