One week in, Puig’s odds of winning the NL Rookie of the Year are …

 

130607114850-yasiel-puig-ap2-single-image-cutThe updated odds provided today by Las Vegas-based Bovada:
St. Louis pitcher Shelby Miller: 1/1
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig: 3/2
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu: 5/1
Miami outfielder Marcell Ozuna: 10/1
San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko: 20/1
Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran: 25/1

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Play it Forward: June 10-16 — An Open call outside of Philly, while UCLA is called to Omaha

UPDATED: 06/11/13: The week ahead on the sports calendar, like it or not:

(Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)

(Colin Kerrigan / Philly.com)

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GOLF: 113th U.S. OPEN, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., Thursday-Sunday, ESPN and Channel 4:
Often those who compete in this annual event of over-par frustration end up being labeled as basket cases. Perhaps it’s appropriate that this club outside of Philadelphia will play host to the annual Open, as Merion’s tradition is to put red wicker baskets on top of heavy metal flagsticks, so the players have no way to figure out which way the wind is blowing up there. Some have said they look like Q-tips on steroids atop the poles. Maybe it looks more like a Frisbee golf course. Yet, their origin is a mystery.
2013-US-OPEN_LOGORed baskets mean a front-green pin. Orange is for the back. Beige means a patron’s picnic basket full of cheese steak sandwiches was swept up in a breeze and nested up there. The idea came from course designer Hugh Wilson, though exactly what inspired him remains unknown. Another great unknown is how this course will react to such a large gathering. Not since Aussie David Graham capped a three-shot win with a 67 in the final round in 1981 has a major come to this this course, which has held 18 USGA championships, the most of any golf course. Because of the 32-year wait, only 11 players who qualified for this year’s event have played competitive rounds on the course. That includes Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker (from the 1989 U.S. Amateur) and Rickie Fowler (from the 2009 Walker Cup). Tiger Woods, whose last major was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, will have a much shorter course to attack this time. It’s just 6,996 yards on the card, the shortest Open course since Southern Hills (6,973 in 2001). Woods will go out with Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott as the featured group Thursday (10:14 p.m. PDT) and Friday (4:44 a.m.) – the three have a combined 17 major titles.
ESPN (6 a.m. to noon) and Channel 4 (noon to 2 p.m.) has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday. Channel 4 has the final two rounds (Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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Kobe, mom work out auction details: Six items only, and charity involved

168A auction starting later this month of Kobe Bryant memorabilia will go on as planned, but without the dozens of things originally involved when the Laker star’s mother, Pamela, made the consignment deal months ago.

Kenneth Goldin, founder of southern New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, said today his company and Bryant recently reached a settlement and signed a confidentiality agreement so that details would not be discussed.

In the end, two uniforms Bryant wore at Lower Merion High School near  Philadelphia and two 2000 NBA championship rings Bryant gave to his parents will be up for auction between June 17 and July 19 from his mother’s collection. Goldin also will be able to sell Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star game ring and his medallion and ribbon from Magic’s Roundball Classic, a high school all-star game. The sale of the last four items will include a stipulation that 50 percent of the proceeds go to a charity to be determined.

Bryant ended up suing Goldin Auctions in federal court last month when it revealed in April that his mom agreed to put up nearly 100 items that had been in her home and was given $450,000 up front. Bryant claimed she did not have the right to sell them, and reports came out about a family dispute about money she was trying to raise to buy a new home, one that Kobe had offered to help finance but was declined.

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Play It Forward: June 3-9 — Remember that banner day?

Looking at the week ahead on the sports calendar:

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kingsbannerNHL PLAYOFFS:
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
KINGS vs. CHICAGO
Game 3: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Staples Center, NBC Sports Network:
Go back to the Saturday afternoon on Jan. 19 when the Kings finally raised their 2011-12 Stanley Cup banner. The NHL lockout postponed everything for a couple of months, and Angelinos were getting a little anxious. Was that all just a dream last summer? Is the league doing an audit and someone’s going to find out that the numbers don’t add up in the Kings’ favor anymore? When the banner went up into the rafters, the Chicago Blackhawks players occupied the visiting bench that day but made sure not to be around for all the hoopla. When they finally came out of the locker room, they snuffed out the celebration with a 5-2 pummeling, behind two Marian Hossa goals and 19 Corey Crawford saves. “The season after you win the Cup, everyone is going to play their best game against the Cup champion, because that’s the game where you want to prove yourselves and make a statement,” said Patrick Kane, whose 5-on-3 goal started the rout. “So I think that’s what we were kind of feeling today.” How will the Blackhawks  be feeling when they revisit Staples Center after their one and only appearance 4 ½ months ago? It could determine how things go from here.
The series resumes:
Game 4: 6 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center, NBC Sports Network
Game 5: 5 p.m. Saturday at Chicago, Channel 4

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It’s Out of the Question: Blackhawks’ speed vs. Kings’ size … kids, who wins?

So there’s the guy on the cellphone commercial sitting at the tiny table with a group of kindergarten kids, asking them the simple question: What’s better, something bigger or something faster?

These Kings are supposed to be bigger, grind-it-out, wear-you-down tougher hitting team than these Chicago Blackhawks.

Then again, these Blackhawks proved Saturday that a fast team is better. Faster even than Quick can react on a rebound.

It’s not complicated. When you say it like that, in fact, it makes perfect sense, eh?

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