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June 11, 2012
June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
JOSH HAMILTON
  • Josh Hamilton has outsized talents and grand plans for the free-agent windfall coming his way. But the Rangers' centerfielder also feels pressure to be larger than life. Through his faith, his family and a more studious approach to the game, he's learning bigger isn't always better

STANLEY CUP FINALS
ROAD TO BRAZIL
BOXING
U.S. DECATHLETES
Departments

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NOT: FUNNYBALL

This is an article from the June 11, 2012 issue

Oakland is laughably bad, having lost 10 of 11 and ranking 28th or worse in every major offensive statistic except HRs (22nd), which might explain the San Francisco Chronicle's labeling owner Lew Wolff "the most hated man in Oakland." Wolff's failure to find his team a new home doesn't help.

HOT: PLUCK O' THE IRISH

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton is cutting off I'll Have Another after two wins—he publicly picked 3-year-old Dullahan (who finished third at the Kentucky Derby) to thwart a Triple Crown bid at Belmont. And Notre Dame got a commitment from Rivals.com's No. 4 overall prospect, LB Jaylon Smith.

NOT: ENGLAND STINGS

The Three Lions have never won soccer's European Championship—and their chances in the 2012 tourney, which starts Friday, took a hit with the loss to injury of MFs Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry as well as D Gary Cahill (below), who broke his jaw colliding with GK Joe Hart last Saturday.

HOT: FINTASTIC

Giancarlo Stanton obliterated May, leading the NL in HRs (12), slugging (.769) and OPS (1.201) as Miami went 21--8, a franchise best for one month. In other South Beach news: HBO chose Miami for its eighth season of Hard Knocks—that after seemingly half of the NFL said, "No thanks."

NOT: BUSCH: WACK

On probation already after nearly wiping out members of Ryan Newman's pit crew, Kurt Busch ripped into a reporter who asked about the situation, saying, "[My probation] refrains me from beating the s--- out of you." On Monday, NASCAR suspended him until June 13.

PHOTOSTEPHEN A. ARCE/CAL SPORT MEDIA (BUSCH)PHOTOTOM DIPACE (STANTON)PHOTODAVID KLEIN/SPORTIMAGE/CAL SPORT MEDIA (CAHILL)PHOTOERIC PATTERSON/ECLIPSE/ZUMAPRESS.COM (DULLAHAN)PHOTOANDY KING/AP (A'S PLAYER)