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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Dodgers: broke -- and happy

By Stacy Title

MLB: Poor Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt wants us all to feel sorry for him. Bud Selig's a bully, his wife, Jamie, never loved him, Fox Sports didn't stand by its offer ... Not happening, Frank. In fact, with the takeover of the team now imminent, Los Angeles quietly rejoiced. What a charade: McCourt's protests against dubious oppressors and declarations of love for the team have all been part of a calculated march toward a lawsuit. Sadly, bankruptcy court and everything that entails will slow down the sale of the team. But at least the Dodgers are heading to a new owner: Mark Cuban (please).

Side note: The Dodgers kept their minds off all the wheeling and dealing and had a historic night Monday in a 15-0 rout of the Twins. For the first time in the team's 54 seasons in Los Angeles, each player in the starting lineup had at least one hit, one run scored and one run batted in. The 25 hits allowed were the most ever by the Twins in a nine-inning game.

Wimbledon: Top seed Caroline Wozniacki went down to Dominika Cibulkova 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, and continued her frustration at Wimbledon, losing in the fourth round for the third year in a row. Serena Williams ended her rousing comeback in a loss to Marion Bartoli of France 6-3, 7-6 (6). Venus Williams also lost in straight sets to Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3, with William and Kate watching as surprise visitors in the Royal Box. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also watched winners Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, who played through the pain following a foot injury late in the first set of his match with Juan Martin del Potro. Afterward, Nadal was still in pain and hedging his bets (a little) on Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Women's World Cup: Japan beat New Zealand 2-1 Monday on Aya Miyama's free-kick goal in the 68th minute. England and Mexico ended at 1-1, with Mexico eking out the draw on a spectacular highlight-reel goal from Monica Ocampo, who hit an extraordinary strike from 30 meters out to the top right of the goal.

College World Series: Defending champion South Carolina won the first game of the College World Series final 2-1 over Florida, finally breaking through in the 11th when Christian Walker (cleared to play with a broken wrist just a half hour before the game!) scored from first base on two throwing errors. The Gamecocks threw out two runners at home plate in the bottom of the ninth and another runner at the plate in the 10th. South Carolina can win it all in Tuesday's game in this best-of-three series.