Survives three-way battle to win 78th Annual National Spelling Bee. His winning word was "appoggiatura."
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Make no mistake: If Wade gets any more injured, the
Heat won't win the series.
He's questionable for Saturday's Game 6 in Detroit. So here's an
To play or not to play?
More specifically: Even if he can play, should he play?
Frankly, an injured half-speed Wade in Game 6 might do more harm than
good. How effective can he be against the Pistons bruisers in
More troubling: What if he aggravates the problem? Don't think Detroit
won't understand that implication.
It's not like the Pistons are going to lose in their building in a
win-or-go-home Game 6. So why risk Wade for an inevitable Game
The Heat should consider sitting Wade, trying their best (but
essentially ceding Game 6) and getting him more healthy for Game 7
back in Miami.
The alternative is that he plays in Game 6, doesn't recover (or
worse), the Heat lose anyway, and the Pistons win Game 7 with a
The good news for Miami: Detroit's "Wade Rules" defense
stopped Dwyane -- but it allowed every other Miami player to
Mentally, the Pistons looked out of it. Sure, some of the foul calls
against them were shaky (Cynics cry: "Make up for Shaq's fouls in Game
Maybe it was the fouls. But maybe the unintended consequences of the
scrambling D on Wade threw the Pistons off their game.
Be interesting to see if they use the same D in Game 6 and 7, given
Wade's limitations (and the Pistons' otherwise brutal Game 5
LB Talked to Cavs
"I spoke to them," Brown (finally) admitted.
He then proceeded to spin the hindsight so as not to look like a
complete jerk for going off on the media earlier this week.
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Now he only looks like a minor jerk.
George Mikan, 80
In his era, George Mikan was more dominant than Wilt or
Shaq. Mikan laid the groundwork for every big man that followed
Listen to the Diesel himself:
"Without No. 99, there is no me."
Mikan put the NBA on the sports map. He also established, for better
or worse, the dominance of the center in NBA history.
Face of Baseball?
Is Derek Jeter really the face of baseball, as Tim
Maybe, but doesn't the face change every year with the champ (Johnny
Damon?), or every season with the hot hand (Dontrelle
Jeter's fresh-faced eagerness doesn't really jibe with our current
era's Post-Roids cynicism; his team's underachievement doesn't really
help him, either.
The face of baseball has to reflect the era: Payroll-crippling salary,
apparently juice-free, at least some joy for the game. I'd argue
No one said the face had to be a totally good thing. In fact, by its
definition, it can't be.
Based on pre-release hype, the best movie of the year
(for the second straight year) could be a sports movie about
More sports movies opening: For a little insight on the
forefathers of the X Games-style sports revolution, check out "Lords
Fantasy Bee Wrap
Can you spell "domination?" Anchored by runner-up Samir
Patel Team Shanoff placed three in the Top 5, to run away with
the 2005 Page 2 Fantasy Bee League title.
Patel Dynasty? Samir is only an 11-year-old 6th-grader, yet he
just finished his third Bee. He's got two years of
eligibility left. Wait 'til next year!
(Wait: Our fantasy league IS a "keeper league," right?)
Just don't do it: Nike drops him off their endorsement roster.
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Reds release closer Danny Graves: Probably won't take him the weekend
to find new work with another relief-starved team.
French Open: Today is the best match of the tournament, upstart clay
stud Nadal vs. world No. 1 Federer.
I'm excited for Dream Teamers to help pick the Olympic men's hoops
roster. But let's avoid the unhelpful "Back when WE played..."
Even more Bee (just to round out the week): Best of luck to the great
"25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at the Tony Awards on