Small Balls: Tuesday July 8, 2008

La première étoile: Tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs, for saving a life.

Two minutes for: Gushing. Hey, I like Iginla too, but sweet Jesus, man.

Who’s got tickets? Repeat dunker Candace Parker’s L.A. Sparks take on Houston tomorrow at home.

Fun police: The dominance of the Williams sisters at Wimbledon this weekend stirred up another round of groaning about their failed potential—especially Serena, the more talented of the two—and the fact that each should have won more Grand Slam titles. Steffi Graf won 22 majors. Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova each won 18. Serena, meanwhile, has won eight, and Venus has won six—and at 26 and 28, they’re nearing retirement. Their dominance on the circuit ended after the death of their half-sister, Yetunde Price in 2003. Neither has chosen to become a tennis automatons who lived tournament to tournament, which Evert, Navratilova and tennis purists find maddening. Some of us, however, thinks it’s refreshing.

Extra bases: Update: Brett Favre’s “itch.” … There’s another Bosh on the roster… Even Matt Lauer wonders whether Dara Torres—who, at age 41, became a faster swimmer than she was in her teens, 20s and 30s—got a synthetic boost. Michael Beasley posted 28 points and a win over Derrick Rose in their first meeting since the draft.

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