Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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QUOTABLE

"That's awesome. Because Doc Brown is waiting for me outside, and we're going to get in the DeLorean and fire up the flux capacitor and we're going to go back and shoot a couple of free throws."

-- Brent Barry after hearing the NBA said he was fouled in the final seconds of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

SHARAPOVA'S SLAM?

Sports fans were pondering the chances of a Grand Slam for 2008.

While Tiger Woods' chances evaporated at the Masters, another athlete has a chance to pull it off. And I don't mean Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

Maria Sharapova opened her season with a dominant performance at the Australian Open. Her toughest test in becoming the first player since Steffi Graf to achieve a calendar-year Grand Slam is this week at the French Open, the only major she hasn't won.

Clay has never been Sharapova's favorite surface. Her first clay-court tournament victory was in April at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island. And that surface plays nothing like the red clay at Roland Garros.

But Sharapova's path has been cleared, at least partially. Justine Henin retired, and the elimination of Serena and Venus Williams on Friday leaves the draw wide open.

Another good sign: Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova are the only players left in the field who've won majors.

Russian rivals await Sharapova in the next two rounds (possibly three, if Kuznetsova advances). First, it's Dinara Safina, who has given Sharapova problems in the past.

If Sharapova can win in Roland Garros, she can do it anywhere.

FUZZY MATH

From the Los Angeles Times:

Steve Sax and Kenny Landreaux are two of Tom Lasorda's all-time favorite players, so naturally they are the butt of some of his jokes.

Lasorda, on his blog, writes about one time when the Dodgers were playing in San Francisco and Sax came up to him to say he had finally figured out what the manager was trying to tell him.

"I had been harping on Sax to stop hitting the ball in the air because he was a line-drive hitter," Lasorda said, "and to use all parts of the field. …

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