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Pistons Overcome Spurs' Lead, Win 95-86 (AP)
AP - The identity of the next NBA champion will not be known until Thursday — not until Game 7 of a suddenly suspenseful series is over.

D-Rays Chase Big Unit but Yanks Win 20-11 (AP)
AP - The New York Yankees broke loose for 13 runs in the eighth inning behind Bernie Williams and Gary Sheffield, overcoming an early eight-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 20-11 Tuesday night.

Padres Edge Dodgers 2-1 (AP)
AP - Woody Williams threw 6 2-3 solid innings for his first victory in nearly two months, leading the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night, Los Angeles' season-high eighth straight loss.

Smoltz Gets Shutout As Braves Beat Marlins (AP)
AP - John Smoltz pitched his first shutout in six years and Andruw Jones hit his 20th homer as the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 5-0 Tuesday night.

Red Sox Pummel Indians 9-2 (AP)
AP - David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs, and Bronson Arroyo scattered four hits to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 9-2 Tuesday night.

Young Receivers Showing Promise for Titans (AP)
AP - The Tennessee Titans three drafted receivers are tossing around the idea they might need a nickname.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - No game scheduled. Game 7 of the NBA Finals is Thursday night in San Antonio.

Reds Interim Manager Wins Debut Game (AP)
AP - The Cincinnati Reds are in the hands of a self-described "baseball guy" for at least the rest of the season.

Soccer: Adu Won't Be Remembered for Play (AP)
AP - If Freddy Adu is lucky, nobody will remember his appearance at the World Youth Championship.

Blackhawks Hire New GM, Who Fires Coach (AP)
AP - The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager Tuesday, and he wasted no time firing coach Brian Sutter.

Read and React: Against the Law
For calling the Patriots' $26 million offer "a slap in the face," Ty Law is getting kicked around by readers.

WR Hakim signs one-year deal with Saints (AP)
Free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, a week after an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs fell through. Hakim, released by the Detroit Lions, signed a one-year deal with New Orleans. ``He is an established player who has shown he can be an important part of an offense throughout his career,'' Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Tuesday.

Niners sign WR Morton to two-year deal (AP)
Receiver Johnnie Morton agreed to a two-year contract Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers, who finally added a veteran wideout to one of the NFL's least impressive receiving corps. Morton, an 11-year pro, spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him June 2 after Morton refused to take a cut in his $3 million salary.

Browns sign veteran QB Doug Johnson (AP)
Needing a veteran quarterback as protection for Trent Dilfer, the Cleveland Browns signed former Atlanta backup Doug Johnson to a one-year contract Monday. Johnson spent last season with Tennessee. He signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2000 and made 11 starts in four seasons before being released and signed by Jacksonville.

NFL Network to air 55 preseason games (AP)
The NFL Network will televise 55 games during the 2005 preseason. The network will use the television feeds of local broadcasts, using the road team announcers for one half and the home team crew for the other. Of those 55, six will air live. In addition, NFL Network will present a live look-in show that moves around to NFL preseason games in progress.

Bengals claim ex-Ohio State QB Krenzel (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals claimed quarterback Craig Krenzel off waivers from the Chicago Bears on Monday, bringing him back to the state where he won a national championship in college. Krenzel, a fifth-round draft pick in 2004 out of Ohio State, appeared in six games last year and became the first Bears quarterback in nearly 40 years to start his career with three straight victories.

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.

Spurs' turn to squirm
SAN ANTONIO – What does Game 7 pressure feel like? The Spurs are about to find out.

Finals set for first Game 7 since 1994 (AP)
Bruce Bowen raked his hand across Richard Hamilton's face, rudely dislodging the Detroit star's sweatband and clear protective mask. When no foul was called, Hamilton screamed and flung the broken headgear to the court. A momentum-changing technical foul seemed imminent -- until Rasheed Wallace grabbed his younger teammate's shoulder and said, ``Just play basketball.'' The NBA Finals' most...

NBA, union agree to terms, avert lockout (AP)
Quite a few things are going up in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement: the minimum age, the salary cap, and the flexibility general managers will have to make trades. Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter finalized a new labor deal Thursday morning and then flew to the NBA Finals to announce it.

Duncan disappears again in big spot (AP)
Tim Duncan grabbed the rebound and dunked it hard, then made a quick move for another basket. Great stuff -- but it was too little, too late for the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan went without a field goal from 3:37 of the third quarter until his putback slam with 3:14 left in the fourth. Although his second straight basket got the Spurs within one point, San Antonio failed to score after that and lost...

Brown's legacy lives on with Pistons (AP)
Larry Brown can put his hospital visit on hold. The Detroit Pistons beat San Antonio 95-86 Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, keeping Brown's coaching career with them alive for at least another game. Brown went to midcourt when the final buzzer sounded and hugged Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, his good friend.

Wallace takes blame and has big game (AP)
Rasheed Wallace took the blame for Game 5 -- and then he played a big role in making sure the Detroit Pistons made it to Game 7 of the NBA Finals. After making a self-described ``bonehead play'' to allow Robert Horry's dramatic 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in Game 5, Wallace made up for it with perhaps his best game of the series.

ASU's Diogu to remain in NBA draft (AP)
Ike Diogu, the third player to ever lead the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding in the same season, will remain in the NBA draft. Tuesday's announcement came minutes before the deadline to declare for the draft and ended weeks of speculation as Diogu debated whether to return to Arizona State for his senior season or take a chance on being a high first-round pick.

PG Chris Paul works out with Hawks (AP)
Former Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul showed off his 3-point shooting Monday for Hawks general manager Billy Knight at the team's predraft workout. Knight has not said if the Hawks will use their overall No. 2 pick on a point guard or big man in the June 28 NBA draft. Utah center Andrew Bogut is working out with the team Friday.

Wife of Pistons' Ham gets probation (AP)
The wife of Detroit Pistons reserve Darvin Ham was sentenced Monday to a year's probation for hitting him on the head with a wine bottle in March. Deneitra Ham also was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and an anger management program. She must stay away from drugs and alcohol during probation and pay a fine, deputy court administrator Lorna Skipworth said.

Wolves' Casey gets right 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.

Blackhawks hire new GM, who fires old coach (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager Tuesday, and he wasted no time firing coach Brian Sutter. ``I've thought about this long and hard for the last six weeks,'' Tallon said. ``This is not about the past, it's about the future. ``I want to start with a fresh sheet of ice, a clean slate, and move forward into the future.'' Under Sutter, the Blackhawks were 91-118-37 in...

Blackhawks name Tallon general manager, fire coach Sutter (SportsTicker)
CHICAGO (Ticker) - The Chicago Blackhawks found their new general manager, and it didn't take long for him to make his presence felt.

Jagr says players' fight against salary cap was ``risk that didn't pay off'' (AP)
New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr said Tuesday that players' initial refusal of a salary cap in talks with the NHL was a gamble that did not work out. ``We started the fight because we didn't agree with the introduction of salary caps,'' Jagr said. ``Now, we'll be happy to get them. We didn't expect the owners to be so tough and persistent.

Hawks' Tallon slices deep in NHL coaching cut (AFP)
Dale Tallon was named general manager of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks and promptly made his first personnel move, firing coach Brian Sutter.

Report: Blackhawks to name Tallon general manager (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The Chicago Blackhawks apparently have found their new general manager.

Mighty Ducks introduce new owners, GM Brian Burke (AP)
Henry and Susan Samueli officially assumed ownership of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Monday, and announced the selection of a new management team headed by executive vice president and general manager Brian Burke. ``This is the beginning of a new era,'' Samueli said at an Anaheim Arena news conference.

Mighty Ducks name Burke general manager (SportsTicker)
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - The new owners of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim wasted little time finding a general manager.

Samueli family completes purchase of Mighty Ducks (SportsTicker)
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - It took two years, but the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are in the hands of new ownership.

NHL, Players' Association resume talks Monday (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The NHL and the Players' Association are back at the negotiating table for another round of talks on Monday.

Too hot to handle
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Could Roush Racing be off to too quick a start this season?

Earnhardt's race team, insurer reach confidential settlement (AP)
The race team of the late Dale Earnhardt said Monday it reached a settlement with an insurer who had refused to pay the stock-car driver's life-insurance policy, ending a nearly monthlong trial. Richard Childress Racing had sought $3.7 million from United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., the amount for which the team had insured the popular driver.

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.

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