Clemens' lucky twist of fate
MLB: In a peculiar twist of fate, the judge presiding over Roger Clemens' perjury trial declared a mistrial. Prosecutors left video evidence that the judge had previously (and explicitly) disallowed in a viewable place in the courtroom. While lawyers argued other points, the jury saw the evidence. Was it intentional, or as the judge called it, a "first-year law student" mistake? The answers to those questions will help determine whether Judge Reggie Walton opts for a new trial, or decides a new trial would constitute double jeopardy and ends the case, giving Clemens a get-out-of-jail-free card.
Side note: Christian Lopez, everyone's new favorite guy (you know, he gave back the baseball from Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit), got another gift Wednesday: The MillerCoors beer company offered to cover his tax bill from tickets and merchandise that the Yankees gave him. Add that to the baseball card being made with his image, the World Series ring he received and the pledges of $50K from New York retailers to help him pay off his student loans. Talk about karmic payback. Or is it? The Blue Jays pounded Lopez's beloved Yankees on Thursday with an eight-run first inning and won, eek, 16-7.
British Open: The younger Tom named for the older Tom played alongside each other at the British Open. Tom Lewis, 20, played with his namesake Tom Watson and was at the top of the leaderboard with Thomas Bjorn after the first round at 5 under par. (Lewis' round was the lowest ever by an amateur at the tournament.) The other talented youngster everybody is watching -- Rory McIlroy -- shot a 1-over-par 71. Stay tuned.
WNBA: Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, Seattle's Sue Bird and Indiana's Tamika Catchings were voted as starters for the WNBA All-Star Game. Catchings led all players with 32,706 votes, and joined Fever teammate Katie Douglas, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, Connecticut's Tina Charles and New York's Cappie Pondexter as Eastern Conference starters. Minnesota Lynx rookie -- and two-time Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year -- Maya Moore had 21,379 votes and joined Taurasi, Bird, the Storm's Swin Cash and injured Los Angeles center Candace Parker as starters for the West. Moore became the first rookie voted to start since Bird and Catchings in 2002.
NBA: Shaquille O'Neal will appear with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on TNT's "Inside the NBA"! One more reason the lockout needs to end.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.