By drubbing the Royals 15--5 on Sunday the South Siders completed a 2½-month, worst-to-first climb, attributable largely to their bullpen. Over that period Chicago relievers topped the AL in ERA, led by Bobby Jenks, who has a 1.15 ERA with 12 saves in as many opportunities in June and July.
No LeBron, but Chicago had the consolation of landing the power forward it was itching for in Carlos Boozer. Meanwhile, MLS's Red Bulls are unbeaten in five, and Pamplona's toros got their horns into two daring dashers (not fatally) at the annual running.
SIZZLING STEVE STRICKER
The world's No. 4 shot a 54-hole PGA-record 25-under 188 and in 72 holes had 31 birdies (one short of another record but lifting him to No. 2 in that category in '10) while winning the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., three hours from the University of Illinois, his alma mater.
For $14.99 Versus network offers live streaming and GPS tracking of the Tour de France on its iPhone app. Without it you may have missed the stage 6 scuffle (right) in which Spain's Carlos Barredo whacked Portugal's Rui Costa over the head with his front wheel.