Nick Place at the Crikey sports desk writes:

Disappointed Wie apportions blame, but not face-to-face.
One of my kids has got a T-shirt that reads: “Errors have been made,
others will be blamed.” It should probably feature a photo of American
golf wonder-teen Michelle Wie, who has sacked her caddie in the wake of
a disappointing British Open. With the pressure continuing to build on
Wie who, at 16 and now playing regularly on the women’s tour, has
defied all expectations by NOT winning every tournament she has
entered, and has clearly decided it is all caddie Greg Johnston’s
fault. Johnston had started working with the Hawaiian phenomenon when
she made her professional debut last year (at an event where she was
disqualified for an illegal ball drop). Despite having finished no
worse than fifth in any LPGA tour event before finishing equal 26th at
the British Open, Wie obviously felt Johnston wasn’t carrying his end
of the bag. The fact he helped Juli Inkster to four majors and the Hall
of Fame was immaterial. According to Sports illustrated,
Johnston was told of his sacking at the airport the day after the
British Open. He got the news from Wie’s agent, with whom he had dinner
the previous evening. Meanwhile, the Wie family’s only comment was a
statement from a PR firm, saying Johnston’s exit: “comes as part of
Michelle’s maturation as a golfer, part of which is learning from many
different bright golf minds.” Yep, she’s headed for the top all right.

Jackson seals play-off WNBL spot. Australia’s Lauren Jackson has been doing what she does best, shooting a last gasp basket
to seal the Seattle Storm’s place in the WNBA play-offs. The Seattle
Storm beat Detroit Shock, 81-79, after Jackson’s drive to the basket
with ten seconds left. Given Seattle had led by 25 points before the
Shock charged back into the game, there was as much relief as joy at
Seattle making it to the play-offs for the third straight year. Jackson
scored 18 points.

Floyd Landis reveals Excuse No. 433.
Speaking on the Jay Leno show, cyclist Floyd Landis has unveiled yet
another theory about how he may have returned a positive testosterone
drug test that appears certain to see him stripped of the Tour de
France title. Sports Illustrated
reports that Landis received a grilling from Leno, who said that the
case against Landis looked pretty conclusive. Landis responded yes, if
you go by the tests, before revealing his new theory: he must have
eaten something without realising it was chock full of testosterone.
“At this point, I don’t know if it’s somehow or some way I ingested
something that caused the tests to be that way. I’m beginning to wonder
about this myself after the way the situation’s been handled, is that
after the [sample] leaves my hands … I don’t know where it goes.”
Landis also said he hadn’t given up on his earlier theory, that his
body somehow naturally caused too much testosterone. So, still no sign
of the “aliens abducted my urine sample” theory, then?

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