||Montreal's Brad Wilkerson:
Hit for the cycle in 6-4 win over Pirates. Less interesting than the French phrase for 'the cycle' -- 'Le Carrousel.'
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Two Words For You:
In hindsight, the ACC's invite to Miami
and Virginia Tech makes sense; with seven votes
necessary to expand and Duke/UNC "no" locks,
swing-vote Virginia needed an incentive to say "yes."
So in order to land the huge prize (Miami), the other
schools took on some unwanted (though at
least geographically relevant) dead weight.
Pop theory: Taking two is a Trojan horse. Once
everyone comes to terms with an 11-team ACC (and
Duke/UNC have little choice), how hard will it be to
add a 12th in two or three years, to qualify for that
all-important football title game?
Whither BC/'Cuse: While everyone is
suing everyone in this thing, don't be surprised if
the jilted pair doesn't get litigious on the ACC.
Meanwhile, it should be quite the welcome wagon for
them back in the Big East, which is likely going to
turn around and go poach the best of C-USA.
Rumor Mill: Dallas would send Mike
Finley to the Bulls for Chicago's No. 7 pick (Mavs
take French SG Michael Pietrus), Marcus Fizer, Donyell
Marshall and a TBD player, according to report in
Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Here is the future of the NFL, NBA and
MLB: "Bears football presented by Bank One." Save
the outrage, because the only shocker is how long this
took to happen; it's worked fabulously in
NASCAR, the PGA and college bowls. Stop the
presses: Sports teams are businesses!
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2 Wimbledon: Venus, Lindsay, Hantuchova, Roddick on tap
3 Reds at Cardinals: More tense NL Central intramurals
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2 Klitschko/Lewis II: Vitali's recovery time the snag here
3 Kidd to Mavs: Fun summer rumor fodder; not gonna happen
Juan Not Gone
The Rangers found a sucker (uh,
taker) for Juan Gonzalez, but the
way-former MVP nixed a deal to join the Expos ... for
now. Montreal's GM is reportedly going to try to give Gonzalez the soft-sell today, but here's betting Juan ain't
Serena got a pleasant reception from
English fans: But you wonder if they were just
trying to show up the boorish French.
Meanwhile, the Brit tabs were focused on the
"Battle of the Babes": Maria "$3.95 Per Minute"
Sharapova easily (and noisily) bounced Ashley
Harkleroad 6-2, 6-1.
Miramax wants to pull a 'Chicago' on 'Damn
Yankees', turning the B'way show into a movie. Key
roles to fill: The Devil (Jack Nicholson too cliché;
how 'bout actor-of-moment Hugh Jackman?) and Lola
(Catherine ZJ ages herself out; suggest sultry
||Dodgers P Odalis Perez:
His questionable balk in last night's 2-1 loss to rival SF is less important than his questionable composure afterward (allowed HR to Marquis Grissom).
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Sammy Sosa's 520-foot cork-unaided
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