Asked about the report in US Weekly that he had been seen making some late-night visits to Madonna's West Side apartment, Alex Rodriguez said "No comment." Now, if these stories about him and Madonna are true -- and just for the sake of conversation today, let's say Rodriguez wasn't visiting Madonna for their book club -- that means he has joined another kind of list, one that in the old days was supposed to have included Jose Canseco, who has been hinting for years, without proof, that A-Rod may have had more than a passing interest in steroids. Madonna to Canseco to A-Rod. It's not exactly Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance, but it does show you that if A-Rod hangs around until the end of this $300 million contract, everything could be connected eventually. (New York Daily News) Comment
Coaches from playoff teams aren't usually on the hot seat. Then again, not many coaches preside over teams that haven't won a playoff game since 1996, are expected to go to the Super Bowl in 2008 and have the next head coach, Jason Garrett, ready to step in at a moment's notice. Wade Phillips has the temperament to withstand the pressure. Besides, he's no stranger to being fired. But it doesn't make the pressure any less real. So if the Cowboys don't make the postseason, or if they don't win a game or two once they get there, Wade won't be back in 2009. (Sporting News) Comment
The Washington Wizards yesterday offered unrestricted free agent guard Gilbert Arenas a six-year contract that would pay him between $125 million and $127 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, multiple sources said. (Washington Post) Comment
Carlos Gomez of the Minnesota Twins misses the plate as he tries to slide into home on a Mike Redmond ground ball in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, July 1 in Minneapolis. Gomez was tagged out by catcher Ivan Rodriguez. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
1903 -- Pitcher Jack Doscher, the first son of a major leaguer to play in the big leagues, debuts with the Cubs. 1921 -- Jack Dempsey KOs George S. Carpentier in four rounds in the first heavyweight boxing title bout to draw a million-dollar gate ($1.7). 1977 -- Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (3-6 6-2 6-1 5-7 6-4) in a classic match to win the 91st Wimbledon Mens singles championship. 1993 -- New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young loses a record 25th straight game. (His streak eventually reached 27.)
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