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Wallace Leads Pistons Past 76ers 99-84 (AP)
AP - Technical fouls make some players timid, fearing an ejection. They fire up Rasheed Wallace. Sparked by a technical, Wallace scored 11 of 15 points in the third quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-84 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday, and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Heat Hammer Nets 104-87 to Lead Series (AP)
AP - The story line didn't change, nor did the outcome. Once again, the New Jersey Nets held Shaquille O'Neal in check, yet couldn't find a way to beat his Miami Heat.

A-Rod Hits Three Homers As Yankees Win (AP)
AP - Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in his first three at-bats and became only the 11th major league player with 10 or more RBIs in a game, leading the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4 Tuesday night.

Nationals Chase Phillies 3-1 (AP)
AP - Brad Wilkerson connected off previously unbeaten Jon Lieber for the first upper-deck home run at RFK Stadium in 34 years, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Smoltz Wins As Braves Beat Mets 4-3 (AP)
AP - John Smoltz finally got some run support and bullpen help, earning his first win of the season Tuesday night in the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 victory over Pedro Martinez and the New York Mets.

NFL Ordered to Pay Webster Estate (AP)
AP - A federal judge has ordered the NFL to pay the estate of Hall of Fame center Mike Webster disability benefits for head injuries caused by his football career.

Detroit, Miami take 2-0 leads in NBA playoff series (AFP)
AFP - Defending National Basketball Association champions Detroit and Eastern Conference top seeds Miami stretched their leads in the first round of the playoffs with home-court victories.

Cardinals Edge Brewers 5-3 (AP)
AP - Albert Pujols was 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run doubles, and closer Jason Isringhausen left with an apparent injury Tuesday night in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Sharing RFK Causing Problems for Teams (AP)
AP - The sharing of RFK Stadium by D.C. United and the Washington Nationals has resulted in a soccer pitch that isn't rectangular.

Canucks' Bertuzzi Seeks Reinstatement (AP)
AP - Todd Bertuzzi got his chance to tell the NHL why it should allow him to play hockey again. Steve Moore, who might never play again because of the vicious hit Bertuzzi dealt him, believes the Vancouver Canucks forward hasn't sat out long enough.

Read and React: Picked apart
Not surprisingly, the NFL draft prompted plenty of responses – some not so kind.

NFL heading to D.C. with new policy (AP)
The NFL is tripling the number of offseason drug tests each player can face, a policy change made public on the eve of Wednesday's hearing before congressmen who are already drafting legislation on steroids in sports. Leaders of the House Government Reform Committee, which subpoenaed baseball stars and officials to testify 1 1/2 months ago, are working with Sen.

RB Green arrested for domestic violence (AP)
Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green was arrested after a domestic violence incident, the Brown County sheriff's department said Tuesday. Deputies went to Green's Ledgeview home after a 911 call ended with a hang-up Monday night. The four-time Pro Bowler was arrested at about 10:10 p.m., was taken to the county jail, posted a $150 bond and was released about 11:50 p.m.

Super Bowl star Sample dead at 67 (AP)
Johnny Sample, a defensive back who was on the winning side in two of the NFL's landmark games, died Tuesday. He was 67. His death was confirmed by Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the medical examiner's office. Details were not immediately available. A young woman who answered the phone at Sample's home in Philadelphia said the family would have no comment for a few days.

Texans release veteran CB Aaron Glenn (AP)
Cornerback Aaron Glenn, one of the original Houston Texans, was released by the team on Tuesday to clear room for Philip Buchanon, acquired in a trade with Oakland last week. Coach Dom Capers met with Glenn, a 12-year veteran, shortly after the trade and offered him the option of reduced playing time or the chance to play with another team.

ESPN gets highest ratings for NFL draft (AP)
ESPN's telecast of the NFL draft last Saturday got a 4.3 rating, the highest ever achieved for the draft. The previous record was 4.2 in 1993. The network said Nielsen media research determined that during the more than 18 hours Saturday and Sunday more than 34 million people tuned in to at least a part of the telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2.

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.

Top pick Alex Smith tours San Francisco (AP)
Quarterback Alex Smith toured his new city Monday, met the mayor, and even pushed back his flight home once he realized his beloved San Diego Padres were in town. Smith, the top pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL draft Saturday out of Utah, attended the Padres game against the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park.

Mourning gives Heat 2-0 lead on Nets (AP)
Alonzo Mourning was supposed to be an insurance policy for the Miami Heat, someone to give them a few good minutes off the bench and take some rebounding and defensive responsibilities off Shaquille O'Neal's mammoth shoulders. On Tuesday night, Mourning was much, much more for the Heat, who took a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the New Jersey Nets.

Pistons take 2-0 lead over 76ers (AP)
Rasheed Wallace untucked his jersey and flailed his arms at the officials, picking up the 228th technical foul of his notorious career. Then, as he often has this season, he took over the game. Wallace scored 11 of 15 points in the third quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-84 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday, and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

The consensus: Bibby won't repeat Game 1 (AP)
The knock against Seattle center Jerome James has always been his inconsistency. James insists it's part of his plan. ``I would just call it my role,'' he said Sunday. ``Some nights I'm going to score 22 points. Another night, maybe against San Antonio, I'm going to have five blocks and not score a point.'' The 7-foot-1 center had 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in Seattle's 87-82 win...

Yao, T-Mac lay claim as NBA's top duo (AP)
From his promising days in high school to his disappointing nights in Orlando, Tracy McGrady tried to pattern his multifaceted game after childhood idol Magic Johnson. McGrady never had a problem scoring lots of points, surpassing even the Hall of Fame point guard. But he needs to do much more winning to justify such a comparison.

Miller magic still works for Pacers (AP)
Stephen Jackson has a message for all those Celtics fans who were taunting Reggie Miller during the first two games of Indiana's first-round playoff series against Boston: Thanks. ``When I played against him, I never said anything to Reggie because once you upset him, he's going to wake up and drain five straight 3s,'' Jackson said.

Nuggets motivated by lack of respect (AP)
The Denver Nuggets are feeling overlooked. Denver rallied to win Sunday's playoff opener on the road, but much of the talk about Game 1 has been about how bad the San Antonio Spurs played -- they missed 17 straight shots in the fourth quarter. ``Nobody's mentioning us,'' Nuggets center Marcus Camby said Tuesday.

Suns' Marion expects to play in Game 2 (AP)
Phoenix's turbocharged version of small-ball wouldn't work without Shawn Marion. So the Suns and their fans should be relieved that a sprained right wrist probably won't keep the high-flying forward out of Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. ``Right now, it's feeling better, so that's a good thing,'' Marion said Tuesday.

Wizards try to get Big Three untracked (AP)
In April 24-25 stories about the NBA playoff game between the Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Bulls, erroneously reported that Andres Nocioni's 18 rebounds were an NBA rookie playoff record. Wilt Chamberlain had 35 rebounds against Boston on March 22, 1960.

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.

NHL holds hearing for Bertuzzi reinstatement (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Todd Bertuzzi took his first step toward returning to the NHL on Tuesday, when the league conducted a hearing regarding his reinstatement.

Bertuzzi has reinstatement hearing, no timetable for commissioner's decision (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi got his chance to tell the NHL why it should allow him to play hockey again. Steve Moore, who might never play again because of the vicious hit Bertuzzi dealt him, believes the Vancouver Canucks forward hasn't sat out long enough. Bertuzzi, who landed a blindside punch to Moore's head in a game nearly 14 months ago, had his long-awaited reinstatement hearing with NHL commissioner Gary...

Capitals reach agreement with AHL's Hershey Bears (SportsTicker)
WASHINGTON (Ticker) - The Washington Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate has moved much closer.

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...

Communication breakdown
Bob dips into the mailbag – and readers, of course, are fired up about DEI, among other topics.

Stock Car Commission upholds penalties (AP)
The National Stock Car Racing Commission has denied the appeals of team owner James Finch, driver Johnny Sauter and crew chief Joel Shear for having an illegal carburetor.

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.

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