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By Jeff Mayfield

[JULY 7, 2004]  The only thing I did this past weekend that remotely had any sports connection at all was playing croquet and Clifford the Big Red Dog ball with the kids at my wife's family holiday get-together. So, all I am going on is what I have heard, and that is always a dangerous assumption. I also have gotten NO reports on any youth baseball, swimming, track or anything for that matter. That leaves me to my own devices, and again, that is always very dangerous.

I believe that the Cubbies swept the White Sox but had trouble gaining ground, as somehow the Redbirds continue to play fairly impressive baseball. Hopefully the Cubs have not permanently damaged the White Sox's hopes, as they were in first place in the AL Central before the Wrigley debacle. The really good news for the Cubs is that they are playing this strong and STILL do not have all their players back from the DL. Once that can FINALLY happen, they should be able to reposition themselves. If you have glanced at a schedule, you will also notice that it tends to favor Chicago over the last half of the year.

St. Louis must wish for more interleague games or maybe just a switch to become permanent members of the American League (I told you LaRussa could manage against the ALers!). By going 11-1 versus the junior circuit, the Cards established a new record for IL winning percentage. The Oakland A's actually had more wins a few years ago, when they went something like 16-2. The Cards have now pushed their victory total to the 50-win mark, just one behind MLB's leaders, the New York Yankees. The only Cardinal team that ever got to 50 wins faster was the 1987 ballclub that came within one victory of becoming world champions. The Cards are now 14-10 in one-run contests, which looks a little better than last year's 14-25 showing. However, the ballclub has looked extremely tired to me over the last two weeks (especially in Pittsburg), and that, coupled with one of the toughest schedules over the next couple of months, will certainly be a challenge.

Houston…we got a problem. Has anybody seen the Astros lately? I thought they might have a hiccup here and there, but I never thought they would have some of the meltdowns that they have had. Injuries are hurting their club quite a bit this season.

I mentioned Pittsburg earlier; they have won 10 in a row and can't seem to make up much ground.

It appears that three or four NL Central teams want to hang around at least for another month or so.


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Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova put on a dazzling display of tennis and one of the many reasons that Wimbledon is one of the world's greatest sporting events (and if you don't believe me, check out the TV ratings)!

How about that Meg Mallon? She went something like 13 or 14 years IN BETWEEN winning women's U.S. Open titles, which is no easy feat when you are being chased by the likes of Annika Sorenstam. A final round 65 is a great score by man, woman or child!

The UNBELIEVABLE save streak put up by Eric Gagne of the LA Dodgers came to an end at the hands of the Arizona D-backs. The streak had hit 84 consecutive games, and even though sports call-in shows and rude sports reporters have scoffed at the streak, I for one consider it to be one of the most impressive feats during my lifetime. That is especially true when you consider how tough it is to actually close out ballgames.

Being out of the area for a day or two… I imagine that it was a great weekend for racing. And you can check it out for yourself at

And why can't the Cubs or the Cards beat the Brewers or the Pirates?

I heard that the women's U.S. Olympic softball team put on quite a show up in Bloomington-Normal the other day… Some Lincoln and former Lincoln residents said there was a massive overflow crowd on hand.

Coach K NOT going to LA… at least that is the report we have heard… Don't know that it would have been all that great a match anyway.

The LDN sports staff wishes to convey our deepest sympathy to our managing editor, Jan Youngquist, upon the death of her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and her family…

[Jeff Mayfield]

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