Beckham-less, but still wildly popular, soccer team
kicks off U.S. tour vs. Celtic in Seattle today.
Tickets for NJ, Philly are red-hot.
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Wonder if Kobe Bryant was on VH-1's
original list of the top 200 pop-culture icons?
For whatever reason, he didn't make the final
cut, which included 10 sports names: (8) MJ; (16) Ali;
(51) Tiger; (58) Magic; (65) Jackie Robinson; (96)
Gretzky; (106) DiMaggio; (136) Babe; (156)
Venus/Serena; (188) Namath.
Notably missing: Eponymous grill-master George
Foreman; Dirty Dozener Jim Brown; anthropomorphic
Secretariat (or Seabiscuit); gender-relationship
expert Billie Jean King; punchline/puncher Tonya
Five contenders for the next century: Yao Ming,
Freddy Adu, Michelle Wie, Tony Hawk,
Kobe LeBron James.
Arenas Picks Wiz
Considering that landing Gilbert Arenas
would give the Stackhouse-led Wizards the East's best
backcourt (the Warriors can't match the $65M offer unless they move players), the team has done a 180 since
commanding a pile-on of bad p.r. after dumping MJ. New
coach, new personnel chief, new attitude. Too bad it's
the old frontline.
Patrick Dennehy's ex-roommate Carlton Dotson
was charged with his murder Monday, though there are
conflicting accounts whether Dotson has actually
confessed to authorities.
The Dennehy saga, which dominated headlines late last
month, has been eclipsed by the Kobe Bryant story.
However, in yesterday's information lull about Bryant,
Dotson's arrest received the spotlight.
The BCS cartel affirmed that there won't be
a playoff: But it
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Roy Halladay goes for 15th straight win (vs. Yanks)|
2 Another chance to watch recycled 6-0 phenom Jose Lima
3 Vlad Guerrero off DL; but Expos 6 back in wild-card chase
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Dan Rooney: Steelers king steps aside for son Art II|
2 Anaheim Angels: World Champs have lost five straight
3 Kobe: Story's lack of news is like fire w/o oxygen
said it would meet in
September with the Have-Not schools, who, if they're
smart, will present a plan to allot one of the BCS
at-large spots to a non-BCS "Cinderella" team (a.k.a.
"The Anti-Notre Dame").
NBA: Miller Time
Who else buys into the theory that if
the Pacers let paint enforcer (and break-out All-Star)
Brad Miller leave for the Jazz, Indiana's new $120
million investment Jermaine O'Neal won't be nearly as
The Quickie will be occasionally stalking
ESPN.com's Clayton and Pasquarelli as they hit NFL
Where's Len? BUCS:
Interesting tidbit -- Jon Gruden tried CB Ronde Barber
at tailback for a few plays. Hope he doesn't have
WNBA role model Sue Bird pulled out of a
wager that put her
assist-to-turnover ratio up against a spanking from a
Seattle radio DJ. The DJ could recover by making the
same bet to Sonics rookie PG Luke Ridnour.
Giving new meaning to the phrase "Ocean's
Eleven": George Clooney is in the market to buy
Italian Serie B team Como near his phat lakeside
palace, according to Britain's ITV. Maybe Michael
Jordan can get some love as a soccer team owner.
Ex-A-lister reportedly dropped from/dropped out of NASCAR-themed movie. One Quickie reader proposed a "Finch-hitter."
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|Kobe laying low, DA not|
|Arenas goes coast to coast|
|No match for reality|
|Nah, LeBron the hot teen|
The "new hotness," Giants rookie Jerome Williams,
got a ND last night, but the team won in his fifth
straight start ...|
Cheers to the 30-year-old: Swimming comeback sensation
Jenny Thompson won the Worlds 100m fly, her record
11th championships medal ...
Carmelo poured in 20 last night in Utah's NBA summer
league; draft-night underdog Maciej Lampe continues to
impress (17 pts) ...
A motivated Lance Armstrong is kind of like The Hulk:
Wouldn't like him when he's angry ('cause he just
whoops everyone) ...
Beane strikes again: Top A's prospect Rich Harden
pitched a stellar debut last night: 1 ER, 4 H in 7