Don't call him a "project": 7-5 international sensation pulled
out of NBA draft to work on game another year ... in
Italy. Better training than the L?
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The schedule says baseball's fantastic
"Rivalry Weekend" starts today: But from the
intensity of the Giants-Dodgers series that wrapped up
Thursday night (on Jason Schmidt's 11K CG for SF) or
the Cubs-Reds battle royale, you'd think it started on
Sure, a handful of the scheduled "rivalries" are
forced (Detroit/Colorado? Cincinnati/Arizona?), but
mostly, MLB has aligned regional matchups that perk
the interest of mainstream fans with historical ones
that excite the diehards. This weekend is by far the
highlight of interleague play.
So as long as MLB is developing strategies to reinvent
itself, take it a step further: Realign the divisions
so that these rivalries are more than a once-a-season
Boss Backs Down
Score one for Torre: George
Steinbrenner issued a statement that he "will not be
critical of Joe in any way." Not many people front on
the Boss and survive to tell the tale. If they were in
prison, it would signal a very interesting
relationship (hint: rhymes with "switch").
Tiger's playing well, but Furyk is still hot.
This should be a fantastic duel through the weekend.
But Tiger's on the brain for another reason ...
Blind Item: Besides in-denial Tiger, which
massive (huge!) icon could be joining MJ in his Bucks
"This is about the game, not the name."
At least Jan
||"THE HULK WOULD MAKE A GOOD NBA DRAFT PICK" Edition
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Buick Classic: Pressure will build on Tiger|
2 Rivalry weekend: Cubs/Sox, Yanks/Mets, more
3 CWS: Finally down to two teams -- Rice vs. Stanford
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Ivy League raising athlete standards: Insert joke here|
2 USOC board: Critics call for complete ouster, NYT report
3 NBA Draft pull-outs: WAY too many college kids stayed in
Stephenson's agent was up front about the
women's golf legend playing in a men's senior event in
October being entirely about the publicity of
having a woman -- any woman -- play against men,
to add some much-needed buzz to both genders' senior
Sure, he was about the 18th choice: But
Sixers assistant Randy Ayers will be the team's new
head coach. Was it that no one else wanted to deal
with AI? Or was it that no one else wanted to deal
with, um, finicky fans.
If you think cell phones are annoying at
sports events, wait until nationwide walkie-talkies
are ubiquitous at the race track; then you get to
enjoy hearing both ends of the conversation.
Looking for a pick? I trust boxing
aficionado Max Kellerman, who predicts Lewis in an
early KO. This is likely to be the two biggest dudes
you'll ever see hitting each other, but the real buzz is looking ahead to Lewis/Roy Jones, a
Quickie's West Coast spy reports Gary Payton
looked "comfortable" on the L.A. scene Thursday night
at the kickoff party for Nike's summer-streetball
tour. He adds: "Harbinger?"
||Bulls PG Jay Williams:
Hope for his quick recovery after breaking leg in motorcycle accident last night; less quick to recover may be Bulls' chances to trade him.
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|Boxing title fights still appeal|
|Jan eyeing Champions Tour|
|No lock for 'fab' lifestyle|
Cubs pitchers won't have Jose Hernandez to boost K stats anymore; he joined his old team via trade with Rockies ...|
ACC Watch: Will Virginia Tech swap allegiances over
the weekend? Why worry about a negative p.r.. spin?
Gotta think big picture ...
One of the Top 5 names in golf: Briny Baird, your
first-round leader of the Buick Classic ...
The new retro jersey? Women's roller derby tops,