||Gil de Ferran:
Picked the wrong Brazilian to win the Indy 500 as de Ferran outraced countryman/Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.
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Two Words For You:
Dallas' chances w/o Dirk? No-way-tzki.
Don Nelson's strategic gimmicks are like eating dinner
at the arena: Maybe a little heat-flash to start, but
ultimately unsatisfying. Making the best of a
Nowitzki-less situation, the "small ball" Mavs zipped
around just enough to exhaust themselves for the third
quarter, which is when the Spurs dropped the hammer with a 30-18 advantage.
Justin Leonard shot a sick final-round 61 and
Kenny Perry won, but everyone stopped paying attention
Friday when Annika didn't make the cut. Which is
exactly why there will be more women playing PGA
Want proof? ... Australia PGA's Heineken Classic director
wants to invite LPGA star Karrie Webb to play, the BBC
is reporting. Take heart, traditionalists: His logic ("We
have to survive as promoters and this is a funny
gimmick ...") is why the trend will burn out.
Serena vs. Guys?
More Annika hangover: Over the next
few weeks, every top female athlete is going to get
asked about playing against the guys. For example, Serena Williams,
when asked this weekend, said she "wouldn't be
tempted." Looking for a marketing-savvy sport that
offers the best opportunity for mixed-gender comp? Pro
Rain turned it into a "414" but
super soph Jimmie Johnson -- winning for a second
straight weekend - has emerged as NASCAR's hottest
attraction. (Hey, where's the
women-participation program? And "hot driver
girlfriends" is not what I mean.)
||"DOES LEBRON LIKE CAVS' UGLY NEW UNIS?" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND|
1 Clemens goes for 300, against Red Sox (if no rain)|
2 NCAA men's LAX championship: Hopkins vs. Virginia
3 French Open opens: Agassi can set all-time win record
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Van Gundy lock to coach LeBron: Rockets now in mix|
2 Dodger-bashing: MLB's hottest team won 10th in a row
3 NBA playoff injuries: How 'bout just enjoying Duncan?
With both the Nets and Devils reaching the finals, New Jersey hasn't had this
much cachet since The Sopranos became a
national sensation. That said, would it be too much to
ask to move half their home games to Madison Square
Garden? Might help galvanize the splintered northern
NJ and New York City factions.
Yankees Lose Again
How many people have also been waiting for the
May when the Yankees stink up the AL East? Blue Jays
completed a four-game sweep on Sunday; Yanks have lost seven
straight at home. If this keeps up, set an All-Star
break O/U on the Boss dumping GM Brian Cashman. (Dump
Joe Torre? Put down that pipe.)
Nike's New Star
Forget LeBron's big deal: Nike signed
13-y.o. American soccer sensation Freddy Adu to a
million-dollar contract, the Wash. Post reports.
Prediction: In five years, Adu will have a deal
equal to --- or better than -- 'Bron's $90M.
You: Hot brunette with great eyes,
suede bell-bottoms who asked for directions on a NYC
subway platform Thursday morning. Me: Phillies
P Randy Wolf, too stunned to get your name.
Contact: Phillies p.r. (True story: So let's
help Randy out, America!)
In apparent first for baseball, groundskeeper for minor-league (A) Lakewood (N.J.) ejected Friday night for arguing with umps over weather.
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Director Tim Burton eyeing a remake of "Willy
Wonka"; perfect casting: Tony Kornheiser as
Though Cavs could fill 50K-seat arenas with LeBron,
they signed to play preseason exhibition in 5K seat
arena in Newfoundland, Canada ...
Empire Maker pulled from today's Jersey Derby, to
continue to prep for June 7 Belmont ...
Larry Brown staying or going? Will meet with team
chairman this week ...