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Mitchell May Head Steroids Investigation (AP)
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a partner in the ownership of the Boston Red Sox, addresses a news conference in this Dec. 21, 2001, file photo in Boston. Major League Baseball is expected to appoint Mitchell as its lead investigator into the sport's steroid scandal. (AP Photo/Mike Mergen)AP - Major League Baseball will investigate alleged steroid use by Barry Bonds and other players, and plans to hire former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell to lead the effort.


NFL Curtails End Zone Celebrations (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson putts the football with the goal line pylon after scoring on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens, in this Nov. 27, 2005 photo, in Cincinnati.  NFL owners limit end zone celebrations, a move that will force flamboyant offensive players like Cincinnati's Chad Johnson to change their ways. 'I'm looking forward to see what Chad will come up with,' Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said after the vote.  (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)AP - As a series of plays from the 2005 season flashed on the screen at the NFL meetings, people began to yawn. Examples of "down by contact" or minor movement that led to illegal procedure calls just weren't attention grabbers.


James Scores 46 As Cavs' Clinch Playoffs (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots against Dallas Mavericks' Erick Dampier (25) during second quarter NBA basketball action Wednesday, March 29, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)AP - LeBron James was in seventh grade the last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played in the postseason. And he wasn't even a Cavaliers fan.


Jagr Sets Rangers' Points Record in Win (AP)
New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr (68) looks to pass  during the second period of hockey action against the New York Islanders Wednesday March 29, 2006 in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Jaromir Jagr broke New York's single-season points record — and gave the Rangers a little cushion in the Atlantic Division race.


LSU a Welcome Relief From Hurricane Woes (AP)
Scott Norkey puts up a display of Final Four shirts  in a memorabilia shop in downtown Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 29, 2006.  Florida will play George Mason while LSU will take on UCLA in the semifinals on Saturday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP - At a time when people are still cleaning up from hurricanes and travel trailers serve as luxury housing, the talk has turned from rebuilding to rebounding.


Owners crack down on excessive celebrations (Reuters)
Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Johnson jumps into the crowd after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of play at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, in this October 26, 2003 file photo. NFL owners voted 29-3 on March 29, 2006 to curtail end zone demonstrations following touchdowns. (John Sommers/Reuters)Reuters - Excessive and elaborate on-field celebrations during NFL games could now cost teams dearly.


Streaking Nets down Grizzlies (Reuters)
New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson (R) runs into Phoenix Suns forward James Jones in the first quarter of their NBA game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, March 27, 2006. (Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters)Reuters - Richard Jefferson scored 27 points to guide the streaking New Jersey Nets to their 10th straight win with an 86-74 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.


MLB to investigate steroid use: report (Reuters)
San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds watches his home run as he heads to first base during a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Arizona March 14, 2006. Major League Baseball will launch an investigation into past steroid use by its players -- including Bonds -- according to published reports. (Jeff Topping/Reuters)Reuters - Major League Baseball will launch an investigation into past steroid use by its players -- including slugger Barry Bonds -- according to published reports.


Bravo Leads Mexico Over Paraguay 2-1 (AP)
Mexico forward Omar Bravo celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against Paraguay during the second half Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Soldier Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - Omar Bravo scored twice to lead Mexico to a 2-1 win over Paraguay in a World Cup tuneup match Wednesday night at Soldier Field.


Iginla, Flames Tie for First in Northwest (AP)
Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Dion Phaneuf, left, and Daymond Langkow during second period NHL hockey action against the Los Angeles Kings in Calgary, Wednesday, March 29, 2006.(AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh, CP)AP - One day after getting knocked out of the top spot in the Northwest Division, Jarome Iginla put the Calgary Flames right back there.


Meetings notebook: Bills looking to deal Losman
ORLANDO, Fla. – There'll be a quarterback competition in Buffalo, but it may not involve J.P. Losman.

NFL curtails end zone celebrations (AP)
As a series of plays from the 2005 season flashed on the screen at the NFL meetings, people began to yawn. Examples of "down by contact" or minor movement that led to illegal procedure calls just weren't attention grabbers. They woke up quickly when a tape came up showing Cincinnati's Chad Johnson catching a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer, then picking up a pylon and putting the football from...

Moss' agent arrested again in Florida (AP)
The agent for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss was arrested last weekend for failing to appear at a hearing stemming from his March 14 arrest on crack cocaine charges. Dante DiTrapano was arrested Saturday in Clearwater, Fla., sheriff's department spokesman Mac McMullen said Wednesday. DiTrapano posted bond and was released Sunday.

Holmgren still not over Super Bowl loss (AP)
Nearly two months after his Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, Mike Holmgren is still feeling the pain. Especially about the officiating. "To have the story of the Super Bowl be the officials, that is crazy," Holmgren said Wednesday. Holmgren wasn't pounding-the-table angry. He was his normal self: calm, rational, even a little laid-back.

Raiders-Eagles to open NFL preseason (AP)
The NFL preseason will open with the Oakland Raiders playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio. The prime-time game will be the first televised by NBC under the new contract that gives it the rights to Sunday night telecasts. Analyst John Madden, the former coach of the Raiders, will be inducted into the hall that weekend.

Dungy learns to work through his grief (AP)
Three months removed from the worst day of his life, Tony Dungy has learned from the heartache of others. "My family and I have gotten a lot of cards and letters. I've learned that it's not as rare as I thought it had been," the Indianapolis Colts' coach said Tuesday at the NFL meetings. "A lot of people have been through it.

Cowboys WR Glenn signs $20M, 5-year deal (AP)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension Monday to line up with Terrell Owens and keep catching passes from Drew Bledsoe. Glenn was under contract for two more seasons, and was scheduled to make $2 million in 2006. The new deal replaces the old contract and runs through 2010.

Panthers give John Fox 5-year extension (AP)
The Carolina Panthers have given coach John Fox a five-year contract extension as a reward for taking them deep into the playoffs in two of the last three seasons. Fox, who had two years left on his current contract, received a deal that runs through 2010 and will pay him close to $5 million a season.

Here come the Monsters of the Meadowlands
Look out Detroit. New Jersey's defense looks good enough to win a conference championship.

LeBron helps Cavs clinch playoff spot (AP)
LeBron James was in seventh grade the last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played in the postseason. And he wasn't even a Cavaliers fan. "I was a Bulls fan -- all Michael Jordan back then. I'm all Cavs now," James said. James helped end the NBA's third-longest playoff drought by scoring 46 points in a 107-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, clinching Cleveland's first postseason...

Nets tie season high, win 10th straight (AP)
Richard Jefferson had a message that should provide some comfort for the New Jersey Nets' remaining opponents this season. "We will lose a game," the Nets forward conceded Wednesday night. "Things can change in one quarter, or in five minutes." Jefferson scored 27 points to help the Nets beat the weary Memphis Grizzlies 86-74 and tie a season high with their 10th straight win.

Garnett dominates Howard in Wolves' win (AP)
In a matchup of the present and future of NBA power forwards, Kevin Garnett showed Dwight Howard that he still has a lot to learn. Garnett dominated with 27 points, 19 rebounds and six assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 103-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. "Howard is going to be a great player in this league," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said.

Wolves owner says he won't trade Garnett (AP)
While Kevin Garnett appears to be growing increasingly impatient with the direction of the Minnesota Timberwolves, owner Glen Taylor says he can't envision a scenario where he would trade the team's only star. "I do not see that as a possibility," Taylor said Wednesday night before the Timberwolves played the Orlando Magic.

Pistons send 76ers six games below .500 (AP)
With a balanced, dominant and deep roster, Detroit swept the season series against Philadelphia. With the way both teams are playing down the stretch, the Pistons can start thinking about another possible sweep over the Sixers, only this time in the postseason. Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess each scored 18 points to lead the Detroit Pistons over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers 101-91 on...

Wade's 37 help Heat win without Shaq (AP)
Dwyane Wade played so well that he earned a kiss from Pat Riley. Wade scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat overcame the absence of injured Shaquille O'Neal to beat the Toronto Raptors 98-94 on Wednesday night. O'Neal missed the game because of a hyperextended left knee, but Wade rallied Miami from a 16-point deficit.

Jazz top Nuggets to aid playoff chase (AP)
The Utah Jazz thought they had to beat the Denver Nuggets, and they made doing so seem almost effortless. Mehmet Okur scored 24 points and the Jazz used easy layups to shoot 58.5 percent from the field in their 115-104 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday night. It was the highest shooting percentage the Northwest Division-leading Nuggets have allowed an opponent this season.

Yao leads Rockets to rout of Sonics (AP)
The Houston Rockets put together one of their best performances of the season, too late to matter for a team out of playoff contention. Yao Ming had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the Rockets routed the Seattle SuperSonics 115-87 on Wednesday night. Stromile Swift and newly acquired Richie Frahm had 16 points apiece for the Rockets, who shot 52 percent (42-of-81) and outrebounded Seattle 46-32 to...

Butler's late 3's give Hornets close win (AP)
Everybody on the court could tell Mike Dunleavy released his final shot an instant too late -- everybody except Dunleavy, who popped his jersey and romped around the arena celebrating a basket that didn't count. His Golden State Warriors were an instant too late to avoid an embarrassing loss to the flailing New Orleans Hornets, who seemed just as surprised as Dunleavy to learn they were heading...

Power rankings
No lead is safe in the new NHL, so who's to say which team will reach the playoffs atop the Power Rankings.

Jagr sets Rangers points record in win (AP)
Jaromir Jagr broke New York's single-season points record -- and gave the Rangers a little cushion in the Atlantic Division race. Jagr assisted on four straight goals in a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night to pass Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle on the team scoring list and help the Rangers move four points ahead of second-place Philadelphia.

Flames move into tie for division lead (AP)
One day after getting knocked out of the top spot in the Northwest Division, Jarome Iginla put the Calgary Flames right back there. Iginla's short-handed goal at 16:23 of the second period was the game-winner Wednesday night as the Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to move back into a tie for first place with idle Colorado.

Carter's late goal gives Canucks key win (AP)
Anson Carter scored a power-play goal with 6.1 seconds left to give the Vancouver Canucks a crucial 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. After failing to record even a shot on their first four power plays, Daniel Sedin's pass through the crease left Carter with an open net and he slammed his 30th goal of the season past a helpless Manny Fernandez.

Stars edge Ducks, close in on division (AP)
Philippe Boucher has helped the Dallas Stars plenty with his offense this season, setting career highs for goals and points. The defenseman contributed in a more forceful way without the puck this time. Boucher's big hit on Teemu Selanne along the board at center ice leveled Anaheim's top goal scorer late in the second period Wednesday night.

Ovechkin, Johnson power Caps past 'Canes (AP)
Five games in 14 days against the same opponent sure sounds like the playoffs. As the Washington Capitals complete a miserable season, this is as close as they'll get. "You've got to take the most positive thing you can," right wing Matt Bradley said. He and his teammates continue to do so at the expense of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Dumont helps Sabres snap 6-game slide (AP)
Daniel Briere never worried during the Buffalo Sabres' losing streak. Now that the six-game skid is over with Buffalo's 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Briere can reflect back on how the adversity might have made the team stronger. "Having such a long losing streak, it made us take a look at everything and make sure we made the adjustments," Briere said.

Sabres D Teppo Numminen sprains knee (AP)
Teppo Numminen will miss up to two weeks after the veteran Sabres defenseman sprained his knee in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Boston on Wednesday night. Coach Lindy Ruff said it's not clear when the injury occurred, noting Numminen continued playing after feeling a twinge in his knee when he fell. The defenseman played only a few minutes in the second period and did not return for the third.

Panthers push winning streak to seven (AP)
A franchise-record seven-game winning streak has raised the standards of the Florida Panthers. Chris Gratton scored his first goal in eight games as the Panthers jumped out to a four-goal lead and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night. "We didn't play well tonight," center Olli Jokinen said.

Calder lifts Blackhawks over Blues in OT (AP)
Kyle Calder helped the Blackhawks finally win a one-goal game. Calder scored in overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 and snap Chicago's five-game losing streak. All of the Blackhawks' defeats during the slide had been by one goal. Calder won it at the 3:49 mark of the extra session after being left open at the right side of the St.

Dodge's hard Charger
Petty Racing looks to be the next Dodge team to score a Nextel Cup victory with the Charger.

Johnson wrecks, speeds reach record highs during tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway (AP)
A flat tire caused Jimmie Johnson to wreck Wednesday during an important test at Lowe's Motor Speedway, sending Goodyear officials searching to find the right rubber to use on the freshly paved surface.

NASCAR fines Jeff Gordon $10,000 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Jeff Gordon lost his head after a heated race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. Two days later, he suffered the consequences.

Gordon fined $10,000 for shove at Bristol (AP)
Jeff Gordon has always been a model of good behavior off the track, the rare driver able to keep his emotions in check.

Spencer to drive for BAM Racing at Martinsville (AP)
Jimmy Spencer will replace rookie Brent Sherman for this week's race at Martinsville Speedway, BAM Racing said Tuesday.

Miss. House honors late NASCAR driver Earnhardt (AP)
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi House passed a resolution Tuesday designating April 29 each year as "Dale...

Bristol bump and bad-mouthing puts Busch back in spotlight (AP)
Poor Kurt Busch. He tries his best to avoid controversy, yet still ends up smack in the middle of it.

Busch bumps past Kenseth to win at Bristol (AP)
Kevin Harvick doesn't like Kurt Busch, and now maybe Matt Kenseth is mad at him, too.

Kurt Busch wins NASCAR Nextel Food City 500 (SportsTicker)

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