Everyone appreciates an even keel on a course as
brutal as Shinnecock, but Goosen won few fans with his
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Two Words For You:
Rumor of the Day: You knew Shaq and
T-Mac wanted to play together -- what if they ended up
That's the rumor McGrady himself is spreading,
on top of the one that has him being shipped
somewhere in a mega-deal over the next few
Hot destinations: Suns? Pacers? Clippers? But
the juiciest remains this one involving the
everything-is-bigger-here Mavs with his buddy
Holy Cuban! The Mavs owner claims ignorance,
but if you believe that, I'll bet he has some old
dot-com stock to sell you.
The problem: Even though Dallas has the
salaries required to complete a double-blockbuster, it
presumes that the Magic and Lakers want the spotty
goods that Dallas is hawking.
Dirk? Okay, maybe. But the rest? No thanks. But
that's beside the point; thinking about T-Mac and Shaq
lining up together -- for Mark Cuban's Mavs! -- is
wild enough for a Monday.
U.S. Open Postscripts
P.S. 1: Shinnechoke
That national sound you heard was a collective groan
when Phil Mickelson three-putt on 17 for an
Open-losing double-bogey. Wasn't that the Lefty who
was supposed to have been exorcised at
P.S. 2: Whither Woods?
Between the ridiculous rap-style feud with his
ex-swing coach and his caddy's propensity to get all
Sean Penn on the gallery, Tiger Woods might almost
make us forget he finished 17th.
P.S. 3: Course Correction
With a final-round average of 78.7(!), players are so
ticked by the brutal course that the USGA may never
hold an Open at Shinnecock again. (See DQ'ed, bottom
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Griffey: Finally 500
Griffey hits No. 500:
Even though he should have gotten to this point about
three seasons ago (injuries limited him to only 234
games -- and 43 HR -- between '01 and '03), he's still
the 6th-youngest player to reach the milestone.
That's how sick he was in his early
Rudy, not Riley: Pat Riley's return to
L.A. turns out to be nothing more than wishful
thinking (he's renegotiating with the Heat, though
it's hard to figure out exactly what value he adds for
But Rudy T would be an inspired choice: He's
got two rings to establish his cred; a less autocratic
way than Phil of managing chemistry; and a better
mastery of Xs and Os than Jax ever had.
Yes, but does Kobe like him?
D-Rays: Break 'Em Up!
Given Tampa's MLB-best 11-1
inter-league record, the D-Rays could be contenders...
if they played in the NL, instead of the brutal AL
Despite an 11-game winning streak (also an '04 MLB
best), the team is two games under .500 and more than
10 out of first place. They will never contend
in their current division.
One idea: Why not "trade" them to the NL East for the
Mets? New York has a payroll bloated enough to compete
in the AL East (and to provide a wild rivalry with
both the Yankees and Red Sox).
Three things need to happen to make
this Wimbledon marketable to the waning U.S. tennis
Serena and Venus go as far as our attention
Chronicles of Roddick:
And eye-popping 150-mph serves from A-Rod wouldn't
Kristen Dunst sightings:
She's filming an eponymous movie about the
With Sunday's scores averaging around an awful 80,
it's more than fair to blame the course rather than
the players. No, let's blame the USGA.
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Jason Schmidt is big-game clutch: He one-hit the
AL-contending Red Sox on Sunday, after one-hitting the
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What if the Cubs' best pitcher isn't Prior or Wood,
but Carlos Zambrano? Beat A's Sunday, lowered ERA to
2.25 (2nd in NL)...
Portland is dealing with NJ for their draft pick,
nudging the Blazers closer to officially ruining
Sebastian Telfair's career...
A trial date for Kobe could be set as early as today;
keep your daybook handy to note when the national
madness will really start...
Huge kudos to Mark Crummley, the 19-y.o. who caught
Junior's 500, then promptly gave it back to him. What
a great model for fans...
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