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Pistons Burn Heat 88-82 to Make NBA Finals (AP)
AP - The pressure of Game 7 didn't faze the defending champions. In a deciding game that stayed close the entire 48 minutes, the Detroit Pistons summoned their experience and played with calmness and poise down the stretch to defeat the Miami Heat 88-82 Monday night in the final game of the Eastern Conference finals.

Brewers Defeat Slumping Yankees 4-3 (AP)
AP - Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees were no better in Milwaukee. Geoff Jenkins ran down Derek Jeter's drive in the right-field corner for the final out, preserving the Brewers' 4-3 victory Monday night and ruining New York's first trip to Milwaukee since 1997.

Angels Win First Meeting With Braves 4-2 (AP)
AP - Darin Erstad barreled over catcher Johnny Estrada to score on Garret Anderson's go-ahead double, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Monday night in the first meeting between the teams.

Blue Jays Get First Win in Wrigley Field (AP)
AP - Gustavo Chacin pitched seven shutout innings, Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays won in their first trip to Wrigley Field by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night.

Orioles Blow Lead but Beat Pirates 4-3 (AP)
AP - Rafael Palmeiro's tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth helped the Baltimore Orioles come back after they wasted a three-run lead, and Miguel Tejada and B.J. Surhoff homered in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Judge Rescinds Burress Tax Arrest Warrant (AP)
AP - A district judge has withdrawn an arrest warrant for former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress, after officials determined he never owed $90,000 in back local wage taxes.

Pistons rally to beat the Heat and return to NBA Finals (AFP)
AFP - Defending champion Detroit will be going back to the National Basketball Association Finals because Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat could not hold onto a lead in the final minutes.

Cards past Red Sox in World Series rematch (Reuters)
Reuters - Matt Morris pitched a four-hitter and David Eckstein had three hits and drove in three runs as the Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 in interleague play in St. Louis on Monday.

No Fans Will Watch Japan-N. Korea Game (AP)
AP - When North Korea plays Japan in a World Cup qualifying "home" game Wednesday, there won't be any North Korean fans in the stadium to cheer their team on — or Japanese fans for that matter.

NHL, Union to Hold 3 More Days of Talks (AP)
AP - The NHL and the players' union will hold three more days of talks, beginning Tuesday in yet another small-group setting.

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

Skins excuse Taylor from offseason work (AP)
After months of practically begging Sean Taylor to report to work, the Washington Redskins are now telling him to stay away. Taylor's latest legal trouble, a felony charge of aggravated assault with a firearm in Miami, led the Redskins on Monday to issue a statement excusing the safety from the rest of the team's offseason meetings and practices.

Deion's physical not completed (AP)
Deion Sanders' return to the Baltimore Ravens hit a minor snag Monday when a surgeon was unavailable to complete the cornerback's physical. The seven-time Pro Bowler is expected to learn the results of an MRI on Tuesday, according to team spokesman Chad Steele. Sanders, who turns 38 in August, underwent minor toe surgery after playing only nine games because of toe and hamstring injuries after...

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.

Dolphins hire Randy Mueller to be new GM (AP)
The Miami Dolphins hired former New Orleans general manager Randy Mueller as their GM on Monday to help first-year coach Nick Saban rebuild the franchise that slid to an embarrassing 4-12 last season. Mueller replaces Rick Spielman, who left the Dolphins last week after five seasons helping oversee their personnel moves.

Portis pays $18,000 to settle dispute (AP)
A trial between former NFL teammates over a jersey number was averted Monday when running back Clinton Portis agreed to pay $18,000 to former Washington Redskins teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete. Ohalete will receive all but $2,000 of the $20,000 he was seeking as the balance due for a $40,000 agreement that gave Portis the Redskins jersey No.

Colts CB Nick Harper out on bail (AP)
Indianapolis cornerback Nick Harper was released from jail Monday after spending two days behind bars after being charged with hitting his wife. He was arrested on Saturday and was held at the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville until Monday morning, when he posted $2,500 bond. His initial court date is set for June 22.

Patriots sign safety Antaun Edwards (AP)
The New England Patriots on Monday signed free agent safety Antuan Edwards, a six-year NFL veteran who split time between the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams last season. Edwards, who is entering his seventh NFL season, made a career-high 65 tackles in 13 starts last season. A first-round draft pick of the Packers in 1999, Edwards played in Green Bay for five seasons before he signed with Miami...

These Finals are must-see
Instead of changing the channel, Dan offers five reasons to embrace the Pistons-Spurs series.

Pistons beat Heat in Game 7 (AP)
Larry Brown walked through the front door of the Detroit Pistons' packed locker room, scanning the celebration with his eyes aglow and his smile wide. ``Where are my guys?'' Brown asked before spotting Lindsey Hunter and telling him he loved him, then working his way to Tayshaun Prince and reaching in for a hand slap.

Wade plays, despite injured rib (AP)
Dwyane Wade's pain wasn't limited to his strained right rib muscle. Wade grimaced throughout Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night, occasionally clutching his right side, and clearly wasn't his usual self. Regardless, he managed to get 20 points and four assists. And it was all in vain, not enough to propel the Miami Heat into the NBA Finals for the first time.

Sore ankles and all, Duncan hits stride (AP)
Tim Duncan seems to be peaking at the right time. The San Antonio Spurs' star forward posted his lowest numbers as a pro this year, and then missed a dozen late-season games with a sprained ankle. But Duncan's production has steadily increased in each of the three playoff rounds as his health has improved.

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...

Randolph leaning toward return to Duke (AP)
Shavlik Randolph expects to return to Duke for his senior season. ``My intentions are to come back to Duke because I think we'll have a chance to do something special next year,'' Randolph said Monday. ``I don't want to rule out any options, but that's been my intention all along. ``When I am not working out, I am back in Raleigh and back in Durham and still in communication with all the coaches and...

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...

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

Oilers ask permission to suspend operations of AHL team for one year (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers have asked the American Hockey League for permission to suspend operations of their top minor league team for one year. Club officials said Monday the Edmonton Road Runners, who also play in Rexall Place, could affect the Oilers' ticket sales next season if the NHL resumes play this fall.

NHL and players' association return to bargaining table Tuesday (AP)
The NHL and the players' union will hold three more days of talks, beginning Tuesday in yet another small-group setting. The sides will be getting together in New York, marking the sixth straight week they will hold negotiations. Both the league and the players' association are committed to keeping that kind of schedule until a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out.

NHL general managers watch scrimmages played under new rules (AP)
NHL general managers and coaches saw the changing face of hockey firsthand. An entire three-period scrimmage was played with only a handful of stoppages for offsides, as potential new rules were tested out Monday -- the first of three days of experiments. ``Could you imagine Wayne (Gretzky) and Mario (Lemieux) playing that kind of game?'' New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather said.

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, 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.

WWD: MBNA RacePoints 400
Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch stole the show at Dover on Sunday.

Biffle dominates to win NASCAR MNBA RacePoints 400 (SportsTicker)

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.

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...

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