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SuperSonics Beat Kings 115-102 (AP)
AP - The Seattle SuperSonics put the game on Ray Allen's narrow shoulders, and the wiry shooting guard carried them to the brink of the second round.

Suns Sweep Grizzlies From NBA Playoffs (AP)
AP - Forget slowing down in the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns sprinted right into the Western Conference semifinals. Joe Johnson scored 25 points, and the Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies with a 123-115 victory Sunday night that put Phoenix into the second round for the first time since 2000. They now get to rest and wait to see if they will play Dallas or Houston.

Heat Complete First-Round Sweep of Nets (AP)
AP - Until Shaquille O'Neal's sore thighs get better, Dwyane Wade is quite capable of leading the Miami Heat past anyone in the playoffs, even sweeping them. Wade more than filled the void of O'Neal's scoreless first half by scoring a postseason career-high 34 points and setting up the big guy for most of his 17 second-half points as the Heat completed a first-round sweep of the New Jersey Nets with a 110-97 win Sunday.

Pistons Stop 76ers 97-92 in Overtime (AP)
AP - The Pistons survived another scare from Philadelphia, and headed home with a chance to wrap up their playoff series. Chauncey Billups carried the Pistons in the final minutes of regulation, Rasheed Wallace hit a couple of clutch 3-pointers in overtime and Detroit overcame an inspired effort by Allen Iverson to go up 3-1 in its first-round series with a 97-92 win over the Sixers on Sunday.

Blue Jays Rally to Beat Yankees 8-6 (AP)
AP - Frank Menechino came off the bench to drive in three runs, Eric Hinske hit a go-ahead double and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 8-6 on Sunday.

Optimistic Jets Wrap Up Minicamp (AP)
AP - Though Chad Pennington is still nursing his surgically repaired right shoulder, he already has gotten the attention of offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.

Heat, Suns reach second round of NBA playoffs (AFP)
AFP - Dwyane Wade had 34 points and nine assists as the Miami Heat completed the first four-game sweep in franchise history with a 110-97 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

NL Wrap: Giants sweep Pirates to extend streak (Reuters)
Reuters - Moises Alou and Lance Niekro each hit two-run homers as the streaking San Francisco Giants defeated the Pirates 8-3 in National League play in Pittsburgh Sunday.

Manchester United Closes in on Arsenal (AP)
AP - Manchester United moved within a point of second-place Arsenal after a 4-0 victory at Charlton on Sunday.

U.S. Routs Slovenia 7-0 at Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - The United States routed Slovenia 7-0 in its opener at the hockey world championships Sunday, with Mike Knuble scoring two goals and goaltender Rick DiPietro facing only 15 shots.

McNabb fires back at holdout Owens (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 says he won't change his ways (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.

Optimistic Jets wrap up minicamp (AP)
Though Chad Pennington is still nursing his surgically repaired right shoulder, he already has gotten the attention of offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger. Every day since Heimerdinger arrived from the Tennessee Titans, the Jets' franchise quarterback has peppered his new coach with one question after another about the new offense and his role in it.

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.

Tale of two layoffs
Miami welcomes the time off to get Shaq healthy, while rest is the last thing Phoenix needs.

Suns complete sweep of Grizzlies (AP)
The Phoenix Suns are off and running in the NBA playoffs and show no signs of slowing down. Joe Johnson scored a playoff-best 25 points, and the Suns swept the Memphis Grizzlies with a 123-115 victory Sunday night that put Phoenix into the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2000. The team that ran through the regular season and earned the league's best record will now rest and...

Allen's 45 leads Sonics past Kings (AP)
Several hours before Game 4, Ray Allen was making jumper after jumper when the lights went out at Arco Arena. He kept firing anyway, and the shots kept falling. When the SuperSonics' shooting guard is focused, nothing fazes him -- and he was just getting warmed up for the most spectacular playoff game of his career.

Heat finish first-round sweep of Nets (AP)
Until Shaquille O'Neal's sore thighs get better, Dwyane Wade is quite capable of leading the Miami Heat past anyone in the playoffs, even sweeping them. Wade more than filled the void of O'Neal's scoreless first half by scoring a postseason career-high 34 points and setting up the big guy for most of his 17 second-half points as the Heat completed a first-round sweep of the New Jersey Nets with a...

Pistons top 76ers 97-92 in OT, go up 3-1 (AP)
When it was time for Detroit to get back into the game or allow Philadelphia to even their playoff series, Chauncey Billups took over. Billups made two clutch 3-pointers. He hit a nice fadeaway, and sank a couple of foul shots. By the time Billups finished scoring 10 straight points for the Pistons in the final 3:05 of regulation, the 76ers' lead was gone -- and so might have been their shot at...

Williams grabs writer's pen after loss (AP)
Memphis guard Jason Williams took out his anger over how he was quoted in a newspaper column by grabbing a pen out of the writer's hand Sunday night after the Grizzlies' playoff loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns had just swept the Grizzlies out of the opening round by winning 123-115 in Game 4. Reporters were in the Memphis locker room when Williams twice took the pen out of the hand of Geoff...

Walker will return for Celtics in Game 5 (AP)
Antoine Walker joined the Boston Celtics in the middle of the season and transformed them from a .500 team to a division champion. Now he has a chance to do something similar in the playoffs. Walker was suspended for Game 4 of the first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, and the Celtics won a blowout without him to even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

Ginobili causing Nuggets big problems (AP)
Manu Ginobili charges headlong into the lane, hair flying, elbows and knees churning. At the slightest bump, his head flies back and his arms go up in the air, giving the appearance that someone just whacked him across the back with a big stick. Though not always attractive, Ginobili's gritty game is a big reason the San Antonio Spurs have taken control of their series with Denver.

Arenas settles down for Wizards (AP)
When veteran guard Anthony Peeler signed with the Washington Wizards last summer, he figured his No. 1 job was to teach Gilbert Arenas how to grow up. ``I thought I was going to have to come in here and bump chests with my young guy, from hearing all the stuff people say,'' Peeler said. ``But he's a competitor, and he's the greatest teammate ever.

Terry lifts Mavs, series tied 2-2 (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.

U.S. routs Slovenia 7-0 at hockey worlds (AP)
The United States routed Slovenia 7-0 in its opener at the hockey world championships Sunday, with Mike Knuble scoring two goals and goaltender Rick DiPietro facing only 15 shots. Slovenia, a newcomer to international hockey's top annual event, was greeted with a goal by Knuble 31 seconds after the opening faceoff.

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.

Talladega observations
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Jeff Gordon put forth a great performance Sunday. Adam Sandler did not.

Gordon dominating in win at Talladega (AP)
It's rare when a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver has an almost perfect race car.

DEI no longer dominant on restrictor-plate tracks (SportsTicker)
TALLADEGA, Alabama (Ticker) Ever since the 2001 Daytona 500, it has been a virtual certainty that one of the cars from Dale Earnhardt Inc. would win NASCAR's restrictor-plate races.

Gordon wins again in crash-filled Aaron's 499 (SportsTicker)


Dejected Earnhardt falls off the restrictor-plate throne (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat in his car for what seemed like an eternity. He ran his hands through his hair, then buried his face in them.

Pruett and Diaz win second straight (AP)
Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz drove their Lexus-powered Riley to victory Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, their second straight Grand American Rolex victory. Pruett took the lead on the 69th lap and never trailed again for his sixth career win, while Diaz won his second.

Bump-drafting, restrictor-plates cause major accident at Talladega (AP)
It started with a little push by Dale Earnhardt Jr., really nothing more than a love tap at 190 mph to the rear bumper of Mike Wallace's car.

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.

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