Movin' up: Receiver Bobby Sippio led the Arena League in scoring this year—he
had also led his Chicago Rush to the 2006 title—and now he's ready to reap: He
signed a two-year NFL deal with Kansas City. Explained Sippio, 26, "Good
things come to those who work hard."
Dave Duncan (the Cardinals' pitching coach; his staff had a 1.90 ERA over 10
games through Sunday) and son Chris (a St. Louis outfielder; 20 homers) had
helped the Cards get within four games of the NL Central lead. Big brother
Shelley (above) added to his Yankees legend: a three-run, ninthinning homer
last week was his sixth dong in 41 at bats.
While the D-backs keep soaring, the University of Arizona got a serious boost:
Ex-Wildcat and current Net Richard Jefferson donated $3.5 million to build a
sports facility on campus. Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood, measuring
his joy: "... it goes way beyond words."
Important numbers: 26, his age, and 50, his tournament wins. Said Federer after
reaching the milestone, "It's really a lot."
Slidin' back: Pitcher Chris Capuano got off to a 5--0 start this year—helping
Milwaukee vault into first place. Since then? He's 0--10, and the Brewers have
lost all of his 16 starts, including Sunday's, when he celebrated his 29th
birthday by blowing a 5--0 lead and, perhaps, his spot in the rotation.
For defensive end Jerome McDougle (right), the Eagles' top pick in 2003, the
untimely hits keep coming. He's played only 33 career games due to injury (one
a gunshot wound), and now he'll miss Philly's season with a strained right
triceps. Big brother Stockar feels Jerome's pain: The Jaguars' tackle is out
for the year with a torn Achilles tendon.
No m�s. The nation's 69-year-old winter baseball league—Roberto Clemente
(left), Willie Mays and Ivan Rodriguez played there—has shut down for financial
reasons. Said alumnus and ex--big leaguer Mike Perez, "Today is a day of
mourning for Puerto Rican sport."
From the penthouse to the.... Veteran reliever cut by the Yanks got picked up
by the last-place White Sox, losers of eight straight.