May 15, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Stern: Cuban's apology not enough
You knew this was coming. While in Houston for the Rockets-Lakers Game 6, NBA Commissioner David Stern was quizzed about the charges and countercharges in the Mavericks-Denver series. And yes, much of the attention focused on Mark Cuban. Stern, via the Associated Press, said he had asked Cuban to apologize more directly to Kenyon Martin's mother, Lydia Moore. "I thought it was an attempt at an apology in the blog, which is the way Mark communicates," Stern said. "But [players' association director] Billy [Hunter] and I agreed that something more was called for and I called Mark and suggested he reach out, which I'm reliably informed he did." Still, according to AP, Stern wasn't sure if Cuban had contacted Moore. Stern was also asked why Cuban was not disciplined by the league. "I thought it was time to try to make cooler heads prevail and move to something else," Stern said. "Because this is a league that I think takes justifiable pride in its inclusiveness and diversity, and this was not something I felt particularly proud of. "It's going to cause me to examine a lot of things that I won't go into in the course of the summer in the way we conduct ourselves. But it's a wake-up call to tread carefully and show a lot more respect for each other."(Dallas Morning News)
Ex-Yankee slugger talked suicide
Ex-Yankee slugger Jim Leyritz, awaiting trial for a fatal drunken-driving crash, was hospitalized after threatening suicide when he failed a Breathalyzer test required to start his car, Florida cops said yesterday. Leyritz told his ex-wife, "He might as well 'end it,' " after the device indicated Wednesday he had been drinking, said Davie police Lt. Bill Coyne. Leyritz, 45, could be jailed for drinking in violation of his bail conditions today if the alcohol-testing device confirms a violation, authorities said. He was released from a psychiatric unit at a local hospital yesterday, and returned to the Davie house he shares with his ex-wife, Karri Leyritz. He's "OK," she said. Leyritz's hospitalization came after he phoned Azra Shafi-Scagliarini, a Fort Lee, NJ, woman known as a "psychic to the stars."(New York Post)
Jones explains Cowboys silence
When Jerry Jones returned to see the debris-covered practice fields he along with everyone was both shocked and left wondering how easily things could have been different, and worse. Jones said the reason the team has been mostly silent regarding the incident is three-fold: 1. The team wants the full investigation to be complete. 2. It doesn't want the employees who are still traumatized by the events and/or were injured to see more coverage of the day's events until more time has passed. 3. Legal reasons. "I can't emphasize enough that it is an issue relative to people that were involved in this accident to continue to hear and see it in the news," Jones said. "So we don't want to encourage that by continuing to take parts of the accident and elaborate on them, especially when it's speculation at this juncture." For Jones, the reality of the situation didn't fully hit him until he walked around the wreckage the next day. For the majority of the Cowboys veteran players, the reality came when they returned to the complex to work out.(Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Must-See Photo
The Bruins' Shawn Thorton (22) goes air-born in his team's Game 7 loss to the Hurricanes. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
Must-See Video
Roger Federer would school you in Rock Band.
Game To Watch
Twins vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m ET. A-Rod makes his New Yankee Stadium debut.
Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
This Day In Sports History

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1993 -- Prairie Bayou becomes the first gelding to win the Preakness in 79 years.
2003 -- The three-year championship reign of the Lakers ends as they lose to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals.
2004 -- Smarty Jones posts a record 11 1/2-length victory in the Preakness.

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