Keep your eye on
the ball. Words to live by, and Tiger Woods lives by them better than most. So
Australia's Nick O'Hern was planning his exit as Woods stood over a four-foot
putt at the Accenture Match Play Championship last Friday. Woods would soon
have a birdie and a win over O'Hern and be closer to his eighth straight PGA
win. "Mate," the Aussie said to his caddie, "he doesn't miss
Then he did. Stuff
happens. But in the what-will-end-Tiger's-winning-streak pool, who had
"carelessness and a choke job"? After O'Hern eliminated Woods from the
tournament on the next hole, Tiger's explanation was no less startling than the
gaffe itself: A ball mark that he failed to repair kicked his putt off line.
"I didn't pay attention," he said.
everywhere last week was stay focused—or pay up. Titans cornerback Pacman Jones
may have thrown away more than the $81,000 in cash he tossed at strippers on
Feb. 19. In a week when Scottie Pippen plotted a comeback at age 41 after a bad
business deal left him owing millions, it seemed in poor taste. But it got
worse. After someone filled a trash bag with Pacman's cash, a scuffle broke
out, and a bar patron was shot and paralyzed from the waist down. Jones wasn't
charged, but it was his eighth interview with cops since 2005, and he may be
done in Tennessee. Others are fed up with those who can't keep their eyes on
the prize. The NFL union just proposed a three-strikes-and-you're-out policy
for players who run afoul of the law.
is running afoul of the media. In Fort Myers, Fla., the mental focus of the Red
Sox' $52 million man, pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was under assault by cameras
and microphones. Oddly, many of the questions concern the effect of so much
attention on a person's concentration. "For me to see how far I have
achieved in preparation for the games," Dice-K said, "is to see how
batters are reacting to my pitches." There ought to be a three-strikes rule
righthander Carl Pavano is harder to understand. Since 2005 Pavano has barely
pitched, and this spring Joe Torre and Mike Mussina have grumbled about his
finally stepping up. Pavano promised he will—but probably not on the foot
injured when he was struck by a line drive last Saturday. That was nothing
compared with what happened to the Sabres' Chris Drury last Thursday. A violent
hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil gave Drury a concussion and touched off a melee.
Neil said that he hit Drury because his rival was not looking up, that he was
staring too intently at the puck. Sports, like life, is full of mixed
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