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BASEBALL COACHES TO WEAR HEAD GEAR

Published Nov. 9, 2007

MAKING NEWS

Baseball's GMs decided that base coaches will wear head protection next year. The move comes four months after Mike Coolbaugh, a first-base coach in the minors, died after being struck in the neck by a line drive. No formal vote was taken, but MLB executive Joe Garagiola Jr. said there was a consensus. GMs will decide on the form of protection next month.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Viking fined after grandmother dies

The Vikings fined receiver Troy Williamson a paycheck ($25,588) for missing Sunday's game. Where was he? In South Carolina helping make arrangements for the funeral of his grandmother, who helped raise him. Coach Brad Childress said the decision was on a "business principle" and cited the Vikings' Pat Williams and Colts' Reggie Wayne, who recently played shortly after a family death. Williamson spent part of the weekend making travel plans for siblings, some of whom are in the military. ESPN.com reported Williamson was told before he left about the fine. "I don't care if they would have (taken) my pay for the rest of the year. I was going home," he said Thursday. "It wouldn't have mattered to me."

CHECK IT OUT

You decide worst of sportscasting

Who is the worst play-by-play announcer? How about game analyst? Studio personality? Sideline reporter? AOL and awfulannouncing.com have set up eight-person brackets for each, and fans will vote. The most intriguing matchup might be in the studio bracket with No. 4 seed Stephen A. Smith vs. No. 5 Lee Corso. For play-by-play, go to sports.aol.com/story/_a/whos-worst-play-by-play-announcer/20071105121809990001 (include all hyphens). Click on the links for the other categories.

QUOTABLE

"We NHL players need to respect each other a bit more. If you see a number or see the back of a player, just don't hit him."

Patrice Bergeron, Bruins center on the Oct. 27 hit from behind by the Flyers' Randy Jones that left him unconscious and caused a severe concussion and broken nose; Jones was suspended two games for it

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