Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Khan suggesting lottery fix is in?

There are at least two sides to every story, so one can wonder whether David Stern will see the humor in David Khan's comments about the lottery after another Minnesota loss. [Kahn] was standing there with Utah General Manager Kevin O'Connor and 14-year-old Nick Gilbert -- the son of Cleveland Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and a young man battling a rare nerve disorder. "I did tell [O'Connor] ... as soon as the 14-year-old kid joined us, we were toast," Kahn said. "There was no way the 14-year-old was about to be denied in a league that has a habit of compelling story lines." He was joking, folks. Kahn was not suggesting that Cleveland's getting the top pick right after losing LeBron James -- and with a first-round choice acquired in a trade with the Clippers! -- was anything other than lottery luck. (Star Tribune) Comment

Crosby to see concussion specialist

Currently on vacation, Sidney Crosby will reportedly meet with his concussion specialist, Dr. Michael Collins, before the end of the month. Assuming he sticks to his plan to be back in town by then, that is. [Ray] Shero said Crosby "has been on vacation for a couple of weeks," apparently including a trip with some teammates to the Cannes Film Festival in France. Crosby, who didn't play after Jan. 5 because of a concussion, had been participating in some no-contact practices and game-day skates during the Penguins' first-round playoff series last month against Tampa Bay. He was, however, advised at one point by Collins to stay off skates for about a week. They were supposed to meet and evaluate Crosby's workout regimen April 28, but the Penguins season ended April 27, eliminating any need for that session. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment

La Russa fires back at broadcaster

Add another log on the smoldering Cardinals-Reds fire, this one carried by Tony La Russa, who didn't take kindly to Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman's assessment of his team. On Monday, Brennaman called [Chris Carpenter] a "whiner and excuse-maker" on the air. He also referred to [Dave Duncan] as "infantile." Duncan was among those on the Cardinals bench yelling at Cordero during the game. Brennaman said that the Cardinals "might be the most disliked team in baseball." ... Before the Cardinals' game Tuesday in St. Louis, manager Tony La Russa noted that Brennaman is in the broadcasters' wing of baseball's Hall of Fame. "He earned the right to get into the Hall of Fame," La Russa said. "And now he ought to keep earning that respect instead of abusing it." Animosity between the teams has built quickly in the past year. (Chicagobreakingsports.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Mavericks fans were feeling true blue before Game One of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (Photo by Jerome Miron/US Presswire)

Must-See Video

The Bruins and Lightning combine for 11 goals in a wildly entertaining Game 2.

Game To Watch

The Heat try to bounce back against the Bulls in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Mickey Mantle
  • 1897 -- William Joyce of the NY Giants hits record four triples in game
  • 1933 -- The first Major League All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park as part of the Chicago World's Fair
  • 1942 -- New York ends night baseball games for World War II
  • 1956 -- Mickey Mantle homers from each side of the plate for third time.

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