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NEWS FROM 2005-06-06
Mets Top Giants 12-1 to Split Doubleheader (AP)
AP - Cliff Floyd homered twice and drove in four runs, Kris Benson pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the New York Mets routed the San Francisco Giants 12-1 Sunday night for a doubleheader split.
Rangers Rout Royals 8-1 (AP)
AP - Kenny Rogers pitched seven sharp innings to win his career-best eighth consecutive start and Mark Teixeira homered in the Texas Rangers' 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Nats in First After Beating Marlins 6-3 (AP)
AP - Those maddening Washington Nationals did it again: another come-from-behind victory, this time punctuated by a three-run, eighth-inning homer from Ryan Church in a 6-3 win Sunday that completed a sweep of the Florida Marlins.
Twins KO Brown in 9-3 Win Over Yankees (AP)
AP - Carlos Silva pitched seven strong innings, a diluted Minnesota lineup knocked out Kevin Brown during a five-run sixth and the Twins beat the New York Yankees 9-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Teenager Rafael Nadal Wins French Open (AP)
AP - Rafael Nadal, the new king of clay, put on a show worthy of the royalty watching him. Red dust caked Nadal from his hair to his sneakers after his French Open triumph Sunday, the charismatic teen who plays with a pugnacious smirk holding both dirty hands up to a beaming King Juan Carlos of Spain in the box above.
Favre Says He Could Play Past 2005 (AP)
AP - Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said Sunday that next season might not be his last, and stepped up pressure on teammate Javon Walker to end his holdout.
Report: Wade's Dad Says Son Will Play (AP)
AP - The father of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said his injured son will play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, according to a published report.
This Date in Baseball - June 6 (AP)
AP - 1918 — Casey Stengel, after being traded by Brooklyn in the offseason, made his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter's box and doffed his cap. A bird flew out and the fans broke into laughter.
Brazil Wins in South American Qualifying (AP)
AP - Defending champion Brazil moved within a point of first place in South American World Cup qualifying, beating Paraguay 4-1 Sunday as Ronaldinho converted a pair of penalty kicks.
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' Taylor faces assault charges (AP)
Washington Redskins free safety Sean Taylor was released on $16,500 bond after he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. Taylor, 22, turned himself in to Miami-Dade County police Saturday and was released later that night, Miami-Dade corrections spokeswoman Janelle Hall said Sunday.
Favre says he could play past 2005 (AP)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said Sunday that next season might not be his last, and stepped up pressure on teammate Javon Walker to end his holdout. After being serenaded by chants of ``five more years'' from a record crowd of 8,500 visitors to his charity softball game Sunday, Favre told reporters he hoped the family issues that made him contemplate retirement would be resolved.
Negotiations over Jets stadium continue (AP)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were still negotiating about the mayor's proposal for a $2 billion stadium Sunday, the day before a rescheduled vote on the project. ``My concern is the future of downtown, the future of ground zero, the 24 million square feet of commercial space that are part of the West Side complex and how that competes with the redevelopment of...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Miami's backup plan
MIAMI – Even if Dwyane Wade plays, the Heat need help from their bench to beat Detroit.
Spurs still waiting for Pistons or Heat (AP)
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich repeated his pat answer when he was asked how his Spurs will customize their game to fit their yet-to-be-decided opponent in the NBA Finals -- the Miami Heat or the Detroit Pistons. ``At this point of the season, each of us is who we are,'' Popovich said. ``None of us is going to change right now.'' It's a well-worn line, but some of the Spurs players are talking...
Man charged in bomb threat at Palace (AP)
A 41-year-old man was charged Sunday with calling in a fake bomb threat at The Palace two hours before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. David Mathew-Anthony Demeres was charged with two felonies -- making a false report of terrorism and making a false report of a bomb threat, police said. He was arraigned Sunday and released on $15,000 cash bond.
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...
One Brown down, another to go for Cavs? (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.
A quick study
DOVER, Del. – For Kyle Busch, every race still is a learning experience. The younger brother of Cup...
Roush expected big year from his drivers (AP)
Jack Roush figured his drivers would have an outstanding season. Greg Biffle has been fishtailing around everyone's expectations.
Biffle dominates to win NASCAR MNBA RacePoints 400 (SportsTicker)
Stewart calls Gordon a whiner after bump in Dover (AP)
Tony Stewart says he's tired of Jeff Gordon's ``whining,'' and isn't worried about retaliation for the spinout Sunday that dropped the four-time champion from the top 10 in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings.
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.
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...