||Sarah Michelle Gellar
Bye-bye, Buffy. Don't fret, fans: "Annika the PGA Slayer" has taken her place. (No, not implying Fort Worth is new "Hellmouth.")
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Good grief, have the Spurs and Mavs stopped
shooting free throws yet?
With more play-stoppage than your worst Sunday morning
at the Y, they combined for 98 FTs in the Mavs'
comeback win/Spurs' typical collapse. Dallas made 49
straight, but the Spurs' sorry 31-for-48 was the
difference. Lately, if San Antonio isn't up 20 early
in the fourth quarter, opponents feel great about
The spur isn't on their boots; it's in their
throats. They close games like Armando Benitez.
Their leads shrink like George Costanza in a cold
ocean. And if you think that's bad, their late-game
decision making on offense managed to do the
impossible: Put the "D" in Dallas.
Technically, "must-win" is only when you're one
loss from elimination. But the Spurs are awful
close ... they've gotta already be thinking about the
pressure on them in Game 2; that's good for the Mavs.
Turns out her biggest challenge won't be the
field of competitors or the reaction from the gallery,
both offering a supportive vibe on her first day at
It's the media crush, the intensity of which
she has never seen on the LPGA Tour. And that
was just Monday.
Today: A practice round in the morning, with a
news conference at 3 p.m. ET. And, no doubt, more
media madness. At least she has two more days to
||"SO THAT'S WHY THEY CALL THEM FREE" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND|
1 Nets at Pistons, Game 2: Can only get less ugly|
2 Yankees at Red Sox, Game 2: Happy 40th, David Wells
3 The Spurs will practice free throws on day off
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Sympathy for Big East: It's always been about $$$|
2 White Sox batting: Dump hitting coach; manager next?
3 Carmelo Anthony: Did we really debate Melo vs. Bron?
Big East Pushes Back
"Disastrous blow" ... "irreparable harm" ... "crisis" ... Desperate rhetoric from Big East
commish Mike Tranghese shows his league's life is
flashing before his eyes. Too little, too late. Where
was the pre-emptive defense of the ACC's hostile
What rivalry? Took all of one inning
for the Yankees to bust out of their slump, and as
usual Boston pitching was the tonic. But, hey, those
Green Monster seats sure are wicked cool!
Two days and counting: Why wouldn't
Jeff Van Gundy wait until after Thursday's NBA
draft lottery to see where the Cavs end up before he
interviews with them?
Senators' New Star
Don't count out Team Bankruptcy yet:
Ottawa's 19-year-old insta-sensation Jason Spezza had
a goal and assist in a 3-1 Sens win, his playoff
debut. Logical question: Debut? What has Ottawa
management been waiting for?
"Next Top Model"
New reality series kind of like "Am I Hot?",
but instead of Lorenzo Lamas, you get Tyra Banks.
That's the definition of trading up. But here
are two words that sum up their programming strategy:
Carlos Pena hits three home runs. Tigers lose anyway.
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New evidence shows that Neptune's winter lasts 40
years, which -- as Page 2er Jeff Merron observed -- is
almost as long as the NHL season ...
Like Don Mattingly trying to sue for World Series
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suing the movie-makers ...
Idol finale: You're either a "Clay" person or a
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