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Pistons Top 76ers, Win Series 4-1 (AP)
AP - The Detroit Pistons followed up three lackluster quarters with a dominant fourth, earning the defending NBA champions a spot in the second round. Richard Hamilton scored 10 of his 23 points in the final quarter to lift the Pistons to an 88-78 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series.

Pacers Beat Celtics 90-85, Take 3-2 Lead (AP)
AP - The Pacers are going back home to Indiana with a chance to finish off the Celtics. Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points and Stephen Jackson hit a big 3-pointer that helped hold off a Celtics' comeback and give the Indiana Pacers a 90-85 win and a 3-2 lead in their playoff series Tuesday night.

Diamondbacks End Giants' Six-Game Streak (AP)
AP - Tony Clark hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat San Francisco 3-2 Tuesday night and stop the Giants' six-game winning streak.

Source: Okafor Wins Rookie of the Year (AP)
AP - Charlotte forward Emeka Okafor has won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, narrowly beating best friend Ben Gordon of Chicago Bulls, a Bobcats source told The Associated Press.

Bulls' Gordon Wins NBA's Sixth Man Award (AP)
AP - Ben Gordon expected to be a starter after the Chicago Bulls took him at No. 3 in last year's draft. When that didn't work out, he became the first rookie to win the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Winslow May Have to Pay Back Bonus (AP)
AP - Kellen Winslow Jr.'s use of a motorcycle might have violated standard NFL contract language that prohibits players from engaging in dangerous activities. The Cleveland Browns could require Winslow, who lost millions last year because of a season-ending injury, to pay back a $4.4 million signing bonus he received in March.

Kings' Mobley Sprains Ankle in 2nd Quarter (AP)
AP - Sacramento Kings guard Cuttino Mobley sprained his left ankle in the second quarter of Tuesday night's playoff game against Seattle and didn't return for the second half.

Royals Activate Teahen; Option Mark Diaz (AP)
AP - The Kansas City Royals activated third baseman Mark Teahen from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and optioned outfielder Matt Diaz to Triple-A Omaha.

Liverpool Defeats Chelsea 1-0 (AP)
AP - Liverpool advanced to the European Champions Cup final for the first time in 20 years, beating Chelsea 1-0 Tuesday night on Luis Garcia's disputed goal in the fourth minute.

U.S. Beats Latvia 3-1 at Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - Mark Parrish had two goals and the United States rallied to beat Latvia 3-1 Tuesday, clinching a second-round berth at the world hockey championships.

Read and React: Getting Pack attacked
What happens when you write about Green Bay's troubled offseason? Your inbox gets filled with rebuttals.

Winslow might have violated contract (AP)
Kellen Winslow Jr.'s use of a motorcycle might have violated standard NFL contract language that prohibits players from engaging in dangerous activities. The Cleveland Browns could require Winslow, who lost millions last year because of a season-ending injury, to pay back a $4.4 million signing bonus he received in March.

Army held back info on Tillman's death (AP)
Army officials knew within days of Pat Tillman's death that the former NFL player had been killed by fellow Rangers during a patrol in Afghanistan but did not inform his family and the public for weeks, The Washington Post reported. A new Army report shows that Gen. John P. Abizaid, the theater commander in Afghanistan, and other top Army officials were aware an investigation had determined the...

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.

Hamilton helps Pistons eliminate Sixers (AP)
The defending NBA champions were at their best when it mattered most. Richard Hamilton scored 10 of his 23 points in the final quarter as the Detroit Pistons followed three lackluster quarters with a dominant fourth and eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers 88-78 Tuesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series.

O'Neal, Jackson give Pacers 3-2 lead (AP)
Jamaal Tinsley was back on the court for the first time in 2 1/2 months, making a return that helped the Indiana Pacers head home with a chance to eliminate the Celtics. The point guard, out since Feb. 24 with a foot injury, passed and defended like he had never been away to spark Indiana to a 90-85 win and a 3-2 lead in their playoff series Tuesday night.

Bulls' Gordon wins NBA's Sixth Man Award (AP)
Ben Gordon expected to be a starter after the Chicago Bulls took him at No. 3 in last year's draft. When that didn't work out, he became the first rookie to win the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. Actually, Gordon did start for Chicago -- for the first three games of the Bulls' 0-9 start. ``The way I was playing I didn't deserve to be starting.

Source: Okafor wins Rookie of the Year (AP)
Charlotte forward Emeka Okafor has won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, narrowly beating best friend Ben Gordon of Chicago Bulls, a Bobcats source told The Associated Press. The award will be announced on Wednesday. The Bobcats have called a news conference for what they have only called ``a major announcement.'' Okafor, the No.

Wizards suspend Kwame Brown for playoffs (AP)
Kwame Brown joined the Washington Wizards to much fanfare as the first high school player chosen No. 1 overall in the NBA draft. Now it appears likely he'll leave the team in disgrace, suspended on Tuesday for the rest of playoffs. The Wizards told Brown he was no longer welcome, leaving him behind as they flew to Chicago for Wednesday's Game 5 of their first-round series against the Bulls.

Probation for accused chair-thrower (AP)
A fan charged with throwing a chair during a fight among players and fans at an NBA game -- one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history -- was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation. Bryant Jackson was the only one of the 13 players and fans charged with a felony in the Nov. 19 melee during the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons game.

Jack, Williams to announce draft plans (AP)
One day apart, Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack and Atlanta-area prep star Louis Williams will announce their plans for next season: pro or college? Jack, who guided to the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA championship game in 2004, is considering whether to enter the NBA draft or return for his senior season.

Seattle prep star to enter NBA draft (AP)
Seattle high school standout Martell Webster declared for the NBA draft Tuesday but won't hire an agent. Webster, a 6-foot-7 guard projected as a lottery pick in the June 28 draft, signed a letter of intent with the University of Washington. He can withdraw from the draft before June 21 and not lose his college eligibility.

Allen, defense sparking Sonics (AP)
PLAYOFF SERIES: Western Conference, first round; Sonics lead 3-1. Ray Allen has the Seattle SuperSonics on the verge of advancing in the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Allen hopes to lead the SuperSonics into the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 1998 when they try to eliminate the Sacramento Kings in Game 5.

United States, Canada and Czechs win to clinch second-round berths (AP)
Mark Parrish had two goals and the United States rallied to beat Latvia 3-1 Tuesday, clinching a second-round berth at the world hockey championships. Doug Weight also scored for the Americans (2-0), who will play Canada for first place in their group finale Thursday. Earlier, the two-time defending champion Canadians routed winless Slovenia 8-0 for their second straight win, and Switzerland beat...

USA Hockey executive director leaves (AP)
Doug Palazzari resigned as executive director of USA Hockey nine months before the Turin Olympics. Palazzari said Monday he ``lost the confidence of some of the members of our executive committee.'' He came to the organization in 1991 and has spent the last six years as executive director. ``For our own well-being, I felt it was the right decision to make,'' he said.

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.

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.

Taking blame
Many drivers try to pass the buck when involved in a wreck. Not Joe Nemechek.

Drivers praise smoother surface at Lowe's Motor Speedway (AP)
NASCAR's top drivers praised the smooth new surface at Lowe's Motor Speedway and said they hoped the removal of bumps in the track would create exciting racing later this month.

Earnhardt faults Johnson for big Talladega wreck (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. called Jimmie Johnson an ``idiot,'' and blamed the Nextel Cup series points leader for causing a 25-car accident at Talladega Superspeedway.

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.

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