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Yankees Clobber Mariners 6-3 (AP)
AP - Bernie Williams rallied New York with his 11th career grand slam, and the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 Monday night to extend their winning streak to nine.
Padres Beat Braves 5-3 (AP)
AP - Mark Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the eighth inning to bring in the go-ahead run, and the San Diego Padres rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Monday night in a matchup of two of baseball's hottest teams.
Marlins Clobber Dodgers 6-2 (AP)
AP - Brian Moehler pitched 6 2-3 effective innings, Miguel Cabrera and Juan Encarnacion homered, and the Florida Marlins beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 Monday night to stop a season-high three-game losing streak.
Floyd Homers to Lead Mets Past Reds 9-2 (AP)
AP - Cliff Floyd hit another home run and Kris Benson allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings of his third start, helping the New York Mets to a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Rangers Homer Way Past White Sox 7-6 (AP)
AP - Kevin Mench homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo drive in the ninth inning Monday night that led the Texas Rangers over the Chicago White Sox 7-6.
Vikings Runner Onterrio Smith Practices (AP)
AP - Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith returned to the practice field Monday and declined to speak publicly about his embarrassing run-in with airport officials that was reported last week.
Detroit's Billups Changes Game for Brown (AP)
AP - When Detroit's Chauncey Billups played for Rick Carlisle two years ago, he was told to do what came naturally.
Athletics Defeat Red Sox 6-4 (AP)
AP - Newcomer Matt Watson hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.
FIFA Given Doping Compliance Deadline (AP)
AP - The World Anti-Doping Agency is giving FIFA until September to comply with global rules on sanctions for drug offenders or jeopardize soccer's place in the Olympics and possibly affect the World Cup, WADA officials said Monday.
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.
Committee asks NFL for more testing info (AP)
The NFL was asked to provide more information on its steroid testing by the congressional panel that heard testimony last month from commissioner Paul Tagliabue. House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, and ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of California sent Tagliabue a letter Monday requesting results of the league's tests since Jan.
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.
Depth-shy Phoenix gets extra day off (AP)
The depth-shy Phoenix Suns got a badly needed extra day off before resuming their Western Conference semifinal series at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Game 5 is Wednesday night, but the Mavericks would have preferred Tuesday -- when two other playoff games are scheduled -- because they know their biggest area of superiority lies in the number of players they can throw at the Suns.
Pistons' Billups changed game with Brown (AP)
When Detroit's Chauncey Billups played for Rick Carlisle two years ago, he was told to do what came naturally. Shoot. When Carlisle was fired and Larry Brown was hired, the point guard was forced to do something else. Pass. ``That was a huge switch for me because when Rick was here, it was me and Rip (Hamilton) doing most of the shooting and scoring,'' Billups said Monday.
Sonics rout Spurs 101-89 to pull even (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.
Suns not counting on Johnson in Game 5 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns don't expect injured guard Joe Johnson back for Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Dallas Mavericks, who were more optimistic Sunday about the return of Keith Van Horn. Johnson, the Suns' third-leading scorer, is recovering from surgery for an eye injury sustained in Game 2 on Wednesday.
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...
China expects Yao to be on national team (AP)
China expects Houston Rockets star Yao Ming to play for the national team in the Asian Championships in September, even though the All-Star planned to spend the summer resting. Yao has divided his time between Houston and the Chinese national team since joining the NBA in 2002, keeping him playing almost year-round.
Nuggets' Kenyon Martin has knee surgery (AP)
Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday. Martin will begin rehabilitation in 10 days to two weeks, the team said. Martin averaged 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds during his first season in Denver. The Nuggets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by San Antonio.
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.
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...
Mighty Ducks drop Cincinnati as AHL affiliate (SportsTicker)
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - A franchise-record win total was not enough to keep the American Hockey League affiliate of the Mighty Ducks in Cincinnati.
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.
WWD: Chevy American Rev. 400
Kasey Kahne finally found Cup riches at Richmond.
Ford out as Jarrett's crew chief (AP)
Mike Ford has resigned as crew chief for NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing said Monday.
Penske team purchases shares of co-owners (AP)
Penske Performance Inc., majority shareholder of Penske Racing South, said Monday it has bought out Rusty Wallace, Don Miller and John Erickson.
Jarrett's crew chief Mike Ford steps down (SportsTicker)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Former Nextel Cup series champion Dale Jarrett will emerge from NASCAR's All-Star break with a new crew chief.
Wheeler picks Gordon to win All-Star race (AP)
Jeff Gordon became the favorite to win NASCAR's All-Star race when the president of Lowe's Motor Speedway predicted he would win the event.
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.