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Pistons Beat Heat 91-66 to Even Series (AP)
AP - The Detroit Pistons swarmed and swatted their way to a dominant defensive performance Saturday night to defeat the Miami Heat 91-66 and even the best-of-seven series at three games apiece.

Hansen Sends Mariners Past Devil Rays 6-5 (AP)
AP - Pinch-hitter Dave Hansen hit two-out single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, sending the Seattle Mariners past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-5 Saturday night.

Cubs Embarrass Padres in an Ugly 11-5 Game (AP)
AP - Greg Maddux won his 309th game, major league batting leader Derrek Lee had two hits during a seven-run fifth inning and the Chicago Cubs embarrassed the San Diego Padres 11-5 on Saturday night, their eighth win in nine games.

Ireland Stumbles in Qualifying Match (AP)
AP - Ireland damaged its chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup, allowing a pair of late goals Saturday night in a 2-2 tie with Israel. On a day with 32 qualifiers around the globe, Italy played a 0-0 tie at Norway and European champion Greece played a 0-0 tie at Turkey.

Redskins' Safety Charged With Assault (AP)
AP - Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm Saturday night after turning himself in to Miami-Dade County police. According to a police statement, Taylor pointed a gun at an unidentified person Wednesday during a dispute over two all-terrain vehicles he claimed were stolen. Taylor left the scene but returned about 10 minutes later and punched one person.

Colts Cornerback Nick Harper Arrested (AP)
AP - Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper was arrested Saturday for allegedly hitting his wife.

Heat Misses Wade in Game 6 Loss to Pistons (AP)
AP - Dwyane Wade was replaced by Rasual Butler in Miami's starting lineup and the dropoff was as severe as expected.

Report: Clemente Family Upset About Auction (AP)
AP - Roberto Clemente's family is upset that pieces of the plane he died in are being auctioned off, according to The New York Times. Lelands auction house is selling a light metal piece of the airplane, measuring 19 by 14 inches at its largest point, the paper report on its Web site Saturday night. That section has a minimum auction price of $1,500.

Revolution Tie With Wizards 1-1 (AP)
AP - The New England Revolution remained undefeated after a 1-1 tie against the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night.

Phantoms Beat Wolves 2-1 in Double-Overtime (AP)
AP - The Philadelphia Phantoms lived up to the aggressive, tight-checking style of their parent club, the Flyers, and beat the Chicago Wolves 2-1 in double-overtime Saturday night to take a two-game lead in the AHL's Calder Cup Finals.

Six Points: Imperfect storms
Ex-Hurricane stars Sean Taylor and Kellen Winslow Jr. are making waves for all the wrong reasons.

Redskins' Sean Taylor arrested (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm Saturday night after turning himself in to Miami-Dade County police. According to a police statement, Taylor pointed a gun at an unidentified person Wednesday during a dispute over two all-terrain vehicles he claimed were stolen.

Jamal Lewis ready to rejoin Ravens (AP)
Jamal Lewis walked into the room wearing an open-collared shirt, blue jeans and gleaming white sneakers. He brought along a new appreciation for his freedom. No more wearing those drab prison duds. No more getting up at 4:30 in the morning. No more eating the same ol' thing day after day. No more feeling like someone is watching his every move.

Abnormality found in Bruce's heart test (AP)
Isaac Bruce was held out of the St. Louis Rams minicamp Friday due to an irregularity in a heart test. ``His physical showed just a slight abnormality,'' coach Mike Martz said. ``He had a little glitch.'' After watching the first of two workouts Friday, Bruce said he believed the test was a mistake. He underwent a second test later in the day, although Martz said a specialist who normally administers...

Colts' Harper arrested for hitting wife (AP)
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper was arrested Saturday for allegedly hitting his wife. Deputies were called to the couple's home north of Indianapolis in the morning, Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter said. Harper's wife, Danielle, was treated for an eye injury but wasn't taken to a hospital, Carter said.

McNabb predicts Owens will end holdout (AP)
Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens aren't feuding. Or so says the Eagles' quarterback McNabb said Thursday he has talked to Owens since they exchanged verbal shots earlier this offseason. He insists his relationship with the All-Pro wide receiver isn't strained. ``We talked. Things are great,'' McNabb said with a hint of sarcasm.

Seubert practices, first time since 2003 (AP)
In some ways, New York Giants guard Rich Seubert felt like a rookie attending his first NFL minicamp. There was a sense of excitement, uncertainty and even giddiness being on the field with the guys for the first time. This was not the first time for the 26-year-old guard, however. It was just his first practice since breaking his right leg in three spots in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on...

Spielman leaves post at Dolphins' GM (AP)
Rick Spielman has left the Dolphins after five seasons helping oversee their personnel moves, as he became increasingly irrelevant with new coach Nick Saban having complete control over the roster. Spielman was promoted to general manager before last season, his fifth helping guide the team's personnel decisions.

Heat can't spare Wade
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Not since Adam has so much hinged on one guy's rib.

Pistons force Game 7, rout Heat (AP)
The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty. Obviously, they wanted to put this one behind them. On a night when the Heat could have been celebrating the franchise's first trip to the NBA Finals, they were instead taken apart by the...

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs are trying to balance the pluses and the minuses of their eight-day layoff before the start of the NBA Finals. They want the benefit of a break to heal bodies after their high-energy series against the Phoenix Suns, but they've been around long enough to know that too much rest can result in rust.

George Mikan dead at 80 (AP)
Ray Meyer had just been hired as head basketball coach at DePaul 63 years ago when he was introduced to a 6-foot-10 student with thick glasses who had never played the game. ``I saw George Mikan,'' the 91-year-old Meyer recalled, ``and I saw my future.'' Mikan was the future of basketball during the next decade, too.

Shaq: Arrangements set for Mikan funeral (AP)
The family of George Mikan accepted Shaquille O'Neal's offer to pay for the late center's funeral expenses. O'Neal said arrangements were finalized Friday. ``Everything's going to be handled,'' O'Neal said. Mikan, the NBA's first dominant big man, died Wednesday night at a rehabilitation center in Scottsdale, Ariz., following a long fight with diabetes and kidney ailments.

Rasheed fined for criticizing officials (AP)
Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Friday for his public criticism of the officiating in the Pistons' loss in Miami on Thursday night in the Eastern Conference finals. The league said Wallace also used ``inappropriate language'' to the media. ``Had to put up with extra help they had out there,'' Wallace said after the Heat's 88-76 victory.

Nuggets coach Karl suspended, team fined (AP)
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was suspended for the first three regular-season games of the 2005-2006 season and the team was fined $200,000 by the NBA on Friday for violating rules prohibiting contact with players not yet eligible for the draft. The league said the violation occurred from May 16-18, when Karl attended workouts at Marquette University involving a player who is not eligible for...

Cavaliers hire Mike Brown as coach (AP)
The Cavaliers finally hired one coach named Brown, but it's still unclear if they'll bring in another. Selected for his integrity, character and love of defense, Mike Brown, an NBA assistant for 13 years, was introduced Thursday as Cleveland's 17th coach and the Cavs' sixth in the past six seasons. Owner Dan Gilbert insisted that although bigger names -- Phil Jackson and Flip Saunders -- were out...

New deals in works for Johnson, Amare (AP)
Shaking off their disappointment, the Phoenix Suns already were looking to their bright future a day after their elimination from the Western Conference finals. ``You've got to take your lumps somewhere along the line to be a champion,'' Steve Nash said, ``and hopefully this is one of those building blocks to be something better.'' The Suns held a team meeting on Thursday, then players met...

Finley's ankle surgery called successful (AP)
Dallas Mavericks swingman Michael Finley had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Friday, as doctors removed the bone chips that bothered the two-time All-Star for most of the season. The team said the surgery was successful and that Finley should fully recover by the start of training camp. Finley had said he opted against surgery when he hurt his ankle in November because the team was already...

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

Phantoms 2, Wolves 1, 2OT (AP)
Patrick Sharp and the Philadelphia Phantoms looked a lot like their parent club on Saturday night. The Broad Street Bullies would have been proud. Sharp scored 3:50 into the second overtime to give the Phantoms a 2-1 win over the Chicago Wolves in Game 2 of the AHL Calder Cup Finals. Philadelphia -- the Flyers' top farm team -- leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

NHL, Players Association conclude lengthy labor meeting (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players Association outdid themselves this time.

NHL, players' association 'making progress' in talks (AP)
The NHL and players' association made some progress in nearly 34 hours of negotiations over three days and will continue to talk, league vice president Bill Daly said Friday. The sides met for almost 14 hours on Friday after 10-hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, trying to work out a new collective bargaining agreement.

NHL, union to meet for third straight day (AP)
The NHL and players' association will meet for a third straight day of negotiations on Friday following two days of small-group talks that focused on revenue calculation and financial reporting. Each side declined to comment about the details of the 10-hour meeting Thursday, which followed Wednesday's 10-hour session.

Jagr has finger surgery (AP)
New York Rangers star Jaromir Jagr had surgery on his left pinkie, which was broken last month during the world championship in Austria. He underwent a 45-minute operation Wednesday in a Prague hospital, Marian Jelinek, Jagr's personal coach, said Thursday. The 33-year-old forward was expected to leave the hospital Thursday or Friday, Jelinek added.

Trenton wins Kelly Cup in six games (AP)
The Trenton Titans won the ECHL championship Wednesday night, beating Florida 4-1 as Leon Hayward scored a goal and added two assists. Trenton won the first two games of the series, then Florida took the next two before Trenton won Game 5. In the sixth game, Hayward's power-play goal in the first period put the Titans on top.

Report: Giuliani may help to form new hockey league (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - It appears "America's Mayor" wants to help hockey.

Swedish NHL players banned from national team for one year (AP)
Three Swedish NHL players accused of rape will miss the 2006 Olympics after the country's hockey federation extended their suspensions from the national team to one year Wednesday. Kristian Huselius of the Florida Panthers, Andreas Lilja of the Nashville Predators and Henrik Tallinder of the Buffalo Sabres are banned until after the games in Turin, Italy, Swedish Ice Hockey Association head...

Reports: ESPN ends negotiations with NHL (AP)
ESPN officially ended negotiations with the NHL for broadcasting rights next season, according to media reports Wednesday. ESPN announced Saturday it would not pick up a $60-million option under the previous contract, but tried to retain the rights for less money in talks with the league and commissioner Gary Bettman.

No longer forgotten
DOVER, Del. – Dodge driver Jeremy Mayfield isn't being overlooked at Dover this weekend.

Kyle Busch wins second straight NCTS event (SportsTicker)


Truex Jr. wins Busch Series MBNA RacePoints 200 at Dover (SportsTicker)


Truex wins at Dover (AP)
Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick's car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman confident about racing at Dover (AP)
Ryan Newman believes he has the answers when it comes to racing at Dover International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is trying to regain the advantage he once had on The Monster Mile.

Kahne hoping for better results at Dover (AP)
A year after he should have celebrated his breakthrough victory on the Nextel Cup circuit, Kasey Kahne is back at Dover International Speedway hoping for a better result.

Patrick's success spurs NASCAR to look for next female star (AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Erin Crocker nervously watched the Indianapolis 500, silently rooting on Danica Patrick...

Dover track cracks down on sale of unlicensed merchandise (AP)
DOVER, Del. – Anyone selling unlicensed merchandise at the Monster Mile this weekend could find himself...

Rain gives Johnson pole at Dover (AP)
Even rain couldn't slow the momentum of Nextel Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson, who was awarded the pole when qualifying was rained out Friday at Dover International Speedway.

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