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The Angels, a franchise-best and AL-West-leading 50--31, have sizzled for months. Now here come the A's (winners of 9 of 10) and the Astros (11 of 14), a pair of early-season doormats suddenly eyeing the wild-card race. Says Houston's Craig Biggio, "We don't consider ourselves dead."
It's home to four teams over .500 (the division gets a mulligan for the Devil Rays) and has the league's batting leader ( Baltimore's Brian Roberts), RBI leader ( Boston's Manny Ramirez) and hits leader ( Boston's Johnny Damon). No wonder the East has seven of the nine starters in the AL All-Star lineup.
Selection of Andrew Bogut by the Bucks made Utah the first school to yield two top picks-- QB Alex Smith went to the 49ers in April--in the same year. A bigger selection may loom: Utah law professor Michael McConnell is reportedly on President Bush's list of nominees to take Sandra Day O'Connor's Supreme Court spot.
At Motocross superstar's most recent race his girlfriend, singer Pink, held a sign reading, WILL YOU MARRY ME? The next lap she held one that read, I'M SERIOUS! prompting Hart to quit midrace and scoop her into his arms. (That was a "yes"). Too good to be true? Hart's also in the cast of The Surreal Life, starting July 10.