In a random, unscientific survey that included several scouts, executives, players and other observers, none said Alex Rodriguez was still the best player in baseball. "When I think of the best player, Pujols' name stands out," one scout said, a sentiment echoed by many. Others suggested Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer or Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria. (New York Daily News) Comment
Yes, the Los Angeles Clippers are having talks with Allen Iverson. But a signing does not appear imminent, because Iverson is still chafing at the idea of coming off the bench. Sources confirmed the Los Angeles Times' report that the team has offered Iverson a one-year deal at the mid-level exception of $5.8 million for next season. But, those sources said, Iverson remains reluctant to take a reserve role, which would be behind incumbent Baron Davis at the point or Eric Gordon at the two, just as he chafed in Detroit this past season playing behind Rip Hamilton. Even though Iverson would like to play in a big city, or, at the least, for a contending team, he's given no indication yet that he'd be any more willing to be a bench player in Los Angeles than he would be elsewhere. (NBA.com) Comment
In the midst of all the Roy Halladay speculation, there is something you should know: Any team acquiring Halladay probably would not be able to negotiate with him until after a trade were complete. According to a baseball source, the Toronto Blue Jays will not allow any interested team to negotiate with a player should a trade be agreed upon prior to the July 31 trading deadline. In some cases, teams shopping a player like Halladay will allow interested clubs to negotiate with the player prior to formalizing a trade. In this case, the Jays have no such intention. Halladay, 32, is currently signed through the end of next season. Part of the reason the Jays would not allow an acquiring club to negotiate is because the new team already would have nearly a year and a half to negotiate with the player. (Boston Globe) Comment
Albert Pujols connects in front of his hometown crowd at Monday's Home Run Derby in St. Louis. (AP)
In his inimitable fashion, Shaquille O'Neal puts his spin on Peter Cetera's classic Glory of Love. For more of Shaq's musical magic, check out this Michael Jackson tribute.
1996 -- New York Yankee John Weteland sets an MLB record by recording his 24th consecutive save. 1985 -- The Baltimore Stars defeat the Oakland Invaders, 28-24, in the last USFL game. 1978 -- Umpire Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering three scuffed balls in Sutton's possession. 1974 -- Billy Martin becomes the first AL manager to get ejected from two games in one day. 1962 -- Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run.
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