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This Week in Sports :: June 9-13, 2008

The Celtics take an early lead in the NBA Finals and Tiger looks to capture his first U.S. Open title since 2002! See what else happened!

Celtics Win at Home

In the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have done what they've been doing the entire playoffs - taking care of home court. The Celtics improved their playoff home record to 13-1, by defeating the Lakers in games 1 and 2. The first game, Paul Pierce overcame a knee injury to inspire his team to a 98-88 victory. And in Game 2, the Celtics blew a 24 point fourth quarter lead, but managed to hold on to a slim 108-102 victory. On Tuesday night, L.A. took care of their home court and defeated the C's 87-87 behind Kobe Bryant's 30 points. Games 4 and 5 will both be played in L.A.

Tiger Looks to Win U.S. Open

Fresh off surgery to repair a knee injury, Tiger Woods is in San Diego this weekend to win his third U.S. Open. Tiger has suffered a little bit of a drought in the even - he hasn't won the Open since 2002. This weekend looks to be interesting, especially since Tiger is paired up with Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott. This will be the first time the top three ranked golfers will be grouped together in USGA history. Tiger has not played in any competitions since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee right after the Masters last April.

Soriano Injured

After a rough 2007 season, Alfonso Soriano bounced back this year. The $136 million man was batting .283 and was leading the team with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs. But more impressively, the Chicago Cubs have the best record in baseball at 42-24. But last Thursday, Soriano was hit by a pitch and broke his hand. Doctors expect Soriano to miss at least six weeks. Earlier this season, Alfonso went down with a calf injury the Cubs went 9-5.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Rafael Nadal won his fourth straight French Open title by defeating rival Roger Federer. Ana Ivanovic defeated Dinara Sadina to capture the womens singles title.
  • Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress is sitting out of practice until he gets a new contract. The New York Giants' wide receiver is currently getting paid $3.5 million a season.
  • The Chicago Bulls named former NBA player Vinny Del Negro head coach on Tuesday. Prior to the Bulls, Del Negro had been working as the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns.
  • It hasn't been a good start for the expansion team the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. The Dream are 0-8 to start their inaugural season.

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