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MLB takes over Dodgers

By Calvin Swanson

Major League Baseball has taken control of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization due to the team's financial woes stemming from the owner's bitter divorce that happened in 2009.

The Dodgers financial situation has been worsened by co-owners Jamie McCourt and Frank McCourt's grueling divorce that started one week after Frank fired Jamie, Dodger's chief executive, accusing her of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work, according to an ESPN article.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had not taken action during the past 18 months until Wednesday, according to an LA Times article. Selig announced he would appoint a trustee to oversee the club due to concerns with the team's financial issues.

After Selig's announcement was made, Frank stated the team had been following MLB's financial guidelines and that he was puzzled by Selig's decision. According to the LA Times, Frank is expected to challenge Selig's decision in court.

Lynx select Uconn great with first pick

By Calvin Swanson

After an illustrious four-year college career with the Connecticut Huskies, Maya Moore has another feat to be proud of. The Minnesota Lynx made the superstar guard the number one overall pick in the WNBA draft Monday

Moore led UConn to two national titles, a 90-game winning streak and a 150-4 record during her four-year tenure, according to a Star Tribune report. The former two-time AP player of the year averaged 22.8 points-per-game this season, according to a ESPN article.

The Lynx organization now has something to smile about and can finally be optimistic coming off another dismal season where the Lynx went 13-21, according to ESPN. The franchise has made only two playoff appearances and has yet to win a playoff series, according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune reported Moore's college career came to close after losing to Notre Dame 72-63 in the Final Four. Moore put up 36 points in the Huskies' loss.

ESPN reported Moore is the second straight number one overall pick out of UConn. Tina Charles was selected with the first pick by the Connecticut Sun in 2010 and went on to win the WNBA's rookie of the year award.

Schwartzel wins Masters

by Calvin Swanson

Relatively unknown golfer Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters with a final round of 6 under par to wrap up a final score of 14 under par at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

The Masters is 26-year-old South African native's first career major, and it came on day where the competition was wide open. During one point in the final day of tournament, there were nine players within two shots of the lead, according to a NY Times article. One of them was Tiger Woods.

Woods climbed to the top of the leaderboard after shooting a -5 on the front nine, according to a LA Times article. He could not find his rhythm on the back nine, shooting even par and finishing at -10 for the tournament.

Twenty-one-year-old Rory McIlroy came into the final day at Augusta with a four-shot lead, but could not handle the pressure staying atop the best golfers in the world. He finished for a tie of 15th after shooting a dismal round of an 80, according to the LA Times.

The NY Time reported that Schwartzel's victory came 50 years after Gary Player became the first South African to win the Masters, or any other major title. The La Times reported Schwartzel's next best finish at a Masters tournament was a tie for 30th in 2010.

Uconn cuts down the nets; Butler silenced in defeat

By Calvin Swanson

It may have been the ugliest championship game in NCAA Division I college basketball history, but, despite its lack of glamour, it was still a pretty ending for a remarkable run by the Connecticut Huskies.

Uconn defeated the Butler Bulldogs 53-41 Monday night in Houston, capping an improbable run where they won 11 straight games, according to a Washington Post article. This is the 3rd championship since 1999 for the Huskies and head coach Jim Calhoun, 68, who became the oldest coach to win a national championship.

The game was an offensive struggle to say the least. Butler lead Uconn at the end of the first half 22-19 but could not get past the Huskies' pesky defense in the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs shot a dismal 12-64 from the field, which is 18.8 percent, the worst ever in a title game, according to an ESPN article.

The Huskies' (32-9) dominant run was lead junior All-American Kemba Walker who finished the game with 16 points and was named the Final Four's most outstanding player, the Washington Post reported.

This is second year in a row the Bulldogs (28-10) have walked off the big stage as runner-ups. Butler could not find its offensive rhythm and was outmanned by Uconn's size and athletic ability. Butler was outscored 26-2 in the paint and only made one field goal in a 13 minute span in the second half, according to ESPN.

The Washington Post reported the Huskies missed the tournament last year and finished the regular season ninth in the Big East conference in 2011. This was before the Huskies won five games in five days to win the Big East tournament and snag a three seed in the Big Dance.

ESPN reported the Huskies were perfect in tournament games this year, going 14-0 in the NCAA tournament, the Big East tournament and the Maui Invitational.

Target Field beer man won't be returning

By: Calvin Swanson

Wally McNeil (known as Wally the Beer Man) will not be yelling out "get your cold beer" at Target Field anymore after he was acquitted for selling alcohol to a minor last September at the stadium.

McNeil, 76, of Plymouth, decided to step away from the beer vending gig, and instead of handing out cold beers in a open-air stadium on a Minnesota summer day, McNeil will be bartending three blocks away at Sneaky Pete's, before and after every Twins game, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The Star Tribune reported, McNeil will likely head over to Target Field during some of the games to watch the Twins battle it out on the diamond and to socialize with fans.

McNeil had been selling "cold ones" to Twins fans since 1982, according to the Pioneer Press, even before the Twins won their first World Series Title in 1987.

The Star Tribune reported McNeil was aquitted on charges of selling alcohol to minors in 2010, while the St. Paul Pioneer Press stated he was aquitted on charges of selling alcohol to a minor. The St. Paul Pioneer Press also reported that McNeil said the union thought he could get his job back, but he decided it was time to move on.

Baseball statistician, Minn. native dies at age 83

Calvin Swanson

Glenn "Gos" Gostick's love surrounded the game of baseball. The man who is known for his pen-and-paper stat-keeping skills died after a heart attack last week at the age of 83.

Gostick is a University of Minnesota graduate and a north Minneapolis native until 2009, according to the Pioneer Press. He was heavily involved in the game of baseball as he worked for the Minnesota Twins, worked as a trainer, umpired college, high school and amateur baseball.

Gostick's most prominent legacy may be what he can do with a pen and paper. As he became the Twin's scorekeeper in 1980, Gostick became not only a great stat keeper but he gained the ability to analyze baseball players and make firm judgments of their value to the game, according to the Star Tribune. He had the ability to look beyond the players' numbers and sense their intangibles and what they brought to the game.

The Star Tribune reported more information about Gostick's life away from the stat desk. He is a lifelong bachelor who owned not a single computer despite being an avid stat keeper. A man who may have bode well in the 1800s, Gostick did not have running water his north Minneapolis home; he showered at the local hockey rink.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported his career rather than his professional life. "He was a walking encyclopedia of baseball trivia and published a book on high school coaching."

The NFL players union and NFL owners failed to reach an new Collective Bargaining Agreement before Friday's deadline, and now a lockout is almost certain.

The NFL Players Association decertified shortly after the two sides could not come together. Decertification allows the union to sue the NFL under anti-trust laws if the owners decide to lockout the players, according to an article.

Owners are expected to lock out players Saturday, according to a N.Y. Times article, which prevents players from participating in team work outs. Prominent stars such as Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have filed antitrust lawsuits against the NFL, according to ESPN.

The NFL players union and owners have been negotiating with a federal mediator for 16 session and have extended the deadline twice, but still could not agree on how to split revenue, according the N.Y. Times.

ESPN reports the union would have to wait six months to sue the NFL if they did not decertify.This would ultimately, delay the process even more.

The N.Y. Times reports the owners were unwilling to provide financial information that the union was seeking. Financial information is something the union has been strongly seeking.

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