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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
CC Sabathia is almost perfect

By Stacy Title

MLB: Yankees ace CC Sabathia was nearly perfect through seven -- allowing his first baserunner with one out in the inning -- and struck out a career-high 14 as the Yankees beat the Mariners 4-1 to push Seattle's losing streak to 17. There were 18 total strikeouts on the night, yeesh! If the Mariners lose four more, their collapse will match the Orioles' 1988 American League record of 21 straight losses. That boggles the mind. ... Atlanta outlasted Pittsburgh in a 19-inning marathon that ended at 1:50 a.m. ... a mere seven hours after it started. Julio Lugo was ruled safe on a questionable play at the plate by umpire Jerry Meals to give Atlanta a 4-3 win. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (and the replay) disagreed, with Hurdle following Meals off the field to argue as the Braves celebrated.

Swimming world championships: Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter freestyle, beating teammate and 14-time Olympian Michael Phelps, by .35 seconds. Phelps has said he will retire after the 2012 London Games. Let's hope he returns to full form before then.

NFL: The trade carousel was in full swing, (although free-agent signings aren't allowed until Friday). Ex-Trojans Matt Leinart and Pete Carroll could reunite in Seattle, where Matt Hasselbeck may be on his way to the Titans. ... The Redskins and the Vikings continue to work on a tentative trade involving Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton. The deal, if it can be completed, would be contingent on McNabb restructuring his contract. It could force McNabb, who could make up to $14.75 million in 2011 if the Redskins keep him, to take a one-year deal for less than half of that. Will he? He'll likely start in Minnesota. (But being traded for less money must be slightly demoralizing.)

NBA: What's next if you're an athlete locked out of the NBA and you've got bills to pay? They're joining teams in China, Turkey and Israel. How about $400K for a one-day exhibition in the Philippines (tax free!)? Or football -- for the diminutive Nate Robinson? And let's not forget pro-volleyball. That's the answer if you're Kevin Love. Can't wait!

Skiing: Olympic skier and 2010 silver medalist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson committed suicide just days after his arrest for drunk driving. Peterson called 911 from a remote canyon in Utah before he shot himself in the head. "Regardless of the amazing stuff he did skiing, it was the stuff he did for other people that was incredible to me," Peterson's longtime coach and friend, Matt Christensen told the Associated Press. "A lot of people saw his story and said he must be a wild jackass and a cowboy. He was just the opposite."