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UNDER THE BANNER OF JORDAN LeBron James, who in an earlier incarnation wore number 23, drove baseline in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bulls at the United Center, where reminders of former Chicago greats loomed above him. The Heat forward hung an MJ-esque 29 points and 10 rebounds on the Bulls in an 85--75 win that tied the series (page 36).

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INTERLEAGUE INTERJECTION A's second baseman Mark Ellis helped umpire Dale Scott make the call on an eighth-inning play at the plate in San Francisco on Sunday. Ellis scored on a sacrifice fly by Hideki Matsui to give Oakland a 4--2 lead, but the Giants tied the game in the bottom of the inning and won 5--4 in the 11th to complete a three-game sweep of their cross-bay rivals.

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TRAGEDY IN MISSOURI A mangled basketball hoop stood amid the devastation in Joplin, Mo., after a massive tornado tore through the city on Sunday, another in a series of disasters that have ravaged the U.S. heartland this spring. By Monday the death toll had risen to at least 116, making it the deadliest twister to strike the U.S. in 60 years.