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Joe Torre's future, Adrian Beltre's tough Red Sox and Jerry Buss' title

Text messages from press row…

August 19, 2010|Jerry Crowe

Joe Torre says he won't announce his plans for next season until the Dodgers' postseason outlook is clear.…

That day is near.…

Roger Clemens, certain not to misremember Thursday's disheartening turn of events, will soon be wearing a uniform of a different stripe if the feds have their way.…

Adrian Beltre and the Boston Red Sox, dominant against the Angels before Thursday night's game, also swept an interleague series against the Dodgers.…

On a brighter note for Southland sports fans, Tuesday marked the two-month anniversary of Pau Gasol and the Lakers' Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics.…

Derek Lee, who last month rejected a trade to the Angels, said after being dealt to the Atlanta Braves this week, "A chance to go to the postseason, it's hard to pass up." …

Ouch.…

Not since 2003, when they finished far off the pace, have both the Dodgers and Angels missed the playoffs.…

In light of the reliever's recent shaky work, reader Bryan Hull of Pacific Palisades e-mails to suggest, "I was wondering if the Dodgers' approach should be, 'Don't ask Dotel.' " …

Former Angel David Eckstein of the San Diego Padres is the major leaguer who gets the most out of his talent, according to a plurality of players surveyed by Sports Illustrated.…

Yes, Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Buss holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from USC, but enough already with the overly formal references to Dr. Buss.…

He's not a physician.…

Nor is he a professor, though he does seem to enjoy the company of college-age women.…

When Jeff Van Gundy predicted recently that LeBron James and the Miami Heat would break the 1996 Chicago Bulls' record of 72 victories, he also told the Miami Herald, "And I think they have a chance at the Lakers' 33-game streak as well." …

Don't bet on it.…

Brett Favre's final season — or so he says — could turn sour quickly, with three of the Minnesota Vikings' first five games against the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.…

Favre's contract will pay him $1 million a game.…

Rex Ryan loves to work blue, as you may have heard, but his outsized personality and indiscriminate use of F-bombs have turned HBO's "Hard Knocks" into must-see television.…

The most expensive single-game tickets in college football — at $125 apiece — are for the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game, according to a report in the Oregonian.…

USC this year will charge $80 for its game against Notre Dame, UCLA the same for its game against USC.…

Brenda Warner, wife of Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner, tells Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic that if plans for a movie about her husband's life come to fruition, the actor she'd most like to see in the lead role is Denzel Washington.…

Notes Brenda, "It would probably challenge Denzel in ways he's never been challenged before." …

Before his first exhibition game as coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll high-fived the national-anthem singer.…

Waxing poetic about Zenyatta, the unbeaten mare, reader Dominic Campisi e-mails to suggest, "Cherish this moment … because you're seeing Ruth's swing, Ali dancing, the old Tiger dominating, Gretzky scoring, Unitas passing and Mays making that basket catch." …

Soccer's governing body reportedly will consider eliminating ties in all World Cup games, a move that FIFA President Sepp Blatter says would make the tournament more interesting.…

He's right.…

Readers George Sands and Skip Nevell e-mail to remind that former Lakers coach Bill Sharman, a Brooklyn Dodgers farmhand in the 1950s, was kicked out of a game late in the 1951 season along with everyone else in the Dodgers dugout.…

Sharman thus became the only major league player to be ejected from a game without ever playing in one.…

Jerry West's autobiography — working title: "West by West" — should be in bookstores late this year or early next.…

Former Ducks winger Dustin Penner of the Edmonton Oilers, on the favorite physical attribute about himself, tells the Sporting News: "My new teeth." …

And least: "My old teeth."

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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