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NEWS FROM 2005-05-30
Heat Shut Down Pistons in 113-104 Victory (AP)
AP - On a night when Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal were better in the first half than they were in the final two quarters, the Heat didn't need either of them to be the key factor in their 113-104 victory over Detroit on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Wheldon Holds Off Patrick, Wins Indy 500 (AP)
AP - Dan Wheldon overcame an electrifying run by Danica Patrick and ended 35 years of fabled Andretti bad luck to win the Indianapolis 500 Sunday.
Wells Leads BoSox to 7-2 Win Over Yankees (AP)
AP - Wearing a new number on his broad back, David Wells was in top form against his old team. Wells emerged from an ugly slump by pitching into the ninth inning, and David Ortiz hit two long home runs to lead the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 7-2 Sunday night.
Rangers Blow Out White Sox With 12-4 Win (AP)
AP - Jon Garland will have to wait even longer for the chance to be a nine-game winner. Kevin Mench hit a three-run homer, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 12-4 Sunday.
Johnson Wins Third-Consecutive Coca-Cola (AP)
AP - Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallied from a lap down to get back in the top 10, then crashed himself and teammate Michael Waltrip with a crucial mistake Sunday night.
Colts Safety Arrested on Gun Charges (AP)
AP - Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss was arrested Sunday on gun charges. Police heard five or six shots coming from outside a restaurant around 2:20 a.m., and found shell casings in the area and a gun in Doss' vehicle, according to a statement issued by the Akron Police Department.
Wade and O'Neal lead Heat past foul-plagued Pistons (Reuters)
Reuters - Dwyane Wade scored 36 points and
Shaquille O'Neal added 24 as the Miami Heat beat the Detroit
Pistons 113-104 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference finals
in Auburn Hills on Sunday.
Bagged Moose: Boston Knocks Out Mussina (AP)
AP - Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees completed a performance that was as bad as "Moose Murders." The infamous Broadway debacle closed after one performance in 1983. The Yankees' sorry showing against the Red Sox over the weekend lasted three. Boston won Sunday night's finale 7-2 to take two of three in the series.
Ronaldo Still Wants to Be Released (AP)
AP - Ronaldo reiterated his desire to skip the Confederations Cup on Sunday despite coach Carlos Alberto Parreira's suggestion that he could lose his spot on the national team if he refuses to play.
London Knights Win 1st Memorial Cup Title (AP)
AP - Adam Dennis made 27 saves, and Danny Fritsche had a goal and two assists to help the London Knights beat the Rimouski Oceanic 4-0 on Sunday for their first Memorial Cup title.
Mum Glazer only making matters worse
WASHINGTON – Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer was bold to acquire Manchester United, yet he won't utter a word on the subject.
Burress camp: WR doesn't owe taxes (AP)
Plaxico Burress' agent and attorney say the New York Giants wide receiver doesn't owe local township and school district wage taxes. A district judge who represents suburban Moon Township, where Burress lived part-time while he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2000-2003, issued an arrest warrant for Burress on Thursday after he failed to appear at a delinquent tax claim hearing Wednesday.
Colts' Doss arrested on gun charges (AP)
Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss was arrested Sunday on gun charges. Police heard five or six shots coming from outside a restaurant around 2:20 a.m., and found shell casings in the area and a gun in Doss' vehicle, according to a statement issued by the Akron Police Department. The 24-year-old Doss was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm within city limits, inducing...
Romanowski, Williams settle legal case (AP)
Former Oakland Raiders teammates Marcus Williams and Bill Romanowski are settling their legal dispute. Williams sued his former teammate after getting hit in the face by Romanowski during a practice drill in 2003. The pair announced Friday that Romanowski is agreeing to pay $415,000 to resolve the litigation.
Browns' Winslow: 'I humbly apologize' (AP)
Kellen Winslow Jr. apologized to Browns fans on Thursday for his reckless use of a motorcycle and confirmed that he will miss the upcoming season because of injuries sustained in the crash. Winslow tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and suffered unspecified internal injuries on May 1 when he wrecked his high-powered motorcycle while attempting tricks in a secluded parking lot...
Bledsoe: Parcells easier on veterans (AP)
Drew Bledsoe is finding there's a difference between playing for Bill Parcells fresh out of college as the No. 1 overall draft pick and as a 12-year veteran quarterback. On their first day back on the field together in eight years, Parcells on Friday was content mostly watching Bledsoe from a distance during the start of the Dallas Cowboys' only veteran minicamp before training camp.
Football is fun again, so Rice plays on (AP)
After years in the spotlight, Jerry Rice wants to enjoy the twilight. More concerned with having fun than trying to live up to the expectations thrust upon football's greatest receiver, Rice was hungry for a 21st season. That's why he signed with the Denver Broncos, who aren't rolling out the red carpet, but are simply asking him to come in, try to make the team and, if he does, to help them win a...
The wrong way
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Pistons pride themselves on playing basketball the right way. On Sunday they were all wrong.
Pistons self-destruct, Heat take Game 3 (AP)
The final score showed that the Heat defeated the Pistons. The story of the game, however, was how the Pistons beat themselves. On a night when Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal were better in the first half than they were in the final two quarters, the Heat didn't need either of them to be the key factor in their 113-104 victory over Detroit on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference...
Defense key to Spurs' success (AP)
After all they've accomplished this season, the Phoenix Suns are taking an incredibly humble goal into what could be their 2004-05 finale. They want to win the first quarter. Don't laugh. The Suns have been way behind going into the second quarter of every game and they consider that a big reason why they trail the San Antonio Spurs 3-0 in the Western Conference finals heading into Game 4 on Monday...
Hunter gives Pistons hope against Wade (AP)
Lindsey Hunter gave the Detroit Pistons a glimmer of hope in their quest to slow down Dwyane Wade. Wade did score 36 points, leading the Miami Heat to a 113-104 victory Sunday night over Detroit and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. But when the second-year guard was defended by Hunter, a 12-year veteran, he ran into his only difficulties during his sensational game.
Timberwolves interview Carlesimo (AP)
San Antonio Spurs assistant P.J. Carlesimo interviewed for the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching job during a break of the Western Conference finals. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he received permission from the Spurs to speak to Carlesimo on Friday, an off day for the Spurs in their series against Phoenix.
Johnson's return fails to spark Suns (AP)
Joe Johnson's return wasn't the emotional difference the Phoenix Suns hoped it would be. Wearing a mask to protect his fractured left eye socket, Johnson put up decent numbers Saturday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against San Antonio, finishing with 15 points, three assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes.
Medical problem may force Brown to quit (AP)
An unspoken secret seems to envelop the Detroit Pistons, the expectation that Larry Brown won't be around next season. The broad outline of an exit strategy is already in place for the coach, the future day-to-day developments sketched out in pencil. All indications point to another of Brown's many departures, with doctors' orders already the designated culprit.
Shaq, Heat struggling with health woes (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal isn't the only Miami Heat player with injury concerns. While O'Neal's bruised right thigh has been a source of daily concern for several weeks, he's just one of many Heat players spending as much -- or perhaps more -- time in the training room than on the practice floor. Three starters -- O'Neal, Damon Jones and Udonis Haslem -- and reserve forward Christian Laettner all were...
House committee moves steroid bill along (AP)
Legislation that would set minimum steroid-testing rules and penalties for the four major U.S. professional sports was rubber-stamped Thursday by a House committee. The Government Reform Committee made no changes before giving its approval to the Clean Sports Act, sponsored by chairman Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican.
Wizards' Jamison has knee surgery (AP)
Washington Wizards forward Antawn Jamison had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and the team said Wednesday he's expected to make a full recovery before training camp begins in October. Jamison had scar tissue removed Tuesday in Los Angeles. The All-Star battled tendinitis in the knee for most of the second half of the season.
Stumped by the suits
We should be watching playoff hockey. Instead we're left with "Stump The Schwab."
London Knights win Memorial Cup (AP)
Adam Dennis made 27 saves, and Danny Fritsche had a goal and two assists to help the London Knights beat the Rimouski Oceanic 4-0 on Sunday for their first Memorial Cup title. David Bolland, Rob Schremp and Bryan Rodney also scored for the Ontario Hockey League champion Knights, ranked No. 1 in the CHL the entire season en route to a 59-7-2 record.
Devils burning mad over proposal to change team name (AP)
What chance do the New Jersey Devils give a proposal that would give the NHL team a less demonic name? Think hell freezing over. ``I can assure you the Devils name will never change, and I think there are more important things to be thinking about than something that will never happen,'' chief executive officer Lou Lamoriello said.
Report: Labor meetings to continue Wednesday (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Had the NHL and the Players Association met this often last year, the 2004-05 season may not have gone by the wayside.
ESPN declines NHL option for next season (AP)
ESPN will not pick up a $60-million option to retain NHL broadcasting rights for next season, the network said Saturday. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said the network would have further comment next week. The option deadline is Wednesday. The decision was first reported by the Los Angeles Times and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada.
From Gretzky to Crosby; NHL pins hopes on prodigy (AP)
The prediction seemed preposterous at the time: A kid named Sidney Crosby had the potential to one day challenge Wayne Gretzky's records. What gave the words weight was their source: Gretzky himself. Two years later, little has changed in the opinion of ``The Great One,'' still enamored of Crosby, the 17-year-old prodigy dubbed ``The Next One.'' ``We're always looking for guys to be the...
Report: ESPN severs ties with NHL (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The hits just keep on coming for the NHL.
Two days of NHL labor talks end; sides to meet next week (AP)
Progress was reported Thursday for the second straight week in labor talks between the NHL and the players' association. Both sides issued brief statements, but didn't reveal many details of what was discussed. Players' association senior director Ted Saskin said he expected NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Bob Goodenow to schedule new meetings soon.
Czech Republic names Hadamczik coach (SportsTicker)
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Ticker) - Less than two weeks after Vladimir Ruzicka rode off into the sunset, the Czech Republic has found a replacement.
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.
Languishing at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. – The race that wouldn't end produced some excitement after all.
No more jokes about women drivers (AP)
No more jokes about women drivers. The moratorium starts right here, right now. A splash more fuel, one less mistake, a little more racing luck or a few less capable predators chasing her to the finish line and Danica Patrick might have won the Indy 500 on Sunday. As it was, she turned in one of the most stirring rookie runs ever, coming back from a stalled car in the pits and a spinout on the track...
Jimmie Johnson wins crash-filled NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (SportsTicker)
Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
His first two wins were immensely popular. This one earned Jimmie Johnson a shower of boos and beer cans.
DEI teammates ignite five-car wreck in Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallied from a lap down to get back in the top 10, then crashed himself and teammate Michael Waltrip with a crucial mistake Sunday night.
Kyle Busch wins second straight Carquest Auto Parts 300 (SportsTicker)
Busch becomes fourth driver to repeat spring victory at Lowe's (AP)
A record number of cautions fell Kyle Busch's way and he did the rest, holding off a trio of fellow Nextel Cup regulars Saturday night to win the Busch Series Carquest 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Gordon says 100-pound Danica Patrick has unfair Indianapolis advantage (AP)
Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.
Judge in Earnhardt lawsuit agrees to withhold contract information (AP)
A judge hearing a challenge to an insurer's refusal to pay a $3.7 million death claim on the late race car driver Dale Earnhardt agreed Friday to withhold from the jury parts of Earnhardt's racing contract. Superior Court Judge Kimberly Taylor extended an earlier protective order Thursday at the request of the attorney for Richard Childress Racing -- Earnhardt's employer -- who argued some of the...