Who's Hot Who's Not

July 04, 2010

Who's Hot

LEBRON MANIA

It's midnight on July 1. Do you know where your NBA free-agent superstar is? Get set for a LeBronathon, a news binge that will make those Favre watches seem like sound bites. Once King James lands, other dominoes (Wade, Bosh—maybe even CP3 in a trade) will fall—reshaping the NBA for a generation.

CHI-TOWN SIZZLE

Hooray for interleague play! The White Sox, winners of 11 straight before losing to the Cubs on Sunday, were 15--3 against NL foes and only 1½ games out of first. A key: slugger Paul Konerko (right), who banged a game-winning dinger last Saturday and was tied for first in the AL in homers (20).

BIG APPLE SOUTHPAW

By throwing eight innings of four-hit ball in a 2--1 win over the Dodgers last Friday, the Yankees' CC Sabathia ran his record in June to 5--0 with a 2.19 ERA. What's really scary: The big fella still wasn't satisfied. "Fastball command was erratic all night," he said. Something to work on in July.

Who's Not

SOCCER FEVER

It broke here big time with Team USA's loss last Saturday and was fully cured when England, many fans' "other team," went down the next day. We will dearly miss Ian Darke's calls describing the exploits of Al-TEE-dore. To the Yanks we say, better luck in '14—and by all means stay away from Ghana.

CHI-TOWN FIZZLE

Another long, hot Cubs summer commenced when righty Carlos Zambrano went ballistic in the dugout last Friday during a tiff with first baseman Derrek Lee. Zambrano has been banished to the pen. "These guys are trying ... believe me," said manager Lou Piniella of his club, mired in fourth.

BIG APPLE SOUTHPAW

Johan Santana's June swoon: After being hammered last Saturday for five runs in six innings during a 6--0 loss to the Twins (his old team), Santana (career ERA: 3.14) had gone 1--3 with a 4.68 ERA for the month. He also had to answer accusations of sexual assault (for which he hasn't been charged).

PHOTOKIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT/US PRESSWIRE (JAMES) PHOTORON VESELY/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IAMGES (KONERKO) PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (SANTANA)

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