Let's start the morning by scanning the sports pages.
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has tied his 100 meter record. At the British Grand Prix, Asafa—yes, we're close like that—ran 9.77 seconds to equal the world record he holds with Justin Gatlin. Afterwards, Powell displayed his trademark Colgate smile and bravado: "That's how you run a world record. As I said, I can run as fast as I want, when I want."
Yep, Powell is certainly packin' some heat.
The co-world record-holders will meet on July 28 to race the 100m at the London Grand Prix. "I don't know what (the record) is going to be, but it's going to be a lot faster than that," Powell promises. "This year I'm feeling a lot stronger, and that means I'm faster, so there's no doubting it." Hmm. Let's hope that papi slows down for at least some things.
Turning to hoops:
If you're wondering what Boris Diaw sounds like, well, you can rest assured that he has just the most incredible Gallic accent. But then again, any French accent is sexy, no? Listen to Boris talk and watch him change (several times!) in the Phoenix locker room in this 17 minute "day-in-the-life" type documentary from Canal Television, which, we should warn you, is almost entirely en francais. The quality isn't the best but who cares.
Okay, after yesterday's disastrous reality Czech, some of us are ready to hang Team USA. But the boys still have another chance and will play Italy on Saturday. Hopefully the Italians will be pre-occupied trying to keep the stains off their cute lil Dolce & Gabbana-designed uniforms.
Even though the team
was crucified lost, Rod 2.0 faves Oguchi Onyewu and Eddie Pope managed to foul Czech's superman-striker Jan Koller in the first two minutes. The head of US Soccer has some great insight on the game and strong reviews of the Gooch and Eddie in his briefing to reporters. (Podcast) By the way, that Czech victory comes at a high price beacuse Koller must now have thigh surgery and will be out for at least one game. Speaking of thighs, Eddie still has 'em:
Lastly, not sure are you aware of this, but Oguchi plays in Belgium and several Euro teams—including Manchester United—are eying him. On ESPN, he discusses his preparation and prospects for the future.