Leafs' arrival could save J.P. from further heat

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Hot weather getting you down?

Here's a chilling thought: Four weeks from tomorrow the Maple Leafs play their first pre-season game.

This is particularly good news for maligned Blue Jays general manager Jeepers Ricciardi.

Only one more month, J.P., and nobody will remember you exist.

Smell a rat?

Scientists have discovered a plant in the Philippines that lures rats and consumes them.

This is the best news since Madonna chewed up A-Rod and spat him out.

Yin and Yang

a) Has the golf world seen a more glum human than Tiger Woods, when Y.E. Yang sank his birdie putt at the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship?

b) Did Padraig Harrington not get the memo that no one except Tiger is allowed to wear a red shirt on Sunday? Hence, Paddy was doomed to a quintuple bogey on the par-3 eighth. Red face, anyone?

c) Did Yang not get the memo that all other golfers got, requiring them to fold/choke/quit whenever Tiger is in contention?

d) Didn't it seem that Woods was so slow on the greens during the fourth round that, by comparison, Bernhard Langer looks like Usain Bolt?

Kane's pain

Patrick Kane apologized for his part in an incident in Buffalo in which a taxi driver allegedly was beat up because he didn't have loose change for a fare. He didn't talk specifics or take questions, but ... well, thanks for putting in your 20 cents worth, Mr. Kane.

In terms of notable sports apologies, Kane falls somewhere behind Donte Stallworth and Michael Vick, and slightly ahead of Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.

Stars, sticks and cards

This could be the ultimate "guy" vacation: Hanging out with sporting greats, and playing poker and golf at a beach resort. The Sports Legends Challenge is a four-day getaway to the Bahamas Sept. 14-19, featuring Bobby Hull, Mark Messier, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Namath, Mike Ditka, Reggie Jackson and Fuzzy Zoeller, among others, as well as 25 poker pros. It could be the next best thing to Dancing with the Stars.

Hole in Sox

David Ortiz comes to town with the slip-sliding Boston Red Sox, having collected just eight hits in 52 at-bats (.154) this month.

Hmm, he's only 33, wonder what the problem could be?

This just in ...

Former Olympic skier Picabo Street has given birth to a son, Dax Meyer Street Reeser.

Always liked those families with uncomplicated names.


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