A few sports-related thoughts on a hot Monday:
-- The implosion of cycling as a sport makes me sad more than anything else. Tyler Hamilton's revelations on Sunday's "60 minutes" show -- basically Hamilton became the latest former teammate to try and out 7-time Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong as a doper -- sound almost too detailed not to be true.
Armstrong, as usual, has launched an impassioned defense of his now-checkered reputation. He's been drug-tested for years -- more than 500 times, according to him -- and never has one come back positive.
Yet what Hamilton says is very hard to dismiss, because I really don't get what he has to gain by offering such "proof" if it's not true. Not quite sure who to believe in this one, but cycling as a sport is just so difficult to imagine as a clean sport that I feel sorry for the cyclists who do it right.
-- Peter King has an interesting note about halfway through his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on Cam Newton and the tutoring he's been undergoing from Ken Dorsey, the former Miami Hurricane QB who has worked under the Panthers' new offensive coordinator and is now tutoring Newton some in Florida (with a copy of the Panthers playbook available if needed). Read it here.
-- LeBron James and company look like they have a little too much for Chicago, in my opinion. With Chris Bosh having come alive in this series, that Dallas-Miami NBA finals doesn't seem too far away now to me.
-- I enjoyed my friend Scott Price's story in Sports Illustrated on Novak Djokovic, the startlingly good tennis player from Serbia who has gone 38-0 so far this season while (at least temporarily) surpassing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Well worth your time. Djokovic truly is, as the SI story proclaims, currently the most dominant athlete in the world right now.
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