By TIMES WIRES
Published September 1, 2006
Davenport rolls, Hingis out at Open
No. 8 seed Martina Hingis, the 1997 champion, is bounced from the U.S. Open by No. 112 Virginie Raz-zano on Thursday. Lindsay Dav-enport, the 1998 champ, routs Jelena Kostanic 6-0, 6-0 in the first "double bagel" at the Open since 2002.
Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman - better known as Dr. Z - has made his 2006 NFL predictions. He has the Bucs going 8-8 and finishing second, and out of the playoffs, in the NFC South. Dr. Z has the Panthers winning the South, then taking the Super Bowl over the Dolphins.
OUT OF BOUNDS
First it was the crocodile. Now the roman numerals. Florida athletic officials will have to return a portion of some 21,000 T-shirts printed by the Pepsi Bottling Group commemorating the Gators' 100-year celebration of football. The problem? The roman numerals on the shirts translated into "26', not "2006". The shirts were to be part of a giveaway, and about 4,000 were distributed to students who picked up tickets Tuesday before the error was caught. Pepsi, which has an exclusive contract with Florida, will pay for replacement shirts, expected to be distributed before the Alabama game. The gaffe resurrected memories of another famous Gator mistake, the 2003 media guide with the crocodile on the front.
Charges against the Chicago Bulls' mascot for allegedly attacking an off-duty police officer were dropped. Police said Barry Anderson, in his bright red costume, hit a sher-iff's deputy July 2, knocking off his glasses and breaking his watch. The officer, who was working security, tried to stop the mascot from riding a mini-motorcycle at the Taste of Chi-cago festival without a permit.
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MARY CARILLO, tennis analyst, talking about rising star Andy Murray:
"I think he's comical out there. The way he mopes around, he looks like Napoleon Dynamite. Every time I see him, I feel like voting for Pedro."