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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009
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Mickelson’s wife has cancer
Phil Mickelson’s wife, Amy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the three-time major champion saidWednesday he will suspend his PGA Tour schedule indefi-nitely. According to a release from Mickelson’s managementcompany, his wife was to have more tests but begin treat-ment with major surgery as early as the next two weeks.Mickelson, the No. 2 player in the world with 36 careerPGA Tour victories, was to play the Byron Nelson Cham-pionship this week before defending his title next weekat Colonial. It was not certain if he would return in timefor the U.S. Open on June 18-21 at Bethpage Black, wherehe was the runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2002 and is beloved by golf fans in the New York area.“Elin and I are deeply saddened to hear the news aboutAmy,” Woods said. “Our thoughts and prayers are withher, Phil, the children and the entire Mickelson family.”Amy Mickelson is among the most visible wives on thePGA Tour, a former Phoenix Suns cheerleader who regularlywalks during the rounds and mingles easily with the gallery.They met in 1992 when Mickelson was a senior at Ari-zona State, a year after he won his first PGA Tour eventas an amateur. Amy knew nothing about golf at the time.“I grew up in a tennis family, and when he told me he was apro golfer, I thought he worked in the shop at a golf course,”she wrote in Mickelson’s book,
One Magical Sunday
, after hewon his first major at the 2004 Masters.They were married in 1996 and have three children.
— The Associated Press
The wife of Diamondbackspitcher
was founddead Wednesday at her home inFountain Hills, Ariz.Police say the cause of deathhasn’t been determined. Policesaid the body of 39-year-old
Gabri-elle Dawn Schoeneweis
was found onthe floor of the master bedroomin the family’s suburban homeshortly after noon Wednesday.Authorities say her 14-year-olddaughter called the sheriff’s officeto report that she had found hermother lying there and unrespon-sive. A team spokesman saidSchoeneweis had left the team toreturn to Phoenix.“His world was just rocked. Heand his kids, his family, hisextended family, his in-laws,everybody’s lives are changedforever. He took it as expected,very hard,” Diamondbacks man-ager
The Big Scoop
Former Duke point guard
chose to play football atSyracuse and who landed thefirst interview with the newOrangeman quarterback?
, of course.Shaq, participating at SyracuseUniversity’s SportcasterU, got thescoop, according to the
.“I found out maybe a day or twoago,” Paulus told the newspaper of being Shaq’s interview subject. “Itwas like, ‘Hey, Greg, are you inter-ested?’ Yeah, I’m interested.”
Delany: It’s not that easy
Big Ten Commissioner
said there’s one thing hecan say
President Barack Obama
doesn’t understand completely—the complexity of a college foot- ball playoff. The President hassaid he favors a playoff.“It’s very hard to be disagree-able with a popular president,”Delany said to the
. “He’s a scholar and a lawyerand a great politician, but I don’tthink he understands the com-plexity of the issue.”
, freestyle skier
Georges St. Pierre
as part of
magazine’s “MF 25,” a rank-ing of the 25 fittest males in theworld,
reported. NFL running back
’s foundation on Mondaydonated its 86th home to a low-income single mother, helping put
into a house in Dade City,Fla.,TampaBay.comreported. PGA Tour golfer
has pledged $100 for every birdiehe makes at this week’s HP ByronNelson Championship in Dallasand next week’s Crowne PlazaInvitational at Colonial in FortWorth to the family of Cowboysscouting assistant
, para-lyzed from the waist down in thecollapse of the team’s practicefacility,
Dallas Morning News
— Compiled by Ken Bradley, with wire reports
Nuggets at Lakers
9 p.m., ESPN
The Nuggets blew a great opportunity to stealGame 1, especially when they had a seven-point leadin the fourth quarter. All it would have taken is a coupleof better decisions in the closing minutes. You had tolike their chances with Chauncey Billups seen beamingat one point in the second half. With him running theshow, the Nuggets won’t be hurt by their collectivelack of big-game experience.
— Roger Kuznia
Hurricanes at Penguins
7:30 p.m., Versus
With Game 1 in their pocket, the Penguins will try tokeep home-ice advantage. Even with the possible lossof two ‘Canes forwards to injuries, Game 2 won’t beeasy for Pittsburgh. They’ll need another strong effortfrom G Marc-Andre Fleury to go up 2-0. And, they’llneed more offensive production from their stars. Don’texpect official word on whether felled Hurricanes for-wards Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole will be available untilafter this morning’s skate, though both appear likely tomiss the game.
— Ray Slover
Coca-Cola 600 qualifying
7 p.m., Speed
If you’re looking for a pole favorite, look towardHendrick Motorsports, which saw Jimmie Johnsonearn the top spot for last Saturday’s All-Star Race. Histhree teammates weren’t bad either, starting no worsethan sixth. While Johnson once had a streak where hewon five of six races at Charlotte, only two Hendrick drivers have won at that track in the last six races—Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears. Also look to Kyle Busch, whowon the pole for last year’s 600, to compete for the topspot again.
— Roger Kuznia
Formula One, practice forMonaco Grand Prix, at Monaco
NASCAR, Nationwide Series,practice for Carquest Auto Parts 300, atConcord, N.C.
NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practicefor Coca-Cola 600, at Concord, N.C.
NASCAR, Nationwide Series,final practice for Carquest Auto Parts300, at Concord, N.C.
NASCAR, Sprint Cup, polequalifying for Coca-Cola 600, atConcord, N.C.
NCAA Division I, SuperRegionals, game 1, Ohio State at Georgia
NCAA Division I, SuperRegionals, game 1, Arizona at Stanford
European PGA Tour, BMW PGAChampionship, first round, at Surrey,England
PGA of America, SeniorChampionship, first round, atBeachwood, Ohio
PGA Tour, Byron NelsonChampionship, first round, at Irving, Texas
LPGA, Corning Classic, first round,at Corning, N.Y. (same-day tape)
MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
Washington at Long Island(same-day tape)
Playoffs, Western Conferencefinals, Game 2, Denver at L.A. Lakers
Playoffs, Eastern Conferencefinals, Game 2, Carolina at Pittsburgh
Phil Mickelson and wife Amy have been married since 1996.
Wife of D-backs pitcher found dead