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Each week I will give a little bit of this, a little bit of that on the world of sports…

• How about a salute to Angel Cabrera for winning the U. S. Open golf tournament. He made enough shots to get to the winner's circle, including that drive over 390 yards! Wow! The bottom line is Cabrera was able to hold it together and fire two of the eight rounds under par that Oakmont yielded. Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk came so close, but it was not good enough.

• The San Antonio Spurs deserve real recognition as one of the great franchises of all-time. Four world titles in nine years should say it all. Tim Duncan is the best power forward that I have ever seen, a complete player and a winner. Gregg Popovich has done a phenomenal job and certainly should be a Hall of Famer. When he will get that national recognition?

• All of Cleveland should be excited. Getting to the finals was a great accomplishment. It's not just the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but also the home of King James! My friends, the future is bright as LeBron James is just four years out of high school and he has the Cavs in the finals! This is only the beginning and the franchise is just one player away from being dominant.

• What about Barry Bonds getting closer to Hank Aaron's 755! The Giants keep losing as the Red Sox swept Bruce Bochy's team at Fenway Park. Bonds did hit 748 on Sunday and the fans treated him with lots of boos. Is that really a surprise?

• The New York Mets have been struggling lately and we know injuries are part of the story. Tom Glavine has been getting hit, going 0-4 in his last five starts. The veteran lefthander has a 17.28 ERA in his last two starts, shelled by the Tigers and Yankees. The Mets need Glavine to come through if they want to hold off the Braves and Phillies in the NL East.

• Kobe Bryant met with his boss in Spain, and he reconfirmed to Jerry Buss that he wants to be traded. No way that will happen. When all is said and done, Kobe will be wearing that Lakers jersey next season. He can want to be dealt, but I just don't see it.

• How about a salute to Sidney Crosby! At age 19 he wins the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP. He was the youngest to achieve that since a pretty good player named Wayne Gretzky.

• Lewis Hamilton is a real star. The Formula One champion in back-to-back races, including the U. S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis. That is big-time success for a young driver who will get even better with experience.

• What about Brandon Watson stretching his International League hit streak to 43 games. That eclipsed a record that stood for almost a century (95 years to be exact). The Columbus Clippers outfielder certainly made news and since the Clippers are part of the Washington Nationals organization, maybe it is time from the Nats to give him a call and bring him to the bigs. He played 35 games in the majors and perhaps it is time to give him another shot.

• Chipper Jones got his 2000th hit for the Braves. Atlanta has to feel good to have him back. There are a lot of other milestones coming soon … Sammy Sosa is on the verge of his 600th home run. Ken Griffey Jr. is not that far behind. Frank Thomas is moving closer to his 500th long ball. Craig Biggio is a little more than a week away from getting his 3000th hit.

• Oliver Perez made a big statement last Friday when the Mets desperately needed a win. The lefty out dueled the Rocket, Roger Clemens. He responded big-time with a brilliant performance as the Mets shut out the Yanks.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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