Best name in golf, hands down. Particularly after she clinched the USWO title on (guess what?) a birdie. Sick shot to deny Pressel b'wagon.
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Two Words For You:
Don't listen to anyone: There's less
certainty (and more speculation) than any draft I can
That said, here's a breakdown of the top
uncertainties, as of Monday:
Who's No. 1: Marvin vs. Bogut?
It's a classic draft dilemma: Do the Bucks take the
best player available or fill their biggest need? Need
is the CW, but BPA is safer.
Rated PG: Paul vs. Williams?
Forget the top pick: This is the biggest (and best)
drama of the draft. Deron Williams' stock is soaring, even
over Chris Paul.
More: Jazz rumored to be dangling No. 6 pick
(and perhaps No. 27?) to the Blazers to jump to No. 3
to grab D. Williams (via SLC Trib). That puts Paul in
New Orleans and forces Charlotte to take prep Gerald
Can't Win: H.S. vs. College?
Prepare for the howls from college hoops loyalists
when preps Green and Martell Webster are drafted ahead
of all but a few college players.
More:One experienced college player who isn't
suffering from scouts' myopia for potential is Arizona
C Channing Frye, locked into the Top 10 and likely the
first big man taken after Bogut.
Moves: Trade Up vs. Stay Put?
Despite common wisdom that this is the deepest draft
in years, teams are scrambling to jump into the mix
for one of the top two PGs or preps.
More: Already holding the No. 4, could Hornets
send Canadian C Magliore to Raptors for 7 pick? Too
rich for Toronto? (via N.O. T-P)
Final Draft preview coming Tuesday.
U.S. Women's Open
Being overrun by teens is the best
thing to ever happen to women's golf, because it
delivers the sport infinitely more cachet.
Wie, Pressel and Creamer: Between these Big
Three (aged 15, 17 and 18), women's golf officially
earns "growth sport" status.
With Wie's Sunday fold, Pressel stole the weekend with
her telegenic competitiveness and breathtaking
confidence. The new Arnie and Jack?
Red Sox in 1st
Why? Matt Clement: He has emerged (9-1)
as the AL's best offseason pickup, propping up
otherwise mediocre Red Sox pitching.
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Marion: Isn't she done yet? Pulls out of US T/F Champs
Annika's Slam: And now, she's being overtaken by The Teens
Unlikeliest statement of the first half: "Wow, Boston
is better off with Clement than if they'd landed
either Big Unit OR Pavano instead."
Boston finished off a weekend sweep of the Phillies
behind Manny's 19th career grand-slam, which ties him
for 2nd all-time (4 behind Gehrig).
Sox have won 7 in a row (12 of 13) and have surged
past the slumping O's to take a 2.5-game lead in the
6 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 0 ER, 1 W: In first
start since 5/27, Prior leads Cubs to 2-0 win vs.
rival White Sox. Who's Jon Garland?
Wood update: Scheduled to start Wed vs. MIL. If
he and Prior can find a semblance of effectiveness,
watch the Cubs for a 2nd-half WC surge.
MLB Weekend Wrap
A's shock Giants: In dominance like
Floyd Mayweather over Arturo Gatti, the A's scored 16
and only allowed one hit.
Livan wins 10th: Get him on that NL All-Star
Smoltz is Mr. CG: Braves ace throws 2nd
straight complete game win.
"Demure-Train?": Willis actually lobbies NL
All-Star manager Tony LaRussa to pick a Cardinals P to
start the game (Carpenter?)
Who else's night was ruined by Jason Giambi's
clutch hit to allow the Yankees to avoid a sweep by
the Mets in the Bronx?
Early-Week Best: Another AL West showdown
between the Angels and Rangers, with would-be All-Star
aces Colon (Monday) and Rogers (Tuesday).
More NBA Draft
Green Room invites: Bogut, Felton,
Frye, Granger, Green, Korolev, May, McCants, Paul,
Vazquez, Villanueva, Warrick, Webster, Deron Williams,
Marvin Williams and Wright.
Why is "in-the-room" status important? The expectation
of being a 1st-rounder, our best chance for telegenic
dramedy (see Lewis, Rashard).
Oh, and dress well, gents: I'll be tracking
sartorial style for my 5th Annual Draft Fashion
Review, coming Wednesday morning.
P2 Sneak Week, Cont'd
No Sneaker Week would be complete without
tabbing the summer's must-have shoe.
From all indications, it's Nike's made-for-the-outdoor
"LeBron 20.5.5," named for James' sick rookie stat
line (and presumably not his speed-dial number for
free-agent NBA shooting guards).
LeBron wants to play Cavs GM? More power to him. At
least someone on that team realizes that the Cavs have
to get a top-flight SG.
If new GM Danny Ferry, fresh from the Spurs front
office, can't land Redd or Allen or Hughes, he may
simply be known as the GM Who Lost LeBron.
(Hey, think Isiah Thomas would let him be player/GM if
James jumped to the Knicks in a few seasons?)
Let's look back to 2004 NFL Draft: Redskins could have
taken Taylor (facing a 3-year felony rap) or Winslow
(out 'til '06). Hindsight is... laughable.
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|Hawks: M. Williams|
|Overloaded as SF, but so what?|
|Blazers: D. Williams|
|Trade here is presumption|
|Hornets: C. Paul|
|Will Bobs swap 5,13 for Paul?|
|Team needs everywhere but PF|
Rex Chapman to become T'wolves GM: Played for new
coach Casey at Kentucky. First business should be to
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Stewart wins at Sonoma: Twisty, turny track may have
driven NASCAR pit crews crazy, but it made for
Danica Watch: 10th place on Saturday night. Hard to
compete with the Teen Sensations of women's
China announces 2008 Olympic slogan as "One World, One
Dream." Left on the cutting room floor: "One Plan for
Congratulations, Shaq, on joining the esteemed ranks
of those who hold an MBA (cough!). You've made online
alma mater U. of Phoenix proud.