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Despite a lifetime ban, Pete Rose is still revered in Cincinnati

...He wasn't the player he was later, but he hustled. He only played half a year in Geneva, but he was the most popular player because of the way he played."The betting scandal and lifetime ban tarnished his image around the country, but...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-11/despite-lifetime-ban-pet
NHL Notes: Selanne's No. 8 jersey retired

...career spent mostly in Orange County, the Ducks raised his No. 8 in a pregame ceremony for the franchise's most popular player and the 11th-leading goal-scorer in league history.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Ducks owner Henry Samueli...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/hockey/2015-01-11/nhl-notes-selannes-no-8-je
10 questions 2015 will answer

...return to the playoffs?What do you think? Fredi Gonzalez stays on as manager, but they traded perhaps their most popular player ? Jason Heyward ? to St. Louis, and their top slugger ? Justin Upton ? to San Diego.6. Will Project Jackson...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-31/10-questions-2015-will-answer
Clemson's Tajh Boyd is a popular player of the week choice

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has been named national player of the week by the Maxwell Football Club for his performance against Georgia.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2013-09-05/clemsons-tajh-boyd-popula
Wilson leads big year for golf in Aloha State

KAPALUA, Hawaii - The cheer was so loud you would have thought Tiger Woods was on the first tee. The most popular player at Kapalua for the Mercedes-Benz Championship is a 37-year-old who once toiled in Japan, struggled to keep...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/01/06/gol_111497.shtml
Golf | Augusta National Golf Club
Top 25 roundup

...Marquette's eight-game winning streak with a 76-58 victory. On a day when Patrick Ewing was honored as the most popular player on the school's all-century team, Hibbert added to the legacy of great Georgetown centers. Green matched his...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/02/11/nca_116160.shtml
College basketball
Matsui homers in return to Japan

...he deposited a hanging curveball into the right-center field seats in the second inning Sunday, the enormously popular player they call Godzilla couldn't reign in his emotions. He cracked a wide smile after he crossed the plate and returned...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/29/bas_410304.shtml
Baseball
Charlotte works on new basketball team

...Hornets packed up and moved to New Orleans after 14 years in Charlotte, they left behind the tribute to Phills, a popular player and team captain who was killed in a car accident more than two years ago. Now it too is gone, removed recently...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/24/nba_354627.shtml
NBA
Injury could end Alstott's career

...the team's headquarters. "I can't put on the helmet and jersey this year." But Alstott, arguably the most popular player in team history, couldn't bring himself to say that he might have played his last game. He shrugged off several...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/08/10/pro_139121.shtml
NFL
Ballesteros withdraws from British Open

...withdrawing but there was no reason given at all," the Open's spokesman Stewart McDougall said. "He's a very popular player and will be missed." The 45-year-old Ballesteros won the British Open at Royal Lytham in 1979 and '88, and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/06/29/gol_346980.shtml
Golf