April 16, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bo Osborne, a senior consultant, scouting within the Giants organization, passed away yesterday afternoon.He was 75 years old.Osborne, who resided in Woodstock, Georgia, had served the Giants in various capacities, including a regional cross-checker and Major League scout. He had been in baseball for 58 years, the past 19 as a scout with the Giants. Osborne was drafted by the Tigers and played six seasons in the big leagues. He batted .206 (157-for-763) with 17 home runs and 86 RBI in 359 games with Detroit (1957-62) and Washington (1963). He had his best season in 1963 while playing for the Washington Senators, appearing in a career-high 125 games and hitting a career-best 12 home runs while driving in 44 runs.
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The Pac-12 schedule makers started the final nail in Cal’s Week 9 coffin. USC’s offense proceeded to drive it all the home.
Behind a career night for both Ronald Jones and Sam Darnold, the Trojans jumped out to a 28-10 halftime and ultimately cruised to a 45-24 win. Both Jones and Darnold set career highs on the night, the former with 223 yards rushing and the latter five touchdown passes.
Those two players were part of an offense that rolled up a season-high 629 yards of offense. It was the schedule, though, that saw a significant amount of the focus on the game, especially in the days leading up to it and the immediate aftermath.
Cal’s last game was Friday, Oct. 21. USC’s last game? Oct. 15, meaning the Bears, on five days rest, were facing a team coming off a bye, and facing them on the road no less.
“It’s one of those deals where you go, ‘How in the world could this ever happen? How could somebody let this happen?'” head coach Sonny Dykes said in the middle of the week. “It has been a disaster, it’s been a mess. … It’s incredibly hard on our kids.”
“We looked like a tired, beat-up football team. I think it’s a travesty whoever scheduled this game. I hope the Pac-12 doesn’t do that again to any other school. It’s not right for the kids.
“Everybody talks about student-athlete welfare, but they need to put their money where their mouth is.”
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers apologized Friday for canceling the national anthem performance of a singer wearing a "We Matter" jersey.
The 76ers backtracked from their original stance when they told R&B singer Sevyn Streeter she could not perform the anthem before Wednesday night's season opener because of the shirt's slogan.
"We are sorry that this happened," the Sixers said in a Friday statement. "After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing. We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back."
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A person familiar with the decision to invite Streeter back said she would be allowed to wear her "We Matter" jersey if she decided to sing. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Sixers had not announced the detail publicly.
Streeter could not immediately be reached for comment.
Streeter said in an interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday she was told she would not sing just minutes before her performance.
"I'd say two minutes before we were about to walk out ... the organization told me that I could not wear my shirt while singing the national anthem at their game," the R&B singer said by phone. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."
The Sixers players met Thursday and were considering whether to respond to Streeter's cancellation.
"Everybody expressed their emotions about it," forward Robert Covington said. "We want to take steps about it. We just don't know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things."
The Sixers play at home Saturday against Atlanta.