Alan Bickwid, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, cools himself after a long day at the end of the first round of the Players Championship PGA golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on May 8, 2008 . (UPI Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Minnesota Twins' Michael Cuddyer (R) slides safely into second with a steal as Chicago White Sox second baseman Juan Uribe fields the throw from catcher Toby Hall during the sixth inning in Chicago on May 8, 2008. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
Pittsburgh Penguins Marian Hossa (18) and Pascal Dupuis (9) celebrate Hossa winning goal in overtime against the New York Rangers at the 2008 Eastern Conference Stanley Cup semifinals at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on May 4, 2008. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-2, and won the series 4-1. (UPI Photo/Stephen Gross)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gestures in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals in Los Angeles on May 7, 2008. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 120-110 to lead the best-of-seven playoff series 2-0. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
Minnesota Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez (22) runs into the wall as he chases after a double hit by Chicago White Sox Carlos Gomez during the first inning in Chicago on May 8, 2008. The White Sox won 6-2. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
Fred Couples, from Palm Springs, California, chips from the sand trap on the #2 green to save par during the third round of The Players Championship PGA golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on May 10, 2008 . (UPI Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
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