Shanoff's WUC: Cs Win, Cuse Loses, Mo Chokes

Today's Calls: Celtics vs. Magic, Steve Nash and the Suns vs. Andrew Bynum and the Lakers, Mariano Rivera vs. Jason Kubel, LeBron vs. Obama, Flyers vs. Canadiens, T.O. vs. the Browns, Tony Romo vs. the Byron Nelson Classic, Notre Dame in the Big Ten vs. Notre Dame not in the Big Ten, Tiger Woods vs. Hank Haney, Virginia lacrosse vs. Syracuse lacrosse and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: The most stunning developments in sports in the last 24 hours, ranked in reverse-order of "Wow!" ↵

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↵(3) Celtics take HCA from Magic in Game 1: Count me among those who thought fine-tuned Orlando would shoot weary-legged Boston out of the gym. I didn't account for the Magic's rust or the Celtics' staggeringly good D. But the Magic won't shoot 5/22 from 3-point range again; when those shots fall, Orlando wins (even if Dwight Howard is going to be swallowed by the moment). ↵

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↵(2) Army LAX shocks Syracuse: The Orange were the 2-time defending NCAA champs, the 2-seed in the 2010 NCAA lacrosse tournament, the most storied program in lacrosse history AND playing at home in the Dome. This might qualify as the biggest upset in the history of college lacrosse. ↵

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↵(1) Mariano Rivera chokes: It is a testament to just how good Mo has been over his career that yesterday's implosion (walking in a run, then giving up a grand slam) feels so shocking. 51 straight saves at home. Zero runs allowed this season. First bases-loaded walk in a half-decade. First grand slam given up since 2002. ↵

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↵Fair question: Was Rivera's collapse more stunningly novel than Braden's perfect game? (Perhaps, which means it is also nothing to worry about. Entirely atypical, which is a good thing, given that the Yankees start yet another series with the Red Sox today.) ↵

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↵Top that, Monday. ↵

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↵Lakers-Suns Game 1: It might not matter how locked in the Lakers are for another title if Andrew Bynum's knee proves so balky that he can't keep up with the Suns. I still think that the Lakers win in 7, mostly -- no offense to Kobe -- because Pau Gasol has been that good this spring. ↵

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↵More NCAA LAX Tourney: With all eyes on Virginia, both the men's and women's teams won, each with tributes to Yeardley Love. ↵

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↵More MLB Talking Points: ↵

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↵• Sweep: Phils over Brewers ↵

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↵• Key Injury: Andre Ethier ↵

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↵• Rookie Watch: Drew Storen ↵

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↵• Is Lou Piniella right? ↵

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↵• Today: More Yankees-Red Sox ↵

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↵LeBron Mania: July 1 is still 6 weeks away, but it didn't take more than 48 hours after the Cavs' season ended for President Obama to make a pitch to LeBron to play for 44's hometown Bulls. (Beyond the incompatibility with Derrick Rose, I doubt that LeBron wants to play in Michael Jordan's shadow.) ↵

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↵NFL Offseason: Does anyone want T.O.? The Browns joined the growing list of teams taking a pass. ↵

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↵No pity for Tony Romo, who won't get to participate in the open qualifier for the Byron Nelson Classic because he has -- y'know -- football workouts. (Can you imagine if he skipped them to golf, mere minutes from practice?) ↵

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↵NHL Playoffs: In the epic battle of playoff mojo, Came From Down 3-0 in the Series (Philly) took Game 1 from 8-Seed That Beat 1-Seed and Defending Stanley Cup Champs In 7 Games Each (Montreal). ↵

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↵CFB Offseason: Love that Notre Dame and Miami are going to pick up their rivalry again. (Do we really have to wait until 2012? I already printed up the old T-shirts.) ↵

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↵Big Ten Expansion: In the "should they" or "shouldn't they" debate about Notre Dame, I cast my support to the group that thinks they should join the Big Ten (but the reality is they won't). ↵

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↵CBB Offseason: Mike DeCourcy has the key transfers to watch for the 10-11 season. No one who qualifies as the next Wes Johnson or Jordan Crawford, but certainly helpful. ↵

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↵Tiger Watch: Hank Haney is about six months late on the whole "He's a sex addict" revelation. ↵

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↵Horse Racing: Feels like young jockey Martin Garcia is geting a lot more buzz than Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky. ↵

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↵(Yikes: How buzzless will the Belmont be without either Super Saver or Lookin at Lucky?) ↵

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↵Condolences to the family and friends of Texas A&M basketball recruit Tobi Oyedeji, who died as a result of a car accident following his high school's prom this weekend. ↵

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↵The Last Word: "You have to show up for today's game." -- Paul Pierce, on the Celtics' Game 1 attitude. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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