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Tim Flannery presents $96,000 to family of beaten baseball fan
Tim Flannery received thanks from Bryan Stow, who struggles to put thoughts and words together nearly three years after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season. Flannery, the San Francisco Giants’ third-base coach and a musician, presented the Stow family with $96
Flannery presents $96,000 to family of beaten fan Stow
Tim Flannery received a thank-you voice mail from Bryan Stow, who struggles to put thoughts and words together nearly three years after being severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season.
Flannery, the San Francisco Giants’ third-base coach and a musician, presented the Stow family with $96,000 Saturday in Santa Cruz, Calif., to help with Bryan’s care as the father of two and former paramedic continues to deal with traumatic injuries and brain damage from the attack.
More money is coming from recent silent auctions and further CD sales.
Flannery and his band, The Lunatic Fringe, concluded a series of four sold-out Northern California concerts benefiting Stow.
Proceeds from purchases of Flannery’s 11th album, “Outside Lands,” released in November, go directly to Giants fan Stow.
On Monday, Flannery said, “People always say, ‘Well, why don’t you just write a check?’ I always say, ‘Well, I only hit nine home runs in my 10-year career. I can’t just write a big check.’ ”
Part of the $96,000 donation came from other sources, as Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt contributed $25,000 and ex-Giants standout Will Clark wrote a $10,000 check.
“I don’t think we could even begin to explain how much the efforts of all the people involved mean to us,” Stow’s sister, Bonnie Stow, wrote in an email
Remy plans to return to job
Jerry Remy, Boston Red Sox broadcaster, says he will return this season. He took a leave of absence after the arrest of his son, Jared, on a murder charge in the death of girlfriend Jennifer Martel in August. Jared Remy has pleaded not guilty.
Former Boston infielder Jerry Remy, 61, said he was concerned with what the public would think of him and his family and if he could joke around and be himself on telecasts. He said friends and family persuaded him to return to work.
“It’s been very, very difficult,” he said. “I’ve run the full gamut. He’s still my son.”
U.S. team has 230 athletes
The United States will bring 230 athletes to next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the largest delegation for any country at the Winter Games. The previous record was 216 by the United States for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
Todd Lodwick, in Nordic combined, will become the first American to compete in six Winter Olympics.
Of the 106 returning Olympians on the U.S. team, 49 have earned a medal — including 13 gold medalists.
According to the official U.S. roster, the “recognized hometowns” of eight athletes are in Washington.
Cross-country skiers Erik Bjornsen, Sadie Bjornsen and Brian Gregg are from Winthrop and cross-country skier Torin Koos is from Leavenworth. As for freestyle skiers, Patrick Deneen is from Cle Elum and Angeli VanLaanen is from Bellingham.
Short-track speedskater J.R. Celski is from Federal Way and luge competitor Christian Niccum is from Woodinville.
• U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn, who won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Olympics, will report on the Sochi Games for NBC’s “Today” show and some NBC Sports broadcasts. A knee injury has prevented her from competing in Sochi.
• Midfielder Maurice Edu, a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team who has 45 international appearances, is returning to Major League Soccer. The Philadelphia Union acquired Edu, 27, from Stoke of the English Premier League and has an option to purchase his rights.
Edu was the MLS rookie of the year in 2007 with Toronto and transferred to Glasgow Rangers of Scotland in August 2008.
• Golfer Phil Mickelson, ranked No. 4 in the world, flew to Georgia to see a specialist about the pain in his lower back, hopeful of defending his title in the Phoenix Open. The PGA Tour event starts Thursday at TPC Scottsdale.
“If it was any other tournament, I’d skip it,” he said. “But I’m defending, it’s my second hometown and I love the event. I’ll have a light practice session and if it goes well, I may try to play.”
After making the 36-hole cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Mickelson withdrew from that tournament Friday night. Specialist Tom Boers told him his facet joints had locked up.
• Kurt Busch put his chances of driving in the May 25 Indianapolis 500 at “70 percent.” He would also plan to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, N.C., later that day.
• Nebraska barred defensive lineman Avery Moss from campus for the rest of the year and said he won’t be able to play next season after he pleaded no contest to public indecency for a 2012 incident at a residence hall.
• USA Swimming officials said they will review 39 recommendations made by an independent child abuse prevention center aimed at better protecting its youth swimmers.
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