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Monday, August 8, 2011
Caddie madness

By Stacy Title

Golf: Yes, I've read it all: He's an egotist -- even an egomaniac. But the fact is, like a great coach, a great caddie can help an athlete win. And Steve Williams did just that for Adam Scott. He helped him soar. With Scott's 17-under 263 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, he now has 18 worldwide wins (eight on the PGA tour). He managed to hold off all the youngsters, including Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa, 19, who opened a lot of eyes. Scott's score was the second best in the history of this tournament. Who had the best score there ever? You guessed it: Tiger Woods.

MLB: The Mets are crying. Daniel Murphy is out for the season with a Grade 2 MCL tear and Jose Reyes pulled a hamstring. ... The Giants snapped the Phillies' nine-game winning streak with a 3-1 win on Sunday. ... The Nationals handed the Rockies a 3-2 loss -- the 16th consecutive Sunday loss for Colorado, tying it with the Phillies for the longest Sunday losing streak in the modern era.

Side notes: Looks like MLB is not going to punish A-Rod for his alleged attendance at high-stakes poker games. They will speak to him about his involvement but, frankly, playing poker is not fixing games. Not sure why the shadow of Pete Rose hangs over everything. ... Glad to hear the Rockies are optimistic that Juan Nicasio will pitch again, after being nailed in the temple by National Ian Desmond's line drive. Nicasio broke the C-1 vertebra in his neck on the play and had it repaired. Let's hope his rehab is swift and successful.

Triathlon: A 64-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman both had heart attacks while participating in this year's New York City Triathlon. Both were pulled from the river during the swim portion of the event. The man died; the woman is in critical condition at a NYC hospital.