NBA MAX DEALS
They are the minimum needed to woo LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh. But the wealth trickled down to Rudy Gay (five years, $82 million from the Grizzlies). Heck, the Timberwolves handed Darko Milicic $20 million over four years. So, next year during collective bargaining, how will the owners plead poverty?
HER SERENA HIGHNESS
In breezing to a fourth Wimbledon title, Serena Williams exhibited regal class, not royal temperament. Of overmatched finals opponent Vera Zvonareva, she commanded, "Everyone should give her a big round of applause." Noblesse oblige, baby.
NBA Finals rivals Phil Jackson (right, Lakers) and Doc Rivers (Celtics) re-upped. And despite England's tepid World Cup showing, Fabio Capello (an Italian) kept his job, which gave rise to a rump Facebook group named An English Manager for the England Team.
Some get their kicks from champagne; ours come from the duels that decide World Cup games. We dig the misses more than the makes, but we wouldn't want to be in the boots of, say, Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo (converted against Japan, failed against Spain).