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Mavericks Edge Out the Suns 108-106 (AP)
AP - The Dallas Mavericks slowed things down and played a little rough in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Michael Finley was phenomenal from the field, and Dirk Nowitzki hit a 12-footer with 6.8 seconds left to give Dallas a rugged 108-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night to square the best-of-seven series 1-1. Game 3 is Friday night in Dallas.
Pacers Bounce Back to Beat Pistons 92-83 (AP)
AP - The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again. Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points, Reggie Miller had 19 and Jeff Foster grabbed 20 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Detroit Pistons 92-83 in Game 2, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Willis Improves to 7-0 as Marlins Win (AP)
AP - Dontrelle Willis gave the Houston Astros a quick lead, and little else. Willis improved to a major league-best 7-0 by allowing one run and six hits in eight innings, and Damion Easley's two-run homer sent the Florida Marlins to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
Cards Overwhelm the Dodgers With 9-3 Win (AP)
AP - Larry Walker had three of St. Louis' season-high 19 hits and drove in three runs, backing a strong seven-inning effort by Jeff Suppan in the Cardinals' 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Selig Says Drug-Testing Program Is Working (AP)
AP - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig insisted Wednesday that baseball's current drug-testing program was working, saying the reason he proposed even tougher rules last month was to stop suspicion.
Winslow Takes First Step Back With Browns (AP)
AP - Ten days after injuring his knee in a motorcycle crash, Kellen Winslow Jr. took the first ginger step toward repairing an NFL career that barely got started.
Suns' Joe Johnson Injured by Flagrant Foul (AP)
AP - Phoenix guard Joe Johnson fractured a bone near his left eye when he was fouled on a layup with 19.7 seconds left in the first half of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Suns and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Owners back call for tougher steroid testing (Reuters)
Reuters - Major League baseball owners
unanimously endorsed commissioner Bud Selig's call for a tough
new drug testing program and harsher penalties at the league's
quarterly meeting on Wednesday.
Saprissa of Costa Rica Wins Champions' Cup (AP)
AP - Saprissa of Costa Rica fell to Mexico's Pumas 2-1 on Wednesday night, but still captured the CONCACAF Champions' Cup on the strength of a 3-2 goals aggregate.
U.S. Advances at Hockey Worlds (AP)
AP - The United States will have a familiar opponent in the quarterfinals of the world hockey championships — the Czech Republic.
McNabb: Eagles can win without Owens (AP)
Donovan McNabb is confident the Philadelphia Eagles can win the Super Bowl without Terrell Owens. ``I feel that if he plays or not, we definitely have a chance of making it to the Super Bowl and winning it,'' McNabb said Wednesday, one day after owner Jeffery Lurie said the team won't redo Owens' contract.
Patriots sign veteran LB Chad Brown (AP)
Veteran linebacker Chad Brown, a three-time Pro Bowl player, signed with the New England Patriots on Wednesday. Brown, drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 1993 draft, spent four seasons with the Steelers before signing as a free agent with Seattle, where he spent the past eight seasons. The Seahawks released him after last season.
Vikes' Smith had kit to beat drug tests (AP)
Vikings running back Onterrio Smith, who has a history of violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was briefly detained by airport police last month after they found an elaborate kit used to beat drug tests. Police at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport questioned Smith on April 21 after a search of his bag discovered vials of white powder, according to a police report.
Winslow visits Browns headquarters (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.
Ravens release LB Peter Boulware (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens released often-injured linebacker Peter Boulware on Wednesday to give the team some salary cap relief. The former Pro Bowl player missed the entire 2004 season with knee and toe injuries. He hasn't played in a game since late in the 2003 season against the Cleveland Browns, when he injured his knee.
Ahman Green pleads not guilty (AP)
Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green pleaded not guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct after his wife called 911 for help because she felt threatened during an argument. Green, who wasn't at court, sent two attorneys to enter the plea for him. Green wasn't required to appear at the proceeding. Brown County Court Commissioner Lawrence Gazeley set Green's next court date for Aug.
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,...
Squabbling Mavs even series with Suns (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks slowed things down and played a little rough in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Michael Finley was phenomenal from the field, and Dirk Nowitzki hit a 12-footer with 6.8 seconds left to give Dallas a rugged 108-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night to square the best-of-seven series 1-1.
Resilient Pacers draw even with Pistons (AP)
The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again. Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points, Reggie Miller had 19 and Jeff Foster grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Detroit Pistons 92-83 in Game 2, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1. ``I don't think any pro team -- in any sport -- can handle what we've handled,'' O'Neal said before getting...
David Stern to testify before Congress (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern will testify before Congress next week about his league's drug-testing policy, making him the third head of a major U.S. sport called before lawmakers investigating steroids. NBA vice president Rick Buchanan also will appear before the House Government Reform Committee on May 19, league spokesman Tim Frank said Wednesday, adding others might testify, too.
Suns' Johnson cuts face in Game 2 (AP)
Phoenix guard Joe Johnson fractured a bone near his left eye when he was fouled on a layup with 19.7 seconds left in the first half of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Suns and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Johnson was fouled hard by Jerry Stackhouse and landed face-first on the America West Arena court.
Wizards' frontcourt missing key pieces (AP)
The Washington Wizards won't lift Kwame Brown's suspension for the rest of the playoffs, leaving the frontcourt perilously thin following an injury to Etan Thomas. Coach Eddie Jordan said Wednesday there was no chance for a reinstatement for Brown, who was suspended a week ago for what the team described as ``philosophical differences.'' ``Everything remains the same,'' Jordan said.
Spurs breeze to 2-0 lead in series (AP)
Ray Allen thinks Bruce Bowen uses his hands too much on defense and the Seattle guard doesn't appreciate the way his San Antonio counterpart jostles him on the way up the court. ``We've all seen what he does out there on the basketball floor,'' Allen said Monday. Allen will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of Seattle's Western Conference playoff series against San Antonio on Tuesday night after...
Artest says penalty was ``a bit harsh'' (AP)
Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest told ESPN that he thought his season-long suspension for the Nov. 19 brawl in Detroit was ``a bit harsh.'' Artest discussed his suspension in an interview broadcast Wednesday. The NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the season for his part in the melee, which started on the court, spilled into the stands and went back onto the court.
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...
Back home, Wizards dig for inspiration (AP)
The Washington Wizards have been here before, down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. They know what it takes to come back and win, even with a short-handed lineup. Coach Eddie Jordan can call on those experiences to help motivate his team. But when it comes to beating the Miami Heat, there are no good memories to draw upon.
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.
Coyotes deal with Gretzky not imminent (SportsTicker)
PHOENIX (Ticker) - "The Great One" will not be named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes - yet.
More than just salary caps discussed by NHL owners and players (AP)
For a change, the NHL and the locked-out players' association talked about more than just salary caps Wednesday. In an unexpected second straight day of labor negotiations, the league and the union branched out into other discussions, such as the potential formation of a competition committee that would be comprised of player and team representatives, NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly said in a...
Hurricanes' Kevyn Adams added to U.S. hockey roster (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevyn Adams has been added to the United States team in the world hockey championships in Vienna, Austria. Adams arrived in Austria on Wednesday and could play in the quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic on Thursday.
NHL, Players Association meet for second straight day (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The calculation of club payroll and the potential formation of a committee with joint player and club representation were among the topics discussed at Wednesday's NHL labor talks.
Top teams reach quarterfinals at ice hockey worlds (AP)
The United States will have a familiar opponent in the quarterfinals of the world hockey championships -- the Czech Republic. The Americans, who beat the host Czechs in a shootout at the same stage at last year's worlds, finished third in their second-round group and have a 3-1-2 overall record. They play the Czechs on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Biffle figures to factor
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Greg Biffle likely will be in the mix when the Cup championship is up for grabs.
Viewers tune in to Darlington (AP)
Darlington Raceway's first Nextel Cup night race was a TV ratings winner.
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.