HOT: HOT IN CLEVELAND
This is an article from the June 4, 2012 issue
The Indians are last in MLB attendance (16,375 per game) but first in the AL Central standings despite being the only first-place team with a negative run differential (-18). Credit the pitching: Cleveland has allowed the league's fewest HRs (37), and closer Chris Perez's 16 saves leads the majors.
NOT: FAIRLEY FOUL
After being charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in April, Nick Fairley, the Lions' 2011 first-round pick, was arrested on Sunday in Alabama on charges of DUI and attempting to elude police. The DT was cited for reckless driving, having an open container and lacking proof of insurance.
HOT: HAPPY LANDON
After eight months away from the national team (and after his comments about playing as he gets older had the media questioning his commitment), Landon Donovan got his first international hat trick in five years, as Team USA beat Scotland 5--1 in an exhibition last Saturday.
NOT: FEET OF CLAY
Andy Roddick was bounced from the French Open on Sunday 6--3, 6--3, 4--6, 6--2 by 88th-ranked Nicolas Mahut to remain winless this year on clay. In his career the 29-year-old has reached the fourth round at Roland Garros just once ('09) and has lost in the first round in five of the last 10 years.
HOT: KOVY 2012
Criticized for poor play and a sour attitude after signing a monstrous contract in 2010 ($100 million, 15 years), Devils LW Ilya Kovalchuk has silenced skeptics this postseason: He leads all skaters with 18 points and 11 assists. Said coach Peter DeBoer, "He's a team-first guy ... very unselfish."