Thursday thoughts: As painful as it may be for the Chicago White Sox and their fans to admit, the team’s 1-0 loss to Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night (June 13) at Busch Stadium was a wonderful ballgame. That Sox right-hander Jake Peavy pitched almost as effectively as Lynn is some consolation. And if that doesn’t help Sox enthusiasts, then maybe the Cleveland Indians’ loss, which keeps them trailing the Sox by 1.5 games in the American League Central, does.
* At this rate, Sox fans, how long before Chicago newspaper sports sections and/or web sites begin running magic numbers to clinch a playoff spot. OK, they’ll probably have to wait till at least the Fourth of July.
* Speaking of athletes named Lance, cycling legend Lance Armstrong has received a letter from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notifying him that it intends to file doping charges against him for possessing and using testosterone when he was a member of the U.S. Postal racing team. The result could mean Armstrong would be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong denied any wrong-doing and released a statement on his web site: “These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite. … I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.” If found guilty of the allegations, it is unclear whether Armstrong will have to change the name of his charitable organization from LIVESTRONG to CHEATSTRONG.
* San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain pitched a perfect game Wednesday against the Houston Astros. As noted baseball fan Keith Olbermann observed on Twitter: “Congrats to Matt Cain on the first MLB perfect game in nearly two months.” Referring to Sox right-hander Philip Hummer’s masterpiece against Seattle. Something says Cain is more able (you knew it was coming, didn’t you?) than Hummer to keep up a high level — albeit imperfect — level of performance.
* With the Boston Red Sox coming to Chicago to play the Cubs, you might say Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is in a no-lose situation. Either his team wins against his former team and shows how competitive it is or his team loses against his former team and shows what a strong squad he had built before bolting Boston.
If it’s Thursday (and at last look, when these words were being typed, it most certainly was), then it’s time for another edition of “Sports & Torts” with co-hosts David Spada and Elliott Harris on talkzone.com. The scheduled guests on the June 14 show are former football star and broadcaster Frank Gifford and Yanina Beccaria, who once would have been introduced as a former member of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew but who has moved on to bigger and better things; so let the lovely Yanina be known as a cast member of the NBC dating/reality series “Love in the Wild,” which airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Chicago time.
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Maybe one of these weeks, “Sports & Torts” will be able to have Jenny McCarthy — who is the host of “Love in the Wild” and who is set to appear in Playboy — on the show. Until then, you’ll have to settle for some video in which she discusses her boyfriend of the moment, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher:
The Chicago Sky enjoyed a rarity Wednesday: a relatively easy victory. Its 74-58 triumph against the visiting Seattle Storm (1-7) was the sixth in a row for the Sky (7-1), which has two overtime triumphs and another two-point victory in the streak. The Sky’s next game is Saturday at Indiana, the only team to defeat coach Pokey Chatman’s squad this season.
Sky center Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 15 rebounds for her eighth consecutive double-double to tie her single-season WNBA record (set in 2011). WNBA scoring leader Epiphanny Prince had a game-high 17 points for the Sky. Swin Cash, who won a championship with the Storm in 2010 and was traded by Seattle to Chicago in the 2011 offseason, continued to struggle shooting (2-of-10 for five points). Tamera Young had 12 points off the bench, and Ruth Riley tied her season high with 10 points. Tina Thompson (13 points) and Ann Wauters (12) led Seattle’s scoring. Sue Bird had 10 assists and eight points for the Storm.
“We had a solid defensive effort in the fourth quarter,” Chatman said. We held them to eight points in the fourth quarter and really did some of the dirty work. We were plus-23 on the boards. We could have taken care of the ball a little better but I could live with the 15 [turnovers] because only three came from Piph [Prince] and Sloot [Courtney Vandersloot] and they played 60 minutes, so that was a good thing. We need this momentum going into our next game in Indiana.”
“They [Indiana] always give us a tough time,” Prince said. “They’ve played with each other for a long time; they’re real aggressive. We saw the film with what we did wrong the last time, hopefully we play better next game.”
As anyone familiar with this site should be aware, April Rose is one of our favorites. If anyone asks, her personality is the key. It is mere coincidence that she also is beautiful.
The former Loop Rock Girl and Maxim Hometown Hotties winner continues to toil for Maxim, which is where her latest video comes from. She is no stranger to lingerie. After all, she did work as a sideline reporter for the Lingerie Football League:
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