As in Pooh—who else? Pooh Jeter, a 5' 11", 26-year-old point guard from the University of Portland, might well make his first NBA roster after averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 assists for the undermanned Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League.
THE EASY WAY
That's how slow-footed Cleveland third baseman Jhonny Peralta got his first career inside-the-park homer on Sunday, when Tigers centerfielder Ryan Raburn fell through a Progressive Field bullpen door while pursuing Peralta's fly ball.
Miguel Angel Jiménez purposely played a ricochet off the wall on the road hole at St. Andrews last Saturday—to within 15 feet. So what if he made a double bogey? It was the shot of the British Open.
Brad's dad was hot—under the collar—after Carl Edwards wrecked his son (with whom he has a long history of on-track skirmishes) to win the Nationwide race in St. Louis. "I'll get my own damn uniform back on and take care of this," said Bob, a 58-year-old former racer.
As in Nate--who else? Nate Montana, a sophomore walk-on QB and Joe's 20-year-old son, hasn't played for Notre Dame yet but was one of 44 people (and 11 Irish athletes) arrested for underage drinking at a South Bend party last Friday.
"I'm just throwing my name in the hat," Penny Hardaway, 39, said of his desire to join the Heat. Hope it's a Shaq-sized hat: He hasn't suited up in an NBA game since 2007 and hasn't averaged more than 12.0 points in eight years.
Wimbledon champ Serena Williams will miss three tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open after cutting her foot on a broken glass at a restaurant, leaving her plenty of time to design herself some shoes with working soles.
Carlos isn't hot—and the Cubs like it that way. The righty, on the restricted list since a dugout blowup last month, completed anger-management classes and is expected to start a stint in the minors soon. He could return to the Cubs by month's end.
SI PLAYERS MLB POLL
WHICH PITCHER HAS THE BEST FASTBALL?
Justin Verlander, Tigers 30%
Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers 11%
Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies 7%
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 6%
Joel Zumaya, Tigers 6%
It pays to throw smoke: The worst ERA of the top five belongs to Verlander, at a healthy 3.86.... Jered Weaver of the Angels, who leads the majors in strikeouts, did not receive a vote.... If you want to bring it, it pays to be righthanded. The top 15 vote-getters were righties. The southpaws with the most votes were Braves closer Billy Wagner and Reds minor leaguer Aroldis Chapman, with five (1.6%) each.
Based on 339 players who responded to SI's survey
ROBIN ALAM/ICON SMI (MONTANA)
CHUCK SOLOMON (PERALTA)
ROBERT BECK (JIMENEZ, BROXTON)
JOHN BIEVER (ZAMBRANO, VERLANDER)