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NEWS FROM 2005-05-03
Spurs Defeat Nuggets 126-115 in Overtime (AP)
AP - Tim Duncan is back, Manu Ginobili is still going and the Denver Nuggets are all but done.
Mavericks Hold Off Rockets, Take 3-2 Lead (AP)
AP - Minutes away from finally leading their first-round playoff series, the Dallas Mavericks proved they deserved it.
Wizards Beat Bulls 106-99, Tie Series at 2 (AP)
AP - A blocked 3-point attempt on the first possession, an intercepted pass on the second and a steal on the third. Who said Washington doesn't have a defense? The Wizards wouldn't let the Bulls anywhere near the rim in the opening minutes Monday night, rattling their opponents early and often in a 106-99 victory that evened their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Nationals Defeat Dodgers 6-2 (AP)
AP - Esteban Loaiza allowed one run in six innings for his first win, pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the seventh, and the Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Monday night.
Fehr: MLB Union Open to Steroids Penalties (AP)
AP - Bud Selig is calling for harsher steroids penalties, and the baseball players' union is willing to listen.
Cowboys Sign RB Thomas to One-Year Deal (AP)
AP - Free agent running back Anthony Thomas agreed to a one-year deal Monday with the Dallas Cowboys.
Mavericks, Spurs on the brink of advancing in NBA playoffs (AFP)
AFP - Dallas and San Antonio reached the brink of advancing to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs with tension-packed triumphs.
Edmonds, Mabry Lead Cardinals' Comeback (AP)
AP - Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter was in the trainer's room, listening to the end of what had been a disheartening game.
Arsenal Blanks West Bromwich Albion, 2-0 (AP)
AP - Arsenal beat relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the Premier League on Monday off goals from Robin van Persie and Edu.
Finland, Sweden Advance at Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - Ville Peltonen and Kimmo Timonen scored 3:25 apart in the second period to lift undefeated Finland into the second round of the world hockey championships with a 4-1 victory Monday over winless Ukraine.
DAVIE, Fla. – Nick Saban's temper will be tested by his toughest task yet – rebuilding the Dolphins.
Winslow injured in motorcycle accident (AP)
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. sustained internal injuries when he was thrown from a motorcycle, the team said Monday night. Winslow, who missed most of last season with a broken right leg, also has swelling in his right shoulder and right knee. The extent of those injuries won't be known until further tests are performed and the swelling subsides.
Chiefs pass on undrafted QB White (AP)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White wasn't offered a contract by the Kansas City Chiefs following a three-day rookie camp. White, who went undrafted out of Oklahoma, got the news Sunday from coach Dick Vermeil. White was competing with seventh-round pick James Kilian of Tulsa for a possible spot with the Chiefs, who already have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster.
Cowboys sign RB Anthony Thomas (AP)
Free agent running back Anthony Thomas agreed to a one-year deal Monday with the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas will provide depth at running back and some veteran experience, especially after the release last week of Richie Anderson. Julius Jones became the top back as a rookie last season for the Cowboys, who also chose Marion Barber in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Bills TE Everett has torn knee ligament (AP)
Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Kevin Everett has a torn left knee ligament and could miss the start of the season. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said Monday that the team's third-round pick will have surgery. There is no timetable for Everett's return. It generally takes players four to six months to recuperate from such an injury.
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.
Pick your poison
The Spurs can beat you playing any style of basketball – fast or slow. Just ask the Nuggets.
Duncan, Spurs push Nuggets to brink (AP)
After fouling out midway through overtime, Tim Duncan called his teammates over for a huddle, tugged on their jerseys and told them to finish what he started. They did. Duncan had his best game of the series and Tony Parker scored 11 of his 29 points in overtime, helping the San Antonio Spurs move within a game of clinching the series with a 126-115 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
Mavs hold off Rockets, lead 3-2 (AP)
With a chance to finally pull ahead in their first-round playoff series, the Dallas Mavericks refused to let anything stop them. Not even the boundaries of the court. The Mavs hustled at both ends of the floor to protect a shrinking lead in the fourth quarter of a 103-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night, and in one key instance they got away with Michael Finley making a play from...
Wizards even series with Bulls (AP)
Juan Dixon was so upset with his performance after Game 3 that he approached his coach in the parking garage and appealed for a vote of confidence. The rest of the Washington Wizards also were upset -- with the perception they couldn't play defense. Combine those two, and you get a career-high 35 points from Dixon and a team that took control in the opening minutes by not allowing the Chicago Bulls...
NBA fines Jeff Van Gundy $100,000 (AP)
Jeff Van Gundy was determined to make the most out of being fined $100,000. He began his comments to reporters with a line about his wife being upset and later mentioned possibly having to sleep on the porch. He said he liked the sound of his penalty being ``double worst'' the previous biggest and even fired off several zingers about getting punished by the same guy who gave him his first NBA job.
Ben Wallace named top defensive player (AP)
Mavs' Van Horn out about two weeks (AP)
Dallas Mavericks forward Keith Van Horn has a second-degree left ankle sprain and is expected to miss about two weeks of the NBA playoffs. An MRI on Monday confirmed the previous diagnosis of a sprain, meaning he's likely to sit out the remainder of the series against Houston and may miss the start of a second-round series.
Celtics' Walker set to return in Game 5 (AP)
The Boston Celtics get Antoine Walker back for Game 5 of the playoffs. The Indiana Pacers hope their own defense and shooting return from a one-game break. ``We've got to do a lot of things better,'' Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said Monday. The Celtics tied the best-of-seven series 2-2 and regained homecourt advantage by handing the Pacers their worst playoff loss ever, 110-79 at Indiana on Saturday...
Kidd senses chances of title fading (AP)
After four seasons in New Jersey and a decade into his NBA career, Jason Kidd is a little upset that he isn't any closer to a championship trophy. It was obvious Sunday after Miami swept the Nets in the first round of the playoffs, and again Monday as the team met for the final time. While Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson spoke of the promise the team showed in a late-season run to the playoffs...
Heat finish first-round sweep of Nets (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...
Report: NHL, NHLPA set to resume talks Thursday (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association apparently will engage in another round of talks.
Finland and Sweden clinch spots in second round at hockey worlds; Russia ties Slovakia (AP)
Ville Peltonen and Kimmo Timonen scored 3:25 apart in the second period to lift undefeated Finland into the second round of the world hockey championships with a 4-1 victory Monday over winless Ukraine. Finland (2-0) is atop Group C with rival Sweden (2-0), which beat Denmark 7-0 later Monday and clinched a second-round berth.
Hockey talks to resume Thursday and Friday in Toronto (AP)
The NHL and the players' association will hold the next round of labor talks Thursday and Friday, several sources close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The first bargaining sessions since April 19 will take place in Toronto, the sources said on condition of anonymity. The league and the union have met five times since commissioner Gary Bettman canceled the entire 2004-05...
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.
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.
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Tony Stewart came to Talladega happy. And that's exactly how he left.
Burton's injured crewman goes home (AP)
Josh Yost, a crewman on Jeff Burton's team, was released from a Birmingham, Ala., hospital after being treated for torn ligaments and a severe cut on his right ankle that required 13 stitches.
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)