Lawyer said Grimsley was asked to wear wire in Bonds' probe: According to his attorney, Jason Grimsley refused to wear a wire in a direct attempt by the Feds to target Barry Bonds. It's just the latest in this ever-expanding story.
Umpire gets physical: Major League Baseball umpire Tony Randazzo apparently initiated physical contact with Colorado manager Clint Hurdle during an argument on Wednesday. Hurdle was objecting to Randazzo's ejection of Colorado pitcher Ray King, who also said Randazzo made contact with him. With no TV crews on hand, however, proving the contact might be difficult. That is, except for the thousands of fans who witnessed the argument.
So it really was the putter that deralied Tiger at the Masters: All is right in the world now that Tiger Woods has had his putter fixed. All those missed putts on Sunday at Augusta are now a distant memory, or so he hopes.
So much for Pujol's run at the HR and RBI records: St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, the major league leader in HRs (25) and RBIs (65), injured his right oblique muscle in Saturday's game and might miss up to six weeks. He was on pace for 74 HRs and 192 RBIs, both of which would've been new MLB records.
Cuban: For the first time in my life, I'm speechless: The Dallas Mavericks have made it the first finals since 1971 to have two first-time participants, leaving their owner with nothing to say, a first as well. So, will the Mavs wilt under the Heat? Or the other way around?
Will Wie make history?: Michelle Wie competes for a spot in the men's U.S. Open on Monday in a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club in New Jersey. She needs to finish in the top 18 out of 153 entrants to earn a trip to Winged Foot. Needless to say, if she succeeds, it will be a first for a woman golfer to earn a spot in the men's U.S. Open, not to mention a 16-year-old girl still in high school.
Why bother with the President's Cup?: Is this off-Ryder-Cup-years competition worth having? With most players lukewarm to it at best, and interest so-so in the golfing public's eye, maybe it's time to stop playing it. Or maybe not. This indifference is exactly the President Cup's problem. Nobody seems to really care except Tim Finchem and the suits at the PGA Tour.
Eddie back in the NFL?: Reportedly, Jerry Jones and another prominent owner would lobby their peers to allow Eddie D., the former owner of the SF 49ers during their 5-Super-Bowl-in-14-years run, back into the NFL if he wants to buy a team. Eddie and his old sidekick Carmen Policy have been talking about making a bid for a team, so this isn't just idle talk, apparently. Think the 49ers could use some help?
Ranking the MLB's overpaid and underpaid by position: Who's not making an honest wage on the diamond? You'll be surprised at some of the choices. As you will by one of the biggest choices on the underpaid list.
Is Jack really done for good? No more Golden Bear?: The decision to skip The Memorial has many in the golf world thinking Jack Nicklaus is really serious about this retirement thing. Even though he hasn't said his playing days are 100 percent over, the Golden Bear has no plans to play in any tour event again and has said he's perfectly OK with not playing competitively at this stage in his life.
Cowboys and Patriots Super Bowl Bound?: Peter King sure knows how to stir things up. The SI columnist tossed out Dallas and New England as his early Super Bowl picks. Who do you think will be there at the end of the 2006-2007 season in the NFL's biggest game?
Gooden: "I'd rather get shot than come back here": Will prison finally be the thing that enables Dwight Gooden to kick his drug habit? Or will this sad tale of a spectacular career gone wrong and, more importantly, his life, keep spiraling downward?
Woods skips Memorial:: Tiger, still mourning the death of his dad, decided to not play in Jack's tournament for the first time since becoming a full-time pro in 1997. Woods, a three-time winner at Muirfield Village, will most likely go into the U.S. Open without having played a tournament since finishing in a tie for third at The Masters in early April. That is, if he decides to play the U.S. Open.
Duke women stand by their men:: In a show of support, members of the Duke's women's lacrosse team wrote the numbers of the three Duke men's lacrosse players accused of rape on wristbands they wore during warmups for their NCAA semifinal game on Friday night.
The No-Fun NFL strikes again: Reggie Bush was denied his request to wear his college number, No. 5, in the pros because the NFL mandates that running backs wear numbers between 20-49 and the competition committee said no to his petition in a ruling this week. Numerous columnists, most notably SI's Peter King, have called this rule silly but it doesn't matter for Bush because he was still denied, even though he was planning to use the proceeds from the sale of his No. 5 jersey to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims on the Gulf Coast. Just another move by the NFL that makes no sense at all.
Can Shaq do it one more time? Or is the Diesel out of fuel?: This might be Shaq's last chance at a title but with the Pistons in Miami's way nobody is predicting the Heat can advance. If the big guy comes to play though, anything can happen. Does he have enough left in his tank for one last title push?
Deja vu? Lebron, Michael...Michael, LeBron: Isn't it funny how history seems to repeat itself? First, it was Michael who couldn't solve Detroit's defense when it was crunch time in his baby steps into the NBA Playoffs. Now it seems to be LeBron's turn. I wouldn't want to be on the defensive end next year against LeBron, not with another year of maturity and renewed drive to push even further. He's gonna be scary good.
Who cares about 714. . .will Albert hit 80?: With his 21st home run on Saturday, Albert Pujols has 21 home runs in 43 team games. He also has 53 RBIs. Computed over a full season that would be 79 home runs (not 80, but close enough) and 200 RBIs. What numbers will he end up with?
Raiders look to the past for a coach,: with Art Shell taking the job. The last time Shell coached the Raiders was in 1994, when he was fired by Al Davis. This hiring came, of course, after several candidates turned down Davis, who many call the real coach of team. The ol' Silver and Black don't have the luster they once had, so good luck to Shell in his second go-around with the team. He'll need it.
Wie can "earn" exemption to U.S. Women's Open,: which is the stance of the USGA at this current time. Apparently the 16-year-old can earn yet another free pass if she plays well enough in the LPGA events leading up to the Open. Fellow teen phenom Morgan Pressel thinks Wie should go through qualifying. I think she should too. Her free rides should end. Time to start earning her spot.
What would it take to ride one of these?: Think about it...what would you require in terms of monetary or any other kind of reward to jump on one of those 40 or 50-foot monster waves at Mavericks? Personally, no amount would get me out there...ok, maybe a date with Jessica Alba...
Super Bowl watched in second-most homes behind final episode of M*A*S*H,: which is kind of astounding in today's day and age of hundreds of cable (or dish) channels, not to mention video games, DVDs, and all kinds of other distractions. Guess that proves the NFL is truly America's pastime now, once and for all?