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Willis Wins 11th As Marlins Beat Cubs 9-1 (AP)
AP - Dontrelle Willis pitched seven strong innings to become the first 11-game winner in the majors, leading the Florida Marlins to a 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Ramirez Homers As Red Sox Crush Reds 10-3 (AP)
AP - Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Matt Clement rebounded from his only loss of the season to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 Monday night in the first meeting of the teams since the 1975 World Series.

Rangers Clobber Braves 7-3 (AP)
AP - Alfonso Soriano homered twice against Tim Hudson in the pitcher's shortest outing for Atlanta, and the Texas Rangers won 7-3 Monday night for their first victory against the Braves.

NYC Olympic Planners Work on Queens Bid (AP)
AP - Their Olympic dream suddenly revived and drastically revised, New York planners were immersed Monday in the tedious work of putting together technical proposals for the 2012 Games centered on a stadium in Queens.

Quigley Wins Playoff in Champions Event (AP)
AP - After waiting all day to play one hole of golf, Dana Quigley played it to perfection.

Browns' Winslow to Undergo Knee Surgery (AP)
AP - Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. reportedly injured his kidney and liver while attempting stunts on his high-powered motorcycle last month. He will undergo surgery Tuesday on the right knee he tore up in the accident.

Lockout would be disaster for NBA (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Like the clown trying to distract a raging bull in a rodeo dustup, David Stern jumped into the middle of the Finals fray and frantically waved his arms. Look at me, over here, the prophet of collective bargaining doom. Do not pay attention to that aesthetically challenged product my company has put on the floor.

Angels Clobber Nationals 11-1 (AP)
AP - Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Paul Byrd pitched six solid innings and the Los Angeles Angels easily ended the Washington Nationals 10-game winning streak with an 11-1 victory Monday night.

Blatter Threatens to Suspend Three Players (AP)
AP - FIFA president Sepp Blatter threatened to suspend three Mexican players if they don't show up for the Confederations Cup.

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.

Browns' Winslow to undergo knee surgery (AP)
Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. reportedly injured his kidney and liver while attempting stunts on his high-powered motorcycle last month. He will undergo surgery Tuesday on the right knee he tore up in the accident. Winslow tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee when he crashed his motorcycle into a parking lot curb at 35 mph.

Patriots 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.

Rested Ray Lewis excited for 46 defense (AP)
No one is happier to be a part of the Baltimore Ravens' new 46 defense than middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who can't wait to again experience the freedom of hunting down running backs without the hassle of shaking off bothersome offensive linemen. The scheme was originally devised by Buddy Ryan for the 1986 Chicago Bears, who won a Super Bowl behind the standout play of middle linebacker Mike...

Bruschi patient about future (AP)
Tedy Bruschi flashed his three Super Bowl rings, an honor achieved by few NFL players. That doesn't help him accept that his health may keep him from trying for a fourth. ``Football to me, it's something I love and it's something I'll always want to do,'' the Patriots linebacker said Sunday night, ``but I've got to think about my wife and my sons and just make sure things are right.'' Bruschi...

Bears DL Johnson arrested on gun charge (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry ``Tank'' Johnson faces a felony gun charge after police found a loaded 9mm handgun in the vehicle he was driving. According to Chicago police, Johnson was arrested about 3 a.m. Saturday after a valet at a nightclub on the city's near North Side area flagged an officer down and reported seeing Johnson move a handgun from his lap to the center console of his...

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.

Making a Buck
With the first pick in Dan Wetzel's initial 2005 NBA mock draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select ...

Pistons worry about more than just Spurs (AP)
Though the Detroit Pistons are in dire straits in the NBA Finals, the party is just getting started at their happy home arena. And if the Pistons have any hope of recovering from an 0-2 deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, they'll need every deafening cheer, pyrotechnic explosion and singsong scream of ``Dee-troit Basket-ball!'' at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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 a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Pistons in the NBA finals, and they have history on their side: only two teams have overcome such a deficit to win the championship, the last time nearly three decades ago. But the Spurs also have some recent history of their own to overcome. Just last year, with essentially the same group of players, San Antonio made the Los Angeles Lakers...

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.

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.

NHL and players plug away in labor talks (AP)
The NHL and its players' union held another small group session of contract discussions Monday, making slow progress in hopes of ending the ninth-month lockout. The basic structure of a salary cap linked league-wide to revenues, with an upper and lower limit on team payrolls, is being discussed. The two sides have made some headway in the areas of free agency, qualifying offers, salary arbitration,...

Star wants to play for Avalanche again if money permits (AP)
Peter Forsberg wants to return to the Colorado Avalanche if a proposed salary cap doesn't make him too expensive for the club, his agent says. Forsberg, who has played for only one NHL franchise, the Quebec Nordiques-turned-Avalanche, has spent much of the past month in the Denver area. ``If something could be worked out in Colorado, he'd be happy,'' Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, said from...

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.

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...

WWD: Pocono 500
Carl Edwards led a youth movement at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

Judge rules in favor of Earnhardt's racing team (AP)
A judge ruled in favor of the late Dale Earnhardt's car owner Monday, saying an insurance company failed to share legal documents in the case over whether benefits should have been paid after the NASCAR star's death.

Edwards wins at Pocono (AP)
Carl Edwards is no one-hit wonder, and that comes as a relief to crew chief Bob Osborne.

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)


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