Posted on: May 29, 2009 11:02 am

The Cavs force a Game 6 and the NFL's meanest

Hangin' tough

The Cavs are still alive, thanks to a triple-double from LeBron James. Cleveland forces a Game 6 with a 112-102 win over Orlando in the East finals. While LeBron is brilliant, Gregg Doyel thinks the win is a fluke.

Series: Magic 3, Cavaliers 2 | Doyel: From The Q | Talk!

Calculating the mean

If the Falcons have a practice fight, Conrad Dobler throwback Harvey Dahl is almost sure to be in the scrum. Pete Prisco says Atlanta's feisty guard tops the list of pro football's meanest, nastiest players. Full story
B/R: Quantifying stats | Your choice: Nastiest?

Sour gripes

One Nugget claims the Lakers 'paid $50,000 to win' Game 5. Everybody whines about the officiating this time of year, but Ken Berger says the Nuggets can't let their frustration get to them. Story | Game 6: 9 ET, Fri.

Series: LAL 3, DEN 2 | Berger: Which Lakers on Fri.? | Yo!

Posted on: May 21, 2009 12:00 pm

Cavs fall to the Magic and NFL gems

Aw, shoot

Just like that, Cleveland loses its home-court advantage. The Cavs fall to the Magic 107-106 in Game 1 of the Eastern finals. LeBron James, who scores 49, should have shot more and passed less, Gregg Doyel says.

Magic 1, Cavs 0 | Howard disrupts shot clock | B/R | Talk!

Starting now

Only half of first-round picks become instant NFL starters, and odds grow longer the later the pick. But Chad Reuter steps up with his list of Rounds 2-7 draftees who will start and/or make an impact. Full story

Rang: Orakpo Part IV | Draft grades | B/R: Rookies to remember | Fantasy

Seventh power

If anyone is worthy of donning Mickey Mantle's No. 7, it's Joe Mauer. The Twins catcher has proven throughout his career -- including the minors -- that he's special, and 2009 is no different, Danny Knobler says. Column

Twins fall to ChiSox | Knobler: Fans are mad | B/R | Blog!

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 18, 2009 11:18 am
Edited on: May 18, 2009 11:20 am

Magic advance to East finals and Fantasy tidbits

Trick and treat

It's never easy to oust a champ, but the Magic make Boston disappear with a 101-82 win in Game 7. Orlando's reward: the Cavs in the East finals, which the Magic are better prepared for now, Ken Berger says.

Series: Magic 4, Celtics 3 | Playoff bracket | Experts | Yo!

Fantasy: Ah, Choo!

Why are Fantasy owners sitting Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo? He's been heating up in the cleanup spot and is a must-start. Do not fear playing L.A.'s Randy Wolf this week, either. Planners: Hitting | Pitching

Mack: Strasburg | By the Numbers | Dear Mr. Fantasy | Waiver Wire

Mighty morphing Rangers

When it comes to Rangers rotation woes, it is a tradition. Not this season, Scott Miller says in Weekend Buzz. The Twins' home-field advantage is in jeopardy minus the Metrodome, Danny Knobler says in Look Ahead.

Rangers win seventh straight | Talk! | Twins fall to Yankees in 10th | Talk!

Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:06 pm

Can the Dodgers trust Manny in the future?

A bitter taste

Dodgers star Manny Ramirez violated baseball's anti-drug policy and is banned for 50 games. Scott Miller wonders if L.A. can trust him again. Danny Knobler says that this is hardly a shock. | Ratto | Freeman

Related Links: Statement | Talk! | Dodgers' streak ends

Wings lift

The defending champs needed this one. Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa score twice apiece to lead Detroit to a series-tying 6-3 victory at Anaheim. Detroit finally rattles goalie Jonas Hiller, Wes Goldstein says.

Related Links: Series: Tied 2-2 | B/R: Two minutes, too much? | Talk!

Blowout Part II

LeBron James and the white-hot Cavs are on a mission. For the second straight playoff game, James -- who scores 27 points -- and Cleveland crush Atlanta, this time 105-85 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Story

Related Links: Series: Cavaliers 2, Hawks 0 | B/R | Hey!

Posted on: May 4, 2009 11:36 am
Edited on: May 4, 2009 11:36 am

Yanks eager to get A-Rod back and the Hawks soar

Welcome distraction

It's a delicate situation. The Yankees prefer to avoid all the A-Rod chatter, but they're eager for his return, Danny Knobler says in his Look Ahead. In Weekend Buzz, Scott Miller says the Dodgers are hunting for history.

Related Links: Book: A-Rod used PEDs | Girardi questions motives | Yo!

Putting it away

In maybe the first seven-game series devoid of drama, the Hawks cruise to a 91-78 victory over the Heat on Sunday. Now, just wait until LeBron James and the Cavs get a load of nutty Josh Smith, Ken Berger says.

Related Links: Series: ATL 4, MIA 3 | Bracket | Speak!

No Duckin' Anaheim

Beware of the No. 8 seed. Todd Marchant lifts the Ducks to a 4-3 triple- OT win to even their series with the Red Wings at 1. Wes Goldstein says the victory is reminiscent of an Anaheim 2007 playoff win in Detroit.

Related Links: Series: DET 1, ANA 1 | B/R: Season too long | Game on!

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