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Cigar-loving Cox faces smoke-free Shea this weekend
ATLANTA (AP) — Puffing on his usual post-game cigar, Braves manager Bobby Cox flashed a startled look when asked what he thought of Shea Stadium’s total ban on smoking.
“You mean the new one?” he asked, referring to Citi Field, where the New York Mets will begin playing in 2009.
No, skipper. The Mets announced in March that they were going smoke-free in their final season at Shea Stadium. The only area where smokers can light up is a designated area outside the park.
Which brings us to Cox, the longtime Braves manager and cigar aficionado. He’ll be at Shea this weekend when the Braves face the Mets in a three-game series.
“I think that’s a great idea,” he said after Monday night’s 7-3 victory over Washington at Turner Field.
Even for himself?
“The clubhouse doesn’t count,” Cox quipped.
The Mets said they will speak with Cox about the new policy.

Cowboys mum
on latest Pacman development
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday his pursuit of suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones remains stuck in neutral following the arrest of a man in the nightclub shooting.
Pacman Jones’ attorney in Las Vegas said Monday the player paid $15,000 to a 29-year-old man arrested for a strip club shooting that left a club employee paralyzed. Police called it extortion and the attorney said friends told Jones “that if he didn’t pay the money then this guy would come after him” and his mother and daughter.
“I only know what I’ve read about that,” Jerry Jones said. “Just take that on its face.”
Pacman Jones, who grew up in the Atlanta area, was suspended for the 2007 season for his role in the Las Vegas incident and other off-field problems, which include six arrests since being drafted. He’s expected to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before training camp to determine whether he can return for this season.
Any missteps by Jones could hurt his chances of coming back, which is why the Cowboys must scrutinize every new headline before deciding whether to acquire him.
“The commissioner will take into account all relevant information in making his decision about Adam Jones’s status for the 2008 season,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday.
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