Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:48 am

Lakers capture 15th title in fine fashion

Sweet 15

Kobe and Phil get their statement championship. The Lakers beat the Magic 99-86 for their 15th title, giving Phil Jackson his 10th ring to eclipse Red Auerbach. Bryant wins his first without Shaq, leaving him nothing more to prove, Ken Berger says. | Doyel: Howard has a lot to learn

Berger: Phil | Series | Kobe gets help | Notes | Finals: History | MVPs | Yo!

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:31 pm

Lakers go up 3-1 and the Yanks lose again

Doomed Magic

Untimely miscues hurt Orlando in a 99-91 OT loss to L.A., putting it in a 3-1 hole. And Ken Berger says Mickael Pietrus' dangerous foul at the end ought to get him suspended for Game 5. | Doyel: Fisher true winner

LAL 3, ORL 1 | Notes: Magic's Alston unhappy | Talk!

Eight is great

Ouch, 0-8 has to hurt, Yanks fans. Boston extends its perfect mark in 2009 vs. New York with a 4-3 win. In measuring up to the only team that matters, the Yanks are a very distant second, Danny Knobler says.

Knobler: Yanks' patience | BoSox pick Yaz's grandson | B/R | Speak up!

All or nothing

This and past Stanley Cup Finals indicate the Red Wings hold a huge edge at home for Game 7. But these young and hungry Penguins can defy the odds again on Friday night, Wes Goldstein says. Full story
Game 7: 8 ET | Goldstein: MVPs | Fleury | History | Yo!

Posted on: June 11, 2009 10:45 am

Bryant looks to rebound and the Pens stay focused

Scaling the wall

In Game 3 of the Finals, Kobe Bryant shot bricks from the line. And where there's bricks, there's a wall -- one the Lakers star will try to run through, no matter how tired he is, Ken Berger says. | Doyel: Sporadic Odom

Game 4: Thurs., 9 p.m. ET | Finals: LAL 2, ORL 1 | B/R | Yo!

Marc of excellence

Cold. Lonely. That is a Penguin's march; just ask netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. But survival could mean a Stanley Cup at the end of the journey, Wes Goldstein says before an all-or-nothing Game 7 in Detroit. Column

Series | Pens' Sykora could miss Gm 7 | History | Speak!

Tex miss

The Red Sox wanted Mark Teixeira badly this past offseason. Instead, he chose the Yankees. Even with a sterling 7-0 start against its hated rivals, Boston still must dream of what could have been, Danny Knobler says.

Knobler Blog | Fantasy: Teixeira | BoSox fans: Talk! | NYY fans: Talk!

Posted on: June 10, 2009 11:05 am
Edited on: June 10, 2009 11:06 am

Howard leads Magic and the Pens force a Game 7

Constant gardener

Dwight Howard dominates and Phil Jackson ruminates. The Lakers coach performs his specialty after the Lakers' 108-104 Game 3 loss: hints about missed calls. Fair? Who cares, get used to it, Ken Berger says. | Doyel

Finals: LAL 2, ORL 1 | Notes | Hey!

Home extension

There will be a Game 7 in Detroit for the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh extends this series' home-ice streak with a 2-1 victory. Wes Goldstein says the Penguins don't let bad memories lead to another heartbreaking Game 6.

Finals: DET 3, PIT 3 | Notes: Pens' stars stopped | Talk!

Fate of Floyd

Tim Floyd resigns as USC coach, a month after allegations he paid to help steer O.J. Mayo to the program. The one-and-done star costs Floyd his reputation and career, says Gary Parrish, who wonders who is next.

Coaching changes | Parrish: Thoughts | B/R: DeRozan's stock | Speak!

Posted on: June 9, 2009 11:05 am

Ariza makes his mark and the Pens look for a win

Finding his mark

He's proving everyone wrong -- including the Magic. Labeled a 'slasher' when he was with Orlando, Trevor Ariza has expanded his range -- and game -- during the Lakers' run to the Finals, Ken Berger says. Full story

Game 3: Lakers-Magic, 9 p.m. ET, Tue. | Doyel | Series

Sixth sense

The Penguins stared down elimination before and are trying to keep their heads ahead of a desperate Game 6. Good thing, because the recharged Wings are this close to another Cup, Wes Goldstein says. Full story

DET 3, PIT 2 | Game 6: At Pens, 8 ET Tue. | Notes | Ratings

Smart path

Strategy helped David Reutimann earn his first victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway and a top-three finish at Pocono. Now he's a surprising contender for the Chase, Brian De Los Santos says. Power Rankings

Pocono: Stewart prevails | Results | Pistone | Chase | Talk!

Posted on: June 5, 2009 10:52 am

Bryant leads Lakers and Johnson gets 300th win

Opening statement

Kobe Bryant makes sure the Magic hear him loud and clear, scoring 40 as the Lakers win 100-75 in the Finals opener. Orlando should be afraid -- Kobe has that look, Mike Freeman says. | Berger: Strange change

Freeman: Shaq | Berger: Stern | Series | Notes | Talk!

Mr. 300

Make room in the 300-win club. Giant Randy Johnson is the 24th member with a six-inning, two-hit effort in a 5-1 victory in D.C. Whenever Johnson pitches, you know something special can happen, Danny Knobler says.

Knobler: Dunn's K | Miller | Career leaders | B/R | Talk!

Momentum switch

We're back where we started. Pittsburgh tops Detroit 4-2 in Game 4 to tie the Finals at 2. Wes Goldstein says the Penguins might look back at hard-working Jordan Staal's night as the turning point in the series.

Series: DET 2, PIT 2 | Centers stage | Notes | Speak up!

Posted on: June 4, 2009 10:47 am

QB battles and picks for the NBA Finals

Pitched battles

Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are ready to duel in Minnesota, unless Brett Favre stages another of his drama-draped re-entries. But that's just one of five QB battles to watch, Clark Judge says. Full story

B/R: Ranking O's | Fantasy: Team outlooks

Finals answers

Who questions the Magic? Not Mike Freeman, who picks them to win their first title. Who agrees with Freeman? Not Ken Berger, who gives his reasons why the Lakers will take the Finals in seven. | Game 1: 9 ET
NBA Finals | Expert Picks | B/R: Breakdown | Hey!

Funny guy

There's not much funny stuff in Evgeni Malkin's game. But the center sensation lightens up the Penguins while helping them threaten to pry the Stanley Cup from the Red Wings, Wes Goldstein says. Story | Notebook

DET 2, PIT 1 | Datsyuk better in practice | Talk!

Posted on: June 2, 2009 12:01 pm

Osgood looks for a 4th title and the NBA Finals


Chris Osgood, Hall of Famer? An up-and-down career is two victories away from a fourth championship. And the Wings wouldn't want anyone else between the pipes, Wes Goldstein says. | Game 3: 8 p.m. ET

Series | Wings' Draper might sit | Podcast | Subscribe | Talk!

Grand Finale

The Finals are familiar territory for the Lakers. The Magic return after 14 seasons. The key for L.A. is a consistent Andrew Bynum. For Orlando, rookie Courtney Lee needs to play a pivotal role. Finals: Breakdown

Game 1: Thursday | B/R: Finals preview | Nelson to play? | Picks | Talk!

Join the club

We're halfway through the Race for the Chase and Team Hendrick has dominated ... except for Dale Earnhardt Jr. But he's showing signs he might soon join the fun, Brian De Los Santos says. Power Rankings

Junior pleased | Dover: J.J. wins | Results | Pistone | Chase

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