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Oct. 09, 2006
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Sidelined
Until at least next June, Mets ace Pedro Martinez, who was scheduled to undergosurgery on his right rotator cuff this week. On Sept. 27, Martinez, 34, wasshelled for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Braves (above). The nextday the Mets announced that he would miss the playoffs because of a torn tendonin his left calf. Three days later the team revealed that an MRI taken after hecomplained of a sore shoulder detected a tear in his rotator cuff. Mets G.M.Omar Minaya, who signed Martinez as a free agent before the 2005 season, saidMartinez told him he first felt something wrong with his shoulder in the startagainst Atlanta.

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Denied
By Roger Clemens, that he has used performance-enhancing drugs, after it wasreported that he was fingered by former major league pitcher Jason Grimsleyearlier this year. Last Saturday the Los Angeles Times reported that in anaffidavit, BALCO investigator Jeff Novitzky said that Grimsley named Clemens,his Astros teammate Andy Pettitte and three Orioles (Jay Gibbons, Brian Robertsand Miguel Tejada) as performance-enhancing drug users. All five players saidthey were innocent. "I've been tested plenty of times," Clemens, 44,said on Sunday. "I have passed every test.... I just find it amazing thatyou can throw anybody out there."

Fired
By the Nationals, manager Frank Robinson, possibly ending the Hall of Famer's51-year career in baseball. Robinson, 71, took over as the Expos' skipper in2002--he led them to a second-place finish in the NL East--and followed thefranchise when it moved to Washington, D.C., in '05. This season the Natsfinished 71-91 and ended up last in the division. "It's been a good ridefor me," said Robinson. "I have no bitter feelings."

Underwent
By disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, surgery to repair hisarthritic right hip. Landis, 30, who may become the first Tour champion to bestripped of his title--he tested positive for elevated testosterone levelsduring the race--has begun six weeks of physical therapy. (He is appealing histest results; a hearing before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is likely to occurearly next year.) Landis hopes to recover in time to train for the 2007Tour.

Agreed
To buy a 70% stake in the Memphis Grizzlies, a group led by former Dukebasketball player Brian Davis (above), a starting forward on the teams that wonback-to-back NCAA titles in 1991 and '92. After graduating, Davis made millionsin real estate ventures, including some with former teammate ChristianLaettner. Davis and Laettner are contributing $40 million to the $360 millionpurchase price; Davis raised the rest from investors. The deal is far fromdone: The Memphis investors who own the other 30% of the Grizzlies have 60 daysto match the group's offer.

Announced
By Mike Tyson, that he will fight a series of four-round exhibitions dubbedMike Tyson's World Tour. Iron Mike, 40, who hasn't fought since his loss toKevin McBride in June 2005, will return on Oct. 20 against former sparringpartner Corey Sanders in Youngstown, Ohio. (No other dates have been scheduled,but Tyson said he wants the tour to visit Europe, Asia and the Middle East.)After the McBride bout Tyson said he wouldn't fight again, but his financialwoes--he's reportedly $30 million in debt--forced him to reconsider. "If Idon't get out of these financial quagmires," he said, "there's apossibility I may have to be a punching bag for somebody."

Found
In a roadside ditch in Missouri's Camden County, a bronze bust of former Royalsthird baseman George Brett that had been stolen from the Missouri Sports Hallof Fame. The bust (left), valued at between $10,000 and $15,000, was discoveredlast Friday, three days after it went missing, by a resident of Camdentown,about 80 miles from the Hall's Springfield location. It was in a duct-taped boxlabeled please return to the police, stolen property. As of Monday there wereno suspects.

Reported
By genetic researchers in London, that the lengths of a woman's fingers maypredict her athletic prowess. In a study of 607 female twins aged 25 to 79, thescientists found that the longer a woman's ring finger was in comparison to herindex finger, the more likely it was that she had achieved athletic success,especially in sports requiring a lot of running. (The subjects of the studyranged from recreational joggers to elite athletes.) "I was quite amazedthat there are bits of our body that indicate our performance," said KingsCollege professor Tim Spector.

Reported
Erroneously as having died, Paul Vance, a thoroughbred owner and writer of the1960s hit song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. After severalmedia outlets had reported his death, Vance was inundated with calls, and twoof his horses were scratched from races at Vernon Downs in New York. It turnedout that the man who died was Paul Van Valkenburgh, who falsely claimed to havewritten the song under a pen name. Vance, who learned of reports of his deathwhile watching The O'Reilly Factor, called it "the most bizarre experienceof my life."

Go Figure

0 Hits allowed by Red Sox rookie Devern Hansack in acomplete game against the Orioles on Sunday; however, the game was called afterfive innings because of rain, so he was not credited with an officialno-hitter.

3-36 Road record of the Devil Rays since July 1; TampaBay became the first major league team to have a winning record at home(41--40) and lose 100 games.

2 Wins at Giants Stadium this year by Colts QB PeytonManning.

0 Wins at Giants Stadium this year by Giants QB EliManning.

3 Consecutive 100-loss seasons by the Royals, two shortof the major league record set by the Phillies from 1938 to '42.

Meltdown of the Week

ON SEPT. 23, Michigan State blew a 16-pointfourth-quarter lead against Notre Dame. Two days later talk show host andMichigan State alum Mike Valenti blew a gasket. On The Sports Inferno onDetroit's WXYT, Valenti (right) delivered a maniacal soliloquy that lasted 15minutes, during which he sounded like a cross between Marlon Brando's ColonelKurtz and Matt Foley, the motivational speaker played by Chris Farley. (Therant, a huge hit among bloggers, can be heard on the show's site,www.sportsinferno.com.) Among the highlights: a suggestion that Michigan Statereplace its coordinators with H.R. Pufnstuf and Teddy Ruxpin; a reference toNotre Dame coach Charlie Weis as "Fat Boy"; and repeated commands of"Shut up!" to cohost Terry Foster whenever Foster expressed concernthat Valenti might lose his voice. He did have to leave the show early, whichapparently taught him a lesson. On Monday, after the Spartans lost to Illinois,Valenti's call for coach John L. Smith's head was delivered calmly--and he madeit through the entire show.

World Beater

TIGER WOODS won the American Express Championship inHertfordshire, England, on Sunday, running his PGA Tour winning streak to six.While his margin of victory--eight strokes--against a strong field was a bit ofa surprise, the fact that he won wasn't.

The AMEX is one of four tournaments that make up theWorld Golf Championships, which debuted in 1999. (In addition to the twostroke-play events, the AMEX and the Bridgestone, there is a match-playtournament and the World Cup, an unofficial team competition.) WGC events areamong golf's most exclusive; the stroke-play tournaments have fields of about70 to 75 players culled from the elite of six pro tours worldwide.

Woods has an astonishing 12 victories in 22 World GolfChampionships starts, for which he's pocketed $15,702,500. (Those earningsalone would place him 26th on the PGA Tour career money list.) His averagefinish is 4.6, and he has never been outside the top 10 in stroke play.

Here's how Woods has fared against the best of thebest:

STROKE PLAY

STARTS: 15

WINS: 10

AVERAGE FINISH: 2.3

EARNINGS: $12,565,000

MATCH PLAY

STARTS: 7

WINS: 2

AVERAGE FINISH: 9.7

EARNINGS: $3,137,500

TWO PHOTOSJOHN AMIS/AP (MARTINEZ, 2)SIX PHOTOSCOURTESY OF 1270 XYT THE SPORTS STATION (VALENTI); EVERETT COLLECTION (H.R. PUFNSTUF); JAMES KEYSER/TIME LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES (TEDDY RUXPIN); CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/PA EMPICS/ABACAUSA.COM (WOODS); COURTESY OF MISSOURI SPORTS HALL OF FAME (BUST); JOHN BIEVER (DAVIS)