||These magic '04
St. Louis Cards:
Yesterday was "one of those wins" that happens in "one
of those years": Held to two hits -- both were HRs,
including GW in 10th (6th W in row).
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
With his 30th HR for a record 13th
straight season, Bonds clobbered another milestone.
But it's what mattered far more was what he
said Tuesday, observing there was a "good
chance" he'd keep playing through 2006.
Why is that so huge? Passing Ruth, 26 HRs from
now, sometime next season, is a given. (Not to
minimize it: It will be the sports event of the year
That extra '06 season, though, sets him up to
pass Aaron: Project 10 more HR this season and even
average production (for him) in 2005 (say, 30 HR).
He'll only be 27 behind Aaron when he starts the '06
season. If passing Ruth will be the sports event of
the year, the Aaron chase will be the sports event of
But if Bonds retires after next season, Aaron's
all-time HR record will retire with him. And for we
"Instant History" junkies, that would be too
The image repair in Cleveland begins as
soon as he makes his first spectacular play (see
"Taylor, Sean"). Meanwhile, sliding up to No. 1 on the
"Most Reviled Rookie" List? Chargers hold-out Phil "Up
Kobe Civil Suit
Accuser settling for cash? Because from
what I've read, if her civil suit goes to trial, the
good news is that it's a lower bar to win; the bad
news is that there's not nearly the shield law she'll
find in the criminal case, meaning all the sex-history
stuff will be out in the open. Who else sees a
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Sammy Sosa: Broke 0-15 slump w/ HR No. 564 (8th all-time)|
Padres: Chase Mark Prior, close within 1 of Cubs for NL WC
Andre 3000: Tops Esquire's list of the year's Best Dressed
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
Phillies: Lose Millwood indefinitely AND blow game in 9th|
Serena, Jenny: Out of Olympics (inj); say it ain't Serena!
Georgia running game: Lose starter Kregg Lumpkin (ACL)
J.O. Wooing Damp?
If Erick Dampier really wants to
win now -- and is willing to take a massive pay cut to
do it, he should skip the Knicks and head to the
Pacers, where he and Jermaine O'Neal (currently trying
to recruit him) would form an Eastern big-man tandem
to rival only Ben and Rasheed (oh, and Shaq and
OLY Watch: Soccer
The traditional Olympic Opening Parade
of Regrettable Fashions doesn't happen until Friday,
but the Games unofficially start today when the U.S.
women's soccer team takes on host Greece.
No offense to Abby Wambach, but for all the
hype that that pipeline of U.S. women's soccer players
couldn't be more stocked, why have they seemingly had
the same roster for the last 10 years?
Rick Fox's Divorce
Divorcing wife Vanessa Williams
(Vanessa Williams!), Rick Fox will go down as
the David Justice of our current decade. (Vanessa
Apparently, Vanessa is not quite good enough for the
L.A. lifestyle. (Vanessa Williams!) Too bad
he's heading back to Boston. Remember Boston, Rick?
Good luck finding L.A.-quality hotties.
The Royals' 2003 AL Rookie of the Year was demoted to
KC's AA Wichita farm team. Worst soph drop-off ever?
Even the lamest stay in The Show.
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|Fla So about to break out|
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|Purdue Sr. plays Breesy|
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Two notes about injury to Cards WR Anquan Boldin: (1)
Zona O in trouble (RB Shipp out, too); and (2) L. Fitz
goes up FFL draft board...|
Tim Brown signs with the Bucs: A week after being
written off, he's going to have a Renaissance year
with Gruden, B Johnson...
Preview of my PGA Champ preview (coming Thursday):
Whistling Straits will be so ugly, they'll never hold
a Major there again...
Looking for a fantasy RB sleeper? Watch newly signed
Bengals RB Chris Perry (just don't draft BOTH him and
CIN starter Rudi J)...
Tom Glavine's cab crash: This is what happens when
they stop playing those in-cab messages from celebs
about buckling up...
Today's must-read: Stark on Josh Beckett, who isn't
having the year we all thought he'd have following
last year's World Series...
Have you been following ESPN.com's 2004 college
football preview? Today: Why O-line matters
(N'western: All 5 starters back!)...