MLB bringing in Finch to contribute to "This Week in Baseball." As late TWIB host Mel Allen might say: "HOW a-bout THAT?"
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Rumors of the Timberwolves' continued collapse
were exaggerated -- as were reports the Lakers
could turn it on and off when they want.
KG finally showed MVP fortitude in the playoffs (35
pts/20 reb), but teammate Troy Hudson (37pts/10 ast)
was the difference-maker. Minny's unlikely "small
ball" frenzy on D also gave L.A. fits.
You didn't think the T-Wolves would get swept at
home, did you? But that doesn't mean they'll win another game. Lakers will
still take it in 5.
Bucks rebound: Probably wasn't a field trip to Scores that
did it, but "club kids" Payton and Cassell combined
for 43 to help Milwaukee swipe home-court advantage
from the Nets.
Game 7 Madness
After two games ended in blowout, NHL non-fans who
tuned in for Tuesday's Triple-7 might feel like they
were hyped a bill of goods. But Minnesota's 3-2 OT win
in Colorado redeemed the night.
In a flip-flop: The Wild's Manny Fernandez (43
saves) looked like the goalie with 240 games of
playoff experience, and the Avs' Patrick "Dare To Say
He's Lost It?" Roy resembled the neophyte.
Tom Crean ruined the college hoops
coaching-domino game when he signed a long-term
contract extension with Marquette yesterday, ending
massive speculation he was heading to
Who are the new top contenders? No one who gets
Illini fans fired up, that's for sure.
MLB SARS Alert
Does playing in a packed stadium count as
"mingling with large crowds?" MLB has told 10
teams visiting Toronto through the All-Star break to
stay away from ... umm ... people.
||"YOU EARNED A BREAK FROM NHL" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY|
1 Magic at Pistons: Wallace says "Put up or shut up"|
2 Blazers at Dallas: Time for Portland to show up
3 Hornets at Sixers: Can AI top 55?
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Tyson, Lewis to fight in LA: Yeah, but not each other|
2 Underrating the Royals: Soft schedule? So what?
3 Game 7, Game 7, Game 7: Back to Square (uh, Game) 1
Instructions include avoiding: Autograph
sessions, hospital visits and mingling with large
crowds. And you thought Montreal was baseball's
Canadian leper colony ...
Who else is thrilled that "tugging on front of
jersey" (read: all about my team) has displaced
"pounding left side of chest with fist" (read: all
about me) as the player celebration of choice?
That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, Willis:
Why wouldn't any team with even a slight RB
need take a first-round flier on Willis "Uber-Upside"
McGahee, whose public workout yesterday generated
massive buzz that he's worthy? The playoff teams can
afford to wait a year for his full recovery, and the
non-playoff teams aren't improving that much next year
Meanwhile: The Bengals are closing in on a deal
with Carson Palmer. When this guy
busts, they can't say they weren't warned.
Who needs the Sports Emmys: The
National Building Museum is giving MLB and the NFL an
award for the role of their stadiums in revitalizing
No word, though whether the National Strip Club Museum, National Taxpayer Fleecing
Museum or National Scalpers Association will be
offering "thank-you" awards of their own.
O.J.: Mr. Personality?
And you thought Anna Nicole Smith was
nutty: O.J. Simpson reportedly will star in his own
reality TV series in June. Parody ... overload ...send ... email comments ...below.
With chance to prove title hangover a fluke, KO'd early by Yankees.
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|College Fight Songs Edition|
|"The Minnesota Rouser"|
|Wild, T-Wolves get big Ws|
|"Fight On" (USC)|
|McGahee battles into 1st rd?|
|"Hail to the Victors"|
|Congrats to NHL winners|
|Blazers' Pippen to play in Big D|
|Crean to stay at Marquette|
Mark your calendar on May 11: "90210" reunion show
(w/o Donna Martin, btw) ...|
Pedro as dominant as ever, but don't sleep on
Runelvys (4-0) ...
C-Webb has until ... Saturday?! ... to rehab back.
Kings-Jazz series had no momentum to lose
Name-brands trump actual qualifying: USGA giving U.S.
Open exemptions to seniors Watson, Irwin and Kite ...
Will an NFL team take a late-round
flier on Yankees perma-prospect Drew Henson? ...
Felice Bryant, who penned "Rocky
Top" -- perhaps the most opposition-infuriating
fight song in college football -- passed away at 77 ...