Cheers in Milwaukee! As breweries across the U.S. celebrated the 75th
anniversary of the post-Prohibition return of beer (April 7, 1933) baseball's
Brew Crew went 5--1. Ace Ben Sheets (above) threw 15 scoreless innings, and
record crowds came out. The lure, says manager Ned Yost? "Good, aggressive,
hard-played baseball." Plus, they sell beer.
Good times on the hardwood (the 76ers are playoff-bound!) and on the ice (the
Flyers grabbed a sixth seed). Sixer Andre Miller (left) on Philly's rallying
from an 18--30 record to get a berth: "I don't know how it happened, but
it's been hard work."
No doubting this guy. The Toronto slugger undid a slow start (1 for his first
9) by crushing the Red Sox for eight RBIs—including Sunday's grand salami—in a
three-game sweep. At 39 he still puts the hurt on.
Jack Del Rio
What's a playoff win worth? Maybe five years and—yowsa!— $23.5 million. That's
the deal landed by the Jaguars' coach, who's 45--35 over five seasons and 1--2
in the playoffs after beating the Steelers in January. Said Del Rio (right) who
turned 45 the day of the press conference announcing his new fortune:
"There is something very special taking place here in Jacksonville right
What's happenin' in Detroit? The potent-on-paper Tigers had an AL-low 15 runs
in an 0--6 start, and manager Jim Leyland grumbled about poor team chemistry.
Ace Justin Verlander (above): "Everyone ... needs to do a little
soul-searching." LSU's Lady Tigers were looking for answers too: The hoops
team lost in the semis for the fifth straight year.
Tough times on the hardwood (tournament fave UNC got bounced from the Final
Four) and on the ice (a Hurricanes loss cost them a playoff berth). Tar Heels
swingman Marcus Ginyard (left) on losing to Kansas: "Their will was just
more than ours."
The Rays' catcher slipped in a Yankee Stadium dugout and sliced two fingers on
some protective netting. That led to 12 stitches and a spot on the 15-day DL.
Manager Joe Maddon, "That's a really ugly cut."
Miami fans have long since been insulted—the Heat is, no typo, 5--44 since
Christmas, and Pat Riley sometimes forsakes them for the scouting trail—and now
the team is adding injury. Forward Shawn Marion's foot problems shelved him
alongside five other regulars, including that Dwyane Wade fellow. Next year
(well, the May 20 draft lottery, anyway) can't come soon enough.