A lift for the family: Mama Melanie Roach (above) is headed to the Games in
Beijing after a clean and jerk of 240 pounds at the U.S. weightlifting trials.
At 33 the 5'2", 117-pound mother of three is after a medal she missed out
on because of injury in 2000. Said seven-year-old Ethan, her eldest, "I'm
really proud of my mom."
He closed the deal! Beating Roger Federer in Hamburg gave the world's No. 2 the
only major clay-court title he hadn't won. Next up: the French Open, where
Nadal's, uh, had a little success. He's won all 21 matches he's played there in
the past three years.
A well-healed man. Since coming off the DL on May 9 (ankle), Phillies shortstop
Jimmy Rollins was hitting .375 through Sunday (and .524 over his last five
games). Does he think he's, like, MVP material or something?
There's more than squash at the Hartford, Conn., school (SI, Feb. 11). The
Division III baseballers are a record 41--0 (g'head, do a spit take) and
getting better, outscoring foes 82--24 since May 3. Are they pumped for the
D-III World Series? Starter Chandler Barnard (right, he's 10--0, with a 2.77
ERA) to The Hartford Courant: "We won't need any pep talks."
What a downer. The World Series favorites from Detroit are showing that their
slow start (2--10) was no fluke, losing 12 of 15 to put a stranglehold on last
place in the AL Central. They'd been shut out seven times through Sunday.
Manager Jim Leyland (above) to Detroit's Free Press: "We have a lot of
issues.... Our offense has been blah."
He coulda been a closer! A few weeks after anointing the reliever to finish
games for his Indians, manager Eric Wedge stripped Betancourt of the
responsibility. The righthander's 7.31 ERA may have had something to do with
Leading at Sugarloaf with five holes to play, Parker McLachlin bogeyed three of
them, missing out on his first PGA win. "You've got your nerves going,"
said the 29-year-old, who wound up tied for fifth.
He likes to wear Superman T-shirts, but it turns out Angels outfielder Vladimir
Guerrero is in fact human. A 4-for-23 stretch had him batting a mortal .259
through Sunday (his lowest average ever this late in a season) with just four
home runs. Explained Guerrero to The Orange County Register earlier this month,
"Sometimes you start bad.... I'm just in a slump."