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Giacomo Upsets Field to Win Kentucky Derby (AP)
AP - Giacomo, a 50-1 shot, defied the odds and won the $2.4 million Kentucky Derby in a gigantic upset Saturday, running down a game Afleet Alex in the final strides and generating a huge payoff.
Mavericks Rout Rockets 116-76 in Game 7 (AP)
AP - When they needed it most, the Dallas Mavericks put together a record-setting romp in their first really good game of the playoffs.
Pacers Rout Celtics 97-70 to Win Series (AP)
AP - The Indiana Pacers stamped their signature on the deciding game of their series with the Celtics, slowing the pace, keeping Reggie Miller's career alive and ending Boston's season with a blowout.
Soriano Homers Twice as Rangers Beat Tribe (AP)
AP - Alfonso Soriano had his second straight two-homer game, this one in a victory as the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 6-1 on Saturday night. Soriano's home run leading off the second inning was his third in three at-bats, after a pair of two-run homers Friday in an 8-6 loss to the Indians. After an RBI double in the third, he led off the fifth with another homer, his 10th this season.
Franco Leads Braves Past Astros 4-1 (AP)
AP - Julio Franco hit his first home run of the season and Horacio Ramirez pitched seven shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves beat Houston 4-1 Saturday night, sending the Astros to their 10th straight road loss.
Pats Sign Brady to $60 Million Extension (AP)
AP - The New England Patriots have signed quarterback Tom Brady to a six-year extension worth $60 million, a deal that for the first time brings the two-time Super Bowl MVP's salary in line with his accomplishments.
Miller time rolls on after Pacers see off Celtics (Reuters)
Reuters - Reggie Miller was able to put his
retirement on hold for a little longer after his Indiana Pacers
defeated the Boston Celtics to advance to the Eastern
Conference semi-finals on Saturday.
Marlins Beat Slumping Rockies 4-1 (AP)
AP - Josh Beckett pitched seven shutout innings and the Florida Marlins beat Colorado 4-1 Saturday, extending the Rockies' losing streak to 10 games.
Chivas USA Beats Real Salt Lake 1-0 (AP)
AP - Hector Cuadros scored on a penalty kick in the 39th minute to help Chivas USA beat fellow expansion team Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night for the first victory in franchise history.
Sweden Beats Canada 5-4 at Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - Sweden finally beat Canada at the world hockey championships, but the gold medal wasn't at stake this time. Defenseman Kenny Jonsson scored the winning goal with 6:13 left in the third period Saturday night as Sweden, which lost the last two finals to Canada, rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 in a second-round matchup.
Six Points: Cashing in
Some of the NFL's top receivers are holding out for more money. But who really deserves a raise?
Pats give Brady $60 million extension (AP)
The New England Patriots have signed quarterback Tom Brady to a six-year extension worth $60 million, a deal that for the first time brings the two-time Super Bowl MVP's salary in line with his accomplishments. The extension was reported by ESPN and confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday night by a football source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Saints WR Horn signs six-year, $42M deal (AP)
Receiver Joe Horn signed a six-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints on Friday. The deal, worth about $42 million, includes a $7 million signing bonus. ``I'm looking for a bigger house,'' said Horn, who had one year left on a three-year, $13 million deal. Added Saints general manager Mickey Loomis: ``Hopefully that will take him through his career and beyond.
Eagles cut fast-talking Freddie Mitchell (AP)
Freddie Mitchell has talked his way out of Philadelphia. In a move that was no surprise, the Eagles released Mitchell on Friday, cutting ties with the wide receiver after four seasons where he never lived up to his promise as a first-round pick. ``We appreciate everything Freddie has contributed to the Eagles organization over the last four years,'' coach Andy Reid said.
Big Ben not getting off motorcycle (AP)
Despite Kellen Winslow Jr.'s accident and his own coach's admonition, Big Ben isn't hopping off his big bike just yet. Ben Roethlisberger was lectured Friday by Steelers coach Bill Cowher on the dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet -- as Roethlisberger has been spotted doing recently -- but the quarterback isn't ready to get off his $20,000 cycle.
Ex-Giants WR Hilliard signs with Bucs (AP)
Former New York Giants receiver Ike Hilliard signed a contract Friday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hilliard, a former University of Florida star, started 92 of 98 games he played for the Giants after getting drafted No. 7 overall in 1997. He has 368 career receptions for 4,630 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Panthers' Fields has cancer recurrence (AP)
When his Pro Bowl season ended, linebacker Mark Fields joked that he was re-signing with the Carolina Panthers for $2 as gratitude for their support during his battle with Hodgkin's disease. But when the weeks turned into months and there was no deal, and then his agent said Fields was holding off signing a new contract until after a round of medical tests, many began to wonder if something was...
Ex-Bills QB Ferguson treated for cancer (AP)
Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson is being treated for cancer at a Houston hospital. Stephanie Dedeaux, spokeswoman for MD Anderson Cancer Center, said Friday that Ferguson was receiving treatment but declined further comment at Ferguson's request. A message left at the Ferguson home in Louisiana by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.
The Game 7 showdowns in Boston and Dallas ended up being anticlimactic routs by the Pacers and Mavs.
Mavs put Rockets away in record fashion (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks were merely looking for a good game on both ends of the court. What they got was the most lopsided Game 7 victory in NBA playoff history. And take note, Phoenix: They did it despite Dirk Nowitzki still misfiring. With Jason Terry leading the offense and Josh Howard setting the defensive tone against Tracy McGrady, Dallas took a big lead in the opening minutes and built on it the...
Miller, Pacers rout Celtics in Game 7 (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal broke into a smile when asked about returning to the scene of the ugly brawl that nearly ruined the Indiana Pacers' season. ``It's only right,'' he said. ``It's what I wanted. I wanted to see that team, and I'm pretty sure Detroit is wanting to see us, too.'' He got his wish Saturday night when the Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 97-70 in the deciding game of their first-round series...
Nash honored, but would've voted Shaq (AP)
The official announcement won't come until Sunday, but the word was out when the Phoenix Suns practiced Saturday: Steve Nash has won the NBA's most valuable player award. The Suns' ever-energized point guard said the impending honor would be a recognition of the team's success and refreshing, unselfish style of play more than of his individual accomplishments.
Shaq focused on Wizards, not MVP snub (AP)
Watching Washington's series-clinching win over Chicago on television with his Miami teammates, Shaquille O'Neal heard Wizards fans chanting, ``We want Shaq! We want Shaq!'' Bad move. ``Be careful what you ask for,'' O'Neal said Saturday. ``We'll be ready.'' So, while Phoenix guard Steve Nash formally is named the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Sunday, O'Neal insists all his attention will be on the...
Knicks still hope to lure Phil Jackson (AP)
Knicks president Isiah Thomas still hopes to lure Phil Jackson back to New York, but he is interviewing other coaching candidates. Thomas has talked to former Golden State coach and current Spurs' assistant P.J. Carlesimo, as well as Flip Saunders -- fired by Minnesota in February. He also plans to contact other coaches still involved in the playoffs, all as fallbacks to Jackson.
Wolves expect to hire coach within month (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn't in a rush to fill the team's first coaching vacancy in almost 10 years. Taylor said Friday that he expects to name a new coach within the next month, and all three Timberwolves assistants have applied for the job. But he's willing to wait if an NBA assistant he covets is on a team that is still in the playoffs.
Sonics-Spurs features Allen-Bowen battle (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs took down one of the NBA's top offenses when they eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs. Their reward is a Western Conference semifinals matchup against the Seattle SuperSonics, another high-scoring team that likes to run and has more perimeter threats than the Nuggets.
Shaq mad over Buss' weight-loss remark (AP)
Nearly a year after the trade, the verbal jousting between Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers is still going strong. One day after Lakers owner Jerry Buss said O'Neal found motivation for losing weight only after being traded by Los Angeles to Miami, the Heat's All-Star center took issue with the remark.
Pistons waiting for second-round foe (AP)
Lindsey Hunter enjoys resting and spending time with his family while the Detroit Pistons await their second-round playoff series. What's the bad part? ``We give our mad-scientist coach too long to think of new plays,'' the reserve guard said Friday after practice. ``We'll probably have about 15 new sets before this is over.
Latvia, Belarus post shutout wins in second-round openers (AP)
Sweden finally beat Canada at the world hockey championships, but the gold medal wasn't at stake this time. Defenseman Kenny Jonsson scored the winning goal with 6:13 left in the third period Saturday night as Sweden, which lost the last two finals to Canada, rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 in a second-round matchup.
NHL, Players Association conclude two-day session (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association concluded a two-day session at the bargaining table, meeting for approximately 4 1/2 hours Friday.
NHL makes new offer to players; no progress reported (AP)
The NHL made a new offer to the players' association during two days of negotiations in Toronto, but no headway was made toward ending the lockout. The sides met for 4 1/2 hours Friday on the heels of a 3 1/2 -hour meeting Thursday -- the first round of talks since April 19. ``No real progress I can report on,'' said NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly, who declined to provide details of the...
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.
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.
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.
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington put on an impressive show Saturday. Kasey Kahne's hair, meanwhile ...
Biffle nabs third checkered flag in NASCAR Dodge Charger 500 (SportsTicker)
Bad day for Busch costs him two spots in standings (AP)
Kurt Busch hit the wall on the first lap at Darlington Raceway. Then he hit an official with a water bottle, bad-mouthed NASCAR over his radio and ended up in a closed-door meeting with series officials.
Biffle wins at Darlington (AP)
Greg Biffle's chances of winning a race he dominated appeared gone after his Roush Racing team made some late-race changes.
Kenseth wins NASCAR Busch Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (SportsTicker)
Kenseth wins Darlington Busch race (AP)
Matt Kenseth took control in the second half of the race and pulled away to a convincing victory Friday night in the first NASCAR Busch Series event under the lights at Darlington Raceway.
Kahne edges Newman for Darlington pole (AP)
Kasey Kahne drove to his second NASCAR Nextel Cup pole in three tries at Darlington Raceway, easily beating qualifying ace Ryan Newman in time tests Friday for the Dodge Charger 500.
NASCAR hands out long list of penalties (AP)
NASCAR has issued a long list of penalties for rules violations found by its inspectors during last week's race events at Talladega Superspeedway and Gateway International Raceway.
Jarrett, NASCAR prepare for different Darlington (AP)
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Jarrett shrugs his shoulders when he looks at what has become of the old country...