Movin' up: Receiver Bobby Sippio led the Arena League in scoring this year—hehad also led his Chicago Rush to the 2006 title—and now he's ready to reap: Hesigned a two-year NFL deal with Kansas City. Explained Sippio, 26, "Goodthings come to those who work hard."
Dave Duncan (the Cardinals' pitching coach; his staff had a 1.90 ERA over 10games through Sunday) and son Chris (a St. Louis outfielder; 20 homers) hadhelped the Cards get within four games of the NL Central lead. Big brotherShelley (above) added to his Yankees legend: a three-run, ninthinning homerlast week was his sixth dong in 41 at bats.
While the D-backs keep soaring, the University of Arizona got a serious boost:Ex-Wildcat and current Net Richard Jefferson donated $3.5 million to build asports facility on campus. Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood, measuringhis joy: "... it goes way beyond words."
Important numbers: 26, his age, and 50, his tournament wins. Said Federer afterreaching the milestone, "It's really a lot."
Slidin' back: Pitcher Chris Capuano got off to a 5--0 start this year—helpingMilwaukee vault into first place. Since then? He's 0--10, and the Brewers havelost all of his 16 starts, including Sunday's, when he celebrated his 29thbirthday by blowing a 5--0 lead and, perhaps, his spot in the rotation.
For defensive end Jerome McDougle (right), the Eagles' top pick in 2003, theuntimely hits keep coming. He's played only 33 career games due to injury (onea gunshot wound), and now he'll miss Philly's season with a strained righttriceps. Big brother Stockar feels Jerome's pain: The Jaguars' tackle is outfor the year with a torn Achilles tendon.
No màs. The nation's 69-year-old winter baseball league—Roberto Clemente(left), Willie Mays and Ivan Rodriguez played there—has shut down for financialreasons. Said alumnus and ex--big leaguer Mike Perez, "Today is a day ofmourning for Puerto Rican sport."
From the penthouse to the.... Veteran reliever cut by the Yanks got picked upby the last-place White Sox, losers of eight straight.
SI PLAYERS MLB POLL
Which pitching statistic is most meaningful?
Earned Run Average.... 33%
Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched.... 18%
Inherited Runners Allowed to Score.... 6%
Innings Pitched.... 6%
Padre Chris Young (left) led the majors in ERA (1.93) and WHIP (0.99) throughSunday; the A's Dan Haren (right) had an AL-best 2.54 ERA .... While 46% ofstarters chose ERA, relievers' top choice was WHIP (23.5%).
[Based on a survey of 212 major league pitchers] • Foran expanded version of the poll go to SI.com/players.
JACK DEMPSEY/AP (CAPUANO)
CHRIS GARDNER/AP (MCDOUGLE)
WALTER IOOSS JR. (CLEMENTE)
WILLIAM PERLMAN/THE STAR-LEDGER/US PRESSWIRE (DUNCAN)
STEVE WOLTMANN/WIREIMAGE.COM (SIPPIO)
BRAD MANGIN (HAREN)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (YOUNG)