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Chuck Daly was a study in persever-ance. In 1981, he was so desperate totake an NBA head coaching job thathe accepted the reins for a sad-sack Cleveland team. The Cavaliers went9-32 under Daly, and he was fired.
 Things improved, of course, whenDaly went toDetroit, buildingthe Pistons intotwo-time cham-pions as part of a 14-year careerthat earned hima spot in theBasketball Hallof Fame. Dalydied Saturday at78 after battling pancreatic cancer.“He was a great friend to allcoaches,” said Mavericks coachRick Carlisle, one of Daly’s formerassistants, “extremely generousand there are very few people thathave had such a great impact on thegame, and such humility.”
— Sean Deveney 
Chicago 4, Vancouver 2Denver 106, Dallas 105
Samuel Pahlsson and the Blackhawkstook a 3-2 series lead. Page 11Carmelo Anthony hit the winning3-pointer after a non-call on anattempted intentional foul.Denver leads the semifinal series 3-0.Page 7
‘A great friendto all coaches’
 Yao out for playoffs,
Page 9
Chuck Daly
The Bears and Chiefs filled holes atquarterback with trades for Jay Cut-ler and Matt Cassel, but five otherNFL teams have a QB competition brewing. That can be good. Or bad.“A three-way competition isalways bad,” said Jim Miller, part of multiple QB battles in 12 NFL sea-sons. “Two-way competitions aremanageable, but the guys on theteam know who should emerge, andwhen it goes against that you haveproblem.“Usually, it’s good for everyone tofeel that pressure that you’ll feel onSundays.”Here is a quick look at five QB battles:
Denver Broncos
The contenders:
Kyle Orton, ChrisSimms.
The chase:
Some don’t believe it, but Orton was the key piece in theCutler trade. In Simms’ only seasonas a starter, he led Tampa to theplayoffs. Despite the perception it’sOrton’s job, coach Josh McDanielscalls the competition “real.”
Detroit Lions
The contenders:
Daunte Culpep-per, Matthew Stafford.
The chase:
It’sonly a matter of when Stafford, the $41.5-millionman, will start. It could be a func-tion of “when” his teammates cangive him a chance. Until then, theLions might let Culpepper take thepunishment, although coach JimSchwartz says, “We don’t have adepth chart.”
Minnesota Vikings
The contenders:
Tarvaris Jackson,Sage Rosenfels.
The chase:
Forget perception. Nei-ther the financial nor the draft-pickcompensation the Vikings surren-dered suggests Rosenfels
to start. Jackson played fairly well down thestretch, and this race likely will go tothe man who best moves the chainsand protects the ball. Or Brett Favre.
New York Jets
The contenders:
Kellen Clemens,Mark Sanchez.
The chase:
If Sanchez picks up theoffense, it’s his job. Rex Ryan hinted atthat last weekend, saying he “has agood idea” of what will happen and hasexperience winning with a rookie QB.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The contenders:
 Josh Freeman,Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown.
The chase:
McCown looked shakyearly this spring, making Leftwichthe likely bridge to Freeman. Mostscouts say it’ll take Freeman time toadjust to the NFL.
Five NFL teams head to campnot knowing who’ll be their QB
 Jets coach Rex Ryan has hinted he’d like MarkSanchez, above, to grab the starting job.Kellen Clemens has said he expects to be‘under center opening day in Houston.’
Making his Mark
Fifty-year-old Mark Martin moved intoplayoff position with avictory at DarlingtonRaceway.
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American League
Tampa Bay 14, Boston 5Toronto 6, Oakland 4Baltimore 12, N.Y. Yankees 5Chicago White Sox 3, Texas 2Detroit 4, Cleveland 0Minnesota 9, Seattle 6L.A. Angels 1, Kansas City 0
National League
N.Y. Mets 10, Pittsburgh 1L.A. Dodgers 8, San Francisco 0Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 2Houston 5, San Diego 4Cincinnati 8, St. Louis 3Florida 3, Colorado 1Milwaukee 12, Chicago Cubs 6Washington 2, Arizona 1
Western Conference semifinals
Chicago 4, Vancouver 2
(Chicago leads series 3-2)
Eastern Conference semifinals
Pittsburgh 4, Washington 3, OT
(Pittsburgh leads series 3-2)
NBA Playoffs
Western Conference semifinals
Denver 106, Dallas 105
(Denver leads series 3-0)
Eastern Conference semifinals
Cleveland 97, Atlanta 82
(Cleveland leads series 3-0)
6 a.m.SPEED—
GP2 ChampionshipSeries, at Barcelona, Spain (same-day tape)
7:30 a.m.SPEED—
Formula One, SpanishGrand Prix, at Barcelona, Spain
IRL, pole qualifying forIndianapolis 500
12:30 p.m.FSN—
Big 12 Conference, cham-pionship game, teams TBA, atOklahoma City
9:30 a.m.TGC—
European PGA Tour, ItalianOpen, final round, at Turin, Italy(same-day tape)
2 p.m.NBC—
PGA Tour, THE PLAYERSChampionship, final round, atPonte Vedra Beach, Fla.
3 p.m.ESPN2—
LPGA, Michelob ULTRAOpen, final round, at Williamsburg,Va.
12:30 p.m.TBS—
Atlanta at Philadelphia
2 p.m.WGN—
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee
8 p.m.ESPN—
 Tampa Bay at Boston
4 p.m.SPEED—
FIM World Superbike, atMonza, Italy (same-day tape)
3:30 p.m.ABC—
Playoffs, conferencesemifinals, Game 4, L.A. Lakers atHouston
8 p.m.TNT—
Playoffs, conference semifi-nals, Game 4, Boston at Orlando
7:30 p.m.VERSUS—
Playoffs, conferencesemifinals, Game 5, Carolina atBoston
Lakers at Rockets
3:30 p.m., ABC
By winning Game 1 in the conference semis,the Rockets grabbed momentum and sowedseeds of doubt in what was expected to bethe Lakers’ march to the NBA Finals. Now, withC Yao Ming out with a broken foot and SF RonArtest having been ejected from consecutivegames, it is the Rockets on the ropes in Game4. Coach Phil Jackson has, at times this season,questioned his team’s killer instinct. It has achance to how him that instinct today.
— Sean Deveney 
Hurricanes at Bruins
7:30 p.m., Versus
 The Hurricanes pulled off the large shockerby beating the Devils in the first round, butnow that they have Boston facing eliminationtonight, maybe nothing they do from now onshould be considered surprising. Eric Staal andJussi Jokinen have been beasts throughoutCarolina’s playoff run, and G Cam Ward stillhasn’t lost a playoff series. Boston’s biggestfault is scoring just three goals in the last threegames—all losses.
— Roger Kuznia
Rays at Red Sox
8 p.m., ESPN
 Tonight’s game is already the 10th betweenthese two teams this season, with Tampa Bayholding a 6-3 edge. If Rays righthander MattGarza pitches as well as he has in his first twostarts against Boston this season, Tampa Baylikely will post their seventh victory. Garza hasallowed just one earned run in 14.2 innings of work, striking out 15, including 10 in his April30 start. Garza matches up with Boston’s JoshBeckett, who has given up 10 hits in each of hislast three outings.
— Roger Kuznia
Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars owner
Tom Hicks
, who defaulted last month on $525million in loans tied to those teams, saysthe issue is a “nonevent” for coaches, play-ers, fans and the rest of the operations.Financial analysts aren’t so sure.“The notion that this is a modest hic-cup, where all he’s really trying to do is buy himself a few weeks before he makespayments so that he can properly runhis franchises ... I don’t find that partcompelling,” said
Andrew Zimbalist
, aSmith College economics professor whospecializes in sports business.However, some analysts consider itfairly unlikely that Hicks will lose eitherof the teams, citing the value of the fran-chises ($810 million combined, accord-ing to Forbes magazine) relative to thedebt and the large number of lenderstied up in the loans (about 40).
Nowitzki’s credit cards at risk?
The love interest of Mavericks star
may have gained access to hiscredit cards without permission,
The Dallas Morning News
reported, but it’sunknown if, or how much, she was ableto use them.
Cristal Taylor
may have alsovictimized her former husband in simi-lar fashion, racking up $330,000 indebt, according to the newspaper. Taylorwas arrested at Nowitzki’s homeWednesday. She was taken to DallasCounty jail with bail set at $20,000 on atheft of services charge.
Quick hits
Steve Mills
, who as president of businessoperations for MSG Sports Teams hiredformer Knicks marketer
Anucha BrowneSanders
and former Knicks president
, is leaving the organization afternearly a decade to work for Magic JohnsonEnterprises,
SportsBusiness Journal 
’s TerryLefton reported. Browne Sanders waspaid $11.5 million in the 2007 settlementof a sexual harassment suit againstThomas and MSG.
Attorneys for
 Jayson Williams
say they’llseek to have the former NBA star’s convic-tions for covering up a fatal shootingthrown out on grounds of racial bias. Atissue is a racial slur used by a formeremployee of the Hunterdon County (N.J.)Prosecutor’s Office.Williams was convicted of four countsof covering up the shooting death of ahired driver at his Hunterdon Countymansion in 2002.
Mexican soccer clubs Chivas Guada-lajara and San Luis have withdrawn fromthe Copa Libertadores in the fallout fromthe refusal of Uruguay and Brazil clubs toplay matches in Mexico following theswine flu outbreak. One club official saidthe South Americans’ refusal to visit bor-dered on “racism.”
— Compiled by Benson Taylor, with wire reports
While his team is down 3-0 to Denver, DirkNowitzki is dealing with a personal issue.
Hicks’ loan default castsshadow on Rangers, Stars
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My Profile
 John Burkett
1993 National League wins leader, two-time All-Star
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
Nov. 28, 1964, in Beaver, Pa. 
These days:
Bowling, playing poker andgolf, driving my kids to activities 
What’s on TV:
, pro bowling, pro golf, profootball,
World Poker Tour 
 HighStakes Poker 
 Poker After Dark
What’s in my iPod:
Dave Matthews Band,classic rock 
What I drive:
2007 Mercedes-Benz S550,2007 Chevy Tahoe 
Favorite flicks:
 A Few Good  Men
 A Perfect Murder 
What I’m reading:
Dan Harrington’s
 How toWin at No-Limit Hold ’em Money Games, Vol. 1
Magazine subscriptions:
Sports Illustrated 
Golf Magazine
Card Player 
Steelers, ESPN,Bowl.com, Gmail 
Worst habit:
Biting my nails 
On my office walls:
Plasma TV; 1993 MLBAll-Star frame with cards of every playerthat was in it; autographed painting of LouBrock and Rickey Henderson 
Love to trade places for a day with …
 JackieRobinson. To have the chance to experi-ence one day of his life during his careerwould probably be the most shockingexperience imaginable. 
First job:
Wedgewood Lanes, 16 years old,Beaver, Pa. I worked in the snack barfor $1.50 an hour. I went to school until2:30 p.m. and worked 3-11 p.m. 5 to 6 daysa week. Met a lot of nice people. 
Talent I’d most like to have:
The knowledge of a world-class poker player like DoyleBrunson 
Favorite meal:
Filet mignon, medium, witha loaded baked potato and a bottle of Insignia red wine to wash it down 
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:
Favorite city to visit:
Las Vegas
Favorite team as a kid:
Pittsburgh Steelers 
Favorite values in others:
Enthusiasm andhonesty 
Favorite physical attribute about myself:
And least …
Midsection. A little biggerthese days. 
Dream date:
My wife Laura. Sounds like brownie points but it’s the truth. 
My greatest love:
Seeing the smiles on mykids’ faces at Disney World the first trip 
My hero:
Willie Stargell 
My bucket list:
1. Win a World Series of Poker event, 2. Watch my kids get marriedand be successful
— Jeff D’Alessio

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