has amessage for graduates at the Universityof Wisconsin: Dream big and don’t fearfailure.In his commencement address Satur-day, Selig urged the graduates to be res-olute during these difficult economictimes.Selig did not address baseball’s drugproblem or this season’s drop in atten-dance. Instead, the 1956 Wisconsingraduate said he views baseball as ametaphor for life.“In baseball, as in life ... hope and faithare critical to success,” Selig told gradu-ates at the first of four ceremonies. “Takeadvantage of these difficult times because if you have hope and faith, if you are smart and tenacious and dedi-cated and willing to sacrifice, you canmake a difference and make this a betterworld. And don’t be afraid of failure.”
Memorial service set for Tisdale
A public memorial service for formerOklahoma basketball great and jazzmusician
will be heldThursday at the BOK Center in Tisdale’shometown of Tulsa, Okla. Tisdale’s band will play selections starting a half-hour before the service begins. Tisdalewas a three-time All-American forOklahoma in the mid-80s before play-ing 12 seasons in the NBA. He died Fri-day at a Tulsa hospital after a two-year battle with bone cancer. He was 44.
Ducks G.M. delivers cross-check
Ducks general manager
wasinterviewed by Detroit police Thursdaynight but was not charged after a womanworking as a TV stage manager at JoeLouis Arena said he hit her in the leftchest, arm and shoulder with a chairafter the Ducks’ 4-3 loss to the RedWings, according to the website forFOX’s Detroit affiliate.
, a Red Wings fan, said Mur-ray was apparently upset over herenthusiasm and used the chair toexpress his displeasure. “I was taken tothe boards by Bob Murray and survivedthe hit. I felt like I was cross-checkedand I didn’t even have the puck,” saidParis.“It was a complete accident,” Murraytold the
Los Angeles Times
. “I’ve spokenwith her and cleared it all up.”
was atthe Metrodome in Minneapolis thisweek to interview former Twins man-ager
for the upcoming movie
, the Minneapolis
reported. The movie will star
asOakland A’s general manager
but include cut-ins to Kelly and othersassociated with baseball. Buffalo Bills fullback
was arrested Thursday in Florida onaccusations he fondled himself outside aPort St. Lucie woman’s home. McIntyrewas charged with exposing sexualorgans, a misdemeanor. McIntyre’sagent says his client is “guilty of abso-lutely nothing.”
— Compiled by Benson Taylor, with wire services
IRL,pole qualifying forIndianapolis 500
RolexSports Car Series,Festival of Speed,at Salinas, Calif.
NHRA, Thunder ValleyNationals, finaleliminations,at Bristol, Tenn.(same-day tape)
American Le MansSeries, at Salt LakeCity (same-daytape)
EuropeanPGA Tour, IrishOpen, final round,at Baltray, Ireland
Nationwide Tour, BMWCharity Pro-Am,final round, atSpartanburg, S.C.
LPGA,Sybase Classic,final round, atClifton, N.J.
PGA Tour, Texas Open, finalround, at SanAntonio
—Champions Tour, RegionsCharity Classic,final round, atHoover, Ala.(same-day tape)
Minnesotaat N.Y. Yankees
Houstonat Chicago Cubs
N.Y. Metsat San Francisco
MotoGP250, French GrandPrix, at Le Mans,France (same-daytape)
MotoGPWorldChampionship,French Grand Prix,at Le Mans, France(same-day tape)
FIMWorld Superbike,at Johannesburg,South Africa(same-day tape)
Playoffs,conferencesemifinals, Game7, Houston at L.A.Lakers
Playoffs,conferencesemifinals, Game7, Orlando atBoston
Playoffs,WesternConference finals,Game 1, Chicagoat Detroit
PBR,Ford F-150Invitational, atPueblo, Colo.(same-day tape)
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Magic at Celtics
8 p.m., TNT
A Game 7 win tonight gets either team tothe next round, but the reward is an EasternConference finals matchup against the well-restedCavaliers, who haven’t played since last Monday. The formula is simple for both teams. For Orlando,it’s get the ball to Dwight Howard and get out of the way (as his 23 points and 22 rebounds in Game6 attest). For Boston, it’s let the two healthy mem-bers of the Big Three (Paul Pierce and Ray Allen) dotheir thing and feed off what always is a raucousBoston crowd.
Blackhawks atRed Wings
3 p.m., NBC
The Winter Classic at Wrigley Field playedbetween these two teams on Jan. 1 seems solong ago. Detroit was in firm control all gamebefore winning 6-4, and won four of the six gamesbetween the rivals this season. However, Chicagowon the home-and-home set that ended theregular season for both teams, and its young stars,Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Kris Versteegwill give the defending champions as much tocontend with as Anaheim.
Mets at Giants
8 p.m., ESPN
Matt Cain is a young workhorse who reallyhasn’t gotten his due because of poor run support. Though he’s 3-1 to start this season, you wonderif it’s a matter of time before the Giants’ offenselets him down again. San Francisco is among theleague’s bottom feeders in offense, with BengieMolina accounting for eight of the team’s 20 homeruns (San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez has 15 by him-self). Cain will have his hands full with the Mets andstarter Mike Pelfrey, who is 4-0 through six starts.
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
OFF THE FIELD
Selig tells grads:Dream big, makea difference
MLB commissioner Bud Selig delivered thecommencement address at his alma mater, Wisconsin.
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