Bonds hits 2 more
Barry Bonds seems destined to destroy his home-run record by the All-Star break. Looking unstoppable, Bonds hit two more long homers at Dodger Stadium, leading the San Francisco Giants over Los Angeles 12-0 on Wednesday night.
The man who made 73 a magic number last year joined Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews as the only player in history to open a season with a pair of two-homer games. Mathews did it for the Milwaukee Braves in 1958. "I'm strong enough," Bonds said, "to hit it out of the ballpark. I'm just trying to stay consistent and hit it." Bonds' two homers both over 440 feet gave him 571 overall, two behind Harmon Killebrew for sixth place on the career list.
It just didn't seem right to see Michael Jordan limping through games as a backup. It was also jarring to watch Jordan end this season scoring just two points against his former coach, Phil Jackson.
After that career-low performance Tuesday against the Lakers, Jordan awoke Wednesday morning with a swollen right knee. He was placed on the injured list, and he announced he was done for the season. "I think it is best at this point to rest the knee and let it heal properly," Jordan said. Jordan ended his season with a 22.9-point scoring average, the second-lowest of his career.
Security will be tightened for the US Women's Open in July in Hutchinson, Kan. The question now is: Who's going to pay for it? The US Golf Association has asked for 50 security officers a day, four bomb-sniffing dogs, and a no-fly zone over Prairie Dunes Country Club during the tournament. Former Sheriff Larry Leslie budgeted $10,000 to pay overtime for nine sheriff's officers. The Hutchinson Police Department also plans to supply 10 men.
"We can provide, but we can't pay for it," Sheriff Randy Henderson told Reno County commissioners Tuesday. Tournament cochair Lori Cook North said security will be a collaborative effort among the USGA and city, county, and state officials.