Sports briefs: Arenabowl a success

This year’s ArenaBowl at the New Orleans Arena already is a sellout nearly nine weeks before the game. It’s the first sellout of a neutral site for the Arena Football League’s championship game, which will be held July 29. It will be the first team championship in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. The Sabercats won the 2002 and 2004 ArenaBowls and have already clinched their division.

‘Glory Days’ relived

A telescope used by the Giants to steal catchers’ signs from center field at the Polo Grounds, presumably helping them get to the 1951 World Series, is among several items in a new exhibit opening later this month titled “The Glory Days,” which glorifies the 11-year period of 1947-57, when New York City’s three teams dominated Major League Baseball as never before. The streak only ended when two of them decamped for California, changing the game forever. It was an era in which at least one of Gotham’s teams reached the World Series every year but one (1948), when Dodger Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line, Giant Bobby Thomson hit the home run called “The Shot Heard ’Round the World” and Brooklyn finally beat the Yankees in the World Series.

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