Security escorted a fan out of Lions practice this morning after he got into a verbal altercation with wide receiver Roy Williams. It was the first such incident since the Lions started opening training camp to the general public again last year. Mike Lazzara, 42, of Novi stood on the top step of the bleachers amid a sparse, mostly quiet crowd. He repeatedly shouted to Williams about taking plays off. "I didn't use any profanity to him," Lazzara said. "I wanted just to be constructive and tell the guy, 'You know, I'm not making $20 million a season.' The guy takes plays off. You guys look at the tape." Williams heard Lazzara as he went back to the huddle, then walked over to the fence separating the fans from the field. Williams suggested they switch jobs, as some of his teammates yelled. (Detroit Free Press) Comment
"I'm going to be ready to throw," Phillies closer Brad Lidge said before last night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "It's up to them right now. If they don't call down [to the bullpen], they don't call down, but I'm ready." That's a relief for the Phillies, if Lidge's assessment is accurate. He had been unable to pitch since Friday because of stiffness, soreness and inflammation in his right shoulder. Lidge said his shoulder had not felt 100 percent since before the All-Star Game last month at Yankee Stadium. But he also acknowledged that the way he was used at the All-Star Game did not help matters. Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle had Lidge warm up six times before he pitched in the 15th inning. Lidge had not warmed up more than once in a game before that. "He's just now getting back to where he should be, really," said manager Charlie Manuel, who was not happy that Hurdle used his closer like that in an exhibition game. "That he's sore every now and then goes back to the fact that he threw 120 pitches and he's only used to throwing around 30." (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment
Mark Cuban believes that the movement of NBA veterans to Europe is actually a good thing for the NBA. Really. Cuban's stance on the issue might change if, say, Dirk doubles his salary by returning to Europe once his contract expires. But Cuban did blog an interesting case to support his stance that the NBA benefits from the Euro competition for talent. Cuban, whose stance against NBA players participating in the Olympics is well known, would like to see the Euro teams advance to the point where they could compete against the elite NBA teams in tournaments. (Dallas Morning News) Comment
Justin Spring helped the U.S. gynmastics team win the bronze medal, a strong showing considering the absence of the Hamm brothers. (Al Tielemans/SI)
Kobe faces China during a 1996 summer league game before his rookie season.
Game To Watch
Diamondbacks at Rockies, 9:05 p.m. ET -- Adam Dunn is expected to bat cleanup in his Arizona debut.
1969 -- The Celtics are sold for an NBA-record $6 million. 1970 -- Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against Major League Baseball. 1973 -- Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Championship for his 14th major, breaking Bobby Jones' record. 1974 -- Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are elected to the Hall of Fame together. 1994 -- Baseball's eighth work stoppage begins, a players' strike that wiped out the rest of the regular season and postseason.
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