Woods-Kuehne come back to beat Mickelson-Daly in the "Bridges" battle. Hey, critics: Tiger's still got it! (Um, if it's an exhibition.)
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Fast-forward to mid-October: Tonight's
A's-Yankees matchup in New York is pretty good
foreshadowing. Oakland throws ace Mark Mulder; New
York counters with Jon Lieber.
In a nutshell, that's why the A's will finally
break through this fall -- and why the Yankees were so
desperate to get Randy Johnson (settling for Esteban
Loiaza, a deal-for-deal's-sake if ever there was
In the playoffs, starting pitching rules: It gives the
A's a decided edge -- their only edge -- over
the Yankees. The Yankees' only solace is that they can
afford to buy all the A's starters when they reach
Kobe Trial Update
Mark it down: The Kobe case will never
get to trial.
Astute legal analysis? Nah: It doesn't take a
Roger Cossack to read between the lines of the
transcripts where the prosecution admits they don't
like their chances if Kobe's accuser's sex life was
admitted into evidence (which it apparently will
New NBA Sked
Xmas Day: Really, the biggest day of
the regular season, and the NBA knows how to milk it
-- Shaq vs. Kobe in L.A. in the unmatched must-see NBA
game of the year.
Best regular season in a long time: Check out
the full-season schedule and notice how parity among
the top 12 teams creates at least one (usually more)
great game every night.
Where are J-Clay and Len P? Monday,
checking out the Lions and Panthers. Detroit would
love to be this year's Carolina -- that "surprise"
team that comes out of nowhere.
Here's the problem: The Panthers did it with
explosive D and solid, unspectacular QB play; the
Lions are built on unspectacular D and an explosive
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Upshot: The Panthers have a better chance to
repeat as NFC champs than the Lions do of earning that title.
Today: Pasquarelli is filing on the Packers and
Falcons. Hey, Len, give us some scoop on which QB will
be the better fantasy bet: Favre or Vick?
As far as retired jocks go, you can
keep coaching career, car dealer and even TV analyst;
nothing beats "stud."
Good luck, Smarty: Hope your boys can swim as
effectively as you ran.
Who is this 20-year-old ump who tossed
Clemens from the kiddie game last weekend -- and
why hasn't he made the talk-show circuit yet?
Get this kid a sunflower-seed endorsement deal or a
lower-tier reality-TV show or something. Forget
tonight's newest addition to the reality canon ("The
Player"); how about "The Ump?"
Two to watch tonight: In the NL, new
Dodgers starter Brad Penny (not to mention his GM,
Paul DePodesta) is under a ton of pressure to pitch
well vs. the Pirates.
In the AL: White Sox starter Jose Contreras
will bask -- and thrive -- in the decreased
expectations that come with playing anywhere
outside New York. (Helps that he gets KC, too.)
High apples/oranges factor: Team marks
vs. individual achievement in a season vs. individual
achievement in a career? Compare the Bulls' 72-win
season to Gretzky's 215-point season to Nolan Ryan's 7
no-hitters? Not easy. See the Big 5 for my top
And be sure to have your say: See "Q It Up" for a link to the ballot. And catch the
show tonight on ESPN (8 p.m. ET).
U.S. Olympic gold medalist (and part of Athens 1600 relay team) booted for positive drug test. Sydney relay gold in further jeopardy of being stripped.
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Cuban's no fool: Eyeing the Nets' cost-cutting, he
should swipe Kidd, the only player who can vault
Dallas into the NBA upper tier ...
The reality (TV) of a swimsuit-model comp is that it's
going to be a hit, but there needs emotional drama to
go with the skin ...
More NBA: Reportedly, the Knicks will get Jamal
Crawford from the Bulls; still think it'll backfire
(no mesh with Marbury) ...
Puff, puff, passes on season: Ricky Williams filed his
retirement papers with NFL; no word on whether he
rolled them up first ...
More Clemens: Starts for Astros tonight, following his
weekend ejection; think the ump will make jokes? (Uh,