Greg Oden picked up 10 fouls in his summer league debut on Friday night. At this pace he’ll be a perfect fit for the Blazers’ thuggish ways, on and off the court. Oh, and welcome to the NBA, Mr. Oden. It only gets tougher from here.


Kevin Durant, in his summer league debut, missed 12 of 17 shots and said that “you can’t make every shot” when talking to the media afterward. There was no report that Durant couldn’t reach the basket because of his upper-body weakness.


Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was suspended 25 games for testing positive for a banned substance. First, this guy is still on a major-league roster? Second, why does the league care?


How bad have things become for Phil Mickelson? Not only does he not make the cut at Tiger’s tournament, but he is dissed by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who said she avoided injury on a wayward Mickelson shot because “… I recognized that wicked hook from my own game.” So much for that new swing coach.

Marco, could polo be better for you?

A’s infielder Marco Scutaro, filling in for six-time Gold Glover Eric Chavez, made four errors on Friday night in Oakland. No word if he was distracted by fans yelling “Polo!” at him.

Preferential treatment?

A source is telling ESPN that Michael Vick will most likely not face charges in a dog fighting investigation. Again, no word if Vick let them in on the action.

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