HOT: ROCK SHOCKS
Colorado is 5--1 for the first time since 1995, powered in no small part by centerfielder Dexter Fowler's four home runs (and .852 slugging), including one in a 9--1 win over the Padres on Sunday. With the victory the Rockies bumped their run differential to plus-21, best in the bigs.
NOT: JERSEY: BOY, OH, BOY
Winless in their last seven at week's end, the Devils (15-14-10) were ninth in the East—two points out of the last playoff spot—with eight games left. The problem? Well, Martin Brodeur hasn't helped. His .894 save percentage since March 25 is fifth worst in the NHL.
HOT: HORSE PLAY
Kentucky Derby contender Verrazano (above) stayed undefeated by winning the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, holding off Normandy Invasion by ¾ of a length. The only hitch? Verrazano's time was a plodding 1:50.27 for the 11/8 miles. He'll need to be faster in Louisville.
NOT: TRAIL'S END
The Trail Blazers (33--44) are going out in a blaze of—well, it ain't glory. A 116--98 drubbing by the Rockets last Friday (the seventh of eight straight losses through Sunday) mathematically eliminated Portland. Said coach Terry Stotts afterward, "It's definitely a downer."
HOT: ALL IN THE FAMILY
World No. 1 Serena Williams defended her Family Circle Cup title on Sunday, coming from behind to knock off Jelena Jankovic for her 49th career WTA Tour title. Another tour victory, and the 31-year-old will become just the 10th woman to earn 50 titles.