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[image-1]After pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays last week, Mark Buehrle continued his hot streak by retiring the first 17 batters he faced in his next start. Buehrle set the major league record of consecutive retired batters at 45. His streak finally ended when he walked Alexi Casilla in the sixth inning. Buehrle's perfect game was only the 18th in major league history. That's almost as many NFL teams as have expressed disinterest in Michael Vick.


[image-2]The New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats completed a swap for number two draft picks. No, not Darko Milicic for Sam Bowie. New Orleans sent disgruntled center Tyson Chandler to Charlotte for Emeka Okafor. Okafor has averaged 14 points and10 rebounds per game for his career. Expect those numbers to increase when playing with the best point guard in the league, just as Chandler's did when he started playing with Chris Paul in 2006. Fantasy team owners should likely draft Okafor over Chandler this season if they know what's good for them.


[image-3]Even though the most coveted arm in the majors, Roy Halladay, was not moved by the trading deadline, baseball's rich still got richer. The Philadelphia Phillies landed Cliff Lee from the Indians. The Boston Red Sox landed Victor Martinez. The White Sox got Jake Peavy from San Diego. Detroit traded for Jarrod Washburn. All four of those teams are competing for post-season position and those acquisitions should help dramatically. In the meantime, Halladay remains in the rotation of a team looking up at its competition.


[image-4]Like water torture, more names have been leaked from baseball's secretive list of 104 players that failed a 2003 drug test. What's ironic is that this was a random sampling, meaning more than 104 actually used some sort of performance-enhancing drug when the test was given. What's more ironic is that Major League Baseball think fans still care. The big name this time? Red Sox power hitter David Ortiz. To make matters worse for Boston, the Globe reported that two team employees were fired when steroids were found in one of their automobiles. Just when Commissioner Selig thought he had resolved his sports' drug problem.


[image-5]Tiger Woods is at it again, proving that when he's on his game, he's untouchable.  Tiger won the Buick Open on Sunday finishing 20-under, firing a 63 on Friday and a 65 on Sunday.  I also shot a 63 on Friday... then I teed off on 12.  Tiger wins over one-quarter of the events he enters, a statistic unheard of in golf.  The event was a tune-up for the PGA Championship to be held in two weeks at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.  Minnesota?  While he's there, perhaps he should drop off an application at the MetroDome.  I hear the Vikings could use a quarterback.


[image-6]Domers pipe down.  The University of Florida made Urban Meyer the highest paid coach in conference history and the third highest paid coach in college football, behind only USC's Pete Carroll and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis.  Meyer's contract is reportedly worth 6 years, $24 million.  If only that money could buy another Tim Tebow.

Brett Favre has retired yet again and this time he means it... we think. Then again, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was supposed to be the final Jason movie. No word whether ESPN will shorten their SportsCenter broadcasts to 30 minutes with lack of new Favre material to cover. The Favre Will He/Won't He reality series could be out soon. Favre not joining the Vikes was not even the worst news they received this week. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a minor MCL sprain when a lineman rolled over his leg in practice. First Favre, now this. Viking quarterbacks are dropping like flies. Perhaps they should just snap the ball directly to either Adrian Peterson or Percy Harvin. Then again, Michael Vick is still available.

Speaking of Mike Vick, the nation and PETA protestors alike wait with bated breath to find out which NFL team will give Vick a shot at redemption. As the NFL season rapidly approaches, a franchise has yet to announce they'll sign him. In fact, the only person to back Vick is Tony Dungy. Unfortunately for Vick, Dungy is no longer a head coach in the league. Dungy's support, along with Vick's contrition after meeting Commissioner Goodell, was a major reason Vick was allowed back into the league. With my bad credit, I'm wondering if Coach Dungy can accompany me to the closest bank for a loan.

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