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What’s the Message?

Exactly what is the message when you suspend two players after a bar brawl, and then reinstate them just in time for the start of fall practice?

That’s the situation at the University of Tennessee, where two players are back in the fold after a brawl that left an off-duty police officer seriously injured.

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley has reinstated sophomore linebacker Greg King and sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls, who were suspended after the July 9 episode.

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The Los Angeles Angels have made a dramatic move in their outfield, moving center fielder Torii Hunter to right. Hunter and Manager Mike Scioscia discussed the move.

Hunter had won nine Gold Gloves for defensive excellence in center, but says he is fine with switching to a new position if it helps his chances of getting to the playoffs.

“If it’s best for the team, OK. I’ve never been to a World Series — not even to lose,” Hunter said.

There’s a human element that won’t show up in the box score. With the move, player and manager alike are acknowledging that Hunter has lost some speed. And there’s the element of uncertainty: Hunter is being replaced in center by an untested player, Peter Bourjos.

But that’s the way of sports. Careers are finite. Players age, and younger ones are pushing their way into the picture.

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