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

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ORLANDO AT CLEVELAND
8:30 tonight, TNT
Magic lead series 1-0
 The Lakers aren’t alone. TheCavs, previously undefeated inthe postseason, coughed up thehome edge in a Game 1 loss toOrlando on Wednesday. That oneresult pushed Cleveland fromcruise-control to must-win tonightin Game 2.
Page 12
— Sean Deveney 
Inevitable? Hold off on Lakers-Cavaliers plans for the Finals,because Thursday night, Denverderailed the defending Westchamps in L.A. behind 34 pointsfrom Carmelo Anthony. Now, it’sthe Nuggets—tough in the Mile-High City—holding homecourtadvantage.
Page 11
NBA PLAYOFFSNHL PLAYOFFS
Not so faston L.A.-Cavs
MARKJ.TERRILL/AP
Carmelo Anthony had 34 points as theNuggets tied the series vs. the Lakers.
BY BILL EICHENBERGER
NEW YORK—
The World Serieschampion Phillies face the Yankees,
Sporting News
’ pick to win it all thisseason, when interleague play beginstonight. The Yankees have won nineconsecutive games, and with AlexRodriguez healthy, they havearguably the best lineup in baseball.Three Baltimore relievers provide ascouting report for Philadelphia:
George Sherrill
“(A-Rod) being in the lineup, youdon’t go out there and say, ‘Well, I’vegot to give Mark Teixeira morefastballs,’ but it ends up happening.... You don’t want to walk him to getto Alex. I don’t know the numbers, but you can tell that since Alex has been back, it’s become a completelydifferent lineup. He’s protectingTeixeira, and Teixeira is taking off.He’s super hot. Alex also has HidekiMatsui behind him, and that’s prettygood protection.”
Brian Bass
“(A-Rod’s) return has definitelychanged the whole dynamic of theway you go about pitching them.There are no holes now anywhere.You can’t pitch around him to get tosomeone else because the next twoguys behind him are also greathitters. It’s obviously one of the bestlineups in the league—them andBoston, even Toronto this year isunbelievable.”
Chris Ray
“It’s a lineup that doesn’t quit.Most lineups you can eventually getdown to the seventh, eighth andninth hitter—you can sit back andreally attack those guys. But hereevery hitter up there is going to be achallenge.”
INTERLEAGUE PLAY
Interleague intrigue
Interesting A.L. vs. N.L. matchups:
TODAY 
 
Randy Johnson vs. Ichiro Suzuki
 Little lefty could ruin Big Unit’sSeattle homecoming.
 
 Johan Santana vs. Fenway Park
 Mets ace struggles more in Boston(6.89 ERA) than anywhere.
 
 Jered Weaver vs. Juan Pierre
 Angels’ red-hot righthander againstDodgers’ red-hot leadoff man.
SATURDAY 
 
Dan Haren vs. Matt Holliday
 Surging slugger could spoil Arizonarighthander’s return to Oakland.
SUNDAY 
 
 Josh Johnson vs. Evan Longoria
 Marlins’ flame-thrower meets Rays’hotshot.
— Stan McNeal 
Showdown lowdown
Baltimore pitchers warn Phils, ‘There are no holes’ in Yankees’
lineup
APPHOTOS
Since Alex Rodriguez, right, returned May 8, Mark Teixeira has raised his batting average 58 points.
GENEJ.PUSKAR/AP
Evgeni Malkin, left, had a hat trick asthe Pens grabbed a 2-0 series lead.
 Stars align:
Malkin, Crosbycombine for five points as Pens makemove to return to Cup finals.
Pages 7-8
 Detroit at Chicago:
8 tonight, Versus.
Red Wings lead series 2-0
FRIDAYMAY 22, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 304
Scoreboard
NBA Playoffs
Western Conference finals
Denver 106, L.A. Lakers 103
(Series tied 1-1)
NHL Playoffs
Eastern Conference finals
Pittsburgh 7, Carolina 4
(Pittsburgh leads series 2-0)
Baseball
American League
Detroit 4, Texas 3Minnesota 20, Chicago White Sox 1Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3Tampa Bay 6, Oakland 5N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 4Boston 5, Toronto 1L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 0
National League
Philadelphia 12, Cincinnati 5Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4Arizona 4, Florida 3Colorado 9, Atlanta 0St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 1Milwaukee 4, Houston 3San Diego 3, San Francisco 2
MLB>14 NFL>24 NBA>11 NHL>7 NASCAR>31 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>28 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>29 RECRUITING>4
QUICK LINKS:
FLYING IN OVERDRIVE
1. Notre Dame2. Oklahoma State3. North Carolina4. Miami
HEADED IN REVERSE
1. Louisville2. Texas A&M3. West Virginia4. Tennessee
Spring forward, fall back
Sporting News Today 
’s Matt Hayes weighs in on pro-grams headed in opposite directions after spring ball.
 Notre Dame on the rise,
Page 28
Miami QB Jacory Harris
AP
 
Tune In Today
A quick look at the best sports on TV
all times Eastern
OFF THE FIELD
NBA
Magic at Cavaliers
8 p.m., TNT
Sometimes when you watch LeBron Jamesroutinely score 40-plus points (he scored 49 inthe Game 1 loss), you forget how hard he works.But there he was after Game 1, with blood trick-ling down his leg and dealing with apparent legcramps as well. And now, after losing home-courtadvantage to the Magic, the Cavs must win Game2 tonight to avoid falling into a huge hole headingto Orlando. Maybe LeBron will be the source of some amazing happenings.
NHL
Red Wingsat Blackhawks
8 p.m., Versus
If you’re a hockey fan with no rooting interestin this game, you’ll find it difficult not to be sweptup by the sight of Blackhawks fans swiveling andcelebrating a Chicago goal to the tune of 
ChelseaDagger 
by The Fratellis. (Check it out atyoutube.com/watch?v=3kBMu89gDBI). The Blackhawksneed the energy their fans provide being down 0-2in this best-of-7 series. Detroit seems to have troublewith more well-built players, which means Jonathan Toews could be Chicago’s first star tonight.
BASEBALL
Cubs at Padres
10 p.m., WGN
For the backwoods purists who hate interleagueplay, this series is your only option this weekend. The Cubs are blessed with considerable talent,yet they still have much difficulty on the road.Enter a series against the Padres, who are 14-6 athome and haven’t lost six games into their currentnine-game homestand. Tonight marks the returnof Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano from a hamstringstrain, and he’ll need to be on his game to com-bat Padres strikeout machine Jake Peavy, who on Thursday rejected a deal to the White Sox.
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
AUTO RACING
11 a.m.VERSUS—
IRL, practice for Indianapolis 500
8 p.m.SPEED—
World of Outlaws, at Concord, N.C.(same-day tape)
BOXING
9 p.m.ESPN2—
Welterweights, Richard Gutierrez(24-2-1) vs. Antwone Smith (15-1-1), at Miami
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
2 p.m.ESPN2—
NCAA Division I, Super Regionals,game 1, Jacksonville State at Alabama
4:30 p.m.ESPN2—
NCAA Division I, Super Regionals,game 2, Ohio State at Georgia
6:30 p.m.ESPN2—
NCAA Division I, Super Regionals,site 1/game 3, teams TBA (if necessary)
8 p.m.ESPN—
Regional coverage, NCAA Division I,Super Regionals, game 1 Baylor at Michigan,or game 2 Arizona at Stanford (8:30 p.m.)
11 p.m.ESPN2—
NCAA Division I, Super Regionals,site 2/game 3, teams TBA (if necessary)
GOLF
10 a.m.TGC—
European PGA Tour, BMW PGAChampionship, second round, at Surrey,England
NoonTGC—
PGA of America, Senior Championship,second round, at Beachwood, Ohio
3 p.m.TGC—
PGA Tour, Byron Nelson Championship,second round, at Irving, Texas
6:30 p.m.TGC—
LPGA, Corning Classic, second round, atCorning, N.Y. (same-day tape)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
10 p.m.WGN—
Chicago Cubs at San Diego
NBA BASKETBALL
8:30 p.m.TNT—
Playoffs, Eastern Conference finals,Game 2, Orlando at Cleveland
NHL HOCKEY
8 p.m.VERSUS—
Playoffs, Western Conferencefinals, Game 3, Detroit at Chicago
GUIDE
Ex-NFL QB Leaf indicted
Former NFL quarterback
RyanLeaf 
was indicted by a grand jury inTexas Thursday on drug and bur-glary charges. The indictment saidthe 33-year-old former San DiegoChargers quarterback presentedan incomplete medical history toseveral physicians between Janu-ary 2008 and September 2008 toget or try to obtain the painkillerHydocodone.
Quick hits
William “The Refrigerator” Perry
wasreleased from a South Carolina hos-pital after a monthlong stay for com-plications of a nervous systemdisorder. An Aiken Regional Medi-cal Center spokeswoman said theformer Chicago Bears star, 46, wasreleased on Wednesday after beingtreated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome,which can be fatal if it progresses.Fans in the upper deck of theDallas Cowboys’ new stadium won’thave to worry about being so farfrom the action. The Cowboys onThursday unveiled what they’re call-ing the world’s largest high-defini-tion TV: a 72-foot tall, 160-foot widescreen suspended over the field. Itextends from 20-yard line to 20-yardline in the $1.1 billion stadium and is90 feet above the field, owner
 Jerry Jones
said.
 
Some Bears season ticket hold-ers were surprised to receive a noticesaying they owe a city-issued amuse-ment tax on seat licenses purchasedup to seven years ago, according tothe
Chicago Tribune
. A Bears spokes-man, who says the team wasunaware of the tax or the certifiedletters that were mailed out, says thefranchise is looking into the issue.Lowe’s Motor Speedway dedi-cated its infield media center dead-line room in honor of late
CharlotteObserver 
NASCAR writer
David Poole
,who died in April of a heart attack.
— SportsBusiness Daily, sportsbusinessdaily.com
MATTSLOCUM/AP
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones unveiled a 72-foot tall, 160-foot wide TV at Dallas’ new stadium.
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
2
See a Different Game
 
THE
 
WORLD
S
 
FIRST
 
DIGITAL
 
DAILY
 
SPORTS
 
NEWSPAPER
CHAIRMAN & CEO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ray ShawPRESIDENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Whitney ShawPUBLISHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ed BakerEDITOR-IN-CHIEF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff D’AlessioMANAGING EDITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul KaskoCREATIVE DIRECTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith WoodVP, GENERAL MANAGER, ONLINE . . . . . Jeff GerttulaVP, INTEGRATED MARKETING & SALES .Stuart MarvinDIRECTOR, DIGITAL MEDIA. . . . . . . . . . . . Geoff ShawVP, MARKETING & SALES DEVELOPMENT . .Eric Karp
EDITORIAL
 
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Letters to the editor:
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DANNYKLIMETZ/AP
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009
3
My Profile
Houston Nutt
Ole Miss football coach
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
 
Born:
Oct. 14, 1957, in Little Rock, Ark. 
Status:
Married 
Alma mater:
Oklahoma State 
What’s on TV:
I watch the news on CNN and also
SportsCenter 
. I also likewatching
CSI 
and
The Andy Griffith Show
when I can. 
What’s in my iPod:
Elvis Presley, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Tina Turner,Montgomery Gentry, Kool & the Gang, Earth Wind & Fire
What I drive:
White 2009 Avalanche 
Favorite flicks:
I can’t name just one—
 Rudy
,
 Apollo 13
,
 Field of Dreams
,
TheShawshank Redemption
, the first
 Rocky
 
What I’m reading:
 
Quiet Strength
, by Tony Dungy 
Worst habit:
Biting my nails 
On my office walls:
Perseverance! All things are possible to him that believes! Mark 9:23 
Love to trade places for a day with …
Moses 
First job:
I had summer jobs mowing grass and in construction, but myfirst real job was as a waiter at the Park Plaza Cafeteria in Little Rock. Imade $1.50 an hour carrying trays out to the customers. 
Talent I’d most like to have:
To be able to sing 
Favorite meal:
A medium Porterhouse steak, a baked potato with butterand cheese, green beans, a fresh salad, homemade rolls and homemadechocolate cake 
Favorite athletes to watch in other sports:
I used to love watching Michael Jordan, but now it’s LeBron James and Tom Brady. 
Favorite city to visit:
Rio de Janeiro 
Favorite team as a kid:
Dallas Cowboys 
Favorite values in others:
Unselfishness and a positive outlook on life
Favorite attribute about myself:
Positive attitude
And least …
Can’t sing
Dream date:
My wife, Diana
My greatest love:
My family and sports—football, basketball, baseball
My heroes:
My Mom and Dad
My bucket list:
Win a national championship and travel the world
My motto:
These are the best days of your life!
— Jeff D’Alessio

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