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NEWS FROM 2005-05-24
Pistons Defeat Heat 90-81 in Game 1 (AP)
AP - The defending champions kept finding mismatches and exploiting them. The challengers kept finding themselves playing from behind, and they simply couldn't cope. Whether it was Tayshaun Prince outsizing Dwyane Wade, Rasheed Wallace taking his man outside or Chauncey Billups getting the better of Damon Jones, the Detroit Pistons played calmly and intelligently for 48 minutes and defeated the Miami Heat 90-81 Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
76ers Fire O'Brien, Name Cheeks Coach (AP)
AP - Jim O'Brien was fired Monday after one season as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and replaced by former Portland coach Maurice Cheeks, one of the most popular players in franchise history.
Reds Beat Nationals, Lose Closer Graves (AP)
AP - Slumping Jason LaRue had three hits off Esteban Loaiza, including a solo homer, and the Cincinnati Reds recovered from the shock of losing closer Danny Graves by beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Monday night.
Martinez Leads Indians Over Twins 2-1 (AP)
AP - Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning off J.C. Romero sent the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in a peaceful series opener between the bitter AL Central rivals on Monday night.
Suns' Johnson Out for Game 2 Vs. Spurs (AP)
AP - Phoenix Suns guard Joe Johnson will not play in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night but is expected to practice on Thursday and might be ready for Game 3.
Titans' Calico Cited for Public Indecency (AP)
AP - Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tyrone Calico has been cited for public indecency for having sex with an 18-year-old woman in his sport utility vehicle.
NBA-Wallace leads Pistons to Game One win over Heat (Reuters)
Reuters - Rasheed Wallace scored 20 points and
pulled down 10 rebounds as a solid Detroit Pistons defeated the
Heat 90-81 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals
in Miami on Monday.
This Date in Baseball - May 24 (AP)
AP - 1918 — Cleveland's Stan Coveleski pitched 19 innings in the Indians' 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Former pitcher Joe Wood hit a home run for the win.
United Sends Petke to Rapids for Henderson (AP)
AP - D.C. United traded defender Mike Petke to the Colorado Rapids on Monday for midfielder Chris Henderson.
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.
WASHINGTON – The clock is winding down on the current collective bargaining agreement, and NFL owners are split on their approach for the next one.
Patriots bring back Troy Brown (AP)
Two-way Troy is coming back for a 12th season with the New England Patriots. Receiver-turned-defensive back Troy Brown, whose willingness and ability to play both ways made him the face of the Super Bowl champions' team-first philosophy, agreed Monday to a one-year contract with the team. ``In this era, it is very unusual for a player to remain with one team for as long as Troy's career as a...
Calico cited for public indecency (AP)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tyrone Calico has been cited for public indecency for having sex with an 18-year-old woman in his sport utility vehicle. Metro Nashville police said Calico, 24, was issued the misdemeanor citation early on May 12 near Nashville's Music Row area. A police officer found the player and Domonike Wheeler, 18, having sex in the back seat of Calico's Cadillac Escalade,...
Bruschi 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.
Tillman's family rips Army (AP)
The family of former NFL player Pat Tillman says the Army disrespected his memory by lying in its investigation of his death in Afghanistan last year. In interviews with The Washington Post, the Army Ranger's mother and father said they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country.
Dolphins sign Traylor to two-year deal (AP)
The Miami Dolphins signed free agent defensive tackle Keith Traylor to a two-year contract Monday. The 6-foot-2, 340-pound Traylor was released by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots earlier this month. Miami is the fifth NFL stop for Traylor, a 13-year veteran who was drafted as a linebacker by Denver in the third round of the 1991 draft.
Bears release DB McQuarters (AP)
The Chicago Bears released defensive back R.W. McQuarters on Monday. McQuarters, who signed a $21 million contract extension with the Bears in January 2002 that ran through 2006, was acquired by the Bears in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. In five seasons in Chicago, McQuarters had 295 tackles and nine interceptions.
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.
Barry-ing the Suns
Phoenix may need one of its own role players to contribute the way Brent Barry did for the Spurs in Game 1.
Shaq returns, but Pistons top Heat (AP)
The mismatches favored the Detroit Pistons, and the defending champions kept finding and exploiting them. Whether it was Tayshaun Prince outsizing Dwyane Wade, Rasheed Wallace taking his man outside or Chauncey Billups getting the better of Damon Jones, the Detroit Pistons played calmly and intelligently for 48 minutes and defeated the Miami Heat 90-81 Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern...
Sixers replace O'Brien with Cheeks (AP)
Maurice Cheeks is running the show again for the Philadelphia 76ers. In a surprising move nearly three weeks following the end of their season, the Sixers fired Jim O'Brien on Monday after one season as coach and replaced him with Cheeks, one of the most popular players in franchise history. ``Mo is family.
Magic general manager Weisbrod resigns (AP)
John Weisbrod always had his eyes on the prize, just not the one the Orlando Magic were shooting for. Weisbrod resigned as the general manager of the Magic on Monday only 14 months after the former pro hockey player was hired to rebuild a moribund franchise in his own hard-nosed style. He will now return to hockey and pursue opportunities in the sport he truly loves.
Suns' Johnson out for Game 2 (AP)
Phoenix Suns guard Joe Johnson will not play in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night but is expected to practice on Thursday and might be ready for Game 3. The three-day layoff between games will give the injured Suns' starter needed time to get ready for a possible return for Game 3 on Saturday night in San Antonio.
Wade struggles against Pistons (AP)
Dwyane Wade's marvelous postseason has hit its first snag. Not coincidentally, the Miami Heat are dealing with a loss for the first time in these NBA playoffs. Wade, the Heat's superstar second-year guard, was hassled and harangued Monday night by the Detroit Pistons, who held him to 16 points on 7-for-25 shooting in their 90-81 win over Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Mavs' Finley to have surgery (AP)
Dallas Mavericks swingman Michael Finley expects to have surgery because of a bone chip in his right ankle that bothered him most of the season. Finley said Monday he never wanted the ankle injury to be an excuse for any struggles he had this season. He left the Mavericks' fifth game in November with what the team called a sprained ankle and missed 15 games before returning Dec.
Spurs surge past Suns 121-114 in Game 1 (AP)
Now that the San Antonio Spurs have proven they can outscore anyone, even the Phoenix Suns, point guard Tony Parker really wants to show off. ``Tony would like to score 180 and just run all day long,'' coach Gregg Popovich said. ``I don't have enough guts to do that.'' OK, so the Spurs aren't quite ready to remind everyone of their ABA roots.
Lax defense dooms Phoenix in opener (AP)
Awesome offense, dreadful defense. Deserved or not, that's the image of the Phoenix Suns, a perception magnified by their fourth-quarter flameout against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Suns were buried in an avalanche of 3-pointers, layups and hook shots by Tim Duncan in a 43-point final quarter that lifted the Spurs to a 121-114 victory.
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.
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.
In Kansas anymore?
CONCORD, N.C. – Kansas City would be a bad location for NASCAR's Hall of Fame.
All-Star race doesn't change Martin's retirement plans (AP)
Mark Martin has no regrets and no second thoughts about his impending retirement. He is positive that this season will be his last at NASCAR's highest level.
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.