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Sporting News Today
Revista americana de desporto
THE WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL
DAILY SPORTS NEWSPAPER
Sporting News Today
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THE WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL
DAILY SPORTS NEWSPAPER

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Wayman Tisdale had “thebiggest heart—and an even biggersmile,” Reggie Miller said Friday,still shocked that the Oklahomalegend, 12-year NBA forward andaccomplished jazz musician hadlost his battle with cancer at 44.How good was Tisdale?
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 Three-time AP All-Americans, an exclusiveclub Tisdale and Georgetown’sPatrick Ewing both joined in 1985.“He made you wish he was on yourteam,” former Missouri coach NormStewart told
SN Today 
.
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 Tisdale’s retired OU jerseynumber, which BlakeGriffin received permission to wear.He did Tisdale proud, winning
SN 
’s2008-09 player of the year award.“I spoke with him pretty frequentlythis past season and he helped mein ways he probably doesn’t evenknow,” Griffin said. “He’s touchedso many lives.”
2,661
 
Points he piledup in just threeseasons at OU, still a school record.So are his 1,048 rebounds. Saidformer Sooners star Stacey King:“I wanted to be part of somethingspecial and it made logical senseto go to OU because I wanted topattern my game after him.”
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Rockets at Lakers:
 
(Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Amazing run for Houston, but theLakers just have too much talent.
 
Prediction:
Lakers
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Magic at Celtics:
 
(Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, TNT)
 The Celtics have been here before. The Magic haven’t.
 
Prediction:
Celtics
— Sean Deveney 
 Cavs sit and wait,
Page 8
PHELANM.EBENHACK/AP
Magic’s Dwight Howard
NBA PLAYOFFS
Magnificent 7s
 Tributes: Norm Stewart, ReggieMiller, Billy Packer,
Pages 4-5
SATURDAYMAY 16, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 298
Scoreboard
Baseball
American League
N.Y. Yankees 5, Minnesota 4Toronto 8, Chicago White Sox 3Tampa Bay 8, Cleveland 7Texas 10, L.A. Angels 8Detroit 14, Oakland 1Seattle 5, Boston 4Kansas City 8, Baltimore 1
National League
Colorado 3, Pittsburgh 1Atlanta 4, Arizona 3L.A. Dodgers 6, Florida 4
Philadelphia 10, Washington 6, 12 innings
San Diego 5, Cincinnati 3N.Y. Mets 8, San Francisco 6Houston at Chicago, ppd., rainMilwaukee at St. Louis, ppd., rain
MLB>14 NFL>26 NBA>8 NHL>11 NASCAR>24 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>29 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>29 RECRUITING>6
QUICK LINKS:
TRIBUTEWAYMAN TISDALE,1964-2009
‘He touchedso many lives’
RENDEVOUSENTERTAINMENT/AP
BY STAN MCNEAL
Angels ace John Lackey makes hisfirst start of the season this after-noon. All-Star righthander ErvinSantana debuted Thursday, andinjured slugger Vladimir Guerrerocould return in two weeks. Perhapsthe most difficult times are behindthe Los Angeles Angels. “We can seethe light at the end of the tunnel,”general manager Tony Reagins told
Sporting News Today
.The Angels certainly have dealtwith more than their share of diffi-culties, namely the tragic death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart. But behind the steady hand of managerMike Scioscia, they have forgedahead and are within striking dis-tance of their customary spot atopthe A.L. West.Three reasons why:
The other starters.
With L.A.’s toptwo starters sidelined, Joe Saunders(5-2) and Jered Weaver (3-1) havepitched like aces—at least until Fri-day, when Saunders was shelled byTexas. Weaver has reached the sev-enth inning in five of his sevenstarts. “They realized an importantpart of our season rested on theirshoulders, and they stepped up,”Reagins said.
 
Torii’s time.
After dropping 10pounds in the offseason, two-timeAll-Star Torii Hunter has elevatedhis game. He is on pace for careerhighs in runs, RBIs and homers, aswell as game-changing catches incenter field. He has been even biggerin the clubhouse. In his second sea-son on the West Coast, Hunter has become the face of the franchise.“He’s a guy who is serious about his job,” Reagins said. “Our young guyssee that and are drawn to it.”
 
Moving on.
Two weeks after Aden-hart was killed in a car wreck, Angelsplayers staged their own memorialservice for the organization at AngelStadium. “There was laughter andreminiscing,” Reagins said. “(Nick’sdeath) is something that will be withus for a long time. This kind of upbeatservice was needed.” The Angelshave gone 13-7 since that service.Other teams are impressed butnot surprised. “A very well runorganization that we have a lot of respect for,” Rangers general man-ager Jon Daniels said. “They’re theteam to beat.”
Earning their wings
Despite tragedy andinjuries, Angels winning
CHRISCARLSON/AP
Torii Hunter is on pace for career highs in runs, HRs and RBIs, and has stepped up the leadership.
 
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
See a Different Game
Tune In Today
A quick look at the bestsports on TV
all times Eastern
OFF THE FIELD
NASCAR
Sprint All-Star Race
7 p.m., Speed
One hundred laps for $1 million. That’s quite a payout for such a short night’s work,and the urgency to get up front often results in multicar wrecks typically seen onlyat Daytona and Talladega. The driver to watch is Kyle Busch, considering he has ledmore laps (83) in the last three all-star races than anyone else, yet hasn’t been runningat the finish of any of those (two because of wrecks, one because of engine failure).He’ll be the blur at the front.
BASEBALL
White Sox at Blue Jays
1 p.m., WGN
 The Blue Jays have the American League’s best record despite the fact thatcasual observers couldn’t name even one other member of the Toronto rotationbeyond Roy Halladay. The White Sox have name recognition among their startingfive, but the results have been lacking from at least three of their starters, includ-ing Bartolo Colon, who gets the ball today. Colon’s chances at improvement mightnot be good today, with Toronto’s offense being among baseball’s best.
HORSE RACING
Preakness Stakes
4:30 p.m., NBC
Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is not the favorite to win today’s race,which means a run at the Triple Crown may have to wait another year. Thenagain, this horse was a 50-1 shot to win the Derby, so maybe he has the field rightwhere he wants it. The odds-on favorite is filly Rachel Alexandra, who has wonfive straight races entering the Preakness. Rachel Alexandra’s jockey, Calvin Borel,was atop Mine That Bird for the Derby, but couldn’t say no to his regular ride.
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
AUTO RACING
NoonVERSUS —
IRL,pole qualifying forIndianapolis 500
6 p.m.ESPN2 —
NHRA,qualifying for Thunder ValleyNationals, at Bristol, Tenn. (same-daytape)
7 p.m.SPEED —
NASCAR,Sprint Cup, All-StarRace, at Concord,N.C.
GOLF
10 a.m.TGC —
EuropeanPGA Tour, IrishOpen, third round,at Baltray, Ireland
1 p.m.TGC —
Nationwide Tour, BMWCharity Pro-Am,third round, atSpartanburg, S.C.
2 p.m.ESPN2 —
LPGA,Sybase Classic, thirdround, at Clifton,N.J.
3 p.m.CBS —
PGA Tour, Texas Open, thirdround, at SanAntonio
6:30 p.m.TGC —
Champions Tour, RegionsCharity Classic,second round, atHoover, Ala. (same-day tape)
HORSE RACING
4:30 p.m.NBC —
NTRA,Preakness Stakes, atBaltimore
MAJOR LEAGUEBASEBALL
1 p.m.WGN —
ChicagoWhite Sox at Toronto
4 p.m.FOX —
Regionalcoverage, N.Y. Metsat San Francisco,Cleveland at TampaBay, or L.A. Angelsat Texas
MEN’S COLLEGELACROSSE
NoonESPN2 —
NCAADivision I tourna-ment, quarterfinal,teams TBA, atHempstead, N.Y.
RODEO
1
0 p.m.VERSUS —
PBR,Ford F-150Invitational, atPueblo, Colo.(same-day tape)
Sacks leaderSmith chargedwith DUI
NFL Hall of Fame DE
BruceSmith
has been charged withdrunken driving in VirginiaBeach. City police spokesman
 Jimmy Barnes
said the 45-year-oldSmith was stopped at 1:42 a.m.Friday on Interstate 264. He saidSmith was charged with speed-ing, driving under the influenceand refusal to take an alcohol breath test.Smith was released on bond afew hours later. Smith, whoplayed for the Buffalo Bills andthe Washington Redskins, is theNFL’s all-time sacks leader.
Quick hits
 
Pimlico Race Course expectsthe economy to depress ticketsales for today’s Preakness bymore than 10 percent, a Maryland Jockey Club official told the
Wash-ington Times
, but others are sayingthe track’s prohibiting fans from bringing their own alcohol to thetraditional BYOB infield party iscausing part of the decline.The Washington Redskinswon another legal victory Fridayin a 17-year fight with a group of American Indians who contendthe football team’s trademark isracially offensive. The decisionissued Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington doesn’taddress the main question of rac-ism at the center of the case.Instead, it upholds the lowercourt’s decision in favor of the foot- ball team on a legal technicality.
— SportsBusiness Daily, sportsbusinessdaily.com
 
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SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009
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My Profile
Kelly Gruber
Two-time Blue Jays All-Star third baseman
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
 
Born:
Feb. 26, 1962, in Houston 
Alma mater:
Westlake High (Austin, Texas) 
What’s on TV:
Discovery Channel 
What’s in my iPod:
Rush, Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Stevie RayVaughan 
What I drive:
Black 1992 Jeep Wrangler 
Favorite flick:
 
The Hunt for Red October 
 
Superstition:
If I succeed in something, I remember everything Idid and do it again till I don’t succeed. Then I change it up. 
Worst habit:
Chewing tobacco 
Love to trade places for a day with …
My grandfather, who is not alive.He was the kindest person I’ve ever known.
First job:
Paving roads in the hot Texas summer sun 
Favorite meal:
Mom’s roast, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, saladwith vinegar and oil, corn and iced tea
Talent I’d most like to have:
Be a musician 
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:
Earl Campbell 
Favorite city to visit:
Toronto
Favorite team as a kid:
Houston Oilers 
Favorite value in others:
Honesty 
Dream date:
Gabrielle Reece 
My greatest love:
My children 
My hero:
Jesus Christ 
My bucket list:
1. Be a great father, 2. Be a successful businessman,3. A few other places to travel to 
My motto:
Be the best I can be in all I do
— Jeff D’Alessio
RUSTYKENNEDY/AP

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