LeBron turns table on Bosh's girlfriend
Right up there with tugging on Superman's cape should be this perpetual no-no: Don't taunt LeBron James. Fueled by some good-natured heckling from the girlfriend of Toronto star Chris Bosh and others, James outscored the Raptors 24-20 in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 93-90 win Sunday. And during it all, James, who finished with 39 points, held a running conversation with Bosh's girlfriend, Alison. James met her during the summer when he and the Raptors' star were teammates on the U.S. national team. So what did she say from her courtside seat that set him off? "Nothing in particular," James said. "She was just rooting for her team, I guess." But with the Cavaliers' win sealed in the final seconds, James looked over and got in the last word. "I told her it was her fault why they lost," James said. NBA, Page C-4
Ex-player: Non-users cheated by baseball
Rich Hartmann, a former St. Louis Cardinals minor-league player, says he never used steroids and now feels cheated. He told the New York Daily News he's considering filing a class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball on behalf of players who didn't use performance-enhancing drugs. "There were thousands of guys who were right on the doorstep between 1990 and 2005, and they were cheated because they didn't use steroids," Hartmann said. Oh, by the way, Hartmann, 35, never made it past Class A.
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Howard is becoming rebounding machine
Former NBA player Matt Guokas, who played alongside Wilt Chamberlain and against Bill Russell, says Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard could become the best rebounder of all-time. Page C-4
Gossage may finally get in Hall of Fame
The wait might finally be over for former major-league pitcher Goose Gossage. After eight years of coming up short in Hall of Fame voting, this might be the year one of baseball's most dominant closers gets his ticket to Cooperstown.
High school big men getting little respect
Are big men officiated by a different standard in the Stanislaus District? After watching Beyer's 6-foot-5-inch Bryan Garbez and Modesto's 6-8 Matt Vermeulen get handcuffed by overzealous officials last week, they clearly are. Unless a player is gaining an unfair advantage, there's no reason to ruin the continuity of play by appeasing coaches and fans begging for undeserved calls. For a listing of the district's best big men and how they are overly officiated, visit Richard T. Estrada's blog at modbee.com/sports.