The coronation of Rory McIlroy
Golf: We witnessed history from Rory McIlroy, 22, of Northern Ireland, who won the U.S. Open in one of greatest major tournament wins of all time. McIlroy -- the youngest winner in 88 years -- tied or broke 12 records at Congressional, including lowest score in relation to par (-16) and lowest total (268). American crowds, normally partisan, chanted for him all day and on-air commentators truly ran out of superlatives (superb, brilliant, perfect) to describe what he had done. (Not to mention, he's beyond adorable.) A poised, confident mop-top with a working-class background, he hit breathtaking shot after shot. McIlroy earned fans when he spoke eloquently at the Masters in April about his epic Sunday collapse without blaming anyone else. And he added many more Sunday in what was a thrilling performance in front of his father on Father's Day.
MLB: Marlins manager Edwin Rodriquez unexpectedly quit Sunday. With his team falling to 1-18 this month, maybe it's not such a shock. And, frankly, his term as manager will be more forgettable than not. The 80-year-old Jack McKeon is expected to be named interim manager. But what really happened? Thinking there's more to this story ...
Side note: There's something in the summer air. Three pitchers threw complete games Sunday: Seattle's Jason Vargas, Detroit's Justin Verlander and Tampa Bay's James Shields.
College baseball: The College World Series kicked off this weekend. Virginia scratched out enough for a 4-1 victory over Cal on Sunday. The No. 1 seed Cavaliers move to a Bracket 2 winners' game on Tuesday night. They'll play defending champion South Carolina, a 5-4 winner over Texas A&M on Sunday night. Cal will meet Texas A&M in an elimination game Tuesday afternoon. The Bears will need to win four in a row to keep their Cinderella story alive and reach the best-of-three championship series. Stay tuned.
Soccer: After several disappointing outings, the American team played strong defeating Jamaica 2-0 and moving on to the Gold Cup semifinals against Panama. Coach Bob Bradley boldly benched Landon Donovan (strategic not punitive -- Donovan missed three days of practice because of his sister's wedding). Now Bradley can breathe a sigh of relief: A loss to Jamaica after a series of tepid outings could have cost him serious credibility and maybe even his job.