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Pistons Beat Heat 106-96, Knot Series at 2 (AP)
AP - Larry Brown will return to Detroit to coach at least one more game. His defending champion Pistons made sure of it.

Red Sox Blast Orioles 5-1; Damon Hurt (AP)
AP - Wade Miller scattered five hits over seven innings to rebound from an awful outing, and the Boston Red Sox broke through against Daniel Cabrera on Tuesday night to beat the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles 5-1.

Phillies Ride Wolf's Arm, Top Giants 5-2 (AP)
AP - Randy Wolf pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Chase Utley had a two-run single in the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Halsey, Diamondbacks Dismantle Mets 7-0 (AP)
AP - Rookie left-hander Brad Halsey shut out New York for seven innings Tuesday night, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 7-0.

Rangers Rip Tigers, Push Win Streak to 9 (AP)
AP - Kenny Rogers allowed three hits in seven innings, setting a team record with his sixth win of the month, and the Texas Rangers stretched their winning streak to nine games with an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Packers Excuse Favre From June Minicamp (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman is excusing Brett Favre from the team's voluntary minicamp that starts Wednesday, saying he wants the quarterback to be raring to go when training camp starts in July.

Hamilton, Wallace dominate, Pistons tie series (Reuters)
Reuters - Richard Hamilton had 28 points and eight assists and Rasheed Wallace added 20 points as the Detroit Pistons evened the Eastern Conference Finals with a 106-96 win over the Miami Heat in Auburn Hills on Tuesday.

Royals Hire Buddy Bell As Manager (AP)
AP - Buddy Bell faces a daunting rebuilding project with a team that could be headed for record losses, and he's promising no quick turnaround for the Kansas City Royals.

MetroStars Nick Fire 2-1 (AP)
AP - Amado Guevara curled a 20-yard shot into the upper-right corner of the net in second-half injury time, giving the MetroStars a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Tuesday night in Major League Soccer.

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.

Read and React: Mum's not the word
Malcolm Glazer gained plenty of attention by saying nothing about Man U at the NFL owners meetings.

Packers to retire Reggie White's number (AP)
The Green Bay Packers will retire Reggie White's number at halftime ceremonies of their home opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 18. Team president Bob Harlan said he had told White before his death last December that he wanted to add his No. 92 to the retired numbers listed in the north end zone at Lambeau Field.

Packers excuse Favre from June minicamp (AP)
Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman is excusing Brett Favre from the team's voluntary minicamp that starts Wednesday, saying he wants the quarterback to be raring to go when training camp starts in July. Sherman also asked Favre to skip the post-draft minicamp this spring because of the emotional wear and tear he had been under the previous 18 months, when he lost his father to a heart attack,...

Lions DE Kalimba Edwards arrested (AP)
Kalimba Edwards of the Detroit Lions was arraigned Tuesday on charges of resisting arrest and failing to produce a driver's license during a weekend traffic stop. According to Michigan State Police, the Lions' defensive end refused to show his license after being pulled over by a trooper Sunday evening in Southfield.

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.

Suns haven't set
With its Game 4 win Monday, Phoenix suddenly is in position to make its series with the Spurs interesting.

Hamilton keys Pistons tying series 2-2 (AP)
Larry Brown's uncertain future was not a distraction to the Detroit Pistons. On the contrary, it was barely in their thoughts. Detroit ensured that the Eastern Conference finals will last at least six games, getting a big performance from Richard Hamilton on both ends of the court to defeat the Miami Heat 106-96 Tuesday night in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series.

Brown won't confirm report he's gone (AP)
Larry Brown was defensive, testy and defiant Tuesday in reacting to a report that he already had agreed to become president of the Cleveland Cavaliers, sticking with his story that he wants to keep coaching. ESPN.com, quoting two anonymous league sources, said Brown decided to accept a front-office position with Cleveland.

Johnson's return a difference for Suns (AP)
Nobody would've blamed Joe Johnson if he sat out the rest of the playoffs. After all, it was only a few weeks ago that four metal plates were attached to his skull, held down by 18 screws, all because of a shattered bone near his left eye that left him looking like someone who'd fought a young Mike Tyson.

Wade given star treatment by Pistons (AP)
When Dwyane Wade had the basketball, Miami's star guard was covered by one Detroit Piston and monitored by the other four. When Wade didn't have the ball, the Pistons did their best to keep it that way. Wade still managed to score 28 points, but after he had 76 in the previous two games, the Pistons had to be pleased especially because they beat the Heat 106-96 Tuesday night and evened the Eastern...

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.

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 then he went 3-for-12 and the Phoenix Suns averted a sweep by beating the Spurs 111-106.

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.

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?

Judge allows public to see edited version of Earnhardt contract (AP)
The public will be allowed to review an edited version of Dale Earnhardt's contract introduced as evidence in a lawsuit against an insurance company that denied a $3.7 million claim in his death, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Charlotte, four other contenders offer bids for NASCAR shrine (AP)
Rarely has a red toolbox seen such an escort.

Gordon meant no disrespect of Patrick in weight comments (AP)
Robby Gordon was not being critical of Danica Patrick when he said she had an unfair weight advantage in the Indianapolis 500. Rather, he said he was simply discussing a flaw in the Indy Racing League's rules.

Indy 500 champion remains in Danica's shadow (AP)
Dan Wheldon stood up in his replica race car on a busy Manhattan street and lifted his index finger to photographers, almost as a reminder that he, not Danica Patrick, had won the Indianapolis 500. As Wheldon posed, a man passing by peered through the crowd to get a glimpse. ``Where's the girl?'' he asked.

New surface plays role in record 22 cautions in Coca-Cola 600 (AP)
Altering the track surface at Lowe's Motor Speedway was supposed to create a more competitive race. Instead, it helped turn the Coca-Cola 600 into a demolition derby.

Drag racer killed at South Carolina track (AP)
A drag racer was killed after his car crashed into a guard rail in front of about 100 spectators. Harold Dean Martin, 53, died at Orangeburg Drag Strip on Sunday afternoon due to severe head injuries after he was partially ejected from his 1960s-era Chevrolet Nova, coroner Samuetta Marshall said. Martin was testing his car's engine to see how fast it could go, and crashed as he tried to slow down...

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.

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