HOT: WILLIAMS: SERENE
Serena Williams breezed to her 53rd WTA title, smoking Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6--4, 6--1 in the Swedish Open on Sunday. Coming off a disappointing Wimbledon (bounced in the fourth round), the 31-year-old did not drop a set during her five matches at the tournament.
NOT: BLACK AND BLUE JAYS
Toronto's latest swoon (four straight L's, 11 of 15) had the Blue Jays last in the AL East through Sunday, 13½ games back. Not helping? Jays starters had just three wins in July. Observed manager John Gibbons, "We're not playing good enough baseball to win a lot of games."
July 29, 2013
HOT: L.A. L.A. LAND
Trailing by 9½ games in the NL West on June 21, the Dodgers (50--47) had climbed to a half game out at week's end, thanks largely to SS Hanley Ramirez, who since July 1 was hitting .400 with four homers and 13 RBIs. A 2.31 team ERA, best in the NL in July, hasn't hurt either.
NOT: FAR FROM HOME
No fish on the plate: Through Sunday the Marlins had gone 37 innings without scoring a run (losing 2--0, 6--0 and 1--0 to the Brewers), the longest 0-fer since the Astros went 42 scoreless innings in 1985. Number 3 hitter Giancarlo Stanton was 0 for 11 in Milwaukee.
HOT: GETTING IT, DONNE!
Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne came out on top of the WNBA All-Star vote (with 35,646 votes, nearly 2,000 more than Candace Parker), the first rookie to do so. "I'm speechless about it," said the 6'5" Delaware grad, who averaged 18.6 points and 5.5 boards in her first 16 games.