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Rookies Ryan Howard (19 RBIs in 95 at bats) and Robinson Tejeda (2--2, 2.90 ERA) and sizzling sophomore Chase Utley (.312, 54 RBIs) have Philly in the playoff hunt. After Utley (above) belted an 11th-inning homer on Friday, then beat out a grounder to help ice a 2--0 victory on Saturday (Tejeda got the win), manager Charlie Manuel said, "This kid is playing some kind of great baseball."
The men survived a grueling tournament--high heat, injuries, coach Bruce Arena's one-game ban--to nip Panama on penalty kicks, win the Gold Cup and move to an alltime high No. 6 FIFA ranking. And the women's new generation looks ready: By blanking Iceland 3--0, the U.S. stayed unbeaten (7--0) since Mia Hamm's farewell.
East Coast Big Men
The 76ers reportedly ponied up more than $60 million (for six years) to keep 6'11" center Samuel Dalembert, who averaged a modest 8.2 points and 7.5 rebounds last year. This, 10 days after the Knicks handed 7'1" Jerome James (4.9 points, 3.0 rebounds with Seattle) $29 million over five years. Tall is good.