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June 15, 2009
June 15, 2009

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June 15, 2009

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LAKERS-MAGIC
  • Kobe Bryant was the center of attention as the Lakers and the Magic faced off for the NBA title, but it was a less glamorous story line—the chess match under the basket—that was determining the course of the Finals

TENNIS
STANLEY CUP FINALS
PRO FOOTBALL
  • He meets with former presidents, counsels the U.N. and, oh, yeah, makes more than any NFL player, but Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha can still walk unrecognized through America's biggest city. Not for much longer

BASEBALL
JEFF KOMLO
Departments

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

• WATCH
White Sox at Cubs
The Windy City rivals renew their interleague border war with a three-gameseries at Wrigley Field beginning on Tuesday. (Two are matinees, so follow atwork on MLB.TV.) The series won't have the added drama of last year's, whenboth teams were in first place at the time. But bragging rights are at stake.Since interleague play began in 1997, each club has won 33 times.

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• WATCH
NCAA Track Championships
The fastest college athletes gather in Fayetteville, Ark., for the four-daymeet beginning on Wednesday (CBS, live on Saturday). A runner to watch: Oregonsenior Galen Rupp, the NCAA--record holder in the 10,000 meters. He'll run hisspecialty plus the 5,000 as the Ducks men bid for a track triple crown:cross-country, indoor and outdoor track titles in 2008--09.

• LEARN
Football the Kiffin Way
Note: This is for female Vols fans only. Tennessee's new coach hosts LaneKiffin's Football Clinic for Women, a full-day seminar that gives footballwidows a working knowledge of the sport. Kiffin's offensive and defensivecoordinators will speak. The main draw, though, will be his wife, Layla, anInternet favorite who might be as popular as her husband.

• READ
Longshot
If there's a prototypical path to a hoops career, Lance Allred didn't take it.A Mormon raised on a polygamist compound in Montana, the 6'11" Allred wasborn deaf and has battled obsessive-compulsive disorder. Still, he starred inhigh school and at Weber State, and last fall he had a preseason stint with theCavs. He's not an NBA giant, but Allred's memoir is inspiring.

• PREVIEW
The site of the 2010 World Cup
South Africa has a hosting dry run with the Confederations Cup, an eight-teamtournament of FIFA regional champs. (Check listings for games on ESPN.) TheU.S. opens against reigning World Cup champ Italy on Monday. Is South Africaready for 2010? Its first new stadium opened on Sunday in Port Elizabeth; fivemore should be finished on time.

• READ
Travels with Mack
Last week Texas football czar Mack Brown and six other college coaches visitedU.S. troops—and played a little flag football—in the Middle East. Brown bloggedabout the trip (www.mackbrowntexasfootball.com), which left him inspired, tiredand full of insights such as: "The military is very much like running afootball program with the 'big' exception of war."

The Pop CultureGrid

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Athletes in the mixConan O'Brien's Tonight Show will be ...Size of my biggest TVFavorite thing to put on a pizzaBook on my summer reading listI'd like to write a fan letter to ...
EDWIN JACKSON Tigers PAnimated and pretty funny52"Ranch dressingCan't think of oneLauren London
OMAR GONZALEZ LA Galaxy DAmazing!120"Tomatoes, green peppers, sausage and pepperoniThe Lost Symbol by Dan BrownMarisa Miller
LUKE SCOTT Orioles LFI never watch him32"Mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olive oilAny biblically based bookA few corrupt politicians
STEFAN FREI Toronto FC GoalkeeperFunnier than Leno's52"Lots of cheeseThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienMichael Jordan

Inside the Grid

Gonzalez's missive to Miller, SI's 2008 Swimsuit Issuecover girl, would have a simple message: He wants to let her know she's"smokin' hot." Jackson would tell his favorite actress and model that,in her case, beauty is more than skin deep: "She's intelligent, and that'ssexy."

PHOTONAM Y. HUH/AP (CHICAGO FANS)PHOTOKIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT/US PRESSWIRE (RUPP)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE (KIFFIN)PHOTOCOURTESY AARON FILIPOWSKY/UT ATHLETICS (BROWN)PHOTORAPHAEL MAZZUCCO (SI COVER)PHOTOHOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT (HOBBIT)PHOTOPAUL DRINKWATER/NBCU PHOTO BANK (O'BRIEN)PHOTOANDY MEAD/YCJ/ICON SMI (GONZALEZ)PHOTOANDY MEAD/YCJ/ICON SMI (FREI)PHOTOPORTER BINKS (SCOTT)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (JACKSON)THREE PHOTOS