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11 AM PDT
Bye-Bye, Rafa: I hate having to go to sleep in the middle of matches, but what I saw of today’s Nadal-Tsonga semi-final was beyond belief. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knocked off Rafael Nadal in straight sets (6-2, 6-3, 6-2) by smashing 17 aces, hitting 49 winners and not allowing Nadal even a sniff at break point until the third set. I saw parts of Tsonga’s quarterfinal match — not sure whether this is just a one-tourney thing or something bigger, but he’s fun to watch. [AP]
Da Coach O Be Goin’ Home To Louisiana: But not in the college ranks, despite LSU’s D-coordinator vacancy. Ed Orgeron is now the D-line coach for the New Orleans Saints. Good for him, but it’s a loss for college football — pro football tends to obscure the outsize character of its assistant coaches. Dare I hope he becomes a pro head coach in the future? I do. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]
O.J. Mayo and the Lakers Tickets: Yup, it’s the right thing to do to investigate, particularly if they came from Carmelo Anthony. Really dumb rule (NCAA athletes can’t ge free tickets for pro sporting events from a friend), but it’s the rule nonetheless. [L.A. Daily News]
Former Cincy Bearcat on Crap Fox Game Show: Apparently Ty Keck was on the show last now, with his wife occasionally nodding in disapproval depending on whether the questions had anything to do with her. I feel like I’ve missed nothing, mostly because I’ve reached my allotment of three guilty pleasure shows per season with the new American Gladiators and The Moment of Truth is on while I’m working. [Deadspin, EDSBS, Kissing Suzy Kolber]
Five OTs Between Baylor and Texas A&M: Curtis Jerrells was the star in this marathon, putting up 36 points, 22 of those coming in the OT periods. Baylor is now 4-0 in conference play and 14-2 overall; while Texas A&M is suffering through one of the more precipitous drops that a program can go through. [AP via ESPN]
Sharapova, Ivanovic Final in Australia: Probably the best match-up available as far as actual tennis and lecherous male eyeballs go for a final. Maria beat Jelena Jankovic in straight sets while Ana needed three sets against Daniela Hanchutova. Nadal is going on the court in the men’s semis as I type. [ESPN]
Canseco Offering To Keep Ordonez Out For Cash?: Interesting subplot surrounding Jose’s new book — he’s accused of offering to keep Detroit Tigers RF Magglio Ordonez out of it in exchange for cash. [NYT], [Steroid Nation]
Bonds Asks Judge To Dismiss Part of Indictment: It’s basically over his grand jury testimony in the BALCO case from a few years back, the stuff that provides most of the ammo in Game of Shadows. Question, though: should Lance Williams be the one writing these pieces after he and Mark Fainaru-Wada wrote the book? [San Francisco Chronicle]
The NFL in L.A.: Scott Olin Schmidt of AOL Fanhouse and Barry A. Sanders, a member of the Coliseum Commission, debate in the LAT’s Dust-Up feature in the Op-Ed page.
No History Majors In the Cubs’ Marketing Department, I Suppose: Marketing Kosuke Fukudome using the Japanese war flag from the WWII days. Oof. [On 205th]
Amusing Bit of the Day: “The more you listen, the more you know.” Really, ESPN Radio? [The Fan’s Attic]