The top of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference resembles Los Angeles’ rush hour at the midway point of the season, with six of the seven teams (more…)
100. Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic)
99. Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)
98. Maicon (Inter Milan)
97. Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
96. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)
95. Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk)
94. Javier Macherano (Liverpool)
93. Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina)
92. Kim Kallstrom (Lyon)
91. Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan)
90. Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
The NASCAR Nextel Cup series heads to Lowe’s Motor Speedway this weekend for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. The event is the first of two Cup races there this season.
Casey Mears is the defending race winner.
Who Will Win?
Jimmie Johnson: Lowe’s Motor Speedway is and always will be Jimmie’s House, as in Jimmie Johnson. The Lowe’s team will use a win on Sunday to remind everyone that Johnson, Knaus & Co. haven’t forgotten how to win. – Bob Margolis
• Given the kind of success he’s had at Lowe’s Motor Speedway over the years – five wins (including four in a row), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 career starts (plus two poles) – it’s hard to pick against Jimmie Johnson. Sure, he’s finished 10th and 14th in the last two races at Lowe’s, but if there was ever a time for Johnson to reclaim the title “the house that Jimmie built,” Sunday will be the time. – Jerry Bonkowski
The United States lost 2-0 Thursday to Sweden, which advanced to the World Team Cup final in the Red Group.
James Blake lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 to undefeated Robin Soderling and Thomas Johansson stopped Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Landon Donovan knows better than anyone that his steps into the history books of the United States national team on Wednesday will do nothing to silence his detractors.
Barring unexpected incident, the 26-year-old will claim his 100th international cap at the sport’s most famous venue, the modern incarnation of the hallowed site that is Wembley Stadium. It will be a fitting reward for a player who has served his country with pride and productivity since 2000 and who tops the all-time national goal-scoring charts with 35.
Yet there are many who are unprepared to give Donovan any credit, preferring to pillory him with accusations that he fails to deliver on the big occasion.
Warming up before Game 4, Tim Duncan decided to have a little fun. He threw the ball behind his back and between his legs, then went up for the lay-in.
Yep, it was going to be that easy.
Duncan had his best game of the series against New Orleans—22 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks—to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-80 victory over the Hornets on Sunday.
“I’m just trying to do my part,” Duncan said. “It’s just that. You’ve got to step up at playoff time. It’s win or go home. So you’ve got to step up and make plays.”
For months now, maybe the man most responsible for Los Angeles’ championship run has been ripped over the Pau Gasol trade. The mere mention of suspicions over Memphis’ motives gets the Grizzlies owner’s voice rising on the telephone, gets him going on the gossip that suggests something unseemly happened on the way to a Lakers renaissance. (more…)