HOT: SOX AND THE CITY
This is an article from the May 28, 2012 issue
Four straight W's? Check. Back to .500? Done. Sweep of the crosstown Cubs? Yup. The White Sox (21--21) outscored the North Siders 16--6 at Wrigley over the weekend with help on Sunday from ace Jake Peavy's seven strikeouts in a 6--0 victory.
NOT: DALLAS MALICE
FC Dallas (3-4-6) hasn't won since April 14, has a league-worst -7 goal difference and last week lost top midfielder Brek Shea to a three-game suspension for kicking a ball at a referee. Shea was subsequently a surprise omission from the U.S. national team training camp roster.
HOT: OH, HENRIK!
Is there any other player you'd rather have on your team right now? Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in his sixth career playoff shutout in last Saturday's 3--0 win over the Devils, upping his '12 postseason save percentage to 94.2%. His take? "I was a little lucky today."
NOT: KNEED TO KNOW
First it was the Yanks' Mariano Rivera, then Nats catcher Wilson Ramos; now it's the NL 2011 Comeback Player of the Year, the Cards' Lance Berkman, who's likely to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Worse news for St. Louis fans? This could spell the end of Berkman's career.
HOT: AVE, MARIA
Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 4--6, 6--4, 7--6 to win her second straight Italian Open on Sunday in a match delayed two hours by rain that turned the court's red clay to mud. Down 4--0 in the second set, Sharapova took advantage of 24 unforced errors from Na and won the next eight games.