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Cardinals Edge Diamondbacks 2-1 (AP)
AP - David Eckstein's suicide squeeze scored pinch-runner So Taguchi in the ninth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Arizona Diamondbacks and earn Chris Carpenter his 13th victory, tied for most in the majors.

Marlins Nip Brewers 5-4 in 12 Innings (AP)
AP - Juan Encarnacion's single in the 12th inning gave Florida a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night as Marlins pitchers had 22 strikeouts, 14 by starter A.J. Burnett in six innings.

Glavine, Mets Cool Off Nationals 5-3 (AP)
AP - Tom Glavine overcame a rocky outing to earn the win, and the New York Mets ended Livan Hernandez's 2 1/2-month winning streak Wednesday night with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Clement Gets 10 Wins, Bosox Top Texas 7-4 (AP)
AP - Matt Clement worked into the ninth inning for his 10th victory and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs for the Boston Red Sox in a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Ted Lilly and Blue Jays Mow Down A's 8-0 (AP)
AP - Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings, and Vernon Wells homered in Toronto's five-run eighth inning to help the Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 on Wednesday night.

Tim Brown to Retire As Raider (AP)
AP - Tim Brown will end his prolific NFL career with the Oakland Raiders after all.

Trail Blazers Hire Nate McMillan to Coach (AP)
AP - Nate McMillan is leaving the Seattle SuperSonics to coach the Portland Trail Blazers.

Dodgers Clobber Rockies 9-5 (AP)
AP - Antonio Perez homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and Jason Phillips added a three-run shot to send the injury-riddled Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-5 victory Wednesday night over the Colorado Rockies.

Soccer: Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago Tie (AP)
AP - Christopher Birchall and Maynor Figueroa exchanged first half goals as Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras tied 1-1 in a first round CONCACAF Gold Cup game Wednesday night.

NHL's Complaints Given to NLRB Attorneys (AP)
AP - The NHL's complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the players' association of threatening to decertify agents for representing replacement players, have been forwarded to the board's legal counsel.

Offseason notebook: Still armed and dangerous
Who'll be this year's Drew Brees, the QB who fares much better than expected? Here are five candidates.

Tim Brown to retire as a Raider (AP)
Tim Brown will end his prolific NFL career with the Oakland Raiders after all. ``Tim will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Raider,'' team spokesman Mike Taylor said Wednesday. A news conference is planned for later this month to recognize Brown, the former Heisman Trophy winner and longest-tenured player in franchise history.

Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram dead at 82 (AP)
Even in declining health, Hank Stram was able to inspire his former players. During his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, the former Kansas City Chiefs coach was so weak he had to be pushed onto the stage in a wheelchair. But a video montage of his career and a prerecorded speech offered powerful reminders of Stram's passion for football, moving many in the crowd to tears.

Packers NT Grady Jackson could hold out (AP)
Nose tackle Grady Jackson could hold out or seek a trade if the Green Bay Packers don't improve his contract, his new agent said Wednesday. The 340-pound Jackson has a year left on a two-year, $2.31 million deal. Drew Rosenhaus said the 32-year-old Jackson is a ``premier player'' on the Packers defense and should be paid that way.

Owens won't be on Kings' summer team (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens won't play for Sacramento's summer-league team next week because the NFL club will not give permission. Owens, the talkative All-Pro who's embroiled in a contract dispute with the Eagles, had recent discussions with the Kings about another foray into basketball, his favorite sport.

Chiefs agree to terms with CB Ambrose (AP)
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Ashley Ambrose on Friday. The 13-year veteran started six games for the New Orleans Saints last year. Ambrose was drafted in the second round by Indianapolis in 1992 and has also played for Cincinnati and Atlanta. The 34-year-old Ambrose has played in 192 regular-season games, recording 550 tackles and 42 interceptions.

Tice fined $100K for scalping tickets (AP)
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Thursday for scalping his Super Bowl tickets. Running backs coach Dean Dalton and special teams coach Rusty Tillman were also each fined $10,000 for scalping their tickets. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue notified the three coaches of their punishment in a letter.

Kraft gives Super Bowl ring to Putin (AP)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he likes the way Vladimir Putin is quarterbacking Russia -- and that's why he gave him his diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring. Kraft was among a group of U.S. business executives who met with the Russian president Saturday at Konstantinovsky Palace near St.

Is Nate next?
Ray Allen's decision to remain a Sonic could mean coach Nate McMillan will be sticking around Seattle.

McMillan leaving Sonics for Blazers (AP)
Nate McMillan is leaving the Seattle SuperSonics to coach the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers late Wednesday night hired McMillan, who led the SuperSonics to the Northwest Division title this past season. He will be introduced Thursday at a news conference, the Blazers said in a statement. McMillan's contract with the Sonics expired July 1 and the Blazers aggressively pursued him.

Reports: Horry agrees to deal with Spurs (AP)
San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry has agreed to a three-year deal with the NBA champions, according to reports. Horry's agent, Robert Barr, told Houston television station KRIV and the San Antonio Express-News on Tuesday that the three-year deal would allow the Spurs the right to buy Horry out of the third year.

Cavaliers start wooing Redd (AP)
The Cavaliers are busy trying to woo Michael Redd, who is scheduled to meet with the team Wednesday. Redd now tops the team's free agent wish list after Ray Allen agreed to stay with Seattle. ``We're meeting with Cleveland today,'' Redd's agent, Kevin Poston, said Wednesday. ``Michael met with Milwaukee yesterday.'' Poston declined to talk about reported contract offers or discuss the situation...

Brown: 'Nobody seems to believe me' (AP)
After Larry Brown's agent and the Detroit Pistons talked about his future again, the Hall of Fame coach insisted nothing had changed from his perspective. ``I just want to get well and coach the Pistons,'' Brown said Wednesday night in an interview with The Associated Press. ``I've been saying that for a long time, but nobody seems to believe me.

Agent: Sonics, Allen agree to $85M deal (AP)
Ray Allen's best season in the NBA translated into a huge payday for the SuperSonics star. Allen agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension with Seattle on Tuesday, his agent said. The contract includes $80 million in salary and $5 million in bonuses, although terms of the bonuses and the yearly breakdown of salary hasn't been determined.

Hornets sign top draft pick Chris Paul (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets signed first-round draft pick Chris Paul on Wednesday to a three-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Paul, the fourth overall pick, averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 assists for Wake Forest last year. The guard is expected to see significant playing time in the Hornets backcourt this season along with second-year shooting guard J.R.

Jazz to tab Scott Layden assistant coach (AP)
Scott Layden is returning to the NBA. Layden, the former president of the New York Knicks and an assistant coach and administrator with Utah, is coming back to the Jazz as an assistant on coach Jerry Sloan's staff, the team announced Wednesday. Layden and Sloan were assistants with the Jazz under former coach and general manager Frank Layden, Scott's father.

Nuggets sign Hodge, Kleiza (AP)
The Denver Nuggets signed first-round draft picks Julius Hodge and Linas Kleiza to multiyear contracts Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Hodge was selected by the Nuggets with the 20th pick in last week's draft. The guard averaged 17 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his senior year at North Carolina State.

Celtics sign first-round pick Green (AP)
The Boston Celtics signed first-round draft pick Gerald Green on Sunday. The Celtics took Green with the 18th overall selection in last week's NBA draft. The 19-year-old Green is expected to play for Boston next week in the Reebok Vegas Summer League. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the draft out of high school.

Report: Online casino submits bid to purchase Blues (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - The ongoing NHL labor dispute has done little to keep away prospective buyers.

Ex-Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert charged with assault near Windsor (AP)
Famed former Detroit Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert is in legal trouble again over what police say was a fight with an officer. Ontario provincial police were was called to Probert's Windsor-area home around 9 a.m. Friday by a caller who said the 40-year-old retired hockey star had become violent and was damaging property.

Report: NHL forms new competition committee (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Despite the inability to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL and the Players Association apparently have found one thing in which they can agree on.

Panthers sell AHL affiliate San Antonio, Coyotes ink deal (SportsTicker)
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - The San Antonio Rampage had one whirlwind of a day.

NHL's complaints forwarded to labor board's legal counsel (AP)
The NHL's complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the players' association of threatening to decertify agents for representing replacement players, have been forwarded to the board's legal counsel. That decision was made this week because the case has national prominence and could set a precedent in labor matters outside of hockey, Elbert Tellem said Thursday.

Ducks offer Babcock a one-year contract extension (AP)
The Mighty Ducks offered coach Mike Babcock a one-year contract extension Thursday and then waited for his answer. ``He has asked for time to think about it, which I understand,'' new Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. Babcock's original deal, a two-year contract with a one-year extension, expired Thursday.

Panthers sell interest in AHL franchise (AP)
The Florida Panthers sold their interest in the San Antonio Rampage, a franchise that will become the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes. Spurs Sports & Entertainment in San Antonio obtained full ownership of the Rampage, who signed a multiyear affiliation deal with the Coyotes. ``We look forward to working with the entire Coyotes organization, one that is closer geographically to San Antonio,''...

Lemieux, Sakic, Yzerman, Iginla head Team Canada invitees (SportsTicker)
TORONTO (Ticker) - Team Canada has rounded up the usual suspects for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Ogrean returns to USA Hockey as executive director (SportsTicker)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Ticker) - Dave Ogrean has returned to his former position of executive director of USA Hockey.

Trading Paint: Emerging Earnhardt
Is Junior on the right track? Our readers, of course, have opinions on that and more.

Busch, Rudd have track to themselves (AP)
At least Kurt Busch and Ricky Rudd didn't have to worry about traffic.

Darlington gets go-ahead for 2006 (AP)
``The Lady In Black'' has apparently made it to another year. Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning said Wednesday that the track got the go-ahead from its owners, International Speedway Corp., to send out ticket renewal letters for another Mother's Day weekend Nextel Cup race. The date of the Carolina Dodge Dealers 500 is May 13, 2006, the night before the holiday.

Lehto-Wermer win at Lime Rock (AP)
The Champion Audi Racing team of JJ Lehto and Marco Werner won the American LeMans Series New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on Monday. Lehto, from Finland, beat teammate Emanuele Pirro by 1.7 seconds. Pirro shared driving duties with Frank Biela. The tandem of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta finished third overall and won the GT1 class.

Deep into the night, Stewart rules at Daytona (AP)
Tony Stewart climbed from his car, started scaling the fence and didn't stop until he reached the top. The unusual celebration capped an extraordinary night at Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart wins Pepsi 400 in dominating fashion (SportsTicker)


Stewart finally wins at Daytona (AP)
After numerous frustrating finishes, Tony Stewart finally won at NASCAR's most famous track.

Martin wrecks, ends final Daytona start early (AP)
Mark Martin looked up at the mammoth replay screen, shook his head in disgust and then walked into his hauler.

Todd Bodine wins NCTS O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (SportsTicker)


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