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The College of Charleston basketball season is six months away, but you’d never know it. Not here, anyway. Not if you’re walking the halls of 284 King Street, the side street office of Cougars head coach Bobby Cremins.

In this modest office space along the historic downtown Charleston district, the 2007-2008 College of Charleston basketball season is underway. Preparations for the season ahead are being fleshed out in a steady stream of organizational and strategic meetings.

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Buster Posey

The official Major League Baseball rule states, “The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.” – Comment on Rule 7.06 (b)

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey knows the rule; a homeplate collision is an inherent risk for both the runner and the catcher. Posey, and every professional catcher, accept the risk that they are one sacrifice fly away from being the next Ray Fosse.

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For Charleston, South Carolina residents NFL star quarterback Michael Vick’s problems are old news, just echoes of local headlines in the not-so-distant past.

Three years ago, well before Vick stole the headlines on charges of owning and operating a dogfighting operation, North Charleston resident David Tant was sent to jail after pleading guilty to 41 counts of dogfighting.

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Fans watching the 2006 Major League Baseball post-season on FOX are witnessing a network running amuck in the broadcast booth.

Days later Thom Brennaman committed not one – but two – regretful mistakes, FOX has announced they have given color commentator Steve Lyons his pink slip.

This news comes in the middle of post-season play, an indicator of the level of embarrassment the network is dealing with during it’s most-watched time of the baseball season.

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The last time Major League Baseball went a complete season without a 20-game winner was 1995, when Greg Maddux (Atlanta Braves) and Mike Mussina (Baltimore Orioles) both fell one win short.

During one stretch from 1961-1980, major league baseball had a 20-game winner in both leagues every year.

Starting Sunday’s games Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana is 18-5, Chicago White Sox Jon Garland (17-6), Detroit Tigers’ Kenny Rogers (17-6) and New York Yankees starters Randy Johnson (17-11) and Chien Ming Wang (18-6). The only NL pitchers with 16 or more wins are Los Angeles Dodger Brad Penny (16-9) and Arizona Diamondback Brandon Webb (16-7).

Will we have a 20-game winner in 2006?

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