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Spurs Lead Series With Win Over Nuggets (AP)
AP - The San Antonio Spurs spent most of the regular season trying to take some of the pressure off Tim Duncan. It's working to their benefit in the playoffs.

Celtics Rout Pacers to Knot Playoff Series (AP)
AP - The Boston Celtics saw the white towels waving in the crowd. But facing the possibility of a two-game deficit in their best-of-seven series with Indiana and playing on the road without suspended forward Antoine Walker, Boston didn't surrender.

White Sox Rally to Defeat Tigers 4-3 (AP)
AP - Tadahito Iguchi's RBI single capped a three-run seventh Saturday night as the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 4-3 victory that ended the Detroit Tigers' five-game winning streak.

Selig Seeks 50-Game Penalty for Steroids (AP)
AP - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders and a lifetime ban for a third violation under what he called a "three strikes and you are out approach" to doping.

Mavs Nip Rockets 97-93 to Even Series (AP)
AP - With Dirk Nowitzki in another slump and Houston's Tracy McGrady suddenly struggling after scoring virtually at will, unheralded Dallas point guard Jason Terry rescued the Mavericks from the bleakest of deficits. Terry scored a season-high 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 26.9 seconds left, and Michael Finley added 18, rallying the Mavericks from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a 97-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Randy Moss Just Wants to Play Football (AP)
AP - Randy Moss made one thing clear following his first few workouts with the Oakland Raiders: He's going to be the same distanced superstar he was in seven tumultuous seasons in Minnesota.

NBA-Arenas Inspires Wizards to Win (Reuters)
Reuters - Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points, added seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Washington Wizards to their first playoff game triumph for 17 years with a 117-99 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Marlins Defeat Phillies 2-1 in Short Game (AP)
AP - Dontrelle Willis allowed one unearned run in five innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run single, leading the Florida Marlins to a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night in a game shortened to 5 1/2 innings because of rain.

Earthquakes Real Salt Lake Tie 2-2 (AP)
AP - Alejandro Moreno scored in the 82nd minute and the San Jose Earthquakes had 15 shots on goal in a 2-2 tie against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Canada, Russia Struggle in Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - Defending champion Canada and Russia struggled Saturday in winning their opening games at the hockey world championships.

Beil's Spiel: The league that can do no wrong
Paul Tagliabue's command performance in front of Congress made Bud Selig's stumbling effort look even worse.

Owens skips minicamp, McNabb responds (AP)
Donovan McNabb hit Terrell Owens right between the numbers. While Owens skipped Philadelphia's first mandatory minicamp practice Friday, McNabb responded sternly to the All-Pro wide receiver's stinging comments about the quarterback's performance in the Eagles' Super Bowl loss to New England. ``I don't play games in the media,'' McNabb said.

Moss thumbs up on first Raiders practice (AP)
Randy Moss made one thing clear following his first few workouts with the Oakland Raiders: He's going to be the same distanced superstar he was in seven tumultuous seasons in Minnesota. ``Some people call it shy. Some people call it incognito. I call it being me,'' Moss said Saturday between minicamp practices.

Flutie returns 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.

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.

Well, now what?
The Mavericks reclaimed home-court advantage over the Rockets on Saturday night – but do they want it?

No Walker, no problem for Celtics (AP)
After watching the Boston Celtics wrestle inside and questioning their ability to fight, Doc Rivers changed tactics. He used a small lineup Saturday to get the Indiana Pacers out of sync. Brilliant move. Paul Pierce finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and five blocked shots, and Ricky Davis broke out of a shooting slump with 15 points to lead the Celtics to a 110-79 rout of the...

Wizards get first playoff win since 1988 (AP)
The game-defining moment came late in the first quarter, when the Washington Wizards became more than just the Big Three. Larry Hughes drew a double team and passed to a wide open Etan Thomas, whose two-handed dunk raised the roof and set the tone for things to come. The Wizards won their first playoff victory in 17 years Saturday, beating the Chicago Bulls 117-99 with a big-man attack notably...

Ginobili, Horry lift Spurs over Nuggets (AP)
Tim Duncan spent most of the first half in foul trouble and most of the second clanging shots off the rim. It's a good thing the San Antonio Spurs spent most of the season trying to take some of the pressure off their best player. Manu Ginobili provided a spark off the bench for the second straight game and Robert Horry hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, helping the Spurs beat the Denver...

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.

Adelman getting tired of Sonics' act (AP)
Kings coach Rick Adelman believes the Seattle SuperSonics are showing too much aggression and doing too much acting in the playoffs, and he wants the officials to start paying attention. Adelman plans to send a videotape to the NBA offices illustrating his biggest complaints about the officiating in the first three games of Sacramento's first-round playoff series against Seattle.

Rockets lament lost shot to deflate Mavs (AP)
Jason Terry might never pass enough to earn favorable comparisons to Dallas' previous point guard. That's OK with the Mavericks, as long as Terry keeps scoring the way he did in Game 4. With Dirk Nowitzki in another slump and Houston's Tracy McGrady suddenly struggling after scoring virtually at will, Terry took over in the fourth quarter to rescue the Mavericks from the bleakest of deficits.

Pistons confident they're in control (AP)
The Detroit Pistons weren't fazed by one loss. The defending champions realize it took a superb offensive effort by the Philadelphia 76ers to beat them in Game 3. They feel confident they still control the series. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia. Detroit leads the best-of-seven opening round series 2-1.

Stoudemire getting physical for Suns (AP)
Amare Stoudemire sat courtside Saturday and flipped through a newspaper, stopping to admire a photo of himself slamming down a dunk over Memphis forward Stromile Swift. ``Pretty sweet, huh?'' he asked teammate Steven Hunter. That sums up the opening round of the NBA playoffs for Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns, who can sweep into the Western Conference semifinals by winning Game 4 on Sunday night.

Nets' Jefferson gives history lesson (AP)
Richard Jefferson sat with his back against a brick wall Saturday, banners hanging to his left and retired numbers to his right as he delivered a brief history lesson on the New Jersey Nets' resiliency. There was the time in late May three years ago when New Jersey blew a 25-point fourth-quarter lead against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, and everyone was quick to...

Canada, Russia struggle to wins in openers at hockey worlds (AP)
Defending champion Canada and Russia struggled Saturday in winning their opening games at the hockey world championships. Canada, trying to win a third straight world title for the first time since 1950-52, held off Latvia 6-4 behind three goals by Rick Nash at Innsbruck's Olympiahalle, site of two Olympic tournaments.

Canada to get bronze medals -- 41 years later (AP)
Canada's hockey team from the 1964 world championships will finally get its bronze medals. In 1964, the worlds were held in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. The Soviet Union won both gold medals and Sweden won both silvers. The bronze went to Czechoslovakia for the Olympics and Canada for the worlds.

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...

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.

Different sort of help
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Did mystical forces help turn Bobby Labonte's luck around at Phoenix?

Riggs, Said have big plans for Aaron's 499 at Talladega (SportsTicker)

Musgrave captures Dodge Ram Tough 200 (SportsTicker)

Truex makes it 2-for-2 at Talladega (AP)
Martin Truex proved he's just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Truex captures Busch Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega (SportsTicker)

Gordon still gets Talladega headache (AP)
With all the success that Jeff Gordon has had at Talladega Superspeedway, you'd think he would look forward to racing here.

Earnhardt and Waltrip still tough to beat at Talladega (AP)
Teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip will start near the back of the field Sunday in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Nobody expects them to stay there long. ``They have a great race package,'' said Elliott Sadler, starting third in the 43-car field. ``I think they're going to be the ones to beat when it's all said and done.'' Scott Riggs, starting fourth, said none of the...

Nemechek eyeing breakthrough season (AP)
Joe Nemechek is an unwavering optimist.

Harvick wins Talladega pole on Earnhardt's birthday (AP)
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kevin Harvick marked the birthday of the late Dale Earnhardt by winning the pole Friday...

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