Derek Jeter's countdown continues
MLB: Derek Jeter went 1-for-5 with a double as the Yankees lost to the Rays 5-1. That puts him just two hits shy of the big 3,000. A quick stats and facts recap: If (no, when!) Jeter slugs that milestone winner, he'll be the 28th major leaguer in history to make the mark, the fourth-youngest player and the first Yankee e-ver to bat 3,000. Take it away Derek. Then again, Pete Rose hit 4,256 by the time he was finished. Guess that's showbiz. ... The Indians scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Blue Jays 5-4, the last four on a walk-off Grand Slam from Travis Hafner (after the Indians' Carlos Santana hit a Grand Slam against the Tigers on April 29).
Side note: Shannon Stone, a Brownwood, Texas, firefighter, died after falling from the stands during a Rangers' game. During the second inning, Stone asked Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton for a foul ball that had ricocheted into fair territory. Hamilton tossed it up -- Stone reached out for it and lost his footing, crashing onto the concrete, 20 feet below behind the scoreboard, out of view of the crowd as the Rangers faced Oakland. Stone's young son witnessed the fall. Just awful.
NBA: Deron Williams has agreed in principle to play next season with the Besiktas, a Turkish team, in the event of a full-season lockout. A bold move. What if all the NBA players locked themselves into second-case scenarios? Kobe Bryant in China? Here's how his name would look on his jersey. Pretty cool, huh? Not sure how Metta World Peace would look. Could be too long.
NFL (ish): Dallas wide receiver Roy Williams got his ring back on Thursday. The thwarted receiver had proposed, by overnight mail, to his long-term girlfriend Brooke Daniels. After she turned him down, he demanded the $76,000 ring back. She initially told him she'd lost it (fat chance), but his persistence must have worn on her. I say she should have kept the ring. Then again, I didn't have 212 pounds of muscle mad at me.