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Spurs Nip Pistons 96-95 in OT, Lead Series (AP)
AP - Big Shot Bob did it again. Robert Horry, the veteran player whose clutch postseason 3-pointers have defined his career, knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in overtime Sunday night to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Chauncey Billups Was Unstoppable, Until OT (AP)
AP - Chauncey Billups was scoring at will against the San Antonio Spurs for four quarters. In overtime, Detroit's point guard missed all three of his shots and the Spurs went on to win 96-95 Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Spurs Win Despite Tim Duncan's Drama (AP)
AP - Tim Duncan had the game in his hands, and he couldn't hang on. Luckily for the San Antonio superstar, Robert Horry was around to pick it up.

Campbell Holds Off Woods to Win U.S. Open (AP)
AP - Michael Campbell answered every challenge Tiger Woods threw his way Sunday until a U.S. Open full of surprises got the biggest one of all. Woods blinked first.

White Sox Rally to Beat Dodgers 4-3 (AP)
AP - Aaron Rowand singled in two runs off reliever Duaner Sanchez in the eighth inning, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.

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.

Spurs delight as Big Shot Bob lives up to his name (Reuters)
Reuters - Robert Horry was brought to the San Antonio Spurs because of his post-season experience and an ability to hit clutch three-point shots.

This Date in Baseball - June 20 (AP)
AP - 1912 — The New York Giants outslugged the Boston Braves 21-12 with the teams scoring a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven runs to take a 21-2 lead and the Braves scored 10 in the bottom of the inning.

Late Goal Ties China, Costa Rica Match 2-2 (AP)
AP - Costa Rica allowed a goal by Sun Xiang in the 80th minute and tied China 2-2 Sunday in the opener of a two-game exhibition tour.

Ex-NHLers Get Ready for Life After Hockey (AP)
AP - With microphone in hand and the camera rolling, Dave Maley bantered easily with left-hander Josh Kalinowski, a pitcher with the minor league Bridgeport Bluefish, during pregame warmups.

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.

Chiefs' Battle out with Achilles' injury (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Julian Battle will miss the upcoming season with a torn left Achilles' tendon. Battle, who was working with the starters because of Eric Warfield's legal problems, was injured during a minicamp practice Saturday. ``He's going to be operated on,'' Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.

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...

Big-game hunter
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – With yet another display of clutch shooting, Robert Horry added Detroit to his list of playoff victims.

Horry lifts Spurs over Pistons in Game 5 (AP)
Big Shot Bob hates his nickname. Robert Horry doesn't like the expectations or the arrogance implied by such a label -- and nobody calls him Bob in real life, anyway. Too bad, Bob. After the San Antonio forward's breathtaking performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he'll be a Big Shot until they carve it on his tombstone.

Spurs win despite Duncan's late miss (AP)
Tim Duncan had the game in his hands, and he couldn't hang on. Luckily for the San Antonio superstar, Robert Horry was around to pick it up. Duncan missed an easy tip-in right before the regulation buzzer in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, his timing thrown off when the rebound of Manu Ginobili's missed shot clipped the rim.

Detroit's Billups unstoppable until OT (AP)
Chauncey Billups was scoring at will against the San Antonio Spurs for four quarters. In overtime, Detroit's point guard missed all three of his shots and the Spurs went on to win 96-95 Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Billups finished with a playoff-high 34 points on 11-of-26 shooting and had seven assists and one turnover.

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.

Pistons' playoff run overshadows brawl (AP)
A long and at times tumultuous basketball season at The Palace of Auburn Hills ended Sunday night with Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Pistons and Spurs. Detroit, one of the NBA's most successful franchises, suffered a painful blow to its reputation after fans fought with Indiana players at the end of the Pacers' Nov.

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.

Quinnipiac program gets former NHLers ready for their closeups (AP)
With microphone in hand and the camera rolling, Dave Maley bantered easily with left-hander Josh Kalinowski, a pitcher with the minor league Bridgeport Bluefish, during pregame warmups. Maley asked about family and life in professional sports, something he knows intimately after spending nearly a decade in the NHL.

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.

Michigan observations
Tires continue to be an issue, but NASCAR should be happy about Herbie.

Biffle wins fifth race of year (AP)
Five wins in 15 races is a pretty good start to the season. Greg Biffle wants more.

Brickyard bosses fuming after Formula One flop (AFP)
Officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hallowed ground for US motor racing, were fuming after 14 of 20 cars pulled out of the US Formula One Grand Prix.

Marlin to be replaced in 2005 by Stremme (AP)
Sterling Marlin will be bumped from Ganassi Racing's No. 40 next year by Busch Series driver David Stremme, team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates confirmed Sunday.

Biffle wins NASCAR Batman Begins 400 at Michigan (SportsTicker)


Stremme to replace Marlin for Chip Ganassi Racing (SportsTicker)
By Bob Tripi SportsTicker Contributing Writer

Edwards wins Busch Series Meijer 300 (SportsTicker)


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)


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