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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
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THE WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL
DAILY SPORTS NEWSPAPER

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For much of May, the themeof the NBA playoffs was theascendance of Cleveland’s LeBronJames. But, by the end of the Eastfinals, it was clear that theme hadchanged—this was the ascendanceof Orlando center Dwight Howard.After his 40-point, 14-reboundeffort in the series clincher, Magiccoach Stan Van Gundy said, “I don’tknow what more he could do.” The Lakers, who face the Magic inthe Finals starting Thursday, aren’teager to find out if Howard can domore. How they’ll defend Howard isone of the key questions of the series.Lakers coach Phil Jackson is notone for double-teams, so it’s a safebet that L.A. will play Howard straightwith Andrew Bynum. But Bynum’sinjured knee has slowed him andmight force Jackson to scramble. Tall-but-thin Pau Gasol also willget the call on Howard and evenD.J. Mbenga might be called on fora cameo.
— Sean Deveney 
 More Finals questions,
Page 7
GAME 1: ORLANDO AT L.A. LAKERS
 Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Defending Howarda key for Lakers
BY ALBERT BREER
Tom Brady said it.Bill Belichick did,too.The two-timeSuper Bowl MVPquarterback isready. Physically, atleast. But no oneknows better thanBrady that hiscomeback is notcomplete.“The reality is, inthis sport, younever really know,”Brady said. “Anyday can be your lastday in football.”Here are threeother linchpin typeswho will face testsin their comebacksfrom injuries:
Return game
Tom Brady isn’t the only superstarbattling to get back on the field
 
Seahawks LT Walter Jones
THE SITUATION:
Seattle could’ve draftedEugene Monroe or Andre Smith to be theheir apparent to Jones, who’s trying to bounce back from microfracture kneesurgery. A 13-year vet, Jones still hasn’treturned to the practice field but said lastmonth, “I’m not ready to put my cleats up.”
THE CONTINGENCY PLAN:
Current righttackle Sean Locklear is the logicalreplacement. Former Bengal Levi Jonesvisited and could fit on the right side,which would allow Locklear to flip to theleft. The dark horse: rookie Max Unger.
Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman
THE SITUATION:
The Chargers’ passrush went from awesome to anemicwhen Merriman went on the shelf lastSeptember with torn ligaments in hisknee. The plan is to limit him until thestart of training camp. “I feel really goodand things are going well, but I’m goingto be smart about things,” he said.
THE CONTINGENCY PLAN:
Larry English,chosen 16th overall, may have been the best pass rusher in the draft and is anatural to play opposite Shaun Phillips if Merriman experiences a setback.
Colts S Bob Sanders
THE SITUATION:
A big-timer withreal problems staying on the field,Sanders endured a knee injury and ahigh ankle sprain in 2008. Theformer is likely to land him on thephysically unable to perform list toopen training camp.
THE CONTINGENCY PLAN:
If Sanders can’tgo, the Colts will pair Melvin Bullitt with2008 Pro Bowler Antoine Bethea. Bullittimproved during his nine starts last year,finishing with 72 tackles, four picks andnine passes defensed.
TOMHAUCKFORSNJAYDROWNS/SNDARRONCUMMINGS/AP
GAME 3: 
TONIGHT, 8 ET, VERSUS
STANLEY CUP FINALS 
Dominating with depth
The Red Wings are two games away fromanother Stanley Cup title, and they’re doingit without major scoring from their big stars.Point totals from Detroit’s depth players:
 Valtteri Filppula:
15 points
 Dan Cleary:
14 points
 Mikael Samuelsson:
9 points
  Jonathan Ericsson:
6 points
Valtteri Filppula
 
 
Abdelkader shows knack for scoring clutch goals ,
Page 11
YOUR TURN
Got something you’d liketo ask Ravens linebacker
Ray Lewis
?E-mailyour ques-tion, alongwith yourname andhometown, to 
.We’llpick our five favoritesand bounce them off the10-time Pro Bowler.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Top 25 players
It’s no surprise that Florida QB Tim Tebow is No.1 in Matt Hayes’preseason rank-ing of the top 25players in collegefootball. But getthis: Oregon QBJeremiah Masoli, the poor man’s Tebow, is one to watch at No. 9. The top three:1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida2. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma3. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
 The complete list,
Page 30
NBA FINALS 
Tim Tebow
 TUESDAYJUNE 2, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 315
Scoreboard
Baseball
American League
N.Y. Yankees 5, Cleveland 2Chicago White Sox 6, Oakland 2Baltimore 1, Seattle 0
National League
Pittsburgh 8, N.Y. Mets 5Florida 7, Milwaukee 4Houston 4, Colorado 1Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 3Philadelphia 5, San Diego 3Arizona 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
MLB>15 NFL>33 NBA>7 NHL>11 NASCAR>35 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>30 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>31 GOLF>36 NBA DRAFT>6
QUICK LINKS:
 
HOCKEY
Red Wings at Penguins
7 p.m., Versus
Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk (foot) didn’t playin the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals,and it doesn’t look like he’ll be ready for Game3. It remains to be seen if the Red Wings evenneed Datysuk—guys like Justin Abdelkader andDarren Helm are chipping in offensively andgoalie Chris Osgood has vastly outperformedPittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. To top it alloff, each bounce is going Detroit’s way. ThePenguins still have two major trump cards inSidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and they’llneed them to come up big to avoid a 3-0 hole.
TENNIS
French Open
Noon, ESPN2
We’re not sure today’s quarterfinals matchesare made for the casual tennis viewer—AndyRoddick and Rafael Nadal are out, and RogerFederer is off, as are most of the big names inthe women’s field. That said, it might be worthchecking out Robin Soderling, who knockedout Nadal, the four-time defending champ, onSunday. Soderling takes on on 10th-seededNikolay Davydenko.
SOFTBALL
Florida vs. Washington
8 p.m., ESPN2
Washington easily won the first game of theNCAA softball World Series final, shutting out theGators 8-0 behind a strong pitching performancefrom player of the year Danielle Lawrie. Tonight,the Huskies will have an opportunity to clinchthe title in Game 2 of the best-of-3 series. If pastperformances are any indication, though, bet onthe Gators—Monday’s loss was their first sinceMarch 29, and came on the heels of a 63-3 regularseason.
— Compiled by Sean Gentille
Tune In Today
A quick look at the best sports on TV
all times Eastern
Former NFL and Miami (Fla.)quarterback
Bernie Kosar
, his real estateand restaurant investments flounder-ing in the recession, has been hit witha $4.2 million judgment from NationalCity Bank, the
South Florida Business Journal 
’s Brian Bandell reported.Kosar and related companies alsolost foreclosure judgments on multi-family properties in the Tampa area,and face a pending foreclosure law-suit against a third. His BernieKosar’s Steakhouse was evicted fromits South Miami space in November.Kosar also faces significant tax prob-lems, including $59,881 in unpaidproperty taxes on his Weston, Fla.,home and a combined $93,647 in fed-eral tax liens against him over hispersonal income taxes, includingsome years filed jointly with ex-wife
Babette
.Kosar’s South Florida home is cur-rently listed online for sale for $3.5million. It was purchased for almostthe same amount in 2006.
Quick hits
 The price of baseball success?The Brewers—having announced lastmonth that they would reduceselected $28 tickets by $1 for everywin in May—began selling Loge Out-field tickets for their June 9-11 seriesagainst the Rockies at Miller Park for$10, the
 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
 reported. The team went 18-10 inMay. Meantime, burglars stole nearly$7,000 worth of Rangers jerseys,plus jackets, hats and hooded sweat-shirts from a team store in uptownDallas early Sunday morning, the
 Dallas Morning News
reported. 
IndyCar driver
Danica Patrick
, inthe final year of a three-year agree-ment with Andretti Green Racing,was free starting Monday to entertainoffers from teams, regarding who shewill drive for in 2010,
The
 
 IndianapolisStar 
reported. NASCAR and F1 teamshave been mentioned as possibilities.
 For the third straight year, Phila-delphia’s Citizens Bank Park is themost vegetarian-friendly ballpark,according to PETA. San Francisco’sAT&T Park was second, followed byColorado’s Coors Field, Atlanta’sTurner Field and Houston’s MinuteMaid Park.
— SportsBusiness Daily,sportsbusinessdaily.com
GUIDE
(All times Eastern)Schedule subject to change and/orblackouts.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
8 p.m.ESPN2 —
World Series, finals,game 2, Florida vs. Washington, atOklahoma City
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
7 p.m.WGN —
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta
NHL HOCKEY
8 p.m.VERSUS —
Playoffs, Stanley Cupfinals, game 3, Detroit at Pittsburgh
TENNIS
NoonESPN2 —
French Open, men’s &women’s quarterfinals, at Paris
Kosar hithard byrecession
OFF THE FIELD
JAMIE-ANDREAYANAK/AP
Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar’s real estate and restaurant investments are in trouble.
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
 TUESDAY, JUNE 02, 2009
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See a Different Game
 
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
 TUESDAY, JUNE 02, 2009
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DAILY
 
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Letters to the editor:
General feedback:
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Tim Salmon
Angels legend
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
Born:
Aug. 24, 1968 in Long Beach, Calif.
Status:
Married
Alma mater:
Grand Canyon University
What I’m up to:
Recently graduated from college, raising fourkids and coaching their teams, lots of philanthropy, servingon boards, skiing, boating, cycling, traveling
What’s on TV:
Seinfeld 
,
The Office
, The History Channel,ESPN
What’s in my iPod:
Rock to country—Green Day, Rush, NeilDiamond, Elton John, Boston, Styx, AC/DC, The Eagles
What I drive:
’07 Chevy 2500 Diesel Crew Cab—to work in;’07 Ferrari F430—to play in
Favorite flicks:
Star Wars
,
 Indiana Jones
,
Tommy Boy
, any-thing with Will Ferrell in it
What I’m reading:
 Epicenter 
, by Joel C. Rosenberg
Magazine subscriptions:
 Macworld 
,
TIME
,
 Huntin’ Fool 
Bookmarks:
Superstitions:
Find any coin, pick it up and all day you’llhave good luck. That’s it. I try not to have superstitions. It’stoo much work.
Worst habit:
Dessert!
On my office walls:
2002 World Series pictures and memora- bilia; 2009 bachelor degree from Grand Canyon Univer-sity—
 finally
graduated; pictures of my family
Love to trade places for a day with …
Any president of the U.S. Iwould like to know the answers to things like who shot JFK,Area 51 and all the rest of the top secrets the public neverknows about.
First job:
Paper route. I was 12 or 13,living in Houston. Delivered to anapartment complex. I think Imade, like, $15 a month, gettingup at 4 a.m. to roll the papers fordelivery. Collecting from strangerswas scary—even way back then.
Talent I’d most like to have:
To play amusical instrument on stage
Favorite meal:
Grilled Tri-tip (steak) with Arme-nian rice pilaf, tossed salad with Ranch and large,unsweetened iced tea
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:
Kurt Warner. GoCards!
Favorite city to visit:
Chicago
Favorite team as a kid:
’70s Dallas Cowboys and L.A.Dodgers
Favorite value in others:
Character
Favorite physical attribute about myself:
Eyes. My vision is20/20.
And least …
My brain. Got in the way too often. Ioverthink.
Dream date:
My wife
My greatest love:
Jesus Christ
My bucket list:
1. Learn to fly, 2. Learn to play piano andguitar, 3. Travel the world, 4. Drive a motorhome across theU.S.
My motto:
Perseverance—Finish what you start.
— Jeff D’Alessio
MARKJ.TERRILL/AP

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