May 13, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Tim Brown: Al Davis hated African-Americans from Notre Dame
Tim Brown was interviewed on WCNN in Atlanta, and here's what he had to say about the first time he met Al Davis. "Meeting Al [Davis] was pretty unique. I found out five or ten minutes after my first practice there that he hated African-American athletes from Notre Dame. And they literally told me that. They literally told me that because we're known for using our education more than our athletic ability that he thought that I would be one of these guys that would basically take the money and run. I don't know if that was a ploy to get me amped up, but it certainly worked." (Yahoo! Sports)
Howard second-guesses Van Gundy
Magic center Dwight Howard had a lot to say about the way his team managed the game down the stretch Tuesday night. "The coach has to recognize what's working on the floor and stick to it," said Howard. "Even if you don't have your starters in, the guys you put the most trust in. You gotta have trust in everybody. When you're in the situation where guys got it going, you know everybody's moving the ball and the energy is up, you have to stick with it. You have to stick with what works." It's never good when a player second-guesses a coach. Howard's postgame press conference suggests the Magic will be facing more than just the Boston Celtics in Game 6 Thursday night. (Boston Globe)
Source: Manny to meet with teammates
Dodgers teammates Rafael Furcal and Guillermo Mota have spoken to Manny Ramirez in the last couple of days, they said Tuesday, and both described the slugger as distraught over his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. "He's recuperating," Mota said. Ramirez has not met with the team or the coaching staff since his suspension last Thursday, although he did meet with owner Frank McCourt over the weekend and has spoken to Manager Joe Torre and General Manager Ned Colletti by phone. Ramirez is planning to return to Florida in the next couple of days, making it likely that he will meet with the team during the Dodgers' three-game series with the Marlins that starts Friday, according to a source familiar with the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly. (Los Angeles Times)
Must-See Photo
Washington's Ryan Zimmerman drops his bat as he hits a single in the fourth inning of their 9-7 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night. The hit extended the Nationals third baseman's streak to 30 games. (AP)
Must-See Video
The Top 10 NHL Shootout Goals from the 2008-09 season.
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 2, Game 4: Mavericks at Nuggets, 9:00 p.m. ET (Nuggets lead series, 2-1).
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Jose Canseco
1955 -- Mickey Mantle hit three consecutive home runs.
1972 -- The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings. The game was actually started on May 12.
1989 -- Wayne Gretzky was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."
1991 -- At Yankee Stadium fans sang Madonna's song "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco, who was rumored to be dating the pop singer.

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