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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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DAILY SPORTS NEWSPAPER

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It’ll be tough to top a secondround that produced three Game7s, but the magnitude of hockey’sconference finals, which kicked off Sunday with Detroit’s 5-2 win overChicago, certainly helps.Here’s what to expect:
WESTERN CONFERENCE
After a slow start, the Red Wingsdominated the Blackhawks totake an early 1-0 series lead. If the Red Wings continue to shutdown Chicago stars Patrick Kaneand Jonathan Toews, it will be aquick exit for Chicago. “It’s onlyone game,” Kane said. “Obviouslywe didn’t put in a good 60-minuteeffort.”
 Wings school ’Hawks,
Page 9 
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Carolina at Pittsburgh
7:30 ET tonight, Versus
Game 1 between the Penguinsand Hurricanes is tonight, and bothteams are coming off emotionalGame 7 wins. The first team torefocus will have the early edge.“It’s a chance to go to the StanleyCup finals,” Sidney Crosby said. “If you can’t be motivated because of that, you’ve got problems.”
— Craig Custance
 Pens-’Canes preview,
Page 11
Attention: The baseball seasonyou’ve grown used to is about to beinterrupted. Interleague play beginsFriday.After this week,teams return toplaying inside theirleagues until June12-28 when inter-league runs itscourse for 2009.Excuse the playersfor not counting thedays to step outsidethe norm.“It’s good for the fans,” Brewersshortstop J.J. Hardy said. “For theplayers, I don’t think it mattersmuch.”Except, perhaps, for those in L.A.,Chicago, New York and the BayArea.“The city-city thing is crazy,” saidMilwaukee’s Mike Cameron, who hasexperienced it in Chicago and NewYork. “But it’s a little overboard hav-ing to play home-and-home againstsome of these so-called rivals.”This week’s only city-city series isAngels at Dodgers, but intrastateseries will be played in Florida, Mis-souri, Ohio and Texas.Three other things to watch:
A.L. superiority
American League clubs shouldwelcome this week as a chance to fat-ten their records. Since 2004, 12 A.L.teams (all except Orioles, Blue Jays)have winning marks against the N.L.Only the Cardinals, Rockies and Brew-ers are over .500 among N.L. clubs.The Red Sox, Tigers and Twins(60-30) have the best interleaguerecords since ’04. The worst: Pirates(21-48), Padres (31-53) and Dodgers(30-51).
World Series previews?
Three series with the best chanceof an October encore:
Mets at Red Sox.
Johan Santana and Josh Beckett are in line to start Fridaynight. The teams haven’t met sinceBoston swept three at Fenway in ’06.
Angels at Dodgers.
The Dodgerswon’t have Manny Ramirez, of course, but the Angels could welcome back their slugger, Vlad Guerrero, bySunday.
Phillies at Yankees.
The championswill see new Yankee Stadium beforemany A.L. clubs. The Phillies alsowill see New York’s top three start-ers—CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett andAndy Pettitte.
Pre-weekend highlights
Before the interleague disruption,two divisional showdowns beginTuesday. The suddenly-strugglingCardinals play host to the Cubs withChris Carpenter likely to returnWednesday. Boston will miss RoyHalladay when first-place Torontovisits Fenway.
BASEBALL: THE WEEK AHEAD
Stan McNeal
BASEBALL
Lakers, Magic advance
A look ahead to the Conference finals:
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Denver vs. L.A. Lakers:
It looks likeGame 7 finally woke up the Lakers.
 Prediction:
Lakers in 6.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Orlando vs. Cleveland:
Orlando won by29 in April, but the Cavs are rolling now.
 Prediction:
Cavaliers in 6.
— Sean Deveney 
NBA PLAYOFFS
 NBA coverage,
Pages 6-8
Dwight Howard and Orlandobounced Boston. Page 6
ELISEAMENDOLA/AP
Focus, effort fuelconference finals
CARLOSOSORIO/AP
 Johan Franzen and Detroit fell behind1-0, then surged to a 5-2 win. Page 9
Interleague interruption
Potential World Seriespreviews highlight week
GEORGENIKITIN/AP
 Johan Santana won’t be the only ace taking the hill during the Mets’ Friday matchup with Boston.
SN 
’s top young guns
Rose, Mason are ourpicks for NBA, NHLrookies of the year,
 Page 2
MONDAYMAY 18, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 300
Scoreboard
NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference semifinals
Orlando 101, Boston 82
(Orlando wins series 4-3)
Western Conference semifinals
L.A. Lakers 89, Houston 70
(Lakers win series 4-3)
NHL Playoffs
Western Conference finals
Detroit 5, Chicago 2
(Detroit leads series 1-0)
Baseball
American League
N.Y. Yankees 3, Minnesota 2, 10 inningsDetroit 11, Oakland 7Toronto 8, Chicago White Sox 2Tampa Bay 7, Cleveland 5Texas 3, L.A. Angels 0Kansas City 7, Baltimore 4Seattle 3, Boston 2
National League
L.A. Dodgers 12, Florida 5Pittsburgh 11, Colorado 4Philadelphia 8, Washington 6Milwaukee 8, St. Louis 2Houston 6, Chicago Cubs 5San Diego 3, Cincinnati 1San Francisco 2, N.Y. Mets 0Arizona at Atlanta, ppd., rain
MLB>13 NFL>24 NBA>6 NHL>9 NASCAR>30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>27 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>29 GOLF>32 LACROSSE>31
QUICK LINKS:
NHL PLAYOFFS
 
Tune In Today
A quick look at the best sports on TV
all times Eastern
OFF THE FIELD
BASEBALL
Twins at Yankees
7 p.m., ESPN
If the Yankees are to sweep this four-gameseries with a victory tonight, don’t be surprisedif it comes in walk-off fashion. The Yankeesgot a game-ending two-run single by MelkyCabrera on Friday, and then home runs by AlexRodriguez and Johnny Damon the next twogames to put away the Twins. A-Rod hasn’t hada multihit game since his return from the DL, buthe does have three homers, including two in thelast two days.
HOCKEY
Hurricanes at Penguins
7:30 p.m., Versus
Seems like an overwhelming number of prognosticators are picking the Penguins toget back to the Stanley Cup finals, but it’s sur-prising there’s not more dissension in the vote.After all, the Hurricanes won the Cup in 2006and knocked off the Devils and Bruins to gethere. We all were treated to a magnificent showbetween Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin inthe previous round, but we’ll get just as muchenjoyment with Carolina’s Eric Staal going upagainst Crosby.
GENERAL
The Haney Project
10 p.m., Golf Channel
 Throughout this series, we’ve seen CharlesBarkley be ridiculed by friends as he tries toimprove what just might be the world’s worstgolf swing. And now as the completion of thisshow nears, it’s time to see just how far Barkleyhas come in eliminating the unsightly hitchthat makes Ben Hogan turn in his grave. Willrenowned instructor Hank Haney be successfulin keeping Barkley’s head still? Or is Barkley’scase just too far gone?
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
Raiders left guard
Robert Gallery
is puttingtogether a car cruise to benefit the families of four Oakland police officers shot and killedin the line of duty March 21.“When that happened, that was kind of ano-brainer for me, the tragedy of those copsgetting killed,” said Gallery, who met fallenofficer
Mark Dunakin
when he worked Raidersgames. “I think we can easily raise a fewthousand bucks and anything more than thatwould be awesome.”The event is scheduled for June 6.
Quick hits
 
When the Super Bowl 43-championPittsburgh Steelers visit the White Houseand president
Barack Obama
Thursday, LB
 James Harrison
will be at home. ”This is how Ifeel—if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steel-ers, invite us when we don’t win the SuperBowl. As far as I’m concerned, he (Obama)would’ve invited Arizona if they had won,”said Harrison. Harrison, the 2008 NFLDefensive Player of the Year, also skipped theSteelers’ visit to the White House in 2006 fol-lowing their victory in Super Bowl 40.
 
Nike plans to cut 1,750 jobs in the com-ing weeks in its worldwide operations,about 5 percent of its work force,
The
 
Wall Street Journal 
reported. About 500 jobs will be lost at the company’s headquarters inBeaverton, Ore.Federal authorities have taken the firststep toward a possible full-blown investiga-tion into why the Cowboys’ practice facilitycollapsed,
The
 
 Dallas Morning News
reported.The National Institute of Standards & Tech-nology sent “a reconnaissance team of struc-tural engineers” to Irving last week to gatherinformation about and examine the site of thecollapse.
— Compiled by Bill Marx, with wire reports
NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Derrick RosePG, Bulls
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, theNo. 1 overall pick from last year’sdraft, has been selected by his peersas
Sporting News
’ 2009 NBA rookie of the year.The voting was done by 231 NBAplayers. Rose won the award by a widemargin—he received 166 votes, whileMemphis’ O.J. Mayo was second with24.Rose averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assistsand 3.9 rebounds in helping lead theBulls to the playoffs. His assists werethe most of this year’s rookies, and hewas second among rookies in scoring.“I have heard people compare him tome, and honestly, I am flattered,”Hornets point guard Chris Paul said.“His speed is just incredible. I wish Iwas that fast. But he’s got the wholepackage. He knows how to score, heknows how to get his teammatesinvolved, he knows how to run a game.”
S
’ 
s 2008-09 AWARDS
Throughout the week, we’ll unveil our NBA and NHL awardwinners. The full package can be found in the new issue of 
Sporting  News
Magazine.
Awards schedule
Coming this week in
Sporting NewsToday 
:
 Today:
NBA, NHL rookies of the year
 Tuesday:
NBA, NHL coaches of theyear
 Wednesday:
NBA, NHL executivesof the year
 Thursday:
NBA, NHL players of theyear
 Friday:
NBA, NHL all-star teams
NAMY.HUH/AP
Derrick Rose won our rookie of the year award by a 142-vote margin, as well as props from Chris Paul.
NHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Steve MasonG, Blue Jackets
Columbus goaltender Steve Mason,who posted an NHL-high 10 shutouts,has been named rookie of the year by
Sporting News
.The voting was conducted by 292NHL players. Mason outdistancedhigh-scoring forwards Bobby Ryan(Anaheim) and Kris Versteeg (Chicago).Mason, considered by many thereason the Blue Jackets qualified for thefirst postseason appearance in fran-chise history, ranked second in theleague with a 2.29 goals-againstaverage.“He’s been unbelievable. He definitelydeserves the rookie of the year,” team-mate Rick Nash said. “He’s been ourmost valuable player. It’s honestly thetruth: Every single game we’ve won he’smade two or three spectacular saves.”
JAYLAPRETE/AP
Steve Mason posted an NHL-leading 10 shutouts.
Gallery to organize benefit for police
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
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See a Different Game
 
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
My Profile
Terry Bradshaw
Hall of Fame quarterback
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
 
Born:
Sept. 2, 1948, in Shreveport, La. 
Alma mater:
Louisiana Tech
What’s in my iPod:
Gospel—Gaither Vocal Band 
What I drive:
Black Chevy Tahoe 
Favorite flicks:
 
 I Love You Again
with William Powell,
The Philadelphia Story
with Cary Grant,
Sergeant York
withGary Cooper 
Magazine subscriptions:
 
 American Quarter Horse Journal 
,
The Chronicle of the Horse
 
Bookmarks:
Superstition:
I hate odd years and numbers. 
Worst habit:
Smoking cigars. Is hating to fold clothes ahabit? I
 hate
it. 
On my office walls:
Pictures of family, picture of JoeNamath, Mr. (Art) Rooney autographed pic 
Love to trade places for a day with …
Billy Graham. Would loveto be a preacher. 
First job:
I mowed yards for 75 cents and sold Christmascards. 
Talent I’d most like to have:
Sing or preach 
Favorite meal:
Pork chops and rice
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:
Tiger Woods 
Favorite city to visit:
Kona, Hawaii 
Favorite team as a kid:
Milwaukee Braves 
Favorite value in others:
Honesty 
Favorite physical attribute about myself:
Kick-(butt) abs … joking.Dimple in chin. 
And least …
Gut 
Dream date:
Robin Meade, CNN
My greatest love:
Raising horses to show 
My hero:
I
adore
my father. 
My bucket list:
1. Raise a world champion horse, 2. Visit Rome,3. Visit Paris, 4. Be a better person 
My motto:
Be nice to people.
— Jeff D’Alessio
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