This is an article from the Aug. 3, 2009 issue
Giants catcherBengie Molina, frustrated after lining out to Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar inthe seventh inning of their game in Atlanta last Thursday, couldn't even getthe satisfaction of snapping his bad-luck bat. Molina went 0 for 5 and strandedfive base runners, but the Giants won 5--1, to deny the Braves a sweep of thefour-game series.
Nine-time worldchamp Kelly Slater steered clear of the pier in his upset loss to Brazil'sAdriano de Souza in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday inHuntington Beach, Calif. With waves as high as 12 feet during the competition,Brett Simpson of Huntington Beach beat Australian Mick Fanning for thechampionship and $100,000—the largest winner's check in surfing history.
Dan Barner ofHershey, Neb., improvised a one-armed, one-handed technique—without losing hishat—during the steer wrestling competition at the Cheyenne Frontier Daysoutdoor rodeo and Western celebration on July 20 in Wyoming. Barner got downand dusty but did not finish among the top steer wrestlers.
France'ssynchronized swimmers aligned 16 legs and 80 toes as best they could during theteam free event at the 13th FINA Swimming World Championships last Saturday inRome. Russia won the gold medal, and the Frenchwomen finished ninth.