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Game 3: Pistons Come To, Beat Spurs 96-79 (AP)
AP - The defending champion Detroit Pistons summoned the energy they had been missing in the first two games, and the NBA Finals took a completely different turn, too.

Matsui Homers As Yanks Trounce Pirates 9-0 (AP)
AP - Back at Yankee Stadium and playing under the glowering eye of their impatient owner, Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees looked every bit the dominant team they are expected to be.

Phil Jackson Returns to Lakers (AP)
AP - Phil and Kobe, together again. Phil Jackson is back with the Los Angeles Lakers following a breakup that took a year to mend, and back to coaching Kobe Bryant — a player he once called "uncoachable."

Matsui Plays in 388th Straight Game (AP)
AP - Hideki Matsui's playing streak is alive and well.

Wells Helps Red Sox Blank the Reds 7-0 (AP)
AP - David Wells held Cincinnati hitless for 5 2-3 innings before leaving after seven innings of one-hit ball on Tuesday night, and Manny Ramirez homered for the third consecutive game to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Reds 7-0.

Winslow to Begin Rehabbing Knee (AP)
AP - Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. had successful surgery Tuesday to repair the right knee ligament he tore in a motorcycle accident.

Pistons power to Game Three victory over Spurs (Reuters)
Reuters - Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and Chauncey Billups added 20 as the Detroit Pistons hauled themselves back into the NBA Finals with a 96-79 Game Three victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

Tigers Clobber Padres 8-4 (AP)
AP - Craig Monroe's pop fly was misplayed for two runs in the sixth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Soccer's Confederations Cup Begins Wed. (AP)
AP - The World Cup in Germany is less than a year away and organizing committee president Franz Beckenbauer knows his team can't afford any foul-ups when the Confederations Cup starts Wednesday.

NHL, Players' Union Hold Another Session (AP)
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.

Read and React: Bad catch
The Dolphins' hiring of Nick Saban didn't make many readers' lists for the NFL's best offseason moves.

Browns' Winslow has knee surgery (AP)
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. had successful surgery Tuesday to repair the right knee ligament he tore in a motorcycle accident. The club said Winslow's anterior cruciate ligament was successfully repaired by team Dr. Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic. Winslow, who will miss the 2005 season, was already at home recovering, the Browns said.

Ravens TE Heap gets six-year extension (AP)
Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap has agreed to a six-year contract extension. Heap is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who was limited to 27 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns during an injury-plagued 2004 season. He missed 10 games with an ankle injury that required surgery. Heap is entering his fifth NFL season and was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season.

Colts re-sign starting LB Morris (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed free agent Rob Morris, their starting middle linebacker the past four seasons. Morris, Colts' first-round draft pick in 2000, became an unrestricted free agent after this past season and signed on Tuesday. Morris, who played primarily on running downs, was the Colts' third-leading tackler last season.

Bears waive QB Krenzel (AP)
Craig Krenzel was waived by the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, seven months after becoming the first Bears quarterback in nearly 40 years to start his career with three straight victories. Krenzel, a fifth-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, appeared in six games last year, starting five, and compiled a 3-2 record.

Sale of Vikings to Wilf group finalized (AP)
Red McCombs is no longer in charge of the Minnesota Vikings, but he still feels like they're his team. After signing off Tuesday on his $600 million sale of the franchise to a group headed by New Jersey real estate developer Zygi Wilf, McCombs gushed about his seven-year stint as the team's owner. McCombs, speaking on a conference call from his San Antonio office, reminded reporters that all the...

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...

Crennel shows off ring to Browns (AP)
When Romeo Crennel walked into the team meeting to open minicamp, the Cleveland Browns noticed right away there was something different about their first-year coach. He hadn't lost any weight. In fact, Crennel was at least four ounces heavier. ``I saw those diamonds sparkling,'' said linebacker Kenard Lang, still awed by the sight Monday of Crennel's newest Super Bowl ring.

Role reversal
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – In Games 1 and 2, the Pistons were dysfunctional. On Tuesday night they became dangerous.

Pistons rally to rout Spurs (AP)
Three games into the NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons finally figured things out: With some energy and aggression, they can actually play with the San Antonio Spurs. Not only play with them, but soundly defeat them. The defending champions summoned the spirit and spunk that had been missing in the first two games of the NBA Finals, changing the complexion of the series in a way many thought...

Lakers re-hire Phil Jackson as coach (AP)
Phil and Kobe, together again. Phil Jackson is back with the Los Angeles Lakers following a breakup that took a year to mend, and back to coaching Kobe Bryant -- a player he once called ``uncoachable.'' ``This is something I never thought could possibly happen,'' Jackson said Tuesday at a Staples Center news conference.

Ginobili slows, Spurs stumble in Game 3 (AP)
In the opening 21 seconds of Game 3, Manu Ginobili discovered the San Antonio Spurs' march to an NBA title won't be nearly as easy up north. Ginobili, whose creativity and big shots highlighted the first two games of the NBA Finals in Texas, began the third game with a bad inbounds pass, which was stolen and emphatically dunked by Ben Wallace.

Ben Wallace wreaks havoc for Pistons (AP)
Ben Wallace didn't waste much time showing he planned to wreak havoc all over the court for the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. He stole a pass two seconds into the game, dribbled down the court, dunked and even made a free throw for a three-point play. Wallace finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three steals to lead the Pistons to a 96-79 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in...

Brown, Popovich happy Jackson's back (AP)
News of Phil Jackson's return as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was greeted warmly by the men in charge of the teams in the NBA Finals. ``I'm happy the guy is back in the league,'' Larry Brown, whose Detroit Pistons beat the Lakers in last year's finals, said Tuesday night before Game 3. ``I don't know how you can make a better choice than a guy who has won nine championships and done a lot for...

NBA teams to face top European clubs (AP)
Four NBA teams will hold training camps overseas and play preseason games against top European clubs in both 2006 and 2007, NBA commissioner David Stern announced Tuesday night at Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Stern also said the league was considering playing an All-Star game in Paris as part of the NBA's effort to increase its presence in global markets.

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.

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...

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.

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.

NHL and players' union schedule more meetings Monday (AFP)
The National Hockey League and its players' union will continue talks Monday aimed at getting the league back on the ice.

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.

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.

Earnhardt jury hears from insurance agent who sold policy (AP)
A day after a judge ruled in favor of the late Dale Earnhardt's car owner in a trial pitting the racing team against an insurance company, the jury heard Tuesday from the insurance agent who sold the $3.7 million policy.

Terry Labonte to replace Leffler at Infineon Raceway (SportsTicker)
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Joe Gibbs Racing has sought a one-time appearance from a two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion.

Gibbs hires Terry Labonte to replace Leffler on road course (AP)
Terry Labonte was hired Tuesday to replace Jason Leffler in the road course race at Infineon Raceway later this month.

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)


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