Maybe the Rangers SP should have stayed suspended (at
least until the team left Boston): Gives up 5 R, 7 H
in 5 IP. Started OK, then blitzed in 4th.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
It's over for T.O.:
"Terrell Owens has been sent home from training camp
due to undisclosed team issues," the Eagles announced
tersely. Call it a T.O. for T.O.
Who's the boss in Philly?
Not Owens, and certainly not Drew Rosenhaus, seemingly
more interested in making TV cameos (like Letterman
Wednesday night) than doing his day job.
No, the boss is Andy Reid.
T.O. has the media advantage: People aren't camped out
in Reid's driveway panting for him to make
But it doesn't matter. If there was any lingering
question about who's in charge in this standoff, there
The Eagles are holding ground, refusing to let T.O. be
the distraction he wants to be -- and gaining support
from fans with every twist.
So what next? The team won't pay him, and Owens
can't run a route out of the corner he's painted
A trade seems unlikely and the team (even with its WR
woes) seems content to let him sit indefinitely. Reid
knows: Owens MUST blink first.
Or receive a permanent T.O.
All eyes on No. 17: 640 yds! They say
size doesn't matter, but the awe-inspiring course
length at Baltusrol (7,392 yds) is
made for ogling.
Everyone keeps expecting Phil or Vijay to make a Major
move, but once again, golf has created a situation in which it's the "Big One" (Woods) and everyone
When will fans hear his side?
For now, Raffy's not talking.
Will he start/play tonight?
O's mgr Perlozzo can't say.
Will he "flip" on MLB peers?
Now THAT's bush league.
Will O's fans boo tonight?
Total toss-up. My guess: No.
Everyone's a-twitter: Who is the
mystery "next steroid revelation?" Baseless
speculation is flying:
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Flying Yankee fan: Harper faces criminal charges in NY
It's a superstar!
No, it's 50 superstars!
All of MLB to be suspended!
So I made that last one up, but the hysterical rumors
allow almost anything to be said.
And in an unprecedented step, MLB and the union
released a statement to deny all of 'em.
MLB Wed Wrap
As I ponder the mysteries of karma and
Hidden-ball trick alert! Even if fans watching
don't know what's happening until after the fact,
there might not be anything on a baseball field that's
Kudos to Mike Lowell for using it last night to nab
D-Backs CF Luis Terrero to save a W for Florida. Do
you cheer Lowell or laugh at Terrero?
ChiSox for real: Won 2 of 3 in NYC, including 2
1-run games. Only thing proven is the real team not
playoffs-worthy is New York.
Ryan Howard Watch: There isn't a more must-see
rookie slugger in MLB. Phillies rookie broke a 9th-inning
tie with a slam, leading PHI past LA.
(Timing: Jim Thome will have season-ending surgery on
his elbow next week. With Howard's emergence, has
Thome played his last game for Philly?)
Yankees SP update: Jaret Wright may return
Monday, which is hardly condolence to Yanks for offsetting word that Carl Pavano might be done for season.
A's counterpunch: Impressive W over Angels
using late rally brings Oakland back into a tie for
first in the AL West.
NFL Pre: Bolts/Pack
Don't let the Favre Finale Tour obscure
the fact that LaDainian Tomlinson is the best
all-around player in the NFL. (8 p.m., ESPN)
More important for your purposes, LT is the consensus
No. 1 overall fantasy football pick, if you're lucky
enough to get the top spot.
Chargers' big question: Was QB Drew Brees' 2004
season a statistical aberration or dramatic foreshadowing?
Packers' big question: Will it matter how good
Favre is if the defense is as bad as everyone expects
it to be?
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Quickie 50/50: AZ
Impressions of Arizona:
D-Backs end Yankees' dynasty in '01; Arizona ends NCAA
Tourney flop run with title in '97; Suns resuscitate
NBA (2005); and, obviously, Jennie Finch.
Even Royals fans mock the Cubs' misery, now extended
to an 8-game losing streak. I'm still not on "Fire
Dusty" bandwagon, but my group is thinning.
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Jerry Rice on T.O.: "You can't be a distraction like
that. You've got to put the team first. It's out of
hand now. It's out of control."
NFL Camping key injuries: Mike Alstott (neck), Joey
Porter (knee surgery), Jason Ferguson (ankle), Pac-Man
Jones (does "brain cramp" count?)
If you were Dusty Baker, would you risk further Kerry
Wood injury by returning him to starter, or would you
keep him closing?
NHL Free Agent: I can't believe that Eric Lindros still has
the name recognition to be of interest, but he might
sign a deal with his home-region Leafs.