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He's an idea for future reference: Don't pitch around Mark Teixeira. Not when Alex Rodriguez is waiting on deck, anyway. Following Monday's game against the Indians, in which the Yankees third baseman crushed a seventh-inning grand slam, A-Rod is now 5-for-5 with 18 runs batted in when teams choose to walk his teammate intentionally. And if that wasn't enough to make you think twice, the past three occasions have all ended in grand slams. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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Ever wondered what a Formula One driver eats? Can't say it's exactly been top of our agenda either, but in any case the Virgin Racing driver allowed his fans to set the menu this week. Through the wonders of Twitter, the German speedster took submissions before finally settling on marinated chicken and chocolate truffle puddings, the photos of which will be posted online after his girlfriend Isabell cooks it up on Sunday. These superstar athletes lead the most exciting lives, don't they?


He may not be a magician in the mould of teammates Danny Brière or Simon Gagné, but the Flyers defenceman is a master at the sleight of hand, and that extends further than stealing pucks at the end of Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final. Just like in his last appearance in the NHL title game - three years ago with the Anaheim Ducks - Pronger seems to have returned to his clutch-and-grab roots of before the lockout, and just like the 2007 final, the referees seem blind to his brand of foul play. But why stop now if you can get away with it?



It's a good thing Major League Baseball's commissioner never played the game. With an opportunity to be the big hero, to salvage an umpire's reputation and to go some way to repairing his own image after various faux-pas during his tenure, Selig dropped the ball. Despite clamouring from the likes of Tony LaRussa and Joe Girardi, Selig decided that he wouldn't reverse umpire Jim Joyce's call on what should have been the 27th and final out of Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga's "perfect" game. If this wasn't a good time to invoke the vaunted "best interests of the game clause," when will it ever be?

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For most mere mortals, reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open would represent a moment of triumph. When you're the most successful player in the history of tennis, the defending champion at said tournament and have reached 23 successive Grand Slam semi-finals, it's something of an anti-climax. Still, credit Federer for putting a light-hearted spin on his disappointment after Tuesday's loss to Robin Soderling. "It was a great run," he said. "Now I've got the quarter-final streak going, I guess."


How many Kims does it take to put together a soccer team? Apparently more than three, as what started as a cunning plan has quickly turned into a colossal cock-up for the 'mighty' North Koreans. Coach Kim Jong Hun - or possibly supreme leader Kim Jong Il - hatched the hare-brained idea to list striker Kim Myong Won as a goalkeeper on the official World Cup squad list this week, allowing them to include more attackers. Problem is, goalkeepers are not allowed to play outfield, meaning Kim will be reduced to picking balls out of the net, rather than firing them in.

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