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Afleet Alex Wins Preakness Stakes (AP)
AP - In a miraculous recovery, Afleet Alex kept his balance after being knocked to his knees by Scrappy T at the top of the stretch and won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

Martin Wins All-Star Race Near Retirement (AP)
AP - Mark Martin had no intention of taking a nostalgic ride around the track in his final All-Star race. He wanted to win it.

Mariners Snap Padres 8-Game Winning Streak (AP)
AP - Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson homered on consecutive pitches, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 win on Saturday night that snapped the San Diego Padres' eight-game winning streak.

Rangers Trounce Astros, 18-3 (AP)
AP - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run shot to highlight a club-record, four-homer second inning, and David Dellucci had two of the Texas Rangers' team-high eight home runs Saturday in an 18-3 rout of the Houston Astros.

Suns Rely on Offense As They Face Spurs (AP)
AP - With an offense as relentless as the Arizona heat, the Phoenix Suns are trampling the conventional wisdom about defense being the way to go this time of year.

Ex-NFL Player Lang Killed in Ga. Shooting (AP)
AP - Former NFL running back David Lang was killed in a shooting near his suburban Atlanta home, police said Saturday.

O'Neal Practices With Heat Before Finals (AP)
AP - Shaquille O'Neal's availability for the start of the Eastern Conference finals was shrouded in mystery Saturday, his bruised right thigh still a source of concern. However, the Detroit Pistons aren't necessarily believing the story.

Mets beat Yankees to tie Subway Series at 1-1 (Reuters)
Reuters - Kris Benson delivered six-plus shutout innings and Jose Reyes drove in four runs as the New York Mets crushed the New York Yankees 7-1 at Shea Stadium on Saturday, tying the interleague Subway Series at one game each.

L.A. Galaxy Defeat San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 (AP)
AP - Peter Vagenas scored in the 77th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

NHL, Union Agree to Continue Negotiations (AP)
AP - The NHL and players' union made some progress and promised further negotiations after 22 hours of talks over two days.

Chicago's Rex factor
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Rex Grossman's ability to shoulder pressure, not the health of his reconstructed knee, could make or break the Bears.

Buschi still not sure if he'll return (AP)
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who suffered a mild stroke three days after the Pro Bowl, doesn't know if he will play football this season. Bruschi told WBZ-TV in Boston on Saturday that he will take his time before making the ``big decision'' of whether he should get back on the field in 2005 with the Super Bowl champion Patriots.

James a no-show at Colts minicamp (AP)
Edgerrin James was a no-show Friday as the Indianapolis Colts began a mandatory minicamp session amid his effort to get a new long-term contract from the team or be traded. The former two-time NFL rushing champion signed a one-year franchise offer from the Colts in March that will pay him a little more than $8 million this year.

Former NFL running back Lang killed (AP)
Former NFL running back David Lang was killed in a shooting near his suburban Atlanta home, police said Saturday. The 37-year-old Lang, who played for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, was shot following an apparent argument with an acquaintance Thursday near his Stone Mountain home, said police Lt.

Winslow cited in motorcycle crash (AP)
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was charged Friday with disregarding safety in the motorcycle crash that put his 2005 season in jeopardy. The misdemeanor, filed by the prosecutor in suburban Westlake, carries a maximum fine of $150 with no jail time. Winslow will be sent a summons to appear in Rocky River Municipal Court, police said.

Rapport with Saban may bring Ricky back (AP)
Ricky Williams' strong rapport with new Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban is part of the reason why the retired running back is contemplating a return, his agent said Friday. Williams and Saban have had ``some steady dialogue in the last 10 days,'' said agent Leigh Steinberg, who would not discuss specifics or detail what would have to transpire in the coming weeks for the NFL's leading rusher in...

Rice could be headed to Broncos (AP)
Jerry Rice could be headed to Denver and a reunion with coach Mike Shanahan. Rice spoke with Shanahan on Thursday and the coach said there's a possibility a deal to bring the NFL's all-time leader in catches, yards and touchdowns to Denver could be done as early as next week. ``I think Jerry would like to play here, but there's always parameters that you have to work out in a contract, there's...

Third House panel opens steroids inquiry (AP)
A third congressional committee opened an investigation into steroids in U.S. sports, asking Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL and their unions to turn over documents about their drug programs. House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, and ranking Democrat John Conyers of Michigan sent 13 letters Friday asking for ``any and all policies, protocols,...

Star struck
DALLAS – In the aftermath of an MVP season, Steve Nash has lifted his game to a level that has Steve in awe.

Suns, Spurs to decide best in West (AP)
With an offense as relentless as the Arizona heat, the Phoenix Suns are trampling the conventional wisdom about defense being the way to go this time of year. Through two rounds of the playoffs, MVP Steve Nash and crew have taken the league's highest scoring average in 10 years and jacked it up nearly six points a game.

O'Neal hopeful for start of East finals (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal's availability for the start of the Eastern Conference finals was shrouded in mystery Saturday, his bruised right thigh still a source of concern. The Detroit Pistons aren't necessarily believing the story, however. O'Neal practiced with the Miami Heat on Saturday, participating in some 5-on-5, full-contact, full-court basketball for the first time in 11 days.

Shaq stands in Pistons' path -- again (AP)
The Pistons knew Shaq would probably be in their way again. When Shaquille O'Neal was traded to Miami, the Pistons figured they would likely face the All-Star center in the Eastern Conference playoffs after beating him and the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's NBA Finals. ``It's going to be a battle royal,'' Tayshaun Prince said after Detroit eliminated Indiana in the conference semifinals Thursday...

Suns' Johnson will play when ready (AP)
Once Joe Johnson says he's ready to play again, the Phoenix Suns will happily welcome him back. Doctors told Johnson on Friday that the surgically repaired area around his left eye has healed enough that he can return to the court, so the only obstacle left is him getting comfortable with the protective mask he'll have to wear.

Spurs bruised, but ready for West finals (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs are battered and bruised after their six-game playoff series with the Seattle SuperSonics. They're determined to be ready, however, by the time the Western Conference finals start. The Spurs eliminated the SuperSonics on Thursday night when Tim Duncan banked in a short runner with less than a second remaining, and now they await the winner of the Phoenix-Dallas series.

Prince helps put the `D' in Detroit (AP)
Tayshaun Prince has earned a reputation as one of the NBA's best defenders with his long arms, excellent instincts, relentlessness and solid track record against stars. Detroit's lanky forward will get a chance for even more respect when he matches up with Miami's Dwyane Wade in the Eastern Conference finals.

Mavs excited about the future (AP)
If Steve Nash wasn't such a big reason the Dallas Mavericks are out of the playoffs, it would be a lot easier for them to feel good about everything they accomplished this season. Even before owner Mark Cuban decided not to re-sign the team's offensive linchpin last summer, the Mavericks already were moving in a new direction, one that emphasized defense.

Third House panel opens steroids inquiry (AP)
A third congressional committee opened an investigation into steroids in U.S. sports, asking Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL and their unions to turn over documents about their drug programs. House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, and ranking Democrat John Conyers of Michigan sent 13 letters Friday asking for ``any and all policies, protocols,...

Pacers prepare for life without Reggie (AP)
Reggie Miller had been preparing for the moment for several years, handing the team leadership over to younger, more athletic players and getting the Indiana Pacers ready to move on without him. When Miller's NBA career ended with a playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, the transition was complete.

NHL, Players Association meet for fourth straight day (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association completed a fourth straight day of extended meetings Friday but tempered the raised optimism of a possible accord.

NHL says 'some progress' made in negotiations with union (AP)
The NHL and players' union made some progress Friday and promised further negotiations after 22 hours of talks over two days. Negotiators for the players and the owners held discussions for eight hours Friday, and plan to get together again sometime next week, although that hasn't been worked out yet between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow.

State drops assault charge against hockey team owner (AP)
State prosecutors dropped an assault charge against the owner of a minor league hockey team who was accused of punching a referee after a game last December. Senior Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III said he believed there wasn't enough evidence to convict Danbury Trashers owner James Galante of the misdemeanor assault charge.

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.

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.

Change for the better?
CONCORD, N.C. – Changing crew chiefs midseason is risky, but such a move can pay dividends.

Martin wins NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge (SportsTicker)


Martin wins All-Star race in retirement year (AP)
In a throwback paint scheme that honored his glory years, Mark Martin raced as if he was in the prime of his career.

Big wreck forces red flag in first segment of All-Star Challenge (AP)
Bad boy Kevin Harvick was right in the middle of another big wreck. This time, it wasn't his fault.

Kyle Busch wins NCTS Quaker Steak & Lube 200 (SportsTicker)


No surprises: Newman on the pole for All-Star Challenge (AP)
CONCORD, N.C. - Aided by a 13-second pit stop, Newman sped to the pole for the Nextel All-Star Challenge, edging...

Driver convicted in fatal limo wreck (AP)
A man whose truck rammed a limousine, sparking a fire that killed the wife of a former NASCAR crew chief and two others, was convicted Friday of three counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to five to six years in prison.

Kahne's team wins Pit Crew Challenge (AP)
Kasey Kahne's team won the Nextel Pit Crew Challenge -- one of two contests aimed at showcasing the skills of NASCAR's behind-the-scenes players -- by beating Jamie McMurray's team in the final round Thursday night.

Grow Up: NASCAR tired of Busch's bad behavior (AP)
CONCORD, N.C. – Kurt Busch has been ordered by NASCAR to start behaving like a champion.

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