Tuesday, July 5
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Like politics, distaste for a sports owner is often local, though some owners transcend geography. In 30 years with him as the owner, Donald Sterling's Clippers have had a winning season all of twice. Sterling's poor ownership has turned the Clippers into the punchline of any NBA joke (not involving LeBron James). Sterling is notoriously frugal when it comes to his players and front office, rarely giving out any large contracts -- and in the rare instances that he did, he gave those contracts to the wrong players. But simply owning a bad team isn't quite enough to get you on this list. Sterling has made many, many more missteps that demonstrated how he should have no business owning a pro sports team. (Real Clear Sports)Comment
One early knock on Sandy Alderson was the idea of his being risk-averse to a fault. Alderson warned not to stereotype him, and that decisions would be based on information absorbed during the season. We should have listened. Alderson is now leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season to try to retain [Jose Reyes], a free-agent-to-be, two sources with ties to Alderson told The Post. Even Reyes' first 2011 injury did not seem to have dimmed Alderson's belief that the Mets are best served working diligently to retain the All-Star shortstop. "He may be out just one day," Alderson said when asked if even a mild hamstring strain could influence contractual strategy with Reyes. (New York Post)Comment
Ndamukong Suh may have become a pitchman, but he's not ready to turn his team inside out for HBO. You'd think the opportunity to appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks" -- assuming there will be a training camp -- might appeal to the Detroit Lions' budding star. Far from it. Suh says he's glad the Lions declined the offer to raise their team profile on the popular HBO show. ... "I don't know if we'd be a good fit. I think it would be great for the city to see what we're doing and so forth, but, in my personal opinion, I don't really like the limelight ... especially when I'm in a workout," Suh said on CBSSports.com podcast. "That's probably one of the most annoying things that you sometimes have to encounter." (Sporting News)Comment
Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo dives, but misses a line drive in Anaheim's matchup against the Tigers. The Angels would ultimately prevail, snagging a 5-1 victory over Detroit. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)
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Yankees at Indians, 7:05 p.m., ET
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SI Vault: Serena Williams
This Day in Sports
- 2003 -- Serena Williams tops sister Venus in the Wimbledon Women's Finals.
- 1989 -- Mark McGwire nails his 100th home run, and was second fastest (1400 at bats) to Ralph Kiner.
- 1983 --New Jersey Devils purchase the AHL Maine Mariners as their farm team.