Detroit Free Press

ON THE MOUND, SWEATING, IS WHERE MORRIS BELONGS

ON THE MOUND, SWEATING, IS WHERE MORRIS BELONGS

"Jack, if . . . " a reporter began."Jack, but . . . " a reporter began.Oooh. This was too good. Jack Morris couldn't resist. He leaned back smugly against his locker and began to sing."If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Mer-ry Chris-tmaasss."Pause."Dandy Don Meredith," he quoted, "Monday Night Football."Jack Morris, Monday afternoon baseball.
TIGERS SETTLE INTO THEIR SECOND HOME

TIGERS SETTLE INTO THEIR SECOND HOME

Mike Henneman put the can of Foot Guard in one corner and lined his shoes neatly along the bottom rack. This was the first game of the year in Tiger Stadium. He had a new locker. Dan Petry's old locker."He passed it on to me," said Henneman, a good friend of Petry's before Petry's trade to California in December. "He wanted me to sit here. We came to work out once during the off- season, and he said, 'You know, Mike, someday you're gonna have to get out of the corner where you're sitting now.' "
ON THE MOUND, SWEATING, IS WHERE MORRIS BELONGS

ON THE MOUND, SWEATING, IS WHERE MORRIS BELONGS

"Jack, if . . . " a reporter began."Jack, but . . . " a reporter began.Oooh. This was too good. Jack Morris couldn't resist. He leaned back smugly against his locker and began to sing."If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Mer-ry Chris-tmaasss."Pause."Dandy Don Meredith," he quoted, "Monday Night Football."Jack Morris, Monday afternoon baseball.
TIGERS SETTLE INTO THEIR SECOND HOME

TIGERS SETTLE INTO THEIR SECOND HOME

Mike Henneman put the can of Foot Guard in one corner and lined his shoes neatly along the bottom rack. This was the first game of the year in Tiger Stadium. He had a new locker. Dan Petry's old locker."He passed it on to me," said Henneman, a good friend of Petry's before Petry's trade to California in December. "He wanted me to sit here. We came to work out once during the off- season, and he said, 'You know, Mike, someday you're gonna have to get out of the corner where you're sitting now.' "
U.S. SKATER’S FALL COMPOUNDS GRIEF

U.S. SKATER’S FALL COMPOUNDS GRIEF

CALGARY, Alberta -- Somewhere inside the Olympic ice oval here lies a happy ending that no one can find. Dan Jansen, a 22- year-old American, was skating for all the right reasons Sunday night: for the gold medal, for the years he has trained, for Jane Beres -- mostly for Jane -- his sister, who died of leukemia Sunday morning, and who had wanted him to win as much as anyone. Stories like that are supposed to work out, aren't they? Sorrow balanced by glory?
WIMBLEDON: A CASH COURSE IN SPECTACULAR COMEBACKS

WIMBLEDON: A CASH COURSE IN SPECTACULAR COMEBACKS

WIMBLEDON, England -- Aw, who needs an appendix anyhow? Not Pat Cash. Not when he's on Centre Court at Wimbledon, with Princess Di watching from the Royal Box, and a thousand teenage girls screaming from the stands, and the No. 2 player in the world, Mats Wilander, wilting across the net, going down, down and finally out.Cashed out, so to speak.So what if Cash was ranked No. 413 in the world coming in here? So what if he was about to turn down his wild card invitation -- until an Aussie buddy said, "Ah, why not have a go, mate?"
NOT EVEN CELTICS ARE ABOVE THE LAW

NOT EVEN CELTICS ARE ABOVE THE LAW

BOSTON -- I wear a white sheet with two holes near the eyes and I float through the streets without touching the earth. When I pass, clouds turn to sun, heads turns to tails, families with six boys suddenly give birth to girls. I am quick. I am on you like destiny. I am the Law of Averages.Boo!
BELL BEGINS TO TOLL FOR TIGERS

BELL BEGINS TO TOLL FOR TIGERS

NEW YORK -- That music you hear from the Big Apple isn't "New York, New York" anymore.It's taps.Pennant races may not be over until they're over, but if Saturday's 9-4 Tigers loss didn't decide the fate of the American League East, it summed it up rather neatly: The Red Sox won again in Boston, the Yankees exploded their napalm offense, and the Tigers, defeated, went gentle into that very bad night."Do you find yourself talking more or less to the team as this goes along?" someone asked manager Sparky Anderson after Detroit's 16th loss in its last 19 games.

Mitch Albom writes about running an orphanage in impoverished Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his kids, their hardships, laughs and challenges, and the life lessons he’s learned there every day.

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