The Who’s Who of Tucson Baseball will be at Kino Sports Complex on Jan. 11 for the Tucson Youth Baseball Experience, a free clinic organized by ex-Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for players aged 6-16. Duncan has arranged for Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles, Scott Hairston of the Washington Nationals, ex-big leaguers George Arias and Ed Vosberg and Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Ferguson Jenkins to be guest instructors. Duncan, a CDO grad who is the UA’s career home run leader, said his goal is to grow baseball in Tucson and make it more affordable for kids. Information: tybaonline.com. … Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose told UK reporters last week that he is likely to skip the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. “I think I probably need to recharge my batteries around then,” said Rose. The Telegraph of London also speculated that Masters champion Adam Scott will skip the Match Play. It’s already a given that Phil Mickelson, who vows to cut back his schedule by 25 percent in 2014, won’t play here. But Rose and Scott won’t sell more than a few tickets. The 2014 Match Play swings on Tiger Woods’ availability, as always. The ongoing drama is whether he’ll skip golf that week to watch friend Lindsey Vonn at the Olympics. … It has been a difficult coaching year for ex-UA Final Four guard Reggie Geary. After opening 4-0 with the Chiba Jets of the Japanese pro league, Geary’s team has lost 21 straight. … Salpointe grad Rich Ellerson, fired as Army’s coach last week, was 20-41 at West Point. It’s similar to two other former UA assistants who were fired at Army: Homer Smith was 21-33-1 and Ed Cavanaugh 10-21-2 at Army. At 60, Ellerson should still have a lot to offer. He is one of the leading defensive coaches in college football and at Arizona, 1992-1995 and again in 1997-2000, was outstanding. I’d hire him in a heartbeat to run any Pac-12 defense. … Arizona’s seven-time NCAA champion distance runner Lawi Lalang handled himself well at the Bowerman Awards last week in Orlando, Fla. He chatted with ESPN’s John Anderson in an on-stage Q&A session streamed live on the Internet. It’s bewildering that neither Lalang nor women’s finalist Brigetta Barrett, the most accomplished women’s high-jumper in NCAA history, didn’t win the Bowerman, which is the track/field equivalent of the Heisman. How much more do you have to do?
Duncan bringing in stars for youth clinic
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