Tees off in PGA's Greater Hartford Open today without an Annika-type media blitz, but any sports gender-bending makes great theater.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
In the NBA, not much gets the pulse quickening
like a good menage a trois, especially when it
involves a couple of title contenders -- like this new
three-way between the Kings, Spurs and Pacers:
Vlade Divac may bedevil the Lakers with
mind tricks, but imported East All-Star Brad
Miller doesn't mind throwing around the muscle, having
already had one throw-down with Shaq a few seasons
The Lakers have gotten all the free-agency
fanfare: But quietly, the Spurs have gotten
better than last year, picking up underrated
Hedo Turkoglu (and overrated Ron Mercer) in this
latest deal, to go with savvy Robert Horry and Admiral
sub Rasho Nesterovic.
A seven-foot cardboard cut-out could
contend for the center spot on the East All-Star
team: So Miller replacement Scot Pollard may have
Jermaine O'Neal will miss Brad the Bruiser,
but facial-hair fantasy-team first-round pick Pollard
is a fan favorite.
Kobe: Another Ring?
Vanessa Bryant said she "will give [Kobe] all
the strength and support he needs." Kobe, meanwhile,
will reportedly give his wife a $4M, 8-carat purple
adultery make-good ring,
which People mag says he bought her on Monday.
Ken Griffey Jr. dismisses retirement
talk: But he should take my Page 2 colleague Jim
Caple's advice and abdicate from
||"THE BROOKLYN NETS? DON'T TEASE ME, LEWIS KATZ ..."
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 GHO: DYK? Whaley's hubby is GM of the tourney course|
2 Royals at Twins: Is KC's Carlos Beltran on trade block?
3 Orioles at Yankees: And Page 2 roasts NY's 100th anniv.
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Big 4-way NBA deal: Trumped by Pacers/Spurs/Kings trade|
2 Sit-com spin-offs: Joey goes LA? Call it "AfterFriends"
3 Ben Curtis: Yesterday Brit Open champ; today GHO bailer
Queen City. He could
still have a nice end to his career as a DH in the AL.
The 2004 Athens Olympics are going to set a
record for number of competing nations, yet apparently
there is an outcry that the city is ramping up
expansion of the world's oldest profession to, um,
service the expected tourism influx.
As California Gov. Gray Davis deals with
his own recall issues this morning, the Quickie
considers five sports-leadership recalls worth
exploring: (1) the USOC; (2) Boxing promoters; (3)
WNBA's Val Ackerman; (4) the ATP; (5) Bud Selig.
Arguably, the highest compliment of success
industry is to be called "The Yankees
of ..." Over the team's 100 years (roasted today
on Page 2), they have been the most dominant team in
sports -- the ultimate dynasty.
Hasn't that sucked? Thank goodness, then, for
recently developed artificial controls like salary
caps that ensure that winning will be spread around --
if not evenly, then at least outside New York. Oh,
wait: Except cap-less baseball, which can look
forward to another 100 years of damn Yankees.
Amid the unfolding tragedy, new allegations are emerging that the team may have provided no-no benefits to Patrick Dennehy and his g/f.
|Today on ESPN.com|
|ESPN Radio: Friend defends alleged victim in Kobe case
|P2: Happy 100th, Yankees|
|NFL: Training Camp reports|
|All About Benjis|
|NFL rookies: Deals domino|
|Be Missing You|
|Pacers: Pollard no Miller|
|Need a Girl|
|Whaley puts L in PGA|
|Around the World|
|Andre: U.S. Open top seed|
|Bonds jacks No. 645|
Ohio St coach says he'll start to emphasize
academics ... uh, even more. Yeah, that's it: Emphasize
academics EVEN MORE ...|
Nuggets reportedly eyeing free agent Li'l Earl Boykins
as a backup PG. Just watch: He'll play his way ahead
of pricey Andre Miller ...
With Chas Rogers and his $14.4M bonus, the top four
NFL draft picks have signed. Draft coverage should
include a "holdout factor" for each
Mavs aren't standing pat, either: NYDN reports Knicks'
Ward/Thomas for Mavs' LaFrentz/TBD is simmering ...
Call it the "Big Lame Duck": Could there be a more
awkward scene than Big East football media day? ...