“It’s about damn time,” LeBron James cried after winning his first NBA title Thursday. Hardly. While James may think his nine-year wait seemed like an eternity, it was nothing compared to that of his 39-year-old teammate, who had to endure 21 seasons across eight franchises before he could finally earn himself a ring, becoming the only member of the University of Michigan’s Fab Five to win a championship. Considering they were considered by some to be “the greatest class ever recruited,” it really is about damn time.
While Ukraine’s goal that was/wasn’t against England on Tuesday sparked the predictable cry for goal-line technology in soccer, it was left to the TSN analyst – one of the few critics on this side of the pond to have actually played in the European championship – to inject some s ense into the proceedings. “How far back do you go?” the Englishman asked of the proposed video replay, pointing out the play should have been blown dead for offside about two seconds before the disallowed goal. Well said, sir, well said.
Though she continues to give it the old college try on the course – Thursday’s round of 70 at the Manulife Financial Classic was just the second time she’d gone under par in 19 rounds this year – she’s seems to be giving a far better effort at, well, college. The 22-year-old graduated from Stanford University last weekend, which seems like the smart thing to do. After all, she hasn’t registered a top-10 finish in an LPGA major since 2006, and they do say that holding a bachelor’s degree can boost your income by 40 per cent or more.
Because being a knuckleballer requires “the fingertips of a safe cracker and the mind of a Zen Buddhist,” according to former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, it’s hardly surprising it’s taken the New York Mets right-hander to the age of 37 to find his mojo. But now that he leads the majors in wins and earned-run average after back-to-back one-hitters – including Tuesday’s 5-0 whitewash of the Baltimore Orioles – it would be fair to say Dickey’s made it. Not half bad for a guy who gave up 14 hits and 12 runs in his professional debut.
While countrymen such as Yohan Blake are busy plotting to overthrow the reigning 100- and 200-metres Olympic champion, Bolt is unperturbed, spending his time this week smashing up his BMW – for the second time since 2009 – and writing his victory speech for London. “You are now looking at a living legend,” is how the Jamaican sprint legend has decided he will conclude his press conference after his 200 victory. So, with that triviality dispensed with, the only question remaining is: Who’s coming second?