Medical tests due back today, hopefully shedding some light on what's been bothering him. Not that those results are any of our business ...
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
NFL Training Camps are opening. Here's
the skinny on the five teams starting today (in
predicted order of 2004 success):
Eagles (Bethlehem, PA)
All the hype: TO's arrival
Real story: Young DBs
Rams (Macomb, IL)
All the hype: No QB battle
Real story: The RB battle
Broncos (Englewood, CO)
All the hype: Replacing Portis
Real story: Improving Plummer
Falcons (Greenville, SC)
All the hype: Vick's health
Real story: Mora's offense
Bears (Bourbonnais, IL)
All the hype: Lovie's new D
Real story: Grossman's growth
"We're guaranteeing ... gold." Hope the
U.S. caterer in Athens includes some salt and pepper, in
case Carmelo has to eat those words.
If Melo thinks the U.S. will win simply
because it has the collection of the biggest stars --
even the biggest talents -- he hasn't been following
international hoops closely enough.
The team's youthful exuberance should help
guide them to Olympic gold; if it manifests itself in
arrogance, however, they're in for an Olympic-sized
More Ricky W.
"Maybe they'll be better of without
me," Ricky Williams told confidante Dan Le Batard,
whose access to Ricky has allowed him to put together
this story's biggest must-reads. The Dolphins
certainly can't rely on Ricky for those 30 carries a
game. And there's the rub ...
Overwork the factor? It would be a shame if he
quit because he grew frustrated with the massive
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Greg Maddux: On the "300 Watch"; goes for No. 299 today|
Expos: Inspire hope among DC faithful with 5 straight Ws
Albert Pujols: .413, 9 HR, 21 RBI in June; just 28 K's all year
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Mariano Rivera: Blows 2nd straight save; magic touch gone?|
Andy Pettitte: Left game in 5th with elbow pain. D'ouch!
Todd Zeile, relief pitcher: 5R, 4H, 2BB ... in 1 wacky IP
offensive load he was expected to carry; it minimizes
the thoughtful way he expresses his life philosophy of
making yourself happy first.
It's all about the pitching ...
Kris Benson to the Twins?
See your Freddy; raise you ...
Victor Zambrano to the Mets?
Trade a cheap workhorse? Why?
Big Unit to Yankees? Angels?
Well, someone will get him.
Perhaps wary of the newcomer, the ACC
media picked Florida State over Miami to win the
over-stocked football conference.
Neither FSU QB Chris Rix nor Miami QB Brock Berlin
inspire much confidence, so props to the media types
who had their eye on rising Virginia.
What drug is he on? "Now that
everybody is talking about doping, athletics is
cleaner than it's ever been." -- U.S. Olympic hurdler
Yes, but: Cleaner is relative.
Quickie Book Club
"The Wisdom of Crowds" by James
Surowiecki. My favorite business writer puts together
a fascinating argument for the masses. Like
"Moneyball," it will change the way you think about
how sports (or any industry) should be managed.
(Love/hate my BCS fan-poll plan? Read this
In the most blindingly fast time of the entire Tour de France, our interest in cycling returned to "none."
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|Broncos churn on 1K backs|
|Healthy Vick makes him better|
|Only as combo w/ Buckhalter|
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Congrats to Bill Cowher, the most overrated coach in
the NFL, for finagling a two-year contract extension
from the Steelers ...|
Dodgers rule: Most impressive about LA's current
hotness is that Monday night, they won their *9th
straight road game* ...
Nets' frontcourt isn't as bad as you: They
just signed Euro big man Nenad Krstic. Can't spell it,
but he can play ...
Apparently, Bulls and Knicks will
try to make a deal today to bring Jamal Crawford to NYC.
Still say bad move ...
Keeping things hot in Miami is the rumor that the
Mailman will be joining Shaq ...
Points to Tiger Woods for his optimism: "I'm still
ahead of [Nicklaus'] pace." Does he know something we
Congrats to D-Backs for ending 14-game L streak ...
I'm headed to Wrigley soon, so I'm glad (and a little
freaked) that the Cubs will finally put up netting for
the falling concrete ...