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Hard to dis Dontrelle for NL Rookie of the Year, but with J.R.'s rookie-leading 14th W last night, he ekes onto leaderboard with D-Train and Brandon Webb.
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Usually, sports are a welcome respite from
Today is an emotional reminder that despite
ongoing fascinations with Maurice Clarett, MLB pennant
races, college football rankings, the NFL and
everything else, sports are just a distraction.
Whatever your perspective may be, don't forget
to think about the victims of September 11, 2001.
AL Pennant Race
Next year's AL Cy Young winner: Minnesota's Johan Santana won his fifth
straight, handcuffing the White Sox in a 4-1 Twins win
-- Round 3 of Minnesota's critical
seven-games-in-two-weeks with Chicago, whose division
lead was cut to a single tenuous game.
Santana's season stats: 10-3, 155 Ks in 142 IP
and a 1.10 WHIP. He's pitching better than anyone else
in the AL right now (2 runs or less in seven of last eight starts), including Minnesota's Round 4
problem today, Esteban Loaiza, the current Cy
How convenient: Ohio State coach Jim
Tressel questioned his own responsibility in this
Clarett mess after OSU announced a year-long
suspension for Mo yesterday. But don't worry: Tressel
didn't question himself too critically.
Meanwhile: You'd think the suspension would
provide some clarity on what Maurice should do
next, but we're still waiting on the NCAA's possible
Prosecution's court brief gave a preview of
what to expect from them -- and it'll be
multimedia, including photos, a videotaped
statement from the accuser and an "electronically
enhanced" copy of Kobe's interview with
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEKEND|
1 AL Races: Round 4 of Twins vs. White Sox|
2 NL Races: Cubs, Phils, Dodgers need to get off mat
3 Cal at Utah: If you need a college FB fix (7:45 p.m., ESPN)
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Questions re: 'Zo Mourning -- 25 pts in Wed charity game|
2 Pats leaders: Ted Johnson adds injury to Milloy insult
3 Peter Ueberroth for Cali gov: Ex-MLB commish drops out
What does "electronically enhanced" mean?
Pop-up video would be the first choice, but also
accepting the Queer Eye guys making catty
comments on a split screen.
Expos: No Decision
Frustratingly, MLB is taking its sweet time
on what to do with the Expos next year. Not that
the indecision is keeping Montreal from sick rallies,
like yesterday's five-run 8th to beat the Cubs, who pulled Matt Clement in the 6th despite a no-hitter. In a ripe US
market (say, like, D.C.), the likeable Expos would be
Refreshing to see usual suspects back in
the news: Fresno State hoops gets
four years probation for various academic violations.
How about giving 'em the Vandy treatment and putting
the AD on the same org-chart level as the IM
Which NYC-area baseball player was
reportedly swindled by an athlete-groupie
blackmail scam? The rumored gist is that players get
lured back to a hotel room, slipped a knock-out drug,
then photographed in p.r.-unfriendly positions with
Bennifer: It's Off
All that pre-nup stuff is old news: Jen
Lopez and Ben Affleck actually cancelled their
Sunday wedding because of the
infidelity overwhelming publicity. But
where's the "rain date" info on my ticket ...
US Open champ unfairly linked to doping by sore loser Leo Clijsters (Kim's dad) and others. H-H won us over vs. Capriati in semis.
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|Next NCAA infraction?|
|Any p.r. is good p.r.?|
Despite his yawn-inducing overuse of the bullpen, Tony
La Russa was already a HOF lock before his 2,000th win
Just what an already-chunky Carmelo Anthony needs: The
Nuggets are talking to unrestricted eater/free agent
Shawn Kemp ...
If Howard Stern is "news," I expect my Pulitzer in
Whatever happened to the spring sensation Jiggy? The
Ducks announced they gave him a hefty contract bump,
as he deserved ...
Just giving you a heads up: Britney's Rolling Stone