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Iverson Leads 76ers Past Pistons 115-104 (AP)
AP - The very thought of Allen Iverson having a breakout game scared Larry Brown, and Iverson's former coach had good reason to worry. Iverson played one of the most efficient playoff games of his nine-year career Friday night, scoring 37 points and handing out five of his 15 assists in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Detroit Pistons 115-104.

Maddux Outpitches Clemens As Cubs Win (AP)
AP - Greg Maddux outpitched Roger Clemens in a rare duel between 300-game winners, and Jeromy Burnitz hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs over the reeling Houston Astros 3-2 Friday night.

Pujols Leads Cardinals Past Braves 6-5 (AP)
AP - Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder were back together, hardly resembling their dominating days in Oakland. While the former teammates were roughed up in their first starts against each other, Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer that carried Mulder and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over Hudson's Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Cavaliers Contact Phil Jackson About Job (AP)
AP - The Cleveland Cavaliers have entered the Phil Jackson Coaching Sweepstakes.

Rangers Rout Slumping Red Sox 7-2 (AP)
AP - Chan Ho Park limited Boston to just three hits over seven innings and Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the Texas Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.

Moss Enjoys First Practice With Raiders (AP)
AP - Randy Moss stopped briefly to answer to Norv Turner. "How was it?" the Oakland Raiders' coach asked his new star receiver after the team's first minicamp practice Friday.

Suns Leave Grizzlies Scorched, 110-90 (AP)
AP - Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points, and the Phoenix Suns rolled over the Memphis Grizzlies 110-90 Friday night for the franchise's first 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series.

Tigers Defeat White Sox in 11 Innings (AP)
AP - Nook Logan tripled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning Friday night and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 for their fifth straight victory. Carlos Pena led off the 11th against Shingo Takatsu (0-1) with a walk and moved up to second on a sacrifice before Logan drove a pitch into the alley in right center to make it 3-2.

N.Korea to Play Cup Quals at Neutral Site (AP)
AP - North Korea was ordered to play its home World Cup qualifier against Japan on June 8 at an undetermined neutral site and without spectators as punishment for fan violence in March.

With NHL on Ice, Hockey Worlds Are Loaded (AP)
AP - Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin are skipping the world hockey championships. Still, this tournament is loaded with stars thanks to the NHL lockout.

Owens skips minicamp, McNabb responds (AP)
With Terrell Owens absent, Donovan McNabb didn't miss his target. While Owens skipped Philadelphia's first mandatory minicamp practice on Friday, McNabb responded sternly to the All-Pro wide receiver's stinging comments about the quarterback's performance in the Eagles' 24-21 loss to New England in the Super Bowl.

Flutie to return to Patriots (AP)
Doug Flutie, who won a Heisman Trophy at Boston College and played for the Patriots during two well-traveled decades in professional football, has signed a one-year deal to return to New England. ``I'm very excited about being back in New England, being home and being a part of a great football team,'' the 42-year-old Massachusetts native said in a conference call Friday night.

Bills to discipline RB Henry for no-show (AP)
Disgruntled Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry will be disciplined after missing the start of a mandatory minicamp Friday. Without saying what form of discipline will be applied, coach Mike Mularkey said Henry is under contract and required to be present for the session that runs through Sunday.

Alexander doesn't show for Seahawks camp (AP)
Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander missed the start of a minicamp Friday, and coach Mike Holmgren doesn't expect to see the team's franchise player before the six-day camp ends. ``He told me he wasn't coming in,'' Holmgren said. Alexander, coming off a franchise record 1,696 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns last season, hasn't signed the $6.3 million franchise tender.

Javon Walker fails to report to Packers (AP)
Pro Bowl wide receiver Javon Walker failed to report to the Green Bay Packers' minicamp Friday, beginning a holdout after changing agents in February. ``I'm very disappointed as I'm sure everybody is. We want our whole team here,'' coach Mike Sherman said. The team will fine Walker, a first-round draft choice three years ago.

Moss thumbs up on first Raiders practice (AP)
Randy Moss stopped briefly to answer to Norv Turner. ``How was it?'' the Oakland Raiders' coach asked his new star receiver after the team's first minicamp practice Friday. Moss just smiled and gave the thumbs-up sign as he walked off the field, his long braids swinging and glistening in the California sunshine.

Mike Williams back on practice field (AP)
Mike Williams' long, agonizing wait is over. The Detroit Lions' receiver was finally back on a football field -- with teammates -- for the first time since helping Southern California beat Michigan in the 2004 Rose Bowl. ``It's been a long time, a real long time.'' Williams said Friday. He hoped to be an NFL rookie last season.

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.

Iverson's 37 help 76ers beat Pistons (AP)
Allen Iverson was trying to stay with his man on defense when he slammed full-force into Rasheed Wallace and went sprawling to the floor. Picking himself up and shaking off the aftershocks, Iverson came downcourt on Philadelphia's next possession and used a quick dribble and deft stutter-step to drive the lane and draw two defenders, leaving Andre Iguodala open at the 3-point line.

Stoudemire, Suns run out to 3-0 lead (AP)
Amare Stoudemire jumped toward the basket with the ball in his right hand and tomahawk dunked over 6-foot-9 Stromile Swift. Take that Memphis, and anyone else who doubts the Phoenix Suns know how to get physical. Stoudemire scored 30 points, and the Suns rolled over the Memphis Grizzlies 110-90 Friday night for the franchise's first 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series.

Walker suspended a game for grabbing ref (AP)
Boston forward Antoine Walker was suspended for one game by the NBA on Friday for grabbing a referee during an angry confrontation with Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal. O'Neal was fined $10,000 for his role in the altercation. Walker, who had 14 points and nine rebounds, was ejected following his second technical Thursday night after a hard foul on O'Neal with just over four minutes to go.

Cavs talk to Jackson about coaching job (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have entered the Phil Jackson Coaching Sweepstakes. The club confirmed late Friday night that it has had preliminary talks with Jackson about its head coaching vacancy. ``We've had contact with Phil Jackson and are exploring all highly successful head coaches who are in a position to speak with us,'' Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper said.

Nets frustrated after double OT loss (AP)
Twelve hours after New Jersey lost Game 3 to the Miami Heat in double overtime, Nets coach Lawrence Frank was still going over the near-misses in his mind. -- There was Jason Kidd clanging a wide-open, potential winning 3-point attempt off the rim at the end of regulation. -- There was Vince Carter missing another potential game-winning 3-pointer late in the first overtime, followed by a somewhat...

Ex-NBA star Kemp up on drug charges (AP)
Former Seattle SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp was charged Friday with marijuana possession. King County prosecutors said Kemp and Gavin Lamar Jones were arrested about 1 a.m. on April 4 in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, after a county sheriff's deputy noticed a large truck belonging to Kemp sitting behind a closed car wash.

Nuggets need to get fastbreak going (AP)
When Denver's break flows at its breakneck best, the Nuggets play with what coach George Karl calls a heaviness -- a weight that's difficult for opponents to manage. So far in the playoffs, San Antonio has been able to lighten the load. By sending extra players back, jamming Denver's outlet passes and making most of their shots -- particularly in Game 2 -- the Spurs have the Nuggets at a...

Desperate Mavericks rally past Rockets (AP)
The Houston Rockets were rolling late in Game 3, and Yao Ming seemed to put the game out of reach when he took a pass from Jon Barry and scored despite a hard foul from Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. The Rockets sideline erupted in celebration, the crowd roared and Barry raced to the other end of the floor pumping his fist.

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.

Modano is U.S. captain at hockey worlds (AP)
Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars will captain the U.S. team at the hockey world championships. ``Mike is a player our team looks up to,'' U.S. coach Peter Laviolette of the Carolina Hurricanes said. ``He leads both on and off the ice, and that's extremely important.'' Modano, a 16-year NHL veteran, has played in the world championships (1990, 1993), the Olympics (1998, 2002) and last year's World Cup...

With NHL lockout, hockey worlds are loaded (AP)
Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin are skipping the world hockey championships. Still, this tournament is loaded with stars thanks to the NHL lockout. Most teams at the worlds usually rely on players whose NHL teams miss the playoffs or are eliminated early. Not this time. The lockout that shut down the NHL this season has left most of the best players free to compete in the...

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.

Not so fast
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. got off to a very slow start at Talladega on Friday.

Nemechek hovering near breakthrough season (AP)
At 41, Joe Nemechek is well aware he is no young up-and-comer.

Harvick wins Talladega pole on Earnhardt's birthday (AP)
Kevin Harvick marked the birthday of the late Dale Earnhardt by winning the pole Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Harvick pays tribute to Earnhardt with pole for Aaron's 499 (SportsTicker)

Rusty Wallace to race at Kentucky Speedway (AP)
SPARTA, Ky. – Rusty Wallace will lead a group of moonlighting Nextel Cup drivers in the NASCAR Busch series...

Reason for upsurge in crashes subject of NASCAR debate (AP)
TALLADEGA, Ala. – There has been an upsurge in crashes and spinouts this year in the NASCAR Nextel Cup...

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.

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