Weekend Wake Up: CC's Near No-No, LeBron's Stay "Vibe," Underwhelming UFC, Better Boxing

Came Close. The magic at The Masters on Saturday was more than enough to obscure the brilliance of one Carsten Charles Sabathia. He held the Rays hitless for 7 2/3 innings before allowing a Kelly Shoppach liner to left, helping the Yankees cruise to a 10-0 win in Tampa. And to hear Joe Girardi tell it, Sabathia averted a mound argument by giving up the single, because his high pitch count would have prompted a hook. In related news, Joe Girardi sometimes has problems handling his pitchers.

Feeling at Home? Sabathia's the last huge star to leave Cleveland -- Cliff Lee was big, but not quite as big as CC -- but it's seeming more and more like the next big name to leave won't be LeBron James. The Baseline notes a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that says LeBron's camp is sending out a "vibe" that he is leaning towards re-signing with the Cavs. That would obviously be great news for Cleveland -- because we know what the city's economy is based on -- even if James opts for a shorter deal and a chance to become a free agent again in three years. But it's been clear that he has a championship contender in Cleveland for a while, and no other team in the LeBron Sweepstakes can provide that certainty. So maybe this isn't so surprising.

Ugly UFC Night. First, BJ Penn was upset by Frankie Edgar; then, Anderson Silva won a bout and upset every fan in the process. UFC 112 was not a great showcase for the sport. Edgar's win isn't a bad thing on its own, because he won on the merits of swift striking and a rare takedown of Penn, but his star isn't as bright as Penn's, and for an event held in Abu Dhabi, the stars showing would have been a boost. Of course, Silva showed, winning a five-round match against Demian Maia fairly easily, but his refusal to finish Maia -- he opted instead to taunt him for multiple rounds -- spurred much outrage both at the event and online.

Boxing's Nice Night. And the dip in the quality of the UFC card allowed boxing to win a heads-up matchup with MMA from an entertainment standpoint for the first time in a year or more. Evander Holyfield continued his Foreman-like comeback by stopping Frans Botha, and Andre Berto fought back from an injury to beat Carlos Quintana and stay undefeated. It's a minor win for boxing, but with the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight still only real in dreams, minor wins are all boxing can get.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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