After being out of the country for a couple of weeks, I was glad to hear that the Jazz had signed Deron Williams to a long-term deal and traded Jason Hart, disheartened to discover the Yankees are the hottest team in baseball and shocked to see that Real Salt Lake is actually in first place ...

When you check out the sports pages in Great Britain, you'll find no baseball or American football or summer league NBA basketball. The main sports in the U.K. are soccer, rugby, golf and cricket. I'll never understand the appeal of cricket, just as the Brits will never understand our love of baseball. At least in baseball, the players have color on their uniforms and the games usually are finished within three or four hours, instead of going on all day, for several days. I swear England played a cricket match with South Africa that went on the entire time I was in the country ...

The TV there is not much better. Of the 10 or so stations we received, three were sports channels, but nothing was interesting aside from British Open golf. Actually one channel, for some reason, had nightly coverage of NFL football, but that is pretty boring this time of year ...

Well, there is the daily Brett Favre news. As Karl Malone would say, Brett Favre gotta do what Brett Favre gotta do. Unfortunately Favre's legacy is losing some of its luster because of his inability to move on with life. Even diehard Packer fans are unhappy with his decision to keep playing after tearfully calling it quits earlier this year. Unfortunately he may join the ranks of Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath and Joe Montana as legendary quarterbacks who left their careerlong teams for another and then were only a shadow of their former selves ...

So Real goes into tonight's game with Toronto in first place. What is the sports world coming to? I just hope it isn't a bad omen that their first-place record is 6-6-6 ...

It's sad that the WNBA gets more publicity in the past five days than in the past five years thanks to a big brawl that broke out in the Detroit-New York game and because 50-year-old Nancy Lieberman signed a seven-day contract. What? The WNBA still exists? ...

I see where Utah guard Tyler Kepkay got off five shots in five minutes against Team USA Friday night in Las Vegas, making one. I think it's terrific that Kepkay made the Canadian Olympic team and that he seems to have substantially improved his game since last season. However, he won't be playing point guard very long for the Utes if he averages a shot a minute ...

It looks like Utah's Carlos Boozer may be the end-of-the-bench player for the U.S. team. He played just eight minutes, the least of any American against Canada, although he did play decently, with four rebounds, two blocked shots and a basket in his short stint ...

On the other hand, Deron Williams played 21 minutes and scored 14 points and handed out five assists against Canada and looks like he may split time with Chris Paul, who had 11 points and eight assists, as the backup point guard. But come on, shouldn't one of them be starting instead of the aging Jason Kidd, who went scoreless with zero assists in 16 minutes ...

How does Greg Norman finish third in the British Open one week and then only a tie for fifth a week later at the Senior British Open? Also, how does Bruce Vaughan (who?) win the Senior British for his first check as a senior golfer?

Utah's Daniel Summerhays is discovering how tough professional golf can be. After climbing to the edge of the coveted top 25 on the Nationwide Tour, Summerhays has missed five straight cuts. The last one, in Columbus, Ohio, was particularly painful, because it was the tournament he won last year as an amateur and after he birdied four of five holes, he bogeyed the last hole to miss the cut by one.

And finally, I see where the NBA has filed for trademark rights to six possible nicknames for the Oklahoma City franchise formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics. They are Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, Thunder and Wind. I'm not thrilled with any of them but worry about the latter nickname. I'm afraid what headline writers might do with that one, something like "Jazz pass Wind in Northwest standings."


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