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Each week I'll talk about the world of sports…

• How about a salute to Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr., the latest additions to baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. They are class personified, guys who came to play the old fashioned way, with great work ethic, a sense of pride and a passion and love for the game! It's great that these guys went into the Hall together! What a great crowd for their induction ceremony, and it was well deserved.

• It was a tough week with the news of Skip Prosser's passing. The fine Wake Forest coach was a great teacher, a terrific father and great person. Prosser was liked by everyone who knew him. He was a great family man and was the total package. He had outstanding integrity and he will be missed on the national college basketball scene. Prosser brought all the great qualities you would want in a leader, and was someone you'd want around young people. He was a role model for student athletes. My sympathies go out to his wife, Nancy, and the entire family in this tough time.

• Barry Bonds hit his 754th home run on Friday night. The next one will tie Hank Aaron's 755, the most glamorous record in all of baseball. The question is, how will it be treated on the national scene given all of the talk about steroids? After that homer in his first at-bat Friday night, he did not really come close the rest of the weekend vs. the Marlins.

• The injury to Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was a terrific blow to the team in the playoff chase. He suffered a broken hand and he's a quality star who doesn't get a lot of recognition on the national level. Utley is one of the best players in the game swinging the bat. He already had 41 doubles this season and also showed his power. I hope he can return to the lineup soon!

• Michael Vick entered a not guilty plea and he will be represented by outstanding attorney Bill Martin from Washington, DC. The Falcons quarterback (for now) is certainly innocent until proven guilty, but my friends, the evidence you read about is going to make it tough for Martin and his defense team to secure an acquittal. It is a sad story indeed.

• The Tim Donaghy case, a soap opera, keeps going on and on. Now there is word that a former high school classmate of the former NBA referee will be indicted in this matter. James Battista's name has been mentioned and his attorney feels he will receive an indictment. Stay tuned as this continues to be a mess.

• Simeon Rice was a superstar pass rusher for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Now he is looking for a job after the team let him go following a failed physical. They said he was not in condition but I have to wonder if the dollars involved with his contractual situation played a part in this decision. I think you will see him pop up on another NFL roster this season. I believe his career is not over.

• Speaking about future career decisions, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson has been shut down for the rest of this season, going for back surgery once again. Will this mark the finish for the great lefthander, who is just 16 wins short of the magical 300 plateau? Johnson has over 4600 career strikeouts and is certainly a Hall of Famer.

• New York Jets running back Curtis Martin finally decided to hang up his uniform and call it a day, retiring as one of the top rushers in NFL history. He did things in a classy way and Jets fans will miss that number 28.

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