Schilling's bloody sock going up for auction


Schilling's bloody sock going up for auction

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling - whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year - is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series.

Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says online bidding begins around Feb. 4. Live bidding will take place Feb. 23.

The sock previously had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It has been at Heritage's Dallas headquarters for several weeks and will be displayed at the auction house's Manhattan office before it is sold, according to Ivy.

He said the sock is expected to fetch at least $100,000, though he described that as a conservative estimate.

``I do expect the bidding to be very spirited,'' Ivy said.

Schilling's company, 38 Studios, was lured to Providence, R.I., from Massachusetts with a $75 million loan guarantee in 2010. In May, it laid off all its employees and it filed for bankruptcy in June. The state is now likely responsible for some $100 million related to the deal, including interest.

Schilling also had personally guaranteed loans to the company and listed the sock as bank collateral in a September filing with the Massachusetts secretary of state's office.

Messages left for his publicist were not immediately returned.

The bloody sock is one of two that sent Schilling into the annals of baseball lore in 2004.

The other was from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, when Schilling pitched against the New York Yankees with an injured ankle. That sock is said to have been discarded in the trash at Yankees Stadium.

The one being sold is from the second game of the World Series, which the Red Sox won that year for the first time in 86 years.

Schilling has said he invested as much as $50 million in 38 Studios and has lost all his baseball earnings. He told WEEI-AM in Boston last year that possibly having to sell the sock was part of ``having to pay for your mistakes.''

``I'm obligated to try and make amends and, unfortunately, this is one of the byproducts of that,'' he told the station.

Brad Horn, a spokesman for the hall of fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., said the loaned sock was returned in December under the terms of the hall's agreement with Schilling. The hall had had it since 2004.

The Feb. 23 live bidding will be held at the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion in New York City, now home to the Ukrainian Institute of America. The auction will feature other ``five- and six-figure items,'' including a jersey and cap worn by New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig, Ivy said.

Heritage last May auctioned off the so-called ``Bill Buckner ball,'' which rolled through the legs of the Red Sox first baseman in the 1986 World Series. Ivy said that item, like Schilling's sock, was listed at the time as being expected to bring in ``$100,000-plus,'' but it was sold to an anonymous bidder for $418,000.

Woldetensae, Virginia hold off Wake Forest for overtime win

Woldetensae, Virginia hold off Wake Forest for overtime win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Virginia kept sending Wake Forest players to the foul line, dug itself a double-digit hole and even threw in a major mistake to extend the game when victory was fewer than 2 seconds away.

The Cavaliers found a way to win anyway.

Tomas Woldetensae scored a career-high 21 points and Virginia got a final-play stop to beat Wake Forest 65-63 in overtime on Sunday, leaving coach Tony Bennett to praise his team's late resolve while acknowledging both teams had "head-scratcher moments."

"Someone told me ... 'Your team is gritty, they don't have moxie yet down the stretch," Bennett said. "Hopefully we showed some grit and we're moving that needle a little closer to having some composure down the stretch."

After rallying from 12 down early in the second half, the Cavaliers (13-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) were on the brink of a win in regulation, leading 56-53 with 10.7 seconds left. But after Bennett wanted his team to foul to avoid a tying 3-pointer, Casey Morsell fouled Andrien White with 1.7 seconds left on the shot -- and Morsell made all three free throws to send the game into overtime.

It was a deflating moment for the reigning national champions, but they handled their second chance at a closeout stop better after Wake Forest called timeout for a tying shot with 8.2 seconds left.

"I said, 'Let's get a rebound and get out of here,'" Bennett said.

It didn't even come to that. The Demon Deacons (9-10, 2-7) generated no open space on their push upcourt, prompting Olivier Sarr to try a desperation contested drive and fail to even get off a shot.

"It was the wrong decision," Sarr said. "Obviously time was ticking. That clock doesn't last forever."

White scored 21 points to lead the Demon Deacons, who were without leading scorer Brandon Childress due to what coach Danny Manning described only as a foot injury from a recent practice. Additionally, No. 2 scorer Chaundee Brown continued his extended absence with his own lower-leg injury.

"I thought our guys put ourselves in a situation to win the ball game," Manning said. "They had some guys make some plays, they had some guys play really really well. Disappointed in the outcome, but definitely happy with the fight our guys displayed this afternoon."


Virginia: The Cavaliers had lost four of five coming in, including Monday's loss to North Carolina State in their first home loss to the Wolfpack since 2005. The offense has been a particular problem all year, with the Cavaliers ranked 255th nationally in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency (98.5 points per 100 possessions). Virginia rallied despite making just 9 of 30 shots (30%) in the second half and has yet to score more than 65 points in any game.

Wake Forest: Things were notably tougher for Wake Forest's offense with Childress (15.2 points) wearing a protective boot on his left leg on the sideline. Meanwhile, Brown (13.3) missed his sixth straight game. The Demon Deacons shot just 6 of 27 (22%) in the second half as the Cavaliers climbed back in it.


Woldetensae's big shooting day offers some cause for optimism going forward for Virginia.

The junior from Italy made 7 of 14 3-pointers, including the go-ahead 3 with 3:55 left in the extra period. He came in shooting just 32% from behind the arc, though he had made 8 of 21 (38%) in the previous four games.

"It was just showing the extra work I've put in the past couple of months," Woldetensae said. "I'm happy with it.'"


Wake Forest overcame a 1-for-15 shooting start to lead 35-28 at halftime, then pushed that margin to 40-28. ... The Demon Deacons made 11 of 12 free throws before halftime and 21 of 24 for the game, though two misses came in OT. ... Mamadi Diakite had 16 points for Virginia. ... Isaiah Mucius had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest, while Sarr had 11 points and 10 rebounds.


Virginia: The Cavaliers host No. 5 Florida State on Tuesday.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons visit Notre Dame on Wednesday.

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