She's adorable, she's competitive -- and she's the first U.S. women's gold medal all-around gymnast since Mary Lou Retton. Call her "Starly."
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Two Words For You:
Season finale of "Phelps on Demand!" In
case you're just tuning in, so far Michael Phelps has
won 6 swimming medals (4 golds).
Two events left: 100 fly and 400 medley relay.
In both he's the heavy favorite for more gold. That
would make 8 medals (in all 8 entered events) and an
astonishing six golds.
Four words sum up watching him this week: As
good as advertised. (Oh, and will he be advertised
But even with a late-summer Wheaties box (a battle
with Carly), Phelps and swimming will
submerge back under the sports fans' radar after this
weekend. But keep this in mind: At 19, he has at least
one more Olympics to out-do his '04 performance. Maybe
10 medals, anyone?
Phelps may have more hardware but the
cereal box loves the gymnast:
1. Carly Patterson
The new Mary Lou Retton
2. Michael Phelps
5th and 6th golds coming soon
3. Paul Hamm
Maybe Hamm/Patterson co-box?
4. Women's softball
Another shutout! Untouchable!
5. Amanda Beard
Edges past Nat Coughlin
On radar: Track starts Friday
Clemens to Boston?
The Deal That Almost Was: Rocket's
return to the Red Sox? Almost happened, and the media
is just starting to pick up the pieces. The details
are confusing -- waiver-wire placement, claims and
pull-backs -- but unnecessary for the Quickie analysis:
It's a non-starter now, but does this open the
door to Clemens returning to Boston in the offseason?
After all their griping, Red Sox fans would welcome
him back like family.
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ATL C Johnny Estrada: Can hit! .330 avg, .390 RISP, 63 RBI|
Jacksonville: Already hosts GA/FLA; now gets ACC title game
MLB-TV: Owners approve new all-baseball network
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Phillies: Lose 7th straight, end homestand in 1-9 nosedive|
Joe Nathan: 29 IP zip streak over with blown SV vs. Yanks
Riddick Bowe: 9/25 comeback fight? Hello: Brain damage?
Five squabbles to watch:
1. BAL/PHI: T.O. vs. Ravens D
2. DAL/OAK: Keyshawn vs. Sapp
3. TEN/BUF: McGahee vs. Henry
4. NE/CIN: Dillon vs. ex-team
5. SD/ARI: Flutie vs. Brees
Meanwhile: Eli Manning inched closer to
starting Week 1 for the Giants, by outplaying Kurt
Warner and doing "OK" (Coughlin's assessment) vs.
reigning NFC champ Carolina. (Wow: Delhomme was
Selig: 5 More Years
Time to give Bud a break: If for no
other reason, fans have to live with him through 2009
(per his new contract).
Chalk up the "Bumbling Bud" of the '90s to
inexperience, because Bold Bud of this decade has been
solid: Innovative (i.e., improved stat-keeping and a
24/7 MLB TV network) and marketing-savvy (i.e., "It
Counts" and the future World Cup).
And you can't dismiss that he has been at the
helm during the last 12 months, the apex of MLB's
renaissance. Credit him for it? Never. But it's hard
to argue he's been bad for the game.
Let's sum up the only U.S. hoops strategy
that makes gold a possibility: Play LeBron
more. Want specifics? His 15 minute-per-game
average should be doubled.
How simple: Yet Larry "Old School" Brown seems
to want to give his youngsters the Darko treatment as
much as he wants to win. The U.S. doesn't need a
teaching lesson; it needs a gold medal.
With LeBron on the floor, the U.S. is a better team; the fact James wasn't playing more in previous
games might make anyone question Brown's
From "Game Over" to "Game Blow-ver": Dodgers closer foiled by clutch Hotlanta on Thursday. Residual rep from vaunted streak is what's over.
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Irony of the Games: After gripe about Japanese
breaststroker's illegal kick, golden Aaron Peirsol has
sketchy move of his own ...|
Biggest MLB series of the weekend: ANA at NYY. Angels
are .5 GB Boston, Texas for AL wild card -- and 1.5 GB
the A's in the West ...
More from MLB owner meetings: That August window to
announce the Expos' move was a facade; no decision
likely until November ...
MLB owners also approve a baseball World Cup: An
amazing offseason marketing idea, but it won't start
until '06 at earliest ...
Biggest names to watch as Olympics hype switches from
swim/gym to track? Alan Webb (distance) and all U.S.
Larry Bowa firing watch: After 1-9 homestand, will he
even make it through the weekend? Still betting on Labor Day ...