Friday, August 13
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According to report out of San Jose, only Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia have thrown more pitches since 2008 than Tim Lincecum. [Lincecum] hates to hear this, but given his build, in comparison to Sabathia, Verlander, [Roy] Halladay, [Felix] Hernandez and [Matt] Cain ... if I'm the Giants, I do not want Lincecum anywhere near the top of this list. But it's too late now. Lincecum threw 3,814 pitches in 2008, second-most in the majors. He threw 3,439 in 2009, which was down to 12th-most. This year, he has thrown 2,550, which is eighth-most, and, with nine more projected starts, he is on pace for another 3,450 or so this year. You wonder where the 95-mph fastball went? (San Jose Mercury News)Comment
Charles Barkley is not ready to let up on LeBron James, nor will he be if James wins a title. "He's got to win multiple championships to make that situation work, at least two," the Hall of Famer and TNT analyst said. ... Barkley has been critical of James since he announced his decision to go to Miami on the July 8 ESPN show "The Decision." The next day, James, joined by a re-signed Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who left Toronto for the Heat as a free agent, danced around together on a stage at American Airlines Arena. Barkley said in a recent interview with ESPN Radio 103.3 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth that each incident was a "punk move" by James. (FanHouse)Comment
Brandon Marshall, who has proved already "be a restless soul" in Miami, is willing to trade any NFL work stoppage time for the basketball court -- in the NBA, no less. "Oh, absolutely. Why not?" the 6-5 Marshall said. "It's either going to be Denver Nuggets -- try to get a workout with them. And, of course, I'll try to get a workout with the [Miami] Heat. I think the better option might be the Heat. Of course, those high salaries, I'll come in and play minimum. Just minimum. Not for free."... In past practices he has been observed discussing punt-return techniques with Dolphins executive Bill Parcells, chatting with offensive coordinator Dan Henning, and showing an equipment manager how he uses his hands to beat defensive backs at the line of scrimmage. (Miami Herald)Comment
Tiger Woods drops his club as he drives on the fifth hole during Thursday's first round of the PGA Championship. (AP)
Carlos Ruiz's walk-off double capped a furious comeback for the Phillies, who rallied from a 9-2 deficit in the eighth inning for a 10-9 victory over the Dodgers.
Game To Watch
Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET, Ch4
- San Diego Padres
- San Francisco Giants
SI Vault: More Steffi Graf
This Day in Sports
- 1919 -- Legendary two-year-old Man o' War suffers his lone defeat in 21 races in the running of the Sanford Memorial, losing to a horse named Upset.
- 1989 -- Payne Stewart wins the PGA Championship at Kemper Lake Golf Course in Hawthorne Woods, Ill., overtaking 10 players on the last day with a final-round 67.
- 1999 -- Germany's Steffi Graf retires from tennis just months after winning her 22nd Grand Slam singles title at the French Open.