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Rockets Edge Mavericks 113-111 (AP)
AP - With Shaq and Kobe broken up, get ready for the era of Yao and T-Mac. It arrived in Game 2 of the playoffs.

Pacers Hold Off Celtics to Tie Series 1-1 (AP)
AP - Reggie Miller still had a big shot left in his 39-year-old body. Miller hit a 13-footer for Indiana's last basket, capping his 28-point game and leading the Pacers to an 82-79 win over the Boston Celtics that tied their playoff series at one game each Monday night.

White Sox Clobber Athletics 6-0 (AP)
AP - Given Jon Garland's dominant pitching and the Oakland Athletics' inept offense this season, a shutout victory wasn't much of a surprise for the White Sox new ace.

Diamondbacks Defeat Dodgers 4-2 (AP)
AP - Javier Vazquez pitched eight strong innings, Troy Glaus and Shawn Green got the key hits in a three-run first, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

O's Send Bosox to Third Loss in Four Games (AP)
AP - B. J. Surhoff hit a two-run homer and Bruce Chen pitched effectively into the seventh inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Boston Red Sox 8-4 Monday night.

QBs Smith, Rodgers Forever Linked by Draft (AP)
AP - Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers will forever be judged against each other. The quarterbacks seemed to be neck-and-neck in the race to become the top pick during the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. The San Francisco 49ers and 22 other teams thought otherwise.

NBA Wrap: Miller Leads Pacers to Game Two Victory in Boston (Reuters)
Reuters - Reggie Miller scored 28 points, including the game-winning basket, as the Indiana Pacers evened up their playoff series against the Boston Celtics with an 82-79 road victory Monday.

NL Wrap: Mets Edge Out Braves After Big Sixth Inning (Reuters)
Reuters - Cliff Floyd and David Wright hit two-run homers to key a five-run sixth inning as the New York Mets edged the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in National League play at Shea Stadium on Monday.

Reyes' Goal Gives Arsenal 1-0 Victory (AP)
AP - A first-half goal by Jose Antonio Reyes gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory Monday night over Tottenham and kept Chelsea waiting to secure the league title.

Bertuzzi to Press for Reinstatement (AP)
AP - Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, whose blindside punch to Steve Moore's head nearly 14 months ago may have permanently knocked the Colorado Avalanche player out of hockey, is hoping to get back into the game himself.

Draft report card: AFC
The Browns, Chargers and Titans all did grade-A work, but they still didn't have the AFC's best draft.

Munoz's son not drafted, quits football (AP)
Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz decided to quit football after he was not chosen in the NFL draft over the weekend, his father, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz said Monday. The All-American started 46 games in his career despite injuries, including a torn rotator cuff that ended his senior year before the Southeastern Conference championship game in December.

Smith, Rodgers forever linked by draft (AP)
Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers will forever be judged against each other. The quarterbacks seemed to be neck-and-neck in the race to become the top pick during the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. The San Francisco 49ers and 22 other teams thought otherwise. Smith was picked first overall out of Utah by the 49ers and charged with reviving a once-great franchise.

Agent: Berlin signs with Dolphins (AP)
University of Miami quarterback Brock Berlin agreed to terms of a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, the player's agent said Monday. A two-year starter for the Hurricanes, Berlin completed 406 of 700 passes for 5,099 yards and 34 touchdowns. He is expected to be with the Dolphins for the start of their first rookie minicamp on Friday.

Clarett looks forward to starting anew (AP)
He sat out for two years, sued the NFL and alienated his alma mater. After being regarded as one of the best prospects in the country, he wound up as little more than an out-of-shape curiosity. It's no wonder Maurice Clarett surprised a lot of people by getting chosen in the third round of the draft. On Sunday, he reported to his new team and his new life, wearing a smile and holding a Denver...

Saints gamble on Adrian McPherson (AP)
The New Orleans Saints took a gamble on Adrian McPherson. The talented and troubled quarterback, who threw his college career at Florida State away by betting on football games and committing a string of felonies, was selected Sunday in the fifth round of the NFL draft. ``I'd be lying if I didn't think there was some risk,'' Saints director of player personnel Rick Mueller said.

Turner: Gannon might be done in Oakland (AP)
Raiders coach Norv Turner hinted Sunday that Rich Gannon's career is over in Oakland, raising doubt the quarterback will play again after a serious neck injury. ``Rich hasn't come out and publicly made any statements, but from a physical standpoint, it would be very difficult for him to play,'' Turner said.

Mike Williams ready for some football (AP)
Mike Williams enjoyed draft weekend. He's looking forward to next weekend even more. After more than a year away from football, the 10th overall pick of the NFL draft and newest member of the Detroit Lions is anxious to get back on the football field for the team's spring minicamp. ``This kind of closes the door to a long year,'' Williams said Sunday.

Kerr's blog: Slam Dunc
The Nuggets shut down a rusty Tim Duncan to take away the Spurs' home-court edge.

Yao, McGrady help Rockets edge Mavs (AP)
Tracy McGrady had a secret. The only people who knew what he was going to do in the closing seconds of a tie game were his coach and his big man. Pulling off a plan arranged during a previous timeout, McGrady surprised the rest of his Houston Rockets teammates, and all of the Dallas Mavericks, by not stopping the clock and going straight up the court with 10.4 seconds left.

Pacers rally to even series with Celtics (AP)
Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers climbed out of another hole, just as they've done all season. Now they have home-court advantage in their playoff series with the Boston Celtics. Miller scored 28 points and the Pacers beat the Celtics 82-79 Monday night two days after he had just seven points in a 102-82 loss in the opener of their playoff series.

Nuggets look to keep momentum vs. Spurs (AP)
Beating the San Antonio Spurs is only going to get tougher for the Denver Nuggets. ``Game 2 is always the hardest game, especially for the winning team (in Game 1),'' Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony said Monday. ``We know they'll adjust, and we have to adjust to them as the game goes along.'' One of those adjustments for the Spurs will be to make more shots.

Suns hit 15 3s, top Grizzlies 114-103 (AP)
Shawn Marion's aching wrist and Amare Stoudemire's low-scoring playoff debut were the dominant subjects a day after the Phoenix Suns unleashed a 3-point barrage to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't let either issue affect his good humor or his faith in his young team heading into Game 2 of the best-of-seven first-round series on Wednesday night.

NBA fines Kings' Mobley $15,000 (AP)
Sacramento guard Cuttino Mobley was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for making an obscene gesture toward fans at the end of the Kings' first-round playoff game at Seattle. Mobley, who scored 22 points in an 87-82 loss, made the gesture after hitting a 3-pointer with 42.4 seconds to play that cut the SuperSonics' lead to 83-82.

Johnson fined for berating official (AP)
Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Monday for his postgame exchange of words with official Joey Crawford following a loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their playoff series. Johnson began berating Crawford in the final minutes of Saturday's game, which Houston won 98-86.

Heat send Nets back to drawing board (AP)
The New Jersey Nets make the plan sound so simple. They only need to contain Shaquille O'Neal, defend the pick and rolls that free Dwyane Wade for many of his points, keep the Miami Heat's shooters from taking 3-pointers and -- voila! -- everything will fall into place. Easier said than done, of course, a lesson New Jersey learned once again in its 116-98 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference...

Nocioni gives Bulls surprise lift (AP)
Andres Nocioni brought his Olympic gold medal to the Chicago Bulls' media day in October, his way of saying that he knows how to play and win important basketball games. Nocioni made a similar statement in the opener of the Bulls' playoff series with the Washington Wizards with a performance that still had heads shaking in disbelief Monday.

Wizards' Arenas bottled up by Bulls (AP)
Gilbert Arenas' first taste of the NBA playoffs was a sour one. The scoring leader and All-Star guard of the Washington Wizards was bottled up by a tough Chicago defense and a bit confused by some of the calls Sunday during a dismal performance in a 103-94 loss. Arenas shot just 3-of-19 and finished with nine points, 16 under his season average, and fellow All-Star Antawn Jamison had just 14 points...

Bertuzzi gets hearing on whether NHL will reinstate him after vicious hit to fellow player's head (AP)
Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, whose blindside punch to Steve Moore's head nearly 14 months ago may have permanently knocked the Colorado Avalanche player out of hockey, is hoping to get back into the game himself. Bertuzzi will meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday with the hope of being reinstated to the league.

Norfolk defenseman suspended after throwing water bottle into stands (AP)
The American Hockey League suspended defenseman Anton Babchuk indefinitely on Monday, after the Norfolk Admirals player threw a water bottle into the stands during a game, reportedly hitting a young boy. Babchuk is suspended pending the league's review of the situation. Late in the third period of a playoff game with Philadelphia on Saturday, Babchuk threw a water bottle into the stands, apparently...

Singing the U.S. anthem proves a perilous fight for one Canadian (AP)
By the dawn's early light, Caroline Marcil finally finished on national TV what she started at a hockey game -- a flawless rendition of ``The Star-Spangled Banner.'' The Montreal singer was to perform the national anthems of two countries before the United States' 5-4 exhibition victory over Canada on Friday in Quebec City.

United States beats Canada for under-18 world championship (AP)
The United States won its second under-18 world ice hockey championship, beating Canada 5-1 Sunday behind two goals and two assists from Phil Kessel. Jason Lawrence, Peter Mueller and Nathan Gerbe also scored for the U.S., which pulled away after Canada's Ryan O'Merra tied it 1-1 with a first-period goal.

Russia wins Euro Hockey Tour title (AP)
Russia won its first Euro Hockey Tour title Sunday, defeating Sweden 5-2 behind Viktor Kozlov's goal and two assists. Russia took the title 7-3 on total goals, having won the first game of a two-game final 2-1 in Stockholm on Friday. The win was Russia's first major success since winning the world championship in 1993.

Orr criticizes NHL leadership, players union over impasse (AP)
Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr is calling on National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and players union executive director Bob Goodenow to ``get out of the way'' if they can't solve the impasse that triggered the cancellation of the NHL's season. In a column written for the Sunday Eagle-Tribune, the 1970s hockey star wrote, ``Our sport is in danger of becoming irrelevant unless both sides...

Americans beat Canada in world championship tuneup (AP)
Mark Parrish scored with 4.5 seconds remaining to lead the United States to a 5-4 victory over Canada on Friday night in the teams' final North American tuneup before the world hockey championships. Matt Cullen had two goals for the Americans, and Mike Knuble and Yan Stastny also scored in front of 7,166 fans at the Quebec Coliseum.

United States advances to under-18 title game (AP)
Phil Kessel and Nathan Gerbe each had a goal and two assists, and the United States beat Sweden 6-2 Friday to advance to the final of the world under-18 ice hockey championship. The Americans advanced to Sunday's championship game against Canada, a 3-2 overtime winner over the Czech Republic in Friday's other semifinal.

Report: Former NHL D Ramage to stand trial (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Rob Ramage is in for the fight of his life.

WWD: Subway Fresh 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kurt Busch collected his first Cup win of the year on Saturday.

Busch bounces back from tough stretch with win at Phoenix (AP)
Kurt Busch was beginning to think his luck was evening out this year following a fortune-filled championship season in 2004.

Kurt Busch wins NASCAR Subway Fresh 500 (SportsTicker)

Biffle's hot streak ends with pit accident (AP)
Greg Biffle's hot streak ended on pit road Saturday night in the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch races to Phoenix win (AP)
Kurt Busch knew he had the best car Saturday night, but he had to keep coming from behind to prove it.

Biffle survives Busch Series crashfest at Phoenix (SportsTicker)

Biffle wins Busch race (AP)
Greg Biffle survived an early spinout and grabbed another dominating victory Friday night, this time overpowering the field in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

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.

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