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8/14/2014
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MLB

Cmsr. Candidates Make Their Pitches

BALTIMORE -- The three candidates in Major League Baseball's first contested election for a new commissioner in 46 years made presentations to the 30 teams Wednesday, a day ahead of the vote.

MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan addressed team executives at a hotel a few blocks from Camden Yards in attempts to gain the 23 votes needed to replace Bud Selig in January.

They spoke for about an hour apiece, including PowerPoint presentations, and the owners attended an evening reception at the B&O Warehouse behind the ballpark's right-field wall. The executives will split into three groups of 10 for question-and-answer sessions Thursday before the vote, which will take place by secret written ballot. A three-quarters majority is needed for election.

Manfred was estimated to have the support of 20-21 teams headed into the meetings, Werner of about six and Brosnan one: the Cincinnati Reds. There is no limit to the number of ballots, and it remained possible no one would gain election.

Werner is supported by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Moreno. Other teams have said Reinsdorf wants a commissioner who will take a harsher stance in labor negotiations for the deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season.



Bob Ryan NNEKY

GOLF

Tiger, Rory To Appear Monday on Tonight Show

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will appear together on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday in New York City.

They are also scheduled to appear on behalf of the company that day at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, the course that last year hosted the Barclays tournament.

McIlroy, who is coming off three consecutive victories, including his fourth major title at the PGA Championship on Sunday, will play in the Barclays next week at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. It is the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour.

Woods, who missed the cut at the PGA after experiencing back issues and played in just eight tournaments worldwide this year, did not qualify for the playoffs.

COURTS

Ex-NASCAR Driver Charged in Chase Nears Deal

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- A former NASCAR driver who authorities say evaded police during a 150-mph chase through parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah last year is nearing a resolution of his case.

The Spectrum of St. George reports attorneys for 35-year-old Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker expect a plea deal to be finalized next month on Utah charges. Walker has pleaded not guilty to drug and evading police charges.

Court documents show Walker, of Hermosa Beach, California, has reached a plea deal on Arizona charges.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested Walker in January 2013 near St. George to end a chase that began in Nevada and crossed into Arizona before reaching Utah. They reported finding methamphetamine, marijuana and vodka in the car.

NASCAR suspended Walker in 2007 for violating its substance abuse policy.







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