08/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Len Berman's Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for July 2, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

The Wimbledon semi-finals are set. Roger Federer gunning for a record 15th Grand Slam title vs. Tommy Haas. And a couple of Andys. Home country favorite Andy Murray vs. Andy Roddick.

The Women's semis are today, the Williams sisters against a couple of Russians.

Former boxing champ and Mayor of Managua, Alexis Arguello, was found shot to death at his home in Nicaragua. He was 57.

2. The Conquered Hero?

Something new in baseball tomorrow night. A superstar returns after a 50-game in season suspension for drugs. Manny Ramirez is eligible to play for the Dodgers in San Diego. So how do you react to a cheat? They'll boo in San Diego, and boo some more in New York next week when he plays the Mets. But when he returns to Dodger Stadium on July 16th expect a standing ovation. That's the way it goes. Just like Barry Bonds in San Francisco. He's a creep, but he's our creep.

By the way, the Dodgers are bringing back the left field promotion called Mannywood when Ramirez returns. Shouldn't they call it Mannyroid?

3. A Matter of Time

Thanks to subscriber Eric H. for passing this along. A 13-year old football player has "committed" to play at Tennessee. His older brother is a star for the Vols. While the "commitment" isn't actually legal, where is this going to lead?

It calls to mind the movie City Slickers as Bruno Kirby's character dates younger and younger women. Quips Billy Crystal's character, "soon, you'll be dating sperm."

4. Not so Sweet Lou

Sports Illustrated asked players which Manager they would least like to play for. The winner, or loser, Lou Piniella of the Cubs. Wow. How could you not want to play for Lou? Isn't he passionate? Doesn't he kick and throw bases with the best of them? Didn't he make one of the great "saves" in baseball with his play in right during the playoff game at Fenway Park in 1978? I guess none of that matters. I'm just partial. I once sat at the same table with Lou at a bar mitzvah, and there's not another sports figure I can say that about.

5. Touchdown Cowboys!

Butch Franklin lives near Dallas. He is mentally challenged and makes about $30 a week doing odd jobs. Thieves recently broke into his apartment stealing his TV, PlayStation and Dallas Cowboys memorabilia. Friends replaced what they could, but how do you replace sports memorabilia? Easy. A couple of Dallas Cowboys showed up bringing tons of signed stuff not only from the players but from their famed cheerleaders. Very cool.

Len is going on vacation. His blog returns on Monday, July 13.