Remember Caleb Campbell, the former Army football player who was drafted by the Detroit Lions but not allowed to play because of his service commitment?
The Army still won’t allow him to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL, but it will let the still-active soldier try out for the U.S. Olympic bobsled team that will compete at next year’s Winter Games in Vancouver.
Campbell, 24, has been training at Lake Placid, N.Y., to be the brakeman on the four-man squad, a spot once held by NFL standouts Herschel Walker and Willie Gault.
Maybe the Army did Campbell a favor by barring him from joining a team that went 0-16 last year. However, the USA’s record in Olympic bobsledding isn’t exactly stellar. It has won two medals since 1948.
• CASH FOR YOUR UNWANTED TROPHIES — How much is a Wimbledon championship trophy worth?
The company Cash4Gold has asked Roger Federer and Serena Williams to mail in their trophies for appraisal. Cash4Gold also invited the tennis players to appear in its next television commercial.
The company has appraised other sports trophies. It deemed the Stanley Cup to be worth $7,500 and the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy about $3,500.
At least two NHL players have let their dogs eat out of the Stanley Cup, making it the most expensive dog food dish on the planet.
• SOUND ADVICE — After being selected Sunday to his first All-Star Game, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain asked teammate and fellow All-Star Tim Lincecum for any advice he might have.
Lincecum’s words of wisdom? “Don’t miss the game.”
Last year, Lincecum was scheduled to appear in his first All-Star Game, but he got sick and, instead of pitching at Yankee Stadium, spent the night in a New York hospital.
• FREE TO GO — A baseball fan has settled a lawsuit that claimed he was kicked out of Yankee Stadium by a police officer because he left his seat to use the bathroom during the playing of “God Bless America.”
Bradford Campeau-Laurion had named the Yankees and New York City in his federal lawsuit, which argued that he was a victim of political and religious discrimination and that his rights were violated at the August 2008 game.
The city did not admit liability in the settlement. But it will give the Queens resident $10,001 and pay $12,000 in legal fees to the New York Civil Liberties Union. The Yankees will pay nothing, but said in settlement papers that fans at the team’s new stadium are allowed to move freely during the song and there are no plans to change that.
“This settlement ensures that the new Yankee Stadium will be a place for baseball, not compelled patriotism,” NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman said in a statement.
• JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT — From Greg Cote of the Miami Herald: “Danica Patrick is considering switching next year to NASCAR, where she can become a star attraction known for being immensely popular and not winning races, just like Dale Earnhardt Jr.“
COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL