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After a few practice cuts in the on-deck circle at Camden Yards last Friday, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez stepped to the plate for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in early March, swung at the first pitch from Orioles hurler Jeremy Guthrie and belted a three-run homer to left. Rodriguez, who said he felt no pain in the hip, went 1 for 4 in New York's 4--0 victory.
Allison Brennan dived hair-first during the women's three-meter springboard finals at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale last Saturday. Brennan, who won the event, is the 26-year-old daughter of Cathy Ferguson, who earned two gold medals in swimming at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
Jussi Jokinen (36), a Hurricanes forward from Finland, slipped a shot past Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart and goalie Tim Thomas during Game 4 of their Stanley Cup playoff series in Raleigh last Friday. Carolina won 4--1, and at week's end led the Eastern Conference semifinal three games to two (page 44).
Kayaker Tyler Bradt, 22, of Stevensville, Mont., paddled over 186-foot-high Palouse Falls in Palouse Falls State Park, Wash., on April 21 to break the waterfall world record of 127 feet set by Pedro Olivia of Brazil on March 4. Bradt was fine after the plunge—though he did break a paddle. Check out a video of Bradt's feat at SI.com/bonus