May 9, 2003
Anna Kournikova:
Could we see an elusive tourney title for Ms. K this weekend at the bottom-tier Cloister Cup? If nothing else, you have to see her new look -- Page 2 has the photo. (See "Q It Up," right)
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
SCORING.  MAVALANCHE.

Whatever new Mavericks consultant Paul Silas did, keep doing it: He shows up and all of a sudden the Mavs blow out the Kings. Dallas' 83 points in the first half (NBA record) was ridiculous, and the Kings were either looking way too far ahead or thought Mavs-style defense was worth a try.

Fearless Nick Van Exel (36 pts in 30 min) is the Mavs' answer to Sacto's Bobby Jackson (who suffered a fractured cheekbone), but here is the series' new big question: What's up with C-Webb's knee, injured last night. Between the two injuries, the formerly super-deep Kings have lost some weight, troubling enough to make a once "lock" of a series up for grabs.

Wild Do It Again
Thanks to the ultra-clutch Wild finishing off the Canucks for their second straight rally from a 3-1 series deficit, the West finals (No. 6 Minny vs. No. 7 Anaheim) is among the most unique "dog vs. dog" matchups in recent history in any sport, making the series far more compelling than if it was same-old, same-old, like Detroit vs. Colorado.

Pistons OT Win
No Chauncey Billups, no problem: Emergency starter Chucky Atkins (23 pts) caught whatever scoring bug Billups had, but the big story is Gervin-esque Pistons rookie Tayshaun Prince, who has a clothes-rack body, but close-out skills (20 pts, 7 in OT).

Lakers-Spurs
Difference between San Antonio and L.A.: In S.A., fans distract

"MASSAPEQUA BASEBALL: SCORING WITH SINGLES!" EDITION
THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND
1 Spurs at Lakers: For champs, this is the last stand
2 Ducks at Wild: There can be no loser when 2 'dogs play
3 Viagra This: Raffy Palmeiro goes for HR No. 500
THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS
1 H.S. jocks like strippers, drinking: Stop the presses
2 1B Mike Piazza: Shoddy way Mets handled still an issue
3 Dog pageants: Forget canines; need "Ugly Millionaire"
 
shooters with a Carmen Electra poster; in L.A., she's available in person.

One Last MJ Scenario
If humiliated MJ and aggravated Wizards part-owner Ted Leonsis really want to stick it to Abe Pollin, Leonsis should go ahead and sell MJ back his stake in the team, as originally planned. Then, they just wait out the old man, as Leonsis has to anyway.

BCS' Fifth Wheel
Super-secret BCS cabal considering adding fifth BCS bowl -- not as a title game, but to increase exposure for those non-BCS teams always whining in December. Won't work: BCS is about money; extra bowl would just draft the biggest draw, not necessarily Cinderella.

Michigan Banned
In laying down a one-year postseason ban and a couple more of probation, the NCAA infractions czar called the Fab Five era "a sham." The wins? Maybe. The fashion contribution? Never.

"90210" Reunion
There has not been a more compelling candy-TV plotline than when Dylan and Kelli got together behind Brenda's back that one fateful summer. Damn, I wish I was your lover, indeed ...

Mike Price (one last time):
Released statement yesterday about allegations: "I have only my reputation left." Yeah, you keep believing that ...
 
 
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P2: Anna's New Look!
NBA Playoffs
MLB: Stark's Rumblings
 
"Mother's Day" Edition
Send a card
Thank moms for Mavs, Kings
 
Deserving flowers
Canucks players need their mommies
 
Stay-at-homes
How will Boston fans react to Kidd?
 
Those hot moms
One day, Anna K will be one
 
As for fathers ...
"Daddy Day Care"? Dud
 

"Put this one on me": AI kicking himself for missing game-clinching free throws for Sixers near end of regulation ...

Boston hostile-tality: Tune C's-Nets just to see Fleet reception for Beantown-blasting Byron Scott ...

Aaron Boone's 3 HR yesterday confirms that NL Central is wildest ride in baseball right now ...

How does Crazy Ron Artest not make the NBA's All-Defense first team? ...

NHL East pick: Sens in 7 ...

Happy Mother's Day to all moms ...


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