HOT: YU GOT IT
To go with his 6--1 record, Rangers righthander Yu Darvish (above) has the league's lowest hits per nine innings (5.13) and the best strikeout rate (13.67 K/9), and has fanned 80 in eight starts—putting him on pace to become the AL's first 300-K pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999.
NOT: MATTER OF DEGREE
A month after Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice for abusing his players, it's come to light that RU's new hire, Eddie Jordan (above), never graduated from the school, despite the university's assertions that he had. Last Friday, Rutgers said that the claim was "in error."
HOT: UNITED FRONT
Sir Alex Ferguson is hanging up his hair dryer, but Manchester United wrapped up a 20th league title and poached a respected successor, David Moyes (above), from Everton; meanwhile noisy rival Man City, trophyless in 2013, on Monday sent manager Roberto Mancini packing.
NOT: L.A. STORY? SORRY
Through Sunday the Dodgers (15--21) had just two wins in May, second fewest in the bigs. Picked by many to make the playoffs, Los Angeles is 28th in runs (127) and 27th in slugging (.374). Not helping? Well, that'd be Matt Kemp, who has just one home run and 14 RBIs this season.
HOT: GOLDEN BOYS
Golden State's Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, are killing it from the three-point line this postseason. In 10 games the pair is shooting a combined 42.5%, with Curry (above) leading all playoff performers, with 39 treys, and Thompson second, with 23.
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