DeBartolo seeks to rid dogs of sin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s greyhounds have been blessed.
The exiled San Francisco 49ers owner was among dozens of pet owners who had their animals’ given blessings at a church ceremony in San Francisco.
DeBartolo is a longtime friend of the Rev. Floyd Lotito, who has been performing the blessings for the past nine years at St. Boniface Church.
The NFL owner, who ran the 49ers before being investigated for his alleged role in a Louisiana casino scheme, stood at the back of the crowd, keeping a low profile in his sunglasses and sweatsuit. He showed up with his dogs Frankie and Johnny, who he said sometimes bites people.
When asked if he thought animals are capable of sin, DeBartolo said: “Absolutely. Anyone who breathes is capable.

Jazz man in the NBA
NEW YORK (AP) —Wayman Tisdale has had a circle around Oct. 6 on his calendar. Usually, that kind of a mark during the first week of this month meant training camp was opening.
But for Tisdale, the date had a different signifcance this time.
Tisdale is out of pro basketball and concentrating on his music career. He’s an accomplished jazz bass player.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, is the release date of his album “Decisions,” for Atlantic Records.
“I’ve had a great 12 years in the NBA,” said Tisdale, who also was a three-time All-America at Oklahoma. “But I feel I have a lot to offer with my music and now it’s time for me to show it.”
Tisdale will be performing at the Catalina Jazz Festival on Oct 10.

Golfing for diabetes
ALPINE, N.J. (AP) —Lawrence Taylor made a name for himself in the NFL, Yogi Berra did it in baseball and Rod Gilbert in hockey. The three will be among those playing golf or tennis on Monday for benefit of the Diabetes Institutes.
The Lee Mazzilli Classic is run each year by Clyde Duneier, who is a diabetic and has raised huge sums for diabetic charities.
Ed Kranepool, a former New York Met, is being honored Monday. Kranepool, too, is a diabetic.