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Posted: 07/11/11 01:32 PM ET

Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for July 11, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.


1. Quick Hits

  • Baseball has reached the break. The All Star Game is tomorrow night in Phoenix.
  • Alex Rodriguez will miss 4-6 weeks with knee surgery.
  • In a dramatic game, the U.S. women oust Brazil on penalty kicks in the World Cup quarterfinals. Next up, France.
  • The rain delayed U.S. Women's Open golf tournament will finish up today in Colorado Springs.
  • Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones was arrested in Cincinnati after a bar incident. If you're scoring at home it's probably his 14th off the field "incident." Of course none of it stopped the Bengals from signing him.


2. DJ 3K

Despite it being a city that's produced 35 World Championships, Derek Jeter becomes the first New York baseball player to get his 3,000th hit in a New York uniform. And it's a home run no less. How cool is that? In fact, is there a cooler baseball player than Derek Jeter?

By the way, when you think of Wade Boggs, you think "hit machine," and yet, Jeter is just six hits behind Boggs. If Jeter plays a few more years, it's easy to picture him reaching the top 10 in all time hits, more than Tony Gwynn (another hit machine) and Willie Mays. Impressive, huh?

3. Sports Gone Mad

What has sports come to? The fan who caught Derek Jeter's 3000th hit, Christian Lopez, has lost his mind. It's estimated he could have made a quarter of a million selling the ball, and being a 23-year-old kid he could have certainly used the money. But Lopez said he has plenty of time left in his life to make money, and that Jeter is the one who worked hard for his accomplishment, so he deserves the ball. The Yankees will give the kid all sorts of tickets and souvenirs. But people in sports actually doing the right thing? Keep this up Christian, and you'll put the Top 5 out of business. What's the matter with you?

4. Sad Indeed

How sad that a fan died the other day while trying to fetch a ball tossed by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton. Ballplayers tossing balls to fans is a relatively new custom. In fact there was a time when all baseballs that wound up in the stands had to be returned to the field. A New York Giants fan named Reuben Berman (no relation) had to sue to keep his ball in 1921. After that, the Giants relented. Who would have thought that 90 years later, a simple act of kindness would result in such tragedy? Speaking of sad, in the short week the Top 5 was on vacation, we lost the great Syracuse tight end John Mackey, basketball star Armen Gilliam and former manager Dick Williams. All made indelible marks on the sports world.

5. Made You Look

OK, so this Paraguayan soccer nut says she'll strip naked if her team wins the Copa America tournament. She's made this "threat before."

Since this is a highbrow website, I'm guessing you have better things to do with your time than click to see her picture. Remember, I can tell how many of you clicked.


Happy Birthday: #1 in the tennis world, but winless in Grand Slam tournaments, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki. 21.
Bonus Birthday: Nice suits. Giorgio Armani. 77.

Today in Sports: A 19-year-old southpaw pitcher named Babe Ruth makes his Major League debut, pitches 7 innings and gets the win against Cleveland. 1914.
Bonus Event: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That's all I remember. A Tale of Two Cities is published by Charles Dickens. 1859.


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