Every pundit's darling (after 2005's season-closing six-game winning streak)
unveiled QB Daunte Culpepper (left), he of the big arm and optimistic swagger.
( RB Ronnie Brown: "It kind of rubs off on everybody else.") Even rain
couldn't dampen the mood of the first practice--the Fins retreated into new $9
million indoor practice facility.
The Mets' pair--Beltran and Delgado--hit .440 with five homers and 15 RBIs--in
a sweep of Atlanta. The Cubs' Zambrano (right) won his 12th game. ( Cy Young,
anyone?) And Baldomir's a welterweight champ!
Alum Corey Pavin, 46, won his first PGA title in 10 years. And the hoops team
is getting some serious Love. Coveted recruit 6'9", 260-pound Kevin Love
picked UCLA over North Carolina. Love on the reaction of Bruins coach Ben
Howland: "When I told him, he almost started crying."
With three straight wins--including last week in his native Germany--the
Formula One superhero, in second place, has standings leader Fernando Alonso
checking his rearview.
Ouch! Not again! In the first drill of camp Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley
(right) suffered a season-ending knee injury. Add him to the list of Browns
downed in recent years: Tim Couch, Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, etc. After
OL Ryan Tucker injured his knee on Day Two, stoic coach Romeo Crennel told the
Akron Beacon Journal, "If you dwell on the negative, you won't get past
Even after bringing in Roger Clemens and slugger Aubrey Huff (left), the Astros
were swooning, having lost seven of 10. The Rangers landed Carlos Lee (page
77), then dropped two straight to the Royals.
Those are the respective nicknames of Chicago's MLS and WNBA franchises--a
combined 9-30-7. The Fire hasn't won at home in five games, and the last-place
Sky's attendance is the lowest in the WNBA. Said Sky rookie Candice Dupree,
"We just have to ... keep our heads up."
Everything has a price. The hockey great's hometown of St. Albert, Alberta, is
selling the naming rights to Mark Messier Arena, as it's been called since
1992, to generate funds for a new facility.