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Spurs Take 2-0 Lead Over Suns in Series (AP)
AP - San Antonio's Tim Duncan scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and Manu Ginobili and Robert Horry made key baskets in the last 2:33, giving the Spurs a 111-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Cubs Rally in 8th to Beat Astros 4-2 (AP)
AP - First, the Houston Astros lost Roger Clemens to a groin injury. Then, they lost the game. After Clemens shut out the Chicago Cubs for five innings on two hits before leaving with tightness in his groin, they rallied for four runs in the eighth Tuesday night to beat the Astros 4-2.

Morneau Sends Twins to Win Over Indians (AP)
AP - Justin Morneau dropped in a three-run double just out of center fielder Grady Sizemore's reach with two outs in the 11th inning, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Bucks Win NBA Lottery, Get First Pick (AP)
AP - After a season of injuries, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the odds and won the NBA lottery on Tuesday night, creating exciting possibilities for next month's draft.

Reds Edge Out Nationals 4-3 in 14 Innings (AP)
AP - Reliever Randy Keisler's first career hit and RBI gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in 14 innings Tuesday night.

Vikings Sign Kicker Paul Edinger (AP)
AP - Paul Edinger is ready for a fresh start, and the Minnesota Vikings were happy to give him one. The Vikings cranked up their kicker competition Tuesday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with Edinger, who was cut earlier this month by the Chicago Bears after spending the previous five seasons with them.

Bucks get top pick in next month's draft (Reuters)
Reuters - The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA lottery in Secaucus, New York on Tuesday, giving them the first pick in this year's draft.

Gonzalez, Thomas Remain Hitless in Minors (AP)
AP - Cleveland's Juan Gonzalez and Chicago's Frank Thomas were both hitless Tuesday night in the first minor league game featuring two major league MVPs in nine seasons.

Norway Beats Costa Rica 1-0 in Soccer (AP)
AP - Frode Johnsen scored on a header with 12 minutes remaining to give Norway a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.

NHL, Players' Union to Resume Labor Talks (AP)
AP - Hoping to build off momentum from last week, the NHL and the players' association will resume labor talks Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago, back in a smaller-group format and without their respective leaders.

Saints on the march?
WASHINGTON – Saints owner Tom Benson says he is committed to staying in New Orleans – through this season.

NFL bans horse-collar tackles (AP)
NFL owners eliminated the horse-collar tackle Tuesday, then maintained the suspense for at least one more day regarding the sale of the Minnesota Vikings and the selection of a site for the 2009 Super Bowl. Beyond those formalities, the first day of a two-day owners' meeting put on full display stark differences among the teams over revenue sharing, which need to be resolved before a new...

Congress proposes drug-test legislation (AP)
Athletes in the four major U.S. professional leagues would be subject to two-year bans for a first positive drug test under legislation proposed Tuesday that would put the sports' steroid policies under the White House drug czar. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., and ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of California in introducing the Clean...

Brown returns to Patriots family (AP)
Free agent receiver Troy Brown was comparing offers from the Patriots and Saints when his 6-year-old son, Sir'mon, weighed in. ``He just said, 'I want you to play for the Patriots. No, Daddy. I don't want you to go anywhere. I want you to play for the Patriots,''' Brown said Tuesday after reporting to New England.

Study: NFL making steps toward diversity (AP)
Racial diversity within NFL coaching staffs and front offices is improving while its players' union continued to excel, according to a University of Central Florida study. Richard Lapchick of UCF's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the NFL grades of B for race and a D-plus for gender, although the league has a higher percentage of woman executives at the very top than the other...

Vikings sign kicker Paul Edinger (AP)
Paul Edinger is ready for a fresh start, and the Minnesota Vikings were happy to give him one. The Vikings cranked up their kicker competition Tuesday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with Edinger, who was cut earlier this month by the Chicago Bears after spending the previous five seasons with them.

Marino sees Dolphins on the right track (AP)
So far, Dan Marino likes what he sees from new Miami coach Nick Saban. And if Saban decides Ricky Williams' return is good for the Dolphins, then count Marino as a supporter of the move. Marino said Tuesday that he believes the Dolphins could eventually get past the Williams retirement saga that played a role in sending the proud franchise to one of its worst seasons, a 4-12 last season.

Punter Sauerbrun pleads guilty to DWI (AP)
Denver Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun pleaded guilty Monday to driving while impaired and was placed on a year's unsupervised probation and fined $100. Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Todd Owens also ordered Sauerbrun not to drive in North Carolina for 30 days. While playing for the Carolina Panthers, Sauerbrun was arrested in December near downtown Charlotte.

It's tough to Wade through Pistons' muck
MIAMI – The Heat will sink unless Dwyane Wade settles down, and he can.

Spurs know Game 1 was only a good start (AP)
The only way Tim Duncan's aching ankles are going to feel better is with rest, and the only way he'll get it is if the San Antonio Spurs sweep the Western Conference finals. Thanks to Duncan, they're halfway there. And they're heading back to San Antonio, where the Phoenix Suns -- this season's best road team -- will have to deal with a 2-0 series deficit against the NBA's toughest team at home.

Bucks win NBA Draft Lottery (AP)
After a season of injuries, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the odds and won the NBA lottery on Tuesday night, creating exciting possibilities for next month's draft. The Bucks, who had only a 6.3 percent chance of winning the lottery, now have the options of dealing the No. 1 pick in the June 28 draft, using it to entice Michael Redd to re-sign or simply choosing a talented player like center Andrew...

Magic hire Brian Hill as new coach (AP)
The Orlando Magic reached back to their successful past Tuesday and hired Brian Hill as their new coach. Hill, an assistant with the New Jersey Nets the last two seasons, took the Magic to their only NBA Finals appearance in 1995. In three-plus seasons with Orlando, he won a franchise-leading 191 games against 104 losses, and his .647 winning percentage also is the best in team history.

Shaq wasn't the same after first rest (AP)
Relief was the overwhelming sensation Ben Wallace felt when he saw Shaquille O'Neal sent to the bench for a rest just six minutes into the first quarter of Game 1. ``Four dunks,'' Wallace recalled. ``I don't think he looked like he was winded at all. To me, he looked like he was gaining strength.'' Coach Stan Van Gundy removed O'Neal at the behest of the Miami Heat's medical staff, which wanted...

Congress proposes drug-test legislation (AP)
Athletes in the four major U.S. professional leagues would be subject to two-year bans for a first positive drug test under legislation proposed Tuesday that would put the sports' steroid policies under the White House drug czar. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined House Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., and ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of California in introducing the Clean...

Cheeks, Iverson glad to be reunited (AP)
Maurice Cheeks got his dream job. Allen Iverson has the coach he always wanted. Cheeks and Iverson were reunited in Philadelphia on Tuesday, a day after the 76ers fired Jim O'Brien and replaced him with Cheeks, one of the most popular players in franchise history. ``I'm excited about being here. It's a place I've always loved,'' Cheeks said at a news conference held in the Wachovia Spectrum, where he...

Masked Johnson aims for Game 3 return (AP)
Wearing a clear mask that stuck to his cheeks more with every drop of sweat, Suns guard Joe Johnson on Tuesday went through his longest workout since breaking a bone near his left eye, then said ``there's a good chance'' he'll return for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. ``I don't want to speak too soon, but we're shooting for it,'' Johnson said.

Wade struggles against Pistons in opener (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 ankle 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.

NHL labor talks to be held Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago (AP)
Hoping to build off momentum from last week, the NHL and the players' association will resume labor talks Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago, back in a smaller-group format and without their respective leaders. The sides are returning to the table just five days after concluding four straight days of meetings that featured 22 hours of full negotiations between Thursday and Friday.

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.

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.

Where's Ward?
Ward Burton would like to race again, but only with a top-notch team.

Smith proposes monorail project from Hall of Fame to Speedway (AP)
Race track mogul Bruton Smith suggested on Tuesday that a monorail be built to connect a proposed NASCAR Hall of Fame to Lowe's Motor Speedway, and pledged $50 million of his personal funds to jump-start the effort.

Hmiel replaces Rondeau as Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief (SportsTicker)
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - NASCAR's most popular driver is an unpopular 11th in the point standings. As a result, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get the services of a new crew chief.

Slumping Earnhardt changes crew chiefs (AP)
Still seeking his first win of the season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Tuesday replaced his crew chief in an attempt to turn his team around.

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)


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