Honestly, there really is a legiti-mate reason we’re offering insighton the Ohio University footballteam in May. The Bobcats are No. 100.At least they are in
’ preseason poll, with theopening kickoff of the 2009season only 100 days away. Let thecountdown begin—our top 100teams unveiled one-by-one untilthe season starts Sept. 3.Some tidbits about our top 100:
The SEC and Big 12 each havethree teams in the top 10 and fiveamong the top 25.
The Big East is absent from thetop 25 and its highest-ranked teamis behind three schools from theMountain West.
Three BCS conferenceteams—Indiana, Syracuse andWashington State—did not makethe top 100.
— Derek Samson
No. 100: Ohio,
days and counting
BY STAN MCNEAL
The transition toa new team goessmoothest whenthe newcomer’snew team wins.That has been thecase with base- ball’s top fouroffseason acquisi-tions. Three playfor first-placeteams, and thefourth is near thetop of the N.L.East.
Money well spent
Offseason pickupsthat fit like a glove
Raul IbanezLF, Phillies
Signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract.
He leads Phils inhomers, RBIs and battingaverage, and his professional-ism has impressed team-mates. “The way ourchemistry is, he fit right in,”Shane Victorino said.
Ibanez’s numbersusually improve in second half.
Orlando Hudson2B, Dodgers
Signed a one-year,$3.38 million deal.
Hudson hit for thecycle in the season’s secondweek and hasn’t slowed,starting every game.
Staying healthy will be key. Hudson’s past twoseasons have ended early because of thumb and wristinjuries.
Trevor HoffmanRP, Brewers
Signed a one-year,$6 million deal.
Hoffman has a 0.00ERA and 11 saves in 11chances. “He makes us feellike if we have a lead aftereight innings, it’s done.Game’s over,” Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun said.
All-time saves leaderdoesn’t wilt in crunch time.
Francisco RodriguezRP, Mets
Signed a three-year, $37 million deal.
New York leads theN.L. in bullpen ERA, andK-Rod is 13-for-13 in savechances.
Pitching in NewYork hasn’t fazed him yet, buta faulty ’pen has buried theMets the past twoSeptembers.
Ibanez’s solidnumbers and work ethic has made aninstant impact onthe World ChampPhillies,
NHL PLAYOFFSNBA PLAYOFFS
Mike Singletary is tryingto change the mindset of the moribund 49ers
Sidney Crosby, left, with Evgeni Malkin,carries the Prince of Wales trophy.
Pens return to Stanley Cup finals bycompleting four-game washout of Hurricanes.
Pages 8-9Chicago at Detroit:
7:30 tonight, Versus
Red Wings lead series 3-1
Howard pushesLeBron to brink
Dwight Howard scored10 of his 27 points inovertime as Orlandobeat Cleveland inovertime to take a 3-1series lead.
Page 14Denver at L.A. Lakers:
9 tonight, ESPN
Series tied 2-2
Dwight Howard wrested controlof the series from LeBron James.
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Eastern Conference finals
Pittsburgh 4, Carolina 1
(Pittsburgh wins series 4-0)
Eastern Conference finals
Orlando 116, Cleveland 114, OT
(Orlando leads series 3-1)
Cleveland 5, Tampa Bay 1Baltimore 7, Toronto 2Kansas City 6, Detroit 1Minnesota 5, Boston 2Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 3Oakland 4, Seattle 3Chicago White Sox 4, L.A. Angels 2
Philadelphia 5, Florida 3N.Y. Mets 6, Washington 1Cincinnati 6, Houston 4Chi. Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 1, 6 innings, rainSt. Louis 8, Milwaukee 1L.A. Dodgers 7, Colorado 1Arizona 6, San Diego 5San Francisco 4, Atlanta 0
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