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Heat Knock Off Wizards 99-95, Sweep Series (AP)
AP - Eddie Jones made a 3-pointer from the right wing with 14.9 seconds remaining Saturday night, thwarting a late Washington Wizards rally and helping the Heat to a 99-95 victory that wrapped up the Eastern Conference semifinal series in four games.

Atlanta Braves Nip the L.A. Dodgers 5-1 (AP)
AP - Eric Gagne returned Saturday night and gave up homers to Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, his first two batters since coming off the disabled list, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1.

Rain Doesn't Stop Natl's From Beating Cubs (AP)
AP - Livan Hernandez won his fifth consecutive start, Vinny Castilla had a two-run single, and the Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Saturday night.

San Diego Padres Defeat Florida Marlins 2-1 (AP)
AP - Jake Peavy regained his form Saturday night, holding the Florida Marlins to one run and five hits in seven innings and leading the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory. The Padres won for the 12th time in 15 games, overcoming a combined three-hitter by Al Leiter and John Riedling. Trevor Hoffman threw four pitches in a perfect ninth for his 404th career save, and his 11th in 13 chances this year.

O'Hair Leads by 1 Stroke at Byron Nelson (AP)
AP - Sean O'Hair is not interested in rehashing his long, troubled road to becoming a 22-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour. All that matters now is finishing it with a victory in the Byron Nelson Championship. Prompted to turn pro at age 17 by a father who saw him merely as a commodity, O'Hair showed poise beyond his years Saturday with a 3-under 67 while playing in the final group to take a one-shot lead over British Open champion Todd Hamilton.

Walker: No Hard Feelings on Favre Comments (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers receiver Javon Walker has no hard feelings toward Brett Favre, who criticized him for holding out of a mandatory minicamp last month.

Forceful Wade scores 42 to spark NBA sweep for Shaq-less Heat (AFP)
AFP - An amazing 42-point performance from Dwyane Wade that looked like something out of "Star Wars" sparked the Miami Heat past Washington 99-95 to complete a sweep of their NBA playoff series.

Yanks Slug Their Way to 15-6 Win Over A's (AP)
AP - The New York Yankees are slugging their way back to .500, and the Oakland Athletics are taking most of the beatings. Derek Jeter and Tino Martinez hit three-run homers, Alex Rodriguez added his major league-leading 12th shot and the Yankees won their seventh straight, beating the A's 15-6 Saturday night.

Real Salt Lake Nicks Galaxy 2-1 (AP)
AP - Real Salt Lake rookie Jay Nolly's first career start went from a near disaster in the first half to nearly flawless in the second.

Canada Edges Russia 4-3 in Hockey Semis (AP)
AP - Canada nearly blew a four-goal lead before hanging on to beat Russia 4-3 Saturday and reach its third straight final at the world hockey championships.

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.

Walker: No hard feelings toward Favre (AP)
Green Bay Packers receiver Javon Walker has no hard feelings toward Brett Favre, who criticized him for holding out of a mandatory minicamp last month. Even though Walker has two years left on the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick in 2002, he wants a new deal after a breakout 2004. Walker had 89 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first...

Nate Newton details life in drugs (AP)
Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton says his competitive nature led him into the drug business. ``I've always been competitive, I've always been in sports,'' said Newton, a retired six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman. ``I couldn't see myself not being the biggest dope man.'' Newton's final year in the NFL in 1999 was with Carolina Panthers.

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.

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

Heat sweep up Wizards as Shaq sits again (AP)
While Shaquille O'Neal sat, the phenom-on-the-rise had a dazzling coming-out party. The Miami Heat swept into the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night, finishing off the Washington Wizards 99-95 with an unbelievable third quarter from Dwyane Wade. Wade scored 22 of his career playoff-high 42 points in the third, going 7-for-7 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Pacers look to O'Neal, Jackson, Miller (AP)
Shot after shot rolled off the rim, bounced off the backboard or simply drew air. It was that kind of night for the Indiana Pacers, who took a 2-1 series lead against Detroit despite a horrible shooting performance by three of their most reliable offensive players. ``The reason for missed shots is we're human.

Johnson-less Suns roll past Mavs 119-102 (AP)
The way Amare Stoudemire is ripping apart the Dallas Mavericks, it's a wonder the Phoenix Suns don't just toss him the ball on every possession and watch him go. The Suns resist the temptation because they know they have to mix things up to keep Dallas from swarming their big man. But there are times -- like the second quarter of Game 3, when the only question seemed to be how long the basket would...

Phil Jackson still pondering return (AP)
Phil Jackson is still trying to decide whether he will return to coaching next season, and expects teams would want to hear from him by next month. ``I've not made up my mind. Coaching is an option,'' Jackson told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday, adding that while he had set no deadline for his decision, ``by mid-June or by early June, people need to have answers.'' The former Los...

Stern greeted with boos in Indiana (AP)
NBA commissioner David Stern wanted to talk about the future Friday. Indiana Pacers fans wouldn't let him forget the past. Stern was greeted by a chorus of boos in his first trip to Indianapolis since the Nov. 19 brawl in Detroit and the resulting season-long suspension of Pacers forward Ron Artest. Stern did his best to look ahead -- saying before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series...

Spurs must defend pick-and-roll and perimeter (AP)
Ridnour-to-James? It sure doesn't have the same ring as Stockton-to-Malone, and that's what Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs are reminding themselves going into Game 4 against Seattle on Sunday. Jerome James scored 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting as the SuperSonics used the pick-and-roll with devastating efficiency in a Game 3 victory that pulled Seattle within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

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.

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.

Ben Wallace heads 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...

Canada edges Russia 4-3 in semifinals at ice hockey worlds (AP)
Canada nearly blew a four-goal lead before hanging on to beat Russia 4-3 Saturday and reach its third straight final at the world hockey championships. Wade Redden, Sheldon Souray, Dany Heatley and Ed Jovanovski scored for the two-time defending champions, who will play for the gold medal Sunday against the Czech Republic -- a 3-2 overtime winner over Sweden.

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.

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.

Gibbs feeling good
RICHMOND, Va. – Joe Gibbs says he's fine five weeks after undergoing a minor heart angioplasty.

Kahne records first win in Chevy American Revolution 400 (SportsTicker)


Pole-sitter Kahne races to first career victory (AP)
Kasey Kahne had been so close so many times in his first 46 races in NASCAR's premier series, it was starting to hurt.

Hornaday Jr. wins pole for NCTS UAW/GM Ohio 250 (SportsTicker)


Points leader Johnson done early at Richmond (AP)
Greg Biffle went into the Chevrolet 400 third in the points race and aware his luck could change quickly.

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.

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.

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