||New Rockets asst coach
Forget the "Texas Two-Step": Will Ew teach Yao his patented "New York Three-Step?"
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Two Words For You:
Was it really just two months ago that
Annika Sorenstam was the center of the sports
universe? Now, Annika isn't even the biggest draw in
her own sport.
The weekend's must-watch event is the Women's U.S.
Open (teeing off today at Pumpkin Ridge in North
Plains, Oregon), and the fascination is entirely for
Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old sensation ...
* Who would have absolutely crushed Tiger
Woods when he was that age ...
* Who won't be able to resist going pro well before
she could play for her dream college (Stanford) ...
* And who, at her current development curve, will
qualify for the Masters by the time she's
Prediction: Wie finishes in the Top 20, and
"Wie Whee!" explodes.
Learned tough lesson about pitching for the
Marlins: Got 'ND' after sketchy run support in
1-run/8-inn outing vs. Braves. (Atlanta rookie Horacio
lefty Ramirez is pretty nasty himself.) But here's his
biggest stat: He put 30,634 butts in the seats
(Florida averages 13,390).
And the Halladay Watch: Roy won his 12th
straight decision, but more important, pitched Blue Jays out of
four-game losing streak.
PGA Driver Testing
Why it's not crazy to presume a lot of PGA
players use illegal drivers: You don't really
hear ... anything ... about the ridiculous
"voluntary" testing measures. Just a nervous
Tiger talks though: And he said he knows of at
least one player who is using an illegal club. (Hmm ... several guesses ...) TW said he gave the
player a talking-to -- but can we convince Woods to
out the cheater?
||"YOU CAN STILL TAKE YOUR SHIRT OFF IF YOU WANT"
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Wimbledon: Men's quarters, women's semis (Thanks, rain!)|
2 U.S. Women's Open: Wie helps LPGA eclipse PGA Western
3 Giants at Cards: Can Bonds top yesterday's 2 HR?
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Feder-over: Sergei won't go back to Red Wings|
2 Lewis-Jones I: First, Lennox wants rematch w/Klitschko
3 Holyfield KOs bachelorhood: It's 'Evander-Marriage III'
City won Winter Olympics host status by
three votes: Sure, there's nothing sketchy about
that margin of victory. (It is the
Olympics.) Likely answer: Some kind of quid
pro quo for a Euro city in 2012.
NBA Free Agency
The Pacers said they plan to re-sign Jermaine
O'Neal and the Millers (Brad and Reggie). JO and Brad
are like a poor man's Duncan-Robinson, but it's time
for the Pacers to let Reggie go (then he can go to the
After being stomped 13-0 by the Mariners
last night: The A's (now 7 games behind
Seattle) have two choices : (1) Put together one of
their famous second-half runs, or (2) put pressure on
teetering-on-overrated GM Billy Beane to put together
one of his famous steal-deals.
Teams should be lining up to trade with Beane;
the teams he supposedly "worked over" the last
two seasons (Royals, White Sox) are now both contenders.
Anna as ... Mom?
Rumor has it: That Anna K and Enrique moved into a
phat Miami mansion together. Julio apparently wants
grandkids; Anna-as-Mom would earn Kournikova her first
title: "Hottest Mom on the Planet," taking it from Demi
FIFA: Shirts On
In honor of FIFA's ban on post-goal
shirt-stripping, the Top 3 most entertaining
post-scoring celebrations: (1) Signing the ball
with Sharpie pulled from sock; (2) "Swingers" Trent
ripping up napkin with 'business class' woman's number
on it; (3) Fun Bunch, anytime.
As quickly as they took over MLB win-streak spotlight, Sammy Sosa waltzes up and hits 9th-inn HR to snap it at seven.
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The scary part about the escalator accident at Coors
Field is that as a fan, you NEVER think about the
ballpark being unsafe ...|
The Nuggets met with rising star Corey Maggette;
forgot they just drafted a great swingman?) Focus,
Kiki, focus ...
Watched enough "Law and Order" to think that behind
Adrian McPherson's plea bargain, there's got to be
some FSU dirt that got traded ...
Biggest-impact American soccer player ever (M or F),
Mia Hamm, says '03 World Cup will be her last ...
AC Milan cancels trip to Cleveland to play Glasgow
Celtic. But don't they know LeBron is in