David Beckham cast doubt on his 2010 return to MLS from an Achilles injury, but L.A. already has a stand-in: forward Buddle, who's scored nine of the first-place Galaxy's 10 goals through six games. Time to consider Buddle for Team USA? "Why wouldn't you?" asked L.A. teammate Landon Donovan.
JAROSLAV HALAK, HAIL!
The Canadiens' netminder (right) backstopped the first-round upset of the Caps (including 53 stops in Game 6, a non-OT playoff record) and had the Habs even with the Cup-holding Pens—all despite Montreal's being outshot by 96 in Halak's five playoff wins.
UNDERDOGS ARE HERE!
Three of the NHL's four lower-seeded Eastern Conference playoff teams advanced, as did two from the NBA's West; and in the Champions League, Inter ousted favored Barcelona, which put the damper on by turning the sprinklers on the celebrating visitors (right).
YOUTH TO THE FORE
Just when golf needed fresh faces: Rory McIlroy (right), 21 this week, became the PGA's youngest winner since Tiger Woods with his course-record 62 at Quail Hollow; Ryo Ishikawa, 18, fired an otherworldly 58 in Japan; and Alvaro Quiros, 27, reigned in his native Spain.