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Thursday, May 15
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Cashamn feeling the heat
The top baseball operations executive under Hank and Hal Steinbrenner in the Yankees' hierarchy is General Manager Brian Cashman, whose contract expires after the season. The more the Yankees lose, and the more impatient Hank Steinbrenner becomes, the more speculation Cashman faces on his future. Hank Steinbrenner said in spring training that he hoped to discuss a contract extension with Cashman, but Cashman would prefer to wait until the off-season. By then, if the Yankees have missed the playoffs, Steinbrenner may not want him back.
Strahan won't reveal '09 plans
Michael Strahan still hasn't made up his mind about whether he is going to play next year, but some of his teammates are trying to do it for him. "I think the guys want me to come back," Strahan said. "Osi called me out of the blue two days ago." Strahan's fellow defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora has his work cut out for him, since this is the second year in a row that the veteran has toyed with the idea of retirement - and this time he has a Super Bowl title to complete his career resume. Last night, Strahan reiterated his stance that he has a pretty good idea of what he was going to do, but that he isn't ready to let anyone know.
Apologetic Mayo drives a Porsche
O.J. Mayo apologized for the criticism directed at USC and Trojans Athletic Director Mike Garrett because of the allegations and said he was upset he had been portrayed in a light similar to that of former USC football star Reggie Bush, who has been accused of taking illegal extra benefits from a failed sports marketer."If you rode to my mother's house, it's still a two-bedroom house, one floor," Mayo said. "She still drives the same Toyota Corolla that she drove for the last three years and is still trying to meet ends. So for them to say I received $30,000 or whatever the case is, I definitely don't think that's enough to sell out myself and my family." Following the interview, Mayo slipped into a new red Porsche Cayenne GTS with two friends and drove off, saying he was headed to Chicago for workouts in advance of next month's NBA draft.
Must-See Photo
Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen lands in the stands while chasing a loose ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston on Wednesday. (AP Photo)
Must-See Video
Manny Ramirez makes a great catch, high fives a fan, and then turns the double play.
Game To Watch
Western Conference, Second Round, Game 6
New Orleans Hornets
San Antonio Spurs
Sports Birthdays

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