July 03, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Report: Wife dumps A-Rod for rocker
He's out at home! Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez's marriage is kaput, sources told The Post. A-Rod's wife, Cynthia, has been shacked up with rocker Lenny Kravitz in Paris. The couple's two daughters - 3-year-old Natasha and 2-month-old Ella - remained in Miami, sources said. The stunning news emerged a day after revelations that Alex Rodriguez has been paying late-night visits to Madonna's Upper West Side apartment. The game of musical celebrity beds has effectively ended the randy Rodriguez's already-shaky marriage, even though divorce papers have not been filed, sources said. Cynthia Rodriguez, 34, has been in Paris for at least the past four days visiting Grammy-winner Kravitz. C-Rod was seen outside the 44-year-old Kravitz's pad in the romantic City of Light as recently as Tuesday night. The magazine also reported that A-Rod may have gone to Madonna's New York pad as early as one night after leaving his wife's side in Miami following the April 21 birth of their daughter Ella. (New York Post)
Daly, Kid Rock hit trick shots
On the road to nowhere with significance in his rearview mirror, John Daly made a pit stop last week. He made history by setting golf back 100 years in a Buick Open pro-am. With partner Kid Rock dressed in bib overalls and a white T-shirt, Daly wowed the crowd by hitting his ball off a full 24-ounce can of beer. The crowd chanted his name as Daly, the Kid Rock of golf, blasted his Bud ball about 300 yards. Rock, the John Daly of music, used a beer can to bank in a birdie putt. It's a wonder a tornado didn't touch down. (Dallas Morning News)
Artest regrets Kings decision
When Ron Artest attended the National Basketball Players Association meetings in the Bahamas recently, some of his most respected colleagues implored him to opt out of his contract and join forces with their respective teams. When Artest attended Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Boston, he instantly sparked speculation that he could be the missing piece alongside Kobe Bryant for a Los Angeles Lakers team that fell short in its title run. But when the small forward and his agent, Mark Stevens, had a conference call with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie on Tuesday morning, one day after Artest decided to play the final season of his contract with the Kings for $7.4 million, the hoops love Artest had been feeling was nowhere to be found. Several sources close to the team said Artest entered with the hopes of discussing a lucrative, long-term extension but was told the Kings were not prepared to take part in such talks. The message, quite clearly, is that he was not a part of their long-term plans. Artest was told to play out the season and be prepared to either be traded or revisit the issue next summer, when he would be an unrestricted free agent. (Sacramento Bee)
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Brendan Hansen swims in the men's 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., on July 2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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This Day In Sports History

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1950 -- New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base (he handles 13 chances)
1951 -- Sam Snead wins the 33rd PGA Championship by seven strokes at Oakmont CC in Oakmont, Pa
1966 -- Tony Cloninger of the Atlanta Braves becomes first pitcher to clout two grand slams in a game, teeing off on the San Francisco Giants in a 17-3 win
1982 -- Martina Navratilova beats rival Chris Evert (6-1 3-6 6-2) to win the 89th Wimbledon Womens Singles championship

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