The most surprising thing was Daisuke Matsuzaka's lack of conditioning, and that he didn't feel he had to do any of the shoulder strengthening program all Red Sox pitchers are on. According to a major league source, Matsuzaka appeared convinced that a Japanese shoulder is different from an American shoulder. Head-scratcher. In the end, he realized it wasn't true. One thing the Sox have him convinced of now: He will be on the program next offseason. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Amare Stoudemire's camp has not heard from any other NBA team about the possibility of acquiring him or any interest in securing his future with a contract extension. Stoudemire's agent, Charles Grantham, said he would like to hear a commitment from one team in particular - the Suns. The commitment Stoudemire is seeking from the Suns is more than just being told he won't be traded. He wants a contract extension when he is eligible later this summer. Grantham considers Stoudemire a maximum-salary player worth an extension averaging more than $20 million per season.(Arizona Republic) Comment
As soon as he checked his rearview mirror and saw the swirl of pinballing cars getting farther and farther away, Kyle Busch knew that on a day in which there was one wreck after another, the blame for the biggest of them all would fall at his brake pedal. The hate overflowed anyhow. "Kyle just lost his head like he usually does when something bad happens," said Truex, 24th in the points after finishing 37th. "He decided he wasn't going to lift [off the gas pedal]. He was going to turn me on the straightaway for no good reason at all." After watching the replays from the Care Center with his No. 83 Toyota done for the day, Brian Vickers, 17th in the points and five spots out of the Chase, came to a quick conclusion. "It looked like the 18 was completely impatient," he said. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Jennifer Barringer leaps over the water in the women's steeplechase during the fourth day of the U.S. track and field championships (AP)
1958 -- Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in soccer's sixth World Cup at Stockholm. 1980 -- Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament. 1997 -- Greg Norman wins PGA St Jude Classic.
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