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Wizards Nip Bulls 112-110 on Buzzer Beater (AP)
AP - Gilbert Arenas foiled a remarkable comeback by the Chicago Bulls and pushed the Washington Wizards within one victory of the second round of the playoffs. Arenas hit a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer Wednesday night, sending Washington to a dramatic 112-110 victory and a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is Friday at the MCI Center.

Lowly Devil Rays Sting Yankees Again (AP)
AP - The last-place Tampa Bay Devil Rays dropped the New York Yankees to their lowest point in a decade. With owner George Steinbrenner getting a close-up view from his suite at Tropicana Field, the reeling Yankees and their tattered pitching staff lost their second straight game to the lowly Devil Rays, 11-8 Wednesday night.

Mets Muzzle Struggling Phillies 3-2 (AP)
AP - Jae Seo pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings, and streaking slugger Cliff Floyd homered and made an outstanding catch that saved two runs to lead the New York Mets past the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Wednesday night.

Streaking Angels Defeat Mariners 5-2 (AP)
AP - Paul Byrd has figured out the Seattle Mariners. Byrd remained unbeaten against the Mariners and Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-2 victory Wednesday that extended their winning streak to four.

Cardinals Beat Reds 7-3 for Series Sweep (AP)
AP - Scott Rolen returned from a sore back and hit a two-run homer Wednesday night, sparking the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory and three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

Moss, Redskins Reach Agreement on New Deal (AP)
AP - Santana Moss and the Washington Redskins agreed to terms on a new contract Wednesday.

NBA fines Grizzlies G Williams (Reuters)
Reuters - Memphis Grizzlies point guard Jason Williams was slapped with a $10,000 fine Wednesday for his behavior following Sunday's loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Pirates Beat Astros 6-3 With Late Homers (AP)
AP - Daryle Ward hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth, Jason Bay followed with a two-run shot and the Houston Astros' bullpen blew another win for Roger Clemens in a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

PSV Eindhoven Defeats AC Milan 3-1 (AP)
AP - Massimo Ambrosini scored in the first minute of injury time to put AC Milan in its 10th European Cup final despite a 3-1 loss Wednesday to PSV Eindhoven in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals.

Sweden Beats Finland 5-1 in Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - Jonathan Hedstrom scored two goals, helping Sweden beat Nordic archrival Finland 5-1 Wednesday for its third straight victory at the World Hockey Championship.

Browns concerned with Winslow's knee (AP)
Kellen Winslow Jr.'s internal injuries from a motorcycle accident are improving, but the Cleveland Browns are concerned with damage to his right knee, the team said Wednesday. Winslow was injured in an accident that sent him flying over the handlebars of his newly purchased motorcycle Sunday night. The Browns issued a statement saying his knee will continue to be re-evaluated but declined to...

Redskins, Santana Moss agree on new deal (AP)
Santana Moss and the Washington Redskins agreed to terms on a new contract Wednesday. ``He'll be here tomorrow to work out,'' team spokesman Patrick Wixted said. The Redskins got Moss from the New York Jets in a trade for receiver Laveranues Coles in March. Moss was entering the final year of his contract, so the Redskins planned to begin talks to sign him right after that swap.

Report: Army withheld Tillman death info (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...

Patriots release NT Keith Traylor (AP)
The New England Patriots released nose tackle Keith Traylor on Wednesday, giving last year's first-round draft pick Vince Wilfork a chance for more playing time. Traylor started 10 regular-season games in his only year with the Patriots. He was a restricted free agent when he signed with them on March 31, 2004.

Favre disappointed in Walker holdout (AP)
Brett Favre said he is disappointed with teammate Javon Walker's contract holdout, and suggested the Green Bay Packers could manage without the Pro Bowl wide receiver. ``If Javon wants to know what his quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way,'' Favre told the Green Bay Press-Gazette in a story posted on its Web site Tuesday.

QB Hasselbeck released by Redskins (AP)
Tim Hasselbeck was released by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, 1 1/2 weeks after they picked Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell in the first round of the draft. Hasselbeck didn't throw a pass last season, when he was the Redskins' third QB. With Patrick Ramsey now expected to start, Mark Brunell an experienced option as the backup and Campbell added to the roster, Hasselbeck was the odd man...

Bengals release LB Kevin Hardy (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of linebacker Kevin Hardy on Tuesday. Hardy spent two of his nine NFL seasons with the Bengals. He led the team in tackles with 124 in 2003, and started 14 games last season. ``Kevin's leadership abilities and his professionalism have been a huge asset to me and our football team, and this was a difficult decision to make,'' coach Marvin Lewis said.

Arenas beats buzzer and Bulls in Game 5 (AP)
Gilbert Arenas bailed out the Washington Wizards after they'd blown a 22-point lead and were ready to collapse. That's what stars do. Now Arenas and his team are one victory away from the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in 23 years. Arenas hit a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer Wednesday night, foiling a remarkable comeback by the Chicago Bulls and giving Washington a 112-110 victory...

Spurs look to finish off Nuggets (AP)
PLAYOFF SERIES: Western Conference first round; Spurs lead 3-1. Despite earning two hard-fought wins in Denver, Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs would rather not return there. A win in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series means they wouldn't have to. The Spurs, having bounced back after a loss in Game 1, can close out their series with the Nuggets when the teams meet at the SBC Center.

Okafor wins Rookie of the Year (AP)
As Emeka Okafor walked the course at the Wachovia Championship, golf fans stopped the Charlotte Bobcats forward to congratulate him on winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. Even Tiger Woods made a point to offer well wishes. Only then did Okafor realize just what the award meant. ``I think I underestimated the value of how people would react to it,'' Okafor said Wednesday after the official...

Rockets rallying behind fined Van Gundy (AP)
Yao Ming offered to pick up half of Jeff Van Gundy's $100,000 fine. Dikembe Mutombo planned to call an old friend on his coach's behalf. A local furniture tycoon has even sought to cover the full amount of Van Gundy's NBA-record penalty for a coach. And wisecracking fans keep sending boxes of 100 Grand candy bars to his Houston home.

Williams fined $10,000 for outburst (AP)
Memphis' Jason Williams was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for improper conduct toward members of the media following the Grizzlies' playoff loss to Phoenix. After the Suns swept the Grizzlies in their opening-round series on Sunday, Williams, angered over how he was quoted in a newspaper column, grabbed the pen out of a writer's hand in the Memphis locker room.

Lakers' Buss ready to interview coaches (AP)
Phil Jackson is a leading candidate -- but not a lock -- to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry Buss said Wednesday. The Lakers' owner said the formal search for a new coach is about to begin. ``We have a short list of names, which I won't reveal,'' Buss told reporters at the Lakers' practice facility.

Hamilton helps Pistons eliminate 76ers (AP)
Nothing against the city of Philadelphia, but the Detroit Pistons don't want to make a trip back there any time soon. The defending NBA champions will get their wish if they beat the 76ers on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series. ``All we have to do is give our fans a little bit to cheer about, get them going and feed off their energy,'' Detroit's Ben Wallace said Monday after...

Sonics finish off Kings with 122-118 win (AP)
Ray Allen was magnificent, tossing balls into the basket from every corner of the floor. Seattle's star is the first to admit, however, that his 45-point performance in a Game 4 victory over Sacramento wouldn't have happened without the SuperSonics tightening their second-half defense. ``Whenever they'd get an opportunity, we'd get a turnover or a stop,'' Allen said Monday.

Pacers hoping to close out Celtics (AP)
The Indiana Pacers looked like they had grabbed control of their first-round playoff series with Boston when they went up 2-1 with Game 4 at home. The Celtics answered by blowing out the Pacers and evening the series. Now Indiana has the advantage again, leading 3-2 with a chance to close out the series Thursday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.

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.

Sweden beats archrival Finland for third straight win (AP)
Jonathan Hedstrom scored two goals, helping Sweden beat Nordic archrival Finland 5-1 Wednesday for its third straight victory at the World Hockey Championship. Sweden, the runner-up in 2003 and 2004 behind two-time defending champion Canada, will play the winner between Canada and the United States on Saturday in the qualification-round opener.

Russia stays unbeaten, Ukraine tops Denmark to avoid relegation play (AP)
Alexander Kharitonov and Sergei Vyshedkevich scored goals to help Russia beat Belarus 2-0 Wednesday at the world hockey championships. Russia stayed unbeaten with the victory in Vienna. Slovakia could overtake Russia for first place in the group with a win over Austria in the late game. Belarus was without forward Tsimafei Filin, who was suspended for the rest of the tournament after failing a drug...

Jagr returns to Vienna despite broken little finger (AP)
Jaromir Jagr returned to the world hockey championships Wednesday after the broken little finger on his left hand was fixed with a splint. Jagr, a five-time NHL scoring champion and member of the New York Rangers, left the Czech Republic's 2-0 win over Germany on Tuesday after getting hurt on a slash from defenseman Stefan Schauer.

Shedden's contract won't be renewed by Maple Leafs' AHL farm club (AP)
Doug Shedden was told Tuesday night that his contract as coach of the club's AHL team won't be renewed when it expires July 1. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. gave Shedden the news. Also released will be assistant coach Russ Adam. The team moves next season to Toronto from Newfoundland.

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...

Trading Paint: At fault
There be wrecking going on at Talladega, and someone must be to blame.

Busch driver Lepage placed on probation (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Kevin Lepage was placed on probation for two months for failing to follow a directive from a NASCAR official while stopped on pit road during a Busch Series race last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR penalizes Kenny Wallace 25 driver points for violations (SportsTicker)
Kenny Wallace was penalized with the loss of 25 driver points due to rule infractions this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

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)

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