Stuart Appleby shoots his way to No. 1
When it comes right down to it, which is more difficult: shooting a final-round 59 to win a PGA event by one stroke or hitting a walk-off home run to complete the cycle? It's not an easy question to answer, but it's one our panel had to face.
Golfer Stuart Appleby and Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez battled it out for the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, and in the end, Appleby's 59 slightly edged out Gonzalez's cycle. Did the panel make the right decision with the top two? What about the other 18 athletes who made the list? See anyone who was placed way too high or unjustly low or whom we flat-out missed? Now is your chance to let us know below!
And don't forget, you can visit the Cross-Sport Power Rankings page on Tuesdays to see the latest rankings each week.
2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 15
|It was the second 59 in just more than three weeks on the PGA Tour, but that doesn't make Appleby's accomplishment Sunday any less notable. Oh, and he won the tournament. Talk about clutch.|
|So, Gonzalez had a pretty good Saturday. Not only did he hit for the cycle, but he won the game for the Rockies with a walk-off homer.|
|Pastrana won his 10th and 11th gold medals in X Games 16. One of the highlights of the event came when he landed his patented double backflip in the Moto X Freestyle.|
|In almost every major batting category, Cabrera is either first (RBIs, OPS, SLG) or second (BA, HR, OBP) in the league. Not bad, not bad at all.|
|The World Cup might be over, but Donovan is still finding the back of the net. With two goals Sunday, he became the sixth player to score 100 regular-season goals.|
|Elliott Sadler's nasty crash caught the attention of many, but it was Biffle who took home the checkered flag, dedicating the race to injured car owner Jack Roush.|
|Pitching against Hamilton just isn't fair. In the past seven days, the Rangers slugger batted .500, raising his average to a league-leading .362.|
|If anyone owned the month of July, it was Young. The Twins' rising star hit an incredible .434 average for the month.|
|He's unbeatable at home. The ace bettered his record to 11-0 when pitching in St. Louis.|
|Should we even be surprised Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa? The driver has now won six of his past seven starts.|
|Johnson finally looked somewhat human by giving up a season-high five earned runs to the Padres. Still, let's not forget his ERA remains under 2.00.|
|Don't pretend you're not watching. A-Rod remains just one long ball shy of the exclusive 600-home run club.|
|Tseng, one of the best golfers you've never heard of, sank a 6-footer to win her third major championship Sunday at Royal Birkdale.|
|The Bryan brothers
|Identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan won their 62nd career doubles title Sunday, making them the most successful duo in doubles history.|
|Halladay continues to prove he's one of the best in the game. The pitcher had nine K's and gave up only one run against the Diamondbacks in his most recent start.|
|The red-hot batter leads the National League in batting average, slugging, home runs, on-base percentage and OPS. Only concern? A "tweaked" wrist in Sunday's game.|
|After announcing her retirement from the international game, the icon pitched nearly 19 scoreless innings to lead Team USA over Japan in the World Cup of Softball. Sparkly headbands will never be the same.|
|Posey's July was something to marvel at: a .417 average, seven home runs and a 21-game hitting streak.|
|If you want a pitcher who can throw a complete game, Lee is your guy. The ace picked up his seventh but once again was handed the loss.|
|Record books, meet Dan Uggla. The slugger hit his 144th homer as a Florida Marlin, putting him ahead of Mike Lowell for the all-time franchise lead.|
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CROSS-SPORT POWER RANKINGS 2010
Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports. Check out the rest of our individual sport power rankings.
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A History Of The 59
• Al Geiberger, at Colonial Country Club, Memphis, Tenn., in second round of 1977 Memphis Classic (13 under).
• Chip Beck, at Sunrise Golf Club, Las Vegas, in third round of 1991 Las Vegas Invitational (13 under).
• David Duval at Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West, La Quinta, Calif., in final round of 1999 Bob Hope Invitational (13 under).
• Paul Goydos at TPC Deere Run course, Silvis, Ill., in first round of 2010 John Deere Classic (12 under).
• Stuart Appleby at The Old White Course, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., in final round of 2010 Greenbrier Classic (11 under).
-- The Associated Press
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12 skaters. 12 videos. Their vision. Their way. All for X Games gold. This is Real Street.
A new medal event for X Games 16, Real Street is the first contest of its kind. Twelve of the top individual pros in street skating each filmed 60-second video parts on street terrain for X, and all 12 video parts aired on the final day of the X16 telecast. A panel of pros -- Pat Duffy, Ed Templeton, Jamie Thomas and Geoff Rowley -- chose the winning part and awarded $50,000 and an X Games gold medal to Nick Trapasso. You, the fans, picked Zered Bassett as the fan favorite.