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Pacers Beat Celtics, Take 2-1 Series Lead (AP)
AP - Reggie Miller had no sympathy for the Boston Celtics. He didn't need any favorable treatment from the officials, either.

N.J. Nets Fall Behind 3-0 to Miami Heat (AP)
AP - One of the luckiest bounces of Vince Carter's career — five or six bounces, actually — couldn't keep the New Jersey Nets from falling behind 3-0 to the Miami Heat.

Lackey, Four Relievers Shut Down Yanks (AP)
AP - Even when Kevin Brown pitches well, he winds up with a loss. This time, he didn't get much help from his New York teammates.

NHLPA Moves to Block Use of Replacements (AP)
AP - The NHL Players' Association applied for union certification in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and British Columbia to prevent the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks from using replacement players at home during the hockey lockout.

Grizzlies Confident Despite Trailing 0-2 (AP)
AP - The Memphis Grizzlies are quick learners. Even with little NBA playoff experience, they know when they're being blown out or have a chance to win. So they feel very confident going into Friday night's Game 3 with the Phoenix Suns despite trailing 2-0 in the first-round, best-of-seven series.

Packers RB Files for Divorce After Arrest (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green filed for divorce Thursday, only days after being arrested following a 911 hang-up call about a disturbance at his home.

NBA Wrap: Miami Turns Up Heat on Nets with Game Three Win (Reuters)
Reuters - Shaquille O'Neal scored 25 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in with 22 as the Miami Heat slipped past the New Jersey Nets 108-105 in double overtime on Thursday, taking a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern conference quarter-final.

Rocker Is Back in Baseball With Ducks (AP)
AP - John Rocker once said retirement would beat playing for a New York team. Now, the metropolitan area he slammed so hard provides the setting for a comeback bid.

Sporting Lisbon Beats Alkmaar on Late Goal (AP)
AP - Sporting Lisbon beat visiting AZ Alkmaar 2-1, and Parma and CSKA Moscow drew 0-0 Thursday in UEFA Cup semifinals.

U.S. Beats Germany 3-1 in Final Exhibition (AP)
AP - Mark Parrish scored two goals and Mike Modano also scored to help the United States beat Germany 3-1 on Thursday in its final exhibition game before the world hockey championships in Austria.

Offseason notebook: The Packers' downward spiral
A disappointing draft merely continued what has been a miserable offseason in Green Bay.

RB Green files for divorce after arrest (AP)
Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green filed for divorce Thursday, only days after being arrested following a 911 hang-up call about a disturbance at his home. Attorney Bruce Peckerman, who represented Green in a previous divorce, confirmed to The Associated Press the filing had been made in Brown County Circuit Court.

Sauerbrun, in steroid probe, skips camp (AP)
Todd Sauerbrun, who is reportedly cooperating with investigators in a steroids probe, will not attend Carolina's minicamp this weekend because the Panthers want to evaluate other punters. ``We know what Todd can do and we want to look at the guys we have here,'' general manger Marty Hurney said Thursday, referring to offseason signees Steve Cheek and Tom Rouen.

Will T.O. be a no-show at minicamp? (AP)
With or without Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles return to the field Friday for the first time since losing the Super Bowl. Owens, the flamboyant All-Pro wide receiver, likely will skip the team's minicamp this weekend because he wants a new contract just 13 months after signing a seven-year deal worth almost $49 million.

Pitt's Troutman to try out with Redskins (AP)
Chevon Troutman, who just finished a stellar career as a power forward on the University of Pittsburgh basketball team, will be at the Washington Redskins' minicamp this week in hopes of becoming an NFL tight end. Troutman, 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, has said he would prefer to play in the NBA and still hopes to be invited to the league's pre-draft camp in Chicago in June.

Chiefs give Heisman winner White a look (AP)
Jason White, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma but was snubbed in the NFL draft, is being given a chance by the Kansas City Chiefs. White and other undrafted rookies will join the drafted players in a minicamp this weekend. White, who has not signed a contract, will be given a chance to show what he can do.

NFL done, congressmen turn next to NBA (AP)
First, Major League Baseball was summoned by Congress and chastised for a steroids policy that the sport promptly altered. Next up was the NFL, which strengthened its drug program on the eve of a trip to Capitol Hill. Now it's the NBA's turn to face lawmakers, and commissioner David Stern already is talking about getting tougher testing into a new deal with his players' union.

Davis expects to play again for Panthers (AP)
Stephen Davis expects to make a full recovery from microfracture surgery and play for the Carolina Panthers again this season. The team's starting running back missed most of last season with nagging right knee problems, then had the surgery in November. ``Stephen is doing great, he is jacked up about this year,'' agent David Canter said Thursday.

Careful what you wish for
Nets coach Lawrence Frank figured a big night out of his biggest stars would be enough to beat Miami. He figured wrong.

Big bounce can't keep Nets from 0-3 hole (AP)
The ball bounced Vince Carter's way. The game didn't. One of the luckiest shots of Carter's career -- a shot that took five or six bounces off the backboard and rim before dropping through to force a second overtime -- couldn't keep the New Jersey Nets from losing 108-105 to the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Vintage Reggie lifts Pacers over Celtics (AP)
This wasn't how Reggie Miller imagined his farewell playoffs. Miller scored 33 points Thursday night, his most in the postseason in three years, and Indiana pulled away to a 99-76 victory over Boston and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Game 4 will be here Saturday night, and the series will return to Boston on Tuesday.

Desperate Mavericks rally past Rockets (AP)
Down by eight points and with Houston seemingly cruising to a third straight playoff win, Dirk Nowitzki had some harsh words for Marquis Daniels for bungling a pass. Nowitzki eventually got a grip on his emotions, and the Dallas forward just took out his frustrations on the Rockets instead. A rejuvenated Nowitzki emerged from his two-game slump with 28 points to rescue the Mavericks, who played...

Clips' Simmons wins Most Improved Player (AP)
Bobby Simmons of the Los Angeles Clippers was a runaway winner of the NBA Most Improved Player award Thursday, easily topping Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and Detroit Pistons standout Tayshaun Prince despite playing on a losing team. Simmons, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is the first Clippers player to win the award that started following the 1985-86 season.

Mavs' Van Horn injured in Game 3 (AP)
Dallas forward Keith Van Horn left the Mavericks' playoff game against Houston on Thursday night with a sprained left ankle. Van Horn was undergoing X-rays and his return was doubtful. After coming down with a rebound in the second quarter, Van Horn got tangled up with Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo. The Dallas player landed awkwardly then rolled around on the court in agony, clutching his ankle.

Colangelo sees big changes for U.S. team (AP)
Jerry Colangelo has been given total control of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball program and has promised radical changes in an effort to restore the United States to international prominence in the sport. The system of a handful of NBA stars gathering for a few weeks before the competition will be abandoned, said Colangelo, the chairman and CEO of the Phoenix Suns who has been involved in...

Nuggets still loose after blowout loss (AP)
Wesley Person dropped back to pass and launched a tight spiral to a streaking Bryon Russell, who turned and threw the football back to his teammate. A day after their 28-point loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets sure didn't seem too concerned. Maybe they should be, at least a little, particularly with the way the Spurs dominated nearly every aspect of Game 2, but that's not...

Wizards look defenseless against Bulls (AP)
In the first playoff game, Chicago Bulls fans chanted ``No-ci-on-i!'' In Game 2, it was ``Hin-rich!'' In both games, the United Center resonated to the thunderous call of ``deee-fense!'' That makes three things the Bulls have that the Washington Wizards don't. Still struggling with the basic concept of team defense, the Wizards' 17-year drought without a playoff victory is well intact after...

Sixers plan adjustments against Pistons (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers plan to give the Detroit Pistons a different look. After two double-digit losses in Detroit, the Sixers realize changing arenas and getting a home-court advantage aren't enough to win a game against the defending champions in their opening-round playoff series. ``We worked on a lot of things,'' Allen Iverson said after Thursday's practice.

United States beats Germany 3-1 in final world tuneup (AP)
Mark Parrish scored two goals and Mike Modano also scored to help the United States beat Germany 3-1 on Thursday in its final exhibition game before the world hockey championships in Austria. Modano, selected the team's captain Thursday, made it 2-1 midway through the third period, and Parrish added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

NHLPA looking to keep Canadiens and Canucks from using replacement players (AP)
The NHL Players' Association applied for union certification in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and British Columbia to prevent the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks from using replacement players at home during the hockey lockout. Employees in Quebec and British Columbia can't be replaced during a lockout or strike that is governed by the provincial labor code.

Modano named captain of Team USA for World Championship (SportsTicker)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Ticker) - Center Mike Modano, who played on the United States' Olympic teams in 1998 and 2002, was named captain of the U.S. team that will compete in the 2005 World Championship in Austria.

Oldest former NHL player dies (AP)
Reginald ``Red'' Horner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who was thought to be the oldest former NHL player, has died. He was 95. Horner died Wednesday in Toronto, the NHL said in a statement. The league said it believed Horner was the oldest living former NHL player. Horner played 12 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Former Maple Leafs player Horner dies (AP)
Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Reginald ``Red'' Horner died Wednesday. He was 95. Horner, who was the oldest living NHL player and Hall of Fame member, played 490 regular-season games for Toronto, finishing with 42 goals, 110 assists and 1,264 penalty minutes. He helped the Maple Leafs win the 1932 Stanley Cup.

Hall of Fame D Red Horner dies (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The Hockey Hall of Fame lost its oldest living member Wednesday when Reginald "Red" Horner died. He was 95.

Bertuzzi still out of NHL indefinitely following reinstatement hearing (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore were in the same room, but nowhere near each other -- and not at all close to a return to the NHL. Bertuzzi needs permission from commissioner Gary Bettman to resume his hockey career. Moore needs a much better medical report because he's still feeling the effects of Bertuzzi's blindside punch to his head nearly 14 months ago.

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.

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

Talladega twofer
Saturday's Busch race is more than just a preview of the Cup event at Talladega.

Truex optimistic about Busch turnaround (AP)
The confidence and levelheadedness of Martin Truex Jr. emerges when he talks about breaking out of his Busch series slump.

Menard wins pole for Busch Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega (SportsTicker)

Brickyard 400 gets new name with sponsor (AP)
The Brickyard 400 was one of a few NASCAR races without corporate sponsorship. Not anymore.

NASCAR fans descend on Talladega despite high costs (AP)
TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR fans aren't letting high gas prices or inflated hotel room rates drive them away.

Iowa pining for NASCAR track (AP)
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Legislature on Wednesday sent Gov. Tom Vilsack a $12.5 million package aimed at...

Jarrett, NASCAR prepare for different Darlington (AP)
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Jarrett shrugs his shoulders when he looks at what has become of the old country...

Leading lady: ISC president tops business list (AP)
Heading a list of the 20 most influential women in sports business in the latest edition of Street & Smith's...

Earnhardt and Waltrip surging after slow start (AP)
TALLADEGA, Alabama – Don't start icing down the champagne yet, but Dale Earnhardt Inc.

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