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LEADING OFF

May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013

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May 6, 2013

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
THE GAY ATHLETE
NFL DRAFT 2013
NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
  • ALEX OVECHKIN FOUND A NEW COMFORT ZONE OFF THE ICE (HE'S ENGAGED TO TENNIS STAR MARIA KIRILENKO) AND BROKE OUT OF ONE ON IT (HE MOVED FROM LEFT WING TO RIGHT). THE RESULT: HIS GAME IS REVITALIZED, AND THE CAPITALS SOARED INTO THE POSTSEASON

BOOK EXCERPT
  • A NEW COLLECTION OF COLUMNS FROM THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA SHOWS HOW RED SMITH BECAME A MASTER OF THE PAGE, ONE EXQUISITE SENTENCE AT A TIME

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PHOTOPhotograph by Jeff Hanisch/USA Today SportsTastes Like Chicken Bucks guard J.J. Redick got a mouthful of Chris (Birdman) Andersen when the Miami forward closed him down during Game 3 of their playoff series, last Thursday in Milwaukee. Signed for his defense and rebounding, Andersen proved to be an offensive weapon against the Bucks: He made 13 of 16 shots as the Heat swept Milwaukee.PHOTOPhotograph by Greg Nelson For Sports IllustratedPower Serge In case he somehow forgot, Houston's Ömer Aşik was reminded who the top shot blocker in the NBA is: Serge Ibaka. The Thunder forward, who averaged a league-best 3.0 swats per game, sent Aşik's dunk attempt flying (and perhaps made a little contact on the follow-through) in the third quarter of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Ibaka had six blocks in OKC's 105--102 win.PHOTOPhotograph by Jason Szenes/EPAHalo Defect Perhaps hampered by a wayward sweatband, Boston's Paul Pierce struggled to find his scoring touch in Game 2 of the Celtics' series with the Knicks. Pierce was just 8 for 19 as New York won 87--71. The veteran forward got back into the groove on Sunday, scoring 29 points as the Celtics staved off a sweep with a 97--90 overtime win in Game 4.