Tennis' "next Anna" beat No. 9 Daniela H-A-N-T-U-C-H-O-V-A (who makes Tayshaun Prince look porky) to advance to French Open 3rd round.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Not much makes for as gripping drama as the
National Spelling Bee. (If you haven't seen the
Oscar-nominated "Spellbound," it's the most thrilling
sports documentary -- that's right, it's sport
-- since "Hoop Dreams.") Doesn't make for a bad column
theme, either ...
"Can you use it in a sentence, please?"
Baseball conventional wisdom run amok is
instructing a Red Sox relief pitcher to throw two
intentional walks to load the bases in the bottom of
the ninth of a tie game at Yankee Stadium with the
expectation that he'll get not one but two more
"Sentence, please?" When Yankees coach Don
Zimmer says he's "fed up" with the blame game (mainly
at Torre), the drama and the Boss, some may call it
dissent; it's closer to "dis'-strategy," to
draw heat away from his manager.
Umps in Arms
"Can you use it in a sentence, please?" MLB's
Questec ump-monitoring system is "having an
effect on the game," one unidentified ump said in
today's NY Times, as umps modify their strike zones
from park to park (and system to system). So is it
man-vs.-machine posturing or a real problem? Call it a
power play at the plate.
Spurs/Mavs Game 6
"Sentence, please?" Dallas' home arena will
sound like an asylum tonight -- and that's just
Mark Cuban's seating section. That said, Don Nelson
better have more scampering surprises ready for the
Spurs, because nothing motivates like two days of
||"CAN THE SPURS SPELL GAAAAACK?" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND|
1 Spurs at Mavs (Game 6). Only 2 outcomes: Clinch or choke|
2 Ducks at Devils (Game 2): Anaheim must re-track
3 National Spelling Bee: Sneak a peek from work
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Nowitzki's health: He'd hurt skittish-D strategy anyway|
2 Honoring Roy: Let's re-focus on Brodeur, Jiggy
3 Mo Vaughn's future: Report he might be be finished
"Sentence, please?" Forget Mike Tyson's cuddly
turn as co-host on Jimmy Kimmel; he's still a
sociopath, telling a reporter, "Now I really do
want to rape her" about his early-'90s victim.
Blazers Keep Cheeks
"Sentence, please?" Putting a new twist on the
mocking nickname "Jail Blazers," Portland's most
expensive penitentiary (per player/inmate) told
the Sixers that they couldn't talk to Blazers coach Mo
"Sentence, please?" The country is in economic
distress, but apparently U.S. Senators from Big
East states don't have anything more important to
spend their tax-funded time on than to lobby the ACC
not to poach.
"Sentence, please?" More than 68,000 Michigan
State fans will pay for nosebleed seats when the
Spartans play Kentucky in December at cavernous Ford
Field, in the team's gratuitous pursuit of the
college-hoops attendance record.
How to Win Bee
"Sentence, please?" Prospicience was the
word that won last year's Bee. By the way, is this a
skill that translates? At least let's hope there's a
1600 SAT score in it for these kids down the road.
||Reds P Jeff Austin:
Gave up three straight HRs to start game vs. Braves. Second straight start to be KO'd in 1st inn. D-E-M-O-T-E-D to Triple-A after game.
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|Day-to-day drama in Bronx|
|Kind of like Boston 'pen|
|"Road to ..." movies|
|NBA West runs through Big D|
|"Thanks for the Memory"|
|Roy skates into retirement|
|Memorial tees off today|
If only there was a "National Sports Jersey Bee" when
I was 14 ...|
If MJ buys Bucks, he'll show up at team offices
just enough to realize roster is
Welcome to San Fran, Coach Erickson: Terrell Owens has
no interest in attending your voluntary minicamp ...
Watch the upcoming trial of ex-FSU QB McPherson; as
USA Today nailed this morning, nasty things are going
to emerge ...
Tiger the Cheap-Tipper makes a rare appearance at a
real U.S. comp at the Memorial today, complete with
that funky new goatee ...