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Suns Stop Spurs to Stave Off Elimination (AP)
AP - Even if the Phoenix Suns don't come all the way back and make the NBA Finals, they're guaranteed of having at least one good memory from the Western Conference finals.

Orioles Cool Off Red Sox With 8-1 Win (AP)
AP - Rodrigo Lopez and the Baltimore Orioles shook off their weekend troubles and shut down the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox. Lopez won his second straight start following a long winless stretch, and the Orioles broke a season-high, three-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory Monday night.

Scoring Drought Continues for Astros (AP)
AP - Joe Randa homered and had three RBIs, and Aaron Harang struck out 10 Monday to spoil a solid effort by Roger Clemens and help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 9-0.

Nats Beat Braves 3-2 on Reversed Call (AP)
AP - A reversed umpire's call that turned Brian Jordan's apparent game-tying homer in the seventh inning into a foul ball helped the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday.

White Sox Catch Angels 5-4 in Ninth Inning (AP)
AP - Timo Perez, a replacement for the injured Frank Thomas, singled in two runs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

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.

Duncan, Spurs Falter at Free Throw Line (AP)
AP - If Tim Duncan shot free throws Monday night the way he did in the first three games of the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs would be resting and waiting for either Miami or Detroit.

Maddux Earns 308th Victory As Cubs Win (AP)
AP - Greg Maddux got his 308th victory and the Chicago Cubs moved above the .500 mark for the first time in a month, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Monday night.

Ronaldo Dropped From Brazil's Roster (AP)
AP - Ronaldo was dropped Monday from Brazil's roster for two World Cup qualifiers next month and the Confederations Cup.

NHL Labor Talks to Resume in Toronto (AP)
AP - Negotiations between the NHL and the players' association will resume Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto, first in another small-group setting and then in a full bargaining session.

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.

Colts S 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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

The wrong way
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Pistons pride themselves on playing basketball the right way. On Sunday they were all wrong.

Suns stave off elimination (AP)
Amare Stoudemire was tired of hearing how Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs were using their experience to teach the young Phoenix Suns a lesson in playoff basketball. So he showed how much he's learned. With a tremendous block of a dunk attempt by Duncan, two tough layups, two clutch rebounds and a steal -- all in the final 1:28 -- Stoudemire prodded the Suns to a 111-106 victory on Monday...

Sources: Mike Brown offered Cavs' job (AP)
Indiana Pacers assistant coach Mike Brown was offered Cleveland's head coaching job, two sources within the NBA told The Associated Press on Monday. Brown, who has been Rick Carlisle's top assistant the past two seasons and in the NBA for 13 years, was selected by owner Dan Gilbert to become LeBron James' next coach.

Larry Brown's future still an issue (AP)
Larry Brown made a hasty exit at practice Monday before anyone asked him about the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are eager to become Brown's next employer. But while Brown stayed silent on the issue, the rest of the league couldn't stop talking about a major subplot to the Eastern Conference finals that was threatening to become a distraction to the Detroit Pistons.

Duncan, Spurs falter at free throw line (AP)
If Tim Duncan shot free throws Monday night the way he did in the first three games of the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs would be resting and waiting for either Miami or Detroit. Duncan had made 33 of 36 foul shots coming into Game 4, but he went 3-for-12 and the Phoenix Suns averted a sweep by beating the Spurs 111-106.

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.

High school standout Green hires agent (AP)
High school star guard Gerald Green has hired an agent after applying last month for early entry in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 shooter from Houston's Gulf Shores Academy picked Andrew Vye of Atlanta-based Kauffman Sports Management, Green said in a release Monday. ``I believe their commitment to me as a player and to my career will be consistent,'' said Green, ranked the nation's top player by...

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.

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.

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.

Stumped by the suits
We should be watching playoff hockey. Instead we're left with "Stump The Schwab."

NHL labor talks to resume in Toronto (AP)
Negotiations between the NHL and the players' association will resume Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto, first in another small-group setting and then in a full bargaining session. The sides will be getting together for the fifth straight week, a schedule they plan to keep until a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out.

Hall of Fame linesman John D'Amico dies at 67 (AP)
John D'Amico, a Hockey Hall of Fame linesman who spent 23 years officiating before joining the NHL front office, died at 67. He died Sunday night, the league said Monday. ``John D'Amico brought a passion and dedication to his profession both on the ice as a linesman and later as a supervisor of officials,'' NHL executive vice president Jim Gregory said.

Hall of Fame linesman D'Amico passes away (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Hockey Hall of Fame linesman John D'Amico died Sunday, the National Hockey League announced Monday. He was 67.

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.

Coca-Cola 600 observations
Did fans enjoy all of the cautions and crashes? Did they think they were at Bristol?

Wreck with Waltrip reveals friction and infighting surrounding Earnhardt Jr. (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was jeered by the fans, criticized by his fired crew chief and ripped by his uncle, the man who typically has been his most loyal supporter.

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Jimmie Johnson ended a month of controversy by racing his way into the record books.

Jimmie Johnson wins crash-filled NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (SportsTicker)

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...

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