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June 2010 Archives

Thumbnail image for New_Jersey_Nets.jpgScrooge-McDuck-rich New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is investing in some pricey real estate in order to fire a salvo at the New York Knicks as the NBA's free agency period begins.

Making good on his promise to try to convert Knicks fans to Nets supporters, the Russian tycoon has purchased space for a 222-by-95 foot billboard next to Madison Square Garden for a billboard that will picture him and minority owner Jay-Z with a slogan reading "The Blueprint For Greatness" and Nets logo.

The strategically-placed ad will visible from Knicks headquarters at 34th and 8th. This, I'd assume, is no accident.

The Nets and Knicks, along with other NBA teams, will be able to sign a ridiculously stacked free agent pool beginning at midnight tonight. As the rumor mill churns, the franchise's chances of landing the likes of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Dwyane Wade and Carlos Boozer are really good or really bad, depending on whatever rumor you're reading.

According to ESPN's Mark Stein, Prokhorov may have a shot at the most marquee of the names.

Competition for the two-time reigning MVP is fierce, with Miami and Chicago making strong pitches as well and James' hometown Cavs desperately trying to keep him. But sources close to the process continue to describe the Nets' ownership tag team of Prokhorov and Jay-Z -- who ranks as one of James' mentors and role models -- as a bigger threat to steal James away from Cleveland than James Dolan's Knicks, despite the fact that the Nets are scheduled to spend the next two seasons in unfashionable Newark before making the move to Brooklyn.
The Nets, by the way, were 12-70 last year.
Christian Cunningham, the 2-year-old son of former star NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, drowned in the hot tub at the family home in Las Vegas, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Cunningham is now a pastor and uses the hot tub to perform baptisms. He was believed to be in San Diego when a woman who was home with several children found Christian and attempted to perform CPR unsuccessfully.

Members of Cunningham's congregation gathered at the church to pray as the terrible news spread.

After attending UNLV, Cunningham went on to a 16-year NFL career in which he made four Pro Bowls.
Former Bears running back Cedric Benson was arrested and charged with assault today in Austin in connection with an incident last month where officials say he punched a bar employee in the face, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman.

The incident, which happened May 30, occurred as Benson was being escorted out after an altercation inside the bar, according to the arrest affidavit.

Benson was released after posting bail.

The former Texas Longhorn played in Chicago from 2005-2007, amassing 1,593 rushing yards during that time.

In 2008, he was arrested for drunken boating and resisting arrest in Texas.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kobayashi-hair.jpgQuestion: When is a hot dog eating contest not a hot dog eating contest?

Answer: When Takeru Kobayashi isn't taking part in it.

Just a few days out from the Nathan's event at Coney Island on July 4, the sport's most recognizable name is not a part of the field. If you're a rabid rating fan, it's a fact that's tough to swallow.

Major League Eating president Richard Shea released a statement yesterday saying that Kobayashi's contract negotiations broke down this year. The six-time winner from Japan is one half of a rivalry of titans with Joey Chestnut, an American who has won the last three years.

Now, anyone who has seen this event before knows it's about entertainment and showmanship. If this was all a publicity stunt to drum up interest, it wouldn't be all that surprising.

Think about it.

Kobayashi parachutes in moments before the contest begins with grand fanfare and proceeds to go frank-to-frank with Chestnut. That just screams freedom.

But if this is legit, and we're forced to stomach a Kobayashi-less hot dog eating contest, we all lose.

joel-zumaya-elbow-injury.JPGDetroit Tigers' flame-throwing reliever Joel Zumaya left last night's game against the Minnesota Twins with what appeared to be a serious right elbow injury.

Zumaya collapsed to the ground after delivering an eight-inning pitch and was in obvious pain as the training staff attended to him.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that his pitcher will have an MRI on the elbow this morning. Catcher Gerald Laird said he heard "just like a little pop" before Zumaya crumpled.

Zumaya has missed major portions of the past two seasons with shoulder problems and the season before with a middle finger strain. One of baseball's hardest-throwers, he's maintained a 2.58 ERA in 38 1/3 innings of work this year.

Leyland, while unaware of the exact nature of the injury, painted a grim picture.

"Every pitcher that ever pitched is one pitch away from throwing his last one," Leyland said, "and certainly I don't want to paint a bad picture here because I'm not saying that's the case here at all. But that's just the way it is."
tom-lewand-lions-dui.jpgTom Lewand, the Detroit Lions' president who was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Friday, blew a .21 on a breath test, according to a police report released by Roscommon County police.

The report states that Lewand told deputies that he had not had a drink in a year and a half.

"The driver stated that he was the designated driver," a deputy wrote, adding that Lewand said he went to the Limberlost bar in Denton Township "to pick a friend up."

The deputy noted that there was a "strong odor of intoxicants coming from the driver compartment of the vehicle" and that Lewand's eyes were "glossy and bloodshot."

Lewand then declined a breath test, which he eventually took later, registering a .21 and .20 on the two separate occasions, according to police.  Michigan's legal limit is .08.

Lewand released a statement apologizing for his actions this weekend. 

The good news for missing-in-action Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is that he's not the only player to melt down in his team's dugout over the weekend.

Yesterday in Tampa Bay, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria got in center fielder B.J. Upton's face about the the way he jogged after a ball in the left-center gap. Upton, as you can see, wasn't too thrilled about this.

"It's a byproduct of a frustrated team," Longoria said. "We're trying to win games and guys are going to have differences of opinion. I just wanted to know what was going through his head. The bottom line, we've talked about it and it goes no further than today."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he planned to speak with Upton, but also downplayed the incident.

So the bad news for Zambrano is that he still has the market cornered on team-imposed suspensions over the weekend.
Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was rushed to the hospital early Sunday after paramedics responded to a call for a possible drug overdose, according to a report from TMZ.

The call came from a Riviera Beach hotel.

Capriati, 34, was one of the brightest stars on the tennis circuit in her teens, but has struggled with off-the-court issues through the years.

Her father told TMZ that she is "recovering well."
The Arizona Diamondbacks' Edwin Jackson has just completed what has to be one of the most taxing no-hitters in history in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jackson walked eight batters, hit one and threw a whopping 149 pitches as he struggled with his control all night. But luckily for him, ugly no-hitters still count.

His is the fourth no-hitter of the season. Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado), Dallas Braden (Oakland) and Roy Halladay (Philadelphia) have also turned in hitless games -- and Armando Galarraga (Detroit) was one blown call from an umpire away.

It's the third time the Rays have been no-hit within the calendar year. Before Braden spun a perfect game against them, the White Sox' Mark Buehrle did the same last July.
kim-kardashian-miles-austin.JPGIt appears Kim Kardashian is continuing her very special love affair with the NFL.

The reality-television star, who recently broke up with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, has found comfort in the arms of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, according to a report from People.

"They met at a restaurant in L.A. a few months ago and exchanged numbers and have been talking ever since," says a source of the couple. "They've had a few dates and it's going really well."

While the pair are officially dating, "he's not quite her boyfriend," the source says. "They're taking it slow. She thinks he's a really good guy. He's really sweet to her. ... He thinks Kim is his dream girl."

Austin, 25, had a breakout season in 2009, catching 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Kardashian, 29, made it super hard for people to keep up with her and her family.  
YouTube is getting in on the vuvuzela madness.

The buzzing sound that has permeated the World Cup can now be heard when you watch your favorite viral video at work on your own personal time.

Seriously, try it out. There's a little soccer ball icon in the lower right-hand corner of the video. Press it and it will completely drone out any sound.

Not 100 percent certain how this enhances the viewing experience, but suppose it's a logical step.

Vuvuzelas are seemingly everywhere now, from the stands in Pretoria, the streets of Chicago and even Major League Baseball games. And while they're the object of much derision, we in the newsroom kind of like them. At least, I think that's the reason they're blasting six hours a day from the televisions.

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Algeria's soccer players Rafik Saifi, right, and Rafik Djebbour, practice Friday in Durban, South Africa. (AP)

The match against the United States and Algeria was great World Cup soccer, a tension-filled affair that eventually went the way of the USA.

On the line for both countries was a trip to the next round, so it's understandable that the losing Algeria squad be disappointed with the trip home. But slapping a female reporter to take out your aggression?

According to a report at Yahoo! Sports, that's exactly what Algerian player Rafik Saifi did during post-game interviews. Asma Salifi, a female reporter for the Algerian newspaper Competition, says she was standing in the interview area when Saifi walked by and, apparently unprovoked, reached out and hit her.

"I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me," Halimi said to Yahoo! Sports. "So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first."

The incident, which reportedly happened in front of dozens of media witnesses, concluded when Salifi smacked the player in the mouth, at which point he hurled a sports drink bottle against the wall and left.

The Algerian team offered no official response to the attack.

Halimi says she plans to file a formal complaint with FIFA.

Landon Donovan catapulted the United States into the final 16 of the World Cup with a goal in added time against Algeria that may go down as the most important in this country's history.

All game long, the U.S. squandered good chances to score -- or had the referees squander them --until the 92nd minute. Keeper Tim Howard threw a Steve Nash-like outlet pass to start the break. Donovan fired the rebound from Clint Dempsey's point-blank shot into the back of the net and kicked off the the celebration.

Maybe, just maybe, those people who rail about soccer for its lack of excitement will stop?
ESPN aired the second consecutive unbelievably good documentary in its "30 For 30" series last night with "The Two Escobars."

It looked at the tragic murder of Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar -- who scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup -- and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

If you missed it, let me highly recommend trying to catch it on a rerun.

Among the footage was a fancy-pants save from Colombian keeper Rene Higuita that defies logic.

Pretty amazing, but if Tim Howard tries that against Algeria, there's going to be trouble.

Last night's match-up between the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres -- thanks to Interleague play for these traditional rivalry games -- was halted momentarily so Mother Nature could have an earthquake.

In the bottom of the eighth, after a David Eckstein groundout, the tremors were felt at Petco Park. The public address announcer asked that the crowd remain calm. The crowd responded by cheering.

Job well done.

The Blue Jays won the game 6-3. The earthquake was a 5.7 in magnitude.
blackhawks-wrigley.jpgI don't know when, exactly, it happened.

Maybe it was the moment the Blackhawks marched triumphantly onto Wrigley Field's outfield grass with Lord Stanley's Cup.

Maybe it was when the capacity crowd screamed its lungs out to Jim Cornelison's rendition of the National Anthem.

Maybe it was the moment in the seventh inning, when the already frenzied crowd noticed that they were watching dual no-hitters.

Whenever it was, somewhere along the way Sunday night, Chicago realized it had a front-row seat to all that is good and right in sports on a magical evening won't soon be forgotten.

The night had it all.

It had joy, hatred, disbelief and plenty of I-can't-believe-this-is-happening moments.

It had two rival factions of fans, known for hating each other, standing unified in jubilation and gratitude before the game. Then, as obviously as they'd banded together, they broke back into their separate camps during a game that defied logic and appealed to the heart.

Yes, for one magical night, Chicago was the epicenter of the sporting world.

And it felt damn good, no matter where your rooting allegiances lay.

Sure, the Cubs won the series-finale 1-0. But the night was about so much more than a box score could ever reflect.

It was about three teams, all different, coming together on the pitching mound for the photo-op of the century.

It was about Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster - a serious hockey fan - raising the Cup above his head. About Sox manager Ozzie Guilen doing the same.

It was about two scuffling teams becoming part of a championship atmosphere and allowing their fan bases to remember what this is all about.

"It never died down," Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd said of the buzz. "If that's what the playoffs are like, I want to get there."

The teams, who have won one combined title in the past 93 years, played a game that, while just one of 162, seemed to take on a much more important tenor. Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd matched each other out for out, not unlike two dueling goaltenders stone-walling shots during the Blackhawks playoff run.

Floyd's bid ended 20 outs in and Lilly's three short of completions after a Juan Pierre single.

It was raining by the point, but it was going to take a lot more than a little dampness to ruin this parade on the North side.

"I would have really liked to get this accomplished for my team and this city," Lilly said afterward, a reflection of the contagious culture of civic pride the Hawks inspired.

Lilly said the whole dugout was atwitter from the moment the champions took the field to the end of the game.

The Hawks, too, were acutely aware of just how unique the experience was.

"It's really unbelievable to be a part of," Patrick Kane said. "The fans are unbelievable no matter where you are."

The 21-year-old, whose whirlwind victory lap has taken him seemingly everywhere since his historic  goal Wednesday night, joked that he'd catch up on sleep later.

The fruits of victory are just too sweet.

And perhaps that was the most meaningful - and possibly - hopeful thing to come out of Sunday.

 If there was any doubt, the nationally-televised lovefest cemented for the country what we here already know. Chicago loves a winner. Reward the city with a title and it will reward you back with an outpouring of adoration. If the alleged two million people who showed up at Friday's tickertape parade didn't drive that home, the 40,456 at Wrigley did.

That fact was not lost on the players from both teams.

"We talked about it when the Blackhawks were walking around the field," Cubs catcher Koyie Hill said. "I came up to [Lilly] and said, 'let's do that.'

"To see how much fun [the Hawks] were having carries over to what we're doing."

For baseball in this town, that can only be a good thing. Even if thing continue going as they have for both teams this year, no one can take away this near-flawless night away.

Very rarely is there a game with four winners.

Then again, Sunday was not your typical night.

Not for the Hawks, Cubs or Sox.

And, most importantly, for the city.
Here in America, we're thrilled with our 1-1 tie against England in the World Cup opener.

The same can't be said for those across the pond. Adding to their frustration is the fact that a good portion of the viewing audience missed the Brits' only goal.

According to the BBC, viewers watching on ITV HD were treated to a commercial instead of Steven Gerrard's fourth-minute tally.

Yeah, I could see why that would tick off the good people of England.

The worst part is that it's happened before. Last year, a Tic-Tac commercial superseded the winning goal in a FA Cup match between Liverpool and Everton. 

South Korea's Park Ji-sung's goal in the 52nd minute cemented a 2-0 Cup-opening victory over Greece earlier today.
The United States renews hostilities with England later this afternoon in the World Cup opener for both teams.

The Yankees will be on time, too, despite the best efforts of some elephants, who yesterday twice delayed the team on trips.

The elephant was munching on a tree as the Americans left the Bakubung Bush Lodge, and it moved to the side of the road after about 4 minutes.
Earlier in the afternoon, a bus carrying 10 players on their way to an open-air market at the entrance to the team hotel got stuck behind an elephant, spokesman Michael Kammarman said. Players had timed the trip to get back to the hotel in time for the start of the World Cup opener between South Africa and Mexico.
Standard procedure for this first African World Cup, I suppose.

The AP story points out that it's unclear if the same elephant was responsible for both delays.

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Today will be remembered for all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Blackhawks' victory parade and rally.

The title-starved city welcomed them with open arms and there were hundreds of indelible, unforgettable moments.

And, I guess, Kris Versteeg's rap will be one of them.

Eminem he is not, but still enjoyable.

Here are the lyrics to the masterpiece, which will surely be available on iTunes shortly.
Everytime I dive in my pool
It's hard to be humble
While I do a breaststroke
Through an underground tunnel
And come up on the other side
In a jacuzzi being greeted by two girls
That are wearing my jersey
They give me lots of hugs and kisses
And they ask me what my wish is is
I say, 'Go and get your friends, because there's going to be a party
And in the end the Stanley Cup is a dream
And I guess the ...

The rest, hopefully, will be continued at next year's celebration.

The Blackhawks' run through the Playoffs and to the Stanley Cup will long be remembered here in Chicago, but if you forgot any of the shining postseason moments, this video will help you relive them.

It was played at the championship rally today and fired up the already-jubilant crowd even further.

Nothing brings people together like The Who -- except maybe breaking a 49-year title drought.  
glen-davis-drool.jpgBabies, as you may have noticed, drool.

Small babies drool. Medium-sized babies drool.

Big Babies drool, too.

Last night, Boston Celtics big man Glen Davis celebrated a particularly energetic exchange by unleashing a screaming, saliva-filled celebration as his team evened the NBA Finals up at 2-2 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Davis was part of a dynamite effort from the Celtics bench, which outplayed the Lakers' starting unit down the stretch. He accounted for 18 of the 36 points from reserves.

Guess that earns one the right to dribble spit all over the parquet floor.  

abby-sunderland-missing-sailor.jpgAbby Sunderland, the 16-year-old California girl who was trying to become the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the world by sailboat, was found safe on the Indian Ocean by rescue crews after being stranded at sea.

Sunderland activated a distress call after a storm snapped the mast of her boat, which remained upright, but unable to sail. That kicked off several nervous hours as aid traveled to her remote location.

Her parents were on "Good Morning America" this morning to talk about their relief and address those who criticized letting a 16-year-old attempt something like this.

MaryAnne Sunderland, who is due to give birth at the end of the month, said she reminded herself throughout the ordeal that her daughter's boat was hard to sink, but "but that doesn't mean it wasn't dark, cold and frightening."

"How many teenagers die in car accidents every year?" Laurence Sunderland said. "Should we stop them from driving a car?"
It could be another day before a French fishing vessel can pull her boat, Wild Eyes, to shore. Officials say they are confident she'll be safe until they can reach her.

Sunderland began her trip on January 23. Her older brother, Zac, completed a similar trip around the world last year, when he was 17.
When the normally reliable Matt Thorton self-destructed in the seventh inning Tuesday night, he erased a productive start from Gavin Floyd, who bounced back from a rough outing to give the White Sox a chance to win.

It will most likely get lost in all of the hubbub surrounding the perceived rift between manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams, but it certainly didn't escape the eyes of his teammates - or Guillen.

"He threw the ball great," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "That's the Gavin we've expected all year. He was good, had everything working: curveball, fastball, slider. [He] was throwing strikes, ahead in the count, had a bunch of strikeouts.

"That's the Gavin we expect and hopefully he'll build from it and get better from there."

"I think Gavin did a tremendous job after the outing he had last time," Guillen said. "He came back and threw the ball better, mixed more pitches and threw the breaking ball for strikes. He threw the breaking ball in tough situations to strike out some people. I think we saw today the way we know he can pitch."

Floyd, who lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last outing against Texas, allowed a single run in six innings of work before the Tigers touched up the Sox bullpen for six runs in the seventh.

"You try to have the same attitude every game and believe in your stuff and try to give your team a chance to win," Floyd said. "You've got to put everything behind you when you have games like this. Once the ball leaves your hand, once you're out of the game, anything can happen. You try to focus on what you can do and hopefully everything works out."

The lamentation, which has been all-too-familiar this year, is that all of the facets once again failed to click simultaneously.

"Your goal is getting deep in the game and when things don't go your way, obviously you're frustrated," Floyd said.

"I wish I knew," Pierzynski said when asked about how to get the team on track. "Nobody knows. Everyone's tried everything, doing everything, just things aren't working out. That's the way it goes and you've got to just keep trying."
What a year for Philadelphia Phillies fans it has been.

First there was the drunk who intentionally vomited on an off-duty police officer.

Then the infamous tasering incident.

But the latest bit of bad-boy behavior comes courtesy of a plucky youngster who looks about five years old.

A video spiraling through the Internet currently shows the kid taking a swig of beer during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres.

Make of it what you wish.


In what may go down as one of the worst missed calls in baseball history, first-base umpire Jim Joyce ruled Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe on what looked to be the 27th out of Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga's perfect game bid.

Galarraga took a throw from first baseman Miguel Cabrera and appeared to beat Donald to the bag, but Joyce saw it differently.

Galarraga retired the next hitter on a grounder to finish the one-hitter, but it did little to take the sting out of missing out on what would have been just the 21st perfect game in Major League history.

After the game, a gaggle of Tigers, including manager Jim Leyland came out to argue with Joyce.

"I just cost that kid a perfect game," Joyce said. "I thought he beat the throw. I was c|onvinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."

"It was the biggest call of my career," said Joyce, who became a full-time major league umpire in 1989.

mark-buehrle-texas-rangers.jpgSome games, a pitcher throws himself right into the fire from the very beginning.

Tuesday was one of those days for Mark Buehrle.

He squandered an early 4-0 lead by giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings as the White Sox dropped the series opener to the Texas Rangers, 9-6.

For a while, it looked as though the veteran left-hander would be able to, as he's done so many times in his career, work out of his self-made trouble.

He put himself right into harm's way in the first inning. After Elvis Andrus and Michael Young opened the game with back-to-back singles, Buehrle struck out Ian Kinsler looking. Then, after walking Vladimir Guerrero, he got Josh Hamilton swinging and induced Joaquin Arias into an inning-ending groundout to end the threat.

In the fourth, Buehrle surrendered three consecutive hits to Guerrero, Josh Hamilton and Arias before getting David Murphy to ground into a double play and striking out Matt Treanor to limit the damage to just one run.

Eventually, however, the carousel of men on base came back to haunt him as the Rangers tacked on a run in the fifth and erupted for five more in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead - one they'd never relinquish.

"It was just a game of being bad from the get-go and pitching out of some jams early," Buehrle said. "Obviously when you're falling behind in the count and people are getting on base ... pitching out of the first couple innings just kind of catches up to you.

"We go out and get an early lead and you've got to hold that."

Buehrle allowed a season-high 12 hits, and although he walked just one, he struggled with his command and consistently failed to get ahead in the count - a recipe for disaster against a good hitting team like the Rangers.

"I felt good,"Buehrle said. "I just was all over the place, couldn't find the strike zone."

"I don't remember seeing him throw that many pitches in one inning," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Buehrle's tumultuous first. "You score four runs in the beginning of the game, with Buehrle on the mound, you get excited about the game. All of the sudden, everything was turned around. We couldn't score any more. We had a few opportunities out there, we couldn't score, we come up short, and obviously our pitching wasn't that good."

Buehrle was coming off an an outing in Cleveland last week he'd like to forget, in which he was ejected in the third inning by umpire Joe West after he threw his glove in disgust after being called for his second balk. He, along with Guillen and West, was subsequently fined an undisclosed amount for his on-field actions.

He won his first two outings of the year before going on an uncharacteristic person five-game losing streak. He'd rebounded nicely recently, and had a 13 2/3-inning scoreless stretch broken by the Rangers' run in the fourth. 
larry-king-lebron-james.jpgWhat's this, you ask?

Oh, just a picture of arguably the world's best basketball player, LeBron James, gearing up for a game of H-O-R-S-E against Larry King, a person you might expect to be the world's worst.

James taped a sit-down interview with King on Tuesday near his Akron home. It will air Friday on CNN's "Larry King Live," capping the show's 25th anniversary jamboree.

Despite a veritable firestorm of rumors about where the high-profile free-agent will land come July, James hasn't spoken with the media since his Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.

Details of what the two talked about weren't immediately available. Nor was the news about who won the H-O-R-S-E game, although I feel like I have a pretty good idea.
Mixed martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt is charged with the murder of his sparring partner, Taylor Powell.

Wyatt, 26, allegedly cut an 18-inch hole in Powell's chest and removed his heart, tongue and most of his face.

Wyatt reportedly was under the influence of psychedelic drugs and had been increasingly focused on Doomsday scenarios leading up to the March 21st murder.

Del Norte County Police Sgt. Elwood Lee responded to the scene and said that Wyatt told him "Satan was in that dude." Lee added that Wyatt also said he'd cooked the body parts in a wood stove because he thought Powell was still alive.

Wyatt currently faces a first-degree murder charge.

Florida Marlins' Cameron Maybin has speed to burn, which is a really good thing to have when attempting an inside-the-park home run.

Maybin successfully completed the rare feat Monday when his liner to center was misplayed by the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez.

It was the 15th inside-the-parker in Marlins history, and Maybin knew he had it the whole way.

He had a great jump out there," Maybin said of Gomez. "Once I saw it get by him, I knew he had a lot of ground to cover out there in that triangle. I was thinking four, for sure."
Maybin and the Marlins breezed to a 13-5 victory over a rabid crowd of 10,115 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.