||Baseball and Softball:
Dropped from Olympics. Particular shocker for
softball, which is one of the fastest-rising "growth"
sports in the U.S. Rest of world? Uh, not so much.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Michelle Wie is like the Fantastic Four
rolled into one:
The Human Torch: Given her age, skills,
potential and (yes) gender, no star on either the
men's or women's side is hotter. And only 15, she has
up to six more years of "phenom"
Mr. Ms. Fantastic: She may not
be better than Tiger is now, but if she played a
15-year-old Tiger, she would obliterate him.
The Invisible Girl: Some misguided critics
would rather Wie just go away. Doesn't her 1-under
opening at John Deere prove she belongs? (She finished
ahead of 60 players.)
The Thing: Intangibles? She's got 'em, from
endearing "teen speak" to cannon drives. Best: She
seeks out the pressure of playing the
The upshot: There isn't a more talented golfer younger
than Tiger playing the game today, female or male.
Instead of our paternalistically griping at her to play
where she "belongs," joyless critics should appreciate
what she brings to golf.
Whether or not she makes the cut into the weekend, Wie
should keep pushing. Her breakthrough isn't a gimmick
-- it's an inevitability.
Schilling as Closer
Your Friday limerick:
Schilling went to Pawtucket;
Rehabbing skills to chuck it.
His first try as a closer:
Allowed 2 runs! Just a poser?
Damon chimes in to muck it.
(Hey: You try to find a tasteful rhyme with
"Pawtucket" that involves screwing up.)
Redd: Max Bucks
You make the call:
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Zach Duke: 1st PIT W (8 Ks); Melky Cabrera: 1st NYY start
Murderball: Hottest sports documentary since Hoop Dreams?
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Cubs: Lose 8th straight; ship CF Corey Patterson to AAA
Keith Foulke: Has knee surgery and will be out for 6 weeks
...Or playing with LeBron?
This is a no-brainer: $$$.
And, frankly, the Bucks' core of Redd, Ford and Bogut
is suddenly more promising than the Cavs' core of
LeBron and ... um ... who, exactly?
Cavs update: Talking with Wizards SG Larry
Hughes, versatile except where Cleveland really needs
it, beyond 3-point line (via Akron B-J).
K. Rogers Watch
Quite reasonably, AL All-Star manager Terry
Francona said it was Kenny Rogers' decision whether
Hmm: Then, Francona said he'd replace any AL pitcher
vacancy with his guy Matt Clement. But, y'know, it's
totally up to Kenny.
Then Francona lost all cred with this: "Derek Jeter,
if he's not an All-Star, there's not an All-Star."
See: This is why fans excluded Jeter.
Pedro out, Wagner in: Because the ASG
is precisely the place for a guy who argues his team
has no chance to win ... in July.
Izturis out, Rollins in: And Morgan Ensberg
gets screwed over ... again. Did Tony La Russa make that
choice simply to be anti-fan?
Instead of dourly denying that there's
a labor agreement, maybe the NHL owners and union
could instead embrace the optimism. They need to take
their good news and positive PR where they can get it.
His name is Theo Epstein. Not only is he *your* GM,
Johnny, but he's the best GM in sports. So why don't
you leave the personnel decision-making to HIM?
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Tour de Lance: Retains first after a soggy Thursday.
The specter of crashes within the peloton makes
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Can Jason Giambi possibly keep up his HR-a-day pace of
the last three games? Correlation is emerging: Giambi
hits, the Yankees win.
All-Star curse? Bartolo Colon was rocked for a
season-high 7 runs in 6 IP. But get him ready for
Albert Pujols next Tuesday! ASG starter? Heh!
NBA Summer: Knicks rookie Nate Robinson (24 pts)
continues to be sensation. Chris Paul debuted with
game-high 21 vs. CLE. Gerald Green BOS debut: 14
17-y.o. Morgan Pressel, fresh off round at the U.S. Women's
Open, has asked the LPGA for a waiver to go pro. LPGA,
cultivating stars, should oblige.