Talking Points: Rory passes Tiger

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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photoRory McIlroy, U.S. Open champion

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In winning the U.S. Open by shooting a record-setting 16-under par 268 on rain-softened Congressional, Rory McIlroy was so good, he put Tiger Woods whose scoring record he broke in the past tense, at least for the moment.

“He’s got the world in front of him really,” Steve Stricker, the top-ranked American golfer, said. “His game looks flawless. His swing looks great. I think it looks just as good as when Tiger was in his prime and swinging at it at his best.”

After all these years of looking for a rival for Woods, perhaps instead we found a successor.

That’s not to write off Woods, though his absence from Congressional was more noticeable because of the unavoidable comparisons to him in the way McIlroy played.

— The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer

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photoClarence Clemons

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Talking Points is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of “The Big Man” Clarence Clemons on Saturday due to complications from a stroke.

Known for his saxophone abilities, Clemens was once-upon-a-time headed to a pro football career.

ESPN.com’s Page 2 blog noted that Clemens, 6-foot-2, 270-pounds, was a center and defensive end at Maryland State College.

He was asked to try out for the Cleveland Browns, but a day before the tryout Clemens was in a car accident that ended those dreams.

“I was looking toward a pro career,” Clemons told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in February, “but God had another plan for me.”