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This Week in Sports - July 8-14, 2007

San Diego Padres pitcher David Wells has been suspended for seven games for his conduct against the umpires.
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A big pitcher throws a big tantrum and NBA rookies fail to impress in Summer League. Find out what else happened this week!

Sports News - Temper, Temper

San Diego Padres pitcher David Wells is known for being big. But it was his big temper rather than his waistline that was making headlines this week. Furious over some calls, he lashed out at an umpire last Saturday against Atlanta. After being ejected, Wells had to be held back by his team and he even threw a bat against a screen on his way off the field. His tirade earned him a seven-game suspension on Thursday. The Padres currently hold a one-game lead over the Dodgers in NL West.

Sports News - Top NBA Picks Struggle

Fans and coaches got their first glimpses of the NBA's top draft picks in the NBA Summer Leagues. The early reports are disappointing. Greg Oden, Kevin Durant and Yi Jianling have all struggled early in Vegas. But no need to panic - Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard both struggled at the beginning of their first summer league experiences too. One rookie that is not struggling is Marco Belinelli, who is Golden State's first round pick. The sharp-shooting Italian import scored 37 points in his debut.

Sports News - Venus Takes Wimbledon

Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title last weekend. The victory over Marion Bartoli, put Williams in the Top 20 rankings for the first time in a year. On the mens side, Roger Federer got his revenge from the French Open by defeating Rafael Nadal in the finals. This victory was Federer's fifth straight Wimbledon championship, which ties the record set by Bjorn Borg who won it from 1976-1980.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • St. Louis Cardinal star Albert Pujols was reportedly upset that he was benched in the All-Star Game this week. It was especially tough since the manager of the All-Star team was Tony Larussa, his coach with the Cardinals.
  • Most of the big NBA free agents have stayed put with their teams. Both Chauncey Billups of the Pistons and Gerald Wallace of the Bobcats signed big deals to stay with their teams.
  • A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles Sparks were in the mix in the WNBA's Western Conference. But they have lost six straight games and their record now sits at 7-12.
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