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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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THE WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL
DAILY SPORTS NEWSPAPER

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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
Sporting News 
’ 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
100
 No. 100: Ohio,
Page 7
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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
Acquired:
Signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract.
Impact:
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.
Outlook:
Ibanez’s numbersusually improve in second half.
Orlando Hudson2B, Dodgers
Acquired:
Signed a one-year,$3.38 million deal.
Impact:
Hudson hit for thecycle in the season’s secondweek and hasn’t slowed,starting every game.
Outlook:
Staying healthy will be key. Hudson’s past twoseasons have ended early because of thumb and wristinjuries.
Trevor HoffmanRP, Brewers
Acquired:
Signed a one-year,$6 million deal.
Impact:
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.
Outlook:
All-time saves leaderdoesn’t wilt in crunch time.
Francisco RodriguezRP, Mets
Acquired:
Signed a three-year, $37 million deal.
Impact:
New York leads theN.L. in bullpen ERA, andK-Rod is 13-for-13 in savechances.
Outlook:
Pitching in NewYork hasn’t fazed him yet, buta faulty ’pen has buried theMets the past twoSeptembers.
ALBEHRMAN/APMARKJ.TERRILL/APGENEJ.PUSKAR/APKATHYWILLENS/AP
Ibanez’s solidnumbers and work ethic has made aninstant impact onthe World ChampPhillies,
Page 18
NHL PLAYOFFSNBA PLAYOFFS
Attitude adjustment
Mike Singletary is tryingto change the mindset of the moribund 49ers
 Page 27 
GERRYBROOME/AP
Sidney Crosby, left, with Evgeni Malkin,carries the Prince of Wales trophy.
Swept away
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
PHELANEBENHACK/AP
Dwight Howard wrested controlof the series from LeBron James.
WEDNESDAYMAY 27, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 309
Scoreboard
NHL Playoffs
Eastern Conference finals
Pittsburgh 4, Carolina 1
(Pittsburgh wins series 4-0)
NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference finals
Orlando 116, Cleveland 114, OT
(Orlando leads series 3-1)
Baseball
American League
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
National League
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
MLB>17 NFL>26 NBA>13 NHL>8 NASCAR>30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>31 RECRUITING>5
QUICK LINKS:
 
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009
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See a Different Game
Tune In Today
A quick look at the best sports on TV
all times Eastern
OFF THE FIELD
GUIDE
BASEBALL
2:10 p.m.WGN
—Pittsburgh atChicago Cubs
8 p.m.ESPN2
—N.Y. Yankeesat Texas
NBA BASKETBALL
9 p.m.ESPN—
Playoffs,Western Conferencefinals, Game 5, Denver atL.A. Lakers
NHL HOCKEY
7:30 p.m.VERSUS
—Playoffs,Western Conferencefinals, Game 5, Chicagoat Detroit
SOCCER
2:25 p.m.ESPN—
UEFA ChampionsLeague, championshipmatch, Barcelona vs.Manchester United, atRome
TENNIS
NoonESPN2
—French Open,early round, at Paris
NBA
Nuggets at Lakers
9 p.m., ESPN
 The only contest more fun in a playoff series than a Game 7 is a Game 5with the series tied. We get that in this game, and the more intense this seriesgets, the more the Nuggets’ depth could help them. Seven Nuggets scored indouble figures in Game 4, and reserve J.R. Smith even tied for the team-highwith 24. Denver already showed it can win in L.A. by winning Game 2, and itneeds to muster a similar effort to beat a Lakers team that was 36-5 at homeduring the regular season.
— Roger Kuznia
BASEBALL
Yankees at Rangers
8 p.m., ESPN2
Since Alex Rodriguez returned to the starting lineup, the Yankees are 13-5and trail the Red Sox by just one game for the A.L. East lead. His five-hit gameMonday against his former Texas ‘mates also may signal that he’s starting to hitfor more than just power. A.J. Burnett starts for New York, while Rangers rookieDerek Holland gets his shot against the Bombers.
— Roger Kuznia
SOCCER
Manchester United vs. F.C. Barcelona
2:30 p.m., ESPN
In England, speculation regarding Manchester United involves which of the team’s many attacking options will see the field. It’s possible world-classtalents Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov won’t play. Barcelona, on theother hand, will miss three of its top four defenders because of injury orsuspension. And yet few expect a mismatch. That’s how much respect existsfor Barca’s Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o. This could be a beautiful game.
— Mike DeCourcy 
Police say the 4-year-old daughter of boxer
Mike Tyson
died a day after her neck accidentallywas caught in a treadmill cord while she wasplaying at home.A Phoenix police spokes-man said
Exodus Tyson
waspronounced dead in a hos-pital just before noon Tues-day. Police have said aninvestigation showed it wasa “tragic accident.Police say the girl wasplaying on the treadmill Monday when herhead apparently slipped inside a cord hangingunder the console. Exodus’ 7-year-old brotherfound her and alerted his mother.Former heavyweight champion Tyson wasin Las Vegas at the time of the accident andflew Monday to Phoenix, where he was seenentering the hospital.“There are no words to describe the tragicloss of our beloved Exodus,” the family said ina statement. “We ask you now to please respectour need at this very difficult time for privacyto grieve and try to help each other heal.”
SCOTUS sports ties
President Obama
’s nominee for the SupremeCourt,
Sonia Sotomayor
, played a key role in end-ing Major League Baseball’s strike in 1995 thatcanceled the 1994 World Series.According to the New York
 Daily News
, Soto-mayor, then a U.S. District Court Judge, issuedan injunction that ended baseball’s 7-month-long lockout. Sotomayor agreed with theNational Labor Relations Board’s charge thatteam owners were committing unfair laborpractices, the
 Daily News
reported. She orderedthem to reinstate the previous Collective Bar-gaining Agreement. The strike ended justweeks before the 1995 season was scheduledto begin with replacement players.Sotomayor said after eight days of thinkingabout it, she made her decision “to protect theintegrity of collective bargaining.”Sotomayor also played a key part in anothersports decision. She was part of a panel fromthe Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Man-hattan that kept Ohio State running back
Mau-rice Clarett
from entering the NFL Draft in2004. Clarett was challenging the NFL rulethat keeps teams from drafting players untilthey are three years removed from high schoolgraduation. USC receiver
Mike Williams
also wasaffected by the ruling.
Crimes and courts
O.J. Simpson
appealed to the Nevada SupremeCourt to overturn his convictions for armedrobbery and kidnapping during a a Las Vegashotel room confrontation with two sportsmemorabilia dealers. The former football star,actor and advertising pitchman asked the highcourt to throw out his conviction on grounds thatinclude judicial misconduct, insufficient evi-dence, a lack of racial diversity on the jury anderrors in sentencing and jury instructions.A woman who said she was carrying DallasMavericks’ star
Dirk Nowitzki
’s child was pregnantafter she was booked into the Dallas County jailon May 6, according to a newspaper report.
The Dallas Morning News
reported on Tuesday thatmedical records it obtained from the DallasCounty jail and Parkland Hospital showed37-year-old
Crista Ann Taylor
was administered thepregnancy test and the result was positive. Thetests do not determine paternity.
Quick hits
 Julius “Julie” Bescos
, who lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Southern Californiaand later coached at his alma mater, has died at97. Bescos died Saturday. No cause was given.
 
The Indianapolis 500 earned a Nielsenovernight rating of 4.2, down 17.6 percent fromlast year’s 5.1.
 
The NHL’s third annual Winter Classic inFenway Park is near set with the Bruins meetingthe Capitals or Flyers on Jan. 1, 2010.
— SportsBusiness Daily, sportsbusinessdaily.com
Tyson’s daughter dies after accident
Mike Tyson
 
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My Profile
 Johnny Majors
College Football Hall of Fame coach
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
 
Born:
May 21, 1935, in Lynchburg, Tenn. 
Status:
Married 
Alma mater:
Tennessee 
What’s on TV:
TCM, movies, collegefootball primarily, pro football occasion-ally, NCAA basketball, Military Channel,The History Channel. No sit-coms. 
What I listen to:
98% symphony, Beatles,Elvis Presley, Eagles, Chet Atkins, OttmarLiebert, Hank Williams, Neil Diamond,Bob Dylan, Beach Boys, Glenn Miller 
What I drive:
2008 silver Mercury 
Favorite flicks:
 
 Mister Roberts
,
Casablanca
,
The Caine Mutiny
,
Singin’ in the Rain
,
TheThree Stooges
,
Gone with the Wind 
,
The African Queen
,
 My Fair Lady
,
Yankee Doodle Dandy
, Marx Brothers movies and ALLFred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies 
Worst habit:
Procrastination with paper-work. But I always get there. 
On my office walls:
“Seize the day” and“Character above all else” 
Love to trade places for a day with …
No one Ican think of! 
First job:
Setting tobacco on a half-acre plot of ground outside for Brother Jones, a preacherat my church, Lynchburg Methodist. On ahot May or June day in 1945, when I was 10,my mother fixed me a peanut butter mayon-naise banana sandwich and a sausage and biscuit sandwich in a small brown bag. Iplaced the sandwich sack in a tree fork Icould reach at lunch break. At lunch break, Ireached up to get my small lunch sack and itwas covered by ants outside and inside. I wasembarrassed and very hungry and startedcrying. Fortunately, the older kids sharedtheir lunch with me. I learned a lesson I neverforgot, even though I was a “town boy.” I got ametal lunch box and was paid 50 cents for aday’s work. 
First football job:
Starting halfback onoffense and starting safety man on defense,Canadian Football League, 1957. I returnedpunts—no fair catch rule and you had tocatch and return every punt. $10,000salary plus a $1,000 bonus. I requested anadditional salary advance of $1,000 and bought a new 1957 Impala ChevroletCoupe. It had a black bottom and white topwith a silver streak on the rear fenders. Iwas single and loved the French nightclubs,restaurants and music. I stayed up latemany nights. The French Canadian girlswere very pretty and quite interesting. 
Favorite meal:
I don’t expect to be on deathrow. If so, as much as I love Italian, French,Polish, etc., the last meal would be Southerncountry cooking. My mother, grandmotherand aunts cooked cornbread, turnips, green beans, turnip greens, squash, Brusselssprouts, new potatoes (broiled), corn on thecob, cream corn, coleslaw, salad, chess pie,French coconut pie, coconut cake, ambrosiaand caramel and butterscotches. 
Talent I’d most like to have:
Knowledge of technology and mathematics
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:
 Michael Jordan 
Favorite city to visit:
U.S.—New York.World—Paris. 
Favorite teams as a kid:
Football—Army,Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama; Base- ball—Boston Red Sox and St. LouisCardinals; Basketball—Kentucky 
Favorite values in others:
Character aboveelse, loyalty, honesty, a sense of humor
Dream date:
Tied for first after my wife isElizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.Tied for second are Jacqueline Bissett,Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston. 
My greatest love:
World War II heroes—generals, admirals, soldiers, sailors,airmen and women of World War IIsupport services 
My bucket list:
Take tours of Australia,New Zealand and Turkey 
My motto:
Say what you mean. Mean whatyou say.
— Jeff D’Alessio

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