Word from Valley Ranch is Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had a come-to-Jesus meeting with QB Tony Romo this off-season where he basically told him to get his butt in better shape. Now nobody is accusing Romo of being Val Kilmer, or even Byron Leftwich. The description used was "bottom heavy" and the message was more "We love you but... " than butt kicking. What The Redheaded Genius told him was, basically, become a better finisher. Cowboys coaches believe Romo has a penchant for showing up for training camp in just good enough shape to allow him to get out to a good start in the first half. And it falls apart in the second half because he does. He is not able to outrun the same players. His mistakes go up. He is not the same QB. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Comment
Several general managers and agents in the NBA believe that the Portland Trail Blazers -- a rising club like the Magic -- might offer the stiffest competition to sign Hedo Turkoglu. The Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks also have salary-cap room to put Turkoglu in play.
Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco says he plans to stay with quarterback Carson Palmer's family in July to make up for the lost time of the pair not working together much during the offseason. Ochocinco spoke about his relationship with Palmer before appearing on "Joe Buck Live" on HBO on Monday night. "We do argue all the time like a married couple," he said. "I think that's why we've been so successful together, because we have that type of relationship we can get on one another." (Associated Press) Comment
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby kisses the Stanley Cup while riding alongside goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during a celebration parade through Pittsburgh. An estimated 375,000 people gathered downtown for the event. (AP)
Showcasing some brilliant ball handling, Kaka scores the first goal in Brazil's 4-3 win over Egypt. Kaka also scored a last-minute penalty kick to give Brazil the win.
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Tigers (Verlander) at Cardinals (Wainwright), 8:15 p.m ET, MLB.TV
1909 -- Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win. This will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals. 1938 -- St. Louis Browns walk Boston's Jimmy Foxx six times in a row. 1968 -- Lee Trevino becomes first to play all four rounds of golf's U.S. open under par. 1975 -- Bucks trade Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley to L.A. for four players. 1996 -- 50th NBA Championship: chicago Bulls beat Seattle Supersonics, 4-2. 1996 -- 96th U.S. Golf Open: Steve Jones shoots a 278 to win at Oakland Hills CC.
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