NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- From the man-bites-dog department, we saw the Connecticut Tennis Center's Stadium Court evacuated and play suspended two hours Tuesday because of an East Coast earthquake.
Early Thursday night, we witnessed something even rarer. We saw a golfer run. And give an interview at the same time.
Stop the presses. Crank up the oxygen.
You never know what tournament director Anne Worcester has up her sleeve at the New Haven Open. And at 6:40 p.m., after the rains had given way to the last hints of sunshine, here was Anne escorting Caroline Wozniacki's boyfriend to the treadmill to promote the Cybex Pink Ribbon Run.
"I haven't run in a long time," Rory McIlroy said. "I play football quite a lot with my friends back home (in Northern Ireland), but it's in short sprints. I do quite a lot on the bike. I get shinsplints when I run, so I try to limit it."
McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, injured his right forearm two weeks ago when he whacked a tree root with his 7-iron on an ill-advised shot at the PGA Championship. Earlier Thursday, McIlroy tweeted to his 614,236 followers: "Getting some treatment on my arm in the ladies locker room in new haven. ... Not a bad place to be."
Oh, you little rascal, Rory.
When asked whether his wrist is strong enough to pick up a Guinness, McIlroy laughed and answered, "With my left hand, yeah.
"It's actually not my wrist," said McIlroy, pointing to his forearm and correcting earlier reports. "It's more up toward my elbow. It's OK. It's not 100 percent. It's 80-85 percent."
Let's just hope he doesn't pull out of next week's European Masters in Switzerland with shinsplints. Anne Worcester would be in big trouble with the lords of golf.
"I wanted to do this," said McIlroy, who ran about a mile and a half. "It's for a good cause."
It is. The Cybex Pink Ribbon Run has already raised more than $18,000 for the Susan G. Komen Connecticut Affiliate and the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.
Chatting, running, McIlroy was a good sport about the whole thing and, best we can tell, talked about his girlfriend publicly for the first time. We haven't had this much fun on the sports pages since Martina Hingis showed up at TPC River Highlands in 2002 to watch Sergio Garcia.
"Everything," McIlroy said when asked by a European reporter what makes Wozniacki such a nice girl. "I think why we get on so well is because we have so much in common. Obviously, different sports, but we're pretty much in the same position at a young age. We can talk about things that probably a lot of 21- and 22-year-olds can't. It's nice to have someone who understands what you're going through."
It doesn't hurt that the No. 1-ranked player in the world is also blonde, beautiful and in a seemingly permanent state of good cheer.
An earthquake hits. Caroline smiles. Hurricane Irene disrupts the New Haven schedule, forcing the final to be moved up to 1 p.m. Saturday. Caroline smiles. And after avenging last week's loss to Christina McHale in Cincinnati with a 7-5, 6-3 victory on Thursday night, Wozniacki moved into the semifinals in her quest for a fourth successive New Haven title. She is the queen of the Elm City.
"Caroline has been awesome here," McIlroy said.
"It's great to have someone who understands," Wozniacki said. "Rory has achieved something very remarkable and great already, winning the U.S. Open at such a young age. It's something unheard of."
Wozniacki has 178,760 Twitter followers of her own and isn't lost for observations. McHale doesn't appear to have a Twitter account and, truth be told, most of her post-match responses aren't 140 characters long.
If the 10 plagues of the Old Testament happen to descend on the Connecticut Tennis Center, you get the feeling Wozniacki would still be smiling. Nothing like frogs, lice, flies, locusts, boils and pestilence to bring out the pearly whites.
Well, maybe comments by the McEnroe Brothers wouldn't make her smile so much. Wozniacki lost in the first round in Toronto and Cincinnati. And with a fuzzy situation whether she is replacing her dad, Piotr, with an unnamed coach, people are talking.
"I think the worst thing that ever happened to her was getting to number one without winning a major," Patrick McEnroe said during a teleconference in advance of the U.S. Open. "I think it just caught up to her, all the questions. It's not her fault she got to number one. It's the system's fault. She won a lot of matches. She was very consistent.
"But the bottom line is that Serena (Williams) is injured, (Kim) Clijsters played here and there. So to me she was never the best player ... She'll probably be a lot more comfortable when she falls to five or six in the rankings."
John was equally critical.
"I just watched her play. I'm totally baffled as to what is going on," he said. "She looks like she has absolutely no confidence right now."
McIlroy reacted harshly, too harshly, to criticism last month after TV commentator Jay Townsend blamed McIlroy's wayward play at the Irish Open on his caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald. "Shut up," McIlroy tweeted. "You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!"
McIlroy had no such tweets for the brothers McEnroe.
"As long as Caroline gets a couple of more matches under her belt going into the U.S. Open, she's obviously got a great chance," McIlroy said.
Any advice for his girlfriend on how to join him as a major winner?
"Not really," he said. "It's like everything else. If you've got a little bit of confidence and you believe in yourself, it can take you a long way."
McIlroy went to Wimbledon twice this summer. The plan was to watch Wozniacki play in the quarterfinals.
"Obviously, she wasn't there," McIlroy said. He attended the men's final to watch his buddy, Rafa Nadal.
"It would have been nice to see him win," McIroy said. "(Novak) Djokovic played an unbelievable final. ... If Djokovic is 100 percent fit, I think he's going to be very hard to beat (in the U.S. Open)."
So what about the week after golf's U.S. Open next June at The Olympic Club in San Francisco? McIlroy practiced at River Highlands on Wednesday, but didn't play the course. Could we see him in the Travelers Championship?
"It's always an awkward date for us because it's a week after the U.S. Open," said McIlroy, who said he planned on playing 17-18 PGA Tour events in 2012. "We'll wait and see.
"I'll definitely join the PGA Tour next year. I play my best golf over here."
Rory does some pretty good running on this side of the pond, too.