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Giambi Helps Yanks Rally Past Pirates 7-5 (AP)
AP - Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer into the upper deck in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 Wednesday night with help from a questionable call at first base.

Red Sox Sweep Reds With 6-1 Victory (AP)
AP - Bronson Arroyo gave the Red Sox their fourth straight strong performance by a starter and David Ortiz drove in three runs to lead Boston to a 6-1 win and a sweep of the punchless Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

ChiSox Rebound in 6th, Beat D'backs 12-6 (AP)
AP - Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko hit three-run homers and Frank Thomas added a solo shot in a 10-run sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 12-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

NBA Finals Becoming Historical Oddity (AP)
AP - One of these days, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons will bring their "A" game to the NBA Finals on the same night. It hasn't happened yet, but there are still as many as four chances left for the teams to click at the same time.

Fever Defeat Shock 84-79 in Overtime (AP)
AP - Rookie Tan White and Tamika Catchings scored 20 points apiece and the Indiana Fever beat the Detroit Shock 84-79 in overtime Wednesday night.

Chiefs Reach One-Year Deal With Hakim (AP)
AP - Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Silverdome a forgotten dinosaur at NBA Finals time (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Five minutes up the road, the Palace of Auburn Hills teems with the NBA Finals. A half-hour down the freeway, Ford Field looks forward to the glitter of a Super Bowl. But here, a famous arena - which once hosted both - stands deserted and alone, as if it doesn't have a friend in the world. Anyone here remember the Silverdome?

Orioles Top Astros 5-1 to Sweep Series (AP)
AP - Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight innings of four-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Houston Astros 5-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Argentina, Germany Win at Confederations (AP)
AP - Former World Cup champions Argentina and Germany got off to winning starts Wednesday on the opening day of the Confederations Cup.

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.

Madden joining NBC as game analyst (AP)
John Madden was the first announcer Dick Ebersol thought of when NBC acquired the rights to the NFL's Sunday night package. In mid-May, Ebersol went to California to talk with the popular analyst and try to convince him to join NBC when the network begins broadcasting the NFL again in 2006. The work paid off.

Colts' Doss gets two-game suspension (AP)
Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss was suspended Wednesday by the NFL for the first two regular-season games after pleading no contest to misdemeanor gun charges. Doss was sentenced to community service last week after pleading no contest to misdemeanor gun charges in Akron, Ohio, where he was arrested after firing a gun into the air outside a restaurant on May 29.

Chiefs reach one-year deal with WR Hakim (AP)
Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. But coach Dick Vermeil stressed there's no guarantee the free agent will be in a Chiefs uniform this fall. Hakim, who played for Vermeil when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl six years ago, was released by Detroit in April.

Browns' Winslow undergoes 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.

Jets release safety Reggie Tongue (AP)
Safety Reggie Tongue was released Wednesday by the New York Jets after starting all 16 games last season. Tongue played just one season with the Jets and had the second longest interception return in the team's postseason history with an 85-yard touchdown run against Pittsburgh. The longest was 98 yards by Darrol Ray in 1982.

Video apologies bring 49ers to Chinatown (AP)
San Francisco 49ers officials promised Chinese-American leaders Tuesday they would overhaul the team's diversity policies to address anger over offensive training videos, including one that featured racial slurs about the Chinese community. At a packed meeting in a Chinatown community hall, 49ers owner John York apologized on behalf of the team and vowed to strengthen the franchise's ties to the...

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.

Now it gets interesting
The Spurs need to take care of the ball and box out. Most of all, they need Manu Ginobili to bounce back.

Ginobili, Spurs set to rebound from loss (AP)
Manu Ginobili left Game 3 of the NBA Finals covered in bruises, from his leg to his pride. Luckily for the San Antonio Spurs, the Argentine star says he has always been a quick healer. Ginobili, the dynamic star of the Spurs' victories in the first two games of the series last week, was held to seven points on just six shots in San Antonio's 96-79 loss.

Jackson faces big challenge with Lakers (AP)
One of Phil Jackson's first observations upon returning to the Los Angeles Lakers was he'd be ``most amazed'' if they were in position to contend for a championship during the life of his three-year contract. ``He said the same thing when we hired him the first time,'' general manager Mitch Kupchak recalled.

Pacers' brawl cases reassigned (AP)
Cases against five Indiana Pacers players charged in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history will be reassigned among several judges, according to a court ruling Wednesday. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Fred Mester agreed with arguments from defense lawyers that the players' cases had been improperly assigned en masse to one judge instead of randomly distributed among several judges.

Finals first: Three straight routs (AP)
One of these days, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons will bring their ``A'' game to the NBA Finals on the same night. It hasn't happened yet, but there are still as many as four chances left for the teams to click at the same time. Detroit's 96-79 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night was the third straight lopsided final score, making this series a historical oddity.

Cavs decline option on Traylor (AP)
Operating without a full-time general manager, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided Wednesday not to pick up the option on backup center Robert Traylor's $1.76 million contract for next season. Traylor averaged 5.5 points and a career-high 4.5 rebounds in 74 games as one of the team's most dependable reserves last season.

Hamilton treats mask like shoes, shorts (AP)
Richard Hamilton's clear, plastic mask has become his trademark, as distinct as his ability to curl around screens and make mid-range jumpers. Detroit's shooting guard considers the device protecting his nose that has been broken three times as simply another piece of equipment. ``It's just like a headband now,'' Hamilton said Wednesday.

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...

Gilbert's presence felt at The Palace (AP)
Dan Gilbert was a spectator at The Palace a year ago, rooting on his hometown Detroit Pistons to beat the Los Angeles Lakers and claim their third NBA title. But the founder of the nation's largest online mortgage company and new owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers says he'll skip this week's NBA Finals between the Pistons and San Antonio Spurs, a no-show in his own luxury box.

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.

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.

Norris' new project
Ty Norris has kept busy since leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc., but he still keeps an eye on his old team.

Renault seek to regain momentum in Indianapolis (AFP)
Formula One points leader Fernando Alonso and his Renault team arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week seeking to regain the momentum in the world championship chase.

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)


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