Greg Cote of the Miami Herald can hardly wait for Aug. 5: “The Rio Olympics begin in one month. And, really, other than the threat of Zika virus and crime, the unfinished facilities, bacteria-riddled water, athlete withdrawals, doping suspensions and body parts washing ashore, everything is looking good.” . . . “In Brazil,” reports Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post, “a severed lower appendage was among the human body parts that washed up on the sand at the Olympic beach volleyball venue. When it came to paying for the cleanup, the Rio organizing committee refused to foot the bill.” . . . Hamilton, again: “Spock ears worn by Leonard Nimoy in an episode of Star Trek recently were auctioned off. Here’s hoping Evander Holyfield gets good use out of them.” . . .
Here’s Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong, with a note about air travel: “The Juno spacecraft departed on Aug. 5, 2011, traveled 1.74 billion miles and slipped into Jupiter’s orbit at 8:53 p.m. PDT on Monday. There was a one-second deviation from its scheduled arrival time. Take heed United, Jet Blue and Air Canada.” . . . One more from Chong: “Many top-rated basketball players and golfers have decided not to particpate in next month’s Olympics due to the threat from the Zika virus. ‘You know there are drugs available for that,’ said the Russian track and field team.” . . . Headline at SportsPickle.com: USOC asks all Americans to get in shape in case Olympic spot falls to them. . . .
Auston Matthews skated for the first time with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. You know what that means? Yes, July 4 now is a national holiday in Canada, too. . . . “Dominika Cibulkova nearly had to nix her July 9th wedding after a deep run at Wimbledon,” notes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “Her quarterfinal loss meant she was game, he was set and it’s a match.” . . . Currie, again: “An ex-featherweight boxer from Sudbury, Ont., survived a round of fisticuffs with a 300-pound black bear by punching it on the nose. That’s right: it was a bear-knuckle fight.” . . .
NBA star Kevin Durant has left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, leaving some hard feelings behind. Some Thunder fans took to the Internet to unleash their anger, including this fan who chose to comment on Durant’s restaurant: "Much like his game (the restaurant) was overpriced and flashy. But at the end of the day it was average. Lots of little wins but no big moment on this menu.” . . . After the Durant signing, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald wrote: “Something is wrong when the Olympics are about to begin and our Dream Team is in Oakland.” . . . The WWE has signed its first grappler from China, after which Dickson astutely noted: “If World War III breaks out because he loses the title after the referee is distracted, remember I told you so.” . . .
You realize, of course, that Steph Curry will be paid $12,112,400 for 2016-17 and that is only the fourth-highest salary on the Golden State Warriors. . . . He trails Durant ($26,540,100), Klay Thompson ($16,664,575) and Draymond Green ($15,330,435). . . . Chew on those numbers for a bit while you’re having your morning coffee. . . . The Warriors won 73 regular-season games in 2015-16. The Los Angeles Lakers have won 65 games over the past three seasons combined. . . . “The Los Angeles Dodgers have put Clayton Kershaw on the DL with a herniated disc,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “The San Francisco Giants are wishing Kershaw well and thinking ‘Don’t risk your career and health, take the rest of the summer off.’ ” . . .
When B.C. lost 25-15 to the visiting Toronto Argonauts on Thursday night, the Lions announced the attendance as 18,921, down almost 3,000 from their regular-season opener. Lowell Ullrich of 3downnation.com reports that is “the lowest (attendance) of the Wally Buono era and worst regular-season draw since Aug. 21, 2002, when Adam Rita was in charge.” The Lions went into Thursday’s game with a 2-0 record, too. . . . “Bobby Knight will speak at the Republican National Convention, just as Clint Eastwood did in 2012,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “And, once again, many watching will be wondering about a chair.” . . .
“MLB, saying the Boston Red Sox circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, banned the Sox from signing any international players for the next year and declared five of the team’s teenage prospects free agents,” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “And Roger Goodell, just for spite, added two more games to Tom Brady’s suspension.” . . . “The Arizona Diamondbacks, trying to drum up some all-star votes for third baseman Jake Lamb, brought a real, live lamb into their clubhouse,” writes Perry. “Good thing no one cooked up a stunt like this back when Moose Skowron was playing.” . . . On Monday, Joey Chestnut downed 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes and was treated as an American hero for winning a July 4 eating contest. In my house, I got the stink eye when I reached for a second pork chop at dinner. . . .
Here’s Torben Rolfsen, writing for 24Hours Vancouver, explaining why the Montreal Canadiens dealt P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber: “In North American hockey culture, steady, dependable, unflashy ‘team players’ are strongly favoured over outsized personalities — a distinct contrast to the NBA, the league it is often lagging behind in ratings and revenues. (NHL teams on July 1 inked $450 million in free agent contracts, an amount now roughly equivalent to one NBA backup power forward.)” . . . Rolfsen, with more on Subban: “His $10-million donation to Montreal Children’s Hospital last fall is recognized as ‘the largest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.’ (The biggest in American history is believed to be a tip Chris Chelios once left at a Detroit-area Hooters.)”
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at email@example.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)