In brief: Jeter responds to pressure with special 3,000th hit

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011

Baseball: This was so Derek Jeter.

Pressure mounting, time running out, all eyes on him at Yankee Stadium.

He delivered – and then some – on a defining day in his championship career.

Jeter (pictured above) homered deep into the left-field bleachers for his 3,000th career hit, making him the first New York Yankees player to reach the mark. (See column, Page C7.) He tied a career best by going 5 for 5. And he capped Saturday’s show by singling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

“Just one of those special days,” Jeter said.

Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Jeter stood alone in Yankees lore. A fitting crown for the captain, on a sunny afternoon when it seemed he could do anything he wanted in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay.

Associated Press

Talent scout helped Cal, LSU

College football: A talent scout whose relationship with the University of Oregon’s football program is under investigation by the NCAA also had ties to California and LSU.

The Oregonian newspaper reported that Willie Lyles, a Houston-based talent scout who was paid $25,000 by Oregon for his scouting packages, billed Cal $5,000 and LSU $6,000 for similar packages that included game and highlight films of high school and junior college players from 22 states.

The NCAA’s probe is focused on what exactly Oregon obtained from Lyles. In recent interviews, Lyles has said that he and the Ducks both knew he was selling access and influence with highly recruited players.

Associated Press

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