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Doesn’t have a prayer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he’s with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former Patriots quarterback while praising Brady’s former boss for raising more than $1 million for coronavirus relief by auctioning a Super Bowl ring.

“Bob Kraft is auctioning a Super Bowl ring for charity,” Tobin tweeted. “Very admirable indeed. But is it true that Tom Brady bid on it because he knows it’s the only way he’ll get another ring?”

Brady won six championships in 20 seasons in New England before signing a free agent deal with Tampa Bay.

Tobin proudly touts in his Twitter profile that he’s a Pittsburgh native. That prompted a couple of people to reply that Brady has a better chance at another ring than Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

An Indian rally

“I wanted to put the barrel of the bat on the ball and just happened to hit a home run. The important thing was not making the last out. Nobody wanted to do that.” — Cleveland Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, whose three-run homer in the ninth inning helped the Indians rally from a 10-0 deficit in the fourth inning for an 11-10 win over Tampa Bay on May 25, 2009.

Catcher Victor Martinez’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth capped a seven-run inning. The Indians became the first team in the majors to win after trailing by 10 runs since the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 16-15 on May 8, 2004.

Minerva Hall of Fame

MINERVA — The Minerva Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for the Class of 2020 until July 1. This year’s inductions will take place on Sept. 18-19.

Nomination forms can be found on www.mlsd.sparcc.org. Return them to Andrew Mangun, Athletic Administrator, 501 Almeda Ave., Minerva, Ohio 44657.

Each nomination must be a former player, former coach, or major contributor to Minerva Athletics.

For more information, call the Minerva athletic department at (330) 868-6705.

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