Maria Sharapova won her first U.S. Open match last week after returning from a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance. Sharapova, grunting loud enough to wake up a deaf guy in Brooklyn, beat the No. 2 seed. The blonde Russian was in a festive mood. She wore an outfit that was a cross between cocktail dress and lingerie. Throw in Tom Rinaldi's awkward post-match interview and it made for interesting TV.
Trending up: Cavaliers, Floyd Mayweather, Matthew Stafford. The Kyrie Irving deal finally is done, and the Cavaliers did all they could to cushion the blow of LeBron's departure, whenever that may be. Cleveland rolled the dice and asked for more when there was some question about Isaiah Thomas' hip. In the end, the Cavs get three players (to me, Jae Crowder is the key to this trade), a lottery pick and a second-round pick. Nice.
Trending down: Raekwon Davis, Jarvis Landry, Tyler Eifert. Davis, a defensive end for Alabama, was shot in the leg outside a bar in Tuscaloosa last Saturday night. It's a minor wound, and Davis reportedly was not cooperative with police. The bar owner says that's because Davis accidentally shot himself. I doubt we'll ever get the full story. If Davis did shoot himself, it's a good time to point out that another football knucklehead famous for shooting himself in the leg, Plaxico Burress, also played for Nick Saban (at Michigan State).
Good Guy of the Week
J.J. Watt is good for more than making funny TV commercials. The Houston Texans star has become a fund-raising machine in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Watt, who seems as honest as the day is long, has raised millions to help with relief efforts. He blew past the $12 million mark Thursday (from 111,000 donors) and tweeted: “The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity.” If you’d like to contribute, go to www.youcaring.com/jjwatt. If you believe in football karma, now would be a good time to put money on the Texans to win the Super Bowl.