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Hawks 'epic collapse' spells doom

The Atlanta Hawks blew a lead, a game and, possibly, a series Wednesday night with a performance to rank among the city's most embarrassing. "We had control of the game," Mike Woodson said. ... "It's still a seven-game series. We're going to see what we're made of." We may already have seen it. We may have seen a team of splendid resources hit its ceiling. The Hawks win because they're talented, but talent hasn't been enough against a smarter and more dogged opponent. If anything, talent has undone itself. The Hawks have played into the Bucks' hands for three games now, and there seems no end in sight. The Bucks are now believers; the Hawks really aren't sure what they are anymore. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Comment

Jeter the No. 4 all-time Yankee?

Derek Jeter, behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, is being considered the fourth-greatest Yankee, ahead of Mickey Mantle. The totals were compiled by giving each player a score (1 to 10) in each of 11 categories and tabulating the results. To keep things simple, we decided to save pitchers for another day. With a score of 73.7, which reflects his huge impact on the team's winning percentage since his arrival, Derek Jeter took the No. 4 spot, just ahead of Mr. Berra and -- in a sure surprise to many -- Mickey Mantle. Despite his many accomplishments, Mantle also benefitted from dumb luck. (Wall Street Journal)Comment

Why the Nuggets have no shot at title

The Nuggets took back a measure of respect with Wednesday night's win. But please understand: Denver absolutely, positively cannot win a championship this way. ... What will make it so hard? There is much to like about these Nuggets, from the nearly unstoppable scoring of Carmelo Anthony to the unflappable leadership of Chauncey Billups to the snarling intensity of Kenyon Martin. But, in its soft heart, Denver is a basketball team that wants to win pretty. (Denver Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Inter Milan defender Maicon reacts during Wednesday's second leg of a UEFA Champions League semifinal tie with Barcelona at the Camp Nou. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

The eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens stunned the top-seeded Washington Capitals, who finished with the NHL's best record in the regular season, in Wednesday's Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Game To Watch

Mavericks at Spurs, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

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SI Vault: More Steve Carlton

This Day in Sports

  • 1970 -- Jerry West sinks a game-tying 63-foot desperation shot with one second left against the Knicks in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
  • 1981 -- Steve Carlton of the Phillies becomes the first left-handed pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in his career with nine Ks against the Expos in a 6-2 victory.
  • 1986 -- Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens sets a major league record by striking out 20 batters in a 3-1 victory over the Mariners.