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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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Randy Johnson tonight willtry to become the 24th memberof baseball’s 300-win club—andlikely the last for a long time. Noactive pitcher under 34 is evenhalfway there; Atlanta’s 33-year-old(and injured) Tim Hudson has 146.
Sporting News Today 
asked threeformer pitchers whether we’ll eversee another 300-game winner.
 
Charlie Leibrandt, 140 winsfrom 1979-93:
“I can’t say it won’tever happen again, but with pitchcounts so dominant and arminjuries more prevalent than ever, Idon’t see it happening soon.”
 
Mickey Lolich, 217 wins from1963-79:
“No one will. With thefive-man rotation, they don’t pitchas often. Plus, with the middle manand a reliever coming in after thestarter, your game could be lost. It’sa different game.”
 
Kirk Reuter, 130 wins from1993-2005:
“I don’t think it willhappen because of the longevityand success it takes. A lot of today’splayers don’t look to play into their40s. To achieve 300 wins, you prob-ably have to play that long.”
— Jeff D’Alessio
 Work ethic key for Unit,
Page 15
Will Big Unitbe last to 300?
WEDNESDAYJUNE 3, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 316
Scoreboard
NHL
Stanley Cup finals
Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2
(Detroit leads series 2-1)
Baseball
American League
Boston 5, Detroit 1N.Y. Yankees 12, Texas 3Toronto 6, L.A. Angels 4Tampa Bay 6, Kansas City 2Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 0Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3Seattle 8, Baltimore 2
National League
Pittsburgh 3, N.Y. Mets 1Washington 10, San Francisco 6Florida 10, Milwaukee 3Atlanta 6, Chicago Cubs 5, 12 inningsSt. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2Houston 3, Colorado 2, 11 inningsL.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona 5Philadelphia 10, San Diego 5
MLB>14 NFL>23 NBA>11 NHL>7 NASCAR>30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>29 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>28 NBA DRAFT>6
QUICK LINKS:
Playoff bound?
 Thirteen NFL teams have missedthe postseason the past twoseasons but these five are goodbets to crash the playoff party nextseason:1. New Orleans Saints2. Houston Texans3. Chicago Bears4. Buffalo Bills5. New York Jets
NFL
 Breaking the streak,
Page 23
 Top off. coordinators,
Page 25
 Hakeem Nicks Q&A,
Page 24
Solving a mystery
 These five players have been a puzzlefor NBA draft insiders. Sean Deveneyprovides clues to where they couldland,
Page 6
James Harden, SG, Arizona StateJrue Holiday, G, UCLADeJuan Blair, PF, PittDerrick Brown, F, XavierAustin Daye, F Gonzaga
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Cup up for grabs
BY CRAIG CUSTANCE
PITTSBURGH—
After three games filled with bad breaks, lucky bounces and a level of intensity thatseems to rise with each period, Detroit coachMike Babcock came to a conclusion about theStanley Cup finals.“This series is where it should be,” Babcocksaid.The Penguins held serve Tuesday night, win-ning their first home game, 4-2, to cut the RedWings’ series lead to 2-1.Now, it’s a series anyone can win. The StanleyCup officially is up for grabs.
Three reasons Detroit will win
Chris Osgood.
Detroit’s veteran goalie wasn’ttested much Tuesday, but he responded when hewas. Osgood and Henrik Zetterberg haveemerged as Detroit’s best candidates for the ConnSmythe, and two more strong games from Osgoodwould clinch it.
Home-ice advantage.
The Red Wings won theirtwo home games and just need to win the remain-ing games at Joe Louis Arena to raise their secondconsecutive Stanley Cup. In a series where match-ups are magnified, home ice has been huge.
The wildcard, Pavel Datsyuk.
Datsyuk skatedTuesday morning and Babcock said Detroit’sinjured Hart Trophy candidate could be ready forThursday’s Game 4. His return would tilt atightly contested series in Detroit’s favor.
Three reasons Pittsburgh will win
The Penguins’ power play.
The Red Wingshaven’t shown a lot of weaknesses during thisplayoff run, but their penalty kill hasn’t beengreat. The Penguins scored two power play goalsTuesday and scored on their only power playopportunity in Game 2.
Evgeni Malkin.
Malkin had three assists Tues-day and extended his playoff-leading point totalto 33. He has earned points on Pittsburgh’s firstfive goals of the Cup finals. Detroit has done agood job of limiting Sidney Crosby, but Malkin isshowing why it’s so hard to contain thePenguins.
Crosby’s quiet determination.
He might not bepiling up points, but the Penguins feed off Cros- by’s drive to win his first Stanley Cup. “He’s anon-ice leader,” teammate Jordan Staal said. “Hedoesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does every-one is listening.”
 Penguins feed off calm Gonchar,
Page 7
GAME 3: 
PITTSBURGH 4 DETROIT 2
STANLEY CUP FINALS 
GENEJ.PUSKAR/AP
Max Talbot (25) had two goals, including the empty-netter thaticed the Pens’ Game 3 win.
Pens’ victory makesfinals anyone’s series
 
SPORTING NEWS TODAY
 TUESDAY, JUNE 02, 2009
2
See a Different Game
There’s much less to see when you look atthe Carolina Panthers’ sideline these days.More than 500 pounds less.In their own competitive, high-stakesversion of 
The Biggest Loser 
, coach
 John Fox
,his assistants and the football operationsstaff have combined to shed over a quarterton of weight since the end of last season.“I don’t quite feel like an old Germanshepherd anymore,” said offensive coordi-nator
 Jeff Davidson
, who dropped 71 pounds,the most in the eight-week competition. “Ithink it’s helped me dramatically. It justdidn’t make me better looking.”The program was the brainchild of trainer
Ryan Vermillion
, who became alarmedlate last season at the staff’s bulgingwaistlines.Davidson has gained some of his weight back, but is down to 290 pounds. Offensiveline coach
Dave Magazu
dropped 62 poundsand won the competition for the best per-centage loss. Fox dropped 25 pounds.
Around the NFL
The New York Jets and Giants signed amemorandum of understanding with theEnvironmental Protection Agency that willmake their new $1.6 billion football sta-dium in the New Jersey Meadowlands oneof the greenest in professional sports. Theagreement details ways the teams willreduce air pollution, conserve water andenergy, improve waste management andreduce the environmental impact of con-struction on the stadium that is scheduledto open for the 2010 season.
 
Shades of New Yankee Stadium? Nearly4,000 of the best and most expensive seats atthe New York Giants’ new Meadowlands sta-dium are still available 15 months before thevenue opens, the New York
 Daily News
 reported. The nearly 4,000 tickets thatremain are part of the 9,300 club seats, thenewspaper reported. The Giants have gonethrough their entire 140,000-member wait-ing list, which has increased by 120,000 inthe seasons since 2003.
 
Former Denver Broncos running back
Travis Henry
, who was arrested in Florida twoweeks ago for allegedly violating bond con-ditions on a federal drug conviction, has been returned to Montana. Henry pleadedguilty in April to conspiracy to possess 11pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute, but was released on a $400,000 bond toattend to child support issues in Florida.His sentencing was scheduled for July 15.
Quick hits
After 16 years of supporting Team USA,Bank of America is ending its longtime part-nership with the USOC,
SportsBusiness Jour-nal 
’s Tripp Mickle reported. The bankreached the decision over the last couple of weeks and notified the USOC in recent days.
— SportsBusiness Daily  , sportsbusinessdaily.com
Tune In Today
A quick look at the best sports on TV
all times Eastern
GUIDE
GOLF
1 p.m.TGC—
 TheMemorial SkinsGame, at Dublin,Ohio
MAJOR LEAGUEBASEBALL
7 p.mESPN—
Boston atDetroit
SOCCER
10 p.m.ESPN —
Men’snational teams,World Cup quali-fier, U.S. vs. CostaRica, at San Jose,Costa Rica
TENNIS
NoonESPN2 —
FrenchOpen, men’squarterfinals, atParis
BASEBALL
Red Sox at Tigers
7 p.m., ESPN
After a 3-0 start to the season, Detroit starter Armando Galarraga went 0-for-May; the 27-year-old Venezuelan lost five of six starts and watched his ERA balloonfrom 1.85 to 5.50. That said, the Tigers’ starting pitching has been good enoughto deal with his problems—Justin Verlander regained his form, Rick Porcello cameup from the Florida Srare League, Edwin Jackson picked up 5 mph of velocity, andDontrelle Willis started to resemble the D-Train of 2005. Tonight, Galarraga takesthe mound against Boston’s Josh Beckett, who, after a rough April, showed signsof life in May.
— Sean Gentille
SOCCER
U.S. at Costa Rica
10 p.m., ESPN
 The United States is missing its first two choices at right back because of injuryand is fiddling with options at left back because regular Heath Pearce has struggledwith his club team in Germany. It’s not the kind of defense the Americans wouldwant to take into a building—Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma—where they’venever won a World Cup qualifier. But Barcelona won the Champions League with amakeshift defense, so maybe the U.S. isn’t doomed in this one.
— Mike DeCourcy 
GOLF
The Memorial Skins Game
1 p.m, The Golf Channel
 The last time Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus competed against one anotherwas at the 2000 PGA Championship, when Woods took home his fifth overalland third consecutive major. Safe to say, a lot has happened since then—Tiger’shad a couple kids and won nine more Grand Slam events. Today, the two playon the same side in a 4-on-4 Skins Game at Nicklaus’ home course. For now, theBear can talk trash—his 18 majors are still the measuring stick for the rest of thegolfing universe.
— Sean Gentille
OFF THE FIELD
Coaching staff sheds some pounds
RICKHAVNER/AP
Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidsondropped 71 pounds in eight weeks.
 
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SPORTING NEWS TODAY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 03, 2009
3
My Profile
 John Harbaugh
Ravens coach
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
Born:
Sept. 23, 1962, in Toledo, Ohio
Status:
Married
Alma mater:
Miami (Ohio)
What’s on TV:
SpongeBob SquarePants
and
The Andy Griffith Show
with my 7-year-olddaughter Alison
What’s in my iPod:
Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Earth, Wind & Fire
What I drive:
American—Silver Cadillac STS
Favorite flick:
 Rocky
What I’m reading:
Outliers
, by Malcolm Gladwell;
War As They Knew It 
, byMichael Rosenberg;
 Manhunt 
, by James L. Swanson
Bookmarks:
Worst habit:
None that I would admit to
On my office walls:
1. Notebooks/tape related to future opponents. 2.Whiteboard—with more of my daughter’s artwork than footballright now. Artwork by Alison—purple elephant, red puppy. 3.Artwork by Margaret Rosburg. 4. Ten pictures of my wife anddaughter. 5. Article from
USA Today
by Bruce Kluger—“A long wayfrom Birmingham,” about four young girls killed in church bombing in ’60s
First job:
21 years old, Western Michigan U, graduate assistantworking for room and board. Coached running backs andlived with my parents in Kalamazoo, MI. Recruited SWMichigan and NE Indiana. Best part of the job was driving toand from work every day with the head coach—my dad. The
best 
job I ever had was that same summer, working as asecurity guard at the hydromatic plant at Three Rivers, MI. Ipatrolled the exterior to make sure no one was stealing parts.
Favorite meal:
BBQ steaks with my wife’s cheesy potatoes anda bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce
Talent I’d most like to have:
Be a scratch golfer
Favorite team as a kid:
Michigan Wolverines
My hero:
My dad
My greatest love:
My wife, Ingrid
— Jeff D’Alessio
With Jack Nicholson’s Lakersabout to go fortheir 15th NBA title,Hollywood.com’s Tom Leupp ranksfor
Sporting NewsToday 
the fivesports with the bestcelebrity power:
1. 
NBA.
 Take it from Jack: Hollywood lovesits hoops.
 Famous fans:
Leo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria,Kid Rock, Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington.
2. 
MLB.
 The Boys of Summer never strikeout with Alyssa Milano.
 Famous fans:
Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld,George W. Bush, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner,Ben Affleck.
3. 
College football.
On Saturdays, USC’ssideline boasts more A-listers than Spago.
 Famous fans:
Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, RegisPhilbin, Matthew McConaughey, Bill Cosby.
4. 
NFL.
From Jessica Simpson to CarrieUnderwood, America’s sweethearts loveAmerica’s Team.
Famous fans:
Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Bon Jovi,Will Smith.
5. 
NHL.
Puckheads Kevin Smith and DenisLeary love banging the boards.
 Famous fans:
Mike Myers, Elisha Cuthbert, Tim Robbins.
Gimme 5ASK THE QB
Got something you’d like to ask Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgersor PennState QBDarrylClark?E-mailyourquestion,alongwith your name and hometown, to
.We’llpick our five favorites for each and runtheir answers in an upcoming issue of 
Sporting News
Magazine.
Darryl Clark
Aaron Rodgers
BOBLEVERONE/SN
 Jack Nicholson
AP

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