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									SI Extra: NBA Draft Analysis and More Friday, June 27, 2008 By Richard Deitsch and David Sabino NBA Draft: Let’s Make a Deal Seven freshmen were selected in the first 14 picks, including the top three overall picks, of last night’s NBA draft, which means plenty of unanswered questions outside of the top three selections. The Bulls took Memphis guard Derrick Rose (left) with the top pick. The Heat then grabbed Kansas State forward Michael Beasley, despite reports that Miami would pass on him. USC guard O.J. Mayo went third to the Timberwolves, who then dealt him to Memphis in a late-night blockbuster. That marked the first time the top three picks were college freshman. “This was a difficult draft for the teams to assess because it was top-heavy with young players,” says SI’s Ian Thomsen, who watched it unfold from the Theater at Madison Square Garden. “Over the last two weeks it was hard for teams in the lottery to come to a consensus decision on the top players, which in turn made it too complicated to make trades -- there was such a variety of opinion over the value of the players involved. That's why we may realize a few years from now that some of the best players this year were taken outside the lottery, because at the moment this group defies analysis.” =sixtra_newsletter062708 • T-Wolves send Mayo to Memphis for Love, Miller p/index.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • McCallum: Rose stood out l?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Mannix: Winners & losers ndex.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Nets trade Jefferson to Bucks deal.ap/index.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Pacers deal Bayless to Blazers erstrade.ap/index.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Draft Tracker _newsletter062708 • Draft fashion html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Winn: Arthur’s wild night sixtra_newsletter062708

Layden: The Road To Beijing Senior writer Tim Layden has decamped in Eugene, Ore., (a.k.a. Track Town, U.S.A. ) this week to chronicle the U.S. Olympic track & field trials, which begin today. (NBC will air nearly 20 hours of track & field and swimming trials over the next two weeks, including 10 straight nights of live primetime coverage on NBC and USA.). Among the storylines Layden says to keep an eye on: Sprint world champ Tyson Gay (left) will have to fend off Wallace Spearmon and a slew of others. Olympic and world championship silver medalist Lauryn Williams thrives at big meets, but nine U.S. women have run faster in '08. Who gets left home? U.S. mile record holder Alan Webb is struggling. Can he find his stride in Eugene, where he famously broke Jim Ryun's high school mile mark in 2001? Running for the U.S. for the first time, ex-Kenyan Bernard Lagat won the 1,500 and 5,000 at the '07 worlds. Now he wants a shot at the Olympic double. Can he do it?” ?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Gatlin's appeal denied er062708 • Cazeneuve: Fencing fiasco f=sixtra_newsletter062708 Inside SI: Vikes Living in Allen-Town “The tag student of the game gets slapped on a lot of players these days, but teacher might be more appropriate for Jared Allen,” says SI’s Andrew Lawrence, who profiles the Vikings’ new defensive end in this week’s issue. Allen signed a six-year, $73.3 million deal during the off-season that made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. He led the league in sacks last year with 15½. “Most football wonks can make the sport seem like nuclear physics,” says Lawrence, who spent a couple of days in Minneapolis with the 6'6", 270-pound Pro Bowler. “Jared doesn't just make you feel like you could play alongside him; he's trying to find you a helmet.” 2/index.htm?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Banks: Snap Judgments ments/index.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Tucker: Players in The Booth akes/index.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 Fantasy Friday: New Jay Cito Gaston could be the best thing to ever happen to Adam Lind. The Blue Jays summoned the 24-year-old outfielder from Syracuse earlier this week and the new skipper declared that Lind would see plenty of action. “We want to try to play him most of the time,” Gaston told reporters. “He's hit everywhere he's been.” Lind started slowly -- he

was 1 for 19 with Toronto earlier this season -- but hit .335 with 45 RBIs at Syracuse. He unquestionably has power: 11 homers in 89 games last season. The big question is whether he’ll hit for average. So far he’s been terrific. Since his promotion Lind is 5 for 14 with two home runs and four RBIs. Photographs by AP (Rose, Gay); Getty Images (Allen, Lind) SCORES CENTRAL • Baseball 708 • Euro 2008 • Buick Open leaderboard • U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard Wimbledon: men I women • WNBA SI WRITERS • Filice: MLB Power Rankings ml?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Donovan: Dissecting the D-Backs ?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Tucker: Inside the NFL ml?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Layden: No-go for Gatlin • Wahl: Euro 2008 blog

• Armstrong: Inside College Hoops .html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 MORE FROM SI.COM • Extra Mustard: Today’s Hot Clicks • Astros release Chacon f=sixtra_newsletter062708 • Garza gem caps Rays’ sweep ixtra_newsletter062708 • Morneau powers Twins to 9th straight ixtra_newsletter062708 • O’Neal pleased with trade to Raptors • Indiana AD to resign amid hoops probe ixtra_newsletter062708 • Wimbledon: Sharapova, Roddick lose day.ap/index.html?eref=sixtra_newsletter062708 ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S SI Jack McCallum on the Celtics’ championship run; Chris Ballard on the mercurial Milton Bradley; and George Dohrmann on Oakland gangs. ewsletter062708 DID YOU KNOW? Winning the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year has proven to be among the tougher challenges in men’s tennis. Only three men have done it, including Bjorn Borg, the last to pull off the feat, in 1980. Since Borg’s double Andre Agassi is the only player to have won both titles (Wimbledon in 1992, French in ’99). Reigning French Open champ (and No. 2 Wimbledon seed) Rafael Nadal, whom Borg himself tabbed this month as a big threat to turn the trick, beat 19-year-old Latvian Ernests Gulbis 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-3 to advance to a third round Wimbledon matchup against German Nicolas Kiefer. 708

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