Acquired from the A's, the slugger had hit .466 with 15 RBIs in 15 games for the Cardinals through Sunday. ("Relentless" is how manager Tony La Russa describes him.) St. Louis led the NL Central, and for Holliday the good news won't end in October: A Scott Boras client, he is due to become a free agent.
Three days after losing wideout Harry Douglas for the season (knee), the Falcons ponied up $50 million over six years to bring back holdout receiver White. More than $18 million of that is guaranteed—not bad for a guy who was going to make $2.28 million this season.
Can Hanley Ramirez (right), the NL's leading hitter at .348, goose the Marlins past the Phillies? The shortstop's 7 for 16 (plus four RBIs and two stolen bases) keyed a three-game sweep in Philly that put Florida, home for 17 of its next 23, four games back in the East.
The sting of the dissing he got in The Beckham Experiment may be fading: The Galaxy is unbeaten in three games since his return, and after Becks critic Landon Donovan scored on Sunday he leaped into Beckham's arms. Said Donovan, "He has taken it like a man."
The revelations of his January drinking escapade and those unseemly bar photos—did he really have to put a shot glass there?—are saddening; the Rangers' outfielder has seemed contrite. Also hurting Texas's playoff hopes: Hamilton's .215 batting average and two homers in his last 36 games.
Before the preseason opener in Canton, the Titans' QB said his sights are set on getting into the Hall of Fame. He should think first about securing a starting job. His 5 for 10 with a pick against the Bills looked all too familiar—as did Kerry Collins's leading Tennessee to two TDs.
Firing coach Pat Coyle has done nothing to lift the WNBA's losingest Eastern Conference team. A 1--3 start under U.S. Olympic coach Anne Donovan—including an irksome loss in Seattle, where she won the 2004 league title—might have put the postseason out of reach.
The BlackBerry billionaire who wants to buy the Coyotes is not wanted. The NHL asked a judge to throw out Balsillie's bid for the bankrupt team after the league's board voted 26--0 against approving him. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said Balsillie "lacks good character and integrity."