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Goosen Leads U.S. Open by Three Shots (AP)
AP - Retief Goosen seized control of the U.S. Open on Saturday with three birdies on the final five holes at Pinehurst No. 2, the last one a 25-footer from just off the 18th green that gave him a 1-under 69 and a three-shot lead over journeymen Olin Browne and Jason Gore.

Pirates Beat BoSox 2-0 to End Skid (AP)
AP - Humberto Cota doubled off the Green Monster to score the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning on Saturday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 2-0.

Sosa Homers As Orioles Rip Rockies 7-2 (AP)
AP - Sammy Sosa hit his 583rd home run to tie Mark McGwire for sixth place on the career list, highlighting a six-run fourth inning that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Colorado Rockies 7-2 Saturday night.

Streaking ChiSox Rally to Beat Dodgers 5-3 (AP)
AP - A.J. Pierzynski's two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Saturday night to win their third straight.

Inge Leads Tigers Past Giants 8-2 (AP)
AP - Brandon Inge hit a leadoff homer and a two-run double, and Jason Johnson recovered from a rough start to pitch eight strong innings in the Detroit Tigers' 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

Chiefs Sign WR Freddie Mitchell (AP)
AP - The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell Saturday, a month after the Eagles released the troublesome player.

Marathon NBA playoffs reach pivotal phase (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - The NBA will decide a champion soon. Promise. How long is this taking? Consider this very Sunday. And on the 58th day of the playoffs, the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs will play Game 5 of the NBA Finals. If it seems like this has gone on awhile, well, it has.

Red Sox blanked for 1st time this season by Pirates (Reuters)
Reuters - Dave Williams and two relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Boston Red Sox their first shutout loss of the season, 2-0 in interleague play Saturday at Fenway Park.

D.C. United Stops Streaking Revolution (AP)
AP - Santino Quaranta and Jamie Moreno scored and Nick Rimando earned his fifth shutout, helping D.C. United snap New England's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory Saturday night.

Mighty Ducks to Introduce New Owners (AP)
AP - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will introduce new owners Henry and Susan Samueli and their management team at a news conference Monday at Anaheim Arena.

Offseason notebook: No Lawmaking yet
Ty Law's foot injury has teams wary of signing him to a lucrative free-agent contract.

Chiefs sign WR Freddie Mitchell (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent wide receiver Freddie Mitchell Saturday, a month after the Eagles released the troublesome player. Mitchell was at Chiefs minicamp in street clothes but will begin practicing Sunday, coach Dick Vermeil said. ``We're very happy to have him here and I think he's happy to be here,'' Vermeil said.

Ricky Williams to file for reinstatement (AP)
Ricky Williams will apply for reinstatement with the Miami Dolphins toward the end of next month. The star running back's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said Friday that Williams would file the application on July 23 or shortly thereafter. Steinberg considers that date the one-year anniversary of Williams' retirement.

Portis hoping for better 2005 season (AP)
Clinton Portis' first season with the Washington Redskins was all about patience -- or the lack thereof. First, he needed to be patient to learn a totally new offense, only to learn it didn't suit him well. He didn't have the patience to pick his way through unfamiliar blocking schemes, preferring to dart ahead to try to make the type of big gains he had with the Denver Broncos.

Fully recovered Palmer running Bengals (AP)
Carson Palmer eased back from center, saw Chad Johnson sprinting down the middle of the field and let it fly. With a deceptively smooth flick of his right wrist, Palmer threw the ball 50 yards to the exact spot it had to be. Without breaking stride, Johnson looked back over his right shoulder, caught the ball and pulled it into his gut.

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.

Wilfs aim to be next Rooneys in NFL (AP)
After finally joining the exclusive NFL owners club, new Minnesota Vikings majority owner Zygi Wilf said he plans to stick around for a while. Wearing a gold-and-yellow Vikings tie and matching lapel pin, Wilf said he hoped to pattern his ownership of the Vikings after football families like the Rooneys in Pittsburgh rather than previous Vikings owner Red McCombs, who bolted after just seven...

Titans release S Lance Schulters (AP)
The Tennessee Titans released safety Lance Schulters on Thursday after failing to reach agreement on a new salary cap-friendly deal. The Titans, who cut six high-priced veterans in February, had been expected to release the seven-year veteran in their attempt to rebuild and free up enough salary cap space to build up other weak areas this season.

Palace pushovers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Spurs have yet to fight back on the Pistons' home turf.

Significant progress made in NBA talks (AP)
Significant progress was reported Friday in NBA labor talks after the sides met for more than 11 hours. Commissioner David Stern, union director Billy Hunter and several owners and players met at a Manhattan hotel, the first substantive talks in weeks on a new labor agreement to replace the seven-year deal expiring June 30.

Lighter side of coaches arises at Finals (AP)
To keep the mood light Saturday, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich showed a clip from the 1979 Maine high school basketball championship game starring assistant coach Brett Brown in all his short shorts glory. His intent was to keep his players' minds off the debacle of their last game, a 31-point loss to the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 that evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece.

Can Duncan, Ginobili resume dynamic play (AP)
Two games into the NBA Finals, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili appeared to have the makings of a dynamic duo capable of leading the San Antonio Spurs to a championship. Then the Spurs discovered what the Detroit Pistons do to duos. Duncan and Ginobili combined for 95 points and 40 rebounds in San Antonio's two home victories last week, with Duncan wreaking his usual low-post havoc and Ginobili...

Casey wastes no time getting to work (AP)
Dwane Casey's first full day on the job as Minnesota's new coach wasn't wasted. By noon, he had worked out three promising draft prospects and pledged to visit as many of the Timberwolves' current players as he could before the summer starts. For Casey, the excitement of a new venture has made the hectic pace easier to cope with.

Riley wants Shaq in Miami for long haul (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal is under contract to the Miami Heat for one more year. Not surprisingly, Heat president Pat Riley wants him around much longer. Riley plans to build around O'Neal for several upcoming seasons, and hopes the team can sign the 12-time All-Star to a deal allowing him to end his career in Miami.

Bogut ready for NBA draft to be over (AP)
Andrew Bogut is ready to find his new home. Unfortunately, it will be more than a week before he learns where that will be. Bogut returned to Salt Lake City on Friday and held a brief news conference, where he said he's anxious for the NBA draft on June 28. ``I definitely want it to speed up a bit. Obviously it's been a long haul.

Iavaroni interested in Portland job (AP)
Phoenix Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni shot down a report on Friday that he had been offered the head coaching job of the Portland Trail Blazers, but acknowledged that he remains an interested candidate. ``I don't know what the process is,'' Iavaroni said after the Suns' coaching staff watched a group of potential draft picks work out at America West Arena.

McDyess leaves injury woes in past (AP)
The symbol of Antonio McDyess' comeback is in a landfill somewhere. The Pistons' top reserve kept a pocket schedule in a drawer next to his bed during the regular season. When he woke up each day before a home game, he drew a line through that date on the schedule. The former All-Star and Olympian -- limited to just 52 games the previous three seasons because of knee injuries -- marveled at his...

Udrih under pressure during Spurs' slide (AP)
Beno Udrih's family flew from Slovenia to San Antonio to watch him in the NBA Finals. His 82-year-old grandfather got on a plane for the first time, and his father and brother even followed him up to Michigan for the Spurs' road games. As if the rookie point guard wasn't already facing enough pressure from Chauncey Billups and Lindsey Hunter.

NHL's Blues, Savvis Center for sale (AFP)
Bill and Nancy Laurie have put the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues and the Savvis Center arena up for sale, the team announced.

Mighty Ducks to introduce new owners and management team Monday (AP)
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will introduce new owners Henry and Susan Samueli and their management team at a news conference Monday at Anaheim Arena. Expected to lead the way in the general manager's position is Brian Burke as the successor to Al Coates, who served as interim GM for the past year. The purchase of the Mighty Ducks by the Samuelis from the Walt Disney Co.

Sides meet for 28 hours this week, will resume talks Monday in Toronto (AP)
The NHL and its players' union wrapped up 28 hours of talks for the week Friday, and plan to resume discussions Monday in Toronto in the hopes of ending the league's nine-month lockout. ``We resumed small group meetings with the league this week and spent the better part of four full days discussing a wide range of issues,'' players' association senior director Ted Saskin said in a statement.

For Sale: St. Louis Blues (AP)
The owners of the St. Louis Blues announced their plans to sell the franchise on Friday, citing tens of millions of dollars in losses. Wal-Mart heirs Bill and Nancy Laurie decided to sell the NHL franchise because of heavy financial losses and concerns about the future after a lockout canceled the entire 2004-05 season.

NHL, Players' Association conclude meetings, schedule more (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Despite another 28 hours of collective bargaining sessions this week, the NHL and the Players' Association still have plenty of work to do.

Blues, Savvis Center for sale (SportsTicker)
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - After seeing the entire NHL season wiped out, the Lauries no longer can afford to own the St. Louis Blues.

Report: Lauries plan to sell Blues (AP)
The owners of the St. Louis Blues were expected to announce their plans to sell the franchise, citing tens of millions of dollars in red ink as the NHL struggles to regain its footing after a lockout canceled last season. The team's owners, Bill and Nancy Laurie of Columbia, decided to sell the National Hockey League franchise because of ``heavy financial losses and concerns about the future,'' the...

Disney dumps NHL Ducks during labor shutdown (AFP)
When the National Hockey League returns from a labour dispute that wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season, The Walt Disney Company will not be coming back as owners of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Board of Governors approve sale of Mighty Ducks (SportsTicker)
NEW YORK (Ticker) - After a lengthy ordeal, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are finally being sold.

Newman's old tricks
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Poles are no problem for Ryan Newman. Rather, it's winning races – and friends – that's been tough lately.

Edwards rallies to win at Kentucky Speedway (AP)
Carl Edwards raced to his third NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year Saturday night, passing Martin Truex Jr. with a little more than lap to go in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Dennis Setzer wins NCTS Paramount Health Insurance 200 (SportsTicker)


Setzer wins NASCAR truck race at Michigan (AP)
Dennis Setzer raced to his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of the season Saturday, winning under caution after Ted Musgrave blew an engine while running second with less than two laps to go.

Kahne eyeing turnaround at Michigan (AP)
For Kasey Kahne, each of the next 12 NASCAR Nextel Cup races is critical.

Newman wins pole for NASCAR Batman Begins 400 at Michigan (SportsTicker)


Newman wins fifth pole of Cup season (AP)
It took Ryan Newman just over 37 seconds Saturday to grab his fifth pole of the season and first at Michigan International Speedway.

Kimmel gets third ARCA win of season (AP)
Points leader Frank Kimmel took the lead with 13 laps to go and won the ARCA stock car race Friday at Michigan International Speedway, his third victory of the season.

Ernie Irvan's new challenge is to promote safety (AP)
Ernie Irvan's life, for better and worse, has taken several twists at Michigan International Speedway.

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