The naysayers have turned into yay!-sayers; the cynics, into True Believers. Here we are, barely into May, and already the experts who wrote off Your Texas Rangers have penciled them into the playoffs. The Anaheim Angels might have something to say about it yet, but the Rangers may devil them still if they keep taking series after series. All hail Tom Hicks. Today, anyway. At season's start, it appeared as though this weekend's series, starting at 7:05 Friday night and ending with Sunday's 1:05 p.m. first pitch, with the New York Yankees at Ameriquest Field in Arlington was going to provide Rangers fans with little more than a chance to boo Alex Rodriguez. Now it's a battle between two of the AL's finest; A-Rod's but a footnote. Now that he's gone, Hank Blalock, Mark Teixeira and Michael Young--and all the other young studs--can prove their worth without playing second fiddle. For tickets, call 817-273-5100. --Robert Wilonsky
One usually engages in the sport of running to stay in shape, lose weight or strengthen the cardiovascular system. But runners can forget all about that healthy crap and indulge their inner glutton at the Katy 5K because across that finish line is a "veritable smorgasbord" of food from various Uptown eateries. So maybe it's not an actual "smorgasbord" since the restaurants are just giving out sample portions, but when the food is from such upscale establishments as Beau Nash, Ciudad, Parigi, Il Sole, Steel, Dream Café, Mattito's, Stolik, Tin Star, Metropolitan, Café Italia and The Mansion on Turtle Creek, you won't hear anybody complaining. The Katy 5K is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. at Turtle Creek Boulevard. Entry is $25 in advance, $30 race day or $5 for kids. Call 214-303-1180 or visit www.lukeslocker.com.--Jay Webb
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Wakeboarding, the fastest-growing water sport in the world--with baby seal clubbing and coral harvesting coming in a distant second and third--provides high-flying aquatic action for riders of all ages, races, religions and degrees of tanning. And now the pinnacle of this show of maritime athleticism is coming to Fort Worth in the form of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour 2004. The tour, which features wakeboarding's wettest stars competing against one another to achieve ultimate wakeboarding glory, will be stopping at Marine Creek, 4467 Kirkland in Fort Worth, on May 22 and May 23. Tickets cost $10 at the gate but are $5 online at www.buywake.com. Call 407-628-4802, ext. 1307, or visit www.prowakeboardtour.com. --Mary Monigold