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June 22, 2009

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They may still make some trades (page 32) and they're not quite in contention, but Colorado's 11-game winning streak through Sunday recalled its 21-wins-in-22-games run at the end of the 2007 season. And get this, Dodgers fans, it's happening under new manager Jim Tracy, on the job since May 29.

That was quick. The Olympic bronze medalist ran the 400 meters in 49.57—the world's best time this year—to win a Golden League event in Berlin, site of the world championships in August. Said Richards, "I'm looking forward to coming back and leaving with the gold."

Finally getting high on grass. A straight-set upset of Novak Djokovic gave Haas his first career win on that surface—and his first ATP win of any kind in more than two years. He did it in his homeland of Germany no less, and the crowd sent him off to Wimbledon with a standing O.

They win when they walk (the NCAA golf title, two weeks ago) and they win when they run. Under coach Pat Henry, Texas A&M's men's and women's track and field teams each took a national title. No school's done that since LSU in 1990. The Tigers' coach then? Pat Henry.

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After the NBA Finals the Magic point guard didn't dwell on losing time to Jameer Nelson—Alston was benched for the last 18 minutes of Game 4—because "there's a lot of other things that went wrong." Like Alston's play in Game 5: 5-for-15 shooting, only three assists and no defense against the Lakers' 16--0 run.

That was quick. The righthander, who's been in Triple A trying to get back to the majors, got a call-up from the Phillies last Friday in time to surrender three 13th-inning runs, and the game, to the Red Sox. After the defeat? He was sent right back to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

An early exit from the French Open dropped her from No. 8 in the world to 13, an unlucky number for coach Craig Kardon, whom Ivanovic cut ties with. Then came her Wimbledon "tune-up": a first-round loss on the grass to No. 10 Nadia Petrova.

The Tigers' righty can't seem to fool any of the people any of the time: He's winless with a 7.36 ERA in his last eight starts. After the Pirates shelled Galarraga on Sunday, Detroit manager Jim Leyland pinpointed the problem: "His stuff wasn't good, and his location was terrible."