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LOS ANGELES—Finally. It’s taken time, but it
seems the team many expected the Lakers to
be—a big, strong bunch capable of dominat-
ing at both ends—has arrived for good.
That version of the Lakers has made only
cameo appearances this postseason, but in
The Finals opener, the Lakers were back,
winning handily, 100-75.
As Magic coach Stan Van
Gundy said, “We were totally
dominated at both ends of the
floor and on the boards.”
Three things we
The Magic will reconsider
the plan on Kobe Bryant.
Orlando attempted to put
Bryant in single coverage,
focusing on stopping the players around him.
But Bryant killed Orlando’s defense in pick-
and-rolls , tallying 40 points, and the Magic
couldn’t keep L.A.’s supporting cast in check.
“Offensively, Kobe was amazing tonight,”
forward Lamar Odom said. “Defensively,
Jameer Nelson will be a factor. Nelson’s
return to action after more than three
months off was a bit of a surprise in Game 1,
and he carried himself well, scoring six points
and giving out four assists in 23 minutes.
The Lakers will lean on their bigs. L.A. did a
terrific job shutting down Orlando’s front
line, and the Lakers outscored the Magic in the
paint, 56-22. “We’ve got to keep that up,” forward
Pau Gasol said. “No let-up. This is just the first
PITTSBURGH—After the game, Sidney Crosby
could admit it. It felt good to get that first goal
of the Stanley Cup finals. The fact that it was
the game-winner? Even better.
With their 4-2 win over Detroit, the Penguins
evened the finals, 2-2, and seized momentum in
a series that once looked like a Detroit lock.
“Both teams held serve at home, now it’s a
best of three,” Pittsburgh’s
Mark Eaton said.
Three things we
Pittsburgh’s stars are
clicking: Crosby had his
best game of the series with
a goal and a pretty assist on
Tyler Kennedy’s goal in the
second period. “I was happy
to see one go in,” Crosby said. Evgeni Malkin
scored his 14th goal of the playoffs and, at
times, was the most dominant player on the
The Red Wings are worn out: Detroit wasn’t
crazy about playing back-to-back games
to open the series and looked exhausted on
Thursday, the fourth game in six nights.
“Tonight, they had more energy than us,”
Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Marc-Andre Fleury has emerged: After get-
ting outplayed by opposing goalie Chris
Osgood earlier in the series, Fleury was sharp
in Game 4 and finished with 37 saves. “He
knows when the important time is to make
you a big save,” Crosby said. “He’s been huge
for us.”
Thumbs up for Cox
his spot as MatthewStafford’s
“It would be very difficult to
knock him out of the box,”
Georgia coach Mark Richt tells
Pens pumped, Wings wilting, Page 13 Loss in‘08Finals drives Lakers, Page 10
Lakers open with domination Cup chase down to best-of-3
Sean Deveney
Craig Custance
Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the finals as the
Pens evened the series.
Kobe Bryant hit 16 of 34 shots for 40 points and added
eight rebounds and eight assists in L.A.’s rout.
Richt Q&A, Page 16
JUNE 5, 2009
L.A. Lakers 100, Orlando 75
(L.A. Lakers leadseries 1-0)
Stanley Cupfinals
Pittsburgh4, Detroit 2
(Series tied2-2)
L.A. Angels 6, Toronto 5
Boston6, Detroit 3
N.Y. Yankees 8, Texas 6
Minnesota 11, Cleveland3
Oakland7, Chicago White Sox 0
Tampa Bay 3, Kansas City 2
National League
Pittsburgh11, N.Y. Mets 6
SanFrancisco 5, Washington1, 1st game
SanFran. 4, Washington1, 6 inn., 2ndgame
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, ppd., rain
Florida 4, Milwaukee 3
Colorado 10, Houston3
St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 1
Philadelphia 3, L.A. Dodgers 0
Full list, Page 30
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NCAA Super Regionals
Noon-10:30 p.m.,
After taking down unbeaten pitcher
Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State and
sweeping top-ranked UC-Irvine in the
regionals, the Virginia baseball team can
take another step toward the College World
Series today. The Cavaliers, in their first trip
to the NCAA super regionals, face Ole Miss
at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 in Game 1 of the best-
of-three series. “Confidence-wise, we’re
sky-high,” Virginia sophomore Phil Gosselin
said. The winners of the eight super region-
als will meet in Omaha, Neb., for the College
World Series, starting June 13. Other Game
1 matchups today are Arkansas-Florida State
(noon, ESPN), Rice-LSU (7 p.m., ESPN) and
Louisville-Cal State Fullerton (10:30 p.m.,
The Memorial
1 p.m., The Golf Channel
Well, so much for Jack Nicklaus making
his Muirfield Village course too hard for
the PGA Tour players. Rain-softened greens
took care of that as Britain’s Luke Donald
led the charge against par in the opening
round, shooting an 8-under 64. A cast of
Americans—led by Jim Furyk, who shot a
first-round 67—are chasing. And what about
Tiger? He’s lurking, after a first-round 69.
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’
Stallworth pleaded not guilty to DUI man-
slaughter charges from a fatal Miami car
crash in which a pedestrian died.
The plea was entered at a brief court
hearing Thursday by defense attorney
Christopher Lyons. The 28-year-old Stall-
worth did not appear in court. A trial
date has not been set. Stallworth faces
up to 15 years if convicted.
Quick hits
Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s
11-year-old son and his brother-in-law
are free again after being kidnapped
in Venezuela. Police in Venezuela said
the pair were abducted on their way to
the boy’s school and that the kidnap-
pers demanded $466,000 in ransom.
Wilmer Flores Trossel, director of Venezu-
ela’s federal police, said no ransom
was paid. He said police “established a
circle” around the kidnappers, and
the “pressure was fruitful.”
Hall of Famers LawrenceTaylor, Marcus
Allen, Eric Dickerson, Jim Rice and Goose Gos-
sage will usher in a new era in golf long
drive competitions later this month in
the Big Shots/Titans of the Tee, a team-
based tournament that will air this fall
on FOX. The competition tees off June
23 at the Lake of Isles course at Fox-
woods Casino Resort in Ledyard, Conn.
The Hall of Famers, as well as other
celebrities such as Oscar-nominated
actor Mark Wahlberg and Olympic gold
medalist Bruce Jenner, will compete for
charity while paired with professional
long drivers competing for prize money
in the competition that will be shown
Sept. 20 and 27 immediately after FOX’s
NFL broadcasts.
Nets owner BruceRatner has replaced
the architect of a pricey planned arena in
Brooklyn. The arena is a centerpiece of
the $4 billion Atlantic Yards develop-
ment of office towers and apartments.
The project has been delayed by the eco-
nomic downturn, years of opposition
lawsuits and the near $1 billion price of
the Frank Gehry-designed arena. Ratner
says “the economic climate is not right”
for Gehry’s design.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy
Reid’s 24-year-old son, BrittReid, has grad-
uated from a drug court program. Reid
enrolled in the program early last year
after a series of run-ins with the law.
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Donte Stallworth faces 15 years in prison if
convicted of DUI manslaughter.
Federer Express:
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Roger Federer enters a record 20th con-
secutive GrandSlamsemifinal today at Roland
Garros against No. 5-ranked Juan Martin del
Potro. During Federer’s incredible run, he has
lost toonly three players: rival Rafael Nadal (six
times), Novak Djokovic (once) and Marat Safin
(once). He has a 125-8 record in the past 20
GrandSlamtournaments. Hereis abreakdown
of his finishes enteringtoday’s action:
Champion— 11 times
Runner-up—5times (all toNadal)
Semifinalist — 3 times
Double digit dynamos
Players averaging 20 points in the regular
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2008 Celtics None(Paul Pierce, 19.6ppg)
2007 Spurs 1(TimDuncan, 20.0ppg)
2006 Heat 2(DwyaneWade,27.2ppgand
ShaquilleO’Neal, 20.0ppg)
2005 Spurs 1(TimDuncan, 20.3ppg)
2004 Pistons 0(RichardHamilton, 17.6ppg)
2003 Spurs 1(Duncan, 23.3ppg)
2002 Lakers 2 (O’Neal, 27.2 ppg, Kobe
Bryant, 25.2ppg)
2001 Lakers 2 (O’Neal, 28.7 ppg, Bryant,
2000 Lakers 2 (O’Neal, 29.7 ppg, Bryant,
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(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
Born: March 3, 1968, in Corpus Christi,
Status: Married
Alma mater: Boston College
What I’mup to these days: Enjoying spending
time with my 3 kids—Jack (9), Riley, girl (6)
and Sean (3); helping out with friends’
charity events
What’s on TV: Lost, American Idol, NHL on
the Fly, SportsCenter
What’s in my iPod: Pearl Jam, Counting
Crows, Dave Matthews, Top 40, Beyonce
What I drive: Black ’03 GMC Yukon, black
’05 Mercedes
Favorite flicks: Stripes, Pulp Fiction, The Lord
of the Rings trilogy, Old School
Bookmarks: National Weather Service
Marine Forecasts—offshore and coastal;; Canoe—SLAM! Sports—
Hockey;;; PGA-
On my office shelves: Books—fiction, non-
fiction and sports; photo albums—college
and NHL trophies; replicas of the Stanley
Cup, Norris, Conn Smythe and Calder
trophies; mail that needs to be filed;
baseballs; pictures of my children
Love to trade places for a day with …Eddie
Vedder on the day of a concert. Would love to
see if the nerves are the same pre-concert as
pre-NHL game and would love to be able to
sing, play guitar and feel the energy of the
crowd for those 2-plus hours. Would want to
see if the feeling after a concert is the same or
better than after an NHL victory.
First job: Paper route, 11 or 12, Cheshire,
CT. Had to deliver 35 papers over a 6-mile
route. I’d bungee-cord the papers to the
back of my bike. Only had a couple crashes
over the years and only was bitten by a dog
Talent I’d most like to have: Good singing
voice, play guitar
Favorite meal: Breakfast any time of the
day—French toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon,
hash browns
Favorite athletes to watch in other sports: Tiger
and LeBron
Favorite city to visit: NYC—I lived there for
18 years but now live in Boston. Otherwise,
Favorite teamas a kid: Yankees
Favorite physical attribute about
myself: I broke both my
ankles at different times
and have a plate and 9
screws in my right
one. I like how the
scars look running
up both sides of
my leg. I pretend I
was bitten by a
shark or survived
jumping out of a plane
with no parachute.
And least …My balding head and
expanding waistline
Favorite value in others: Loyalty
Dreamdate: Heidi Klum
My heroes: My mom and dad
My bucket list: 1. Attend a practice
round or Thursday round at the
Masters; 2. Play golf for a week
in Ireland w/ friends
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ly was bitten by a dog
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Philadelphia 3, L.A. Dodgers 0
Phillies 3, Dodgers 0
Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Rollins ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 .224
Utley 2b 3 1 1 0 2 1 .299
Werthcf 4 1 2 1 1 0 .257
Howard1b 2 0 0 1 1 1 .263
Ibanez lf 4 0 1 1 0 2 .335
Feliz 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .297
Bruntlett rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .122
Ruiz c 3 1 2 0 1 1 .303
Hamels p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .154
Totals 31 3 7 3 5 7
Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Pierrelf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .367
Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Hudson2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .324
Blake3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .285
Martinc 3 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Ethier rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .263
Kempcf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .311
Kershawp 1 0 1 0 0 0 .167
Belisariop 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Lorettaph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Wadep 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Leachp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Motap 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Hoffmannph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .158
Totals 29 0 5 0 0 5
Philadelphia 000 101 100 — 3 7 0
Los Angeles 000 000 000 — 0 5 0
a-popped out for Belisario in the 6th. b-flied out for
Mota in the 9th. LOB: Philadelphia 9, Los Angeles 2.
2B: Utley (9), Ibanez (14), Feliz (14), Ethier (13). RBIs:
Werth (28), Howard (46), Ibanez (53). SB: Ruiz (3).
S: Hamels 2. SF: Howard. Runners left in scoring
position: Philadelphia 5 (Rollins 2, Bruntlett, Howard,
Werth); Los Angeles 2 (Pierre, Furcal). DP: Philadelphia
2(Rollins, Utley, Howard), (Rollins, Howard).
Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
HamelsW, 4-2 9 5 0 0 0 5 97 4.40
Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
KershawL, 3-4 51⁄3 4 2 2 3 5 105 4.26
Belisario 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 4 2.18
Wade 2⁄3 2 1 1 1 0 16 5.12
Leach 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 8 5.19
Mota 12⁄3 1 0 0 1 1 18 6.04
Inherited runners-scored: Belisario 2-0, Leach 2-0.
IBB: off Mota (Utley), off Wade (Utley), off Kershaw
(Ruiz). Umpires: Home, Chris Guccione; First, Todd
Tichenor; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Tony Randazzo.
T: 2:31. A: 33,839(56,000).
Phils win 7th in row behind dominant Hamels
LOS ANGELES—Cole Hamels turned back the
calendar to last October, when he and the
Philadelphia Phillies left Dodger Stadium as
the newly crowned National League
Hamels turned in another dominant per-
formance against Los Angeles on Thursday
night, pitching a five-hitter for his third
career shutout, and the defending World
Series champions extended their winning
streak to seven games with a 3-0 victory.
Hamels was the MVP of last year’s NLCS
and World Series. He won both starts against
Los Angeles in the playoffs, including a 5-1
decision at Chavez Ravine that wrapped up
the Phillies’ first pennant since 1993.
For those wondering what the 25-year-old
left-hander could possibly do for an encore
this season, this was a good start.
“That’s always something that kind of gets
in your mind,” said Hamels, 4-0 with a 2.84
ERA over his last seven outings. “I mean, you
don’t have the type of time off to really gather
your thoughts and get prepared for another
season. I had a little bump in the road with
the elbow soreness, and that kind of delayed
some things. But I’m ready to go now.”
Hamels (4-2) threw 97 pitches, retiring 18
of his last 20 batters and allowing only two
runners as far as second base—one of them
on defensive indifference in the ninth. He
became the first opposing pitcher to throw a
shutout at Dodger Stadium since Arizona’s
Brandon Webb on Aug. 5, 2007.
Hamels, whose 196 strikeouts last season
were the third-most among lefties behind for-
mer Cy Young Award winners CC Sabathia
and Johan Santana, fanned five and walked
none while lowering his ERA to 4.40.
“Sometimes I’ll have a lot of strikeouts and
sometimes I won’t. But I don’t want to be the
big strikeout guy because it’s hard on you
and that really pushes up your pitch count,”
Hamels said. “My past three or four games
I’ve been going 110 pitches and only getting
through the sixth. So pitch efficiency is some-
thing I’ve been trying to work on.”
The complete game was Hamels’ fifth in 94
career starts, and the first this season by the
Phillies’ staff.
“This is one you just forget about, basically,
and chalk it up to the fact that he pitched
well,” Juan Pierre said. “He threw strikes
and we couldn’t put any heat on him.”
In his May 14 start against the Dodgers at
Philadelphia, Hamels gave up two runs in
seven innings and settled for a no-decision in
the Phillies’ 5-3 loss.
“The kid is good. What can you say? When
he’s on the mound, he ain’t got time to be put-
ting guys on base. He lets them make contact
and he trusts his defense,” Orlando Hudson
said. “He throws strikes, he doesn’t walk
anybody, he trusts his offspeed pitches and
does a great job of moving the ball up and
down and in and out.”
Cole Hamels threwonly 97 pitches and gave up just five hits for his fourth victory of the season.
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Q&A with ... Tanner Scheppers, St. Paul Saints/Fresno State
‘I just kind of threw hard and that was that’
Tanner Scheppers appeared on his way to being
a Top 10 selection in the 2008 draft, but a shoulder
injury at Fresno State sidelined him and he dropped
to the second round, 48th overall, to Pittsburgh.
The two sides couldn’t come to terms and he’s
back in ’09, considered a first-round choice again.
Spending some time with the Independent league
St. Paul Saints, Scheppers caught up with Sporting
News Today’s Ken Bradley to discuss his career and
Tuesday’s draft.
Out of Dana Hills High School
in California, you were a
shortstop. Fresno recruited you as a
shortstop. How’d you become a
pitcher, much less one who’s a likely
first-round draft pick Tuesday?
My pitching coach at Fresno
when I got there, Bobby Jones,
sat me down after the first month and
he’s like, “you have a great arm and
everything and I know we recruited
you as a shortstop, but I really feel like
your future is pitching and maybe you
should shut down shortstop and make
pitching your ideal focus. I took a few
days to think about it and I wasn’t
really getting too much playing time at
shortstop my freshman year with
Christian Vitters there at short. So I
decided I’d give it a shot and start
Did you pitch some in high
Yeah I did. I pitched—I think it
was like 30 innings throughout
my high school career. I just kind of
threw hard and that was that.
Now that you’re a pitcher, you
ever miss the chance to swing
the bat?
(Laughs) No, no. I haven’t missed
that in a long, long time.
So you don’t think Coach Jones
was trying to get you to switch
because of your work at the plate, do
(Laughs) I don’t really know. I
wasn’t good enough to play my
freshman year, so maybe …
A May 2008 shoulder injury
dropped you from a potential
Top 10 pick to a second-round
selection last year. You didn’t sign.
Why was that?
wantedmetobebythetimeIwent toPitts-
burghandpitchforthem. Duringall of that, I
hadoneof theirscoutsfollowingmeforabout a
month, videotapingmeandbeingwithme
duringall myworkouts. Toall myknowledge, I
didexactlywhat theywantedmetodo. WhenI
went upthere, theysaidIwasn’t wherethey
wantedmetobe, sotherewassomeconfusion
there. Thenwejust couldn’t cometoan
agreement. Myadvisor, myagent GregGenske
advisedmenot tosign. SoIdidn’t andI’m
luckyenoughtoplayhereat St. Paul.
Was it difficult for you
realizing you were not going to
be pitching at Fresno or in the minors
for a full year? Was there any panic?
You know, there really wasn’t any
panic on my part. In my heart I
knew my arm was fine and everything
was going to be OK. Pittsburgh just didn’t
want to take that chance on me and now
I’m here in this current situation.
What have you done the past
year to stay in shape and keep
your arm strong?
I was at Athletes’ Performance for
about four months out in Carson,
California, out in L.A. It’s a pretty respected
program. A lot of big-league guys have gone
through there. I worked out with (Yankees
pitcher) Phil Hughes, (Blue Jays pitcher) Ricky
Romero, during the offseason Chase Utley,
Milton Bradley, a couple people like that. They
had me on a food plan, a nutritionist—I gained
15-20 pounds and really just kind of got me
ready for this season.
At what point in your career did
you start thinking you had what
it took to be a Major League pitcher?
(Laughs) Probably my junior year
(at Fresno). I didn’t think too much
of it until then.
How many teams and scouts
have been coming to see you
pitch for the Saints?
Normally around 20 on average.
You get the impression most are
wanting to see how the
shoulder is holding up?
Obviously they’re watching my
every move and making sure
everything is all right. It’s their job to do
that and they’re more than welcome. I’ve
been more than happy for them to be at all
my private workouts when I wasn’t here in
St. Paul. I’m definitely not hiding
Your bio says Ichiro is your
favorite player. He’s on a
27-game hitting streak right now.
Think you have an idea how to get him
I think I’d just try to challenge him
and hope he makes a mistake. He’s
a tough one.
Tanner Scheppers was a second-round pick by the Pirates in last June’s draft, but the sides could not come to an agreement.
Q&A with ... Aaron Crow, Fort Worth Cats/Missouri
Draft order
First round
1. Washington Nationals
2. Seattle Mariners
3. San Diego Padres
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
5. Baltimore Orioles
6. San Francisco Giants
7. Atlanta Braves
8. Cincinnati Reds
9. Detroit Tigers
10. Washington Nationals (9B, for
unsigned 2008 No. 9 overall pick Aaron
11. Colorado Rockies
12. Kansas City Royals
13. Oakland A’s
14. Texas Rangers
15. Cleveland Indians
16. Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Arizona Diamondbacks (from
Dodgers - Orlando Hudson)
18. Florida Marlins
19. St. Louis Cardinals
20. Toronto Blue Jays
21. Houston Astros
22. Minnesota Twins
23. Chicago White Sox
24. Los Angeles Angels (from Mets—
Francisco Rodriguez)
25. Los Angeles Angels (from Yankees—
Mark Teixeira)
26. Milwaukee Brewers
27. Seattle Mariners (from Phillies—Raul
28. Boston Red Sox
29. New York Yankees (28B, for unsigned
2008 No. 28 overall pick Gerrit Cole)
30. Tampa Bay Rays
31. Chicago Cubs
32. Colorado Rockies (from Angels—
Brian Fuentes)
Compensation round A
33. Seattle Mariners (Raul Ibanez)
34. Colorado Rockies (Brian Fuentes)
35. Arizona Diamondbacks (Orlando
36. Los Angeles Dodgers (Derek Lowe)
37. Toronto Blue Jays (A.J Burnett)
38. Chicago White Sox (Orlando Cabrera)
39. Milwaukee Brewers (CC Sabathia)
40. Los Angeles Angels (Mark Teixeira)
41. Arizona Diamondbacks (Juan Cruz)
42. Los Angeles Angels (Francisco
‘You can’t really control which team picks you’
Aaron Crow is a familiar name—he was
taken ninth last year and likely will improve
on that this year after not reaching an
agreement with the Nationals. The 6-foot-3
righthander has spent some time with the
Fort Worth Cats of the American Association
independent league team recently, fine-
tuning his game for Tuesday’s MLB Draft.
He recently caught up with Sporting News
Today’s Ken Bradley to talk about the draft.
You were the ninth
overall pick last year by
the Washington Nationals but
never reached an agreement. Do
you still feel good about your
decision to sit out and re-enter
the draft this year?
I’m happy with where I’m at
right now. I’m enjoying my
time in Fort Worth. The time
between now and last August, I’ve
gotten in a lot better shape, put on
some weight. I’m just glad to be back
playing again.
Did things really start
coming together in the
Cape Cod League in 2007 when
you were dominant (3-1, 0.67
ERA) playing for Falmouth?
Playing up in Cape Cod was
awesome. It was probably the
best team I’ve ever played on—we
had like five guys on that team taken
in the first round and (then-Mis-
souri teammate) Kyle Gibson. It was
a real confidence booster going into
my last season.
What happened between
your first year at Mizzou
(1-4, 4.06 ERA, 60 strikeouts in
77-plus innings) to 2008 when
you were 13-0 with a 2.35 ERA
and 127 strikeouts in 107.1
innings and Big 12 pitcher of the
When I was a freshman, the
thing was repeating my
delivery. I was throwing strikes, but
they were belt high all the time. The
whole time I was in college, I was
working out and getting better and
stronger. My delivery was getting
better. By my sophomore year, I was
throwing harder and my location
was better. It was a progression—I
made a pretty big jump from my
freshman to junior years.
When it became reality
that you weren’t going to
sign, what went through your
mind—you were finished at
Missouri, wouldn’t be in the
minors anywhere. What went
through your mind?
The thing I realized this past
year is that you can’t really
control which team picks you. You
just go out and put together the best
body of work you can—you can’t
control the rest. Whoever drafts me
this year, I’m sure they’ll be happy
with what I can do.
Who’s the one major
leaguer you’re looking
forward to getting the
opportunity to face?
The first one who comes to
mind is Albert Pujols
because he’s the best hitter in
baseball. His numbers are stupid—
he’s the best hitter I’ve seen in my
whole life. It would be great to say I
had a chance to pitch against a guy
who’s going to be in the Hall of Fame
one day.
Aaron Crowwent from1-4 as a freshman to 13-0 in his sophomore season at Missouri.
Q&A with ... SG Marcus Thornton Q&A with ... G Stephen Curry
‘I am blessed to be in this position’ Curry sees himself at point, as a Knick
Marcus Thornton might be the embodi-
ment of a bubble player in this year’s
draft—he has first-round talent, is a very
good shooter and averaged 21.1 points
for LSU this year. But, because he’s only
6-4, most scouts consider him a late
first-rounder, or possibly an early second-
rounder. Sporting News Today’s Sean
Deveney talked to Thornton about han-
dling the workout circuit, and about his
attempts to prove some of his detractors
You have something in
the range of 4 percent
body fat. Do you only eat
salads, or what?
No, no, it’s nothing like
that. I eat like a kid.
Snacks, candy, all of that. My mom
always warns me about that. But I
don’t put a whole lot of weight on,
for some reason.
You went to junior
college and then to LSU
and now you’re trying to get
drafted. You’ve kind of done
this the hard way. Can that be
beneficial now, as you go
through the process?
I took the long route, but I
don’t think that is a bad
thing. I had to prepare myself to get
to this position. But obviously it
worked out for the best, and I am
blessed to be in this position. Going
to junior college, that’s not the usual
path, but I think, school-wise, it
worked out for me, and in the end, it
has made me become a better man. I
am grateful for that.
Do you hear the things
scouts say about you,
the negative things?
I see all of that. I can take
constructive criticism, that
is how I look at it. That motivates
me every day, to see the things that
people think I can’t do. I saw a
couple of things, like my ballhan-
dling. OK, when the time comes, I
will show them that I can do that.
Is there a team you want
to go to?
Any team that needs
scoring. Any team that
needs a guy to go to when they need
a basket. Any team that needs a
winner, too. I feel I can help any
team that needs that. Whatever
team gets me, I can say this: They’ll
be getting a special player.
Have you been able to
speak much to your old
friend and former LSU player
Tyrus Thomas?
Yes, I talked to him. When
I have free time, I go to his
house and hang out and joke
around. We grew up together, so
it’s good to have him behind me.
Going through this process, he is
like my big brother. He has been
telling me the ins and outs of all
the stuff I am going through,
because he went through it, too.
In three years, Stephen Curry went from
too skinny for the ACC to more than ready
for the NBA draft. Curry recently spoke
with Sporting News Today’s Dave Curtis
and other reporters about his pedigree,
his recruitment, and his potential future
How much has your dad
(former NBA player
Dell Curry) influenced your
basketball career?
He’s meant so much. From
the beginning, I’ve tried to
follow his model in a lot of ways. I
remember being 7 years old and
going to his practices, throwing up
NBA 3s and trying to be like my
dad. In high school and college, I
went to him for advice so many
Given how everything
turned out for you, are
you surprised you weren’t
recruited harder out of high
Not really. You know, I
probably wasn’t that
attractive to a lot of the bigger
schools. If I was a coach, and I was
recruiting a guy like myself—
scrawny, 150 pounds—as an ACC
coach, it would be tough to take a
chance on a guy like that. …
Physically, I’m sure they thought,
“could he get through the season?”
What’s your biggest
memory from the NCAA
Tournament run in 2008?
The best part was probably
seeing that sea of red at Ford
Field. You would look up into the
crowd, and it really sunk in, what
we were doing and how big it was.
What about a position in
the NBA? Where do you
see yourself?
I’m a true point guard. It’s
something I’ve been
working toward, and I’ve really
focused on my ballhandling and
my shooting to be able to do that.
Everybody’s linking you
to the Knicks, including
yourself. What’s the lure?
Mike D’Antoni’s system.
They run, get up and down,
and that’s what I’ve done my whole
life. They need a point guard who
can shoot. And the other part is
playing in the Garden 41 games
every year. That’s a legacy. How
can you beat that?
What’s most appealing
about the Garden?
All the great players who
have played there before.
The great games, the crowds, the
big city. When we played there in
college, it was so much fun. And I
played maybe the worst 35 min-
utes of basketball before I made
some shots down the stretch and
we ended up beating West Vir-
ginia. Maybe I can pick up right
where I left off.
Videoof Curry’sputbackdunkinBobcatsworkout:
StephenCurry, aprojectedTop10pickinthedraft, doesn’t fault ACC schools for passingonhim.
LSU’s Marcus Thorntonhadto gothe junior-college route, but feels it made hima better man.
Five-star CB Milliner
chooses Crimson Tide
Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook,
Ala.) CB Demarcus Milliner committed
to Alabama during a press confer-
ence Thursday afternoon.
Listed as a five-star prospect by
two recruiting services, Milliner
(6-1, 180) said he chose the Crim-
son Tide over Auburn, LSU, Geor-
gia and South Carolina.
“I am going to be wearing that
Crimson jersey,” Milliner told The
Tuscaloosa News. “I love the tradi-
tion of the program. I will get a
great education at Alabama. I will
have a great opportunity for play-
ing time. Those were some of the
main reasons I decided to commit
to Alabama.”
As a junior, Milliner had seven
interceptions and scored two
touchdowns on returns. He also
had 57 tackles and returned three
kicks for scores.
“He has so much range that he can
cover a large amount of ground and
be dangerous from any part of the
field,” Stanhope Elmore coach Jeff
Foshee, a former Alabama player, told
the newspaper. “He’s basically the
air traffic controller coming out of
the defensive backfield.
“Demarcus can cover receivers
and also be a sure tackler.”
Another four-star offensive
lineman is heading to Happy Valley.
North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.) OL
ThomasRicketts has committed to Penn
State, hetoldSportingNewsToday.
Ricketts (6-6, 265) is the son of Tom
Ricketts, who played college football
for Pitt in the late 1980s and went on
to a five-year NFL career.
The younger Ricketts said his
final choices were Penn State,
Maryland and Pitt. His final top
six also included Boston College,
Florida State and Stanford.
“I’m excited,” Ricketts told SN
Today. “From this point on, it’s the
start of something big. I’m really
excited for what the future holds.
“... In the end, this was going to
be the school I picked. I was always
sure that I wanted to be at Penn
State when I visited.”
Ricketts said fellow Penn State
OL recruits Miles Dieffenbach and
Luke Graham had been working on
getting him to commit to the Nit-
tany Lions. Dieffenbach made his
announcement earlier this week.
Ricketts and Dieffenbach are rated
four-star prospects by
“Aggressiveness is something I
like to pride myself on,” Ricketts told
SN Today. “I like being in the other
guy’s face; I’m mean on the field.
“I’d like to get better as an ath-
lete—stronger, faster.”
Jake Heaps of Skyline (Samma-
mish, Wash.), Sporting News’ top-
rated quarterback for 2010, made
his commitment to BYU official
Thursday during a press confer-
ence in Salt Lake City.
What wasn’t expected were com-
mitments to BYU from two other
highly-touted prospects.
Ross Apo, a wide receiver from
Oakridge School in Arlington,
Texas, dropped his commitment to
Texas and announced he was going
to BYU during the same press con-
ference that Heaps revealed his
decision. Apo is rated a four-star
prospect by
Zac Stout, a linebacker out of Oaks
Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
also committed to the Cougars.
Stout is rated a four-star recruit by
two recruiting services. He is a
high school teammate of QB Nick
Montana, son of Joe Montana, and
SN100 players Erik Kohler (OL) and
MalcolmJones (RB).
Heaps, Apo and Stout are partici-
pating in junior day at BYU today.
Mizzou’s Anderson joins USA Basketball staff
Missouri coach Mike Anderson will
work as a USA Basketball assistant
after leading the Tigers to a school-
record 31 wins in the 2008-09 sea-
son. Anderson will help train 40
athletes trying to earn spots on the
national teams for the U19 World
Championship and the World Uni-
versity Games.
Team trials take place later this
month at the U.S. Olympic Training
Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Anderson’s fellow assistant
coaches include John Beilein of
Michigan, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and
Herb Sendek of Arizona State. Pitts-
burgh’s Jamie Dixon is the under-19
team’s coach, with Bo Ryan of Wis-
consin leading the university
Also, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
will stay involved with the U.S.
Olympic Team and may be Team
USA’s head coach in London in 2012,
The Charlotte Observer reported.
“I’m going to be with the Olym-
pic Team in some capacity,”
Krzyzewski said during his K
Academy camp at Duke.
Washington State’s Charlie
Enquist has been awarded a scholar-
ship for next season after he spent
last season as a walk-on. The Cou-
gars also announced that Fabian
Boeke will end his playing career
due to continuing back problems
and freshman Nick Witherill has been
released from his scholarship.
Two former Oklahoma players
are returning to campus to join coach
Jeff Capel’s staff. Former Sooners C
Joszef Szendrei will be the team’s new
strength and conditioning coach
while former G Michael Neal will serve
as a graduate assistant manager.
Szendrei played mostly as a
reserve for Oklahoma on teams
that made it to the Final Four in
2002 and Elite Eight in 2003. Neal
was a starter in the Sooners’ back-
court from 2005 to 2007.
Tom Green, who won more than
400 games in 26 seasons as basket-
ball coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, has
been fired, the Star-Ledger of Newark,
N.J., reported. No decision has been
made yet on a replacement. Green
took over as Fairleigh Dickinson’s
coach in 1983 and who guided the
team to seven 20-win seasons, four
NCAA Tournament berths, and two
appearances in the NIT. He leaves
with a career record of 407-35.
Former Kentucky walk-on
Landon Slone wants to appeal the
NCAA requirement that he sit out
the upcoming season following a
transfer to Morehead State, the
Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Slone said the transfer is invol-
untary, forced on him by the new
coaching staff.
“It was kind of set on me,” he told
the newspaper. “I had to leave.”
Wisconsin-Platteville, a Division
III school, is interviewing Will Ryan, a
North Dakota State assistant and the
son of Wisconsin coach BoRyan, for its
head coaching job. Bo Ryan compiled
a 353-76 record at Wisconsin-Platte-
ville with four NCAA Division III
national championships from 1984 to
1999. The basketball floor is called “Bo
Ryan Court.”
Missouri coach Mike Anderson will help train players trying to make the U19 team.
TidecoachNickSabanhas landedCBDemarcus
Milliner, whohadsevenpicks as ajunior.
SPORTING NEWS TODAY FRIDAY, JUNE 05, 2009 8 Next Gen: Recruiting / College Basketball
Lee an example of NCAA’s superior development
Courtney Lee was a star in high
school, no question about that. As a
junior, he was a key member of a state
championship team at Indianapolis
Pike. He was second-team all-state as
a senior and played for Indiana in its
traditional all-star series against the
best players from
But all that got
him a ticket to the
Sun Belt Confer-
ence, where he
played four years
for Western Ken-
tucky. Why?
Because at the
time there
appeared to be better prospects for
the big-timers to pursue. Talent
scout Dave Telep remembers Lee
as a “three-star recruit … thought
he’d be good, but not top 100.”
So how does Lee go from maybe
the 120th player in his high school
class to the No. 22 pick in the 2008
NBA draft to the sixth-leading
scorer for the Orlando Magic, who
opened the NBA Finals on Thurs-
day night?
Hard work, athletic gifts, quality
coaching and, for the purposes of
this discussion, the too-often-over-
looked developmental value of
NCAA basketball.
“He needed time to mature, like
probably every 18-year-old—over-
all, not just as a player,” said Darrin
Horn, who coached Lee’s four
seasons with the Hilltoppers and
now is South Carolina’s head coach.
“The other thing is he got in a sit-
uation that was great for him. And I
think that can be different for every
kid. He got to contribute right away
and developed while playing and
gained confidence by producing.”
The story of Lee’s ascendance is
not entirely uncommon here in the
United States. Jameer Nelson was
not an elite recruit but exploded to
excellence in four years at Saint
Joseph’s, where he became national
player of the year. After missing
much of the season with injury,
Nelson joins Lee for the Magic in
their series against the Lakers.
Delonte West, an essential part of
Cleveland’s league-best regular sea-
son, was even less esteemed upon
entering St. Joe’s than Nelson. Miami
Heat guard Dwyane Wade was not a
top-100 prospect out of high school
but became an NBA great after three
years under Tom Crean at Marquette.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah
was ranked No. 75 by in
his high school class. Upon leading
Florida to consecutive NCAA titles,
he became the No. 9 selection in the
2007 draft.
They’re not working this sort of
magic—oops, sorry—anywhere else
in the world. There suddenly is a
fantasy being pitched to particular
young players that signing profes-
sional contracts in Europe is a supe-
rior means of preparing for an NBA
career. Point guard Brandon Jen-
nings played last season in Italy. Big
man Jeremy Tyler is passing up his
senior year of high school to pursue
a pro deal overseas.
Aside from the obvious lure of
being paid to play, what is stressed
most often as Europe’s advantage is
the unrestricted practice time the
players experience. But all that
practice isn’t turning out an over-
whelming number of excellent NBA
players. There are important play-
ers in these Finals, certainly, that
have been imported from that sys-
tem. But what you’re getting is basi-
cally the absolute best from a variety
of nations: Spain (Pau Gasol), Tur-
key (Hedo Turkoglu), Poland (Mar-
cin Gortat).
Practice drills can help to improve
skill, and the NCAA certainly
needs to abandon its archaic rules
against coaches working with their
players during summer months.
What college offers, though, is the
opportunity to play important min-
utes in meaningful games. There is
no substitute for that experience,
and college puts young players in
that position more frequently.
The better European leagues are
not built for development. These
are professional teams trying to
win meaningful championships.
That’s why the average age of
Jennings’ teammates with Roma
was 28. The two players younger
than him, both from Italy, played a
combined 52 minutes all season.
The basic U.S. structure—high
school to college to pro—frequently
transforms young men such as Lee
from prospects into players.
“By the time he was a junior, he
was on the NBA’s radar. Not a can’t-
miss, but definitely on the radar,”
Horn said. “As a senior, it wasn’t
his game so much. It was, ‘We just
want to see him dominate. We want
to see him mature. We want to see
him be aggressive.’ And as a senior,
he was finally able to take that step.
“I think there’s LeBron, D-Wade,
Kobe and those guys—and every-
body else is trying to make a living.
You might never dominate a game,
but if you can’t prove you can domi-
nate a game on the college level and
change games you’re going to strug-
gle to make an impact in the league.”
Lee went from Pike’s state cham-
pionship to Western Kentucky’s
2008 Sweet 16 appearance to the
NBA Finals in his rookie season.
“I don’t think he’s ever been on a
team that didn’t win a bunch of
games,” Horn said.
Had Lee tried his luck as a teen-
ager in Spain, that sentence might
have been translated to: I don’t think
he’s ever been on a team where he didn’t
watch them win a bunch of games.
See the difference?
Mike DeCourcy
Whilesomepreps areoptingfor Europeover college, Orlando’s CourtneyLee(11) has provenhis four years at WesternKentuckymadehimNBAready.
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SPORTING NEWS TODAY FRIDAY, JUNE 05, 2009 9 College Basketball


Last year’s Finals loss still driving Lakers
LOS ANGELES—The Lakers had been
waiting for this for nearly a year.
They remembered, all too well, the
sting of losing the NBA Finals to Bos-
ton last year, a six-game series that
included a 39-point loss in the finale.
“It definitely made us hungry,” said
forward Pau Gasol.
“We’re mad, obvi-
ously. We’re upset
about losing in The
Finals, especially
the way we lost.”
And so there was
something cathartic
about finally getting
a shot at redemp-
tion, starting Tues-
day night in Game 1 of this year’s NBA
Finals. Certainly, the Lakers played
like a team with a year’s worth of
frustration tugging at their shoulders,
crushing Orlando, 100-75, in a game
that was as much about erasing the
pain of last year as it was taking a 1-0
lead in this year’s series.
“Of course last year is something
that still motivates us,” forward
Lamar Odom said. “That is some-
thing we had talked about since train-
ing camp.”
Which made this an especially sat-
isfying win for the Lakers. They
dominated in every facet. They held
the Magic to 29.9 percent shooting.
They outrebounded the Magic, 55-41.
They were credited with 18 assists,
compared to just 10 for Orlando. They
held Dwight Howard—who scored
40 in his last outing—to a measly 12
points on 1-for-6 shooting, and lim-
ited the deep-shooting tandem of
Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu
to just three 3-pointers. In the paint,
the Lakers outscored the Magic,
Most of all, though, it was Kobe
Bryant’s night. Bryant has been espe-
cially short with the media lately, and
he admits that his kids are calling him
“Grumpy” at home. “Like in the seven
dwarfs,” Bryant said. “I have been a
He’s been a grouch because he’s
made this series all about erasing the
sting of last year’s Finals. “I just want
it so bad, that’s all,” Bryant said.
He got off to a good start. He scored
40 points, adding eight rebounds and
eight assists. He was as intense as he’s
been in the playoffs. At one point,
Bryant committed a reaching foul on
Dwight Howard in the third quarter,
which caused him to grimace, slam
his foot and chirp at referee Dan
Crawford. His reaction might have
been expected in the heat of a tight
game. But the Lakers were up by 25 at
that point.
“We understand how much he
wants this,” Odom said. “We all know
how badly he wants this
And, because of that, there won’t be
much dwelling on the blowout win in
Game 1. The Lakers are well aware
that Orlando has a history of digging
holes and climbing out of them, hav-
ing bounced back from a 2-1 deficit in
the first round and a 3-2 deficit in the
second. The Lakers were dominant,
they were looking like themselves
again and they were able to start mak-
ing amends for last year’s Finals
performance. But there’s still a long
way to go.
“The best thing we can do with this
win is forget about it,” Bryant said.
“We have to move on. This is a resil-
ient Orlando Magic team. We still
have a lot of work to do.”
Pau Gasol, right, and the Lakers are hungry to redeemtheir poor showing against Boston.
Playing Nelson a tough decision
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy agonized over the decision
to activate point guard Jameer Nelson and use him in the
Finals—choosing to play him was, according to Van Gundy,
actually the more difficult way to go. “The easiest decision,
the one that would create no problems, would have been
not to play him,” Van Gundy said. “He would have under-
stood, it wouldn’t have upset our rotation or any of our
players and I wouldn’t open myself to any criticism not
playing him.”
What was especially difficult was moving point guard
Anthony Johnson to third on the point guard depth chart,
and bumping Tyronn Lue onto the inactive list. “I tell you
what, it was really, really tough to take two great veteran
guys and tell them, to take Ty Lue and tell him he was going
to be on the inactive list and to tell Anthony Johnson that, at
least in the beginning here, I am going to play Jameer ahead
of him,” Van Gundy said. “That’s a very, very difficult thing
to do.”
Nelson played 23 minutes in Game 1, finishing with six
points and four assists. Johnson did not play.
Jackson knows Magic’s situation
Speaking of Nelson, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was in a
similar situation last year, when he brought back small for-
ward Trevor Ariza from a broken foot and played him in the
conference finals and The Finals. Ariza did not play more
than nine minutes in any game, however. “I didn’t think
(Ariza) felt comfortable, otherwise we probably would have
played him more,” Jackson said.
LeBron: My bad
NBA commissioner David Stern spoke to the media before
the game, and he said Cavs star LeBron James understood
why he was fined $25,000 for skipping his media obligation
after Cleveland lost the conference finals.
“He expressed to me that when the left the building and did
not meet the media or did not congratulate the Magic, he was
wrong,” Stern said.
Always time for sports
Van Gundy did see that President Obama picked the Lak-
ers to win The Finals in six games. “I hope that President
Obama, with what’s going on with our economy and over-
seas, I hope he’s got a lot more things to be concerned about,”
Van Gundy said.
Sean Deveney


‘Black Mamba’ lethal, sparks blowout with 40
LOS ANGELES—Kobe Bryant has
waited a year, a long year, for
another chance at NBA title. He’s
not about to let this one slip away.
The Olympic gold medal was
nice. Not nearly enough.
He covets another golden trophy.
“I just want it so bad, that’s all,”
Bryant said. “I just want it really
Bryant, playing like a man pos-
sessed, scored 40 points and the
Los Angeles Lakers, who have
waited nearly one year for a chance
to erase bitter memories of a Bos-
ton beatdown and a championship
they felt belonged to them, pounded
the Orlando Magic 100-75 in Game
1 on Thursday night.
This year, nothing short of a 15th
title will do for the Lakers.
And with the sensational Bryant
out front, they may be on their
Game 2 is Sunday night at star-
studded Staples Center, where actors
Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio
and rapper Kanye West had front-
row seats to see another virtuoso
performance by Bryant, who scored
18 points in the third quarter as the
Lakers opened a 26-point lead and
embarrassed the Magic.
The last time the Lakers were
seen in the finals, they were head-
ing toward their locker room in
Boston last June and summer break
after being drubbed by 39 points in
a series-ending Game 6 by the Celt-
ics. The renewed rivalry between
the league’s superpowers never
panned out.
Bryant and his teammates have
used that humiliation to motivate
them all season and throughout
these playoffs.
They are on a mission.
The Magic, who went 2-0 against
the Lakers in the regular season,
appeared a touch overwhelmed in
their first finals appearance since
1995. Not even the return of All-
Star point guard Jameer Nelson
from a four-month layoff following
shoulder surgery could help the
Eastern Conference champions.
Orlando center Dwight Howard
was engulfed by two and three
Lakers every time he touched the
ball and scored 12 points—10 on
free throws—on just 1-of-6
And the Magic’s outside shoot-
ers, so deadly while eliminating
MVP LeBron James and the Cleve-
land Cavaliers in the conference
finals, were off the mark.
The Magic went just 8-of-23 on
3s and shot only 30 percent
“We’ve never had a shooting
night this bad,” Howard said.
“We’ve just got to come out and
play a lot harder than we did
Orlando is facing some daunting
odds, too.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson, seek-
ing a record 10th title, is 43-0 in
series in which his team wins
Game 1.
Bryant, who added eight
rebounds and eight assists, knows
the Magic are still dangerous.
“This is a resilient team,” he said.
“They’ve been through a lot of
adverse situations before. This is
nothing new to them. We’ve got to
forget about this and move on.”
On the dry-erase board in Orlan-
do’s locker room, coach Stan Van
Gundy, in handwriting as neat as a
schoolteacher’s, devoted two sec-
tions on how he wanted his team to
defend Bryant.
Nothing worked.
The self-proclaimed “Black
Mamba” slithered around Magic
defenders with ease. Bryant scored
an effortless 18 points in the first
half and then took over in the third
quarter, scoring 18 of L.A.’s 29
points with an assortment of jump-
ers, fadeaways and layups.
“He was great. He was tremen-
dous,” said Van Gundy, who felt his
team did a poor job defending the
Lakers’ pick and roll. “We were
giving him too much space on his
pull-up jumpers and he did a good
job of attacking us. I know this: We
are a lot better than we showed.”
Kobe Bryant, right, and the Lakers stayed a step ahead of Dwight Howard and the Magic, dominating the visitors after the first quarter.
Orlando 24 19 15 17 — 75
L.A. Lakers 22 31 29 18 — 100
Turkoglu 33:05 3-11 6-6 0-4 2 2 13
Lewis 35:32 2-10 2-2 2-5 0 4 8
Howard 34:58 1-6 10-16 5-15 2 3 12
Alston 24:32 2-9 2-2 0-2 1 1 6
Lee 22:45 3-10 0-0 1-1 0 3 7
Pietrus 32:25 5-13 1-3 1-3 0 4 14
Battie 5:24 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Gortat 20:06 2-4 0-0 1-8 0 3 4
Nelson 23:28 3-9 0-0 0-2 4 1 6
Redick 7:45 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
Totals 240:00 23-77 21-29 10-41 10 21 75
Percentages: FG.299, FT .724. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Pietrus
3-5, Lewis 2-4, Redick 1-1, Turkoglu 1-3, Lee 1-4, Nelson0-2, Alston
0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 8 (11 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 8 (Gortat 4, Howard 2, Battie, Turkoglu). Turnovers: 8
(Turkoglu 4, Howard 2, Lee, Nelson). Steals: 8 (Gortat 2, Howard 2,
Alston, Lee, Redick, Turkoglu). Technical Fouls: None.
Ariza 23:47 1-4 0-0 1-2 2 3 3
Gasol 37:18 7-12 2-2 3-8 3 3 16
Bynum 22:23 3-8 3-4 3-9 0 4 9
Fisher 32:00 4-6 0-0 1-3 1 3 9
Bryant 37:58 16-34 8-8 1-8 8 1 40
Odom 31:39 5-11 1-2 2-14 0 3 11
Walton 24:13 4-5 1-2 1-2 2 3 9
Farmar 12:32 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
Vujacic 5:18 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0
Powell 2:50 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 0 3
Brown 8:12 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Mbenga 1:50 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals 240:00 41-89 15-18 15-55 18 23 100
Percentages: FG .461, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Fisher
1-1, Powell 1-1, Ariza1-2, Bryant 0-1, Farmar 0-1, Odom0-3). Team
Rebounds: 9. TeamTurnovers: 9(8PTS). BlockedShots: 7(Bryant
2, Gasol 2, Ariza, Bynum, Odom). Turnovers: 8 (Gasol 2, Odom2,
Bryant, Farmar, Mbenga, Vujacic). Steals: 4 (Bryant 2, Odom, Wal-
ton). Technical Fouls: None.
A: 18,997 (18,997). T: 2:28. Officials: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa,
(Best-of-7) All times, ET
(L.A. Lakers lead series 1-0)
Thursday: L.A. Lakers 100,
Orlando 75
Sunday: Orlando at L.A. Lakers,
8 p.m., ABC
Tuesday: L.A. Lakers at Orlando, 9
p.m., ABC
Thursday, June 11: L.A. Lakers at
Orlando, 9 p.m., ABC
Sunday, June 14: L.A. Lakers at
Orlando 8 p.m., if necessary, ABC
Tuesday, June 16: Orlando at L.A.
Lakers, 9 p.m., if necessary, ABC
Thursday, June 18: Orlando at L.A.
Lakers, 9 p.m., if necessary, ABC


Bosh planning
free-agent route
Raptors PF Chris Bosh doesn’t plan to sign a contract
extension this summer and is preparing to become a
free agent at the end of next season.
Bosh is in the final year of a deal that will pay him
$15.7 million. While Raptors general manager Bryan
Colangelo has spoken optimistically in the past about
signing Bosh to an extension this summer, Bosh said
that isn’t his intention.
“(When) I signed a three-year (extension in 2006)...
I had a goal in mind, and that was to put myself in the
best position (in 2010) ... I’m thinking I just want to
stick to my goal, stick to what I was doing,” Bosh told
reporters. “That’s a part of the plan ... I just want to
address things (after) next season. There’s a reason
why I did things the way I did them back then.”
Before Game 1 of The Finals, commissioner David
Stern defended the work of the referees, adding they
will eventually be helped by expanded instant replay,
and said the technical foul system in which players
are suspended a game in the postseason after accu-
mulating seven, is working. However, NBA president
Joel Litvin told that he anticipates an inter-
nal re-evaluation after the season to determine if that
number should be increased.
“Certainly given the attention that this rule has
received, I have no doubt that we’ll be discussing this
after the playoffs,” Litvin said.
Celtics PF KevinGarnett’s recovery from knee surgery
apparently is going well—so well that he’s making bold
statements about the Celtics’ future. According to The
Boston Globe, Garnett told team owner Wyc Grousbeck that
the Celtics would bring home titles the next two seasons.
“I talked to (Garnett) and he guaranteed the cham-
pionship in 2010 and in 2011,” Grousbeck said. “He
was as fired up as he’s ever been.”
Garnett isn’t the only one making title predic-
tions. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert told reporters, “We will
win a championship in Cleveland, Ohio. It will hap-
pen.” Gilbert said he met with general manager Danny
Ferry and coach Mike Brown all day on Wednesday as
the organization begins to review the season and look
ahead to the draft, free agency and next season.
Gilbert, who said the team was in the “break-even
neighborhood” financially, pledged to do whatever it
will take to win that title.
Stern said LeBron James has been fined $25,000
for skipping the postgame news conference after
Cleveland lost to Orlando in the Eastern Conference
finals. Stern said Thursday night that he spoke with
the Cavaliers star on Wednesday and that James
admitted he was wrong to not congratulate Orlando’s
players and coaches after the loss.
Heat G Dwyane Wade has sued a former business
partner for $100 million, claiming the man maligned
his reputation by making false allegations of illegal drug
and steroid use in an e-mail to team president Pat Riley.
Wade’s lawsuit accuses RichardvonHoutman of libel and
slander. According to the lawsuit, von Houtman accused
Wade and other unnamed Heat players in a March 15
message of smoking marijuana and using cocaine and
steroids. Wade flatly denies the allegations.
Pacers G MikeDunleavy had minor arthroscopic sur-
gery on his left hip. The team said the operation was
done to clean up a long-standing injury and was not
related to Dunleavy’s rehabilitation of his right knee,
which forced him to miss all but 18 games last season.
Dunleavy also had surgery in March to remove a bone
spur that had damaged the patellar tendon in the knee.
Hornets G Devin Brown has exercised a player’s
option in his contract to return to New Orleans next
season. The team did not release financial terms of
the contract. Brown averaged 5.2 points and 1.9
rebounds in 13.8 minutes for the Hornets last season.
LeBron James was fined $25,000 for skipping postgame interviews.
LOS ANGELES—Rashard Lewis
clanged jumpers, Dwight Howard
was anything but Super.
And once their two top threats
couldn’t get going, the Orlando
Magic had nowhere to look for
The Magic shot just 29.9 percent
from the field in their return to the
NBA finals and were overmatched
by the Los Angeles Lakers in a 100-
75 loss in Game 1 on Thursday
“Our effort tonight, it just wasn’t
there,” Howard said. “Nobody’s
effort was there. We didn’t go for
any loose ball, we just weren’t fight-
ing. That’s not Magic basketball.”
Orlando led early, sparked by the
return of Jameer Nelson, but the
momentum was quickly lost under
a flurry of missed shots. The Magic
weren’t far from the worst shooting
effort in finals history, Syracuse’s
27.5 percent performance against
Fort Wayne in 1955.
Nelson was a rusty 3-of-9, but
that counts as a good night for the
guys in blue uniforms.
Howard had 12 points and 15
rebounds, but was only 1-of-6 from
the floor. Lewis managed only eight
points, going 2-of-10.
Howard averaged 25.8 points in
the conference finals against Cleve-
land, capped by a 40-point perfor-
mance in Orlando’s Game 6 clincher.
The Lakers never let him get going in
Game 1, sending two or three defend-
ers anytime Superman caught the
ball too close to the basket.
He took only two shots, missing
both, and scored two points in the
pivotal third quarter, when the
Lakers extended a 10-point half-
time lead to as much as 26.
Orlando’s offense flows best when
Howard forces teams to double him,
so he can kick it out to the Magic’s
plethora of perimeter threats. But he
didn’t have many options when he
threw it back out Thursday.
Hedo Turkoglu was 3-of-11,
Courtney Lee 3-of-10, Rafer Alston
2-of-9, and Mickael Pietrus 5-of-13.
“I thought Dwight made some
good passes out. Second half we
weren’t able to make any shots out
of that,” Orlando coach Stan Van
Gundy said. “But I thought we had
a lot of trouble getting the ball
inside. I thought they did a good job
making that difficult, and we’ve got
to find a way to get better ball
Lewis was averaging 19.4 points
in the postseason, causing matchup
nightmares for opponents as a
6-foot-10 3-point threat.
The Lakers forced Lewis to put
the ball on the floor, and he’s not as
comfortable shooting off the drib-
ble. He made two 3-pointers but
was 0-for-6 inside the arc.
“It’s only one game. Game 2 we’re
going to go back, watch film, figure
out a way to move the ball a lot
Howard: ‘We just weren’t fighting’
Dwight Howard was held to 12 points Thursday after averaging 25.8 in the previous series.
Craig Custance
Exhausted Wings can’t catch energized Penguins
PITTSBURGH—It was something he has
seldom seen from the Detroit players, and
Brooks Orpik is getting to know these
Red Wings pretty well.
On their way to a series squaring 4-2
win, the Penguins took a one-goal lead
when Sidney Crosby scored his first goal
of the Stanley Cup
Fellow defenseman
Mark Eaton nudged
Orpik and told him to
check out Detroit’s
bench after Crosby’s
The players were
slumped over.
Exhausted. Nothing
close to the dominant,
immovable force the Penguins saw last
“They looked frustrated, looked like
they had no energy,” Orpik said. “When
you see that, you feed off it.”
When Tyler Kennedy scored to open
the Pittsburgh lead to two goals later in
that same period, Orpik saw something
else from the Red Wings he had never
seen. They were talking more, mixing it
up after the whistle. The kind of stuff
opponents like to do to Detroit, but some-
thing in which the veteran, professional
Red Wings rarely engage. Even worse,
Orpik said he noticed Red Wings players
getting on each other.
“Which you never see out of those
guys,” he said. “It’s something you don’t
expect from them or see too often. I guess,
a good sign for us.”
Yes, a good sign. There were a lot of
good signs in that pivotal second period.
It started with Jordan Staal’s short-
handed goal, the first one the Red Wings
have allowed during these playoffs. The
period also marked the return to form of
Sidney Crosby, who scored his first goal
of the finals and made a pass few others
can make in feeding Kennedy for the
fourth goal of the game.
But most telling, it was the period in
which Orpik noticed that the reigning
champs were starting to crack—for the
first time in a long time.
If the Penguins go on to win the Cup,
it’ll be because of Thursday’s second
“If you do the math, it definitely shifted
the game, and by winning this game some
of the momentum has shifted,” Eaton
Yeah, some. How about all of it?
After losing the first two games, the
Penguins maintained they were a confi-
dent team and this was similar to the
second-round series they won in seven
games over the Washington Capitals
after dropping the first two games.
The Red Wings aren’t the Capitals, but
the Penguins are treating them the same
Factor in the feeling that Pittsburgh
actually outplayed Detroit and deserved
to win one of the first two games at Joe
Louis Arena, and this series could easily
be a 3-1 Pittsburgh advantage.
But they’ll take 2-2 and the momentum,
especially with the way everything came
together Thursday.
With Crosby’s arrival on the scoresheet,
both Pittsburgh stars—Crosby and
Evgeni Malkin—are playing at a high
Detroit, meanwhile, is still waiting for
Pavel Datsyuk’s finals debut and a Stan-
ley Cup finals goal from Marian Hossa.
“We have the luxury of having two
very, very good players that can, on any
given night, get two points and add to the
win,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said.
“If we play the right way, we give our-
selves a pretty good chance to win.”
Penguins DMark Eaton could sense the Wings were missing their usual jump.
Datsyuk warms up,
but is held out again
Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk said his injured
foot continues to feel better and was hoping to
play Thursday night. But even though he went
through a brief warmup before the game, he was
held out again.
Datsyuk hasn’t played since Game 2 of the
Western Conference finals.
“Pavel was pushing it to try to go,” coach Mike
Babcock said. But the Hart Trophy candidate
ultimately didn’t get clearance from the team’s
medical staff.
Datsyuk had an extended skating session dur-
ing the morning skate and afterward said he felt
as good as he had since injuring it.
“I feel much better today,” Datsyuk said.
His optimism and quality time in practice left
teammates to believe Datsyuk should be ready
to go in Game 5 Saturday.
“We’re hoping to get him back in the next
game,” Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.
“If he comes back for the next one, he just adds
that extra dimension to our team. He works
really hard defensively. He’s just tough to play
Draper returns
The Red Wings got one of their injured play-
ers back on the ice when veteran center Kris
Draper replaced rookie Justin Abdelkader in the
lineup. Draper had been out with a groin injury
that has limited him throughout this playoff
Draper played 8:10 in his first game back,
skating primarily with Kirk Maltby and Ville
Leino. He won 55 percent of his faceoffs.
The veteran admitted that all the practice time
in the world doesn’t simulate playing in a Stan-
ley Cup finals game.
“There’s nothing like going out and doing it in
a game,” Draper said before taking the ice.
“Especially in this atmosphere.”

Staal’s goal starts comeback
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Pen-
guins’ fresh legs and fast feet changed
the Stanley Cup finals in a flash, and
now a series that looked to be over is
only getting started.
Jordan Staal’s shorthanded goal
during back-to-back Detroit power
plays started Pittsburgh’s comeback,
and the Penguins scored three goals
in less than 6 minutes of the second
period Thursday night to win 4-2 and
tie the series at 2.
Evgeni Malkin, enjoying the best
postseason scoring run since Wayne
Gretzky’s in 1993, and Sidney Crosby
had a goal and an assist each to help
rally the Penguins from a 2-1 deficit a
year to the day Detroit raised the
Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh by win-
ning Game 6.
Tyler Kennedy also scored and
Marc-Andre Fleury, with his second
successive excellent game, made 37
saves. All the Penguins’ goal scorers
are 22 or younger—Sid isn’t their
only kid—and it may have made a big
difference as the older Red Wings
played their fourth game in six
“It seemed like all their guys were
really slumped over tired and looked
like they were frustrated, really,”
defenseman Brooks Orpik said.
“When you see that you just kind of
feed off of it.”
Until Game 4, the finals followed
the same pattern as last year’s: Detroit
won the first two at home, then
dropped Game 3 in Pittsburgh. But
the Red Wings couldn’t follow up
their 2-1 road victory in Game 4 of
last year, one decided largely when
they killed off a lengthy Pittsburgh
5-on-3 advantage, and now these
finals are the best-of-three.
Game 5 is Saturday night in Detroit,
with Game 6 in Pittsburgh on Tues-
day night after the series’ first two-
day break. Game 7 would be June 12
in Detroit.
“It’s a race to four (wins) now,”
Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis said.
The Red Wings certainly lost all
the races in Game 4, done in by a bad
second period and dreadful special
teams. Pittsburgh has converted on 4
of 9 power plays, and this game
swung when the Penguins scored—
and the Red Wings didn’t—during
3:59 of continuous Detroit power-
play time. Detroit was 0-for-4 with
the man advantage.
With Detroit up 2-1 following goals
by Darren Helm and Brad Stuart less
than 3 minutes apart to end the first
and start the second, Staal—who had
only two goals in 20 playoff games—
got loose after Max Talbot’s up-ice
The 6-foot-4 Staal used his lengthy
stride to thread defenseman Nicklas
Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski and
beat Chris Osgood at 8:35 of the sec-
ond. Staal had a record-tying seven
short-handed goals as an 18-year-old
rookie in 2006-07, but had only one
“Max made a great play. I saw Lid-
strom and Rafalski both kind of flat-
footed,” Staal said. “I kind of just
buried my head, went for it and kind
of snuck it in.”
Staal’s goal instantly changed a
major opportunity by Detroit to seize
control not only of the game but the
series into a tie game, and the 17,132
jammed into a suddenly rocking Mel-
lon Arena sensed how big the play
might be.
“That was a big momentum
changer for us,” Talbot said. “The
building was so loud, it gave us a lot
of emotion.”
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said,
“They have a chance to go up 3-1, but
Jordan speeds up ice, makes a strong
move to the net like he can with his
big body and scores a great goal for us
... and kind of got us rolling.”
The Penguins killed the second
power play and, less than a minute
later, Crosby and Malkin—their sig-
nature stars—worked a 2-on-1 rush
for Crosby’s 15th of the playoffs and
30th point.
Kennedy, a Staal linemate who had
no goals in five games, finished it off
with Pittsburgh’s third goal in a span
of 5:37 by scoring off two quick passes
by Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Ken-
nedy won the race to a loose puck
with Henrik Zetterberg, who may be
wearying from shadowing Crosby
and Malkin shift after shift.
“They had some 3-on-2s and 2-on-
1s, and we can’t do that against them
because they’re too skilled,” Zetter-
berg said.
On the Detroit bench, a sour-faced
Mike Babcock had the look of a coach
wondering if the compressed schedule
is favoring the younger Penguins.
“We were playing all right, but the
power play hurt us for sure,” Babcock
said. “It sucked the life out of us.”
Jordan Staal’s second-period, shorthanded goal tied the game and, ‘was a big momentumchanger for us,’ teammate Max Talbot said.
Detroit 1 1 0 — 2
Pittsburgh 1 3 0 — 4
First Period: 1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 14 (Letang, Staal), 2:39 (pp). 2,
Detroit, Helm 4, 18:19. Penalties: Kronwall, Det (tripping), 1:12;
Eaton, Pit (cross-checking), 11:09; Ericsson, Det (high-sticking),
16:27; Guerin, Pit (high-sticking), 16:37.
Second Period: 3, Detroit, Stuart 3 (Zetterberg, Rafalski), :46. 4,
Pittsburgh, Staal 3 (Talbot, Eaton), 8:35 (sh). 5, Pittsburgh, Crosby
15 (Malkin), 10:34. 6, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 4 (Crosby, Kunitz), 14:12.
Penalties: Malkin, Pit (hooking), 5:44; Orpik, Pit (tripping), 7:43.
Third Period: None. Penalties: Kronwall, Det (hooking), 18:27;
Cleary, Det (tripping), 20:00; Orpik, Pit (roughing), 20:00.
Shots onGoal: Detroit 19-9-11: 39. Pittsburgh11-11-9: 31.
Power-playopportunities: Detroit 0of 4; Pittsburgh1of 3.
Goalies: Detroit, Osgood 14-6-0 (31 shots-27 saves). Pittsburgh,
Fleury 14-7-0(39-37).
A: 17,132(16,940). T: 2:31.
Referees: Marc Joannette, Bill McCreary. Linesmen: Steve Miller,
Stanley Cup finals
(Best-of-7), All times ET
(Series tied 2-2)
May 30: Detroit 3,Pittsburgh 1
May 31: Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1
June 2: Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2
Thursday: Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2
Saturday: Pittsburgh at
Detroit, 8 p.m., NBC
Tuesday: Detroit at
Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., NBC
Friday, June 12: Pittsburgh at
Detroit, 8 p.m., if necessary, NBC

Fast-moving Avalanche hire Sacco as coach
Joe Sacco envisions himself as the
coach of a fast and feisty team that
attacks and stays aggressive—in
other words, an extension of the
way he played the game for five
NHL teams over 13 seasons.
Sacco was introduced as the new
coach of the Colorado Avalanche
Thursday, a day after the club fired
Tony Granato and shook up its front
Flanked by newly appointed
general manager Greg Sherman and
new assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre,
Sacco talked about carving out a
new identity for a team coming off
its worst finish since moving to
Denver in 1995.
“We want to be a team that plays
with a lot of energy. We want to
play on our toes, we don’t want to
play on our heels,” Sacco said. “We
want to be a team that attacks, we
want to be a team that doesn’t sit
Most of all, Sacco wants this
team to return to the glory associ-
ated with Avalanche teams that
have consistently challenged for
Stanley Cups. Sherman shares
that vision.
“We all want the Avalanche to
return to the standards that made
this franchise so successful,” he
said. “There will be no shortcuts to
return to those standards.”
Sacco, 40, was promoted from
the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate. He
coached the Lake Erie Monsters
for the last two seasons and has
been employed by the franchise for
four seasons.
Boston G.M. Peter Chiarelli told
The Boston Globe that star F David
Krejci had successful hip surgery
Thursday—only a few days after
Krejci signed a three-year, $3.75
million contract extension.
‘’In the old days, it would have
been a far more major, invasive
operation,’’ Chiarelli told the
“But they were able to noodle the
scope into the joint and knock out
the impingement fairly easily.’’
Still, Krejci will be sidelined at
least four months and probably
miss the first few weeks of the
regular season.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune,
citing sources, reported that Todd
Richards appears to be the leading
candidate for the Wild’s coaching
But G.M. Chuck Fletcher also has
interviewed former Edmonton
coach Craig MacTavish and shown
interest in Peter Laviolette and Detroit
assistant Paul MacLean.
The newspaper also said Fletcher
flew to California last week to inter-
view Richards, an assistant under
San Jose coach Todd McLellan and a
former University of Minnesota
star. Fletcher reportedly has had
additional contact with Richards.
According to the Toronto Sun, if
Maple Leafs G.M. BrianBurke’s efforts
to move up in the draft and grab
projected No. 1 pick John Tavares fail,
he might instead try to move up
high enough to get C Brayden Schenn,
the younger brother of Leafs’ young
D Luke Schenn.
Brayden Schenn, who played last
season for the Brandon Wheat
Kings of the WHL, projects as a top
five pick, which means Burke still
would have to move up at least two
slots from No. 7.
“We would have interest in (the
Schenn) scenario,” Burke admitted
to the newspaper. “But it’s not our
top priority right now.”
Buffalo G PatrickLalime told read-
ers on the Sabres’ website Wednes-
day that his 2008-09 season ended
early because of injuries that resulted
in two postseason surgeries.
Lalime, commenting for the first
time since coach Lindy Ruff ruled him
out for the final three weeks of the
season, said he had a sports hernia
procedure after first undergoing
arthroscopic surgery on his hip.
“A couple of surgeries back-to-
back, but we’re doing good now,”
said Lalime, who said he should be
ready for training camp. “We’re two
months in, basically, and we’re
looking at another month before we
can play and feel good again.”
Lalime was 5-13-3 in his first Buf-
falo season with a 3.10 goals-against
JoeSacco, left, servedthepast four seasons withthreeof theAvalanche’s minor-leagueaffiliates.
Fleury takes back seat
to offense in 2nd period
PITTSBURGH—Marc-Andre Fleury
saved the Pittsburgh Penguins in
the second period in Game 3 of the
Stanley Cup finals.
His offense took care of him in
Game 4.
Just 46 seconds into the middle
frame Thursday night, Detroit’s
Brad Stuart scored through a
double screen to give the Red
Wings a 2-1 lead. Two nights ear-
lier, Fleury kept the Penguins
locked in a 2-2 tie despite Pitts-
burgh being outshot 14-4.
They called it their worst period
in the playoffs, but because Fleury
was on top of his game, Pittsburgh
pulled out a 4-2 win in Game 3.
The Penguins rallied from a
hole this time and took over with
three quick goals that changed
the game.
“Well, you can’t really compare
them,” Penguins forward Bill
Guerin said of the two second
periods. “One was awful, one was
really good. It’s something that
we’ve tried to work on because
we’ve had that problem before—a
good first but a bad second.
“We’re just trying to focus and
play 60 minutes because the sec-
ond period is so big and (creates)
momentum for the third period.”
It appeared Fleury wouldn’t be
able to steal another second period
when Stuart’s shot from the right
point sailed past Pittsburgh’s Ser-
gei Gonchar and Guerin, who
blocked his view, and found the
net. The Penguins’ early 1-0 lead
was gone as Detroit connected
twice in a 2:27 span bridging the
first two periods.
Jordan Staal turned it around
with a short-handed goal at 8:35
that tied it. Sidney Crosby and
Tyler Kennedy also scored to
complete the surge of three goals
in 5:37 that built the Penguins’
edge to 4-2.
“We want to make sure we
make life on him as easy as possi-
ble,” Crosby said of Fleury. “We
don’t always do that, but you
know we try to. We did a good job
of putting a lot of pressure in the
offensive zone and creating some
good chances. That’s a big key for
our team. That’s where we want
to play.
“We definitely owed him one
for sure.”
The final 20 minutes were
scoreless and the Penguins skated
off with their second straight 4-2
victory. They sent the series back
to Detroit tied 2-2 and guaranteed
it would return to Pittsburgh for
Game 6.
“They took a lead 2-1 early in
the second, and to see my team-
mates respond and get three goals
against that team in the second
was huge,” Fleury said
After the early hiccup on Stu-
art’s drive, Fleury finished the
second with eight saves. His task
wasn’t nearly as difficult in this
middle period because the offense
kept the puck at the other end of
the ice for the majority of it.
“They got that goal in the first
minute of the second period, and
I’m sure there were more people
than myself thinking, ‘Oh good-
ness,’ ” Penguins coach Dan
Bylsma said. “Give credit to our

Q&A with ... Georgia coach Mark Richt
In SEC, ‘We all know we have to win, but it’s pretty civil’
Mark Richt has averaged 10 wins a
season in eight years as coach at Georgia,
including SEC Championships in 2002 and
2005. This fall, he begins his ninth season
as the longest tenured coach in the league
(at the same school). Sporting News Today
college football columnist Matt Hayes
recently caught up with Richt:
The quarterback situation
this season looks very
familiar to a few years ago when
a senior (Joe Tereshinki) started
and was eventually replaced by a
high-profile freshman (Matt
Stafford). Do one or both of the
freshmen—Aaron Murray, Zach
Mettenberger—have enough to
push starter Joe Cox?
Not to say Aaron Murray
and Zach Mettenberger
aren’t fine quarterbacks, but I
really believe Joe Cox’s situation is
where it would be very difficult to
knock him out of the box.
Has the team rallied
around Cox?
He played against Colorado a
couple of years ago and led us
to a big win, and that adds to his
credibility with the staff and his
teammates. They know he under-
stands the system well, they know he
puts team first and they can see how
accurate of a passer he is every day in
practice. They believe in Joe. We have
exit meetings with each player after
spring practice to talk about
strengths and weaknesses. And we
always ask the question: Who are the
leaders on this team? They could
write one guy or five guys, and 107
guys wrote Joe Cox. Here’s a guy who
started one game in his career three
years ago, and everyone on the team
says he’s the guy.
Has too much been made
of the offseason bickering
between coaches in the SEC?
The first SEC meetings I
went to, I thought I’d just
keep my mouth shut and listen and
learn. It’s a little intimidating for
any coach walking into the great-
est conference in America. But
there’s a camaraderie I didn’t
think would exist. I thought it
would be more intense. It’s just a
bunch of guys doing a very diffi-
cult job, and we need to watch
what we say. We all have a huge
responsibility. We all know that
any given day, something could
happen that could change our
professional lives in a hurry. We
all know we have to win, but it’s
pretty civil.
You were a highly
regarded assistant at
Florida State. Was it a matter
of waiting for the right job to
come along?
I didn’t plan it; I just put it to
prayer. Five years prior to me
taking the job, I really believed that I
was going to be a head coach. I felt
the spirit tell me that. I had an offer
to coach Pitt five years earlier, but to
me, God was saying, “You’re not
ready. But you better get ready,
because your time is coming.” So I
had time to think about what was
the right place, a place that you didn’t
look at as a steppingstone. I wanted
to make one move from Florida
State, and that’s it. I wasn’t in a rush
to become a head coach because I
know it comes with a price.
FSU is appealing the 14
wins stripped from
Bobby Bowden’s record because
of NCAA sanctions stemming
from academic fraud. Is it fair to
punish a coach for the misdeeds
of players?
I hate that for Coach
Bowden. I love Coach
Bowden. I haven’t followed it, and
I don’t know exactly what hap-
pened. But there’s a little precedent
there. At Oklahoma a couple of
years ago, the NCAA was getting
ready to strip wins, and they
appealed and it was overturned.
Maybe FSU will have the same
kind of success in their appeal.
You vote in the coaches
poll. We hear stories of
coaches having others vote for
them and other shenanigans.
What’s your process, and would
you mind the vote being public?
I vote myself. I don’t give it to
a graduate assistant. I
usually don’t sleep after a game,
anyway. I might call in my vote at 1
or 2 in the morning sometimes. I try
to make it make sense. I want to be
able to defend it every week whether
it’s public or not. But obviously what
you don’t want is to have to defend it
every week. If that happened, I’m
out. Not because I’m worried about
my integrity; it’s more about defend-
ing it every week: Why did you vote
this way or that way, or for that team
over this team, or that team ahead of us?
You just don’t have time for it all
week long.
You began last season
ranked No. 1 in the
nation. Is that a good or bad
thing for teams in that
I’d just as soon not be
preseason No. 1. But I guess
if you’re around there every year you
get used to it. I’d really be for voting
after four or five games have been
played. It’s a better starting point for
the polls. As a voter, I’d like that. But
as a fan, I can see where it generates
a fair amount of interest.
MarkRicht saidheturneddownPitt’s offer fiveyears beforetakingtheGeorgiajobbecausehedidn’t thinkhewas readytobeaheadcoach.
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Oklahoma State coach Mike
Gundy still hasn’t signed a contract
extension that was approved last
December and bumped his com-
pensation to more than $2.2 mil-
lion per season through 2015.
Athletic director Mike Holder
said in an e-mail to Tulsa World
that there would be no problems
with Gundy signing the contract.
“The process is ahead of sched-
ule. (Gundy’s) original contract
agreed upon in January of 2005
was not signed until October or
November of 2005,” Holder
wrote in the e-mail. “I remember
because I signed it as athletic
director, but it was negotiated
when I was coaching golf. There
are no issues, and it will be signed
in the next few weeks.”
Gundy is 27-23 in four seasons
at his alma mater.
Former Florida LB JohnJones is
transferring to Tennessee State
and will be eligible to play this fall.
He told The Tennessean he wants
more playing time. Jones played
in 11 games for the Gators last
season and had 18 tackles.
The NCAA denied a request
by Florida State to release its
response to the school’s appeal of
sanctions from an academic
cheating scandal, according to
university president T.K. Wetherell.
“It’s not us, it’s the NCAA”
Wetherell said in a report by the
Tallahassee Democrat. “We don’t
want to keep it private.”
BettySteffens, the school’s general
counsel, told the newspaper she
had not seen the document, but her
understanding is that the NCAA
did not move from its position that
Florida State must vacate victories
in 10 sports, including as many as
14 in football.
Nebraska’s Sept. 19 game at
Virginia Tech will be televised
regionally by ABC. Kickoff is
3:30 p.m. ET.
North Carolina C/G AaronStahl
has decided to forego his final year
of eligibility. He graduated in May
with a bachelor’s degree in exercise
and sports science.
Stahl played in all 13 games last
season and started six at either
center or guard. He had shoulder
surgery in January.
New Wyoming coach Dave
Christensen won’t get to face Mis-
souri, where he was offensive
coordinator, in 2011 as was previ-
ously scheduled because the
Cowboys are moving the two-
game series to 2017 and 2018.
Top 100 countdown
SportingNews Today is counting down its
Top 100 college football teams for 2009,
featuring one team each day leading into
the season opener Thursday, Sept. 3.
2008record: 2-10 overall, 0-8 Big 12
Coach: Paul Rhoads
Outlook: The coach swap—Au-
burn took Iowa State head coach
Gene Chizik and the Cyclones
answered by hiring Rhoads,
Auburn’s defensive coordinator—is
the primary story line in Ames. QB
Austen Arnaud returns after
throwing for 2,792 yards last year
(32nd in the nation). Unfortunately
for the Cyclones, he ranked ninth
in the passing-crazed Big 12, which
devoured ISU’s secondary.
Despite throwing for nearly 2,800 yards, QB
Austen Arnaud ranked ninth in the Big 12.
Gundy to sign extension
Oklahoma State’s A.D. expects coach Mike
Gundy to re-up soon.
The Mets got a double dose of bad
news Thursday: injured SS Jose Reyes
now has a tear in his right hamstring
and reliever J.J. Putz is experiencing
pain in his elbow.
Reyes, who has been on the dis-
abled list since May 21 with right calf
tendinits, felt the hamstring injury
Wednesday during a rehabilitation
“(An) MRI revealed a small tear in
his right hamstring tendon, a new
injury. Reyes will rest for two days
and then resume treatment,” the
Mets said in a statement.
Putz will leave the team and return
to New York to be examined by team
doctors today after experiencing
“sharp pain” in his right elbow while
pitching in a game against the Pitts-
burgh Pirates on Thursday.
Putz, acquired in an offseason
trade with Seattle to be a dominant
eighth-inning presence, has given up
eight runs and nine hits in a com-
bined 1 1/3 innings during his past
three outings, seeing his ERA climb
to 5.22.
Yankees SP A.J. Burnett was sus-
pended six games Thursday for
throwing high and tight to the Rang-
ers’ NelsonCruz earlier this week. Bur-
nett, 4-2 with a 4.69 ERA in 11 starts,
appealed Major League Baseball’s
penalty, which was to have taken
effect immediately. He can continue
to pitch until a hearing is conducted.
“You kind of expect something to
happen when the ball comes that
close,” Burnett said Thursday
before the Yankees’ series finale
against the Rangers.
Burnett sailed a fastball near
Cruz’s head in a 12-3 win Tuesday.
Earlier in the game, Texas P Vicente
Padilla twice had hit Mark Teixeira.
Burnett and Padilla were fined
undisclosed amounts by MLB.
Meanwhile, the Rangers have
placed Padilla on outright waivers,
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The move was supposed to be
confidential, but the newspaper’s
sources indicated that the Rangers
could have two motives: to free up
money that could be used later in
the season to upgrade the team, and
to rid themselves of Padilla’s incon-
sistent competitiveness on the
Still, Padilla (3-3 with a 5.57 ERA)
remains on Texas’ active roster and
is scheduled to pitch Sunday against
the Red Sox.
Rangers CF Josh Hamilton
(abdominal strain) will meet with a
hernia specialist Monday in Phila-
delphia for a second opinion. Ham-
ilton, placed on the 15-day disabled
list Tuesday, is resting and taking
anti-inflammatory medication with
the hope that he can avoid surgery.
If surgery is required, Hamilton
could be out until September.
White Sox manager OzzieGuillen
confirmed to the Chicago Tribune
that P Jose Contreras would return
from the minors to start one game
of Monday’s split doubleheader
against the Tigers and that he
would stay on the major-league ros-
ter if he pitches well.
Mike Scioscia won’t promise a
permanent spot in the rotation to
SP Ervin Santana, 0-2 with a 9.50
ERA in four starts since coming off
the D.L., but the Angels manager
won’t yank him after today’s game
in Detroit, even if he pitches poorly
for a third consecutive game, the
Los Angeles Times reported. “One
and done? That’s not the case,” Sci-
oscia told the newspaper.
Within hours of P TomGlavine’s
release Wednesday by the Braves,
three clubs had contacted the
lefthander’s agent,
reported. But Glavine—who has
305 career victories and had gotten
his arm strength back enough to
throw his typical 83-86 mph in his
minor league rehab starts—is not
sure he wants to continue pitching.
Friend and former Atlanta team-
mate JohnSmoltz, now pitching for the
Red Sox after a less-than-friendly
breakup with the Braves, told that it was unfair to
release Glavine after his minor league
rehab assignments but before he had
a chance to show what he could do
with the big club. “That’s not how
you treat people. He didn’t have a
chance to fail at that level.”
Rays 3B Evan Longoria, who left
Tuesday’s game with tightness in
his left hamstring, is likely to return
to the lineup by Saturday in New
York. Longoria didn’t start for the
second straight day Thursday
against Kansas City but said before
the game that he’d be ready in “a
day or two.”
Miguel Cabrera (.351, 10 HRs, 38
RBIs) left the Tigers’ game Thurs-
day against the Red Sox with a left
hamstring injury.
What toexpect inthe major leagues today
Price vs. pinstripes
Last September, Rays phenom David Price made his major league debut
at Yankee Stadium, pitching 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball in relief. Tonight,
Price will make his new Yankee Stadium debut. The Rays won both of their
games at the new park in early May. The first was a 10
-inning win, and the
second came after Tampa Bay scored twice in the ninth inning (with two solo
homers off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera). New York will counter with an
exceptional lefthander of its own, with CC Sabathia scheduled to start. After
a slow start with his new team, Sabathia has won his past four decisions.
Mr. Automatic
We won’t be treated to a classic Cy Young showdown between Zack
Greinke and Roy Halladay in this weekend’s Royals-Blue Jays series, but
Greinke will try to tie Halladay for the major league lead in wins (nine) tonight.
Greinke fanned eight Blue Jays en route to a win in late April (at the time,
both teams had at least a share of first place in their respective divisions).
Kansas City won three of the four games in that series, which was played at
Kauffman Stadium. Greinke leads the majors with five complete games and
still hasn’t allowed a home run this season.
Going streakin’
These days, only a scheduled off day can slow down Mariners outfielder
Ichiro Suzuki. Seattle was off Thursday, but Ichiro will take his 27-game hit-
ting streak into tonight’s game against Minnesota. Ichiro already has set a
Mariners record with his streak and is just three games shy of this season’s
longest hitting streak (Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit in 30
consecutive games from April 8-May 16). On the mound for the Twins will
be struggling lefthander Francisco Liriano, against whom Ichiro is 6-for-15
(.400) in his career.
—Chris Bahr
Mets say Reyes has hamstring tear, Putz hurting
Yankees P A.J. Burnett would miss one start if MLBupholds his suspension.
David Price will test the homer-happy newYankee Stadiumtonight.
American League Standings
East W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Boston 32 22 .593 — — 6-4 W-4 17-6 15-16
NewYork 32 22 .593 — — 7-3 W-1 16-10 16-12
Toronto 30 26 .536 3 3 3-7 L-2 19-9 11-17
TampaBay 28 28 .500 5 5 5-5 W-3 16-11 12-17
Baltimore 24 30 .444 8 8 6-4 L-2 16-13 8-17
Central W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Detroit 28 24 .538 — — 4-6 L-3 15-10 13-14
Minnesota 27 28 .491 2½ 5½ 5-5 W-1 21-12 6-16
Chicago 25 28 .472 3½ 6½ 6-4 L-3 13-13 12-15
Kansas City 23 30 .434 5½ 8½ 2-8 L-7 15-15 8-15
Cleveland 23 33 .411 7 10 5-5 L-1 12-14 11-19
West W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Texas 31 22 .585 — — 5-5 L-1 18-9 13-13
Los Angeles 27 25 .519 3½ 4 5-5 W-2 14-12 13-13
Seattle 26 28 .481 5½ 6 6-4 W-2 14-13 12-15
Oakland 22 30 .423 8½ 9 5-5 W-3 11-13 11-17
National League Standings
East W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Philadelphia 32 20 .615 — — 8-2 W-7 12-14 20-6
NewYork 28 24 .538 4 2 5-5 L-3 17-9 11-15
Atlanta 26 26 .500 6 4 4-6 L-1 12-13 14-13
Florida 26 29 .473 7½ 5½ 6-4 W-1 12-15 14-14
Washington 14 38 .269 18 16 2-8 L-2 8-18 6-20
Central W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Milwaukee 31 23 .574 — — 5-5 L-1 16-9 15-14
St. Louis 31 23 .574 — — 5-5 W-1 19-11 12-12
Cincinnati 28 25 .528 2½ 2½ 5-5 L-1 13-12 15-13
Chicago 26 25 .510 3½ 3½ 5-5 W-1 16-10 10-15
Pittsburgh 25 28 .472 5½ 5½ 6-4 W-3 15-11 10-17
Houston 23 29 .442 7 7 5-5 L-1 12-16 11-13
West W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Los Angeles 37 19 .661 — — 6-4 L-1 20-7 17-12
SanFrancisco 27 25 .519 8 3 7-3 W-2 18-9 9-16
SanDiego 25 28 .472 10½ 5½ 4-6 L-3 17-9 8-19
Arizona 23 31 .426 13 8 4-6 L-2 12-19 11-12
Colorado 21 32 .396 14½ 9½ 3-7 W-1 9-14 12-18
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PitchingMatchups Today’s Games (All times Eastern)
AmericanLeague TheLine
L.A. Angels (E.Santana0-2) at Detroit (Verlander 6-2), 7:05p.m. at Det -165LAA+155
TampaBay (Price1-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia5-3), 7:05p.m. at NYY-200TB+185
Kansas City (Greinke8-1) at Toronto(R.Romero2-2), 7:07p.m. KC-130at Tor +120
Texas (Millwood4-4) at Boston(Penny 5-1), 7:10p.m. at Bos -135Tex +125
Cleveland(Pavano5-4) at ChicagoWhiteSox (Danks 4-3), 8:11p.m. at ChW-140Cle+130
Baltimore(Guthrie4-4) at Oakland(Braden4-5), 10:05p.m. at Oak -125Bal +115
Minnesota(Liriano2-7) at Seattle(F.Hernandez 5-3), 10:10p.m. at Sea-150Min+140
National League TheLine
N.Y. Mets (Redding0-2) at Washington(Martis 5-1), 7:05p.m. at Was -125NYM+115
ChicagoCubs (Zambrano3-2) at Cincinnati (Owings 3-6), 7:10p.m. ChC-135at Cin+125
SanFrancisco(Zito1-6) at Florida(Volstad4-4), 7:10p.m. at Fla-160SF +150
Milwaukee(Gallardo5-2) at Atlanta(Jurrjens 5-2), 7:35p.m. at Atl -130Mil +120
Pittsburgh(Karstens 2-2) at Houston(Hampton3-4), 8:05p.m. at Hou-125Pit +115
Colorado(DeLaRosa0-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 5-3), 8:15p.m. at StL -175Col +165
Arizona(D.Davis 2-6) at SanDiego(Gaudin2-3), 10:05p.m. at SD-115Ari +105
Philadelphia(Moyer 4-5) at L.A. Dodgers (Milton2-0), 10:10p.m. at LAD-130Phi +120
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Jason Varitek, C, Red Sox. Some
owners haven’t noticed Varitek
has 10 homers, just three off his
total from 2008. He also is
10-for-24 (.417) lifetime against
Texas’ Kevin Millwood.
Pedro Feliz, 3B, Phillies. Feliz’s
average is hovering around .300,
and he is 6-of-11 (.545) with a homer
against Los Angeles’ Eric Milton.
David Price, SP, Rays. The Yan-
kees are hitting .308 against left-
ies, but Price had success against
New York in a relief appearance
last season. Don’t bench a poten-
tial 10-strikeout performance.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Twins. Cud-
dyer is nursing a finger injury, and
he is 2-for-18 (.222) against Seat-
tle’s Felix Hernandez.
ChoneFiggins, 3B, Angels. Figgins
is 1-for-11 (.091) with seven strike-
outs in his past encounters with
Detroit’s Justin Verlander.
Ervin Santana, SP, Angels. Don’t
start the struggling Angels pitcher.
He’s 2-2 with a 7.17 ERA in four
career starts at Comerica Park.
—Bill Bender
Batting Average
Home Runs
Stolen Bases
Pitching (5 decisions)
Player Team
AHill Toronto 77
VMartinez Cleveland 74
Crawford TampaBay 73
Morneau Minnesota 72
ISuzuki Seattle 72
Ellsbury Boston 70
MYoung Texas 70
Player Team
Tejada Houston 76
Hudson Los Angeles 71
Ibanez Philadelphia 69
Zimmerman Washington 69
HaRamirez Florida 67
FSanchez Pittsburgh 67
Twotied 65
Player Team
Verlander Detroit 90
Greinke Kansas City 88
Halladay Toronto 82
Lester Boston 74
FHernandez Seattle 72
Beckett Boston 68
Garza TampaBay 66
Player Team
Lincecum SanFrancisco 91
JSantana NewYork 89
JVazquez Atlanta 86
Billingsley Los Angeles 85
Peavy SanDiego 84
Haren Arizona 78
JoJohnson Florida 72
Player Team
Fuentes Los Angeles 14
Papelbon Boston 14
Jenks Chicago 12
MaRivera NewYork 12
FFrancisco Texas 12
Sherrill Baltimore 11
Twotied 10
Player Team
Bell SanDiego 15
Cordero Cincinnati 14
FrRodriguez NewYork 14
Hoffman Milwaukee 14
Four tied 13
Player Team
Longoria TampaBay 55
Bay Boston 53
Morneau Minnesota 50
Teixeira NewYork 47
TorHunter Los Angeles 43
CPena TampaBay 42
Twotied 41
Player Team
Ibanez Philadelphia 53
Fielder Milwaukee 52
Pujols St. Louis 48
Howard Philadelphia 46
AdGonzalez SanDiego 43
Dunn Washington 42
Threetied 41
Player Team
Crawford TampaBay 43
Damon NewYork 43
Morneau Minnesota 43
Pedroia Boston 43
BRoberts Baltimore 43
Scutaro Toronto 43
AdJones Baltimore 42
Player Team
Ibanez Philadelphia 44
Pujols St. Louis 43
Zimmerman Washington 40
AdGonzalez SanDiego 39
Hudson Los Angeles 39
Utley Philadelphia 39
Victorino Philadelphia 38
Player Team
Bartlett TampaBay .373
MiCabrera Detroit .354
ISuzuki Seattle .353
Morneau Minnesota .348
VMartinez Cleveland .346
AdJones Baltimore .345
MYoung Texas .338
Player Team
Beltran NewYork .356
Tejada Houston .350
Hawpe Colorado .348
Pujols St. Louis .346
HaRamirez Florida .342
Pence Houston .339
Ibanez Philadelphia .335
Player Team
CPena TampaBay 17
Bay Boston 16
NCruz Texas 16
Teixeira NewYork 16
Morneau Minnesota 15
Dye Chicago 14
Kinsler Texas 14
Player Team
AdGonzalez SanDiego 22
Ibanez Philadelphia 19
Pujols St. Louis 17
Dunn Washington 16
Howard Philadelphia 16
Bruce Cincinnati 14
Threetied 13
Player Team
Crawford TampaBay 34
Ellsbury Boston 22
Figgins Los Angeles 20
BUpton TampaBay 17
Abreu Los Angeles 15
Bartlett TampaBay 14
Span Minnesota 12
Player Team
Bourn Houston 18
DWright NewYork 13
Kemp Los Angeles 12
Taveras Cincinnati 12
Six tied 11
Player Team
Palmer Los Angeles 5-0 1.000
Feldman Texas 5-0 1.000
Halladay Toronto 9-1 .900
Greinke Kansas City 8-1 .889
Slowey Minnesota 8-1 .889
Penny Boston 5-1 .833
Baez Baltimore 4-1 .800
Player Team
Broxton Los Angeles 5-0 1.000
Cain SanFrancisco 7-1 .875
Martis Washington 5-1 .833
JoJohnson Florida 5-1 .833
LiHernandez NewYork 4-1 .800
Lincecum SanFrancisco 4-1 .800
Gallardo Milwaukee 5-2 .714
Player Team
Lind Toronto 21
Longoria TampaBay 20
MYoung Texas 20
Byrd Texas 19
Callaspo Kansas City 17
Lowell Boston 17
Morneau Minnesota 17
Player Team
Tejada Houston 20
FSanchez Pittsburgh 19
AdLaRoche Pittsburgh 18
Hudson Los Angeles 17
HaRamirez Florida 17
Threetied 16
Jason Varitek has 10 homers this season.
San Francisco 5, Washington 1, 1st game; San Francisco 4, Washington 1, 6 innings, 2nd game
Giants 5, Nationals 1
First Game
SanFrancisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Rowandcf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .293
Renteriass 4 1 1 0 0 2 .245
Winnrf 4 1 1 2 0 0 .283
B.Molinac 4 0 1 0 0 2 .247
F.Lewis lf 3 1 1 0 0 0 .276
c-Sandoval ph-1b 0 0 0 1 0 0 .301
Ishikawa1b 3 1 1 0 0 1 .264
d-Torres ph-lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Uribe3b 4 0 0 1 0 0 .299
Burriss 2b 3 0 1 1 0 0 .272
Ra.Johnsonp 2 0 0 0 0 2 .059
Medders p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Affeldt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
B.Wilsonp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 5 7 5 0 9
Washington AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Alb.Gonzalez ss 4 1 0 0 0 0 .271
N.Johnson1b 2 0 1 1 2 0 .330
Zimmerman3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .318
Dunnlf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .263
Dukes cf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .275
Kearns rf 3 0 0 0 1 3 .218
Belliard2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .178
Nieves c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .279
Zimmermannp 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-A.Hernandez ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Villonep 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
MacDougal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
b-C.Guzmanph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .325
Hanrahanp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Beimel p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Totals 31 1 4 1 4 8
SanFrancisco 020 000 003 — 5 7 1
Washington 000 001 000 — 1 4 0
a-groundedout for Zimmermanninthe6th. b-fliedout
for MacDougal in the 8th. c-hit a sacrifice fly for F.Lewis
inthe9th. d-fliedout for Ishikawainthe9th. E: Renteria
(5). LOB: San Francisco 2, Washington 7. 2B: Renteria
(8),Winn(15), Ishikawa(4), N.Johnson(8). RBIs:Winn2
(23), Sandoval (21), Uribe (10), Burriss (12), N.Johnson
(27). SF: Sandoval. Runners left inscoringposition:
Washington 4 (Nieves, Dunn 3). Runners moved up:
Uribe, Alb.Gonzalez, Zimmerman. GIDP: Belliard. DP:
SanFrancisco1(Burriss, Renteria, Ishikawa).
SanFrancisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Ra.JohnsonW, 5-4 6 2 1 0 2 2 78 5.12
Medders H, 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 14 2.66
Affeldt H, 13 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 0 9 1.88
B.WilsonS, 13-16 11⁄3 1 0 0 1 4 34 3.86
Washington IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
ZimmermannL, 2-3 6 3 2 2 0 7 92 5.71
Villone 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 0.00
MacDougal 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 8.53
Hanrahan 0 4 3 3 0 0 9 6.66
Beimel 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 4.64
Hanrahan pitched to 4 batters in the 9th. Medders
pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited runners-
scored: Affeldt 1-0, B.Wilson 2-0, Beimel 2-1. PB:
B.Molina. Umpires: Home, Tim Timmons; First, R.J.
Thompson; Second, Jeff Kellogg; Third, Mark Wegner.
T: 2:30. A: 0(41,888).
Johnson on 300: ‘It’s a career achievement’
WASHINGTON—The emotions finally flowed
for Randy Johnson when the final out was
A hug for his son, who was serving as bat-
boy. Hugs for every teammate, plus a really
big one for his manager. The game ball pre-
sented to his wife as his three daughters
beamed with pride. A news conference that
lasted a half-hour from a player who usually
doesn’t have much to say. Someone even
spotted a smile.
The Big Unit admits he can come across as
surly, and he did his best over the past few
weeks to downplay his pursuit of 300 wins.
Once he got there—with a steady, six-inning
performance in the San Francisco Giants’
5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals
in the opener of a doubleheader Thursday—
he was free to express that, yes, it really is a
big deal.
“I think it kind of hit me when I walked on
the field,” Johnson said. “It’s a long-range
achievement. It’s not a one-game or a one-
year achievement, it’s a career achievement.
Who knows how many teammates I’ve had
over my 21 years, but they had a great deal to
do with my success. I’m going to think about
this for a long time.”
In the nightcap, the Giants completed a
sweep with a rain-shortened 4-1 victory. The
game was called with two outs in the top of
the sixth after a 67-minute delay.
Johnson became the 24th pitcher to reach
the 300-win milestone, and he did it as a
mature pitcher, not the overpowering tangle
of arms and legs who was all about strike-
outs early in his career. He walked two,
struck out two, allowed only an unearned
run and threw 50 of his 78 pitches for strikes.
He faced four batters above the minimum
and got shutout relief from his bullpen.
“I get more gratification out of that because
of the way I’m doing it now than the way I
did it 10 years ago,” Johnson said.
It was hardly the ideal setting for a historic
moment. The crowd was small and the
weather was wet. Some of the few thousand
fans who witnessed the feat—the Nationals
have trouble drawing a crowd for anything
these days—chanted “Randy! Randy!” in the
bottom of the ninth, and he tipped his hat to
them all.
Family and friends from all over flew in
for the occasion to see Johnson (5-4) become
the first pitcher to get 300 on his first try
since Tom Seaver in 1985.
“He’s become one of the dinosaurs with
the other 23, and he didn’t want to make a big
deal out of it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy
said. “But you could see after the game—I’m
sure he’s had his eye on this 300 for a while.
He’s done an incredible job with keeping his
self in shape, pitching at 45 and still throw-
ing the ball the way he’s throwing is quite an
Johnson had to leave the game because of
what he called a “senior moment”—his deci-
sion to go after a comebacker that he knocked
down in the sixth inning. The 6-foot-10 John-
son barehanded the ball while falling for-
ward to throw out the runner and bruised
his pitching shoulder on the play. He’s
expected to make his next start.
San Francisco led 2-1 when Johnson
departed, but he nearly wound up with a no-
decision. The Nationals loaded the bases
with two outs in the eighth before Adam
Dunn was called out on strikes with a full
count on a knee-high fastball from reliever
Brian Wilson.
The 45-year-old Johnson is the sixth
lefthander to win 300 games and the second-
oldest pitcher to reach the milestone. Knuck-
leballer Phil Niekro was 46 when he won his
300th with the New York Yankees in 1985.
Randy Johnson is the sixth lefty to win 300 games and, at 45, the second-oldest
behind 46-year-old Phil Niekro.
Giants 4, Nationals 1, 6 innings
SanFrancisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Rowandcf 3 1 1 1 1 0 .294
Renteriass 3 1 1 0 0 0 .247
Torres lf 3 1 1 0 0 2 .250
Sandoval 1b 3 0 1 1 0 0 .301
Aurilia3b 3 0 2 1 0 0 .221
Whitesidec 3 0 1 1 0 0 .300
Schierholtz rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .242
Burriss 2b 3 1 1 0 0 1 .273
Cainp 3 0 1 0 0 1 .263
Totals 27 4 10 4 1 5
Washington AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
C.Guzmanss 3 1 1 0 0 1 .326
N.Johnson1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .330
Zimmerman3b 1 0 1 1 1 0 .321
Dunnlf 2 0 0 0 1 2 .261
Dukes rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .270
W.Harris cf 2 0 1 0 0 1 .273
J.Bardc 2 0 0 0 0 0 .212
A.Hernandez 2b 2 0 1 0 0 0 .287
Detwiler p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Totals 19 1 5 1 2 7
SanFrancisco 000 130 — 4 10 0
Washington 100 00x — 1 5 0
LOB: SanFrancisco 7, Washington6. 2B: Sandoval (15),
Schierholtz(4), Burriss(6), C.Guzman(11), A.Hernandez
(6). 3B: W.Harris (2). RBIs: Rowand (25), Sandoval
(22), Aurilia (12), Whiteside (2), Zimmerman (38). SB:
Torres (2). SF: Zimmerman. Runners left in scoring
position: San Francisco 1 (Whiteside) Washington 4
(W.Harris 2, C.Guzman, Detwiler). Runners moved
up: Sandoval, Dukes.
SanFrancisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
CainW, 7-1 5 5 1 1 2 7 82 2.27
Washington IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Detwiler L, 0-2 52⁄3 10 4 4 1 5 76 5.23
WP: Cain. Umpires: Home, RobDrake First, Jeff Kel-
loggSecond, MarkWegner Third, R.J. Thompson. T:
1:37(Raindelay: 1:07). A: 16,787(41,888).
300 Wins List
1. Cy Young, 511
2. Walter Johnson, 417
3. Grover Cleveland Alexander, 373
3. Christy Mathewson, 373
5. Pud Galvin, 365
6. Warren Spahn, 363
7. Kid Nichols, 361
8. Greg Maddux, 355
9. Roger Clemens, 354
10. Tim Keefe, 342
11. Steve Carlton, 329
12. John Clarkson, 328
13. Eddie Plank, 326
14. Nolan Ryan, 324
14. Don Sutton, 324
16. Phil Niekro, 318
17. Gaylord Perry, 314
18. Tom Seaver, 311
19. Hoss Radbourn, 309
20. Mickey Welch, 307
21. x-Tom Glavine, 305
22. Lefty Grove, 300
22. Early Wynn, 300
22. x-Randy Johnson, 300
Warren Spahn 363
Steve Carlton 329
Eddie Plank 326
Tom Glavine 305
Lefty Grove 300
Randy Johnson 300
Johnson career stats
Regular Season
Year, Team IP W-L BB SO ERA
1988, Mon 26 3-0 7 25 2.42
1989, Mon 29.2 0-4 26 26 6.67
1989, Sea 131 7-9 70 104 4.40
1990, Sea 219.2 14-11 120 194 3.65
1991, Sea 201.1 13-10 152 228 3.98
1992, Sea 210.1 12-14 144 241 3.77
1993, Sea 255.1 19-8 99 308 3.24
1994, Sea 172 13-6 72 204 3.19
1995, Sea 214.1 18-2 65 294 2.48
1996, Sea 61.1 5-0 25 85 3.67
1997, Sea 213 20-4 77 291 2.28
1998, Sea 160 9-10 60 213 4.33
1998, Hou 84.1 10-1 26 116 1.28
1999, Ari 271.2 17-9 70 364 2.48
2000, Ari 248.2 19-7 76 347 2.64
2001, Ari 249.2 21-6 71 372 2.49
2002, Ari 260 24-5 71 334 2.32
2003, Ari 114 6-8 27 125 4.26
2004, Ari 245.2 16-14 44 290 2.60
2005, NYY 225.2 17-8 47 211 3.79
2006, NYY 205 17-11 60 172 5.00
2007, Ari 56.2 4-3 13 72 3.81
2008, Ari 184 11-10 44 173 3.91
2009, SF 58 5-4 21 56 5.12
Totals 4097.1 300-164 1487 4845 3.29
1stWin: Sept. 15, 1988vs. Pittsburgh(withMontreal).
100thWin: April 6, 1996vs. Milwaukee(withSeattle).
200thWin: Oct. 2, 2001vs. Colorado(withArizona).
250thWin: May 18, 2004at Atlanta(withArizona).
300thWin: June4, 2009atWashingotn(withSanFrancisco).
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Winningest active pitchers
Pitcher Age Wins-losses
Randy Johnson 45 300-164
Jamie Moyer 46 250-190
Andy Pettitte 36 220-128
John Smoltz 42 210-147
Tim Wakefield 42 184-160
Bartolo Colon 36 153-101
Livan Hernandez 34 151-140
Tim Hudson 33 146-77
Kevin Millwood 34 146-115
Mike Hampton 36 144-109
Roy Halladay 32 139-67
Randy Johnson hugs son Tanner after the
Giants beat Washington 5-1 for Johnson’s
300th career win.
Colorado 10, Houston 3
Atkins gets it right
HOUSTON—Garrett Atkins
couldn’t get himself to stop
making bad swings for more
than a month. He got it right
twice on Thursday night and
hopes he can finally put his
sluggish start behind him.
Atkins broke out of a slump
with two home runs and the
Colorado Rockies snapped a
four-game losing skid with a
10-3 win over the Houston
Ryan Spilborghs and Brad
Hawpe added solo homers and
Jason Hammel pitched seven
effective innings for the Rock-
ies, who avoided a sweep and
stopped Houston’s four-game
winning streak.
Atkins came into the game
batting .188 and had only 11 hits
in his last 86 at-bats. He never
lost his confidence at the plate
and didn’t make any adjust-
ments before Thursday’s game.
“Just kept believing in myself
that it was going to turn,”
Atkins said. “As long as you
believe in yourself, you’re likely
to turn it around.”
Colorado manager Jim Tracy
only wants Atkins to watch his
two home run swings on video
before the Rockies open a series
in St. Louis this weekend. And
Atkins probably will.
“Hopefully, these swings
today, I can kind of get that
muscle memory going that way
and continue it on for a nice lit-
tle streak,” Atkins said.
Rockies 10, Astros 3
Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Spilborghs cf-lf 4 2 2 2 0 0 .263
Barmes ss 4 1 2 1 1 0 .266
Helton1b 4 1 2 1 1 2 .315
Murtonlf 5 0 1 2 0 3 .267
Grilli p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Embreep 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Hawperf 5 1 1 1 0 0 .348
Atkins 3b 4 2 2 3 0 0 .194
Quintanilla2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .217
Stewart 2b-3b 5 1 3 0 0 0 .205
Bellorinc 4 1 1 0 1 1 .250
Hammel p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000
c-Fowler ph-cf 0 1 0 0 1 0 .255
Totals 39 10 14 10 4 8
Houston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Bourncf 5 0 2 1 0 0 .297
Tejadass 5 0 0 0 0 1 .350
Pencerf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .339
Ca.Leelf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .315
Berkman1b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .242
I.Rodriguez c 4 0 1 1 0 0 .266
Blum3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Maysonet 2b 4 1 2 1 0 1 .382
W.Rodriguez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .043
a-Kataph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
R.Ortiz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
b-Erstadph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .137
Backep 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
d-Michaels ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Totals 34 3 7 3 3 6
Colorado 004 120 030 — 10 14 1
Houston 001 000 110 — 3 7 0
a-flied out for W.Rodriguez in the 5th. b-walked for
R.Ortiz in the 7th. c-walked for Hammel in the 8th.
d-popped out for Backe in the 9th. E: Atkins (7). LOB:
Colorado7, Houston8. 2B: Spilborghs (13), Stewart (5),
Bourn (10), Berkman (8). 3B: Barmes (3). HR: Atkins 2
(5), off W.Rodriguez 2; Spilborghs (5), off W.Rodriguez;
Hawpe (8), off W.Rodriguez. RBIs: Spilborghs 2 (25),
Barmes (20), Helton (36), Murton 2 (6), Hawpe (41),
Atkins 3 (20), Bourn (13), I.Rodriguez (24), Maysonet
(6). CS: Barmes (3). S: W.Rodriguez. SF: Spilborghs.
Runnersleft inscoringposition: Colorado3(Hawpe
2, Hammel); Houston4(Tejada, Bourn2, Blum).
Hammel W, 2-3 7 4 2 2 2 4 96 4.50
Grilli 1 2 1 1 1 1 26 6.05
Embree 1 1 0 0 0 1 15 6.19
W.Rodriguez L, 5-5 5 10 7 7 2 7 98 2.97
R.Ortiz 2 1 0 0 0 1 24 4.46
Backe 2 3 3 3 2 0 28 15.00
IBB: off Backe (Helton), off W.Rodriguez (Bellorin).
Umpires: Home, Lance Barksdale; First, Randy Marsh;
Second, Marvin Hudson; Third, James Hoye. T: 2:47. A:
Although his team continues to languish
in the N.L. East cellar, Zimmerman has been
making headlines for all the right reasons. His
30-game hitting streak, which ended May 13,
captured the attention of the baseball world.
That streak has been part of a torrid start
for Zimmerman. Sporting News Today’s Bill
Eichenberger recently spoke with the slick-
fielding, 24-year-old third baseman about
the streak, his defense and a couple of his
boyhood teammates who also have reached
the majors.
Why are hitting streaks
like the one you just had
so hard to put together?
Hitting is hard. To get a hit
every day, a lot of things have
to happen right. Some days you are
going to hit a couple of balls hard and
they might get caught. A lot of luck is
involved, I guess. You get jam shots,
shots off the end of the bat, things
like that.
Are there factors that
make it more difficult to
keep a hitting streak going today
than when Joe DiMaggio set the
record, hitting in 56 straight?
I think the game has changed.
Now from the sixth and
seventh inning on, you are going to
face a guy who is specialist. Off the
starter, you get two or three at-bats
against a guy that you might be good
against or bad against. But after that,
the other team is going to match up
and put someone out there against
whom you don’t have the best chance
to be successful.
How hard will it be for
someone to break
DiMaggio’s record?
That record and the consecu-
tive games played are going to
be really hard to break. Not to take
anything away from what DiMaggio
did, because it’s unbelievable. At the
end of my streak, I still had a month
left to go to catch DiMaggio. But
during his 56-game streak, I read
where he faced 40-some pitchers.
During my 30-game streak, I faced
50-some pitchers. But it doesn’t
matter if you’re facing the same
pitcher 56 games in a row, to get a hit
every game is pretty unbelievable.
Did you see your fast start
Not really. I just never had
gotten off to a good start. The
first three years of my career it has
been .200-something Aprils and
battling from there. To be able to get
off to a nice start and have a base to
go off has been a lot better.
How big of a boost has it
been having Adam Dunn
hitting cleanup behind you every
day in the lineup?
It’s helped me. He’s one of the
best power hitters in the
game for the past five years, and to
have a presence like that behind you
affects everything throughout the
whole lineup.
How does it feel to finally
have people talking more
about your hitting than your
It’s kind of weird because my
fielding has always been the
headline. This is the first year that
I’ve matured into the hitter that I
guess everyone thought I could be.
I’m still very young and have a long
way to go. But this is the first year
where I have ... not figured it out but
have more of an idea of what I want
to do at the plate. I don’t feel lost ever,
or searching for answers. I guess it’s
part of growing up and learning
Do you stay in touch with
David Wright and B.J.
Upton, your former summer ball
teammates in Virginia?
We talk a lot during the
offseason, but during the
season not as much. We text back
and forth and stay in touch that way.
Do you have an
appreciation for the
success all three of you have
experienced so early in your
major league careers?
I think we all know how hard
it is to be good at this level.
But we all also know that we can get
better, and we all work hard at it.
With the five-year, $45
million contract you
signed this spring, you are
committed to the Nationals
through 2013. How close is this
team to turning it around?
I think it’s real close. ... We’re
young, we’re talented, we’re
growing up and maturing together.
Once it clicks, I think it is going to be
exciting. ... Like I’ve told everyone, I
wouldn’t have signed if I thought we
were going to lose 100 games every
Q&A with ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman
‘To get a hit every day, a lot of things have to happen right’
Ryan Zimmerman batted .382 during his 30-game hitting streak.
St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 1
Cardinals 3, Reds 1
Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
HairstonJr. 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Dickersoncf 3 0 2 0 0 0 .250
B.Phillips 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .285
Brucerf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .212
R.Hernandez 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .276
L.Nix lf 3 1 1 1 0 0 .288
Ale.Gonzalez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .215
Haniganc 3 0 0 0 0 1 .316
Harangp 2 0 0 0 0 0 .167
a-Gomes ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .316
Totals 28 1 3 1 0 3
St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Schumaker 2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .302
Barden3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242
Rasmus cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .248
Pujols 1b 4 1 2 3 0 0 .346
Ludwick rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .240
Ankiel lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .226
Y.Molinac 2 0 0 0 1 0 .259
Thurston3b-2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .261
C.Carpenter p 3 0 1 0 0 0 .083
Br.Ryanss 3 0 1 0 0 1 .281
Totals 29 3 8 3 2 4
Cincinnati 000 000 010 — 1 3 1
St. Louis 002 001 00x — 3 8 0
a-popped out for Harang in the 9th. E: B.Phillips (4).
LOB: Cincinnati 0, St. Louis 4. 2B: Pujols (13). HR: L.Nix
(7), off C.Carpenter; Pujols (17), off Harang. RBIs: L.Nix
(18), Pujols 3 (48). Runners left inscoringposition:
St. Louis 4 (C.Carpenter 2, Y.Molina, Schumaker). GIDP:
B.Phillips 2, Schumaker, Pujols, Y.Molina, C.Carpenter.
DP: Cincinnati 4 (Hairston Jr., B.Phillips, R.Hernandez),
(Ale.Gonzalez, B.Phillips, R.Hernandez), (B.Phillips, Ale.
Gonzalez, R.Hernandez), (R.Hernandez, Ale.Gonzalez,
R.Hernandez); St. Louis2(Thurston, Schumaker, Pujols),
(Thurston, Schumaker, Pujols).
Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
HarangL, 5-6 8 8 3 3 2 4 115 4.11
C.CarpenterW, 4-0 9 3 1 1 0 3 95 0.71
Umpires: Home, D.J. Reyburn; First, JimJoyce; Second,
Brian Runge; Third, Derryl Cousins. T: 2:05. A: 39,249
ATLANTA—Nate McLouth embraced his new oppor-
tunity with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday only after
an emotional departure from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
McLouth said he was excited about the chance to
win in Atlanta but was sad to be dealt from the Pirates,
his only professional home before the trade. He said
Wednesday’s trade for three minor league players—
outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitchers Charlie
Morton and Jeff Locke—“was shocking.”
“It was the last thing on my mind, to be honest with
you,” McLouth said Thursday before the Braves
played the Cubs. “To get a call from a G.M. on your
cell phone is pretty rare, so I knew something was up
when I got the call. He told me I was coming on over
Wednesday’s call from Pirates general manager
Neal Huntington led to an emotional send-off Thurs-
day morning.
McLouth fought back tears, wiped his eyes, sniffled
repeatedly and paused a few times when speaking
with reporters while cleaning out his locker in Pitts-
burgh. He said he was surprised because the trade
deadline is still about eight weeks away and because
he signed a three-year contract less than four months
After his arrival in Atlanta, McLouth’s thoughts
and emotions were still mixed.
“Pittsburgh’s the only organization I had ever been
with; they drafted me out of high school almost 10
years ago,” he said. “I got to know a lot of great people.
That’s going to be the hard part, the relationships and
the people.”
But there was little time for looking back. McLouth
was in Thursday night’s starting lineup as the No. 3
hitter and the starting center fielder, although the
game was rained out.
McLouth said the opportunity to win “is what every
player wants.”
“The people are going to be hard to leave, but I lost a
lot of games there and that’s hard to do as an athlete,”
he said. “When you talk about winning, the Atlanta
Braves are one of the top organizations that come to
mind. To be a part of it is something special.”
Chipper Jones has been a fixture as Atlanta’s No. 3
hitter, but after talking with manager Bobby Cox he
agreed to hit fourth to accommodate McLouth.
“I talked to Bobby about it and told him I was open
to whatever is best for the club,” Jones said. “I don’t
know if this is permanent. We’ll see. If I get more RBI
opportunities out of it, I’ll be happy with it. I make no
bones about it, I’d prefer to hit third but I’ve always
been willing to try to do what’s best for the club.”
Jones has hit .316 in 5,726 career at-bats as the No. 3
hitter and .297 in 1,643 at-bats hitting fourth.
The 27-year-old McLouth set career highs last sea-
son with a .276 batting average, 26 homers and 94
RBIs. Atlanta outfielders have only 10 homers
through 52 games. McLouth has nine homers and 34
RBIs and is hitting .256.
McLouth surprised at trade, ready to help
Carpenter gets rare complete game
ST. LOUIS—Chris Carpenter liked what
he saw right from the start.
Carpenter took advantage of Cincin-
nati’s free swingers, pitching a three-
hitter for his first complete game in
more than two years, and Albert Pujols
took care of the offense with a two-run
homer and RBI double as the St. Louis
Cardinals beat the Reds 3-1 on Thurs-
day night.
“They showed it from the beginning
of the game that they were going to be
aggressive early in the count, they
weren’t going to let me get deep,” he
said. “I was able to make good quality
pitches down in the strike zone. That’s
what happens when you get an aggres-
sive team that wants to hit and you’re
able to make quality pitches, you’re
going to be able to get quick outs.”
The victory gave St. Louis a split of
the four-game series and put the Cardi-
nals in a tie for first in the National
League Central with Milwaukee, which
lost to the Florida Marlins.
Carpenter (4-0) needed just 95 pitches
for his 26th complete game and first
since September 11, 2006, at Houston.
With the help of two double plays, he
faced the minimum through 7 2-3
innings. Carpenter’s ERA rose to 0.71
Laynce Nix spoiled the shutout bid
with his seventh homer to right field in
the eighth.
Since returning from the disabled list
May 20 with an oblique injury, Carpen-
ter has allowed three earned runs and
14 hits in 28 innings. For Pujols, it was
another Carpenter gem that didn’t com-
mand too much analysis.
“It’s not rocket science,” Pujols said.
“Look at the job he did. He made one
mistake the whole game and Nix is
swinging the bat really good, took
advantage and hit it out of the park.”
Carpenter had retired 12 straight
before Nix’s hit. He struck out three,
walked none and singled in the seventh
for his first hit of the year. He gave up
singles to Chris Dickerson in the first
and third, but got Brandon Phillips to
ground into double plays both times to
end the inning.
Aaron Harang (5-6) went the distance
in losing his second straight. He gave
up eight hits, striking out three and
walking two in eight innings. He han-
dled the Cardinals well in a 8-3 victory
May 9 at Busch, spreading seven hits in
seven innings and striking out seven.
Chris Carpenter limited the Reds to three hits.
Nate McLouth had spent his entire career with Pittsburgh.
Cubs at Braves was postponed
Pirates 11, Mets 6
NewYork AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Corass 5 0 1 1 0 0 .321
L.Castillo2b 4 1 1 1 1 0 .284
Beltrancf 4 1 2 1 1 1 .356
Sheffieldrf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .269
D.Wright 3b 3 2 2 1 2 0 .326
Dan.Murphy 1b 4 0 1 1 1 0 .248
F.Martinez lf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .222
Santos c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .261
Pelfrey p 2 1 0 0 0 0 .059
Takahashi p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Brownph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
S.Greenp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Putz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
b-Reedph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .322
Felicianop 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Totals 37 6 10 6 5 2
Pittsburgh AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
McCutchencf 4 3 2 1 1 0 .500
Morganlf 4 2 2 1 0 0 .280
F.Sanchez 2b 5 0 0 0 0 1 .321
Ad.LaRoche1b 3 2 1 1 2 0 .245
An.LaRoche3b 3 2 1 2 0 1 .298
S.Jacksonp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
c-Monroeph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .229
J.Chavez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Moss rf 4 1 1 1 1 1 .264
Jaramilloc 4 0 2 4 0 0 .282
R.Vazquez ss 4 1 4 1 0 0 .270
Ohlendorf p 3 0 0 0 0 2 .048
Gorzelanny p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
S.Burnett p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hinske3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Totals 36 11 13 11 4 6
NewYork 030 110 001 — 6 10 1
Pittsburgh 410 400 20x — 11 13 0
a-grounded out for Takahashi in the 5th. b-grounded
out for Putz in the 8th. c-struck out for S.Jackson in the
8th. E: Dan.Murphy (5). LOB: New York 9, Pittsburgh
7. 2B: Cora (5), Beltran (16), D.Wright (13), F.Martinez
(3), Ad.LaRoche (18). 3B: Morgan (5). HR: Beltran (7),
off Ohlendorf. RBIs: Cora (5), L.Castillo (13), Beltran
(32), D.Wright (31), Dan.Murphy (18), F.Martinez
(4), McCutchen (1), Morgan (18), Ad.LaRoche (24),
(8). SB: D.Wright (13), McCutchen(1), R.Vazquez (1). S:
Morgan. Runners left inscoringposition: NewYork
6 (Sheffield 3, Pelfrey, Brown, Dan.Murphy); Pittsburgh
4(Ohlendorf 2, An.LaRoche, F.Sanchez). DP: NewYork1
(Pelfrey, Santos, Dan.Murphy).
Pelfrey L, 4-2 32⁄3 9 9 8 4 3 83 4.85
Takahashi 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 10 2.77
S.Green 2 0 0 0 0 1 16 5.96
Putz 1 3 2 2 0 0 23 5.22
Feliciano 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 2.42
Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Ohlendorf 41⁄3 9 5 5 3 1 84 4.85
Gorzelanny 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 6 6.75
S.Burnett 1 0 0 0 0 1 17 3.04
S.JacksonW, 1-0 2 0 0 0 1 0 30 0.00
J.Chavez 1 1 1 1 1 0 17 3.13
Inheritedrunners-scored:Takahashi 2-1, Gorzelanny
1-0. IBB: off Pelfrey (Ad.LaRoche). HBP: by Pelfrey (An.
LaRoche). WP: J.Chavez. Umpires: Home, TimMcClel-
land; First, Adrian Johnson; Second, Scott Barry; Third,
TedBarrett. T: 2:49. A: 20,683(38,362).
Marlins 4, Brewers 3
Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Counsell 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .305
Hardy ss 4 1 1 0 0 0 .238
Braunlf 4 1 2 0 0 1 .316
Fielder 1b 4 1 3 3 0 0 .286
M.Cameroncf 4 0 0 0 0 4 .282
Hart rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .251
Hall 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .211
c-Gerut ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .209
Mi.Riverac 2 0 0 0 1 2 .303
Bushp 1 0 0 0 0 0 .150
a-Gamel ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .229
Stetter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Coffey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 3 7 3 1 10
Florida AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Coghlanlf 3 0 1 0 0 2 .205
b-B.Carroll ph-rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .214
Bonifacio3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .246
Ha.Ramirez ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 .342
Cantu1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .280
Hermidarf-lf 2 1 1 0 1 1 .265
Uggla2b 2 0 0 0 1 1 .216
Jo.Baker c 3 1 1 1 0 0 .261
C.Ross cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .259
Jo.Johnsonp 3 1 1 3 0 1 .107
Meyer p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Nunez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Lindstromp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Totals 29 4 7 4 2 7
Milwaukee 000 100 020 — 3 7 0
Florida 000 400 00x — 4 7 0
a-struckout for Bushinthe7th. b-struckout for Coghlan
in the 7th. c-grounded into a double play for Hall in the
9th. LOB: Milwaukee5, Florida3. 2B: Braun(11), Cantu
(11), C.Ross (14). 3B: Fielder (2). HR: Fielder (13), off
Meyer; Jo.Johnson (1), off Bush. RBIs: Fielder 3 (52),
Jo.Baker (20), Jo.Johnson 3 (5). CS: Hermida (2). S:
Bush. Runners left inscoringposition: Milwaukee3
(Counsell, Hart 2); Florida2(Jo.Johnson2). DP: Milwau-
kee2(M.Cameron, Hardy, Fielder), (Mi.Rivera, Mi.Rivera,
Counsell); Florida1(Uggla, Ha.Ramirez, Cantu).
Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
BushL, 3-2 6 7 4 4 2 4 84 4.52
Stetter 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 10 3.78
Coffey 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 14 2.36
Jo.JohnsonW, 5-1 72⁄3 5 2 2 1 8 107 2.63
Meyer 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 2.63
Nunez H, 10 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 5 3.33
LindstromS, 11-13 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 5.56
Meyer pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited
runners-scored: Meyer 1-1. HBP: by Jo.Johnson (Mi.
Rivera). Umpires: Home, Damien Beal; First, Mike
DiMuro; Second, Dale Scott; Third, Jerry Meals. T: 2:25.
A: 11,623(38,560).
Pittsburgh 11, N.Y. Mets 6 Florida 4, Milwaukee 3
McCutchen has huge debut
Johnson helps himself with three-run shot
PITTSBURGH—Prized prospect
Andrew McCutchen did his best
to make the Pittsburgh Pirates
forget about Nate McLouth—at
least for now.
A day after the team traded the
All-Star outfielder, McCutchen
had a productive major league
debut to help Pittsburgh complete
a rain-shortened, three-game
sweep of the New York Mets with
an 11-6 victory Thursday.
“Everybody’s talking about the
future. We’re not looking to the
future. This is the now,” Pirates
manager John Russell said.
“We’re very excited about where
we’re at, and we added a very tal-
ented player.”
Jason Jaramillo drove in a
career-high four runs, Ramon
Vazquez went 4-for-4 and Andy
LaRoche had two RBIs and
scored twice for Pittsburgh,
which roughed up Mike Pelfrey
to win its fourth in five games.
Wednesday night’s game was
rained out, but at about the time it
was supposed to start the Pirates
dealt an All-Star outfielder for
the second consecutive season.
The move made room for the
22-year-old McCutchen, a speedy
center fielder who was immedi-
ately called up from Triple-A
He went 2-for-4 with three
runs, a walk, an RBI and a stolen
base against the Mets.
“With what happened
(Wednesday), this was a big win
for us as a team and for the city,”
LaRoche said.
MIAMI—Winning a game with his arm
was nothing unusual for Josh Johnson.
Hitting a big home run was.
Johnson hit a three-run shot for his
first career homer and pitched into the
eighth inning Thursday night, leading
the Florida Marlins to a 4-3 victory over
the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I kind of ran into a ball and got pretty
lucky,” Johnson said. “But I’ll take it.”
John Baker had an RBI single in a four-
run fourth for the Marlins, who took
three of four from the Brewers.
Johnson (5-1) allowed two runs and
five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked one,
struck out eight and hit a batter with a
pitch in earning his first home victory
since April 12.
He connected off Dave Bush (3-2) in
the fourth to give Florida a 4-1 lead.
“I saw (center fielder Mike) Cameron
running and I said, ‘Please, drop ... do
something,’ ” Johnson said. “As soon as I
saw him get to the fence I was like, ‘OK, I
got it.’ ”
Johnson earned a curtain call from the
crowd of 11,623 but needed to be pushed
out of the dugout by his teammates.
“Pretty much everyone in the dugout
was laughing or smiling, one of the two,”
he said.
Jorge Cantu led off the inning with a
double into the left-field corner. He held
at second when Jeremy Hermida reached
on an infield single to shortstop. After
Cantu went to third on Dan Uggla’s fly-
out to deep center, Baker lined a run-
scoring single to center to tie it 1-all.
After an out, Johnson hit a pitch over
the wall in straightaway center. His
homer was the first by a Marlins pitcher
since Dontrelle Willis connected against
Atlanta on Aug. 29, 2007.
“It wasn’t a cheap one. He hit it to one
of the deepest parts of the ballpark,”
Bush said.
Johnson gave way to Dan Meyer with
two outs and a runner on first in the
eighth. Meyer promptly gave up Prince
Fielder’s 13th home run, a two-run drive
that cut Florida’s lead to 4-3.
“I don’t know what (Meyer) was think-
ing. He threw a fastball and I got it,”
Fielder said.
Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless
ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportuni-
ties. The game took 2 hours, 25 minutes.
Bush gave up four runs and seven hits
in six innings. He walked two and struck
out four.
Fielder’s run-scoring triple gave the
Brewers a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Fielder
finished with three hits.
J.J. Hardy opened the fourth with a
bloop single and advanced to second on
Ryan Braun’s groundout. Fielder then
hit a liner to right, and Hermida charged
but failed to make the catch. The ball
rolled past him, allowing Fielder to reach
Josh Johnson (55) picked a pretty good time to hit his first career homer, a three-run blast in the fourth.
Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Pedroia2b 4 1 1 0 1 0 .325
J.Drewdh 1 1 0 1 4 1 .253
Youkilis 1b 1 1 0 1 1 0 .362
a-Kotsay ph-1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Bay lf 5 1 1 2 0 2 .283
Lowell 3b 4 0 2 1 1 0 .302
Baldelli rf 3 0 1 1 1 0 .265
Ellsbury cf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .313
Lugoss 3 1 0 0 1 1 .266
Kottaras c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .188
Totals 31 6 6 6 9 7
Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Thomas rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .247
Santiago2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .306
Ordonez dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 .275
Mi.Cabrera1b 1 1 1 0 0 0 .354
Larish1b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .224
Grandersoncf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .271
Inge3b 4 1 3 2 0 0 .280
Raburnlf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .265
Everett ss 3 0 0 1 0 1 .267
c-Polancoph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Sardinhac 2 0 1 0 0 1 .115
b-Lairdph-c 1 0 0 0 0 1 .224
Totals 34 3 10 3 1 6
Boston 006 000 000 — 6 6 0
Detroit 030 000 000 — 3 10 0
a-flied out for Youkilis in the 4th. b-struck out for
Sardinha in the 8th. c-grounded into a fielder’s choice
for Everett in the 9th. LOB: Boston 8, Detroit 5. 2B: Bay
(14), Inge (8), Raburn (2). RBIs: J.Drew (27), Youkilis
(34), Bay 2 (53), Lowell (36), Baldelli (7), Inge 2 (35),
Everett (18). CS: Inge (3). Runners left in scoring
position: Boston 3 (Kotsay, Pedroia 2); Detroit 2
(Everett, Polanco). DP: Boston 2 (Pedroia, Kotsay),
(Wakefield, Pedroia, Lugo, Kotsay); Detroit 2 (Everett,
Santiago, Mi.Cabrera), (Inge, Santiago, Larish).
WakefieldW, 7-3 62⁄3 8 3 3 0 3 80 4.50
MastersonH, 2 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 11 4.20
OkajimaH, 9 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 10 2.25
PapelbonS, 14-15 1 1 0 0 1 0 21 2.25
Willis L, 1-3 21⁄3 0 5 5 5 3 53 6.84
Miner 4 4 1 1 2 2 67 5.29
Perry 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 4 3.27
Zumaya 1 2 0 0 1 1 24 2.65
Rodney 1 0 0 0 1 1 24 2.86
Inheritedrunners-scored: Masterson1-0, Miner 3-3,
Perry 1-0. HBP: by Willis (Ellsbury). Umpires: Home,
Jeff Nelson; First, Mark Carlson; Second, Tim Tschida;
Third, BobDavidson. T: 2:53. A: 31,353(41,255).

Yankees 8, Rangers 6
Texas AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Kinsler 2b 4 2 1 1 1 2 .282
M.Young3b 5 0 3 0 0 0 .338
Blalock dh 5 0 2 1 0 1 .262
N.Cruz rf 5 1 1 1 0 3 .295
Dav.Murphy lf 4 1 1 0 1 1 .240
Byrdcf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .296
C.Davis 1b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .198
Teagardenc 3 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Andrus ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .277
Totals 37 6 11 5 3 11
NewYork AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Damonlf 3 2 1 1 1 0 .297
Swisher rf 3 1 2 1 1 1 .251
1-Gardner pr-cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Teixeira1b 4 1 2 3 0 0 .284
A.Rodriguez 3b 4 0 1 1 0 0 .250
Cano2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .305
H.Matsui dh 3 0 0 0 1 0 .256
Me.Cabreracf-rf 4 1 1 2 0 1 .311
Cervelli c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .283
R.Penass 3 1 1 0 1 1 .243
Totals 31 8 10 8 5 4
Texas 002 211 000 — 6 11 1
NewYork 100 050 02x — 8 10 1
1-ran for Swisher in the 7th. E: Dav.Murphy (1), Cervelli
(1). LOB: Texas 8, NewYork 4. 2B: M.Young (20), Byrd
(19), C.Davis 2 (6), Swisher (13), Teixeira 2 (14). HR:
N.Cruz (16), off Wang; Kinsler (14), off Aceves; Damon
(11), off McCarthy; Me.Cabrera (6), off C.Wilson. RBIs:
Kinsler (41), Blalock (29), N.Cruz (41), C.Davis 2 (26),
Damon (33), Swisher (32), Teixeira 3 (47), A.Rodriguez
(22), Me.Cabrera 2 (22). SB: Dav.Murphy (4), Cano (3).
CS: R.Pena (1). S: Teagarden. Runners left inscoring
position:Texas4(N.Cruz, Kinsler, C.Davis, Dav.Murphy);
NewYork 3 (Cano, Me.Cabrera 2). DP: Texas 3 (N.Cruz,
N.Cruz, Andrus), (Kinsler, Andrus), (Kinsler, Andrus,
McCarthy 4 6 6 6 3 3 79 4.92
Jennings 3 3 0 0 1 0 41 3.12
C.WilsonL, 3-3 1 1 2 2 1 1 16 3.47
Wang 42⁄3 7 5 5 1 5 69 14.46
Aceves 12⁄3 2 1 1 2 2 34 2.95
Coke 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 19 4.50
D.RobertsonW, 1-0 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.08
Ma.RiveraS, 12-13 1 2 0 0 0 2 24 2.38
McCarthy pitched to 5 batters in the 5th. Inherited
runners-scored: Jennings 1-1. WP: Wang. Umpires:
Home, Brian Knight; First, Dana DeMuth; Second, Doug
Eddings; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt. T: 2:58. A: 45,713
Boston 6, Detroit 3 N.Y. Yankees 8, Texas 6
Tigers left guessing in sweep
Wang’s struggles don’t slow down Yankees
DETROIT—The Detroit Tigers
started the week getting frus-
trated by Daisuke Matzusaka
and overpowered by Josh
On Thursday, they were
baffled again by Tim
The 42-year-old knuckle-
baller beat the Tigers for the
16th time—the most by any
active pitcher—and the Boston
Red Sox beat Detroit 6-3 to fin-
ish a three-game sweep.
Wakefield (7-3) gave up three
runs and eight hits in 6 2/3
“He’s been a blessing for us,”
Red Sox manager Terry Fran-
cona said. “He’s a good pitcher.
He’s unconventional, but that’s
Wakefield allowed three
runs in the second inning, but
shut down the Tigers after
“After that inning, I felt
really comfortable,” he said. “I
only needed 80 pitches, so
that’s great, and I got some
offensive support.”
Three Boston relievers fin-
ished, with Jonathan Papelbon
pitching the ninth for his 14th
save in 15 attempts. The Tigers
put two runners on base, but
Dustin Pedroia’s diving stop at
second base helped Papelbon
escape unscathed.
“I was just trying to get an
out,” Pedroia said. “I didn’t
want the tying run to come to
the plate.”
NEWYORK—Chien-Ming Wang bounced
a few sinkers, slipped on the mound and
watched his final pitch sail far over the
David Robertson took a more simple
Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-
run homer in the eighth inning and the
New York Yankees overcame yet another
poor start by Wang to beat the Texas
Rangers 8-6 Thursday.
The Yankees rallied from a 5-1 deficit
and took two of three from the A.L. West
leaders. Robertson threw only one pitch
and wound up with the win.
“Never knew it was going to come out
like that,” Robertson said. “Every now
and then you’re going to catch a lucky
Cabrera kept up his run of big hits and
helped the Yankees win for the 17th time
in 22 games. They did it despite Wang’s
Wang returned to the rotation and
produced his best start of the season.
Too bad for him, it was another stinker
as his sinkers were either too high or too
Texas tagged him for five runs and
seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Nelson Cruz
chased him with a long home run—the
first by a righthanded hitter off Wang in
22 starts, since Adrian Beltre connected
in September 2007.
“I thought he pitched better than his
numbers indicated,” Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said.
“I’m not making excuses,” he said. “I
was happy with what I saw. I know peo-
ple are going to say, ‘Oh boy, he gave up
five runs.’”
Wang will make his next start as
scheduled, Tuesday night against Bos-
ton at Fenway Park.
The former ace lost his first three
starts of the season. He went on the dis-
abled list with a 34.50 ERA because of
weakness in the muscles in his hips and
came back with three solid relief
Wang said he felt OK and was excited
to make this start.
“It’s not the Wang I’m used to seeing,”
Texas manager Ron Washington said.
“I’m sure he’s got some things to work
on. But I thought he threw pretty well.”
It was another game of home run
derby at the new Yankee Stadium.
Johnny Damon started it with a leadoff
shot for New York, Cruz finished Wang
in the fifth with a long drive and Ian
Kinsler’s solo homer for Texas in the
sixth tied it at 6.
C.J. Wilson (3-3) relieved to begin the
eighth and issued a leadoff walk to Rob-
inson Cano. One out later, Cabrera
launched a drive over left fielder David
Murphy’s leap.
“It was a deep fly ball to short left
field,” Wilson said.
Robertson (1-0) relieved with two outs
and none on in the eighth and retired
Elvis Andrus on a fly ball, and Cabrera
delivered in the bottom half.
“He has a knack of doing it,” Girardi
Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for
his 12th save in 13 chances. With runners
at the corners, he struck out Cruz and
retired Murphy on a popup to end it.
Melky Cabrera’s two-run homer in the bottomof the eighth inning broke a 6-6 tie.
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Angels 6, Blue Jays 5
Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Figgins 3b 4 1 2 1 1 1 .307
E.Aybar ss 5 0 0 0 0 2 .275
Guerrerodh 5 1 2 1 0 1 .271
Tor.Hunter cf 4 1 2 1 0 2 .312
J.Riverarf-lf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .301
K.Morales 1b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .278
Napoli c 4 1 1 1 0 2 .270
Quinlanlf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .238
Matthews Jr. rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .257
Kendrick 2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .229
Totals 36 6 10 5 3 9
Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Scutaross 3 0 0 1 1 0 .294
A.Hill 2b 5 0 0 1 0 1 .316
Rios cf 5 0 0 0 0 5 .266
Lindlf 5 2 5 0 0 0 .313
Millar dh 4 1 1 0 1 0 .267
2-V.Wells pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
Overbay 1b 5 1 2 3 0 1 .282
Bautista3b 3 1 0 0 2 3 .265
R.Chavez c 3 0 2 0 0 0 .282
1-Jo.McDonaldpr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211
Barajas c 1 0 1 0 0 0 .289
Inglett rf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .154
Totals 37 5 12 5 5 10
Los Angeles 300 101 001 — 6 10 0
Toronto 000 100 130 — 5 12 1
1-ranfor R.Chavez inthe 7th. 2-ranfor Millar inthe 9th.
E: Bautista (1). LOB: Los Angeles 6, Toronto 11. 2B:
J.Rivera (8), Lind 3 (21), Overbay (14). HR: Napoli (8),
off Tallet. RBIs: Figgins (14), Guerrero (6), Tor.Hunter
(43), J.Rivera (21), Napoli (21), Scutaro (26), A.Hill (38),
Overbay 3 (27). SB: Guerrero (1), Tor.Hunter (11), Bara-
jas (1). SF: Scutaro. Runners left inscoringposition:
Los Angeles 2 (Napoli, E.Aybar); Toronto 8 (Bautista 2,
A.Hill 3, Overbay, Rios 2). DP: Los Angeles 1 (Kendrick,
E.Aybar, K.Morales); Toronto1(A.Hill, Scutaro, Overbay).
Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Lackey 7 7 2 2 3 6 113 5.13
Oliver 0 3 3 3 0 0 15 3.18
J.SpeierW, 2-1BS, 1-1 1 1 0 0 1 1 21 5.06
Fuentes S, 14-17 1 1 0 0 1 3 22 5.03
Tallet 6 6 5 5 3 6 109 4.54
Hayhurst 1 2 0 0 0 2 12 0.00
LeagueL, 1-2 2 2 1 1 0 1 21 4.01
Oliver pitched to 3 batters in the 8th. Inherited
runners-scored: J.Speier 1-1. WP: Lackey, Oliver.
Umpires: Home, Bill Welke; First, TimWelke; Second,
Jim Reynolds; Third, Angel Hernandez. T: 3:00. A:
Rays 3, Royals 2
Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Crispcf 4 1 0 0 0 1 .228
Callaspo2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .298
PenaJr. ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 .059
Butler 1b 4 0 3 2 0 0 .288
Jacobs dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 .232
J.Guillenrf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .255
Teahen3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Olivoc 3 0 0 0 0 3 .239
DeJesus lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .237
Bloomquist ss-2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .286
Totals 32 2 6 2 0 9
TampaBay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
B.Uptoncf 4 1 1 2 1 1 .218
Crawfordlf 4 1 2 1 1 1 .327
W.Aybar 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .252
C.Pena1b 2 0 0 0 2 1 .226
Zobrist 2b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .296
Joycerf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .240
Dillondh 4 0 3 0 0 0 .333
M.Hernandez c 4 1 1 0 0 0 .286
Brignac ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .233
Totals 32 3 8 3 6 5
Kansas City 002 000 000 — 2 6 0
TampaBay 000 000 12x — 3 8 0
LOB: Kansas City 3, Tampa Bay 11. 2B: Butler (16),
DeJesus (10). 3B: Brignac (1). HR: Crawford (4), off
Meche; B.Upton (3), off J.Wright. RBIs: Butler 2 (25),
B.Upton 2 (13), Crawford (26). SB: Crawford (34),
Zobrist (6). Runners left inscoringposition: Kansas
City 1 (Jacobs); Tampa Bay 7 (Zobrist, B.Upton 2, Joyce
3, Crawford). DP:TampaBay2(J.Shields, M.Hernandez,
C.Pena), (W.Aybar, C.Pena).
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Meche 6 6 1 1 5 2 110 4.08
BaleH, 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 19 6.23
J.Wright L, 0-2BS, 3-3 1 2 2 2 0 1 20 4.05
J.ShieldsW, 5-4 8 6 2 2 0 8 107 3.40
Howell S, 2-5 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 2.28
Meche pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. WP: Meche.
Umpires: Home, Dan Iassogna; First, Sam Holbrook;
Second, Charlie Reliford; Third, Larry Vanover. T: 2:41.
A: 16,103(36,973).
L.A. Angels 6, Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 3, Kansas City 2
Kendrick feeling better now
Upton helps Rays make most of few chances
TORONTO—A difficult series
for Howie Kendrick ended
with a daring dash for home
Kendrick raced home with
some bold baserunning, scor-
ing the go-ahead run on a
ninth-inning double play to
help the Los Angeles Angels
beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5
on Thursday.
Mired in a 1-for-17 slump
coming in and still stinging
from his blunder in the series
opener, when he lost track of
the number of outs and was
doubled off first base, Kend-
rick was all smiles after spark-
ing the game-winning rally.
“I ain’t going to lie to you—I
was happy,” said Kendrick,
held out of the lineup Wednes-
day. “It feels good after the ups
and downs. I felt like today was
a good day.”
Facing righthander Brandon
League (1-2), Kendrick opened
the ninth with a bunt single
and went to third on Chone
Figgins’ single to right. Erick
Aybar grounded into a 4-6-3
double play, but Kendrick
raced home as the second out
was made at first, sliding in
ahead of the throw from first
baseman Lyle Overbay, who
hesitated after making the
catch and didn’t appear to see
that Kendrick had made a late
break for the plate.
“Howie reacted and made a
great read,” Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—B.J. Upton turned a
game of missed opportunities into a vic-
tory for Tampa Bay.
Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer
in the eighth and James Shields allowed
two runs over eight innings as the Rays
completed a three-game sweep of the
Kansas City Royals with a 3-2 win
“It was great to see,” Tampa Bay man-
ager Joe Maddon said. “I really felt we
were going win somehow.”
Upton’s two-out shot off Jamey Wright
(0-2) helped the Rays overcome an 0-for-
13 performance with runners in scoring
position. Carl Crawford homered in the
seventh for the Rays’ first run.
“Whatever happened we just knew we
had to keep grinding at the end,” Rays left
fielder Crawford said. “B.J. hitting the
homer at the end, that’s from us just keep-
ing at it. We just didn’t worry about what
we did earlier in the game.”
Upton has two consecutive games with
two RBIs after not having a multiple RBI
effort in his previous 46 games this year.
“The important thing is we got a win,”
Upton said.
Upton’s homer came on a first pitch
sinker and made it 3-2.
“I’ve thrown that pitch a million times
and it’s been fouled off and hit into the
ground a million times,” Wright said.
“He just got underneath it and crushed
The Rays finally got on the scoreboard
when Crawford hit a leadoff homer in the
seventh that ended the day for Kansas
City righthander Gil Meche. Three of
Crawford’s four homers this season have
come in the last six games.
Shields (5-4) gave up six hits and had
eight strikeouts. He has won two
consecutive starts, allowing four runs
over 15 innings.
“That’s what this team is all about. It
brings back memories of last year,”
Shields said.
The defending A.L. champion Rays
returned to the .500 mark at 28-28.
Tampa Bay has lost four times previ-
ously when having an opportunity to
climb above .500 since starting the sea-
son 4-3.
“We need to maintain our traction and
keep moving it forward,” Maddon said.
The Rays have won five of six following
a season-high five-game losing streak.
J.P. Howell pitched the ninth for his sec-
ond save.
Meche gave up one run and six hits in
six-plus innings. The Royals have lost a
season-high seven games.
Billy Butler had a two-run, two-out
double to put the Royals ahead 2-0 in the
third, which ended Kansas City’s stretch
of 15 scoreless innings. The double came
after Alberto Callaspo had hit into a
bases-loaded double play.
Tampa Bay threatened in each of the
first six innings, but failed to score after
going hitless in 12 at-bats with runners in
scoring position. The Rays left 10 run-
ners on base over the stretch.
“It wasn’t an easy six innings,” said
Meche, who is winless in his last six
starts. “The good thing was I kept getting
out of it. I just kept waiting to get through
a couple innings that somehow weren’t so
tough, and it just never happened.”
B.J. Upton, right, hit a two-run homer in the bottomof the eighth inning that scored Michel Hernandez
and gave Tampa Bay the lead for the first time.
Athletics 7, White Sox 0
Oakland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
O.Cabrerass 3 1 0 1 1 0 .225
Kennedy 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Holliday lf 3 2 2 0 1 1 .280
Giambi dh 4 1 1 3 0 0 .220
K.Suzuki c 3 0 1 1 0 0 .284
Crosby 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .207
Cunninghamrf 3 1 1 2 1 1 .143
R.Davis cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .188
G.Petit 3b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .269
Hannahan3b 0 0 0 0 1 0 .179
Totals 31 7 8 7 4 4
Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Podsednik lf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .284
Al.Ramirez ss 4 0 2 0 0 1 .254
Dyerf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .278
Konerko1b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .302
Pierzynski c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .297
Fields dh 4 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Wisecf 2 0 1 0 0 1 .182
Beckham3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000
J.Nix 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .214
Totals 32 0 7 0 0 7
Oakland 000 103 003 — 7 8 0
Chicago 000 000 000 — 0 7 1
E: Dye (2). LOB: Oakland 4, Chicago 6. 2B: Holliday (9),
R.Davis (1), Konerko (13). HR: Giambi (8), off Buehrle;
Cunningham(1), off Dotel. RBIs: O.Cabrera(17), Giambi
3(27), K.Suzuki (18), Cunningham2(4). SB: Crosby (2),
Podsednik (5). S: Kennedy. SF: O.Cabrera, K.Suzuki.
Runners left in scoring position: Oakland 1 (Cun-
ningham); Chicago 5 (Konerko, J.Nix, Podsednik, Pier-
zynski, Fields). DP: Oakland2(Bre.Anderson, O.Cabrera,
Crosby), (Kennedy, O.Cabrera, Crosby); Chicago2(Bueh-
rle, Konerko), (Buehrle, Al.Ramirez, Konerko).
Bre.AndersonW, 3-5 7 6 0 0 0 4 109 4.97
Wuertz 1 0 0 0 0 2 14 2.42
S.Casilla 1 1 0 0 0 1 13 5.75
BuehrleL, 6-2 8 5 4 4 3 4 101 2.91
Dotel 2⁄3 3 3 3 1 0 21 2.41
Whisler 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.00
Inherited runners-scored: Whisler 1-0. IBB: off
Buehrle (Holliday). HBP: by Bre.Anderson (Wise). WP:
Buehrle, Dotel. Balk: Bre.Anderson. Umpires: Home,
DanBellino; First, Phil Cuzzi; Second, TomHallion; Third,
Jerry Crawford. T: 2:15. A: 18,219(40,615).
Twins 11, Indians 3
Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
B.Franciscorf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .263
J.Carroll 3b 3 1 1 1 0 2 .304
Barfield2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750
V.Martinez c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .346
Garko1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Choolf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .297
Jh.Peraltass-3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .263
DeRosadh 4 0 1 0 0 2 .264
Gimenez 1b-c 4 1 2 1 0 1 .500
Crowecf 3 0 1 0 1 2 .182
Valbuena2b-ss 3 1 1 0 1 1 .203
Totals 34 3 7 2 2 13
Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Spanlf 4 2 1 1 1 0 .307
Mauer dh 4 4 3 0 1 0 .436
Morneau1b 3 3 3 3 2 0 .348
Kubel rf 4 2 3 6 1 0 .322
Crede3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .232
B.Harris ss 5 0 1 0 0 1 .279
Redmondc 4 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Gomez cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .218
Tolbert 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .179
Totals 36 11 13 11 5 2
Cleveland 000 002 100 — 3 7 0
Minnesota 430 003 01x — 11 13 1
E: B.Harris (1). LOB: Cleveland 6, Minnesota 7. 2B:
DeRosa (11), Valbuena (7), Morneau (17), Kubel (13),
B.Harris (8). HR: Gimenez (1), off S.Baker; Kubel 2
(7), off Carmona 2; Span (4), off Ohka; Morneau (15),
off Ohka. RBIs: J.Carroll (4), Gimenez (1), Span (24),
Morneau 3 (50), Kubel 6 (31), Crede (23). SB: Choo
(9). SF: Crede. Runners left in scoring position:
Cleveland 3 (Crowe, Jh.Peralta, Valbuena); Minnesota 3
(Gomez, B.Harris 2).
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
CarmonaL, 2-6 2 5 7 7 3 1 54 7.42
Ohka 5 6 3 3 1 0 82 5.40
J.Lewis 1 2 1 1 1 1 19 5.46
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
S.BakerW, 3-6 7 6 3 2 1 10 106 5.88
Henn 2 1 0 0 1 3 36 2.57
IBB: off J.Lewis (Kubel). Umpires: Home, Joe West;
First, Paul Nauert; Second, Paul Schrieber; Third, Chad
Fairchild. T: 2:40. A: 20,897(46,632).
Oakland 7, Chicago White Sox 0 Minnesota 11, Cleveland 3
Beckham blanked in debut
Kubel leaves Indians feeling pain with blasts
CHICAGO—Visiting pitchers are
supposed to have trouble
against the Chicago White Sox.
Not this year.
Jason Giambi hit a three-run
homer and Brett Anderson
pitched seven impressive
innings, sending the Oakland
Athletics to a 7-0 victory over
Chicago on Thursday.
The White Sox are batting
just .220 at home, and five of
their major league-worst eight
shutouts have come at their
hitter-friendly park.
“That’s a terrible stat,” Paul
Konerko said. “Some statistics
lie—that one doesn’t. That’s
Aaron Cunningham added a
two-run shot in the ninth for
Oakland, which won the final
three games of the four-game
series. The White Sox fell to
13-13 at home.
Top prospect Gordon Beck-
ham made his major league
debut at third base for Chicago,
going 0 for 3 with a strikeout.
He hit into a fielder’s choice in
his first at-bat.
White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen likes Beckham, but is
already sick of the hype sur-
rounding the promotion. How
did Guillen think Beckham
“Really bad,” Guillen said.
“He struck out, what am I going
to say? He was good? That kid’s
going to be all right. ... He’s just
another player. He had a bad
day, just like everyone else.”
MINNEAPOLIS—Jason Kubel didn’t want
to make another trip to the disabled list
with knee pain. If he continues to hit the
way he did Thursday, he won’t have to
worry about any down time.
Kubel hit a pair of three-run homers
to back Scott Baker, who pitched seven
effective innings for the Minnesota
Twins in an 11-3 victory over the Cleve-
land Indians.
Kubel injured his left knee chasing a
fly ball at Chicago on May 21 and missed
the next three games. Since he returned,
he was 4-for-26 until hitting a single in
the fourth inning Wednesday night.
On Thursday, Kubel’s first homer
capped a four-run first against Fausto
Carmona. The cleanup batter followed
an inning later with his second to give
Minnesota a 7-0 lead.
“The swing’s come back and that’s all
I can ask for,” Kubel said.
It was his fourth career two-homer
game and second of the season.
“He was out of whack a little bit, get-
ting his legs underneath him,” Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I think
he was rolling over balls and it looked
like he got a little pull happy because of
that. But he says he’s feeling better. And
he doesn’t want to go on the DL, so that
always motivates people to swing
Kubel had surgery on his left knee
and missed the entire 2005 season.
After recovering from the injury, he
broke through with 20 home runs last
Assured of an everyday spot in the
lineup this year, Kubel has responded.
“Just from the beginning of the sea-
son, it’s been a different feeling,” he
Baker (3-6) has felt different his past
few starts.
The right-hander took advantage of
the early run support, staying around
the strike zone and retiring his first
eight batters. He didn’t allow a hit until
the fifth inning while winning for the
second time in three starts.
Baker credited a small change in his
mechanics—standing taller in his deliv-
ery—for a victory against the Brewers
on May 24, but then allowed four runs
and seven hits in a loss to Tampa Bay in
his last start.
Against Cleveland, he appeared to be
back in good form.
Baker struck out a career-high 10 and
walked just one. He allowed three
runs—two earned—and six hits.
“I threw down about as well as I have
all season,” Baker said. “I left a couple
pitches up, but we’re human beings.
That’s just part of it. It’s definitely a
game of adjustments and as long as you
continue to make those adjustments you
should be fine.”
Meanwhile, Carmona (2-6) failed to
reach the third inning for the second
time in three starts. He’s allowed four or
more runs in his last five starts, and has
walked 24 batters in his last six.
Minnesota’s Jason Kubel hit two three-run homers to account for more than half of his team’s RBIs.
Topic: JimCaldwell, his replacement as Colts coach.
Dungy: “He is going to have a challenging schedule
early on (Jacksonville, at Miami, at Arizona, Seattle,
at Tennessee before the bye), and dealing with those
expectations of being able to go on the road and win is
going to be the test. They are going to be up to it, but
it’s funny how the schedule has been
laid out. Those challenges are right
there early, and it’s going to be
important for them to get off to a
good start because if they don’t, it’s
going to be, ‘Coach Dungy would
have done this, would have done this
differently.’ ”
Topic: QB Peyton Manning vents about the
Colts’ coachingturnover.
Dungy: “I was a little surprised to see some of the
remarks in public. One of our things was to keep
everything in-house. I’m pretty sure Peyton regrets
now some of those comments getting out because you
don’t want to air your laundry; you want to keep it
Topic: Michael Vick possibly returningto the NFL.
Dungy: “I do hope Michael gets the opportunity to
come back for a number of reasons. I think that he has
paid for his crime, and I think that he deserves a sec-
ond chance. He is a talented young man, and he has a
great story to tell. If he does come back and make it, it
can be very inspiring to young people who make a mis-
take to realize that one mistake doesn’t doom you. If I
were running a team, what I know about Michael Vick
and what I’ve seen from him, I would definitely give
him an opportunity to play. If I needed a quarterback,
I would not be afraid of his past.”
Topic: Vince Youngsays he wants to start or be traded.
Dungy: “I am a big Vince Young fan, and I have got-
ten to know him from playing against him twice a year.
He did a tremendous job at the University of Texas
leading that program, and he was on his way in Ten-
nessee but some things happened. He is going to have
to recover and rebound and reestablish that leader-
ship. Right now, I think the team does look at Kerry
Collins as being the leader and that is going to be a hill
(Young) is going to have to climb. It will be interesting
to see if he does it.”
Topic: Teamof the decade.
Dungy: “The Patriots. They (are) the team everyone
is chasing.”
Topic: His role onFootball Night inAmerica.
Dungy: “Trying to bring a coach’s view of the big
picture to the fans. I think one of the enticing things
about this is that we are going to do a lot of explaining
why things happen.”
Tony Dungy Rodney
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy says Michael Vick, above, deserves a
second chance.
Rodney Harrison says his ex-teammate TomBrady, above, would
not air the team’s dirty laundry in public.
NFL hot topics ...
with Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison
This week, NBC announced that two recent NFL retirees—former Colts coach
Tony Dungy and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison—will join its weekly
pregame show, Football Night in America. Considering their outspoken and pas-
sionate natures, it’s no surprise that they were chosen for national TV work. Here
are some of the opinions Dungy and Harrison shared with Sporting News Today’s
Vinnie Iyer on the hot offseason topics:
Topic: QB Peyton Manning vents about the Colts’ coaching
Harrison: “That really gives Tom Brady the edge over
Peyton Manning in terms of leadership because he’s a
guy that if this went on in New England he wouldn’t
come out publicly and he wouldn’t make a big fuss about
it. I think as a leader on a team, you
being Peyton Manning, a Hall of
Famer, you need to keep it in-house.
You have so many guys looking up to
you and once they see the panic on
your part, then all of a sudden they
start getting nervous.”
Topic: Arizona Cardinals, findor fluke?
Harrison: “As long as you have
the ingredient (quarterback) in
place, you have a chance to win. They re-signed Kurt
Warner and have a young, fast defense. The biggest
issue is combing back strong. It only takes a little lack
of focus to finish 7-9.”
Topic: Vince Youngsays he wants to start or be traded.
Harrison: “Unfortunately for Vince Young, this is
not the University of Texas, this is the National Foot-
ball League. ... I think what happened to him is that
he got caught up in somewhat of the dark side, party-
ing, not prioritizing and making football his No. 1
thing. ... So this is a critical time for him. If he doesn’t
become a starter in the next two years, you’ll find him
as a career backup.”
Topic: Teamof the decade.
Harrison: “The Patriots. Look at all the transition.
Then you look at their consistency, the Super Bowl
Topic: Coveringhis former team, the Patriots.
Harrison: “If there is a question in Week 8 or Week
10—when the Patriots play against the Colts—and
Tom Brady is not performing, everyone is going to
question his knee. And if I feel like it’s his knee that is
bothering him, then I’m going to have to mention that
and Tom would have to respect that. As a player, you
have to respect the fact that you are going to be criti-
cized. And that’s something that I’m not afraid to
bring. When I played, I didn’t have many friends and
I’m sure I’m not going to make a lot of friends now.”
Topic: His role onFootball Night inAmerica.
Harrison: “Just like I played the game, I’m going to
be honest and I’m going to be forthright and I’m going
to do it with passion. Certain guys you definitely
respect their opinions, but other guys I felt like they
were afraid to come out and really tell the hard truth.
And as an analyst, it is your job be fair but honest.
And sometimes you have to be brutally honest with
guys who you have played with.”
‘Give Brady the edge over Manning in terms of leadership’ Tony Dungy: ‘I would definitely give (Vick) an opportunity’
Ryan’s bravado rubbing off on confidence-starved Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J.—Still months from coach-
ing his first Jets game, Rex Ryan is talking a
good game.
NFL head coaches are supposed to speak in
bland clichés, but Ryan is all about bold state-
ments. He expects to win big. Just ask him.
“I’m not here for the security of it,” Ryan
said. “I want to be special.
“This (practice) facility
that (owner) Woody (John-
son) put together was not to
go .500. It’s to win champi-
onships and multiple cham-
pionships. We’ll see if I’m
the right guy for it.”
Ryan has difficulty mak-
ing it through an interview
without a proclamation.
Wednesday on WFAN radio in New York,
Ryan said among other things, “I never came
here to kiss Bill Belichick’s, you know, rings.”
At his introductory Jets press conference,
Ryan made reference to visiting the White
House, an invitation given to the Super Bowl
champion every year.
If nothing else, Ryan has added swagger to
the Jets’ culture, and the players are buying
in. When current Browns coach Eric Mangini
was fired after the Jets’ collapse in December,
nose tackle Kris Jenkins called the move a
mistake. Now, Jenkins feels differently.
“At the time they let Mangini go, we didn’t
know about Rex Ryan,” Jenkins said. “All we
knew is that our coach had got fired. Now? It’s
not a situation where I’m going to slight my
old coach or put him down. But I’m going to
give credit where credit is due. Rex is a heck of
a football coach.”
Jenkins’ assessment is based partially on
what Ryan accomplished last season as the
Ravens’ defensive coordinator. Only the Steel-
ers and Titans allowed fewer points than the
Ravens, who never surrendered more than 13
points at home.
John Harbaugh was a rookie head coach
with the Ravens last season, and according to
Jets linebacker Bart Scott, Ryan naturally
assumed a bigger role.
“He has been groomed for this,” Scott said.
“Last year, with a young coach, he took more
responsibility. He had to be more of a head
coach. He was the more the interpreter of
what Harbaugh wanted to accomplish. He
settled that whole situation down.”
Ryan said he coached the Ravens’ defense
with a daring attitude last season, thinking he
might never get the chance to become a head
coach. Following the ’07 season, Ryan inter-
viewed for head coach vacancies in Baltimore,
Atlanta and Miami—only to see someone else
get the job.
“I thought I was right for a particular team
and was passed over,” Ryan said. “But it made
me focus. I told the G.M. of that team that I
would make the league pay.”
All of Ryan’s tough talk will not change
serious questions about the Jets. Their start-
ing quarterback either will be a rookie, Mark
Sanchez, or Kellen Clemens, who has just
eight career starts. Their two best backs,
Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, are
both unhappy with their contracts and
skipped recent voluntary practices.
Having not been to the Super Bowl since
1969, the Jets fight for respect everywhere—
around the league, in the AFC East and in
New York. Jets guard Alan Faneca likes the
way Ryan has barged through the front door,
rather than tiptoeing through the back.
“He’s a breath of fresh air, putting his stamp
on this team,” Faneca said. “He is who he is.
He’s not going to change.”
Ryan clearly hopes his bravado and confi-
dence rubs off on a franchise starving for sus-
tained success. Coaches can’t win NFL games
in June but can establish a winning chemistry,
something the Jets felt they had last season
before blowing a playoff spot in December.
Having yet to coach a game with the Jets,
Ryan sounds and looks the part of a coach
who means business. That will keep things
interesting until September. From that point,
only how the Jets play will matter.
Questions for
rookie coaches
The Jets’ Rex Ryan is not the
only first-year coach facing
questions. Here’s a quick look
at the other rookie coaches and
their most daunting question:
Tom Cable, Raiders: Can he
turn a struggling franchise
back into a winner?
Jim Caldwell, Colts: Will he
continue the consistency estab-
lished by Tony Dungy?
Todd Haley, Chiefs: Can he
succeed without Larry Fitzger-
ald, Anquan Boldin and Kurt
Eric Mangini, Browns: Which
quarterback will he start,
Derek Anderson or Brady
Josh McDaniels, Broncos: Can
he prove that trading Jay Cut-
ler was not a major mistake?
JimMora, Seahawks: Was last
year an aberration, or the
beginning of a rebuilding
Raheem Morris, Bucs: Will
this job make the NFL’s young-
est head coach feel old?
Jim Schwartz, Lions: Can he
resist the temptation not to
rush QB Matthew Stafford into
Mike Singletary, 49ers: Will
he become that rare great
player who also becomes a
great coach?
Steve Spagnuolo, Rams:
Things cannot get much worse,
but can he make them much
Rex Ryan hasn’t coached a game yet for the Jets, but the players are already praising his approach.
Clifton Brown
Scouts’ views
Defensive coordinator rankings: Steelers’ LeBeau still the best
It seems the whole league is changing
to a 3-4 these days, and there are plenty
of those system gurus on this list. But the
best coordinators are the coaches who can
adapt the talent at their disposal and attack
an offense in a variety of ways.
RealScouts, Sporting News Today’s team
of former NFL scouts, ranks its top 20
defensive coordinators:
Dick LeBeau, Steelers. LeBeau
perfected the zone blitz, and
you’ll see Pittsburgh continue to
run this defense as long as he’s the
coordinator. He likes to mix looks
and bring pressure from different
points on the field. He lacks a great
secondary, so he attacks offenses
with all-out pressure.
JimJohnson, Eagles. Another
disciple of the zone blitz,
Johnson likes to bring pressure
from up and down the line and
asks defensive backs to jam
receivers and play physical.
Typically, he prefers quicker one
gap-shooting linemen and active
linebackers. The ’09 Eagles have
upgraded the athleticism in the
front seven, and here’s hoping
Johnson recovers from his illness
to coach this improved group.
Leslie Frazier, Vikings. He has the
horses up front to send a nice
pressure package at quarterbacks,
and he likes to play some mixed
zones behind it with CB Antoine
Winfield more often in press
coverage. With DE Jared Allen
joining the team last year, the blitz
package is a thing of the past,
though it could return if the
Williams Wall misses significant
JimBates, Bucs. Look for the
Bucs to move away from the
traditional Tampa-2 zone scheme
and have defensive backs making
more plays on the ball, while the
defensive front will be less about
stunts and twists and more about
getting pressure off the edges.
DomCapers, Packers. He is a
diehard believer in the 3-4
scheme, even though the ’09
Packers might not have the pieces
to make it work well. Capers has
been through the transition before
and can guide Aaron Kampman,
A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett and
others through struggles.
GregBlache, Redskins. He relies
on pressure at every level. He
likes to get a big push inside from
his tackles, explaining the Albert
Haynesworth signing. Blache also
likes linebackers who run to the
ball and corners and safeties who
press and play close to the line.
Expect Washington to harass the
QB consistently in ’09.
Mike Nolan, Broncos. He will have
a challenge this season, but if
anyone can turn around a moribund
defense it’s Nolan. An ardent 3-4
man, Nolan must employ a hybrid in
’09. His priority is shoring up the
run defense. He must rely on a
strong secondary to play well in
coverage while he figures out how to
generate pressure.
DeanPees, Patriots. He is learn-
ing from the master, Bill
Belichick. No team does a better
job of adapting personnel and
playing the matchup game. With
upgrades in the secondary, Pees
will have more options in the pass
rush. Pees is a name to watch.
Mike Zimmer, Bengals. The
Bengals likely will continue to
employ a 4-3 scheme as it has
throughout Marvin Lewis’ tenure.
Cincinnati has a lot of linebackers
and converted college ends, so
Zimmer could tinker with some
3-4 alignments.
Paul Pasqualoni, Dolphins. Bill
Parcells and Tony Sparano
love him, and after watching that
turnaround last year who are we to
argue? Pasqualoni has the knowl-
edge and adaptability skills to be
an asset within any scheme, but he
is an old-time coach who can teach
technique on a one-on-one level.
Joey Porter’s career was over until
Pasqualoni arrived in Miami.
Clancy Pendergast, Chiefs. He is
unpredictable—at times
unorthodox—and is tough to game
plan against. The Chiefs will use a
3-4 scheme as their base defense,
but liberal usage of the 4-3 in nickel
sets keeps opponents guessing.
JohnMarshall, Raiders. Mar-
shall, who comes to Oakland
after a six-year stint as Mike Hol-
mgren’s defensive coordinator in
Seattle, is all about pressure. He likes
to mix coverages and formations, so
versatility in the front seven is
critical. There is talent on the
Raiders’ roster, so don’t be surprised
to see more success in ’09.
GreggWilliams, Saints. He uses
a lot of stunts and twists
with his linemen. Speed at
defensive end is important. In the
secondary, New Orleans will
utilize a mixture of zone and
man-to-man schemes with a lot of
cornerback man-to-man cover-
ages with safety help over the top
in combination schemes.
RonRivera, Chargers. He has
experience coaching the
4-3, the Tampa-2 and now the 3-4
scheme. Although the Chargers
will remain a 3-4 front, Rivera
incorporates aspects of the other
schemes. That means more aggres-
sive play-calling in terms of blitzes
and letting Shawne Merriman
loose behind a more talented front.
Gunther Cunningham, Lions.
Big and physical is the way
Cunningham and new coach Jim
Schwartz like defensive players.
The first priority is stopping the
run and solidifying the front
seven. Look for plenty of aggres-
sive calls and blitz schemes.
Perry Fewell, Bills. He runs a
conservative version of the
4-3 scheme, blitzing sparingly. He
likes to utilize a lot of cover-2 zone
schemes. Fewell uses some
pre-snap movement to confuse
opponents, but after the snap he
keeps it pretty basic.
Larry Coyer, Colts. A former
defensive line coach, he will
emphasize the importance of line
play—in pressuring the quarter-
back and defending the run.
RobRyan, Browns. Look for a
lot of different formations
and movement within the Browns’
3-4 scheme, which will look a lot
like brother Rex’s hybrid scheme
made famous in Baltimore. We
will see a lot of press coverage by
the cornerbacks and be aggres-
sive, mostly using man-to-man.
GregManusky, 49ers. He
emphasizes a 3-4 press-type
style with lots of different looks and
frequent shifting of personnel.
Frequent blitzing by cornerbacks
and safeties is a staple—as well as
lots of man-to-man coverage—but
the main pass rush must come from
the outside linebackers. His defense
will resemble the Steelers’ at times,
and don’t be surprised if LB Patrick
Willis becomes a star in ’09.
RonMeeks, Panthers. He likes
to play zone schemes
behind stunting linemen, using
constant movement to confuse
blockers. The back seven play it
sound and simple; they try to keep
everything in front of them and
prevent big plays. Meeks doesn’t
blitz much and shouldn’t have to if
DE Julius Peppers returns.
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for SportingNews Today.
Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau created and honed the zone blitz.
Fisher: QB Young will be Titans’ starter ‘eventually’
Titans coach Jeff Fisher says that if
VinceYoung can remain patient, he’ll be
the team’s starting quarterback
sooner or later. Earlier this week,
Young said he wanted to start or be
“Let me say this: I didn’t bat an eye
at it,” Fisher told WDKF Radio.
“When I saw Vince today, we didn’t
bring it up. He was in the weight
room working out, had a great work-
out. He knows there is no potential
for us to move him. Kerry is our
starter, but Vince is eventually going
to be our starting quarterback and
the quarterback we drafted him to
be, period.”
The NFL Players Association
has reached a $26.25 million settle-
ment with retired players who had
successfully sued the union for cut-
ting them out of lucrative market-
ing deals. Hall of Fame cornerback
HerbAdderley, who filed the suit, con-
firmed the settlement on Thursday,
telling The Associated Press that
he’s “elated that this thing is com-
ing to a close.”
Bucs LG Arron Sears, who sus-
tained a concussion midway through
last season, still hasn’t been cleared
to participate in practice drills.
Recent neurological exams report-
edly haven’t been promising.
“Obviously, we are all concerned
about Arron,” coach Raheem Morris
told reporters. “Realistically, it’s a
private matter. I would respect
Arron enough not to even talk
about that. I’ll leave it as concerned
and as a private matter.”
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
returned to practice Thursday, a
day after he limped off the field fol-
lowing a collision with RB Willie
Parker during practice. Roethlis-
berger had his left knee wrapped
Thursday but apparently did not
require treatment.
The NFL Players Association
is investigating how new Browns
coach Eric Mangini is conducting
“voluntary” practices, according to
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.
Mangini sent 19 rookies on a
10-hour bus trip each way last
weekend, to work his football camp
in Hartford, Conn. The NFLPA
also is concerned about the length
of his spring practices and the
amount of hitting involved.
Jaguars Pro Bowl DT John Hen-
derson wants to make it clear: He’s
not faking an injury. He missed his
third consecutive practice Thurs-
day because of a dislocated shoul-
der, an injury coach Jack Del Rio
questioned earlier in the week.
“I was a little upset, but we talked
about it and everything is all right,”
Henderson said. “We talked like
men. I let him know about the
shoulder. He saw the X-rays.”
Packers ILB Nick Barnett, who
underwent surgery Nov. 20 to repair
a torn ACL in his right knee, took
part in walkthrough portions of
practices this week but says he might
not be ready to participate fully in
practice until after training camp
begins Aug. 1.
“By the time the regular season
pops, I should be 100 percent. I
feel good,” Barnett said. “We’re
headed in the right direction. I
think I’ll be feeling very good in
late July.”
Packers coaches can’t decide
whether B.J. Raji fits better at nose
tackle or defensive end, and their
indecision is having a negative
impact on their first-round pick.
“I’m not going to lie—at times, it’s
overwhelming,” Raji told the Green
Bay Press-Gazette. “But at this level,
you have to grasp a lot. That’s just
the nature of this game. All I can do
is keep studying my playbook and
trying to stay as attentive in meet-
ings as I possibly can.”
The Cardinals signed S Adrian
Wilson to a five-year contract exten-
sion through the ’13 season. Wil-
son, 29, is the hard-hitting leader of
the defense and was a ’06 Pro Bowl
selection. His old contract was to
expire after the ’09 season.
The Cardinals also signed
rookie fifth-round pick Herman John-
son (6-7, 382) to a three-year contract.
LT JoeStaley has agreed to a six-
year contract extension with the
49ers that will keep him with the
club through ’17. Staley, a ’07 first-
round pick, started every game at
right tackle as a rookie before shift-
ing to the left side last year to
replace injury-prone Jonas Jennings.
Staley has not missed a snap in his
two-year career.
If troubled but talented WR
Plaxico Burress can escape or delay
prison and/or an NFL suspension,
teams will be lining up to sign him
for the ’09 season. The Bears, Jets
and Bucs all are viable options.
New Bears QB Jay Cutler has been
lobbying Burress, and WR Devin
Hester and TE DesmondClark seconded
Cutler’s motion this week.
“Talent is talent,” Clark told the
Chicago Sun-Times. “But the one
thing you don’t want are bad guys.
Just from people I talk to, every-
body says he is a really, really good
guy. ... If a guy like that gets in trou-
ble and he’s not around the team, if
people didn’t like him they would
take their shots at him right there.
Nobody took a shot at Plaxico. He’s
going to sign with somebody, no
doubt, because he is a great talent.”
Pro Bowl CB Antoine Winfield is
skipping the Vikings’ voluntary
practices this week as negotiations
on a contract extension have stalled.
He missed a mandatory minicamp
last weekend to attend the funeral
of a friend’s mother. Winfield had
been participating in the offseason
strength and conditioning program
until talks broke off.
The Eagles and QB Donovan
McNabb could be getting closer to a
contract extension, according to the
Philadelphia Inquirer and Comcast
SportsNet. McNabb, who turns 33 in
November, has two years remaining
on a deal signed in ’02. He is sched-
uled to make $9.2 million this year
and $10 million in ’10, but those sala-
ries are not guaranteed.
The Patriots signed RB Patrick
Pass, a member of the team from
2000-06, on Thursday. He appeared
in one game with the ’07 Giants and
was out of football in ’08.
Bills’ Wilson makes odd choice
for Hall of Fame induction
Ralph Wilson, the nonagenarian owner of the Bills, has selected
ESPN’s Chris Berman to be his presenter when Wilson is inducted
into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. Wilson noted that Ber-
man is a longtime friend who “really embodies the Bills fans.”
That’s fine. Wilson is entitled to select whomever he wants to pres-
ent him. But any of these three men would have been more appropri-
ate choices:
MarvLevy. He had a 123-78 regular-season record in 12 seasons as
Buffalo’s coach and led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl
appearances. Levy was inducted into the Hall in ’01.
JimKelly. The former Bills quarterback was the trigger-man for
those Super Bowl teams. He also is in the Hall.
Bud Adams. A fellow member of the “Foolish Club,” the original
group of American Football League team owners, Adams has owned
the Titans/Oilers as long as Wilson has owned the Bills. And this is
the 50th anniversary of the AFL.
—Dennis Dillon
Titans coach Jeff Fisher says Kerry Collins (5) is the starter, but Vince Young is staying put.
Remaining free agents
A quick look at the remaining NFL free agents by posi-
tion (R-restricted free agent, F-franchise tagged player):
Quarterbacks—Brooks Bollinger, Dallas; Ken Dorsey,
Cleveland; Gus Frerotte, Minnesota; Charlie Frye,
Seattle; Quinn Gray, Kansas City; Trent Green, St. Louis;
Rex Grossman, Chicago; DrewHenson, Detroit; Brad
Johnson, Dallas; J.P. Losman, Buffalo; Jamie Martin,
San Francisco; Craig Nall, Houston; Marques Tuiasosopo,
Oakland; AnthonyWright, NY Giants.
Runningbacks—Shaun Alexander, Washington;
J.J. Arrington, Denver; Darian Barnes, NewOrleans;
TatumBell, Denver; Jon Bradley, Detroit; Brian Calhoun,
Detroit; Jesse Chatman, NY Jets; P.J. Daniels, Baltimore;
Reuben Droughns, NY Giants; Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay;
DeShaun Foster, San Francisco; Samkon Gado, St. Louis;
Nick Goings, Carolina; Ahman Green, Houston; Andre
Hall, Denver; Kay-Jay Harris, NY Giants; Maurice Hicks,
Minnesota; Edgerrin James, Arizona; Rudi Johnson,
Detroit; Deuce McAllister, NewOrleans; Travis Minor, St.
Louis; Chris Perry, Cincinnati; AndrewPinnock, Denver;
Michael Pittman, Denver; P.J. Pope, Denver; Cecil Sapp,
Houston; Aaron Stecker, NewOrleans; SelvinYoung,
Widereceivers—DrewBennett, St. Louis; Marty
Booker, Chicago; DrewCarter, Oakland; Jason Carter;
Carolina; Keary Colbert, Detroit; Biren Ealy, New
Orleans; D.J. Hackett, Carolina; Dante Hall, St. Louis;
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis; Ike Hilliard, Tampa Bay;
Darrell Jackson, Denver; Nate Jackson, Denver; Matt
Jones, Jacksonville; Joe Jurevicius, Cleveland; Ashley
Lelie, Oakland; Brandon Lloyd, Chicago; Dane Looker, St.
Louis; Marcus Maxwell, Baltimore; Anthony Mix, Tampa
Bay; Tab Perry, Miami; Jerry Porter, Jacksonville; Koren
Robinson, Seattle; Edell Shepherd, Denver; Travis Taylor,
Detroit; Amani Toomer, NY Giants; ReggieWilliams,
Tight ends—Courtney Anderson, Houston; Adam
Bergen, Denver; Mark Bruener, Houston; Owen Daniels
(R), Houston; Nate Lawrie, Cincinnati; Marcus Pollard,
Atlanta; JerameTuman, Arizona; Daniel Wilcox,
Offensivetackles—Anthony Davis, St. Louis; Jon
Dunn, Detroit; George Foster, Detroit; Wayne Gandy,
Atlanta; Kwame Harris, Oakland; Jonas Jennings, San
Francisco; Levi Jones, Cincinnati; Fred Miller, Chicago;
Rob Petitti, St. Louis; Jon Runyan, Philadelphia; Charles
Spencer, Jacksonville; Barry Stokes, NewEngland; Mark
Tauscher, Green Bay.
Guards—Lennie Friedman, Cleveland; Pete Kendall,
Washington; Matt Lentz, Detroit; Terrence Metcalf,
Chicago; Edwin Mulitalo, Detroit; Chris Naeole, Jack-
sonville; Grey Ruegamer, NY Giants; Kendall Simmons,
Pittsburgh; JasonWhittle, Buffalo.
Centers—Brennen Carvalho, Green Bay; Jean-Philippe
Darche, Kansas City; Melvin Fowler, Buffalo; Matt
Lehr, NewOrleans; Andy McCollum, Detroit; Jeremy
Newberry, San Diego; Scott Peters, Arizona; Cory
Withrow, St. Louis.
Defensiveends—Kevin Carter, Tampa Bay; Earl
Cochran, Houston; Sean Conover, NY Jets; Nick Eason,
Pittsburgh; Kalimba Edwards, Oakland; Ebenezer
Ekuban, Denver; John Engelberger, Denver; Simon
Fraser, Atlanta; Roderick Green, San Francisco; Travis
LaBoy, Arizona; Jayme Mitchell, Minnesota; Jerome
McDougle, NY Giants; Julius Peppers (F), Carolina; Josh
Savage, NewOrleans; AnthonyWeaver, Houston; James
Wyche, Jacksonville.
Defensivetackles—Kenderick Allen, Minnesota;
Gary Gibson, Carolina; La’Roi Glover, St. Louis; Vonnie
Holliday, Miami; Antwan Lake, NewOrleans; Langston
Moore, Detroit; Kindal Moorehead, Atlanta; Dewayne
Robertson, Denver; Orpheus Roye, Pittsburgh; Hollis
Thomas, NewOrleans; JoshThomas, Indianapolis; John
Thornton, Cincinnati; CaseyTyler, Dallas; DarwinWalker,
Carolina; Ellis Wyms, Minnesota; BrianYoung, New
Orleans; Jeff Zgonina, Houston.
Linebackers—Rufus Alexander, Indianapolis; Jason
Babin, Kansas City; Rocky Boiman, Kansas City; Derrick
Brooks, Tampa Bay; Khary Campbell, Washington;
Anthony Cannon, Detroit; Dan Cody, Baltimore;
Rosevelt Colvin, NewEngland; Donte’ Curry, Carolina;
Donnie Edwards, Kansas City; Greg Ellis, Dallas; Gilbert
Gardner, Chicago; Curtis Gatewood, Kansas City; Morlon
Greenwood, Houston; Napoleon Harris, Minnesota; Brad
Kassell, NY Jets; Jason Kyle, Carolina; Teddy Lehman,
Buffalo; Wesly Mallard, Seattle; Willie McGinest,
Cleveland; Ryan Nece, Detroit; Shantee Orr, Cleveland;
Antwan Peek, Cleveland; Carlos Polk, Dallas; Junior
Seau, NewEngland; Matt Sinclair, Washington; Gary
Stills, St. Louis; Terrell Suggs (F), Baltimore; Dontarrious
Thomas, Minnesota; Marcus Washington, Washington;
NateWebster, Denver.
Cornerbacks—David Barrett, NY Jets; Fakhir Brown,
St. Louis; Terry Cousin, Cleveland; Jason Craft, St. Louis;
Travis Fisher, Detroit; Reynaldo Hill, Tennessee; William
James, Jacksonville; AdamJones, Dallas; Michael
Lehan, NewOrleans; SamMadison, NY Giants; Ricky
Manning Jr., St. Louis; Chris McAlister, Baltimore; Mike
McKenzie, NewOrleans; R.W. McQuarters, NY Giants;
Deltha O’Neal, NewEngland; Dunta Robinson (F),
Houston; Lewis Sanders, NewEngland; Duane Starks,
Jacksonville; DeJuanTribble, San Diego; JasonWebster,
NewEngland; JimmyWilliams, Houston; Stanley
Wilson, Detroit.
Safeties—Michael Boulware, Minnesota; Mike
Brown, Chicago; Oliver Celestin, Kansas City; Corey
Chavous, St. Louis; Will Demps, Houston; Mike Doss,
Cincinnati; Mike Green, Washington; Terrence Holt,
NewOrleans; Dexter Jackson, Cincinnati; Sammy
Knight, NY Giants; Lawyer Milloy, Atlanta; Chad Nkang,
Jacksonville; Pierson Prioleau, Jacksonville; Dwight
Smith, Detroit; JimmyWilliams, San Francisco; Cameron
Worrell, Chicago.
Kickers—John Carney, NY Giants; Matt Stover,
Punters—Mitch Berger, Pittsburgh; Kyle Larson,
Cincinnati; Ryan Plackemeier, Cincinnati.
As Boldin sits, Breaston emerges as Cardinals’ next star receiver
TEMPE, ARIZ.—As Anquan Boldin
stays away in a contract dispute,
Steve Breaston has confidently
moved up to the No. 2 wide receiver
spot for the Cardinals.
Breaston, entering his third NFL
season, knows the importance of
these spring/summer “voluntary”
practices. It was a year ago, in the
searing Arizona heat, that Breaston
opened the coaches’ eyes.
“When it came to game time, they
could trust in me,” Breaston said.
“They could rely on me to do good
Breaston went on to become Ari-
zona’s third 1,000-yard receiver in
’08, catching 77 passes for 1,006
yards, an average of 13.1 yards per
catch. That compares with 96
catches for 1,431 yards for Larry
Fitzgerald and 89 catches for 1,038
yards for Boldin.
In four playoff games last season,
Breaston caught 13 passes for 148
Boldin, in a long contract dispute
with the Cardinals, didn’t partici-
pate in last month’s mandatory mini-
camp because of what he said was a
sore hamstring. He has not taken
part in any of the subsequent volun-
tary workouts.
That has cleared the way for Breas-
ton to work with QB Kurt Warner
and the first-team offense.
“I’ve just got more opportunities
now,” he said. “Just with Q not being
here—and it’s trouble him not being
here—but it’s good for me getting
more reps. It’s good for everybody.
Everybody gets a lot more.”
The team’s other receivers—Jer-
heme Urban, Early Doucet and
Lance Long—also have had more
chances to impress the coaches.
If they need an example of how the
summer can make a career, they
need look no farther than Breaston.
Breaston was no sure bet to even
make the team when he was drafted in
the fifth round out of Michigan in ’07,
the 142nd player chosen overall. He
was looked upon as perhaps a kick
returner, but there were questions
about his ability to catch the ball.
He returned kickoffs and punts as
a rookie, including a 73-yard punt
return for a touchdown against the
Steelers, but saw only sparse time on
offense (nine caches, 82 yards). He
vowed to show last summer that he
was more than just a kick returner.
“I think the biggest thing was I
was reliable,” Breaston said. “Going
against DBs, making plays, I think
that’s important, even in OTAs
(voluntary workouts). It carries over
to the games.”
As the season went on, Warner
gained more and more confidence in
his young receiver.
“There was so much pressure, but I
embraced the pressure, just playing
alongside Anquan and Larry,” Breas-
ton said, “just how good of receivers
they are. You don’t want that big drop-
off. You want to keep going.”
Warner said Boldin’s absence will
help all the young receivers.
“So much of this game is getting
reps and seeing things live,” Warner
said. “It’s one thing to talk about it in a
meeting room or draw it on a board or
see it on film, it’s completely another
thing to see it in front of you. That’s
where it gets valuable for Steve run-
ning with the No. 1 against the No. 1
defense, but also for the guys that are
moving up a step behind him.”
Now, all those doubts about
whether Breaston could catch seem
ancient history.
“I told a lot of people that once I left
my school there was a big cloud
lifted,” Breaston said. “What they
said back in college or what I did in
college, it doesn’t determine where
I’m going or what I’m going to do in
this league. When I got here, I had a
chip on my shoulder but the cloud
was gone. No matter what people
say, they can’t determine the out-
come I will have in the NFL.”
In just his third season in the NFL, Steve Breaston is already going to be counted on to fill some big shoes as Arizona’s No. 2 receiver.
NASCAR announced Thursday that it
will implement double-file lead-lap-car
restarts with this weekend’s NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
The double-file restarts will be used for
all restarts at all tracks for the Sprint Cup
Series. Implementation for the Nationwide
and Camping World Truck series will come
in the near future.
The former restart procedure had lap-
down cars on the inside, and the lead-lap
cars on the outside for the restarts.
“We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘Dou-
ble-file restarts—shootout style’ are coming to
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” NASCAR
Chairman and CEO BrianFrance said in a news
release. “This addition to the race format is
good for competition and good for the fans.”
Hendrick Motorsports tops Forbes.
com’s annual ranking of NASCAR teams by
estimated value, with an estimated value of
$350 million. Toassessthevalue, Forbes uses a
formula that involves adding up what teams
receive from sponsors, their winnings and
ingprograms. It appliesmultiplesrangingfrom
1.25 to 1.80 based on past relevant deals in
the formula.
The top 10 teams, and their projected value
in millions that follow Hendrick are Roush
Fenway Racing ($270), Richard Childress
Racing ($167), Joe Gibbs Racing ($144), Rich-
ard Petty Motorsports ($131), Penske Racing
($111), Michael Waltrip Racing ($100), Stew-
art-Haas Racing ($80), Earnhardt Ganassi
Racing ($70) and Red Bull Racing ($55).
Goodyear officials say more than 1,200
laps were completed during the tire manu-
facturer’s three-day test at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway this week.
Nine teams participated, including Roush
Fenway Racing’s GregBiffle, Richard Childress
Racing’s Jeff Burton, Tommy Baldwin Racing’s
Patrick Carpentier, Wood Brothers Racing’s Bill
Elliott, Robby Gordon Motorsports’ Robby Gor-
don, Richard Petty Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne,
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s JuanPabloMontoya,
Stewart-Haas Racing’s TonyStewart and Penske
Racing’s David Stremme. After the session,
Goodyear officials said that all results indi-
cated they were on target with the tire that will
be used in this year’s Allstate 400.
Bobby Hamilton Jr. will return to the Mac-
Donald Motorsports No. 81 in this week-
end’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated
Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeed-
way, Hamilton’s hometown track. He drove
for the team at Dover International Speed-
way last weekend and finished 15th.
Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano will
compete in the Bennett Lane Winery 200
Camping World West Series race on June 20.
For Sporting News Today
Mike Skinner has a robust record at
Texas Motor Speedway in the Camping
World Truck Series, but it comes with a
tinge of frustration, too, that he’d like to
end today with a victory in the WinStar
Casino World 400.
Skinner has three second-place finishes,
two thirds and a fourth at the high-banked
1.5-mile track in Fort Worth. He has an
average finish of 5.5, the best among the
drivers entered for the eighth race of the
season, and has led 458 laps in his 10 starts.
Skinner has also completed all 1,580 laps
in the truck races he has run at Texas.
“The racetrack has really been good to
me at times and it has been bad to me at
times, but it is definitely on my top-five
list of favorite racetracks we go to,” Skin-
ner said. “We generally run good at Texas.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record,
but to win any one of these races at any
track is special, but to win at Texas would
be a little more special. It would be like
winning at Daytona. I have a Bristol win
and that is such a prestigious race to win,
so I would love to add a win at Texas.”
Skinner has had an outstanding start
in his first season with Randy Moss
Motorsports, particularly considering
the effort wasn’t put together until Febru-
ary. Skinner, the 1995 series champion,
had to scramble after his previous orga-
nization, Bill Davis Racing, was sold in
the offseason and the new owners shelved
the racing portion of the business.
toryintherain-shortenedfifthraceat Kansas
andfive topfives have himinsecondplace in
thepoints, 27behindleaderRonHornadayJr.
Hornaday had back-to-back wins at Texas
last season and will be driving the same
KHI truck, chassis No. 024. The three-time
series champion drove that same truck to
victory at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May.
Hornaday is the all-time leader in the
truck series with 40 wins, but he has never
put together three straight at one track.
“To win three races in a row at the same
place shows just how dominant a team
can be there,” Hornaday said. “Brendan
(Gaughan) won four in a row (at Texas) a
few years ago, so I guess I would just be
trying to catch him.”
Toyota driver Todd Bodine has four of his
16 career wins in the truck series at Texas.
“When Germain Racing takes the Copart
Tundra to Texas, we know we can win
there,” Bodine said. “We know how to get
around that track. It’s still up to us to make
sure we have the Copart Tundra set up to do
it, but, obviously with that history, you
know what you are capable of at Texas.”
Kyle Busch, in fourth place in the
points, will miss his second truck race of
the season because he’s racing in the
Sprint Cup race at Pocono and the Nation-
wide race at Nashville Superspeedway
this weekend. Brian Ickler will replace
him in the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motor-
sports Toyota. Ickler finished fifth at
Kansas in his previous race in the No. 51
with crew chief Doug George. He also has
driven Ballew’s No. 15 at Lowe’s, finish-
ing 16th, and at Dover, finishing 25th.
WinStar Casino World 400
Where: Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth
When: Today, 9 p.m. ET
TV: SPEED, 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN/Sirius XM Satellite Ch. 128
Tracklayout: 1.5-mile oval
Race distance: 167 laps/250.5 miles
2008winner: Ron Hornaday Jr.
2008polesitter: Justin Marks
Points leaders: 1. Ron Hornaday Jr., 1,056;
2. Mike Skinner, 1,029; 3. Matt Crafton,
1,027; 4. Kyle Busch, 1,000; 5. Brian Scott,
949; 6. Todd Bodine, 946; 7. Terry Cook,
920; 8. Chad McCumbee, 916; 9. David
Starr, 903; Johnny Benson, 887.
Skinner: ‘We
generally run
good at Texas’
for the
The 14th race of the
Sprint Cup season
is Sunday at Pocono
Raceway. Three
Sprint Cup drivers discuss their
experiences at the 2.5-mile track
nicknamed the Tricky Triangle.
Jamie McMurray: “Due to the unique lay-
out of the track, it forces us to look at a few
different aspects of our racecar for this weekend’s
race. Horsepower is the key at Pocono, and you
need to have a fast and powerful car since there
are three different straightaways.”
Denny Hamlin: “To get the two wins in my
rookie season was an incredible start. At the
time, because the car was so good and I felt really
comfortable here, I probably took those wins for
granted a little. I was still new and didn’t have
a good sense of how hard it is to win in the Cup
series so as more and more time passes, just how
cool it was to win both those races, and do it from
the pole both times, has really sunk in.”
Bobby Labonte: “The front straightaway
there, you come off the corner which is
pretty slow but you pick up so much speed down
the front straightaway that it is just forever, forever,
forever. And then you just say, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve
got to let off here, I’m probably going about 205
(mph). And it’s hard on the brakes getting it to turn
and everything. You’ve got a lot of time to think
about Turn 1. Best thing to do is probably to not
think about it, but it’s a long enough straightaway
that you can’t ignore that you’re going to be haul-
ing butt when you get down there.”
Bobby Labonte understands the challenges of Turn1.
Double-file starts
return to NASCAR
NASCARreactedtofans whocalledfor a shootout style.
Site: Dublin, Ohio.
Schedule: Through-Sunday.
Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,366 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1.08 million.
TV: Golf Channel (Today, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.;
Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-2
p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday,
2:30-6 p.m.).
At MuirfieldVillageGolf Club
Dublin, Ohio
Purse: $6million
Yardage: 7,366; Par: 72(36-36)
First Round
LukeDonald 34-30—64 -8
JimFuryk 33-34—67 -5
TedPurdy 32-35—67 -5
JasonDay 31-36—67 -5
Thomas Aiken 34-33—67 -5
SteveMarino 34-34—68 -4
Stewart Cink 35-33—68 -4
MarkWilson 34-34—68 -4
Troy Matteson 35-34—69 -3
JohnsonWagner 31-38—69 -3
KevinSutherland 35-34—69 -3
NicholasThompson 36-33—69 -3
RodPampling 35-34—69 -3
TigerWoods 33-36—69 -3
MikeWeir 33-36—69 -3
JonathanByrd 34-35—69 -3
Reinier Saxton 33-36—69 -3
SteveStricker 35-35—70 -2
Will MacKenzie 36-34—70 -2
ErnieEls 37-33—70 -2
Ryuji Imada 34-36—70 -2
BubbaWatson 34-37—71 -1
DavidDuval 31-40—71 -1
JohnSenden 32-39—71 -1
Charley Hoffman 36-35—71 -1
CamiloVillegas 34-37—71 -1
Chez Reavie 36-35—71 -1
MartinKaymer 36-35—71 -1
KevinNa 35-36—71 -1
ZachJohnson 36-35—71 -1
BenCurtis 34-37—71 -1
TomLehman 34-37—71 -1
TomPernice, Jr. 35-36—71 -1
Matt Bettencourt 34-37—71 -1
Jerry Kelly 36-36—72 E
Robert Allenby 37-35—72 E
Davis LoveIII 38-34—72 E
Geoff Ogilvy 37-35—72 E
Stuart Appleby 37-35—72 E
Mark Calcavecchia 36-36—72 E
Erik Compton 37-35—72 E
Michael Letzig 37-35—72 E
Kenny Perry 36-36—72 E
Daniel Chopra 36-36—72 E
MarcTurnesa 37-35—72 E
LeeJanzen 34-38—72 E
Charl Schwartzel 34-38—72 E
RoccoMediate 37-36—73 +1
Paul Casey 36-37—73 +1
Y.E. Yang 36-37—73 +1
ToddHamilton 37-36—73 +1
Carl Pettersson 35-38—73 +1
SteveFlesch 36-37—73 +1
D.J. Trahan 34-39—73 +1
MathewGoggin 34-39—73 +1
James Nitties 37-36—73 +1
WebbSimpson 37-36—73 +1
K.J. Choi 35-38—73 +1
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Donald needs just 20 putts to set record
DUBLIN, OHIO—Tiger Woods hardly missed a fairway, a
big improvement. Luke Donald hardly missed a putt,
and that was far more rewarding Thursday at the
Donald set a tournament record by taking only 20
putts, which allowed him to tie a tournament record by
opening with an 8-under 64 and a three-shot lead over
a group that included Jim Furyk and Jason Day, who
bogeyed his last two holes.
What seemed like a normal round at Muirfield Vil-
lage turned extraordinary for Donald when he rapped
in a 12-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-3
eighth hole, starting a streak of six consecutive birdies.
He one-putted nine straight holes until a routine par on
the 18th hole to match the lowest opening round at the
“That doesn’t happen very often,” Donald said.
Even rarer is the sight of Woods spending so much
time in the middle of the fairway.
Woods went with a slightly higher loft in his driver
(10 degrees) and continued to make strides with his
swing. He didn’t miss a fairway until his 3-wood on the
18th hole deflected off a tree and landed in a bunker.
Scoring starts with the putter, however. Woods
missed an 8-foot par putt on the final hole, and his
other bogey came on a three-putt at the 13th. He had to
settle for a 69, and few complaints.
“Everything felt pretty good to some degree,” Woods
said. “My swing felt good. Even my putting stroke felt
good. A couple of bad pitches here and there, but over-
all, I felt like I controlled the ball well all day. With the
wind blowing like this, you have to hit it flush. I did
that all day. I didn’t miss any shots.”
Furyk, who won the Memorial seven years ago, bird-
ied three of his final four holes for a 67. He was joined
by Ted Purdy, Thomas Aiken and Day, the 21-year-old
Australian who missed a playoff by one shot last week
at Colonial. Day was at 7 under with three holes to play,
but made bogey from the bunkers on his final two
All of them were chasing Donald throughout a day
that began cool and breezy and became warm and
Donald, who had only two sub-70 rounds at Muir-
field Village, hit the opening tee shot and made bogey.
He was headed for another bogey on the second hole
until he chipped in from 80 feet short of the green.
“I guess all good rounds start with a bogey,” he said.
“It was just kind of a normal, everyday round until I
got to the eighth and made a nice putt from the fringe.
That kind of sparked off a run of six birdies. Just really
got on a hot streak.”
He made eight birdies over the last 11 holes. And his
score was an eyesore for those teeing off in the
“That’s rough when you walk to the first tee and
you’re already eight behind,” defending champion
Kenny Perry. He finished the day eight shots behind
after two late bogeys have him a 72.
Stewart Cink was among those at 68, while those at
69 with Woods included Mike Weir and British Ama-
teur champion Reinier Saxton.
Woods has a streak of 16 consecutive top 10s in
stroke play, but scrutiny followed him home from The
Players Championship last week because he played in
the final group and couldn’t break par.
He has said he is still making adjustments because of
surgery last year on his left knee, and has said for the
last month that he is still missing his power. But he is
back to hitting balls on the range, which is where he
could be found late Thursday afternoon. And he
painted an optimistic view of his immediate future.
“The swing is starting to come around,” he said. “I’m
starting to feel good now. It’s been a long time. I’m
starting to get my power back. Everything is starting
to come around now.”
Member of NCAA champs
helping Hamilton as caddie
DUBLIN, OHIO—Todd Hamilton’s caddie at the Memo-
rial Tournament is a kid from back home who’s had a
better last couple of weeks than Hamilton has.
Conrad Shindler, a 20-year-old sophomore, was on
the Texas A&M team that captured the NCAA team
championship last Saturday with a dramatic victory
over Arkansas.
Shindler and Hamilton are both members at Vaquero
Golf Club in Westlake, Texas. Even though Hamilton
is an Oklahoma graduate, he asked the Aggie to fill in
when his regular caddie took some time off.
“It’s a great experience,” Shindler said. “I plan on
being out here someday, so it’s kind of a way to get the
inside access of it.”
On Monday, Shindler is set to play 36 holes in the
U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus. His caddie?
Hamilton will return the favor.
“Whatever he asks me to do, I’ll do,” Hamilton said.
“If he says, ‘Hey, don’t say anything until I say some-
thing, that’s fine with me. I’m the same way.”
Head shot
David Duval was on a roll. He was 5 under as he teed
off on the par-4 ninth hole, and was leading the Memo-
rial Tournament.
But Duval’s ball sailed just to the right of the fairway,
and his round was never the same afterward.
Duval’s drive struck a spectator near the large bun-
ker that gobbles up shots to the right of the fairway.
The ball hit the man in the head and what Duval con-
fronted when he reached the ball was enough to leave
him shaken.
“It’s easier to swallow if there’s not blood coming out
of somebody’s head. And the guy was shook up,” said
Duval, who said he was with the 60-year-old Colum-
bus-area man until he received medical attention.
Duval said he was told the man was OK.
The last time Duval said he had struck a fan with a
shot was 10 years or so ago at The Players
Duval, winless since capturing the 2001 British
Open, admitted that he was rattled for a couple of holes.
He bogeyed the 10th hole and double-bogeyed the 12th,
shooting a 4-over 40 on the back and finishing at
1-under 71.
While all eyes were on Tiger Woods, it was Luke Donald, above, who
stole the thunder and the early lead with his first-round 64.
French final, Russian accent: Safina-Kuznetsova
PARIS—Dinara Safina cursed at herself in
English, muttered to herself in Russian and
generally carried on in much the same man-
ner of older brother Marat Safin.
Safina’s face bears a striking resemblance
to Safin’s, and she shares his broad shoulders,
too. Both have been ranked No. 1—the only
brother-sister combo to do so—and now
Safina is one victory from joining Safin as a
Grand Slam champion.
Yearning to justify her ranking and live
up to her bloodlines by winning a major
title, the top-seeded Safina overcame a poor
start Thursday and held her temper in
check enough to beat No. 20 Dominika
Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 and reach a second con-
secutive French Open final.
“I’m trying to control my emotions,” Safina
said. “I’m not playing my best, but still, it’s not
easy to beat me.”
Not lately: Safina has won 20 of 21
matches since rising to No. 1 in April. The
only woman to defeat her in that span, 2004
U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova,
will get another crack at Safina on Saturday
in the third all-Russian major final in ten-
nis history.
The seventh-seeded Kuznetsova seemed
well on her way to an easy semifinal victory,
but she stumbled a bit before getting past No.
30 Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 6-7 (5),
“She’s going to be favorite to win,” Kuz-
netsova said, looking toward her match with
Safina. “She’s No. 1. She played an unbeliev-
able season.”
Safina holds a 7-4 career edge over Kuz-
netsova, including a win in last year’s
French Open semifinals. The two go back
about a decade, to age 12 or 13, when Kuz-
netsova was living in St. Petersburg, and
Safina in Moscow, where her father was
the director of a tennis club and her mother
was a coach who started Safin on his way
to titles at the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005
Australian Open.
“I had no chance playing against her. I
remember, I lose toher 6-1, 6-0or something,”
Kuznetsova said. “She was very good then,
and then her brother was huge. I was coming
toMarat, ‘Hey, I knowyour sister, Dinara. Can
yougivemeautograph?’ ”
In the men’s semifinals today, No. 2 Roger
Federer plays No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro,
and No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez meets No. 23
Robin Soderling.
Federer is trying to win his first French
Open championship to complete a career
Grand Slam and tie Pete Sampras’ record of
14 major titles. Federer lost to Rafael Nadal
in the past three finals at Roland Garros, but
the Spaniard is no longer around this year
after being upset by Soderling in the fourth
“At this stage, I expected I would be in
semifinals,” Federer said, “but I was not
expecting Rafa to be out before the
The women’s semifinals figured to be mis-
matches: Neither Stosur nor Cibulkova had
been past the fourth round at any Grand
Slam tournament until this week—and nei-
ther has won a singles title on tour.
advantage over Cibulkova, who surprised
Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals. Yet
Cibulkova did well in long exchanges at the
baseline, where muchof the matchtook place:
Each woman won 15 points that lasted at least
Safina won five consecutive games to go
ahead 5-2, and that was pretty much that.
Her grunts growing louder and longer
with each game, Safina double-faulted
seven times and made more unforced errors
than Cibulkova—marking many mistakes
with some sort of yell.
At least twice, Safina said something in
English that prompted an announcer on a
European broadcast to apologize to listen-
ers. When she plopped one backhand into
the clay at her feet, Safina opted for sarcasm,
saying: “That was a great shot.”
Svetlana Kuznetsova has won just four of 11
matches against Dinara Safina.
Dinara Safina is one match fromjoining brother Marat Safin as the only brother-sister teamto win a Grand Slam.
A look at the French Open on Thursday:
Weather: Sunny. High of 68 degrees.
Attendance: 16,622.
Women’s semifinals: No. 1 Dinara
Safina def. No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova
6-3, 6-3, No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova def.
No. 30 Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Stat of the day: 0-2 — Safina’s
record in Grand Slam finals heading into
Saturday’s championship match against
Quote of the day: “Doesn’t matter
if I won 15 times before or she won
15 times before. It’s a completely new
day. Everything could be different.” —
Kuznetsova, who is 4-7 against Safina in
tour-level main-draw matches.
Men’s semifinals today: No. 2Roger
Federer vs. No. 5JuanMartindel Potro,
No. 12FernandoGonzalez vs. No. 23Robin
Today’s forecast: Sunny. High of 70
degrees F.
Today’s TV: NBC, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. all
time zones; Tennis Channel, 4-11 p.m. ET
At Stade Roland Garros, Paris
Purse: $21.8 million (Grand Slam)
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
Women, Semifinals
Dinara Safina (1), Russia, def. Dominika
Cibulkova (20), Slovakia, 6-3, 6-3.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia, def.
Samantha Stosur (30), Australia, 6-4, 6-7
(5), 6-3.
Men, Semifinals
Wesley Moodie, South Africa, and Dick
Norman, Belgium, def. Bob and Mike Bryan
(2), United States, 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Lukas Dlouhy, Czech Republic, and Leander
Paes (3), India, def. Daniel Nestor, Canada,
and Nenad Zimonjic (1), Serbia, 7-6 (4),
7-6 (5).
Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan (1), United
States, def. Vania King, United States, and
Marcelo Melo, Brazil, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 10-7.
Legends Doubles
Round Robin
Men Under 45
Pat Cash, Australia, and Emilio Sanchez,
Spain, def. Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, and
Michael Stich, Germany, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5
Paul Haarhuis, Netherlands, and Cedric
Pioline, France, def. Sergi Bruguera, Spain,
and Richard Krajicek, Netherlands, 2-6, 7-6
(4), 10-5 tiebreak.
Men Over 45
Andres Gomez, Ecuador, andVictor Pecci,
Paraguay, def. Peter McNamara, Australia,
and Ilie Nastase, Romania, 6-2, 6-1.
Junior Singles
Boys, Quarterfinals
Dominik Schulz (14), Germany, def.
Guilherme Clezar, Brazil, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Daniel Berta, Sweden, def. Richard Becker,
Germany, 6-3, 6-3.
Henri Laaksonen, Finland, def. Filip Horansky,
Slovakia, 6-3, 6-4.
Gianni Mina (11), France, def. Andrea
Collarini (3), Argentina, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Girls, Quarterfinals
Sloane Stephens (15), United States, def.
Silvia Njiric (11), Croatia, 6-2, 6-2.
Ksenia Pervak (3), Russia, def. Valeria
Solovieva, Russia, 6-2, 7-5.
Kristina Mladenovic (9), France, def. Chanel
Simmonds, South Africa, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Daria Gavrilova, Russia, def. Bianca Botto,
Peru, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
Junior Doubles
Boys, Quarterfinals
Marin Draganja and Dino Marcan, Croatia,
def. Evan King and Denis Kudla (5), United
States, 6-0, 7-6 (4).
Patrk Brydolf, Sweden, and RadimUrbanek,
Czech Republic, def. Devin Britton and Jordan
Cox, United States, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 tiebreak.
Guilherme Clezar, Brazil, and Huang Liang-
chi (4), Taiwan, def. Hiroyasu Ehara and
Shuichi Sekiguchi (7), Japan, 6-2, 6-3.
Dominik Schulz, Germany, and David Souto
(6), Venezuela, def. KarimMaamoun, Egypt,
and Nikila Scholtz, South Africa, 6-1, 3-6,
10-6 tiebreak.
Girls, Quarterfinals
Ksenia Kirillova, Russia, and Martina
Trevisan, Italy, def. Isabella Holland and
Olivia Rogowska, Australia, walkover.
Elena Bogdan, Romania, and Noppawan
Lertcheewakarn (2), Thailand, def. Beatrice
Capra and Lauren Embree (7), United States,
6-1, 6-4.
Yana Buchina and Ksenia Pervak (6), Russia,
def. Kristina Mladenovic, France, and Silvia
Njiric (4), Croatia, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 tiebreak.
Timea Babos, Hungary, and Heather Watson
(3), Britain, def. Katarena Paliivets, Canada,
and Chanel Simmonds, South Africa, 6-3,
Men, Semifinals
Shingo Kunieda (1), Japan, def. Michael
Jeremiasz, France, 6-1, 6-2.
Stephane Houdet (2), France, def. Nicolas
Peifer, France, 7-5, 6-2.
Women, Semifinals
Korie Homan (2), Netherlands, def. Sharon
Walraven, Netherlands, 6-0, 6-2.
Esther Vergeer (1), Netherlands, def. Florence
Gravellier, France, 6-2, 6-2.
Men, First Round
Robin Ammerlaan and Maikel Scheffers,
Netherlands, def. Shingo Kunieda, Japan,
and Stefan Olsson (2), Sweden, 6-7 (2), 6-2,
10-8 tiebreak.
Women, First Round
Annick Sevenans, Belgium, and AniekVan
Koot, Netherlands, def. Florence Gravellier,
France, and Jiske Griffioen (2), Netherlands,
6-4, 7-6 (5).
Tallahassee, Fla.
Arkansas (37-22) vs. FloridaState(45-16), Noon
Arkansas vs. FloridaState, Noon
Arkansas vs. FloridaState, Noon, if necessary
BatonRouge, La.
Rice(43-16) vs. LSU(49-16), 7p.m.
Ricevs. LSU, 5p.m.
Ricevs. LSU, 7p.m., if necessary
Austin, Texas
TCU(39-16) vs.Texas (44-13-1), 6p.m.
TCUvs.Texas, 3p.m.
TCUvs.Texas, 1or 7p.m., if necessary
Gainesville, Fla.
SouthernMississippi (38-24) vs. Florida(42-20), 3p.m.
SouthernMississippi vs. Florida, 7p.m.
SouthernMississippi vs. Florida, 1or 7p.m., if necessary
AtBoshamer Stadium
Chapel Hill, N.C.
East Carolina(46-18) vs. NorthCarolina(45-16), Noon
East Carolinavs. NorthCarolina, Noon
East Carolinavs. NorthCarolina, 1or 7p.m., if necessary
Tempe, Ariz.
Clemson(44-20) vs. ArizonaState(47-12), 9p.m.
Clemsonvs. ArizonaState, 10p.m.
Monday, June8
Clemsonvs. ArizonaState, 7p.m., if necessary
Oxford, Miss.
Virginia(46-12-1) vs. Mississippi (43-18), 2p.m.
Virginia(46-12-1) vs. Mississippi (43-18), Noon
Virginia(46-12-1) vs. Mississippi (43-18), 3p.m., if necessary
Fullerton, Calif.
Louisville(47-16) vs. Cal StateFullerton(45-14), 10:30p.m.
Louisvillevs. Cal StateFullerton, 5p.m.
Louisvillevs. Cal StateFullerton, 10p.m., if necessary
Super Regionals glance
All times ET(Best-of-3)
UNC, Texas open with in-state foes
TCU (39-16) at
TEXAS (44-13-1)
UFCU Disch-Falk Field; Austin,
Worth Regional: beat Wright State
6-3; beat Oregon State 13-1; beat Ore-
gon State 5-4. Texas won Austin
Regional: beat Army 3-1; beat Bos-
ton College 3-2 in 25 innings; beat
Army 14-10.
COACHES: TCU, Jim Schlossnagle
(250-118, sixth season). Texas, Augie
Garrido (561-266-2, 12th season).
TCU, eight (2008). Texas, 53
TCU: 3B Matt Carpenter (.335, 9,
45), OF Jason Coats (.335, 6, 31), OF
Chris Ellington (.342, 6, 52), RHP
Paul Gerrish (6-2, 4.00), RHP Greg
Holle (5-2, 3.89), RHP Tyler Lock-
wood (4-1, 4.41), RHP Eric Marshall
(2-2, 1.30, 8 saves), 1B Matt Vern
(.363, 15, 50), RHP Kyle Winkler
(7-0, 3.95).
Texas: 1B Brandon Belt (.338, 8, 38),
RHP Cole Green (5-2, 2.98), RHP
Taylor Jungmann (7-3. 2.45), OF
Kevin Keyes (.305, 6, 37), SS Bran-
don Loy (.307, 0, 26), OF Connor
Rowe (.276, 6, 33), RHP Chance Ruf-
fin (9-2, 2.95), C Cameron Rupp
(.282, 8, 39), LHP Austin Wood (5-1,
2.03, 15 saves).
(38-24) at FLORIDA (42-20)
McKethan Stadium; Gainesville,
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Southern Miss
won Atlanta Regional: beat Elon
17-15; beat Georgia Tech 10-7; lost to
Georgia Tech 10-3; beat Georgia
Tech 12-8. Florida won Gainesville
Regional: beat Bethune-Cookman
8-7; beat Miami 8-2; beat Miami
COACHES: Southern Miss, Corky
Palmer (456-279, 12th season). Flor-
ida, Kevin O’Sullivan (76-44, second
Southern Miss, 10 (2008). Florida,
25 (2008).
Southern Miss: 1B Joey Archer (.310,
10, 58), RHP J.R. Ballinger (6-3,
3.92), OF Kameron Brunty (.347, 7,
52), RHP Collin Cargill (4-3, 3.25, 11
saves), OF Bo Davis (.367, 13, 52), 2B
James Ewing (.298, 3, 39), RHP Todd
McInnis (9-4, 3.21), DH Corey Ste-
vens (.330, 8, 55), 3B Taylor Walker
(.306, 3, 29).
Florida: 2B Josh Adams (.343, 8,
50), OF Avery Barnes (.359, 8, 42),
RHP Billy Bullock (3-2, 2.12, 11
saves), LHP Tony Davis (5-0, 2.27),
RHP Anthony DeSclafani (6-3,
4.98), OF Matt den Dekker (.297, 5,
35), LHP Stephen Locke (5-2, 4.02),
3B Brandon McArthur (.337, 2, 37),
1B Preston Tucker (.357, 14, 83).
CLEMSON (44-20)
at ARIZONA STATE (47-12)
Packard Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Clemson won
Clemson Regional: beat Tennessee
Tech 5-4; lost to Oklahoma State 3-2;
beat Tennessee Tech 10-0; beat
Oklahoma State 15-1; beat Oklahoma
State 6-5. Arizona State won Tempe
Regional: beat Kent State 17-6; beat
Oral Roberts 4-1; beat Oral Roberts
COACHES: Clemson, Jack Leggett
(724-329-1, 16th season). Arizona
State, Pat Murphy (625-282-1, 15th
Clemson, 34 (2007). Arizona State:
33 (2008).
Clemson: OF Wilson Boyd (.349, 3,
46), LHP Chris Dwyer (5-5, 4.85),
2B Mike Freeman (.338, 4, 44), LHP
Casey Harman (7-3, 3.78), OF Kyle
Parker (.263, 12, 52), 1B Ben Paulson
(.369, 13, 60), OF Jeff Schaus (.326,
12, 49), RHP Graham Stoneburner
(7-3, 3.19), RHP Matt Vaughn (4-1,
2.30, 4 saves).
Arizona State: RHP Seth Blair (7-2,
3.16), OF Kole Calhoun (.297, 9, 39),
OF Jason Kipnis (.387, 15, 68, 24
SBs), LHP Mitchell Lambson (8-3,
2.81, 4 saves), RHP Mike Leake (15-
1, 1.23, 143 Ks), SS Drew Maggi (.305,
0, 21, 20 SBs), DH Matt Newman
(.310, 7, 51), C Carlos Ramirez (.341,
18, 69), LHP Josh Spence (8-1, 2.37).
Boshamer Stadium; Chapel Hill,
HOW THEY GOT HERE: East Carolina
won Greenville Regional: beat Bing-
hamton 11-7; lost to South Carolina
12-2; beat Binghamton 16-9; beat
South Carolina 8-6; beat South Car-
olina 10-9 in 10 innings. North Car-
olina won Chapel Hill Regional: beat
Dartmouth 5-2; beat Coastal Caro-
lina 14-5; beat Kansas 5-1.
COACHES: East Carolina: Billy God-
win (161-88, fourth season). North
Carolina: Mike Fox (497-206-1, 11th
Carolina, 24 (2008). North Carolina:
24 (2008).
East Carolina: OF Stephen Batts
(.358, 14, 63), 1B Brandon Hender-
son (.327, 12, 54), RHP Chris Heston
(7-0, 4.17), RHP Seth Maness (9-2,
4.41, 2 saves), RHP Brad Mincey
(10-5, 2.84), DH Kyle Roller (.337, 16,
74), RHP Seth Simmons (3-1, 3.32, 9
saves), OF Trent Whitehead (.380, 7,
47), 2B Ryan Wood (.383, 14, 57).
NorthCarolina: 1B-OF Dustin Ackley
(.417, 21, 66), OF Ben Bunting (.336,
2, 35), C Mark Fleury (.311, 12, 58),
RHP Matt Harvey (7-2, 5.35), 2B
Levi Michael (.293, 13, 54), LHP
Brian Moran (7-1, 2.00, 4 saves), 3B
Kyle Seager (.379, 4, 55), RHP Adam
Warren (8-2, 3.19), RHP Alex White
(7-4, 4.42).
TCU1BMatt Vern, whoseteamplays Texas, leads theFrogs inbatting(.363) andhomeruns (15).
A look at the matchups for the eight best-of-3 NCAA Super Regionals
SPORTING NEWS TODAY FRIDAY, JUNE 05, 2009 36 College Baseball
FSU, Arkansas have met little resistance
Goodwin Field; Fullerton, Calif.
won Louisville Regional: beat
Indiana 8-2; beat Middle Tennes-
see 3-2; lost to Vanderbilt 8-4; beat
Vanderbilt 5-2. Cal State Fullerton
won Fullerton Regional: beat Utah
18-2; beat Gonzaga 7-4; beat Utah
COACHES: Louisville, Dan McDon-
nell (135-61, third season). Cal
State Fullerton, Dave Serrano (86-
36, second season).
Louisville, four (2008). Cal State
Fullerton, 31 (2008).
Louisville: 1B Andrew Clark (.356,
9, 55), 3B Chris Dominguez (.348,
23, 80), 2B Adam Duvall (.335, 11,
51), LHP Dean Kiekhefer (6-4,
4.56), LHP Justin Marks (11-2,
3.40), RHP Derek Self (7-0, 3.25, 1
save), OF Ryan Wright (.336, 5,
66), DH Phil Wunderlich (.372, 18,
78), RHP Tony Zych (6-2, 3.25, 2
Cal State Fullerton: OF Gary Brown
(.337, 3, 35), 1B Jared Clark (.350,
11, 74), SS Christian Colon (.351, 7,
35), OF Khris Davis (.330, 16, 55),
OF Josh Fellhauer (.399, 5, 53),
RHP Tyler Pill (11-3, 3.95), LHP
Nick Ramirez (3-1, 2.70, 7 saves;
.287, 10, 31), RHP Noe Ramirez
(8-1, 2.91), RHP Daniel Renken
(10-2, 2.56).
ARKANSAS (37-22)
at FLORIDA STATE (45-16)
Dick Howser Stadium; Talla-
hassee, Fla.
won Norman Regional: beat
Washington State 10-3; beat Okla-
homa 17-6; beat Oklahoma 11-0.
Florida State won Tallahassee
Regional: beat Marist 16-4; beat
Georgia 8-2; beat Ohio State 37-6.
COACHES: Arkansas, Dave Van
Horn (272-156, seventh season).
Florida State, Mike Martin (1,583-
536-4, 30th season).
Arkansas, 22 (2008). Florida
State, 47 (2008).
Arkansas: 3B-RHP Zack Cox
(.266, 11, 35; 5-1, 3.50), RHP Brett
Eibner (5-4, 4.25), LHP Dallas
Keuchel (7-3, 4.12), OF Chase
Leavitt (.306, 1, 30), DH Scott
Lyons (.311, 8, 43), LHP Stephen
Richards (5-1, 1.09, 9 saves), LHP
Drew Smyly (3-1, 4.72), SS Ben
Tschepikow (.317, 9, 46), 1B Andy
Wilkins (.329, 17, 51).
Florida State: LHP Brian Busch
(6-2, 4.04), SS Stephen Cardullo
(.383, 10, 48), LHP Sean Gilmartin
(12-3, 3.48), OF Tyler Holt (.390, 5,
26, 33 SBs), RHP Jimmy Marshall
(3-2, 4.62, 10 saves), OF-RHP Mike
McGee (.377, 18, 75; 6-2, 4.04),
RHP Geoff Parker (6-1, 4.41), 2B
Jason Stidham (.366, 12, 75), 3B
Stuart Tapley (.316, 13, 59).
VIRGINIA (46-12-1)
at MISSISSIPPI (43-18)
Oxford-University Stadium;
Oxford, Miss.
HOWTHEY GOT HERE: Virginia won
Irvine Regional: beat San Diego
State 5-1; beat UC Irvine 5-0; beat
UC Irvine 4-1. Mississippi won
Oxford Regional: beat Monmouth,
N.J., 8-1; beat Western Kentucky
7-4; lost to Western Kentucky
10-9; beat Western Kentucky 4-1.
COACHES: Virginia, Brian
O’Connor (262-101-1, sixth sea-
son). Mississippi, Mike Bianco
(364-201-1, ninth season).
Virginia, nine (2008). Mississippi,
15 (2008).
Virginia: RHP Kevin Arico (2-2,
2.01, 11 saves), SS Tyler Cannon
(.349, 1, 35), RHP Andrew Carr-
away (7-1, 4.30), DH Phil Gosselin
(.302, 6, 61), OF Dan Grovatt (.378,
7, 50), OF John Hicks (.313, 7, 36),
1B-LHP Danny Hultzen (.335, 3,
33; 9-1, 2.01), OF Jarrett Parker
(.378, 16, 64), 3B Steven Proscia
(.325, 9, 56).
Mississippi: RHP Scott Bittle (5-2,
2.17), LHP Brett Bukvich (9-3,
4.42), 2B Tim Ferguson (.361, 2,
21), OF Jordan Henry (.347, 0, 31,
35 SBs), RHP Phillip Irwin (8-3,
3.84), 3B Zach Miller (.338, 5, 38),
LHP Drew Pomeranz (8-4, 3.46),
OF Logan Power (.319, 6, 55), 1B
Matt Smith (.342, 7, 57).
RICE (43-16)
at LSU (49-16)
Alex Box Stadium; Baton Rouge,
Houston Regional: beat Sam
Houston State 5-2; lost to Kansas
State 7-6 in 10 innings; beat Xavier
12-5; beat Kansas State 8-0; beat
Kansas State 13-4. LSU won Baton
Rouge Regional: beat Southern
10-2; beat Baylor 3-2 in 10 innings;
beat Minnesota 10-3.
COACHES: Rice, Wayne Graham
(830-315, 18th season). LSU, Paul
Mainieri (127-61-2, third season).
Rice, 15 (2008). LSU, 23 (2008)
Rice: RHP Ryan Berry (7-1, 2.00),
OF Michael Fuda (.351, 3, 18), SS
Rick Hague (.324, 9, 57), 2B Brock
Holt (.346, 10, 40), RHP Mike
Ojala (5-0, 1.73), 3B Anthony Ren-
don (.384, 19, 70), RHP Jordan
Rogers (8-3, 4.42, 7 saves), C Diego
Seastrunk (.289, 6, 44), LHP Tay-
lor Wall (7-5, 3.45).
LSU: RHP Louis Coleman (12-2,
2.72), DH Blake Dean (.326, 15, 64),
OF Leon Landry (.305, 12, 41), 2B
D.J. LeMahieu (.339, 4, 38), OF
Jared Mitchell (.333, 9, 42, 33 SBs),
1B Sean Ochinko (.333, 7, 47), RHP
Matty Ott (3-2, 2.22, 15 saves),
RHP Anthony Ranaudo (9-3,
3.09), OF Ryan Schimpf (.33, 18,
A look at the matchups for the eight best-of-3 NCAA Super Regionals
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SPORTING NEWS TODAY FRIDAY, JUNE 05, 2009 37 College Baseball
The field for Saturday’s 141st Belmont Stakes.
1. Chocolate Candy Gomez 10-1
2. Dunkirk Velazquez 4-1
3. Mr. Hot Stuff Prado 15-1
4. Summer Bird Desormeaux 12-1
5. Luv Gov Mena 20-1
6. Charitable Man Garcia 3-1
7. Mine That Bird Borel 2-1
8. Flying Private Leparoux 12-1
9. Miner’s Escape Lezcano 15-1
10. Brave Victory Maragh 15-1
NEWYORK—D. Wayne Lukas has a history
of winning the Belmont Stakes with long
The Hall of Fame trainer returns Satur-
day after a three-year gap with two more
outsiders: Flying Private, 12-1, and Luv
Gov, 20-1.
After finishing last in the Kentucky
Derby, Flying Private bounced back with
a rallying fourth in the Preakness. Flying
Private joins Derby winner Mine That
Bird as the only two horses to contest all
three legs of the Triple Crown.
It took Luv Gov 10 tries to finally win a
race. Following that victory, Lukas put the
colt in the Preakness, where he ran
Between them, Flying Private and Luv
Gov are a combined 2-for-23, a record that
does not inspire confidence.
But this is Lukas, a four-time Belmont
winner. He has won the race with well-
backed horses like Tabasco Cat (1994, 3-1)
and Thunder Gulch (1995, 3-2). Lukas also
scored with lightly regarded runners: Edi-
tor’s Note (1996, 5-1) and Commendable
(2000, 18-1).
“We’ve won this race before with horses
no one gave a shot to,” Lukas said. “We
knew they were developing horses coming
into the race at the right time and the right
Lukas says the key to winning the
1½-mile Belmont is having a horse with
the style and stamina to handle the longest
of the Triple Crown races.
“All of them can run a mile-and-a-half,”
Lukas said. “Some take a little longer.
There’s a gut-check with the pedigree. We
think we have a couple of horses that fit
that mold to, at least in my opinion, be
The four Belmont victories put Lukas in
a three-way tie for fifth place with Max
Hirsch and R.W. Walden. James Rowe is
the all-time leader with 8 Belmont wins
followed by Sam Hendreth, 7, “Sunny Jim”
Fitzsimmons, 6, and Woody Stephens, 5.
Garcia double
Few noticed last year when Alan Garcia
won last year’s Belmont aboard Da’Tara at
38-1. All eyes were on Kentucky Derby
and Preakness winner Big Brown, who
was pulled up as the 3-5 favorite.
Garcia goes for a Belmont double aboard
Charitable Man, the 3-1 second choice.
Calvin Borel grabbed the headlines this
spring with victories aboard Mine That
Bird in the Derby and the filly Rachel
Alexandra in the Preakness. Garcia has
also been riding in top form, having cap-
tured the Met Mile on Memorial Day with
Bribon and the Peter Pan Stakes with
Charitable Man.
“I am very excited about the way this
horse is coming into this race,” Garcia
Garcia will try to become the eighth
jockey to win consecutive Belmonts, and
the first since Ron Turcotte rode Riva
Ridge and Secretariat in 1972-73.
“He’s riding very well,” Kiaran
McLaughlin, Charitable Man’s trainer,
said. “He and Calvin are in a bit of a zone.
Calvin’s zone is a little bigger because he’s
won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Alan has been doing very well and we’re
happy to have him.”
On the mend
The one-horse stable of former high
school principal Tom McCarthy is now
empty while General Quarters recovers
from surgery to remove a chip from his
right knee.
The 75-year-old McCarthy has been one
of the feel-good stories of the Triple Crown
series. Unfortunately, General Quarters
could not deliver a storybook ending, fin-
ishing 10th in the Derby and ninth in the
McCarthy hopes to have General Quar-
ters racing early next year.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, right, leads Belmont Stakes hopeful Flying Private off the track with exercise rider Taylor Carty up after a workout at Belmont Park. Lucas also has
Luv Gov, a 20-1 favorite, in Saturday’s race.
Lucas takes a shot in the Belmont Stakes
141ST BELMONT STAKES Saturday 6:30 p.m. ET, ABC
SPRINGFIELD, ILL.—Hall of Famer Se Ri
Pak shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on
Thursday for a share of the first-round
lead with fellow South Korean Jee
Young Lee in the State Farm Classic.
A five-time major winner, the
31-year-old Pak is seeking her first
Top 10 finish in 10 starts this year. If
she does, it’ll come against a field that
features 49 of the LPGA Tour’s top 50
money winners.
Kris Tamulis opened with a 66, and
Natalie Gulbis, Suzann Pettersen and
Anja Monke shot 67s at Panther Creek
in the final tuneup for the McDonald’s
LPGA Classic next week at Bulle
Rock in Maryland.
Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer
were in a large group at 69, and
Michelle Wie shot a 70. Kraft Nabisco
winner Brittany Lincicome was in
danger of missing the cut after open-
ing with a 75.
NEWPORT, WALES—Veteran David
Frost shot a 5-under 66 Thursday to
share the first-round lead in the Wales
Open with Thomas Bjorn, Nick Dough-
erty and Alan Mclean. The 49-year-old
South African birdied four holes out of
five in the middle of his round and col-
lected another at the last.
LAKEWAY, TEXAS—Peter Jacobsen
returns to the Champions Tour today
at the Triton Financial Classic, the
first time he’ll play competitively
since knee replacement surgery
nearly a year ago.
Jacobsen will tee it up in the $1.6
million event at The Hills Country
Club, in the city that spawned the
original Champions Tour event nearly
30 years ago.
“I’m not in pain, but there is a lot of
rust,” Jacobsen said Thursday.
Jacobsen has two victories on the
Champions Tour, including the 2004
U.S. Senior Open. But he has been
slowed by a series of surgeries over
the last 18 months.
This year’s 54-hole tournament has
drawn 12 of the top 14 money winners
this season, missing only last year’s
runner-up Nick Price and Andy Bean,
who withdrew earlier in the week.
NEWYORK—Maria Hernandez, who
helped Purdue win three Big Ten
team championships, has been cho-
sen the nation’s top college golfer.
The senior earned the Honda Sports
Award on Thursday, given annually
to female athletes in 12 NCAA sports.
Hernandez, of Pamploma, Spain, is
the most decorated golfer in Purdue
history. She won six tournaments this
season, and birdied two of her final
three holes to win the NCAA individ-
ual title. She had a low round of 67
and a 72.8 stroke average.
HOUSTON—George Foreman III will
become the first son of the former
heavyweight champ to fight profes-
sionally Saturday when he faces
Clyde Weaver in Kinder, La. A sister,
Freeda George, had a short boxing
career early in the decade.
George III, who is nicknamed
“Monk,” is 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds.
He may have gotten to the ring sooner
if not for his father’s insistence on put-
ting education first. The 26-year-old
son has worked as his father’s
business manager since getting a
business degree from Rice.
This will be Monk’s first official
fight after several attempts at amateur
bouts fell through.
LONDON—The Netherlands can
become the first European team to
clinch a place at the 2010 World Cup
on Saturday.
While England and Denmark are
among the other teams able to move
closer to a spot in South Africa, the
Dutch can get there with two games
remaining if they win at Iceland.
The Netherlands has almost a full-
strength side for the game in Reykja-
vik, one of 14 qualifiers in Europe on
Only midfielders Wesley Sneijder
and Ibrahim Afellay are missing for
the Group 9 leaders, who have won all
five of their qualifiers and are eight
points clear of second-place Scotland.
Yankees RHP A.J. Burnett six games, pending
appeal, and fined him an undisclosed amount
for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head
area of Texas OF Nelson Cruz on Tuesday. Fined
Texas RHP Vicente Padilla an undisclosed
amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at
N.Y. Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira on Tuesday.
American League
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Purchased the contract
of INF Gordon Beckham from Charlotte (IL).
Designated INF Wilson Betemit for assignment.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: Activated OF Coco Crisp
from the bereavement list. Optioned INF Tug
Hulett to Omaha (PCL).
Corona was transferred fromScranton/Wilkes-
Barre (IL).
American Association
FORT WORTH CATS: Traded LHP Eric Domangue
to Edinburg (United) for a player to be named.
Jamnik off waivers from Sioux City.
Aaron Cone to Rockford (Frontier) for future
considerations. Signed OF Rodney Medina.
Pasma and LHP TimLayden. Signed RHP David
Trahan and OF Reggie Taylor.
Released C Ken Lup.
with INF Christopher Carrara. Released LHP
Alain Quijano.
National Basketball Association
Brown exercised his option to return to the
teamfor the 2009-10 season.
Women’s National Basketball Association
INDIANA FEVER: Released GTan White and C
Danielle Campbell.
Allen, GWhitney Boddie and G Morgan
National Football League
Johnson to a three-year contract and S Adrian
Wilson to a five-year contract.
ATLANTA FALCONS: Signed G Tyson Clabo
and WR Bradon Godfrey. Released LB Brock
Pass. Released DL Kenny Smith, LB Angelo
Craig, RB Omar Cuff and DB Marcus McClinton.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Signed T Joe Staley to a
six-year contract extension.
CanadianFootball League
Ramonce Taylor.
National HockeyLeague
Salmela to a multiyear contract.
ST. LOUIS BLUES: Extended the contracts of
trainer Ray Barile, equipment manager Bert
Godin, equipment assistant Ray Halle and mas-
sage therapist Jeff Wright. Promoted trainer
Mike Hannegan from Peoria (AHL) to assistant
athletic trainer. Named Joel Farnsworth as-
sistant equipment manager.
AMERICAN U.: Named Eddie Jackson men’s
assistant basketball coach, Bryce Simon
director of men’s basketball operations, David
Bierwirth senior associate athletics director for
development and special events and Nancy
Yasharoff associate athletics director for com-
ARKANSAS: Announced the resignation of Joe
Sheehan athletic trainer.
CHATTANOOGA: Announced the resignation of
wrestling coach Chris Bono to become assistant
wrestling coach at Iowa State.
FRANKLIN PIERCE: Announced the resignation
of women’s basketball coach Mark Swasey
to become women’s basketball coach at
California, Pa.
INDIANA: Named Joe Dubuque assistant
wrestling coach.
IPFW: Announced women’s basketball G Kayla
Drake will transfer fromEastern Kentucky and
be eligible for the 2010-11 season.
IOWA STATE: Named Yero Washington assistant
wrestling coach.
NEBRASKA: Announced the resignation of
men’s gymnastics coach Francis Allen, effective
July 1.
NORTH CAROLINA: Announced OL Aaron Stahl
has left the football program.
SAINT AUGUSTINE’S: Named Daryl McNeill run-
ning backs and assistant special teams coach.
Major League Soccer
Chicago 5 1 6 21 20 16
D.C. 4 2 7 19 20 17
KansasCity 4 4 4 16 16 14
TorontoFC 4 4 4 16 16 19
Columbus 2 2 7 13 15 17
NewEngland 3 3 4 13 10 17
NewYork 2 8 3 9 12 18
ChivasUSA 7 2 3 24 17 9
Houston 5 2 3 18 14 7
Seattle 4 2 5 17 15 9
Colorado 4 2 4 16 16 13
LosAngeles 1 1 9 12 13 13
Real SaltLake 3 6 2 11 15 15
FCDallas 2 6 3 9 12 17
SanJose 2 7 2 8 12 22
NOTE:Threepointsforvictory, onepointfortie.
D.C. United2, NewYork0
HoustonatChicago, 9p.m.
LosAngelesatTorontoFC, 3:30p.m.
ColumbusatKansasCity, 8:30p.m.
ColoradoatReal SaltLake, 10p.m.
SeattleFCatChivasUSA, 10:30p.m.
SanJoseatFCDallas, 3p.m.
ChivasUSAatNewEngland, 6p.m..
Pak’s 66 gives her share of lead in Springfield
Se Ri Pak is seeking her first Top-10 finish this year in 10 starts on the LPGA Tour.