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Here's the pitch: Catch 51s before it's too late

They still are in first place in the Pacific Coast League's Southern Division. But when the 51s returned to Las Vegas on Saturday after losing three of four games at second-place El Paso, the big sports story was that somebody had a plan to transform their ballpark into a soccer stadium.

Gracious Gifford was last of a type

When he died of natural causes at age 84 on Sunday, people started telling stories about The Giffer again. Actually, when you think about it, they never really stopped telling them. This is a tribute to Frank Gifford — that long after his playing career, it seemed he always was relevant.

Bryant 'was raised the right way'

When Kris Bryant was introduced at the All-Star Game and tipped his cap, the guy sitting alongside at Buffalo Wild Wings said the Cubs’€™ rookie third baseman must have grown a good four or five inches since the first time he saw him on a baseball diamond.