A quick trip around the sports world::
-- The Los Angeles Angels showed up for real, at the Oakland A's expense, and they won't be going away. Neither will the Texas Rangers, who have enough talent to avoid their annual midsummer meltdown.
Not so sure about Seattle. Ken Griffey is the key to that clubhouse, both last year (making Ichiro Suzuki one of the guys) and this one (a big reason Milton Bradley went there). It's not good when two teammates bust Griffey for sleeping in the clubhouse, and then the players blame the reporter who conveyed the remarks. Weak, petty stuff from a team that can't hit.
-- On a busy Sunday, the Tennis Channel held its own. A Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer final, for the first time in a year, was long overdue. And how strange to see it end on a mishit Nadal backhand that bounced so crazily, Federer missed it completely.
-- Decent finish to Game 1 of Boston-Orlando, but for the game as a whole, ABC's Jeff Van Gundy put it best with: (a) "Horrible;" (b) "This is like a bad first preseason game;" and (c) "Don't let your kids watch this."
-- After a season of nutty poses and rehearsed dance steps with his Cleveland teammates, LeBron James left the playoffs a bit too quietly. Watching Dwight Howard's "Superman" commercial, you get the feeling he's having a little too much fun, as well. At some point -- ask Michael Jordan -- a mean-spirited persona has to take over.
-- In Sunday's L.A. Times, two columnists dwelled on Kobe Bryant's "tank" job during Game 7 of the 2006 first-round playoff series against Phoenix. Seriously ticked him off. I wouldn't want to be guarding Kobe or at any time for the rest of the playoffs. -- We're generally amused by Phil Jackson's gamesmanship, but not when he chides Steve Nash for (allegedly) palming his dribble. For one thing, Jackson wouldn't know a point guard from a lamppost. And the NBA's traveling issue vanished, for good, around the time Tim Hardaway came into the league.
-- Hank Haney, who recently resigned as Tiger Woods' swing coach, told the Golf Channel he knew about Woods' "issue with the sex addiction." Yo, Hank: Tiger steadfastly has avoided the details of his rehab. That isn't your call to make. (E-mail Bruce Jenkins at bjenkins(at)sfchronicle.com.)