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Yanks, Red Sox Routed in Interleague Play (AP)
AP - Joe Torre thought his team's performance was embarrassing. Bronson Arroyo felt the same way about his pitching. Two of Friday's most anticipated interleague games turned into routs, mostly because of the New York Yankees' sloppiness in the field and Arroyo's ineffectiveness on the Wrigley Field mound.

It's Rematch Time at the Belmont Stakes (AP)
AP - The absence of a Triple Crown try hasn't always stopped racing fans from flocking to the Belmont Stakes. For the first time in four years, there wasn't a Smarty Jones, Funny Cide or War Emblem drawing record crowds topping 100,000 and then falling short in the Belmont after victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Pacers Admire Duncan's Quiet Brilliance (AP)
AP - Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He set crushing picks and made expert passes on nearly all the Spurs' possessions, and he blocked two shots while playing stifling defense.

Allenby Takes Lead at Booz Allen Classic (AP)
AP - Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! An invasion from Down Under has taken over the Booz Allen Classic, where Australian Robert Allenby is on top, with countrymen Adam Scott and Steve Elkington right behind.

Davies Tries to Keep Pace With Sorenstam (AP)
AP - With her game rounding into shape, Laura Davies welcomed a pairing with Annika Sorenstam in the third round of the LPGA Championship.

Lions Agree to 1-Year Deal With McQuarters (AP)
AP - The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Chicago Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - No games scheduled.

D'backs Beat Royals 12-11 in the 10th (AP)
AP - Troy Glaus led off the 10th inning with his 14th home run, giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 12-11 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Liverpool Gets OK to Defend Soccer Title (AP)
AP - Liverpool will be allowed to defend its Champions League title, but will have to begin play in the first qualifying round.

Philadelphia Phantoms Win Calder Cup (AP)
AP - The Philadelphia Phantoms swept the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals Friday night, beating the Chicago Wolves 5-2 in front of sellout crowd of 20,103 fans at the Wachovia Center.

Fuming over the 49ers
Is the scandal surrounding the team's training video justified or just media hype? Readers react.

Eagles still unsure if Owens will show (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles still don't know if Terrell Owens will show up for training camp after he held out of offseason minicamps because he wants to renegotiate the seven-year deal worth almost $49 million he signed in March 2004. Coach and general manager Andy Reid said Thursday it's been a few weeks since he talked to Drew Rosenhaus, Owens' agent, but the Eagles stance hasn't changed.

Panthers give Minter four-year extension (AP)
The Carolina Panthers signed eight-year veteran Mike Minter to a four-year contract extension Friday, likely assuring the local favorite will finish his career with the team that drafted him. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. ``It's rare when a player can start and finish his career with the same team, but we're glad that is the case with Mike,'' Panthers general manager Marty...

Ill Taylor misses Miami's first workout (AP)
Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor missed the first session of workouts at the Miami Dolphins' three-day minicamp Friday because of an undisclosed illness. However, Taylor returned in time for the team's afternoon session after seeing a doctor in the morning, Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. ``I don't think this is something that's football-related,'' Saban said.

Fonoti misses first day of Chargers camp (AP)
Guard Toniu Fonoti missed the opening day of the San Diego Chargers' minicamp Friday, and nobody knew where he was. ``I don't know what to say,'' general manager A.J. Smith said. ``We are surprised based on the information we had.'' Smith said Fonoti's agent, Steve Feldman, told the Chargers the player was coming to camp.

Seymour misses second day of minicamp (AP)
Richard Seymour missed his second straight day of the New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp Friday, but teammates didn't seem overly concerned. The three-time Pro Bowl defensive end has complained about the six-year contract he signed as a rookie in 2001, and coach Bill Belichick has called his absence ``unexcused.'' Safety Rodney Harrison declined to pass judgment on a player who works very...

Army again denies Tillman cover-up (AP)
The Army says the delay in reporting that former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman died from friendly fire resulted from procedural mistakes, not a desire to cover up the truth. Tillman's parents have criticized the Army for waiting weeks to tell them their son's death in Afghanistan was accidental and did not result from enemy fire.

49ers to increase diversity training (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers are teaming up with the city's Human Rights Commission to improve their diversity and anti-harassment training in response to the release of an offensive video made by the team's former public relations director. The 15-minute film provided anonymously last week to the San Francisco Chronicle features racist jokes, lesbian soft-porn and topless blondes -- and even former PR...

No sound of losing
SAN ANTONIO – Listening to the Pistons, you couldn't tell they're trailing the Spurs.

Spurs' Ginobili having Olympic flashback (AP)
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He set crushing picks and made expert passes on nearly all the Spurs' possessions, and he blocked two shots while playing stifling defense. ``Boooring,'' Robert Horry said. Duncan was the most valuable player in both of San Antonio's previous trips to the finals, and he's easily the most important player in this series.

Jackson says he's talking to Lakers (AP)
Phil Jackson expects to decide in ``another day or two'' whether he will return to coaching the Los Angeles Lakers or some other NBA team next season. Jackson said Thursday night that he's talking to some teams about their vacancies, but giving first priority to the Lakers. ``There's been some talking going on, but nothing has been determined,'' he said from El Segundo on ABC's pregame NBA Finals...

Pistons need more points from Rasheed (AP)
After his subpar performance in Game 1, reporters expected a string of expletives and angry explanations from Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace. Instead, the volatile Wallace gave a subdued performance Friday, bringing his two young sons, Ish and Nazir, to the podium as he answered questions about his six points on six shots in the Pistons' 84-69 loss.

No glamour for Duncan, just another win (AP)
When San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich sent Glenn Robinson into Thursday night's game late in the first quarter, Robinson didn't budge from the bench. ``When he called my name, I thought he said 'Brent,''' Robinson said Friday, referring to teammate Brent Barry. ``Then he came and stared at me, it was like, 'Glenn, get in the game!''' Robinson had good reason to stay seated with his warmups on...

Players not fazed by slow start, breaks (AP)
If you thought the festivities and musical numbers before Game 1 of the NBA Finals ran a bit long, you weren't alone. Players from both clubs were a bit surprised by the snail's pace of the series opener. The pregame production included Alanis Morissette singing the national anthem and Will Smith performing his new single, ``Switch,'' with a group of dancers.

Clutch Horry hopes to add another title (AP)
Robert Horry knows he probably could have been a better player during the first 47 minutes of most games in his career. He could have scored more points, earned more accolades and made more money. But in the final minute, few have ever been better -- particularly in the playoffs, where the Detroit Pistons are the latest team to dread seeing the ball in Horry's hands late in a close game.

Bogut clearly sees NBA future (AP)
Andrew Bogut made several things clear Friday: He could see himself playing for Milwaukee or Atlanta next season. For that matter, he can see, period. He is not in danger of losing his eyesight. If that seems like a strange statement, well, consider that former Utah coach Rick Majerus reportedly told NBA executives a few weeks ago that Bogut has a degenerative eye disease.

Nuggets' Vandeweghe waits for extension (AP)
While in Chicago to attend pre-draft workouts this week, Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe had an informal conversation with the Cleveland Cavaliers about the team's president position. With one year left on his contract and negotiations for an extension yet to get underway, Vandeweghe is keeping his options open in case things don't work out with the Nuggets.

Betting banned on Vegas All-Star game? (AP)
Casino regulators Thursday recommended suspending bets by bookmakers on the 2007 NBA All-Star game, if Las Vegas is awarded the event. The league will not consider the city's bid without the ban. Nongambling revenue from fans, players and media coming to the city would outweigh any losses to bookies, Gaming Control Board chairman Dennis Neilander said.

Phantoms 5, Wolves 2 (AP)
Philadelphia sports fans finally have something to celebrate. The Philadelphia Phantoms swept the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals Friday night, beating the Chicago Wolves 5-2 in front of sellout crowd of 20,103 fans at the Wachovia Center. Jon Sim and Patrick Sharp each scored two goals, and Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves for the Phantoms, the Philadelphia Flyers' top farm club.

Report: Group of West Coast investors to buy Penguins (SportsTicker)
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - With encouraging news about the National Hockey League and Players Association reportedly working toward a salary cap, new investors appear ready to move into the league.

NHL, Players' Association to continue talks Monday (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Nothing has been resolved yet, but at least the NHL and the Players' Association are continuing a dialogue.

Owners, players wrap up talks (AP)
The NHL and the players' association concluded 26 hours of small-group meetings on Friday and will meet again Monday in Toronto. The two sides met over four days in New York, marking the sixth straight week of discussions. ``There was healthy dialogue and progress continued to be made on many operational issues relating to a new collective bargaining agreement,'' league vice president Bill Daly...

West Coast group eyes Pittsburgh Penguins (AP)
A group of West Coast investors led by a friend of Mario Lemieux is set to become the majority owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. William ``Boots'' Del Biaggio, a San Jose, Calif., businessman and friend of the Pittsburgh player-owner, and other unidentified investors have negotiated a letter of intent to buy the team.

Swedish NHL players cleared by prosecutor (AP)
Three Swedish NHL players accused of rape were cleared Friday by a prosecutor who said there was no evidence they forced the woman to have sex. The 22-year-old woman had said she was raped Feb. 9 in a hotel room by Kristian Huselius of the Florida Panthers, Andreas Lilja of the Nashville Predators and Henrik Tallinder of the Buffalo Sabres.

Neely, Kharlamov elected to Hockey's Hall of Fame (AP)
Cam Neely was one of hockey's brawniest forwards, and Valeri Kharlamov was one of its swiftest. They are now both Hall of Famers. The former Boston Bruins star and the late Russian standout joined executive Murray Costello in being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday. They beat out the likes of Glenn Anderson and Kevin Lowe, who were stars on the great Edmonton teams of the 1980s, Steve...

NHL group will recommend changes tried during research camp (AP)
A select group of NHL club executives will mull over experiments to bring more offense into the game. A three-day research camp concluded Wednesday, and several recommendations for rules changes could come out of the camp. Use of shootouts during the regular season, reintroduction of tag-up offsides, stiffer obstruction rules and smaller equipment for goaltenders have the strongest chance of being...

Neely, Kharlamov named to Hockey Hall of Fame (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Injury problems may have shortened the career of Cam Neely, but it didn't keep him out of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The wait continues for Dino Ciccarelli

Gearing up for Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. – Drivers aren't necessarily happy about how the new gear rule is impacting the racing at Pocono.

Yates is Pocono's answer man (AP)
Doug Yates has been in demand since the day NASCAR decided on a new gearing rule that would mean no more downshifting at Pocono Raceway.

Sprague wins 25th career race at Texas Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)


Sprague gets 25th career NASCAR trucks win (AP)
Jack Sprague led the final nine laps Friday night for his 25th career NASCAR truck series victory, but first in more than a year.

Gordon hoping to shake run of horrible finishes (AP)
Jeff Gordon is trying to shake off a horrible run of three races without a finish, and hopes a strong showing at Pocono Raceway will get him going in the right direction.

Notes: Crocker being coached by veteran Elliott (AP)
Erin Crocker spent her first day testing at Michigan International Speedway under the watchful eye of former...

Martin easing along in final season (AP)
Mark Martin is sixth in Nextel Cup points, but that's not something that interests him much at this point in his...

Co-founder of Bristol Motor Speedway dies (AP)
Larry Carrier, who helped start the race track now known as Bristol Motor Speedway, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 82. A developer, Carrier worked with Carl Moore and R.G. Pope in building the half-mile oval track, which opened in 1961. Carrier bought the track out of bankruptcy in 1985, gave ESPN exclusive rights to broadcast Bristol's night race for years, and built the seating capacity...

Crew chief Ford to work with Leffler (AP)
Joe Gibbs Racing has hired crew chief Mike Ford to oversee the No. 11 NASCAR Nextel Cup Chevrolet driven by Jason Leffler.

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