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NEWS FROM 2005-04-20
NHL Won't Start on Time Without Deal (AP)
AP - The NHL won't start next season on time if a new collective bargaining agreement hasn't been reached with the players' association.
Cavs' Playoff Hopes Hinge on Toronto, Nets (AP)
AP - Tied with the New Jersey Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers must win in Toronto on Wednesday and hope the Nets lose in Boston.
Clarett Likely a Second-Day Draft Pick (AP)
AP - Maurice Clarett's long, strange trip to the NFL is nearing its end. Maybe.
USC's Williams Finally Eligible for Draft (AP)
AP - A year later than originally hoped, Mike Williams finally gets a shot at NFL stardom and the big bucks that go with it.
2012 Candidates Warned Over Bidding War (AP)
AP - Determined to avoid a return to the abuses and corruption of the past, IOC president Jacques Rogge warned the five cities vying for the 2012 Olympics to obey ethics rules and stay out of a "bidding war."
Seahawks Ready to Release Chad Brown (AP)
AP - The Seattle Seahawks are ready to release linebacker Chad Brown to create salary for free agent pickup Jamie Sharper, team president and general manager Tim Ruskell confirmed Wednesday.
Pistons' Leading Scorer Hamilton Injured (AP)
AP - The Detroit Pistons put Richard Hamilton on the injured list Wednesday before the last game of the regular season at Charlotte and activated Horace Jenkins.
Cubs Drop Garciaparra in Batting Order (AP)
AP - Nomar Garciaparra's .163 average landed him in the sixth spot of the Chicago Cubs' lineup for Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Oughton Will Miss Season With Knee Injury (AP)
AP - Columbus Crew midfielder/defender Duncan Oughton will miss the rest of the season because of torn cartilage in his right knee.
NHL Lockout Seen As 'Blessing in Disguise' (AP)
AP - This spring has been unlike any other Aaron Miller has had during his hockey career.
Deals in the works
Trade talk is heating up, starting with the Dolphins' interest in dealing the No. 2 overall pick to Minnesota.
Dolphins' Saban wants to deal No. 2 pick (AP)
Now that the Miami Dolphins have a top-five pick in the NFL draft for the first time in 38 years, new coach Nick Saban wants to trade it. Saban inherited the No. 2 choice behind San Francisco when he took over a team coming off its worst season since the 1960s. But because the Dolphins have only four other picks, with none in the second round, Saban has been shopping his first-round choice for a...
House to hold hearing on NFL steroid use (AP)
The congressional committee that investigated steroid use in baseball will turn its investigation to the same problem in football. The panel said Tuesday it will ask NFL officials and union representatives to testify at a hearing next week. ``A public review of the NFL's strategy for combatting steroid use marks the next step in our investigation,'' said Rep.
Raiders trade CB Buchanon to Texans (AP)
The man who calls himself ``Showtime'' is leaving the Oakland Raiders, and both sides appear happy to be parting ways. The Raiders traded disgruntled cornerback Phillip Buchanon to the Houston Texans for two draft picks Tuesday, nearly four months after he publicly ridiculed the franchise with no warning leading into the final game.
Belichick takes long-term view of draft (AP)
The New England Patriots go into the draft with a team that already looks different than last season's champions. Ty Law and Troy Brown were released and Tedy Bruschi had a mild stroke that could sideline him at least for this season. Still, coach Bill Belichick isn't counting on immediate contributions from the players he picks this weekend.
Redskins add another first-round pick (AP)
A day of mixed signals from the Washington Redskins ended with an unexpected twist: a trade that leaves the team with two picks in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft. Paying a hefty price for a short-term gain, the Redskins on Tuesday acquired the No. 25 overall pick from the Denver Broncos. In exchange, Washington gave up its third-round selection (No.
MNF leaves network TV after 36 years (AP)
It really shouldn't matter that much, yet somehow it does. There will still be football on Monday night, but now that ``Monday Night Football'' is moving from network TV to basic cable, everything has changed. Dick Ebersol was thinking about that, euphoric though he was after negotiating the deal that would mean the end of the franchise his late boss, Roone Arledge, developed.
Mills' burial in N.J., service in N.C. (AP)
Funeral services for former NFL linebacker Sam Mills will be held in his native New Jersey with a memorial conducted in Charlotte, where he was an assistant coach with the Carolina Panthers. Mills, a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, died Monday, two years after he was stricken with cancer. He was 45. There will be a memorial service for family and friends in Charlotte on Thursday.
The People's Voice plays both sides of the ball
Some of Dan's readers feel an NBA age limit is the way to go. Others ask, where would the NBA be without LeBron James?
Nets keep control of playoff destiny (AP)
Jason Kidd and Vince Carter have carried the New Jersey Nets from what seemed like a wasted season to the brink of a playoff berth. Now it comes down to one final night. Kidd had a season-high 35 points, Carter added 26 points and the Nets kept control of their own playoff destiny with a 109-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
Cavs keep playoff hopes alive (AP)
Robert Traylor jumped onto the scorer's table, right above the spot where he had kicked open a hole moments earlier, and thrust his powerful arms into the confetti-filled air. After an ownership change, a coaching change and a change in direction, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a playoff pulse. ``We've got a chance,'' Traylor said.
Pistons run win streak to 11 (AP)
Darko Milicic finally got some playing time and gave a glimpse of why the 7-footer was the second overall pick in the 2003 draft. Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and Ben Wallace added 15 points and 17 rebounds to power the Detroit Pistons to their 11th consecutive victory, 95-68 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Bulls lock up fourth seed in East (AP)
Ben Gordon is confident in his shot, as the New York Knicks have learned all too well this season. Gordon scored 16 points and hit the game-winner with 5.8 seconds left in Chicago's 92-91 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night as the Bulls locked up home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Kings activate Jackson, put Peja on IL (AP)
Guard Bobby Jackson was activated from the Sacramento Kings' injured list on Wednesday in time for their regular-season finale against Phoenix. To make room on the roster, Sacramento placed forward Peja Stojakovic on the injured list. Stojakovic, who's expected to be on the Kings' playoff roster, hasn't played since straining his groin Friday in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
McInnis doesn't go with Cavs to Toronto (AP)
Cavaliers point guard Jeff McInnis, whose benching last month led to the firing of coach Paul Silas, did not accompany the team to its final regular-season game in Toronto on Wednesday. On Tuesday, McInnis started against Boston but didn't score in six minutes before being replaced by Eric Snow. McInnis didn't rejoin his teammates on the bench for the second half until midway through the third...
Shaq-less Heat rout Bobcats 99-80 (AP)
Not only did the Miami Heat get their regulars plenty of rest, they might have found another scorer for the postseason. Rasual Butler -- who had only three double-digit scoring games since Feb. 1 -- got a career-high 25 points, leading the Heat to a 99-80 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Mavs top Sonics for eighth straight win (AP)
In last year's playoffs, Marquis Daniels was a rookie starter for the Dallas Mavericks. Going into this postseason, he's nearly at the end of the bench. Daniels reminded new coach Avery Johnson to keep him in mind for the playoff rotation by scoring nine points and handing out a season-best nine assists, sparking Dallas past the Seattle SuperSonics 101-96 Tuesday night.
Nuggets top Blazers, roll into playoffs (AP)
It took a halftime tirade from George Karl to make sure the Denver Nuggets didn't end the regular season with a three-game losing streak. Sparked by their fiery coach, the Nuggets ended their best regular season in 17 years with a 119-115 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night for their 12th consecutive home win.
NHL will not start in October without labor agreement (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - If the NHL season starts in October, it will not be with replacement players.
NHL season won't start on time without deal with players' association (AP)
The NHL won't start next season on time if a new collective bargaining agreement hasn't been reached with the players' association. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday he is committed to playing hockey in the fall, but a deal must be in place before then. ``We will continue to plan for the start of next season with an on-time opening in October, that is where our efforts will be,'' Bettman...
Report: Bertuzzi reinstatement hearing scheduled (AP)
The NHL plans a hearing April 26 to decide on reinstating Todd Bertuzzi, who was suspended indefinitely after decking Colorado forward Steve Moore with a punch that broke his neck, the Canadian Broadcasting Co. reported. NHL spokesman Frank Brown confirmed Monday a meeting was planned with Bertuzzi but would not say when, The Vancouver Province newspaper said.
Agent: Forsberg would like to return to Avalanche if possible (AP)
Peter Forsberg would love to play with the Colorado Avalanche if there is an NHL season this fall, according to his agent. ``That's his mind-set at the moment, and I don't think he's looking to get out of Denver. He loves Denver,'' agent Don Baizley told The Denver Post. Forsberg, a former Hart Trophy winner as the NHL's MVP, played for Modo in Sweden this past season.
NHL lockout convinced Aaron Miller he's no housewife (AP)
This spring has been unlike any other Aaron Miller has had during his hockey career. ``I've been having fun in the sun at Manhattan Beach,'' said Miller, a defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings. ``I've just been hanging out with my two daughters a lot, walking the older one to school. I feel like a housewife.'' Not any more.
NHL, players' association return to bargaining table (AP)
The NHL and players' association returned to the bargaining table Tuesday and met for six hours, hoping to build momentum off talks that began two weeks earlier. Negotiations centered around a new, hybrid concept -- which addresses the relationship between player costs and league revenues -- that was first discussed during the last round of talks in Toronto on April 4.
Gomez suffers hairline fracture, out 3-4 weeks (AP)
New Jersey center Scott Gomez will be sidelined up to a month with a hairline fracture in his pelvic area, Devils president Lou Lamoriello said Monday. Gomez was hurt after he got blindsided while playing for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL in a playoff game Saturday night in Bakersfield, Calif. The ECHL suspended Bakersfield right wing Ashlee Langdone for the hit, pending further review.
Milwaukee goalie Kotyk scores goal (AP)
Seamus Kotyk became the eighth goalie to score a goal in American Hockey League history, firing the puck into an empty net in the Milwaukee Admirals' 6-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday. Kotyk's goal gave the Admirals a 4-1 lead with 3 minutes to play. Kotyk is the fifth AHL goalie to actually shoot the puck into the net, while the other three were credited with goals as the last...
Rusty and relieved, Team USA hits the ice for a practice (AP)
Mike Modano finally has something to play for again and it's pretty cool, even if it isn't the Stanley Cup. Sporting a summer tan in mid-April thanks to the labor lockout that canceled the NHL season, Modano hit the ice on Saturday with most of his teammates on the U.S. national hockey team to practice for the first time for the World Championship next month in Innsbruck, Austria.
DEI shows progress
FORT WORTH, Texas – DEI's tough season might have turned around at Texas.
Driver Ramirez released from hospital (SportsTicker)
SONOMA, California (Ticker) - One day after being involved in an accident during a NASCAR Nextel Cup test session at Infineon Raceway, Jose Luis Ramirez was released from John Muir Medical Center.
Biffle overpowering in Texas victory (AP)
Greg Biffle's body was sore heading into the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Biffle wins NASCAR Nextel Cup Samsung/RadioShack 500 (SportsTicker)
Stewart has fiery ending at Texas (AP)
Tony Stewart made a fiery exit Sunday.
Late pass pushes Kahne to Busch win in Texas (AP)
Kasey Kahne got past 19-year-old rookie Reed Sorenson just before the final caution and held on the final two laps after the restart for a NASCAR Busch Series win Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bourdais wins IROC in Texas (AP)
Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais became just the fourth foreign-born driver to win an IROC race, leading the final 22 laps Friday night at Texas after Kurt Busch suffered the same kind of bad luck that has plagued him in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series. Bourdais regained the lead when Busch cut a tire and slammed hard into the outside wall in the second turn.
Another pole for Newman (AP)
Ryan Newman almost lost control of his car just before taking the green flag for his qualifying run, and still won another pole.
Rudd, 48, not retiring type just yet (AP)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With a NASCAR-record 757 consecutive starts in stock car racing's premier series, Ricky...