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NEWS FROM 2005-05-11
Tony Pena Resigns As Royals Manager (AP)
AP - Tony Pena resigned as manager of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, less than two seasons after he was the American League Manager of the Year.
Spurs Rout Seattle 108-91, Take 2-0 Lead (AP)
AP - The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.
Wade Shines As Heat Stop Wizards 108-102 (AP)
AP - Shaquille O'Neal wasn't at his best. Again, it didn't matter — Dwyane Wade saw to that. Wade controlled the game Tuesday night with 31 points, including a critical three-point play with 1:05 left, and added a career-high 15 assists, helping the Miami Heat stay perfect in these playoffs with a 108-102 win over the Washington Wizards.
Angels Edge Indians 5-4 (AP)
AP - Josh Paul and Garret Anderson each hit two-run homers Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels ended their three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Diamondbacks Edge Nationals 3-2 (AP)
AP - Troy Glaus brought Arizona from behind with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Diamondbacks snapped their 10-game losing streak against the Washington franchise by beating the Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night.
Anaheim Unveils Plans for NFL Stadium (AP)
AP - The city of Anaheim outlined plans Tuesday for a football stadium near the home of the Angels that could house an NFL franchise by 2008.
Suns' D'Antoni Named NBA Coach of Year (AP)
AP - After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.
Giambi to Stay With Yankees for Now (AP)
AP - Jason Giambi is remaining with the New York Yankees for now, preferring to work out his problems at the plate in the limelight of the majors.
Soccer: Chelsea Wins 3-1 (AP)
AP - Chelsea broke Manchester United's records for points and wins in a season in England's top division, getting a go-ahead goal from Eidur Gudjohnsen in a 3-1 victory Tuesday over the Reds.
NHL Labor Negotiations to Continue (AP)
AP - Although the NHL and the players' association say they aren't getting closer to a deal, their leaders will stay at the bargaining table longer than expected.
Read and React: The Motorcycle Diaries
Browns fans believe Kellen Winslow Jr. was traveling down the wrong path long before his bike accident.
Browns' Winslow released from hospital (AP)
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was released from the hospital Tuesday, nine days after a motorcycle accident left him with internal injuries and a damaged right knee. Winslow walked out of the Cleveland Clinic on metal crutches, putting no weight on his right leg. He wore a Cleveland Browns T-shirt and sweat pants.
Green charged with disorderly conduct (AP)
Packers running back Ahman Green was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct after his wife called 911 for help because she felt threatened during an argument. The charge was filed in Brown County Circuit Court, where Green is scheduled to make an appearance Wednesday. Green was arrested at his home on the evening of April 25.
Anaheim making bid for NFL team (AP)
The city of Anaheim outlined plans Tuesday for a football stadium near the home of the Angels that could house an NFL franchise by 2008. ``We have an economic impact report approved for a 70,500-seat state-of-the-art stadium,'' said John Nicoletti, the city's external affairs manager. ``We are working with the NFL to finalize our term sheet for their upcoming owners meeting May 24-25 in Washington,...
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.
Jets send in Namath to lobby for stadium (AP)
Joe Namath, the New York Jets' most famous alum, urged lawmakers Monday to build a new stadium in Manhattan for his former team. ``A prediction?'' Namath said. ``We're going to have that stadium.'' Unlike New York's 1969 Super Bowl win over the Baltimore Colts, Namath wouldn't guarantee a political victory for the Jets.
Dolphins CB Poole likely to miss season (AP)
Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Poole is expected to miss the 2005 season with a knee injury suffered during minicamp last week. Poole was a leading candidate to replace Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain, traded last month to Kansas City. The Dolphins fear Poole torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
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.
Wade, Heat take control of Wizards (AP)
The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another ``M-V-P'' chant. Perhaps it should have been directed to Shaq's superstar teammate. Dwyane Wade scored 31 points, including a critical three-point play with 1:05 left, and added a career-high 15 assists Tuesday night, helping Miami stay perfect in these playoffs with a 108-102 win over the Washington Wizards.
Spurs breeze to 2-0 lead in series (AP)
Manu Ginobili is certainly good enough to start for the San Antonio Spurs. It's just that when he comes off the bench, he makes his club better. Using his usual array of layups and long jumpers, the suave Argentine pepped up the San Antonio offense as soon as he stepped on the court Tuesday night. Ginobili ended up making 9 of 11 shots and scoring 28 points, leading the Spurs to a 108-91 victory...
Refs upset by NBA response to Van Gundy (AP)
Whether Jeff Van Gundy is retained as Houston's coach is up to the Rockets, but the league needs to do a better job of defending its game officials from criticism by coaches, the spokesman for the National Basketball Referees Association said Tuesday. Lamell McMorris, the lead negotiator for the NBRA, said the NBA's response to Van Gundy's comments about league officials targeting Rockets center...
LeBron drops Goodwin as agent (AP)
Cavaliers forward LeBron James has dropped agent Aaron Goodwin, who negotiated about $135 million in endorsement deals for the 20-year-old in the past two years. James sent a standard letter to the NBA players' association on Monday saying he had terminated Goodwin, union spokesman Dan Wasserman said.
D'Antoni named NBA coach of the year (AP)
While most NBA coaches prefer to have total control, Mike D'Antoni believes in turning the game over to his players That philosophy resulted in an NBA-best 62-20 record for his Phoenix Suns, and it won him the league's coach of the year award Tuesday. ``He's the reason we play the way we do,'' Suns forward Quentin Richardson said.
Pistons beat Pacers in uneventful Game 1 (AP)
Trying to create space for an opportunity to score, Reggie Miller got tangled up with Detroit's Richard Hamilton along the baseline and was called for an offensive foul. ``Come on!'' Miller screamed at the officials. Indiana's 39-year-old shooting guard simply was using one of the tricks he's developed, and the 27-year-old Hamilton has copied.
Suns run over Mavericks in Game 1 (AP)
Amare Stoudemire's surging power game has overwhelmed better players than Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier. Dirk Nowitzki doesn't care. ``He's a step slow on everything,'' Nowitzki grumbled about his Mavs teammate, who was outscored 40-0 by Stoudemire in the Phoenix Suns' Game 1 blowout victory. ``He never got involved in the game.'' And Nowitzki didn't limit his barbs to Dampier's performance...
Yao to hang out in Houston, not China (AP)
Yao Ming rested comfortably in a chair and smiled at the thought of a summer without basketball. At long last, the big man will get a break. ``I just want to relax,'' Yao said. ``I don't want to do anything. I'm not too used to being relaxed.'' Yao will head into his first NBA offseason without any obligations, a big change from the previous two summers when he returned home to play with China's...
Labor negotiations to continue; Bettman and Goodenow trip to Austria on hold (AP)
Although the NHL and the players' association say they aren't getting closer to a deal, their leaders will stay at the bargaining table longer than expected. So long that they might not make it to Austria to see the end of the world hockey championships. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Bob Goodenow will meet Wednesday and Thursday instead of heading to Europe -- a trip...
Devils LW Patrik Elias contracts hepatitis A (AP)
The New Jersey Devils are optimistic that left wing Patrik Elias will not have any lingering effects from a recent bout with hepatitis A. ``Our doctors have looked at all the information and believe that everything will be fine,'' Devils president Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday in a telephone interview.
NHL, Players Association resume talks on Tuesday (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association resumed talks on Tuesday and will meet each of the next two days.
Gretzky, Coyotes still in talks; no decision imminent (AP)
Wayne Gretzky is still in talks to become coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, but no decision is close, the team said Tuesday. ``No deal or announcement is imminent ...,'' Coyotes spokesman Rich Nairn said. A report in the East Valley Tribune said Gretzky and owner Steve Ellman were close to agreement on a three-year contract extension that would make Gretzky the team's new head coach.
Canada nips Ukraine 2-1; Slovakia beats Kazakhstan 3-1 (AP)
Rick Nash scored his tournament-leading ninth goal in the third period Tuesday, giving Canada a 2-1 victory over last-place Ukraine at the world hockey championships. Canada, the two-time defending champions, will stay in Innsbruck and play Slovakia on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The United States will face the Czech Republic at the same time in Vienna.
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.
Biffle figures to factor
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Greg Biffle likely will be in the mix when the Cup championship is up for grabs.
Busch's team wins Pit Crew Championship (AP)
Kurt Busch's team won the National Pit Crew Championship, defeating Jeremy Mayfield's crew in the final round with a mistake-free stop Monday night.
Tire decision costs Newman victory, gives Biffle third win of season (AP)
Victory was most certainly in sight for Ryan Newman until strategy snatched it away at Darlington Raceway.
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 needed overtime to grab another victory. The Roush Racing driver, who fell behind on a late pit stop, got one last chance when Mark Martin spun, bringing out the 12th caution flag of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Darlington Raceway just five laps from the scheduled finish. Ryan Newman, who had taken charge late in the race, chose to stay on the track while Biffle and several other...
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.