Giants rookie P runs record to 6-0, with no losses in 13 MLB starts. Beat HOU to pull SF half-game behind LA. Say it: NL Rookie of the Year.
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Cannot resist the MJ rumors:
To the Heat? Jordan's been training, he loves
Pat Riley, and Riley wants him back -- his jersey is
retired in Miami's rafters, for goodness'
But what about Shaq? That's the huge question.
The Daddy gets a say, presumably, and there are rumors
out of Miami that he's cool to the idea. On its face,
how could that be?
Does Shaq want to be the only star in town? Or
is he suspicious about the value of a 40-plus,
fourth-comeback MJ can bring to a team with Eastern
title aspirations? Both are valid.
But you have to root for it, if only because it
would make for the greatest theater in the NBA since
MJ came back ... the first time.
How someone practices their religion is
a uniquely and intensely personal choice. When Shawn Green decides today if he'll miss one or two games
to observe Yom Kippur this weekend, it's his decision.
Whether you agree or not is irrelevant.
Expos vs. Angelos
Looking for clarity on the Expos' move
today when MLB's relocation committee meets? It's only
A certain committee member from Baltimore will
be -- ah -- vigorous in his opposition. Did
someone say "litigious?"
By pushing off the decision so late, MLB put
itself in this tough position. Pay-offers to Angelos
have been rejected; plans need to move forward. I love
me some stalemate.
Schill's Gripe Radio
"Hi, this is Curt from Boston."
Schilling's local sports-radio call-in yesterday
didn't exactly go like that.
It was more like: You idiot hosts have no
idea what you are talking about, when the DJs
fueled rumors there's a rift between Pedro and Curt.
The best part
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was when the DJ blowhards meekly
Schilling's call-in smacks of over-sensitivity -- it's
just local sports talk radio -- but he gets points for
aggressively bringing his message to the
Peavy Blanks L.A.
Career-high 11 Ks: With that sick 2.27
ERA, he'd be at the top of the NL Cy contender list if
San Diego was winning the West (or he had a few more innings). That's not just the
best ERA in the NL, but nearly four-tenths
better than the next best guy (Zambrano,
4 for 6 last night, with 9 hits in his
last two games (what slump?). He's at 247 on the
season, and needs just 11 hits in 10 games to topple
George "We Goin' To" Sisler's 80-year-old record. Go,
Speed Racer, go!
Instead of endorsing a 12-game season,
wouldn't the NCAA have been a lot better off using
that extra week for a universally desired playoff
round? But the NCAA would never sell out its
athletes for an extra week of football.
New Olympic Sports
The dream is over for Olympic ballroom
dancing in 2012.
More cuts: Bowling, billiards, chess and
bridge, although those four could make a heck of a
foundation for the LeisureLympics. (Presumably, poker
was never in it. Doesn't the IOC watch TV?)
"H2Olympic" wannabes surfing and water skiing
are out, too. (No surfing? If the IOC thought beach
volleyball players were hotties ...)
For sports still under consideration, see the Big
Has been suspended by his pro cycling team, pending results of a larger investigation into his alleged doping problems.
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AL West Watching: TEX keeps beating OAK, now 3 GB.
Meahwhile, ANA is blowing it, losing to SEA and
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AL East Watching: Boston won yet another nail-biter
over the O's, closing the gap to 3.5 GB NY, who
finally saw El Duque lose ...
Miami punt returner Devin Hester is arguably the most
exciting player in college football. See for yourself
tonight (7:30, ESPN) ...
While SF and HOU play a battle of attrition, the Cubs, coming off Zambrano's 1-0 W,
get the Pirates (12:30, ESPN day game) ..
Edge James upgraded from "doubtful" to "questionable"
(haven't we all been at one time or
On this day in 1908: Only the greatest nickname of a
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