Pronounce it No-lasco, as in the seven innings of no-hit ball he threw against the Tigers on Sunday. After facing the minimum 21 hitters ("There wasn't anything fluky about it," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. "That guy was really good."), the Marlins ace was 3--1 with a 2.00 ERA this spring. Opening Day can't come soon enough.
On the short track at Bristol, Tenn., on Sunday, the tempestuous NASCAR driver (nickname: Rowdy) made short work of the competition, leading for more than 75% of the 503 laps, winning his second Sprint Cup race of the season and moving to fourth place in the standings. "An overall great day," said Busch afterward.
Their season seemed just about over a few weeks ago, but then Ottawa showed no quit in winning nine of 10 to close within seven points of a playoff spot with 10 games to play. Could the unthinkable happen? Captain Daniel Alfredsson: "It's possible, but I'm not going to talk about it."
Whew, what a Retief. The South African held on to win by a stroke in Palm Harbor, Fla., his first Tour victory since 2005. "The greens got scary," said Goosen, who two-putted from 25 feet to clinch the win and get into the world's top 25.
Mariners fans have seen this before. The big righty gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, blowing Venezuela's WBC semifinal against Korea. This after a horrible 2008 season: 4--15 with a 6.46 ERA in the first year of a four-year, $48 million contract. Now there's a guy you won't see starting on Opening Day.
Embarrassing his team—and himself—the 23-year-old motorhead hurled profanities at his pit crew during a Nationwide Series race last Saturday (the guys had messed up a tire change), then left his car by the side of the track. A day later he was calmer but still a Neanderthal. "I told the ladies to man-up," he said he warned his crew on Sunday.
Their season seemed over weeks ago, and Memphis has sure played that way in losing 16 of 18 through Sunday. "We lost our focus," said interim coach Lionel Hollins. He was referring to a 96--84 loss to the Hornets last week. He could have meant the whole season.
Juan Carlos Gomez
Sheesh, with friends like these ... the heavyweight faced his old sparring partner, WBC champ Vitali Klitschko, who knocked him down twice and gouged him before the ref stopped the bout in the ninth. Gomez's now 44--2.