A 28-point performance against Atlanta on Sunday raised his average to 19.1, but the fourth-year Mavs forward is making more noise at the other end of the floor. Dallas coach Avery Johnson is campaigning to get Howard (above) on the NBA's All-Defensive team. "I pride myself on defense," said Howard. "Coming into the league, that's the only thing I could do to get on the court."
Needing a good finish at the CA Championship to make the Masters, Mark Calcavecchia made a quadruple bogey 8 on the final hole—but still made $63,000, barely enough to make it to Augusta. "This is the best I've ever felt after an 8 in my life," he said.
Yanks in Pinstripes
Lookin' good! Decked out in new striped duds, the U.S. hammered Ecuador 3--1 on Sunday. Landon Donovan (left) had a hat trick, including a goal 35 seconds into the game.
The Englishman (right)—who lost the 2006 IRL title on a tiebreaker—won the season opener at Homestead for the third year in a row. He's got his eyes on a bigger prize: "This is all preparation for the Indianapolis 500," he said.
The Phillies' phenom has had a horrid spring, with just two homers, nine RBI—and 18 strikeouts. Apparently it's wearing on the big fella. Before Sunday's game the friendly first baseman (above) snapped at a writer before declaring that he wouldn't be talking. "He'll be all right," said manager Charlie Manuel. "I can tell he hadn't been swinging real good."
Tying for third-place at the CA wasn't bad for Garc�a. But spitting into the cup after bogeying the 13th hole on Saturday? When asked about it, Sergio's response was below expectorations: "You didn't have anything better to ask me?" he barked.
Yanks in Pinstripes
With Andy Pettitte and Chien-Ming Wang (right) nursing injuries, the Bombers' likely Opening Day starter is injury-prone Carl Pavano, who hasn't pitched for real in 20 months.
Kahne had his best finish since February on Sunday at Bristol, (page 81). Alas, it was a 19th-place finish—after starting second. A preseason favorite to make the Chase, Kahne is languishing in 34th place.