Selig plans to see Bonds' pursuit of home run record

MILWAUKEE -- Commissioner Bud Selig didn't even have to leave his own backyard to catch Barry Bonds' chase for the home run record.

The San Francisco slugger was two home runs from tying Hank Aaron's career mark of 755 on Friday, the 31st anniversary of the Hammer's final shot -- and Selig said he plans to attend all three of the Giants' games in Milwaukee this weekend unless Bonds is not in the starting lineup.

"It's here, and I felt that it was the right thing for the commissioner to do," Selig said earlier in the day before showing up at Miller Park for the series opener Friday night. He held a news conference in the press box during the fourth inning.

The Brewers' ballpark is just a short drive from the commissioner's downtown office.

Bonds was in the lineup on Friday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the seven-time MVP is slated to play two of the three games in Milwaukee, probably taking Saturday afternoon off after a night game Friday.

• A sports memorabilia company sued Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz for $1 million, claiming he breached a contract by failing to autograph a required number of items and appear at "meet-and-greet" events.

Steiner Sports Marketing Inc. of New Rochelle, N.Y., said the company signed Ortiz to a contract to autograph 13,000 items, appear at public signing events, and to do these things exclusively for Steiner until Jan. 31, 2008.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville says there was an omission on the preseason All-SEC team voted by the coaches -- his quarterback, Brandon Cox.

Cox was the MVP of the Southeastern Conference last year in Tuberville's eyes, and the coach said the senior should have been on the all-league team voted on by coaches and released by the SEC office.

"I think Brandon is one of those type of guys who never gets a lot of exposure, but he's what, 19-5, something like that, since he's been at Auburn (as a starter)," Tuberville said. "That's pretty good, better than the other quarterbacks they voted on."

• The University of Oklahoma has taken the first step to appealing a ruling by the NCAA that stripped the football team of its 2005 wins and found the university guilty of "failure to monitor" the employment of its athletes.

OU President David Boren sent a notice of appeal of those two findings to NCAA President Myles Brand.

Boren noted the appeal was limited only to the "failure to monitor" finding and the NCAA's penalty that forced the Sooners to erase all of the wins from its 2005 season, when OU went 8-4 and won the Holiday Bowl.

• BOXING -- Bernard Hopkins shoved Winky Wright in the face at the weigh-in for their 170-pound fight, sparking a heated scuffle between their entourages. The fight is tonight.

After both fighters weighed in at exactly 170 pounds at the Mandalay Bay casino, they stood face-to-face for the usual post-weight photographs. But Hopkins, the 42-year-old veteran who renounced retirement to face Wright, became animated and waved his finger in Wright's face.

Wright then put his finger in Hopkins' face, and Hopkins shoved Wright's head backward with a shot to the forehead. Wright replied with a right-handed swing, and both fighters' entourages quickly jumped in to separate the fighters and exchange their own shoves and blows.


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