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JERRY CROWE

Could Jamie McCourt be a Dodgers savior?

Text messages from press row …

May 19, 2011|Jerry Crowe
  • Has Jamie McCourt won the support fans now that she wants to force a sale of the Dodgers?
Has Jamie McCourt won the support fans now that she wants to force a sale of… (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles…)

Jamie McCourt certainly is not worthy of a statue, but she might turn out to be a Dodgers savior after all. …

At least she offers hope. …

Her plan to force a sale of the team might give ticket-buying fans a reason to actually use them and fill the growing number of empty seats at Dodger Stadium. …

You watch as LeBron James toys with his overmatched competition in the closing minutes of a tight playoff game and you wonder: Why can't he do this more often? …

Derrick Rose could use a sidekick a la Scottie Pippen. …

None of the Oklahoma City Thunder's top four scorers — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka — is older than 22. …

Three-time most valuable player Albert Pujols, off to the slowest start of his career, still has more runs batted in than any Dodger or Angel other than Matt Kemp. …

The ongoing Tiger Woods saga is "the best reality TV going in sports these days," Christine Brennan of USA Today notes, "other than perhaps the Los Angeles Dodgers." …

At Target Field in Minneapolis this week, a black-and-white photograph of Harmon Killebrew was buried under home plate. …

Amen to Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers, who says that interleague play has "run its course." …

Reader Ken Feldman of Tarzana emails to suggest that All-Star Ryan Braun might be only the second-best former Granada Hills High baseball player behind John Elway, who led the Highlanders to L.A. City championships in 1978 and '79. …

Elway, who later played one season in the New York Yankees' farm system, was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals, whose other picks in 1979 included Dan Marino. …

Novak Djokovic might be "the most dominant athlete in the world right now," as Sports Illustrated calls him on its cover this week, but bodog.com lists five-time champion Rafael Nadal as the favorite to win the French Open. …

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and their mates look determined to make the Vancouver Canucks the first Canada-based NHL champion since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens ruined the Kings' only appearance in the Stanley Cup finals. …

Regarding Oregon State's muddy 3-0 victory over top-ranked USC in 1967, reader Ethan Kramer of Hermosa Beach emails to note that when USC linebacker Adrian Young was later asked about Bill Enyart's running for 135 yards against the Trojans, he replied, "Oh, is that how far he dragged me?" …

UCLA basketball fans can follow the progress of the Pauley Pavilion renovation — and take a "virtual venue" peek at how it will look when finished — at uclabruins.com. …

Twenty years ago Thursday, Willy T. Ribbs made auto racing history and fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming the first African American driver to qualify for the Indy 500. …

"When I was a kid," noted Ribbs, who dropped out of the race early because of engine trouble, "the other kids all wanted to be Willie Mays or O.J. Simpson. I wanted to be A.J., not O.J." …

With Bernard Hopkins, 46, attempting to become boxing's oldest world champion this weekend, USA Today noted other "old guy" milestones: Brett Favre won an NFL playoff game when he was 40; Gordie Howe scored 15 goals in the NHL when he was 52; Jack Nicklaus won the Masters when he was 46; and Nolan Ryan pitched two no-hitters when he was 40. …

Here's one from action sports: Tony Hawk, who in 1999 became the first skateboarder to stick a 900 (2½ rotations above the vert ramp) in competition, recently did it again at age 43. …

Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, noting that he has not spoken recently to All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu, told the Sporting News, "He might be in a monastery." …

Actually, Polamalu participated in graduation ceremonies last week at USC, where he picked up a history degree. …

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, on an Ohio bill that would allow fans to carry guns into open-air sports stadiums: "Sounds dangerous but remember: Any baseball game already carries the risk that you might be bored to death."

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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