Nothing knocks the Padres righty off his game. The NL strikeout leader (201) beat the D-Backs a day after slicing his left hand while opening a can of green beans. After getting stitched up at a hospital, he requested a tetanus shot in his left arm instead of his right, telling the nurse he had a game to pitch. "She kind of laughed and said, 'He's not pitching in no ball game tomorrow night,'" said Peavy, who'd also had wisdom teeth pulled three days earlier. Master of pain has a 1.31 ERA in his last three starts.
It's all about the brother. With older sib Michael whooping it up on the sideline, 21-year-old Virginia Tech junior Marcus scrambled and passed the Hokies to a come-from-behind victory in his first college game as a starting quarterback. Said Marcus, "It was everything I expected."
The 18-year-old hottie (she wears a T-shirt that says i'm cute? no s---) became the first Indian woman to reach the U.S. Open's fourth round (she lost to Maria Sharapova) and has ignited a tennis mania in her home country. (She has two bodyguards.) Now ranked No. 42 (14 months ago she was No. 430), she already has endorsement offers from 18 companies.
South Carolina's savior (SI, Aug. 22) got his first NCAA win in nearly three years, and he has a head for business. The Spur's Lid he invented--a floppy tennis hat with the top cut out--is a must-have item in Columbia, S.C., at $24.95. Spurrier, who came up with the hat on a trip to the beach, will donate profits to women's sports programs at the college.