July 13, 2009
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Phillies like Pedro's audition
Are the Phillies closing in on a deal with free-agent righthander Pedro Martinez to help their starting rotation? The team's front office will not say anything about talks with the 37-year-old veteran's agent, Fernando Cuza. But manager Charlie Manuel said Saturday that the organization came out of Friday's simulated game thinking that Martinez looked better than last season. The Phils have seen him work out twice in the Dominican Republic. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
D-Wade pushing Boozer trade
Heat star Dwyane Wade -- who has been bickering with the franchise lately regarding a contract extension and the team's need to improve its roster -- is lobbying, to a degree, for Miami to go after the Jazz's on-the-trade-block power forward Carlos Boozer. The two are good friends and were gold medal-winning USA Basketball Olympic teammates. (Deseret News)
Obama's promise irks U.S. coach
"President Obama put the pressure on US national soccer coach Bob Bradley -- and Bradley isn't happy about it. In a chat on Thursday with Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Obama responded to razzing about the US team's loss to Brazil earlier this month after leading 2-0. After accepting a signed Brazilian national team jersey, Obama said he told Brazil's leader that "we're not gonna give up a 2-goal lead." On Saturday night, after a last-minute tie against an unheralded Haiti team, Coach Bradley was asked if Obama's promise upped the pressure on him. Visibly irked, Bradley told the Boston Globe: "It's easy for him to say that. That's what I would say to that." (Boston Globe)
Must-See Photo
South Korea's Eun Hee Ji is doused with champagne after birdying to win the U.S. Women's Open. (AP)
Must-See Video
With beer in hand, Brock Lesnar apologizes for his "unprofessional" behavior at UFC 100.
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More O's
1991 -- Bob Milacki and three other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit the Oakland A's.
1979 -- California's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in the 9th.
1972 -- The Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts swap owners.
1962 -- Arnold Palmer shoots a combined 276 at the 91st British Open at Royal Troon.
1930 -- First soccer World Cup begins in Uruguay.


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