||Red Sox ace
Rare "save" opportunity for Pedro tonight -- as in "save the Red Sox season" by beating the A's, now up two games for AL Wild Card.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"Jeer Guy for the Buckeye":
Test scores that may have been altered are just the latest signal
supporting this prediction: Off-field distractions (if not actual infractions) will derail the Buckeyes' season, starting as early as their opener.
Whether or not Mo Clarett plays in the first game (coach says unlikely, and
if you buy that, there's some Enron stock I'd like to sell you), the Buckeyes are primed to be shocked by Washington, followed by half the Big Ten, looking for karma payback from last year.
So who will supplant as new champs? The dull pick? Oklahoma. The trendy pick?
Arizona State. The don't-say-I-didn't-tell-you pick? Wisconsin.
* SF pulled out a second straight last-gasp
win over the Braves. Our SABR fans might cringe,
but there has to be a correlation between late-inning dramatic wins and playoff prospects.
* The Cubs pulled within a
half-game of Houston in the NL Central after Mark
Prior pitched seven scoreless innings. Just a casual glance at the Cubs'
September schedule shows 20 winnable games to end the season. A
stay in Chicago might be fuzzing my brain, but the
Cubs look great for the playoffs.
* The AL Central is just as fun as the NL
version: The White Sox moved into a tie for first
with the Royals (unlucky enough to be playing New
York); the Twins are just a half-game behind. Whew.
Want a preview of what men's golf in five
years will look like every weekend? Check out
young teen Michelle Wie on the men's Canadian Tour
today. Don't expect her to do any damage; she's
exhausted from a crazy summer and this is her first
tournament vs. pro guys. But here's a bet she
outdrives at least a few dudes.
||ALBERT PUJOLS HIT-STREAK WATCH RESUMES TODAY
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY|
1 A's/BoSox 3: Sick P duel, Pedro vs. prodigy Rich Harden|
2 LLWS: Saugus (Mass.)/Richmond Tex.; Tokyo/Mex. City
3 NFL Cowboys vs. Steelers: Judge Zereoue for yourself
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Mariano Rivera: Reputation sinking faster than cutter|
2 Baylor hoops: Done. All players given pass to transfer
3 Pete Sampras: Retirement imminent, reportedly (NYTimes)
What stands out about this team from, say,
last year's screw-ups? Balance. Seven guys
in double figures, led by the world's best player (Tim
Duncan, 17 pts). Still holding to rule that key to U.S.
success is that AI holds his shots down and keeps his
The wheels on the Bus... just fell off.
The Steelers put rising RB Amos Zereoue at the top of
the depth chart, displacing Jerome Bettis, who looks
more like a promising applicant for the Emmitt Smith
School of Finishing Your Career With Another Team.
If the judge unseals key court docs
(which he said Wednesday he could decide on by
Friday), here's the dilemma: It can't possibly be in
the defendant's interest, but if "public interest"
means "intense, selfish curiosity," these docs
What, no scandal this year? Suburban
parents' suspicion must just be a Harlem thing.
Meanwhile, Curacao (N. Antilles) and Boynton Beach
(Fla.) won their semifinal games to advance to
Saturday's international and U.S. finals.
Don King TV
Promoter plans to launch 24-hour cable
net. As always, ready with programming ideas: "Law
and Order: My Favorite Depositions" ... "Queer Eye for
the Hair Guy" ... "Magnanimaciousness: After-School SAT
Vocab-Building" ... "Pardon My Own Interruption" ...
Exiled from Yankees' starting rotation (for Jose Contreras, another gem) and maybe booted back to minors.
|Today on ESPN.com|
|P2: Vick vs. Bo|
|CFB: Heisman Watch|
|MLB: AL MVP debate|
|"CFB Hot/Not" Edition|
|Hot: Ducks' bright yellow|
|Not Hot: SEC|
|Not Hot: Iowa|
|Hot: Kirk Herbstreit|
|Hot: Auburn's tiger|
How does re-signing Reggie Miller help Pacers' status
as "up-and-coming?" And why didn't Reggie join Lakers
on the cheap? ...|
NASCAR's heavy hand: Jimmy Spencer's suspension appeal
denied, but his team rightfully wants Kurt "Caught on
Tape" Busch docked too ...
14-y.o. soccer star Freddy Adu could ink a pro deal
within a month, Wash. Post reporting. Yes, it will be
Congrats to scrappy U.S. women's gymnastics squad, which
took gold at the world championships ...
Suggested slogan for Anna K's new bra line, launching
this week: "Your girlfriend can look like me" ...