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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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As division opponents, theChicago Blackhawks alreadyknew the Red Wings well. Now,after playing them in the WesternConference finals, that familiarity iseven more intense.It won’t be easy for Pittsburghto eliminate the champs, andChicago players share why:
1.
 
Experience:
“They’ve beenin these situations before,they obviously have players playinga disciplined game. That’s whathelps them more than anything. They play disciplined and smart.”
— Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith
2.
 
Chris Osgood:
“He’s beengood for a lot of years, butI don’t think he gets the respecthe deserves. Detroit knows howvaluable he is to this team. The restof the league might not.”
— Chicago forward Patrick Sharp
3.
 
Versatile defense:
“They’reall mobile, they all canmove the puck and they all can hit.When you have six mobile defense-men, you can’t chip the puck andexpect to get it back.”
— Chicago forward Kris Versteeg
GAME 1: 
TONIGHT, 8 ET, NBC
STANLEY CUP FINALS 
GENEJ.PUSKAR/AP
Sidney Crosby has 28 playoff points.
 
Wings will winif...
NicklasLidstrom stays healthy andcan contain the SidneyCrosby line.
Pens will win if...
 Evgeni Malkinis dominant and foot injurykeeps Pavel Datsyuk outlong.
Prediction:
 
Wings in 7.
— Craig Custance
 Complete preview,
Page 10
NBA PLAYOFFS
Don’t forget KobeBryant. As impressiveas LeBron James’numbers have been inthe East finals,Bryant’s have beencomparable in theWest (34.0 points, 5.8assists and 5.8rebounds). Andthere’s one bigdifference—Bryanthas a spot in the NBAFinals, as the Lakerserased doubts anderased the Nuggetswith a 119-92 Game 6win. Care to guesswho led the way?Yup, Bryant, with35 points and 10assists.
For Cavs, it’s all LeBron, all the time
BY SEAN DEVENEY
The immediate reaction in Cleve-land after Game 5 of the EasternConference finalshad to be some-thing like this:Whew!But that dose of relief, after theCavaliers’ diffi-cult home victoryto keep theirlong-shot comeback hopes alive, wasquickly tempered by anotherreaction altogether: Now what?The Cavs travel to Orlando tonightfor Game 6, and though they’re stillin the fight, it appears that the Magichave them figured out. It’s doubtfulthat Cleveland can expect starforward LeBron James to continuecarrying them the way he did inGame 5, when he finished with 37points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists,dominating the fourth quarter. He isaveraging 41.2 points in the series.That’s both good and bad—butmostly bad. It shows how capable James is when it comes to taking overa game. But it also shows how muchCleveland’s supporting cast isstruggling to help him. Although MoWilliams posted his first solid gameof the series, the lineup around Jamescould be further weakened by a hippointer injury to Delonte West.It’s worth remembering, too, that James appeared to be fatigued incrunch time in the two previousgames, and both were Clevelandlosses.“(Orlando is) wearing James down,”said TNT analyst Reggie Miller. “I’m alittle discouraged. I like the win, theydid what they had to. But what I wantto see is, (Daniel) Gibson, Mo Wil-liams and Wally Szczerbiak, is theirgame going to travel?”
LeBron James
 Cavs have to win Game 6 first,
Page 8
 Lakers too much,
Page 7
L.A. LAKERS 119, DENVER 92TONIGHT:CLEVELAND AT ORLANDO 
8:30 ET, TNT
Magic lead series 3-2
Kobe carries Lakers back to Finals
CHRISCARLSON/AP
Kobe Bryant had 35 points and 10 assists as the Lakersrouted Denver to return to the NBA Finals.
NASCAR EXCLUSIVEBASEBALL
Meet Dale Jr.’snew crew chief
LanceMcGrew isready for“challenge”of workingwith DaleEarnhardt Jr.
Page 23
The wait is over
Matt Wieters, the crown jewelcatcher of the Orioles’ rebuild-ing process, went 0-for-4 with astrikeout in his major league debutagainst Detroit on Friday night.
Page 19
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
SATURDAYMAY 30, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 312
Scoreboard
NBA Playoffs
Western Conference finals
L.A. Lakers 119, Denver 92
(L.A. Lakers win series 4-2)
Baseball
American League
Texas 6, Oakland 3, 1st gameTexas 5, Oakland 2, 2nd gameBaltimore 7, Detroit 2Toronto 6, Boston 3Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 3Chicago White Sox 11, Kansas City 2N.Y. Yankees 3, Cleveland 1Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 2
National League
Chicago Cubs 2, L.A. Dodgers 1Houston 6, Pittsburgh 1Philadelphia 5, Washington 4N.Y. Mets 2, Florida 1, 11 inningsMilwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2Colorado 3, San Diego 0Atlanta 10, Arizona 6San Francisco 4, St. Louis 2
MLB>13 NFL>26 NBA>7 NHL>10 NASCAR>23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>30 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>30 NBA DRAFT>5
QUICK LINKS:
It won’t be easyfor the Penguins
 
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
2
See a Different Game
Tune In Today
A quick look at the best sports on TV
all times Eastern
OFF THE FIELD
Several Yankees—
Alex Rodriguez
,
Mari-ano Rivera
and
CC Sabathia
among them—arrived in Cleveland early for thisweekend’s series against the Indians sothey could attend Game 5 of the Cavs-Magic NBA Eastern ConferenceFinals.Sabathia even jokingly texted Cavsstar
LeBron James
that the former Indianspitcher was going to wear a Magic capas payback for when James wore a Yan-kees cap to an Indians-Yankees playoff game in 2007 in Cleveland, TNT broad-caster
Marv Albert
reported.Also spotted in the crowd for Game 5,according topeople.com: hip-hopmogul
 Jay-Z
and a pair of NFL quarter- backs,
Ben Roethlisberger
of the Steelersand
Brady Quinn
of the Browns.If James and the Cavs win tonight inOrlando, to bring the series back toCleveland for Game 7 Monday, the Yan-kees won’t be in the house because of ascheduling conflict. They’ll still be inCleveland but wrap up a four-gameseries with a 7:05 p.m. ET game; Game7 of Cavs-Magic is set for an 8:30 p.m.ET tip.
In the pink at Colonial
The PGA Tour Wives Association isasking all players in the Crowne PlazaInvitational at Colonial and their wivesto take part today in a “Pink Out,”golf.comreported, as a show of supportfor
Phil Mickelson
’s wife,
Amy
, who wasdiagnosed with breast cancer earlierthis month.Companies including TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Ashworth, Cutter & Buck,Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren have sentpink shirts to the tournament in FortWorth, Texas.
A head-shaking delay
A thousand bobbleheads of 
PresidentBarack Obama
in his high school basket- ball uniform, scheduled to be a give-away today at a minor league baseballgame in Charleston, W. Va., apparentlydidn’t get the nod from customs offi-cials in Los Angeles. The Class A WestVirginia Power of the South AtlanticLeague said Thursday that the bobble-heads have been at a U.S. Customs andBorder Protection warehouse sinceMay 20. Fans will be given vouchers topick up the bobbleheads once theyarrive, a team spokeswoman said.
Quick hits
ESPN college football analyst
LeeCorso
, who recently suffered a minorstroke, said in a statement that he has“no permanent damage.” He said he isexpected to make a full recovery andplans on being back for the kickoff of the 2009 season.
 
Baseball Hall of Fame announcer
Harry Kalas
, who broadcast 6,037 Philliesgames over 39 years before his suddendeath last month, will be inducted intothe team’s Wall of Fame on Aug. 7 atCitizens Bank Park, the
 Philadelphia Business Journal 
’s John Georgereported.
— Compiled by Bob Hille, with wire reports
NHL
Penguins at Red Wings
8 p.m., NBC
Once wasn’t enough. So the Stanley Cupfinals provide a repeat performance withthe Red Wings facing the Penguins for thesecond year in a row. The Wings won the Cupin six games last year, playing against a teamwhose future was bright with Sidney Crosbyand Evgeni Malkin as rising stars. The rematchbrings the same scenario, with the Penguinscounting on 2008’s disappointment to fueltheir championship drive. A story line to watch?Marian Hossa left the Penguins last summer tosign with the Red Wings.
— Ray Slover 
NBA
Cavaliers at Magic
8:30 p.m., TNT
A Cleveland win in Game 5 was to beexpected, considering the Cavs were playing athome. But now is real gut-check time headingback to Orlando, where the Magic are 6-2 thispostseason and 2-0 against Cleveland. LeBronJames got the much-needed assistance heneeds from teammates in that game, and thesame needs to happen in Game 6 to send thisto a Game 7. Getting Dwight Howard in foultrouble again would help the cause, too.
— Roger Kuznia
BASEBALL
White Sox at Royals
7 p.m., WGN
If your spouse is only giving you a two-hourwindow to watch baseball tonight, take him/her up on it because Mark Buehrle is pitchingtonight for the White Sox. Buehrle worksquickly and has pitched in a number of gamesthat have taken just under two hours to play.You’ll also be seeing a pitcher on a remarkableroll—Buehrle is 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA, and hisworst start was in Chicago’s season against thisK.C. team.
— Roger Kuznia
(All times Eastern)Schedule subject tochange and/or blackouts.
ATHLETICS
4:30 p.m.NBC—
Reebok Grand Prix,at New York 
AUTO RACING
10 a.m.SPEED—
NASCAR,Nationwide Series, polequalifying for Heluva Good!200, at Dover, Del.
11:30 a.m.SPEED—
NASCAR, SprintCup, practice for AutismSpeaks 400, at Dover, Del.
12:30 p.m.SPEED—
NASCAR, SprintCup, “Happy Hour Series,”final practice for AutismSpeaks 400, at Dover, Del.
2:30 p.m.ABC—
NASCAR,Nationwide Series, HeluvaGood! 200, at Dover, Del.
8 p.m.ESPN2—
NHRA, qualifyingfor Summer Nationals, at Topeka, Kan. (same-daytape)
BOXING
9:45 p.m.HBO—
Junior middle-weights, Alfredo Angulo(15-0-0) vs. Kermit Cintron(30-2-1); champion AndreBerto (24-0-0) vs. JuanUrango (21-1-1), for WBCwelterweight title, at FortLauderdale, Fla.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
NoonESPN—
NCAA Division I,World Series, Games 7 & 8at Oklahoma City
7 p.m.ESPN—
NCAA Division I,World Series, Games 9 & 10at Oklahoma City
GOLF
10 a.m.TGC—
European PGA Tour,European Open, thirdround, at Kent, England
3 p.m.CBS—
PGA Tour, CrownePlaza Invitational, thirdround, at Fort Worth, Texas
6:30 p.m.TGC—
Champions Tour,Principal Charity Classic,second round, at West DesMoines, Iowa (same-daytape)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
4 p.m.FOX—
Regional coverage,L.A. Dodgers at ChicagoCubs, Atlanta at Arizona, orMinnesota at Tampa Bay
7 p.m.WGN—
Chicago White Soxat Kansas City
MOTORSPORTS
9 p.m.SPEED—
AMA ProMotocross 450, at RanchoCordova, Calif.
NBA
8:30 p.m.TNT—
Playoffs, EasternConference finals, Game 6,Cleveland at Orlando
NHL
8 p.m.NBC—
Playoffs, StanleyCup finals, Game 1,Pittsburgh at Detroit
RUGBY
9 p.m.ESPN CLASSIC—
Playoffs,Super League, champion-ship match, teams TBA, atGlendale, Colo.
TENNIS
1:30 p.m.NBC—
French Open, earlyround, at Paris (same-daytape)
CC, Yanks arrived early to watch LeBron
TONYDEJAK/AP
Mariano Rivera, left, and Alex Rodriguez were part of the Yankees’ contingent at Quicken Loans Arena.
GUIDE
 
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
 
OFFICES
120 West Morehead Street, Suite 200Charlotte, NC 28202704-973-15501-800-443-1886
Letters to the editor:
General feedback:
National Digital Sales Managers
 Joey Glowacki, 704-973-1856
Gary Strauss, 212-500-0672
MIKEROEMER/AP
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
3
My Profile
Mark Murphy
Packers president
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
Born:
July 13, 1955, in Fulton, N.Y.
Status:
Married
Alma mater:
Colgate
What’s on TV:
 24
,
The Office
,
 30 Rock
,
 House
,
 American Idol 
What’s in my iPod:
Bruce Spring-steen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Cher, Journey, Steely Dan, Chicago, CCR, John Mellencamp
What I drive:
White 2008 ChevyTahoe
Favorite flick:
 Rocky
What I’m reading:
What Would Google Do? 
by Jeff Jarvis
Magazine subscriptions:
Time
,
TheWeek
,
Sports Illustrated 
,
Sporting  News
,
SportsBusiness Journal 
Bookmarks:
Superstition:
Don’t step on cracks
Worst habit:
Clearing my throat
On my office walls:
Pictures, plaquesand game balls from the Packers,Colgate, Northwestern and thePackers
Love to trade places for a day with …
Tiger Woods. I would love to seewhat it would be like to be thatdominant in your profession.
First job:
Soda vendor at RiceStadium, Houston, at Rice Univer-sity football games. I was 14 yearsold. Think I made a nickel for everysoda sold.
Talent I’d most like to have:
Singing
Favorite meal:
Anything Mexican
Favorite athlete to watch in anothersport:
Tiger Woods
Favorite city to visit:
New York City
Favorite team as a kid:
Buffalo Bills
Favorite value in others:
Positiveattitude
Favorite physical attribute about myself:
Long legs
And least …
Big feet—size 15
Dream date:
My wife Laurie
My greatest love:
Laurie. We willhave been married 30 years in June.
My hero:
My father Hugh
My bucket list:
1. Travel to Alaska, 2.Hit a hole in one, 3. A Super Bowlchampionship for the Packers
My motto:
Don’t sweat the smallstuff. Keep your eye on the bigpicture.
— Jeff D’Alessio

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