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Steve Nash

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Steve Nash

Some might call it a quandary. Hardly. Set to move on from the Suns, the Victoria native had recently been given the option of spending next season complementing the smooth moves of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, or looking like a fish out of water alongside DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani and the rest of the moribund Raptors. But the two-time MVP is smarter than he often looks in his online videos, wisely throwing his lot in with the 16-time NBA champion Lakers in his efforts to secure a first ring.

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Cliff Lee

The Phillies left-hander is often credited for his ability to win games in October. April, May and June? This year, not so much. In his 14th start this season, Lee finally won his first game on Wednesday with a 9-2 decision over the division-rival New York Mets, although it looks to little avail – entering Friday's contests, Philadelphia is 10 games under .500 and 13 games back of the National League East-leading Washington Nationals.


More than three million people watched the Euro 2012 final in this country, but if they had listened to Britain's answer to David Blaine they needn't have bothered. Dynamo predicted all four quarter-final winners – including specifying that Italy would win on penalties – both semi-final winners – again mentioning Spain's spot-kick victory – and that Spain would win the final by at least two goals. Jesus may have turned water into wine, but thanks to the Euro, Dynamo – who has also allegedly walked on water – managed to turn a one-pound bet into a £10,000 parlay as a result.


Dara Torres

They say age is just a number, but that's not entirely accurate. Just ask the U.S. swimmer. Aiming to qualify for her sixth Olympics, Torres came up short on Monday, finishing fourth in the 50-metre freestyle final. While she talked about the trials and tribulations of dealing with the death of her long-time coach and coming back from radical knee surgery, what she should have said was that she's now 45, a mother, and maybe, just maybe, just doesn't have what it takes to outrace teenage whipper-snappers any more.

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Adam Jones

As an incoming NFL rookie, you would do well to avoid the pitfalls of your predecessors, most notably Adam (Pacman) Jones. To his credit, Jones spent this last week passing on guidance to the class of 2012, advising them not to follow in his footsteps, and imploring them not to blow $1-million in a weekend as he did. Luckily Jones has learned the errors of his ways, and wouldn't do it again, although whether that's because he's nearly broke and set to earn just $950,000 in the coming season is unclear as yet.

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