After a dismal May their 11--1 start looked like a fluke. Now, not so much. Florida is 20--12 since June 1, and after shutting out Pittsburgh on Sunday, they had won five of their last seven series. The Marlins had risen to second in the NL East, a game behind the Phillies. Said starter Andrew Miller, "We like where we are in the race."
While L.A. fixated on Manny's return, the WNBA's reigning MVP played her first game, on Sunday, since her daughter was born in May. Parker scored six points in a Sparks loss. "I'd like to see Michael Jordan have birth and come out and play," coach Michael Cooper said.
After Roger Federer's Wimby win, Woods texted his pal and fellow razor shill: "Great job. Now it's my turn." Hours later he clinched the AT&T National, an event he hosts. Federer has 15 majors, one more than Woods, but Tiger can catch him: The British Open is next up.
As in Wallace, the ref-baiting big man. He agreed to a two-year deal with Boston on Sunday, three days after the Celtics' Garnett, Allen and Pierce flew to Detroit to woo him. If things play out right for Boston, Wallace will be yapping at new Cav Shaquille O'Neal in the East finals.
Granted, their DL has more talent than some teams' lineups, but New York is fading. After being swept by the Phillies, the Not-So-Amazin's had lost eight of 11 and were four games out of first in the NL East. There wasn't much sympathy for the injuries, either. Said the Phils' Shane Victorino, "You try to stomp them."
He gets no love from Russia. During his trip to Moscow, a Monday press conference was shown on state TV opposite a rebroadcast of a month-old soccer match expected to draw a huge audience. Some suspect the Kremlin was trying to divert eyes from Obama.
A day before the famous July 4 hot dog eating contest, Coney Island hosted a new event: humans vs. pachyderms in bun eating. It went as you might expect. The three humans ate 143 buns in six minutes, the three animals ate 505. The elephant in the room: Why?
As in Ecclestone, the outspoken Formula One CEO, who went too far while expressing admiration for strong leaders. He praised Saddam and the Taliban, and lauded Hitler as a guy who was "able to get things done." Funny, we figured Bernie, who's 5'4", for a Napoleon guy.