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.â†µ
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