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For the Record

May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009

Table of Contents
May 25, 2009

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BASEBALL
PREAKNESS
  • Rachel Alexandra proved her jockey right by wiring the boys at the Preakness, but not without a scare from Mine That Bird, who validated his Derby victory

INDIANAPOLIS 500
SWIMMING
  • Putting behind him his out-of-the-pool controversies, his three-month suspension and his thoughts of leaving the sport for good, a motivated Michael Phelps returned to competition eager to test himself and build upon his legacy

NBA PLAYOFFS
  • It's been a rough few decades for Clevelanders—no mistake (by the lake) about it. But with LeBron James and the Cavaliers playing otherworldly basketball, long-suffering fans dare to imagine their first victory celebration since 1964

  • The Magic's outside touch gives them a shot at spoiling Cleveland's party

Departments

For the Record

Upset
By Roger Federer (above) in the final of the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal. The loss ended Nadal's 33-match clay court winning streak and his five-match winning streak over Federer, a run that includes three Grand Slam finals. Federer broke Nadal twice to win 6--4, 6--4. "Things are falling into place, and of course it's the right time to get the victory," said Federer, looking ahead to the French Open, which starts this weekend. The French is the only Grand Slam event Federer has never won; Nadal has won it in each of the last four years.

This is an article from the May 25, 2009 issue

Batted
Third for the Rays against the Indians after manager Joe Maddon botched the lineup card, pitcher Andy Sonnanstine. Maddon inadvertently listed two players, Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria, as third basemen and no one as DH. After a 13-minute delay, Maddon was told by the umpires that Zobrist, who had taken the field, would have to play third and Longoria, whom Maddon had intended to DH and hit third, would have to be removed from the lineup. Sonnanstine was forced into Longoria's slot. The righthanded pitcher bats lefty; he said he hadn't hit that high in an order since Little League. "They told me that I was going to have to hit, and I corrected them and told them 'I get to hit,'" he said. Sonnanstine arguably had a better day at the plate than on the hill. He gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings, but was 1 for 3 with an RBI double in Tampa Bay's 7--5 win.

Unveiled
By the All England Club, a retractable roof over Wimbledon's Centre Court. The $100 million covering, which takes 10 minutes to close, was on display on Sunday when Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters took on Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf in exhibition doubles and singles matches. Appropriately, once the matches started it began to rain. "The sound was magnificent," Agassi said.

Died
At age 78, Julio Mazzei, who coached the New York Cosmos to the NASL title in 1982. Mazzei's greatest contribution to the team and league came seven years earlier, though, when he played a major role in persuading fellow Brazilian Pelé to play in America. The two had been friends since Pelé joined the Brazilian club Santos as a 15-year-old prodigy in 1955; Pelé always called Mazzei—his closest friend and adviser—the Professor, a nickname that stuck after the two came to the U.S. in 1975.

Sentenced
To 10 years in prison for writing illegal prescriptions for known drug abusers, Phil Astin, the doctor of late professional wrestler Chris Benoit. In 2007 the 40-year-old Benoit killed his wife and their seven-year-old son before hanging himself. Benoit had been prescribed steroids by Astin. Drugs were in his system at the time of his death, but a medical examiner couldn't say definitively whether steroid abuse played a role in the murder--suicide. Astin—who admitted that prescriptions he wrote led to the fatal overdose of a female patient in 2007—was charged with 175 counts and pleaded guilty in January.

Declined
By Super Bowl XLIII star James Harrison, an invitation to visit the White House this week with his Pittsburgh teammates. The linebacker returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in the Steelers' 27--23 win over the Cardinals. "If you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl," Harrison (above) told Pittsburgh's WTAE. "As far as I'm concerned, [President Barack Obama] would've invited Arizona if they had won."

Interviewed
By Detroit police following a chair-swinging incident after Game 7 of the Red Wings--Ducks series, Anaheim senior vice-president Bob Murray. After Detroit won the series on a late goal at Joe Louis Arena, Murray, who was in the press box, allegedly swung a stool that hit a female who (contrary to press box protocol) had been cheering for the Red Wings in the chest and shoulder. "I felt like I was cross-checked, and I didn't even have the puck," Rachel Paris, 55, told MyFoxDetroit.com. No charges were filed against Murray, who called the incident "a complete accident."

Announced
That he will enroll in grad school at Syracuse and compete for the starting quarterback job, former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus. The 2004 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year as a QB at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, Paulus, who exhausted his basketball eligibility with the Blue Devils, will have one year of football eligibility. Last year the Orange (3--9) was last in the Big East in passing offense and total offense.

Agreed
By the NFL, to let the Bengals receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson (below) wear a jersey bearing his new last name: Ocho Cinco. Sort of. Johnson legally changed his name last August, but the league would let him wear the name only if he agreed to reimburse Reebok for the more than $4 million worth of Johnson souvenir jerseys it had already printed. (He refused.) The NFL told him he could play under his new name this season, but there's a catch. Since his new surname is spelled Ochocinco on his Florida name-change paperwork, that's how it will appear on his jerseys.

Go Figure

$620,000
Amount the firm owned by former Oklahoma quarterback and ex--U.S. Representative J.C. Watts has been paid over the last five years to lobby for the BCS.

$1 million
Amount won by Tony Stewart in last Saturday's Sprint Cup All-Star race, his first win as a car owner since starting a team at the beginning of this season.

2
Home runs overturned by replay—off the bats of Pittsburgh's Adam LaRoche and Florida's Ross Gload—on May 13.

0
Home runs that had been overturned before those two since replay was instituted last August.

7.35
Millions of viewers who watched Game 6 of the Rockets-Lakers series, the largest audience ever for an NBA game on ESPN.

24
Stolen bases for the Rays' Carl Crawford, who hasn't been thrown out this year.

21
Major league record for steals without being caught for an entire season, set by Kevin McReynolds of the Mets in 1988.

THEY SAID IT

David Ortiz
Red Sox DH, to reporters after going 0 for 7 and stranding 12 runners in a 12-inning loss to the Angels last Thursday: "I'm sorry, guys. I don't feel like talking right now. Just put down, 'Papi stinks.'"

PHOTOJASPER JUINEN/GETTY IMAGES (FEDERER)PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (HARRISON)PHOTOTOM HAUCK/GETTY IMAGES (OCHOCINCO)PHOTOJIM ROGASH/GETTY IMAGES (ORTIZ)