Lockout blues

NBA: The best offense is a good defense and the owners outclassed the players by filing two claims before the players could. First, an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. Second, a federal lawsuit against the players' association. In doing so, the owners are one up in this increasingly bitter and contentious battle.

Side note: Need a distraction from the NBA lockout? Kevin Durant dropped 66 at Rucker Park, the famed Harlem street ball court. ... Where will Kobe Bryant go? Bryant recently said he'd play anywhere. Turkey seemed to be the front-runner for a time. Will it be there, Europe or China? Stay tuned.

MLB: Mark Teixeira switch-hit for two home runs as the Yankees topped the White Sox 6-0. On a soggy night with rain delays, he set the Major League record for the switch-hitting feat -- something he's done 12 times in his career. With 31 HRs for the season he also pulls within one of the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista for the season's lead. ... Garrett Jones, Omar Infante, Ryan Howard and Alfonso Soriano all also hit two homers, but from one side of the plate.

Golf : Tiger Woods said he's confident about his return to PGA golf at Firestone Country Club, a course where he's won more than any other place (seven times!) and he plans to work with his friend Bryon Bell as a temporary caddie. Bell is an inexperienced PGA carrier, so Woods will have to rely on himself much more than he did with recently sacked caddie Steve Williams. Firestone has no cuts, so he will have four full rounds. I wonder which Tiger will show up?

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