NBA: Congrats to the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. They won Game 6 of the Finals 105-95 in Miami on Sunday to earn the franchise's first title. It was a surprising run for a third-seeded team with neither great height nor speed. Its poise, consistency, unselfish team play and fourth-quarter heat undid the Heat. (All this with only one superstar, defying Vegas and all prognosticators.) To answer his voluminous pack of critics, LeBron James came out and hit his first four shots, but it wasn't enough. Closing out the third, and all through the fourth quarter, Dallas had the hot hand and stingy defense. Is LeBron a winner? Not yet. Will he enjoy his summer? Not like the Mavs. Also, love the demur Mark Cuban. Let's see how long that lasts.
Sidenote: Kudos to Mark Jackson, who'll be coaching the Golden State Warriors next year. It gives me hope that perhaps his ESPN sideline seat will be filled by the wonderfully down-to-business and insightful Doris Burke. She deserves important playoff and Finals games.
MLB: The Yankees pummeled the Indians 9-1 Sunday with a pyrrhic victory at best. They lost Joba Chamberlain last week to the dreaded Tommy John surgery and now Bartolo Colon is out, too. GM Brian Cashman must be up all night with bullpen nightmares. Neither he nor LeBron is going to sleep well anytime soon.
Swimming: Janet Evans, four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist, has decided to mount a comeback. At 39 years old that'll require brutal workouts with a slim chance of making the U.S. team for London 2012. Cuckoo right? Or badass. (Ask Dara Torres.) On Saturday, at the Janet Evans Invitational (her first competitive race since 1996), Evans smashed two records in her age group -- the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle. Badass for sure.
Belmont Stakes: The Belmont Stakes was supposed to be the rubbermatch between Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness victor Shackleford, but it was 24-1 long-shot Ruler on Ice who captured the headlines after taking the lead at the top of the stretch and never looking back. Shackleford was fifth and Animal Kingdom, who stumbled at the start and nearly lost jockey John Velazquez, was sixth.