Small Balls: Tuesday June 24, 2008

La première étoile: Rookie Candace Parker (Anthony’s little sister) became the second woman to dunk in WNBA history in the last minute of the L.A. Sparks’ 77-63 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday (see clip above). It was a one-hand, casual kind of dunk. Sweet.

Two minutes for … Being Don Imus. During a segment about why Pacman dropped his nickname, anchor Warner Wolf told Imus that Jones had “been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005.”
“What color is he?” is he, Imus asked.
“He’s African-American,” Wolf replied.
“Well, there you go,” said Imus. “Now we know.”
Imus says he was trying to point out that blacks are treated unfairly in the criminal justice system. Mighta helped if he’d said that.

Who’s got tickets? At Euro2008 Wednesday, tournament favourite Germany play the underdogs from Turkey—who’ve had Lady Luck in their corner throughout this year’s tournament. If they win, Toronto commuters should avoid Bloor Street between Christie and Lansdowne at all costs.

Extra bases: After a 12-month break, Serena Williams makes her tennis comeback at Wimbledon … a lot of people in the tennis world, including the great Bjorn Borg, believe that Rafael Nadal is about to disrupt Rogers Federer’s mastery of Wimbledon … the LA Times is worried about the quality of information in sports blogs. Amen, we say.

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