Pro wrap: Bogo’s mojo, money and the Dream

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Money seems to be the theme of the day. Mike’s got too little and Chipper’s got too much. A rundown on the best in local pro sports happenings:

Michael Vick is broke. Or so says his “trusted advisor” who claims to be a medical doctor who has transitioned into a financial planner and management consultant. Aren’t these the types of friends and advisors who led Vick to the federal pen in Kansas? Vick filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.

Speaking of the Atlanta Falcons, they open training camp July 26. The team scrapped its popular Midtown Touchdown Fan Fest at Piedmont Park, replacing it with a simulated game on Aug. 2 at the Georgia Dome.

Chipper Jones, on the other hand, has so much money he doesn’t even keep track. The Atlanta Braves third baseman notched a $2 million bonus for making the All-Star team this year, one of several baseball players to do so thanks to clauses included in their contracts. But Jones says “he’s not worried about the money”:

“That deal was signed a long time ago, so you forget about the little sidebars, as far as your contract goes, when you immerse yourself in the game,” Jones said. “I’m not worried about the money. I’ve made my money in this game. I just want to get back healthy and get back to the point where I’m producing at a high rate like I was earlier in my career. The people who play this game just for the money, they’ll get weeded out eventually. I’ve never played this game for love of the money.”

Hat tip to Outsports.

Zach Bogosian (photo), the teen sensation and rookie defenseman for the Atlanta Thrashers, is still a week away from turning 18. But on Tuesday, he was already impressing his new team. The 6-foot 2-inch, 200-pound jock left us impressed with his good looks and charm during the NHL entry draft last month, where he went third overall.

Frenchy’s back but still pissed. The Atlanta Braves slugger returned to the Bigs on Wednesday, helping a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Francoeur remains upset about his three-day demotion:

“It’s been something that I never thought I would have to deal with, but at the same time I’m looking forward to getting back and helping these guys out,” said Francoeur, who reiterated twice Tuesday that he didn’t think the minor league assignment was necessary.

Tonight, the Atlanta Dream goes for its second win in the first of a six-game road trip. They face Minnesota, which dropped the Dream by a slim four points in early June. They enter the game with the Lynx with the services of guard Iziane Castro-Marques, who will start tonight despite being dumped by from Brazil’s Olympic qualifying team over a dispute with her coach.

Photo: Getty Images


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