May 17, 2006
Raja Bell:
Rescues Suns with 3-pointer from the corner at the end of first overtime. How come Clippers didn't foul and just send the Suns to the line for two free throws?
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
PHOENIX.  RISING.

Weren't the Suns supposed to be done?

Down 3-1 to the Lakers in the first round.

They win three straight to take the series.

Down three with one second to go in the first OT in Game 5 Tuesday night.

Raja Bell drains a 3 from the corner.

So, a team that was supposed to be home a week ago is now one game away from the Western Conference finals.

Who's the hero? Nash, Marion, Thomas?

Or … Lady Luck?

Let's face it: You can break down whether the Clippers should have fouled before Bell got off his shot. You can analyze Shawn Marion's virtuoso performance (36 pts, 20 reb). You can explain how the Clippers should have won after rallying from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter. You can rave about a game where six guys played 50 or more minutes.

In the end, it came down to our friend Lady Luck. And she's apparently rooting for the Suns this year.

MLB Roundup
Bonds finally gets big hit! Too bad it came courtesy of Astros reliever Russ Springer, who drilled Bonds in the back (on his fifth attempt at "pitching" inside. Look for Giants starter Matt Morris to "pitch" inside today to Lance Berkman.

Tom Glavine wins again: Now 6-2 after fourth straight win. With 281 career wins, almost a lock now for 300. Most impressively, his 7.13 K's per nine is his highest strikeout rate since 1994 (and a huge leap from 4.47 in '05).

Mets have Lima, not Kazmir: D-Rays lefty won his fourth straight start and he's allowed just four runs in those games. He's allowed 2 runs or fewer in 7 of his 9 starts.

Yankee Classic
Sure, Posada's walk-off homer was one for the ages. (It's not every night the Yankees come from 9 back to win it.

While the Yankees can revel in Jeter's line of: 4-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB

They should be more worried about Chacon's: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 0 SO

This comes a couple days after the Big Unit's: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 SO, 2 HR

The message? Forget about replacing Matsui and Sheffield -- get a pitcher!

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Bernie Williams: Ties Babe! ... No. 3 on Yankees' 2B list
Venus Williams: Makes third round of the Italian Open
Mike Holmgren: Signs two-year extension through 2008
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Lindsay Davenport: Pulls out of French Open
Adam Dunn: 3 for 23 (.130) over last week
Beatle heartbreak: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills split
 
Coach Isiah
Get used to that moniker Knicks fans, because all signs are pointing to Mr. Thomas roaming the sidelines next season.

We all know about Isiah the player and we've seen more than we want to about Isiah the executive … but are the Knicks' owners forgetting Isiah the coach?

In 2000-01, Thomas led the Pacers (fresh off an appearance in the NBA Finals) to a 41-41 record.

He followed that up with a 42-40 record in 2001-02, and 48-34 in 2002-03.

His replacement, Rick Carlisle, led the team to a 61-21 record the very next season.

That's a 15-game swing when he arrived and a 13-game swing when he left.

Hey, at least he drafted McGrady and Carter (might want to move that up a little higher on the resume).

College Football HOF
Congrats to Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden for election to the College Football Hall of Fame (the rules were finally changed to allow active coaches older than 75 to be elected).

Other inductees will include Emmitt Smith (Florida), Bruce Smith (Virginia Tech), Steve Emtman (Washington) and Heisman winners Mike Rozier (Nebraska) and Charlie Ward (Florida State).

But we're wondering about some of those who haven't been elected. For instance:

Art Schlichter, Ohio State: OK, so he had that little gambling problem in the NFL. But he finished 4th, 5th and 6th in the Heisman voting.

Lou Holtz: OK, so Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina were all placed on probation shortly after he left. But the guy won everywhere he coached.

Gino Torretta, Miami: Wait, this guy won a Heisman Trophy?

Memorials
The Cavaliers took the time during playoffs to attend the funeral of Larry Hughes' younger brother on Tuesday.

The guard's 20-year-old brother, Justin Hughes, died of heart complications. Hughes missed the last two games and LeBron James and several teammates wore black arm bands (and headbands with the No. 32) as a tribute to Hughes on the court.

Funeral services for slain USC freshman point guard Ryan Francis will be held in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

The USC men's basketball team will attend the funeral of the 19-year-old who was shot and killed riding in a car while visiting his mother in Baton Rouge.

Back-to-Back Champ
It looks like Tony Parker will fail to do something his squeeze Eva Longoria just did: win back-to-back titles.

She is Maxim's hottest female personality for the second straight year, hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to edge out Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie and Stacy Keibler.

In other news, Clippers guard Sam Cassell topped Maxim's list of most curious-looking NBA personality for the 11th consecutive year, edging out teammate Chris Kaman and Zydrunas Ilgauskas' beard.

Felix Hernandez:
King Felix may need a trip to the farm to remember life as a serf after getting shelled for 11 hits and 10 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings against the A's.
 
 
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The Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki divulges playoff strategy of singing "to take the pressure off." Which song was on his mind when the Mavs took the Spurs in Games 3 and 4? David Hasselhoff's "Looking For Freedom," a big hit when Dirk was a kid in Germany.

Oops! Justin Gatlin did not break the world record in the 100 meters last week. The IAAF said a timing error gave a time of 9.76 seconds instead of 9.77; he now officially shares the mark with Asafa Powell.

An unnamed Northwestern soccer player tells the Chicago Sun-Times the girls were "just having fun."

With rising gas prices, NASCAR could be looking into alternative fuel costs. The Indy Racing League is already leading the way by beginning a two-year transition to ethanol.

Former NBA star Ralph Sampson pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about his finances in a child support case. His trial was scheduled for July 17.

Red Sox P Josh Beckett denied rumors of a blister problem.

Brewers ace Ben Sheets might be out another four weeks with shoulder tendinitis, GM Doug Melvin said.

Don't miss the event the rest of the world considers THEIR Super Bowl: the Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Arsenal (ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. ET).

Dan Shanoff is out on paternity leave and Page 2 will keep you updated with his latest baby news.





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