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NEW YORK, N. Stefen Wisniewski Jersey .Y. - Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labour unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries.My dream is for this sport to really have an international flavour, he said Saturday during a half-hour interview with The Associated Press. Does it need teams in other countries? ... If one uses a lot of vision it could.Selig headed the group that forced Commissioner Fay Vincents resignation in September 1992. Owner of the Milwaukee Brewers since 1970, he was put in charge as chairman of the executive council and finally elected commissioner in July 1998 after years of saying he would never take the job.His reign saw expanded playoffs and wild-card teams, interleague play, video review to aid umpires, expansion to Arizona and Tampa Bay, the formation of baseballs Internet and broadcast companies and the start of drug testing too late for some critics. The only person who headed baseball longer was Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner from 1920-44.Bud will go down in history as the No. 1 commissioner that has served baseball, and without question, said Peter Ueberroth, baseballs commissioner from 1984-89. For Ueberroth, Seligs time heading baseball can be compared only with what Pete Rozelle has done in football and David Stern has done in basketball.Seligs final task was to accept a long and meritorious service award from the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America at a black-tie dinner Saturday night. Now 80, Selig becomes commissioner emeritus Sunday when Rob Manfred, his top deputy, takes over as the 10th commissioner.Its been quite a journey, and the journey I think has changed me in a lot of ways, Selig said. I wish I knew in 1992 what I knew today.Revenue has risen from about $1.7 billion in 92 to just under $9 billion last year. Attendance, which averaged 26,978 in 1992, has been above 30,000 in 10 straight seasons, peaking at 32,785 in 2007 before the Great Recession.With the start of revenue sharing and a luxury tax that has slowed spending by large-market teams, every club except Toronto has made playoffs this century.Selig emphasized consensus over confrontation.All these 30-0 votes that everybody is now talking about were important to me because I learned over the years that unity was so important, he said. We had no unity in the 70s and the 80s and early 90s. It was very fractured, and that was destructive.And that infighting led to stasis.The sport had been not active, really had spent two decades stuck in neutral, he said. It was harmful because other forms of entertainment and sports were gaining in great popularity.To many, he seemed like a rumpled uncle or grandfather. But owners listened to him because he was one of their own.I had a style that was I guess unique, to say the least, Selig acknowledged. I was always very cautious, always very thorough but maybe even became more so over the years. But it worked out well, because I understand my political constituency. A lot of people would be critical. They would say, well, after all, Why does it take him so long to do that?He calls cancelling the 1994 World Series his worst moment. Players struck for 232 days, fearful owners would implement a salary cap. Since then, the sport has had labour peace, and Manfred has two seasons before the current labour deal expires.The foundations of the stability that have been present in baseball and not in the other three sports since then come from the agreements that were made then, said Donald Fehr, then head of the baseball players union and now head of the NHL players.Seligs best nights were when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrigs consecutive games streak in 1995 and when players and owners agreed to a labour deal in 2002, ending a streak of eight work stoppages dating to 1972.He lists Ripken, Derek Jeter and Edgar Martinez as his favourite players to dine with, although he quickly adds and others in fear of leaving someone out. He wont compare players of this era with the stars of his youth, because the game has changed so much, but his voice softened with nostalgia when he said: Henry Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial they dont get any better than those guys.Selig leaves Manfred with several unsolved issues.While 20 new ballparks opened during Seligs tenure, Tampa Bay and Oakland want new ones, and the Athletics want to build in San Jose, which is on the territory of the San Francisco Giants. Baltimore and Washington are in court over their regional sports network. There is the need to attract young fans and cut down on long game times. Selig never ruled on Pete Roses 1997 application to end his lifetime ban.I wish thats all I had in 1992, Selig said.Even though Selig helped force him out, Vincent concludes Selig has done an exemplary job.He is a masterful internal baseball politician and he was able to keep the owners from fragmenting, from looking for a salary cap, which some of the new guys used to scream about, Vincent said.Selig already has started teaching at the University of Wisconsin and Marquettes law school. Hes getting help from Doris Kearns Goodwin to organize preparations for his memoir he doesnt plan to sit in front of a computer parsing prose.Ill be talking into something, a little microphone of some kind, he said.He plans on going to Wimbledon with wife Sue. And, as usual, hell be on the telephone with baseball buddies.Ive had a lot of calls today, he said, and they all said, Well, Ill talk to you tomorrow or on Monday. L.J. Fort Jersey . 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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Golf is starting to feel easy again for Rory McIlroy, who bounced back from a sloppy start Friday in the Honda Classic for a 4-under 66 that gave him his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour in 18 months. Tiger Woods is making it look hard. McIlroy recovered from two early bogeys by running off six birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He looked solid from tee-to-green, hit putts with growing confidence and wound up with a one-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge. "I knew that with the way Im playing and the confidence in my ability, I would be able to get those shots back," McIlroy said. "I didnt panic. I didnt try to do anything different. Just tried to keep playing the way I was." He was at 11-under 129. Woods felt fortunate to still be playing. He was over the cut line after scrambling for a bogey on the 11th hole and wound up with a 69 to make the cut on the number. Woods hit only two greens over his last nine holes. His lone birdie on the back nine was a chip-in on the 13th after he missed the green with a wedge. "It was a grind, theres no doubt about it," Woods said. "I didnt hit it very good. Just one of those days where I fought out a number, which was good." Because 79 players made the cut, there will be another cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday. Woods missed the 54-hole cut the last time he played on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines. David Hearn (70) of Brantford, Ont., is tied for 23rd at 3 under. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., did not make the cut after shooting a 72 and a 70. Calgarys Stephen Ames was also out after a 73 and a 75. And at least hes still playing the weekend. That wasnt the case for Phil Mickelson. Playing the Honda Classic for the first time in 12 years, he had a 71 to miss the cut. So did Henrik Stenson, the No. 3 player in the world, with rounds of 73-76. McIlroy knew the feeling a year ago, when he took a steep fall from No. 1 in the world while changing equipment and trying to live up to high expectations, leading to his snap decision to walk off the course after 26 holes last year at the Honda Classic. A growing gallery in warm sunshine at PGA National saw a familiar game -- the McIlroy who won the Honda Classic two years ago. Swinging freely and putting beautifully, McIlroy hit his stride on his back nine with four birdies in five holes, including the par-5 third when he smashed a drive some 35 yards past Adam Scott and had only a 6-iron into the green onn the 539-yard hole. Andre Dillard Jersey. De Jonge, who has never won on the PGA Tour, played early in the afternoon when the wind picked up and put eight birdies on his card in a 64. He was tied for the lead when he missed the green with a wedge on No. 9 and made bogey. Even so, hell be in the last group Saturday with McIlroy. "I think I might have got a little bit of switch in the wind," de Jonge said. Russell Henley had a 68 and was three shots behind. Russell Knox of Scotland had the low round Friday at 63 and was four shots back along with Lee Westwood (65). But the focus is clearly on McIlroy, who each week looks to be getting better. "This year is obviously a lot different," McIlroy said. "Got off to a good start. Im confident. Im playing well. This is the second straight tournament Ive opened with a 63, so if I can keep building on these good starts, then hopefully I can start converting." After a 63 in Dubai, he said he was pressing too much in the final round and wound up in a tie for ninth. Friday was another step in the right direction, despite two errant tee shots on the 11th and 12th holes that led to bogeys. His round changed with a tee shot into 6 feet on the 16th hole for a birdie, and then a 12-foot birdie on the 18th to wrap up his front nine and earn back the two shots he had dropped. After a 45-foot birdie attempt on the second hole rimmed all the way around and out of the cup, Boy Wonder took off. He two-putted the par-5 third. He hit a wedge into 4 feet on the next hole. He rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt down the hill at the par-5 fifth. Then, after a tough par save on the sixth, he sank another 30-foot birdie putt that McIlroy made look routine. The gallery is kept 100 yards from the green, so the only applause came from a few marshals. It sounded like a tap-in for par. McIlroy reacted that way, too. "Watching Rory play is amazing when hes swinging like this," Scott said after his own great recovery. The Masters champ put shots in the water on the 16th and 17th holes, both times making double bogey, and it looked as though his return to golf after a six-week break would be a short one. But the Australian ran off four birdies on the front nine for a 70. It will take a lot more to catch McIlroy, who has taken only 49 putts through two rounds. 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