President George W. Bush, the former owner of the Rangers, threw out the
ceremonial first pitch on Monday at the Reds' traditional home opener. Bush's
delivery was sharper than many thrown by the Cincinnati pitchers, who gave up
10 earned runs in a 16-7 loss to the Cubs.
A Wie Bit
At the Kraft Nabisco championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Michelle Wie teed
off on the 2nd hole last Saturday in search of her first pro title. On Sunday
the 16-year-old would claim the lead from Lorena Ochoa (far right) for one
hole, but Karrie Webb (middle), with an eagle on 18, took a two-stroke edge
into the clubhouse. On the first playoff hole Webb defeated Ochoa to win her
seventh major, celebrating with the customary plunge into water alongside the
18th green (inset).
Barbaro, with Edgar Prado aboard (in green and blue), charged to a half-length
victory over Sharp Humor last Saturday in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
In winning for the fifth time in five starts, the 3-year-old Barbaro announced
himself as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.
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