Piniella must be Spanish for spoiler. Tampa Bay wrapped up a 9--4 home stand--its best ever--with a three-game sweep of the Angels. The Rays (27--15 in the second half) will have a lot to say about who makes the AL playoffs. In September they'll face the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels and Indians.
It was a just-what-the-doctor-ordered week for the Canadian pharmaceutical tycoon and Ottawa Senators owner. Season-ticket sales soared after Ottawa traded for former NHL rookie of the year Dany Heatley on Aug. 23. And four days later Melnyk's colt Flower Alley came from off the pace to win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
He said he no longer smokes pot and that there isn't "anything [he'd] rather be doing" than playing football. Then the Dolphins' running back showed some of his old form on the field, rushing for 59 yards in two quarters--his best preseason performance--in a win over Tampa Bay.
The Argentine soccer hero came clean, admitting that his 1986 World Cup goal against England was punched in by him and not, as he'd claimed, by "the Hand of God." The confession came on his new talk show, a hit in Argentina. In the pursuit of ratings, honesty is the best policy.