Drawing A Bead
This is an article from the June 15, 2009 issue
A drop of sweat slid toward Kobe Bryant's right eye on Sunday as he warmed up for Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles. Bryant would score 29 points while leading the Lakers to a 101--96 overtime defeat of the Magic and a 2--0 lead in the series (page 34).
San Francisco pitcher Randy Johnson made a diving throw to first base last Thursday to put out Nationals pinch hitter Anderson Hernandez in the sixth inning of the first game of a doubleheader. The Giants prevailed 5--1, and the 45-year-old Johnson, in his 22nd season, became the 24th pitcher to win 300 games.
The Fires Of Helio
Helio Castroneves drove through a shower of sparks last Thursday during a practice run at Texas Motor Speedway after the skid plate of the car in front of him scraped the track surface at more than 200 mph. Two days later in Fort Worth, Castroneves won the Bombardier Learjet 500K for his 16th IndyCar title.
Caught On Tape
The finish-line ribbon didn't give way easily to Gelete Burka of Ethiopia (106) on Sunday at the 35th Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. Burka edged Jennifer Barringer of the U.S. by .01 of a second to win the women's 1,500 meters in 3:59.89.