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Sharpshooting Spurs Outplay Pistons 97-76 (AP)
AP - Two steps quicker, two games ahead.

Sorenstam Halfway to Grand Slam (AP)
AP - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk. Never threatened from the start, sloppy at the end when it no longer mattered, Sorenstam took another step toward a sweep of the four majors Sunday by closing with a 1-over 73 for a three-shot victory over Michelle Wie in the LPGA Championship.

Red Sox Crush Cubs 8-1 (AP)
AP - Johnny Damon fell a single shy of the cycle, and Tim Wakefield pitched seven strong innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 8-1 on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

New Mets Stadium Part of Olympic Bid (AP)
AP - In a last-ditch effort to land the 2012 Olympics, the city will substitute a planned baseball stadium for the football stadium rejected by state leaders earlier this month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.

Sputtering Yanks Lose to the Cardinals (AP)
AP - Scott Seabol's first career homer, a two-run, pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning, provided the go-ahead run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the sputtering New York Yankees on Sunday.

Patriots Get Super Bowl Rings (AP)
AP - Tom Brady stepped out of the back seat of the long gray Maybach at his employer's estate, walked across the red carpet, and looked forward to picking up the heaviest Super Bowl ring in history.

Pistons Buried by Spurs First Half (AP)
AP - Chauncey Billups couldn't score, Richard Hamilton couldn't stop complaining and Detroit's vaunted defense couldn't stop San Antonio from scoring at will in the first half.

This Date in Baseball - June 13 (AP)
AP - 1905 — Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants pitched his second no-hit game, beating the Chicago Cubs and Mordecai Brown 1-0. Mathewson and Brown matched no-hitters for eight innings. The Giants got two hits in the ninth for the win.

Chivas USA, Earthquakes Tie 1-1 (AP)
AP - Ezra Hendrickson scored in the 66th minute to give Chivas USA a 1-1 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.

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.

Pats gets rings at Kraft's home (AP)
Tom Brady stepped out of the back seat of the long gray Maybach at his employer's estate, walked across the red carpet, and looked forward to picking up the heaviest Super Bowl ring in history. ``This is the best night of the year,'' the New England Patriots' quarterback said Sunday after a valet drove away with the luxury car.

Coaching defections leave Pats searching (AP)
Four months after the Super Bowl and six weeks before training camp, it's not entirely clear who will call plays for the New England Patriots this season. Coach Bill Belichick doesn't appear worried. ``We don't have a game for a while,'' Belichick deadpanned at New England's minicamp this week. ``But, when we do, we'll get the plays called.'' The roomful of reporters broke into laughter, amused at...

Amsterdam Admirals win World Bowl (AP)
Kurt Kittner led Amsterdam to its first World Bowl title Saturday, throwing two touchdown passes and setting up a third score with a 54-yard pass in the Admirals' 27-21 victory over the Berlin Thunder. Kittner, allocated to the Admirals from the Chicago Bears, went 15-of-28 for 239 yards in NFL Europe's 13th championship game.

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...

Lions agree to deal with McQuarters (AP)
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Chicago Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters. The Bears released McQuarters on May 23. He had signed a $21 million contract extension with the Bears in January 2002 that ran through 2006. The Lions had shown interest in McQuarters and former New England Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law.

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.

Minister of Defense
SAN ANTONIO – He's the motor that keeps the Spurs' defense running, but it's not Tim Duncan.

Spurs dominate Pistons, go up 2-0 (AP)
The faintest of chants rang out midway through the fourth quarter as Manu Ginobili was hitting the foul shots that would repel Detroit's final charge. ``M-V-P, M-V-P'' shouted a handful of fans. If this keeps up, it'll turn into a chorus. Because without a doubt, Ginobili has been the most valuable player in the NBA Finals thus far.

Pistons done in by first-half meltdown (AP)
Chauncey Billups couldn't score, Richard Hamilton couldn't stop complaining and Detroit's vaunted defense couldn't stop San Antonio from scoring at will in the first half. All of it left the defending champion Pistons in a huge hole in the NBA Finals after Sunday night's 97-76 loss to the Spurs. Not that they're out of the best-of-seven series just yet.

Bowen delivers from outside for Spurs (AP)
Bruce Bowen makes his living with stifling defense. When he started making open shots as well in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons were doomed. Bowen matched his playoff high with 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 97-76 victory on Sunday night. The veteran forward hit four 3-pointers, including three wide-open baskets from the sideline in the second half.

Horry's hustle sets the tone for Spurs (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs have Robert Horry halfway to a sixth NBA championship ring. The 13-year forward put himself in some pretty impressive company. Horry won two titles with the Houston Rockets in the mid-1990s and three with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-02. He has never played in the finals without winning the title.

Laimbeer meets with Knicks' Thomas (AP)
Bill Laimbeer recently met with Knicks president Isiah Thomas and acknowledged Sunday that he discussed the possibility of coaching the team. ``I suppose that was part of it, yes,'' Laimbeer said. ``We talked about his basketball team, about its structure and what his vision is.'' Laimbeer, the former Pistons center who now coaches the WNBA's Detroit Shock, was not more specific, but he said there...

Stern hasn't made best offer (AP)
David Stern hasn't yet made his best offer on a new collective bargaining agreement. But once he does, it won't be on the table for long. The commissioner addressed almost nothing aside from labor questions Sunday at his annual NBA Finals news conference, revealing several areas where the owners have already altered their offer -- including a proposal to raise the minimum age to 19 instead of 20.

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...

Backup roles lead to finals for veterans (AP)
When Brent Barry reached a crossroads in his career last summer, he chose the road most likely to lead to championship -- even if he had to sit in the back seat for the ride. Barry, a sharp-shooting guard who spent the previous five years in Seattle, signed with the San Antonio Spurs even though he knew he would be in the shadow of rising star Manu Ginobili.

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.

Owning up: Lemieux never planned to be Penguins' longtime owner (AP)
Mario Lemieux never planned to be a long-term team owner when he and his backers bought the Pittsburgh Penguins in federal bankruptcy court in 1999. Lemieux's intent wasn't entirely philanthropic, either, when he became American pro sports' first owner-player by purchasing the team he led to two Stanley Cup championships in the 1990s.

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...

Vickers' day will come
LONG POND, Pa. – Brian Vickers fell short of victory Sunday, but he also continued to climb closer to winning a race.

Edwards wins at Pocono (AP)
Carl Edwards turned his first laps at Pocono Raceway playing a video game.

Bowyer wins rain-delayed Busch Series race (AP)
Clint Bowyer raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory Sunday, beating Kenny Wallace by 2.386 seconds in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Waltrip wasn't sure how well he finished (AP)
After a record-setting qualifying lap, Michael Waltrip ran well Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Edwards skips Busch race, wins Pocono 500 (SportsTicker)


Bowyer earns first Busch series victory (SportsTicker)


Montreal promoter covets NASCAR race (AP)
The promoter of Montreal's race track is lobbying to bring NASCAR to Canada and says his facility is the best place to host the stock cars.

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.

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