||Red Sox 3B Bill Mueller:
First player to hit slams from both sides of the plate in the same game. Will give the average-sized guy the out-sized pub he deserves.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Jockeying like Red Pollard and George Woolfe on the
backstretch at Santa Anita, the upstart Marlins
have surged past the established D-Backs in the NL wild-card race (and remain just one behind the Phillies), after two straight low-scoring
thrillers between the teams.
But that's just the set-up for tonight's Must-D
TV (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2): No less than the most
aesthetically fascinating pitching matchup of the
year -- rookie phenom Dontrelle Willis vs. Hall of
Famer Randy Johnson.
Here's the catch: Teams are starting to create
the book on Dontrelle, and he's been merely average
since the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Big Unit seems to
have re-captured his sick form.
It's the biggest game ever for the rookie, and, for
Johnson's team, as close to a must-win as you can get on July 30.
If you think signing Mueller was a coup for
Red Sox GM Theo "The Kid II" Epstein, what do you
call his stealing Reds closer Scott Williamson for
scraps? If Sox finish first in AL East, Epstein is
Exec of the Year.
Wait, the Boss's foot is still lodged ... The
Yankees booted Raul Mondesi to the D-Backs, almost as
fast as he left Fenway Park mid-game Sunday in a
huff after being replaced with a pinch-hitter.
Kobe in Court
Countdown: 1 week. Concerned about
Kobe's made-for-TV Staples Center event two
weeks ago publicity, his lawyers want the
judge to rethink the decision to let cameras in the
No, not freekobe.com (not frykobe.com, either):
Betting here that the Colorado Judicial Branch's new
Kobe-dedicated Web site won't have a real-time
scoreboard, photo galleries or official merchandise on sale.
||WILL SUPER MARIO PLAY ANOTHER SEASON?
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Marlins vs. D-Backs: Best pitching matchup of season|
2 Astros at Braves: For fans who like offense, not P duels
3 More MLB trading: Reds' bargain bin open for business
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Wizards on TV: But LeBron on nationally 13 times|
2 Utah Jazz's relevancy: Clippers keep Maggette
3 Dan Wilkinson: Redskins cut Big Duddy
(Speaking of gambling, at least it won't be a tasteless futures market on sports jurisprudence.)
Anna K: Done?
Kournikova's agent alluded Tuesday to her
future career being threatened by her chronic back
problems (as opposed to, say, chronic losing). Her
career in calendar-posing presumably remains safe.
The hip look in L.A.? How about
would-be Dodgers (and current Tampa Bay Bucs) owner Malcolm
Glazer's "Abe Lincoln" facial hair?
For the Dodgers deal to happen, Glazer will
likely have to sell the Bucs, but he'd get an option
on SoCal's future (read: guaranteed) NFL team. The
bigger issue is what's an appropriate name for a new
team in L.A.?
Bingo: L.A. Sucks.
Florida football season-ticket holder/Quickie
reader Suzy Miller
provides this primer for the genius
in the UF athletic department who put a crocodile on
the Gators' football media-guide cover: Gators,
snub-snout; crocs, pointy-snout.
Hall of Fame Game
If it's in the Hall, it's in the Hall:
Madden 2004 (released Aug. 14) will be displayed in
the Pro Football Hall of Fame, accurately reflecting
the significant role video games play among NFL
Who else had Create-a-Player monsters whose
stat totals crush Sunday's '03 HOF inductees? Full
Hall consideration of my C-a-Ps expected when they are
||Clippers owner Donald Sterling:
Forget losing Maggette: How 'bout that sexual harassment suit filed yesterday against Sterling by an ex-employee?
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|"Players to be named later"|
|NFL training camp continues|
|Too early for '04 HOF lobbying?|
|Need sports version of HSX|
|Who predicted D-Train?|
New name in Kobe case: Ingrid Bakke, head of Boulder
County's sexual assault and domestic violence unit, on
loan to Eagle County DA ...|
Legacy of patronage in Chicago politics spreads to
football; Bears sign Brian Urlacher's brother (who?)
to 3-year deal ...
NFL Rookie Watch: Ravens sign rookie DE Terrell Suggs,
whose contract is loaded with sack incentives, reports
Len P ...
Soccer invasion of US continues today: FC Barcelona
vs. AC Milan in DC ...
New Washington football coach Keith Gilbertson can
make everyone forget the old guy by beating Ohio
St. in season opener ...