Who's Hot Who's Not

July 26, 2009

Who's Hot

J.A. HAPP
The rookie lefty looks like an ace in the making for the Phillies: After beating the Marlins on Sunday he was 7--0 with a 2.68 ERA. What's next? There are rumors he could be part of a package deal for Toronto's Roy Halladay (page 24). "I like pitching here," Happ said. "I want to be known as a guy they can count on."

PLAYING COACH
When its only available goalkeeper was hurt in the 64th minute on Sunday, the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer had to go empty net or use goalie coach Nicci Wright. In her first pro game in six years Wright, 36, preserved the shutout of St. Louis.

JANUARY IN INDIANA
The sixth pick in the WNBA draft, Briann January is helping stoke the Indiana Fever, winner of 11 straight before Sunday. The tough reserve point guard—in her first pro practice she took a charge from a male player—is second among rookies in assists (2.5 per game).

FIRST-HALF STAR
Jason Marquis of the Rockies became the majors' first 12-game winner on Sunday. That's a good sign to start the second half: He's a career 60--39 before the break, 31--37 after. The Rox, winners of eight of 11, are within a half game of the wild-card-leading Giants.

Who's Not

MATT SCHAUB
No, Charles Barkley didn't have the most dangerous tee shot at the American Century Championship, a celeb event in Lake Tahoe. A woman attending her first golf tournament was hospitalized after Schaub, the Texans' QB, beaned her on 17. Will she ever be in the gallery again? "If I don't get hit in the head," she said.

RETIRED PLAYER
Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker, 32, was arrested for failing to pay $822,500 he lost at Las Vegas casinos. He posted bail and, before appearing in court on Monday, took time to play in the American Century pro-am event. Have to win back that money somehow, right?

JANUARY IN BOSTON
The NHL chose Fenway Park for its third Winter Classic, meaning the Bruins will host the Flyers alfresco on New Year's Day. Fenway's famous wall wasn't the only Monster making hockey news: Coveted Swedish goalie Jonas (Monster) Gustavsson signed with Toronto.

FIRST-HALF FLOP
Guess the manager wasn't the Nationals' problem. D.C.'s last-place club canned Manny Acta during the All-Star break, then began the Jim Riggleman era with four losses to the Cubs. The Nats (26--65) were on pace to win 46 games, the fewest in the NL since the '62 Mets' 40.

SI PLAYERS MLB POLL

WHICH OUTFIELDER HAS THE WORST ARM?

Johnny Damon, Yankees 54%

Juan Pierre, Dodgers 23%

Coco Crisp, Royals 11%

Jack Cust, A's 2%

Brian Giles, Padres 2%

FAST FACTS
Players could not vote for a teammate.... At week's end Damon, Pierre and Crisp had combined to throw out only four base runners in 2009.... Giles, out with a knee injury since June 23, has six assists—tied for the fourth-best outfielder total in the NL.... Cust, who is mostly used as a DH, had played only 38 games in the field.... Boston's Jason Bay, sixth in the poll, shared the AL lead in outfield assists with nine.

Based on a survey of 380 MLB players

PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (HAPP) PHOTOBRAD HORN/AP (WALKER) PHOTOSCOTT CUNNINGHAM/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (JANUARY) PHOTOHYUNGWON KANG/REUTERS (RIGGLEMAN) PHOTOMIKE MCGINNIS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (PIERRE) PHOTOPAUL SPINELLI/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (DAMON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)