The defending AL champs are bringing a ray of light to Arlington following the horror of a 39-year-old fan's falling over a leftfield railing to his death on July 7. Josh Hamilton is back in form, hitting .301 with 11 HRs (after an early hiatus), and Texas has outscored opponents 53--22 in winning seven straight.
Mexico won the U-17 World Cup after Julio Gomez's semifinal bicycle kick in the 90th minute against Germany (YouTube it); while at the Tour de France, RadioShack rider Chris Horner shook off a broken nose and concussion to ride 22 miles and complete stage 7.
MLB's top All-Star vote-getter justified his record 7.4 million nods by hitting .371 and six home runs while slugging .914 in his last nine prebreak games. Bummer for the Blue Jays: Toronto's 45--47 and 11 behind Boston. Bigger bummer for Bautista: He's signed through 2015.
And now the story of one of MLB's best rookie classes in years: The Nats' Danny Espinosa entered the All-Star break with 16 HRs and 52 RBIs; the Braves' Freddie Freeman had 13 HRs while hitting .274; and the Angels' Mark Trumbo homered in four of his last five games for 17 total.