HE SAID WHAT?
“It is with some sadness that we make this announcement, but also with the desire for certainty that will allow us to move the team and organization forward in the most positive way possible.” — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, in announcing the trade of Brett Favre to the New York Jets
THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS
Michael Phelps begins his quest for eight gold medals in the finals of the 400 meter individual medley and 4x100 meter freestyle relay. On Sunday, the U.S. men’s basketball team goes up against Yao Ming and the Chinese squad.
Conditions are pretty tough at Oakland Hills, but Robert Karlsson is off to a hot start. A win by the Swede would make him the first European to take the Wanamaker Trophy since 1930.
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Tony Stewart has won four of the last six at Watkins Glen. Another win Sunday would allow him to coast until the chase.
Angels vs. Yankees
This may be New York’s final chance to show that it is a playoff contender. A series win in Anaheim would certainly make an impact.
TWT FIVE: OLYMPIC TABLE TENNIS PLAYERS
1. Deng Yaping — Broke through with women’s singles and doubles gold as a 19-year-old in at the Barcelona Games in 1992, then repeated at the Atlanta Games four years later.
2. Liu Guoliang — One of the best players ever from China, Liu won gold in singles and doubles as a 20-year-old at the Atlanta Games in 1996, then followed with a singles bronze and doubles silver in Sydney.
3. Wang Nan — The world’s top female player between 1999 and 2001 won gold for China in singles and doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games and also won singles gold in Athens four years later.