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Suns Take 2-1 Lead in Second-Round Series (AP)
AP - Steve Nash returned to Dallas for the first time since winning the MVP award to a smattering of boos amid plenty of cheers. Then he opened the game with an airball on a 3-pointer and everyone was hooting. What followed was the kind of playoff performance that has Mavericks fans wringing their hands.

Miller Leads Pacers Past Pistons 79-74 (AP)
AP - Reggie Miller still finds ways to get open, draw fouls and rile opponents. Just ask Detroit coach Larry Brown. Miller, the 39-year-old Indiana star in his final NBA season, drew two fouls, made four free throws and hit a key jumper in the final 1:21 to help the Pacers beat the Pistons 79-74 on Friday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Mariners Defeat Red Sox 14-7 (AP)
AP - Seattle's bats woke up in New York, and the Mariners brought their power display back home Friday night.

Barmes Having Quite a Rookie Season (AP)
AP - The Colorado Rockies have the National League's worst record. They also might have the league's best rookie. Clint Barmes leads the majors with a .400 batting average and the shortstop's flashy glove has been one of the few bright spots for the team with a 10-23 record.

Sonics' James Says He Respects Spurs (AP)
AP - Seattle's Jerome James had plenty to say after his 7-for-7 shooting effort in Game 3, stripping away San Antonio's veneer by suggesting the Spurs aren't worthy of respect.

Texans Sign OT Riley, Waive LB Harrison (AP)
AP - The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Victor Riley to a one-year, $655,000 contract Friday. The deal includes a $50,000 signing bonus.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Miami at Washington (8 p.m. EDT). The Heat can sweep the Wizards after winning Game 3 102-95 on Thursday night without the injured Shaquille O'Neal.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - San Francisco at Houston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Roger Clemens (2-1) starts for Houston.

Glazer Increases Manchester United Stake (AP)
AP - Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer is fractions of a percentage point short of taking complete control of Manchester United.

NHL Union Cancels Membership Meeting (AP)
AP - The NHL Players' Association will not hold a scheduled membership meeting at the end of the month because there has been little change in negotiations with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Six Points: Call timeout, T.O.
Terrell Owens is right that his contract does not reflect his value to the Eagles, but wrong about his tactics.

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.

Bengals sign C Braham to two-year deal (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a two-year contract Friday with center Rich Braham, an unrestricted free agent who the team wanted to keep while it develops younger linemen. Braham, 34, has played in 129 games for the Bengals, trailing tackle Willie Anderson's 136 games for most on the roster. Braham had told the team he wanted to return.

Gibbs has procedure to unclog artery (AP)
Redskins coach Joe Gibbs underwent an operation several weeks ago to unclog an artery to his heart. Gibbs, a 64-year-old diabetic, said the procedure ``has no effect on my work, or my tenure with the Redskins.'' He said Wednesday he had the precautionary procedure in mid-April at a Washington hospital on the advice of doctors.

NFL players mindful after Winslow crash (AP)
Drew Brees was in the water with great white sharks off the South African coast a couple years ago, and dove near Australia's Great Barrier Reef earlier this offseason. Yet the fear of injury precludes San Diego's Pro Bowl quarterback from doing everything on his wish list, including downhill skiing and skydiving.

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.

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.

Walk the walk, 'Sheed
Rasheed Wallace guaranteed a Game 4 victory for Detroit, but for that to happen, he'll have to play better.

Reggie carries Pacers down the stretch (AP)
Reggie Miller is still pushing opponents around. With a sellout crowd chanting his name, the 39-year-old delivered another clutch playoff moment Friday night. He drew two fouls, made four free throws and hit a key jumper in the final 81 seconds to rally the Indiana Pacers past Detroit 79-74 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Suns shoot past Mavs without Johnson (AP)
Even though Joe Johnson might be done for the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns brought his gear to Dallas and set up a locker for him, as if he'd be suiting up instead of watching from home. It was a nice gesture -- but nothing like the get-well present his teammates sent. With Shawn Marion leading a strong outside game, Amare Stoudemire taking care of everything inside and Steve Nash putting it all...

Shaq might also sit out Game 4 (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal sat in a chair in a hotel restaurant Friday afternoon, gently massaging his right thigh with his left hand. ``I'm getting very restless, but I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team,'' the Miami Heat center said. ``I'm going to take my time. If this pain in my leg ever goes away, aye-yi-yi-yi-yi.

Will James' talk lead to a Sonics' win? (AP)
Seattle's Jerome James had plenty to say after his 7-for-7 shooting effort in Game 3, stripping away San Antonio's veneer by suggesting the Spurs aren't worthy of respect. When it was time on Friday to explain what he meant, the chatty center wanted some help before putting his tongue in gear. ``Lord Jesus, please work my mouth for me,'' James said before talking to reporters.

Sloan still not ready for retirement (AP)
Jerry Sloan took a few weeks to reflect in the quiet setting of his Illinois farm, then realized he isn't ready to retire from basketball quite yet. Sloan announced Thursday that he will return for an 18th season as Utah Jazz coach and agreed to a contract extension through the 2007-08 season, prolonging what is already the longest tenure of any head coach in the four major league team sports.

Wallace heads NBA's All-Defensive team (AP)
Center Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons, previously selected Defensive Player of the Year for the third time, heads the NBA's All-Defensive team. Wallace, making his fourth consecutive appearance on the first-team, was joined Thursday by forward Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves, forwards Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs, and guard Larry Hughes of the Washington...

Spencer Haywood favors NBA age limit (AP)
Spencer Haywood successfully sued the NBA more than three decades ago in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, paving the way for teenagers to enter the draft. These days he feels differently, and Haywood -- of all people -- is in favor of raising the age limit. ``I would say (union director) Billy Hunter made a smart move if he did indeed raise it,'' Haywood said Friday.

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.

Prep football TE declares for NBA draft (AP)
Texas A&M football signee Martellus Bennett is making himself available for the NBA draft. His high school football coach, Tom Gerber, said Friday that Bennett hasn't hired an agent. Bennett, considered the state's top football recruit, has until June 21 to withdraw his name and retain his college eligibility.

Players' association cancels membership meeting (AP)
The NHL Players' Association will not hold a scheduled membership meeting at the end of the month because there has been little change in negotiations with the league on a new collective bargaining agreement. The decision was made Friday night after union leaders held a conference call with team representatives.

Canada and Sweden just one game away from another final (AP)
Canada and Sweden are each one victory away from a third straight final at the world hockey championship. That's hardly a surprise for the star-studded Canadians, who have won the last two titles and returned this year with some of the NHL's best players. Sweden, however, advanced to its fifth straight semifinals practically short-handed.

NHL and players' association meet for five hours; more talks next week (AP)
Before the NHL and the players' association can agree on a new economic system, there must be a clear understanding of how teams report their finances. Much of Thursday's five-hour meeting was spent on how teams determine how much money they make -- or lose. The meeting capped three days of talks that involved little true negotiating.

NHL, NHLPA conclude three-day session, schedule another (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The disclosure of finances once again was the focal point of the latest labor session between the NHL and the Players Association.

Coyotes deal with Gretzky not imminent (SportsTicker)
PHOENIX (Ticker) - "The Great One" will not be named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes - yet.

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.

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.

Robby ready to rally
RICHMOND, Va. – Robby Gordon is off to a tough start, but he's optimistic that a turnaround is in the cards.

Edwards outduels Sadler to win NASCAR Busch Series Funai 250 (SportsTicker)

Edwards wins close Busch race at Richmond (AP)
Carl Edwards hadn't led a lap all night, but with two laps to grab a victory that was there for the taking, he was ready.

Kahne sweeps Busch, Cup poles at Richmond (AP)
Kasey Kahne won his third pole position in as many tries Friday and became the first driver in Richmond International Raceway history to sweep the top spot in the Busch and Nextel Cup races.

Kahne wins pole for Chevy American Revolution 400 (SportsTicker)

Mears will have eyes on Indy, but heart with NASCAR (AP)
Casey Mears is among the NASCAR drivers who will tune in Saturday to Pole Day qualifying at the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR seeks proposals for hall of fame from Michigan, others (AP)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Other cities might have more stock car racing history, bigger international profiles,...

Waltrip has found whole new audience to entertain (AP)
When Cale Yarborough dubbed Darrell Waltrip "Jaws," it certainly was not meant as a compliment.

Ex-football stars run rising Busch team (AP)
The FitzBradshaw Racing team draws from the quarterback's calm-under-fire presence and the linebacker's fiery...

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