The USA Today preseason coaches’ poll was released on Friday, and here is your top five for the upcoming 2008 college football season, which kicks off on August 28:
So it took a few weeks for the Minnesota Twins to read my article and realize that they needed to bring up Francisco Liriano and cut Livan Hernandez and on Friday, they did just that. Liriano, who spent three months in the minors, took the mound Sunday against the Cleveland Indians and pitched six scoreless innings in leading the Twins to a 6-2 victory and into first place in the AL Central. The lefty recorded his first win in over a year and lowered his ERA on the season to 7.16.
I’m so impressed with the Oakland Athletics’ Brad Ziegler that I’m going to update his record streak until he gives up a run. With two scoreless innings on Friday at Boston, the reliever has now tossed 32 scoreless innings to start his career.
Michelle Wie missed the cut in the men’s Legends Reno-Tahoe Open on Friday by nine strokes with a 9-over par, her eighth straight failed attempt at making the cut on the PGA.
Rafael Nadal fell to Novak Djokovic 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals in the Cincinnati Masters on Saturday to end his win streak of 32 straight matches and five straight tournaments. Notwithstanding the loss, Nadal is set to replace Roger Federer for the No. 1 ranking in the August 18 rankings after over three years of Federer and Nadal being 1-2.
A possible Oscar De La Hoya v. Manny Pacquiao bout could take place on December 6, the date of De La Hoya’s final fight of his career. We would find out as early as Wednesday if the pound-for-pound king (47-3-2, 35 KO) would move up to the 147-pound welterweight to take on the popular boxer’s (39-5, 30 KO) swan song.
Big Brown bounced back by winning the Haskell Invitational in his first race since his Belmont Stakes flop eight weeks ago. The 1-5 favorite had to come from behind to overtake Coal Play for the win.
Team USA basketball 89 – Russia (exhibition) 68
Next game: Tuesday against Australia in their final exhibition game.