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Cook, Lakers split in Minnesota

By Jeff Mayfield          Send a link to a friend

[MAY 24, 2004]  Lincoln's Brian Cook probably saw more action Sunday than he would have ordinarily, when his Los Angeles Lakers appeared to snooze through Game 2 of their Western Conference championship series. Cook got to play almost 10 minutes and had scored two points to try to help his mates grab a 2-0 lead, but that was not in the cards.

Cook and the Lakers will be back in action Tuesday and Thursday as the series resumes in LA. The Laker loss ensured that a Game 5 will return to the Target Center in the Twin Cities.

The Cubs took the three-game series with the Cards following Sunday's 4-3 victory behind Matt Clement. Once again the Cardinals were not able to overcome an opponent scoring early.

From my view in the cheap seats, more Cardinal everyday players are going to have to start stepping up besides Scott Rolen. I would hate to think of where the Redbirds might be right now had it not been for his torrid start! Woody Williams is beginning to worry me as well.

Cub fans can relax. Panic was really setting in after Friday's bad loss, but they have held their own through injuries, and with the soon return of Prior and Wood, the Cubbie machine should be in fine order.

Lighting and other funky weather apparently canceled festivities at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday night. No other information was available at post time.


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I don't know how many of you are willing to watch playoff hockey, but it is as good as sports can get. Consider Game 6 and Game 7 played between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers. Game 6 was played in Philly, with the Flyers one step away from elimination. They scored a late goal with less than two minutes to play in the third period and won the crazy thing in overtime… Sheer drama!

Then it was back to the Gold Coast for Game 7, with the younger, upstart Lightning hanging on for dear life. They somehow played most, if not all, of the third period like a 20-minute penalty killing to win their first conference finals ever! They are making their first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Maybe Stanley will get a tan!

Local favorite D.A. Weibring won the Allianz with a wire-to-wire finish. Scott Flesch won for the second time on the PGA Tour by winning the Colonial.

And this in from the French Open… Andre Agassi has been upset by the No. 271 player in the world… Ouch!

That's enough news for now. Maybe the good weather will foster an outstanding sports week. Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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