Update: Joey Chesnut wins Nathan's Hot Dog Championship! In what was arguably the greatest moment in competitive-eating history, Chesnut out-dueled Kobayashi 66-63, with both competitors shattering Chesnut's then-world-record of 59.5 dogs. Wow. Spectacular, with the American ripping the title from his rival -- and the sport's biggest legend. Here's a live-blog report from Gothamist.
Bonds: 751! Everyone keeps using TYING Aaron as the number ("only four away...") but isn't the relevant number FIVE, the number he needs to BREAK Aaron's record?
MLB All-Star Final Vote: I wonder if Carlos Zambrano's 8K-3H win over the Nats will help his cause. I have him pegged as the NL's F.V. rep.
AL Final Vote. Three words: Vote. Pat. Neshek. There is no dispute that he must be the sports bloggers' (and blog readers') choice. That link above is a must-read as to why.
Daddy Tiger Woods hosts his own golf tournament, in my hometown no less: He even explained why their baby is named "Sam" -- it's what Tiger's dad used to call him when he was a kid. Awww...
Sonics to hire PJ Carlesimo: I'm sorry, but I expected a little bit more of an innovative choice from 30-year-old GM Sam Presti than to imply hit the NBA's Coaching Recyling Bin.
NBA Free Agency: Billups re-signs with the Pistons, in a desperate bid by
Darko... freed! The most intriguing NBA free agent is Darko Milicic, who was made an unrestricted free agent by the Magic (who made their own splash with Rashard Lewis). It's going to be very interesting to see who lands Darko and how much they pay for him -- or overpay. Then again, he is a 22-year-old 7-footer who averaged 8 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.8 bpg in 24 mpg. He still has a ton of promise.
Juan Carlos Navarro coming to NBA: Buried in a notes column about the Wizards hiring an assistant coach to focus on -- WTF? -- "de-fense" is a small item worth noting:
Phenomenal Euro PG Juan Carlos Navarro has been let out of his contract and can join the NBA next season. The Wizards own his rights and have been waiting on him for years. Suddenly, the Wizards' backcourt off the bench – Navarro and first-round pick Nick Young -- is pretty strong.
Soccer: Freddy Adu scores 3 in
Happy 4th of July, everyone. If you get the day off, hope you're enjoying it.