With two outs in
the top of the ninth inning, the Fenway park scoreboard showed nothing but
zeroes for the Orioles last Saturday as Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz delivered
to batter Nick Markakis. With his 115th pitch, Buchholz struck out Markakis
looking, giving the 23-year-old from Nederland, Texas, a no-hitter in just his
second major league appearance. Catcher Jason Varitek embraced Buchholz (inset)
after the 10-0 win.
linebacker Zack Follett drilled Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge from behind,
fellow LB Worrell Williams (inset) picked up Ainge's fumble and raced 44 yards
for the opening score last Saturday in Berkeley. In the only matchup between
ranked teams last week, No. 12 Cal defeated No. 15 Tennessee 45-31.
With the finish
line in sight, Bernard Lagat surged to victory in the 1,500-meter final on aug.
29 in Osaka, Japan, becoming the first U.S. runner to win the event at the
world championships (page 54). Three days later Leroy Dixon (inset) celebrated
another of the U.S.'s 14 gold medals after a victory in the 4 × 100 relay.
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