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Smooth-Running Pistons Pound Pacers 86-67 (AP)
AP - In a season filled with obstacles, the Indiana Pacers are faced with another. And their playoff lives depend on being able to get past this one. With Detroit's 86-67 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night, the Pacers need to beat the defending champions in the final two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals to advance to the next round.

L.A. Dodgers Run Over Florida Marlins 14-5 (AP)
AP - For five innings, Dontrelle Willis pitched exactly the way he had while dominating the National League in his first seven starts. Unfortunately for the Florida left-hander, that came after a costly first inning Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Garland Is Major's 1st Eight-Game Winner (AP)
AP - Chicago's Jon Garland kept up his winning ways, as did the surging New York Yankees. Garland became the first eight-game winner in the major leagues, leading the White Sox over the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Defending Indy 500 Champ Out With Injury (AP)
AP - Former Indy winner Kenny Brack is coming back to the Brickyard, summoned to replace the injured driver who once filled in for him: defending champion Buddy Rice.

Lawmakers Ready to Act on Steroids (AP)
AP - Lawmakers grilled Mark McGwire and baseball officials about steroids, then asked the NFL why its testing isn't tougher. They heard from doctors about the perils of performance-enhancing drugs and from parents of high schoolers who committed suicide.

Romanowski Says He Dodged NFL Drug Policy (AP)
AP - Bill Romanowski says he stayed one step ahead of the NFL's drug policy during his 16-year career, always taking nutritional supplements that the league had not yet banned.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Dallas at Phoenix (9 p.m. EDT). Amare Stoudemire and the Suns try to take the lead in their series with the Mavericks in Game 5.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - St. Louis at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Cardinals' Chris Carpenter (5-2) and the Phillies' Jon Lieber (5-2) each seek a sixth win.

Power Is Abused More Often Than Steroids (AP)
AP - Don't be fooled by all the publicity. Power is still abused a lot more often than steroids. So let's thank Congress for turning up the heat on pro sports and respectfully ask that its members go back to holding hearings on problems they actually know something about. Just because somebody said, "There ought to be a law against it," doesn't mean it's a good idea — let alone good enough for two.

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.

Winslow, Browns awaiting MRI results (AP)
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. underwent an MRI Tuesday to determine how badly his right knee was injured in a May 1 motorcycle crash. Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said the club was still awaiting results. The Browns have only revealed that Winslow hurt his knee and shoulder. Doctors had been waiting for swelling to subside in the 21-year-old's knee before performing more tests.

Unhappy S Darius back at Jags practice (AP)
Safety Donovin Darius says he is finished complaining about his situation, criticizing the Jacksonville Jaguars and seeking a trade. He is ready to move on. Darius practiced with the Jaguars on Tuesday, rejoining the team after skipping a mandatory minicamp last month and getting fined by coach Jack Del Rio.

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.

Vikings' Smith misses developmental camp (AP)
Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith missed the second day of developmental camp on Tuesday for ``personal reasons,'' a team spokesman said. It was not clear if those reasons were related to Smith's run-in with police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on April 21. A search of a bag Smith was carrying turned up several vials of dried urine and a device called ``The Original...

Anderson rejoins Broncos deep backfield (AP)
Tatum Bell. Ron Dayne. Quentin Griffin. Maurice Clarett. Somewhere in that mix, Mike Anderson thinks he'll fit in. In fact, he thinks he'll fit in right at the top. A nearly forgotten man among Denver's growing stable of running backs, Anderson returned to the field Monday at the team's minicamp, fully recovered from a groin injury that sidelined him for all of 2004.

Dolphins CB Poole to miss 2005 season (AP)
Dolphins cornerback Will Poole had reconstructive knee surgery Monday and is expected to miss the entire 2005 season. Poole tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during minicamp earlier this month. The second-year pro was the leading candidate to replace Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Surtain, traded last month to Kansas City.

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...

Man-to-Manu defense
For the Sonics to force a Game 7 against San Antonio, they'll have to stop Manu Ginobili in Game 6.

Ginobili's 39 lift Spurs over Sonics (AP)
Seattle coach Nate McMillan was right. Just as he told his team before tipoff, Game 5 was decided by how his SuperSonics played in the opening minutes of the first and third quarters. They were lousy. And now they're headed home on the brink of elimination, with the San Antonio Spurs a win from returning to the Western Conference finals.

Pistons steamroll Pacers in Game 5 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons played like champions with swarming, relentless defense and unselfish offense. Ben Wallace had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead Detroit to an 86-67 victory Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers, and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The defending NBA champs can close out the pesky Pacers on Thursday night in Indianapolis.

Wizards' Dixon to appear before Congress (AP)
Lawmakers grilled Mark McGwire and baseball officials about steroids, then asked the NFL why its testing isn't tougher. They heard from doctors about the perils of performance-enhancing drugs and from parents of high schoolers who committed suicide. Now they are ready to act. Members of a House subcommittee have written a bill to govern drug testing across American pro sports, aiming to bring them...

Sonics' Lewis to miss Game 5 vs. Spurs (AP)
All-Star forward Rashard Lewis missed Seattle's playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night because of a sprained left big toe that also kept him out of the previous game. Lewis was too sore to practice Monday and could hardly walk, despite trying a variety of wraps and shoe inserts to ease the pain.

Van Gundy says Shaq 'feeling better' (AP)
With the Eastern Conference finals not scheduled to start until at least Monday, the Miami Heat don't appear overly bothered by Shaquille O'Neal's still-uncertain health. O'Neal, plagued for a month by a thigh bruise, missed the final two games of the East semifinal sweep of Washington. He did some cardio work Tuesday with the team, which plans to resume full-fledged practices Wednesday.

Owner-union meeting fails to materialize (AP)
A collective bargaining session between a large group of NBA owners and players, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has ``failed to materialize,'' a league spokesman said. The development could be an ominous sign in labor talks, coming less than a week after commissioner David Stern publicly downgraded his outlook for reaching a new agreement from ``optimistic'' to ``hopeful.'' A spokesman for the...

Bryan Colangelo named executive of year (AP)
Phoenix Suns president Bryan Colangelo has been named NBA executive of the year by The Sporting News, The Associated Press has learned. Colangelo, whose front-office moves helped lead the Suns to the third-biggest turnaround in league history, will be presented the award at a news conference on Tuesday, said a league source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Dampier's play key to Mavs' wins, losses (AP)
The triple-digit scoring fest between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns has reached a crucial point. The Western Conference semifinal series is tied 2-2, and history suggests the winner of Game 5 will advance to the conference finals. For the Suns, whose frenetic brand of ``small ball'' propelled them from 29 victories to an NBA-best 62 in one season, the outcome Wednesday night could be...

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.

NHL, Players Association begin three-day session Tuesday (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The first day of the latest group of labor meetings reportedly picked up right where the last session left off.

United States to face Canada in first round of next year's hockey worlds (AP)
The United States was drawn into the same group as Canada on Tuesday for next year's world hockey championships in Latvia. Canada, which lost to the Czech Republic in the final on Sunday, the U.S., Norway and Denmark are in Group D. The Canadians and Americans also were in the same group for this year's worlds.

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.

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.

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.

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