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Mavericks Defeat Suns 119-109 (AP)
AP - The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Suns 119-109 in Game 4 on Sunday night to even the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Phoenix.

Sonics Slam Spurs 101-89, Even Series 2-2 (AP)
AP - Ray Allen scored 32 points and Luke Ridnour had 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the San Antonio Spurs 101-89 Sunday to tie their second-round series 2-2.

Ensberg's 3 HRs Propel Astros Over Giants (AP)
AP - Morgan Ensberg hit three home runs and Brandon Backe pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, leading the Houston Astros to a 9-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.

Pistons Outgun Pacers 89-76 to Tie Series (AP)
AP - Just when the Indiana Pacers thought they couldn't possibly shoot any worse, the Detroit Pistons proved them wrong. Chauncey Billups scored 29 points and the Pistons used a 19-1 first-quarter run to beat the Pacers 89-76 Sunday, tying their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at two games each.

Roberts Hits 3-Run HR, Padres Rip Marlins (AP)
AP - The San Diego Padres packed more than a game's worth of offense into one inning on Sunday. Dave Roberts hit a three-run homer and Brian Giles added a two-run single in a 10-run seventh, carrying the Padres to a 12-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

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.

Pistons, Sonics and Mavs Tie Series 2-2 (AP)
AP - Rasheed Wallace is perfect when guaranteeing playoff victories over the Indiana Pacers.

Manny Ramirez Hits 400th Career Home Run (AP)
AP - Manny Ramirez downplayed his 400th career home run. He also probably underestimated the value of the milestone baseball.

Juventus Closes in on Italian Title (AP)
AP - Juventus closed in on its 28th Italian league title with a 2-0 win over Parma on Sunday, while AC Milan was held to a 2-2 tie by 10-man Lecce.

Czech Republic Shuts Down Canada 3-0 (AP)
AP - Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clueless about Seattle
Ray Allen and the Sonics continue to prove the experts wrong, including yours truly.

Nowitzki, Howard help Mavs even series (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks did exactly what they wanted to do defensively, even while watching Steve Nash score 48 points. While the league MVP and their former teammate scored almost at will, the Mavericks were finally able to neutralize Amare Stoudemire and the rest of the Phoenix starters. ``We felt that if we could allow (Nash) to score and not have all those other guys become involved in the...

Sonics surprise Spurs, even series (AP)
Luke Ridnour skittered everywhere, dribbling around defenders and flipping in jumpers and runners. He showed no fear against Tim Duncan, bumping the big man on his way for layups. It was a coming-out party Sunday for Seattle's second-year point guard, who had 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter to lead Seattle SuperSonics to a 101-89 win over San Antonio, tying the series 2-2.

Pistons even series with Pacers (AP)
Over a span of almost eight minutes, the Indiana Pacers managed just one point. In a sequence of 19 shots, they missed 18. The Pacers' poor shooting put them in a big early hole, and a brief third-quarter comeback was all they could manage the rest of the way as Chauncey Billups scored 29 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Pacers 89-76 Sunday, tying their best-of-seven Eastern Conference...

Heat's Wade eager for another long break (AP)
On his first day in Miami last summer, the newly acquired Shaquille O'Neal wanted to stop a controversy before it started. ``It's Dwyane Wade's team,'' O'Neal said. Apparently, he wasn't kidding. Wade has been dazzling during this postseason, carrying the scoring load for the Miami Heat -- who finished off their second straight playoff sweep Saturday night, ousting Washington 99-95 in Game 4 of...

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...

Wizards shake off decades of malaise (AP)
The owner wheeled out a cake to celebrate the selection of two All-Star reserves. Confetti fell in a delirious MCI Center when a playoff berth was clinched. T-shirts were printed to commemorate a first-round victory. Longtime NBA observers in other cities chuckled at the hoopla, but these were the Washington Wizards, who had spent the better part of two decades steeped in a malaise of futility.

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...

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.

Czech Republic blanks Canada 3-0 at ice hockey worlds (AP)
Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship. Rucinsky set up Vaclav Prospal's first-period goal, and scored one of his own in the third as the Czech Republic denied Canada its third straight title and won the world championship 3-0 Sunday.

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.

Richmond observations
Kasey Kahne deserves praise, but DW was just too hard on Mike Wallace.

Hamilton wins NCTS UAW/GM Ohio 250 (SportsTicker)

Kahne's victory first of many? (AP)
Tony Stewart was unusually happy with his second-place finish at Richmond International. That's because he had a front-row seat for Kasey Kahne's first career Nextel Cup victory.

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.

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,...

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