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Each week I'll talk about the world of sports.

  • Tiger Woods never really got close to that green jacket. He had one bad day at the Masters and that was enough to keep him short of Trevor Immelman down at Augusta. Tiger made a gallant effort to get back into the picture, but the South African held on to earn a three-shot victory. Give Immelman credit despite a 75 in the final round. He built up a big cushion by shooting under 70 in each of the first three rounds.

  • Congratulations to Kansas for winning the men's national title. Wow, what a busy week for Bill Self. He won a championship and also secured his future at Kansas. His alma mater, Oklahoma State, was calling with a big-time offer. In the end, Self stayed with a program that has so much tradition.

  • Pat Summitt is simply amazing. The Tennessee coach celebrated her eighth national championship when the Lady Vols beat Stanford. I am looking forward to seeing her honored on May 16th at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton as part of my event to raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation and the Payton Wright grant for the fight against pediatric cancer.

  • The college basketball season may have ended but there was plenty of news recently. I was surprised when Trent Johnson left Stanford to coach at LSU. It was a great hire by the Tigers. Travis Ford decided to stay at Massachusetts, despite interest from LSU and Providence. Tyler Hansbrough and Candace Parker won Wooden Awards and both are so deserving. They represent the sport so well! John Calipari won the Naismith Award as Coach of the Year.

  • It is early in the season, and the Detroit Tigers have gotten off to a slow start at 2-10. It is premature to worry, especially with that line-up. I believe Jim Leyland will turn things around. David Ortiz has struggled early as well, but Big Papi will put up good numbers when all is said and done.

  • The Rays of Tampa Bay have started a new era with the addition of Evan Longoria. He was called up to the majors and I can assure you this guy can flat-out hit. Being a season ticket holder, I can also tell you that Carlos Pena is legit. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. Longoria in the line-up and Pena with a long-term deal, Tampa Bay hit the jackpot. It is a bonzanza for this franchise, baby!

  • Antonio Tarver got another world title belt by beating Clinton Woods down here in Florida. Tarver could end up fighting Chad Dawson in the near future and that would be exciting.

  • Congratulations to Andy Roddick and the entire U. S. Davis Cup team for its win over France in the quarterfinals. The next match in September is going to be tough; the semifinals will be in Spain and you know the surface will be clay.

    Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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