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May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009

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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

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When umps got their fill early

Last Saturday
Angels pitcher John Lackey, making his first start of the season after coming off the DL, throws two pitches to the Rangers' Ian Kinsler, who had homered twice the night before. The first goes behind Kinsler's neck, the second hits him in the ribs—and Lackey gets tossed.

This is an article from the May 25, 2009 issue

1986
When Padres manager Steve Boros brings the lineup card to the plate before a game against the Braves, he also brings a videotape of a controversial call that went against the Padres the night before. Unamused umpire Charlie Williams runs him.

1917
Red Sox starter Babe Ruth gets the heave-ho for taking a swing at home plate umpire Brick Owens after walking the first batter, Washington's Ray Morgan. Ernie Shore comes on in relief and, after Morgan is caught stealing, retires the next 26 Senators. Shore is credited with a perfect game but is stripped of that distinction after Major League Baseball makes the criteria more stringent in 1991.

PHOTOTONY GUTIERREZ/AP (LACKEY)