- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SHE SAID WHAT?

“Steffi Graf hit the ball a ton, and she didn’t grunt. There were a lot of players — hard-hitting players — and you never heard a peep out of them. I don’t understand the philosophy of it.” — Chris Evert complaining about the noises current female tennis players make

TAKE YOUR PICK ” WHICH IS WORSE, BLOWING A TWO-GOAL LEAD IN HOCKEY OR IN SOCCER?

Boston University rallies past Miami of Ohio in the NCAA hockey title game — Holding a 3-1 third-period lead, underdog Miami was on its way to its first championship. But the Terriers scored two goals in the final minute of regulation, forcing overtime at Verizon Center. BU’s Colby Cohen notched the winner at 11:47 of OT, giving the Terriers their fifth championship.

Brazil surges by the United States in the Confederations Cup final — Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey scored in the first half to give the United States a surprising 2-0 lead at halftime. Luis Fabiano scored for Brazil in the 46th and 74th minutes, and Lucio added the clincher in the 84th, dashing the Americans’ chance at a landmark international title.

Our take — Blowing a two-goal lead in soccer is worse. In hockey, the action changes quicker. Pucks can ricochet or deflect off skates or sticks and into the net in a matter of seconds — in fact, BU won on a deflection. But in soccer, minutes can elapse before the offense is in a good position to strike — making a two-goal lead all the more imposing.

TWT FIVE ” ALL-TIME SAVES LEADERS

1. Trevor Hoffman, 571 — Hoffman, now with the Brewers, also holds the record for career save percentage (.895).

2. Mariano Rivera, 500 — The Yankees’ closer reached the milestone Sunday night and added his first career RBI, too.

3. Lee Smith, 478 — Smith’s total sat atop the record books until Hoffman passed him in 2006.

4. John Franco, 424 — Franco was a four-time All Star who finished his career with a 2.89 ERA.

5. Dennis Eckersley, 390 — John Smoltz and Eckersley are the only pitchers in the history of the majors to record a 50-save season and a 20-win season.

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