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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009
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Men’s NCAA championshipSyracuse vs. Cornell
1 p.m., ESPN
It’s hard to imagine a better fit for background noise at yourMemorial Day barbecue than the NCAA title game—even the mostcasual of lacrosse fans knows that Syracuse is, historically, very, verygood. Jim Brown (yes, that Jim Brown), Gary Gait and Mikey Powellare three of the biggest names in the history of the sport, and all are’Cuse alum. The Orange is making its 16
championship appearanceand looking for its 10
title, but Cornell and freshman attackman RobPannell are in their way. Check out Page 32 for more on the matchup.
Pirates at Cubs
1 p.m., WGN
The Pirates avoided a sweep on the South Side of Chicago with aninth-inning rally on Sunday. Despite the dramatics, the fact remains—Pittsburgh had a dismal offensive series against the White Sox, scoringthree runs in three games and wasting quality starts from Zach Dukeand Ross Ohlendorf. Now, at 20-24, they move across town for a serieswith the team directly ahead of them in the N.L. Central—the 21-20Cubs.
Lakers at Nuggets
9 p.m., ESPN
So much for Denver’s homecourt advantage—in Game 3, L.A. gotits offense from Kobe Bryant and its late defense from Trevor Arizona,and that turned out to be more than enough. Tonight, the Lakers willtry to go up 3-1 in the series…right around the time Vince McMahonand the WWE set up shop in the Staples Center for their screw-you toNuggets owner Stan Kroenke for booting them in favor of Game 4.
— Compiled by Sean Gentille
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2 p.m.ESPN —
World SeriesSelection Show, atBristol, Conn.
8 p.m.WGN —
Pittsburgh atChicago Cubs
1 p.m.ESPN —
NCAADivision Ichampionship match,Syracuse vs. Cornell, atFoxborough, Mass.
9 p.m.ESPN —
Playoffs,Western Conferencefinals, game 4, L.A.Lakers at Denver
Daly wears pink for Mickelson;Gisele, Brady expecting a child
wore bright pink trousers during Sunday’sfinal round of the BMW PGA Championship in a gestureof support for
, after she was diag-nosed with breast cancer.“I had a pair, so I figured I’d do that for her today. Ithought it would be a good gesture,” Daly said. “I knowPhil very well and I know Amy. I’ve known them for along time—we’ve played the Tour together. She’s a greatlady. She has always been a sweetheart to everybody.“I’m sure everybody on Tour and everybody in the world isthinking about her. There’s been some (breast cancer) in thefamily and a lot of friends. It’s just a tough thing women haveto go through. But if they caught it in time, it is curable.”
It looks as if Patriots QB
is having another baby with a supermodel, this time with wife
,29. Reports of Bundchen’s pregnancy were confirmed overthe weekend by
. Brady and Bundchen weremarried in February. Brady, 31, and supermodel
are the parents of
John Edward Moynahan
, who is 2 ½ .NFL teams are lining up to make deals with state lot-tery boards. The Patriots and Redskins were the first tosign contracts, but the Giants, Jets, Lions, Vikings, Ravensand Titans also are negotiating to put their names on lot-tery games of chance.Owners gave their approval for teams to put their logos onlottery tickets, in exchange for a piece of the action. While theNFL has sanctioned one form of gambling, it continues tofight Delaware’s attempt to legalize wagering on games.
Former major leaguer
says he has sold off mem-orabilia because he’s broke, halted charity work because he’s become a social pariah and scattered case files throughout hishouse, intent on defeating a DUI manslaughter charge.All of this, the one-time New York Yankee says, for awoman’s death he never could have prevented.“There was no possibility of me avoiding that crash with allof my senses,” Leyritz told
The Miami Herald
. “A mother wastaken away from her kids. I can’t change that. But I didn’t doit. The accident did. And that accident wasn’t my fault.”Prosecutors say he’s wrong, though he’ll have a chance toplead his case Sept. 14 when he’s scheduled to face trial inconnection with a fatal December 2007 crash. Police sayLeyritz was drunk when he ran a red light in his SUV andcaused the accident that killed 30-year-old
Fredia Ann Veitch
inFort Lauderdale. Authorities say Veitch also was drunk.
— Compiled by staff with wire reports
John Daly dug out a pair of pink pants for Sunday’s round in a show of support for Phil Mickelson’s wife Amy, who is battling breast cancer.