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Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 12:13 am | Updated: 7:13 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

• If Sports Illustrated's preseason predictions prove to be accurate, Albert Pujols will play for his second straight championship team this fall.

Pujols helped the Cardinals beat the Rangers in seven games in last year's World Series. It was his second championship with the Cardinals, who also won in 2006.

Pujols was the offseason's biggest free-agent signee, by the Los Angeles Angels.

He's on the cover of this week's SI baseball preview edition, which predicts that the Angels will beat the Giants in the World Series.

SI picks the Phillies to win the NL East and beat the Diamondbacks in the divisional round before losing to the Giants in the NL Championship Series.

The Angels are picked to beat the Yankees for the AL championship.

Tracy Ludwig, a former McCaskey basketball player, coached the Honesdale High School girls' basketball team to the District Two Class AAA championship this season.

It was the team's first district title since 1992.

Honesdale beat Nanticoke in the district championship game. The Hornets finished the season 22-6, losing to Southern Lehigh in a state opener.

Ludwig was a team captain for two years at McCaskey and was a scholarship player at Mansfield University.

• Forbes magazine estimates the Phillies' value at $723 million, which ranks fifth among major league teams.

Not surprisingly, the Yankees rank first at $1.85 billion. Next are the Dodgers, $1.4 billion; Red Sox, $1 billion; and Cubs, $879 million.

The Orioles rank 19th, at $460 million. The Pirates are 28th, at $336 million, ahead of only the Rays, $323 million, and Athletics, $321 million.

• The Giants win Super Bowls, but the Jets often make more headlines in New York.

The Jets were the topic of conversation last week when they acquired Tim Tebow to back up starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and run their Wildcat package.

You might have missed it, but the Giants quietly re-signed their backup quarterback last week.

He's David Carr, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft by the Houston Texans in 2002. He was Eli Manning's backup in 2008 and 2009, went to the 49ers for a season and returned to the Giants in 2011.

Carr, 32, didn't take a snap last year, and has thrown only 35 passes since 2008.

Manning has not missed a game since replacing Kurt Warner as the Giants' starter in 2004.

Manning has started 119 consecutive games, third on the all-time list for quarterbacks behind Brett Favre (297) and Peyton Manning, who started 208 straight games before missing all of last season.

• Entering Saturday's games, only two players ranked in the NBA's top 10 this season in both scoring and rebounding.

The Timberwolves' Kevin Love was fourth in scoring (26.2 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.7 rebounds per game).

The Magic's Dwight Howard was 10th in scoring (21.0) and first in rebounding (14.8).

The Clippers' Blake Griffin barely missed the list. He was sixth in rebounding (10.9) and 11th in scoring (20.9).

Jim Hersh is sports editor of the Sunday News. Email him at jhersh@lnpnews.com.

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