2006_08_susopen.jpgWhen he announced he would retire after the U.S. Open, Andre Agassi made himself the story until he is eliminated. That almost came sooner than fans -- or CBS and USA -- wanted. Agassi survived three tiebreaks and beat Andrei Pavel in four sets to advance to a second-round match against Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday. The 36-year-old could have given up when, after splitting the first two sets on tiebreakers, he fell behind 4-0 in the third set. But Agassi rallied, much to the delight of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, which was about as one-sided as can be imagined.

The USTA National Tennis Center added Billie Jean King's name Monday, and the Open threw a ceremony in Ashe to celebrate. Even John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors -- Andy Roddick's new coach -- sat next to each other to honor King. Good for King, and good for the USTA for recognizing the role she had in driving women's tennis.

-Mets 8, Phillies 3: John Maine and the Mets benefited from a call reversal in the third as they took a makeup game from the Phillies. They finished the homestand 8-1 and will head to Colorado and Houston on a six-game trip. The best news of the day was Pedro Martinez's trip to Port St. Luice, Fla., to start rehabbing from his injury. His health and that of Tom Glavine -- who will start Friday -- could determine the Mets' fortunes.