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Gameplan

June 08, 2009
June 08, 2009

Table of Contents
June 8, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS PREVIEW
  • They've reached the Finals by making the defending NBA champs and the team with the league's best record (and MVP) disappear. Now, for the shocking big finish, can Dwight Howard and improbable Orlando vanquish Kobe's Lakers?

  • In one expert's view, Los Angeles's deep and rangy frontcourt will prove to be the difference

WNBA PREVIEW
STANLEY CUP FINALS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
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Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

• WATCH
Yankees at Red Sox
Boston won the first five games in the season series, but the Bombers were without injured Alex Rodriguez. With three games at Fenway starting on Tuesday, Red Sox faithful get their first crack at their favorite target since he admitted taking "boli." (ESPN will carry Wednesday's game at 7 p.m.) After a 13--15 start, the Yanks were 16--6 since A-Rod's return.

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• WATCH
Belmont Stakes
There won't be a rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra, who will sit this one out. But Saturday's race (ABC, 5 p.m.) will have Calvin Borel, who'll be back on Bird as he tries to sweep the Triple Crown races. And it will have long-shot Luv Gov, named for a tabloid nickname for former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.

• WATCH
MLB Draft
It's not quite the event that the NFL and NBA meat markets are, but two years after first being televised, baseball's draft is making its debut in prime time. The MLB Network and MLB.com will carry the three-day event starting next Tuesday. There's no drama about who will go No. 1; the Nationals are a lock to take San Diego State righty Stephen Strasburg (SI, March 30).

• WATCH
Fanarchy
Who's in the mood for calm, reasoned sports debate? If you raised your hand, don't bother watching this weekly series, which premieres at 11 p.m. on Sunday on Versus. Fanarchy lets superfans rant and rave on the hot issues by webcam; think an even more amateurish Around the Horn. Wondering what Joe on the Car Phone looks like? Here's your chance.

• WATCH
World Cup qualifying
Team USA continues its march to the 2010 Cup with a match against Honduras in Chicago on Saturday (8 p.m. ESPN). The Americans get a boost from goaltender Tim Howard, who played well for Everton in a 2--1 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea last Saturday. Howard, who won the FA Cup with Man U in '04, is the first American to play in two finals.

• CELEBRATE
25 years of Tetris
June 6, 1984: A hallowed date for the world's procrastinating students and bored office workers. That was when Soviet computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov finished the addictive puzzle game at the Moscow Academy of Sciences. (The public began playing a year later.) Still hugely popular, Tetris is played a million times daily on Facebook.

The Pop Culture Grid

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Athletes in the mixJon and Kate are ...Best movie I saw last weekAdam Lambert should ..._____ has that Boom Boom Pow!Age I had my first kiss
ADRIAN GONZALEZ Padres 1BMarried with eight kidsBoltIf I knew him, I'd answerMy brother Edgar12
JAYSON WERTH Phillies CFUnknown to meValkyrieRemake Queen's Greatest HitsTeammate Chase Utley13
BRIAN WILSON Giants PActors in Idaho?Angels and DemonsDo theaterPaula Abdul5
TODD HELTON Rockies 1BAbout to get divorcedEagle EyeGo on tourTeammate Troy Tulowitzki13

Inside the Grid

While most five-year-olds are fingerpainting or learning how to read in kindergarten, Wilson was mastering the rules of attraction. "Yeah, Papa Dubs was five—believe it," Wilson says of his first smooch. "She was going to kiss whoever smelled best in class, and my pheromones are naturally awesome."

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