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ChiSox Beat Indians 10-4 After Rain Delay (AP)
Chicago White Sox's Jim Thome watches his two-run homer leave the park during the fourth inning of their opening day baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP - The Chicago White Sox celebrated the past. Then newcomer Jim Thome showed them the promise of a new season. Thome hit a two-run homer after a nearly three-hour rain delay and the defending World Series champions beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4 Sunday night in the major league opener, a game that didn't end until 2:10 a.m. EDT.


Mickelson Wins With Astounding 28-Under (AP)
Phil Mickelson tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of play in the BellSouth Classic golf tournament Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)AP - After posting the lowest total of his career and finishing with the fourth-best score in relation to par in PGA Tour history, Phil Mickelson faced a big question:


Webb Amazes With Playoff Win Over Ochoa (AP)
Karrie Webb, of Australia, watches shot from the second tee during the final round of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament on Sunday, April 2, 2006, at the Mission Hills Country Club, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)AP - Karrie Webb was so stunned by the final hour of the Kraft Nabisco Championship that she lost her way after completing an amazing comeback Sunday.


Duke to Finals After Shutting Down LSU (AP)
Duke's Mistie William, rear, hugs  Lindsey Harding after beating LSU 68-45 in the semifinals of the NCAA women's Final Four basketball championship Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)AP - Cameron Crazies, fire up your spellcheckers: Gail Goestenkors and the Duke women have a chance to finally hang a basketball championship banner next to the three won by Mike Krzyzewski's men. Coach G.'s Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA tournament final with a 64-45 victory over LSU Sunday night, shutting down the smoothest scorer in women's basketball to guarantee this year's champion will come out of the ACC.


Maryland Advances to 1st Championship Game (AP)
Maryland celebrates their 81-70 win over North Carolina during the semifinals of the NCAA women's Final Four basketball championship Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Maryland took it slow, took it inside, and took all the fun out of the Tar Heels. The Terrapins — the only team to beat No. 1 North Carolina this season — one-upped their own upset Sunday night, beating the Tar Heels 81-70 in the NCAA women's national semifinal. Now Maryland will play for the first women's basketball title in school history.


Leinart, Bush Work Out for NFL Coaches (AP)
Southern California's Reggie Bush reaches 40.5' on the vertical jump for NFL scouts during Pro Day Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)AP - Matt Leinart rolled to his left, and then back to his right before unleashing a perfectly thrown pass to Reggie Bush, who caught it some 30 yards downfield just inside the right sideline.


Carter Carries Nets to 12th Straight Win (AP)
New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter (15) shoots as he is guarded by Miami Heat forward Derek Anderson during first quarter NBA basketball Sunday night, April 2, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. Carter led all scorers with 43 points as the Nets beat the Heat, 90-78. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - The New Jersey Nets squeaked into the playoffs last year largely on the efforts of Vince Carter, who was acquired in a midseason trade with Toronto. Carter has done his best lately to get the Nets back to the postseason, averaging 26 points in New Jersey's current 12-game winning streak.


Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Minnesota at Toronto (7:15 EDT). The Blue Jays open the season at home against Johan Santana and the Twins.

Razov Scores Twice to Lift Chivas USA (AP)
Chivas USA's Ante Razov, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Real Salt Lake during the first half of their soccer game in Carson, Calif. on Sunday, April 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)AP - Ante Razov scored two goals and Juan Pablo Garcia added another as Chivas USA beat Real Salt Lake 3-0 Sunday in the season opener for both teams.


Red Wings Dominate Wild With 3-2 Win (AP)
Detroit Red Wings center Jason Williams (29) is knocked off the puck in front of the MInnesota goal by Minnesota Wild center Marc Chouinard (32) during the third period in a NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 2, 2006, in St. Paul, Minn. The Red Wings won, 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)AP - The Detroit Red Wings got just what they needed after an ugly home loss to lowly Chicago — a nice little road trip. The Red Wings' power play dominated Minnesota's top-ranked penalty-killing unit in a 3-2 victory on Sunday, Detroit's franchise-record 27th road win of the season.


USC's big winner
LOS ANGELES – The Trojan who benefited the most from USC's pro day wasn't Reggie Bush or Matt Leinart.

Favre, Packers: No pressure over future (AP)
The Green Bay Packers aren't pressuring Brett Favre to make a retirement decision by Saturday's due date for a $3 million roster bonus. And even if they were, the quarterback doesn't think he owes the team a decision this weekend anyway. In his most recent comments about his murky football future, Favre made one thing clear: If he does return, he told a newspaper in his native Mississippi there is...

Leinart, Bush headline USC pro day (AP)
Matt Leinart rolled to his left, and then back to his right before unleashing a perfectly thrown pass to Reggie Bush, who caught it some 30 yards downfield just inside the right sideline. Just like it was drawn up, and the fans at Howard Jones Field cheered politely. Then, it was on to the next play at USC's Pro Day on Sunday, where 19 former Southern California players worked out for more than 100...

WR Burleson leaves Vikes for Seahawks (AP)
A unique fight over restricted free agents between Seattle and Minnesota ended Friday when the Vikings chose not to match the Seahawks' contract offer to receiver Nate Burleson. Vikings vice president for football operations Rob Brzezinski confirmed the decision, which allowed Burleson to join his hometown team.

Giants, Jets get revised stadium deal (AP)
The New York Giants and Jets moved a step closer to their new home in the Meadowlands. Officials from New Jersey, the Giants and the Jets said Friday they've made several changes to an agreement signed last fall that will create a new, $1 billion football stadium in East Rutherford. Under the updated stadium agreement, the state would not be required to pay for $30 million of infrastructure costs...

Jets sign CB Andre Dyson to replace Law (AP)
The New York Jets signed unrestricted free-agent cornerback Andre Dyson on Thursday to help replace Ty Law. Dyson, released by Seattle earlier this month in a cost-cutting move, is coming off a Super Bowl appearance in his only season with the Seahawks. The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Dyson spent four years with Tennessee after the Titans selected him in the second round, 60th overall, in the 2001 draft.

Shotgun formation inventor Hickey dies (AP)
Howard "Red" Hickey, the NFL coach who invented the shotgun offensive formation with the 49ers, died Thursday, his son said. He was 89. Jeffrey Hickey didn't disclose the cause of his father's death. Hickey coached San Francisco from 1959-63, going 27-27-1 before resigning three games into the 1963 season.

Bears DL Johnson recovering from surgery (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry "Tank" Johnson is recovering Friday from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle, an injury that could sideline him for at least four months. The 24-year-old Johnson injured his leg during a workout and had surgery last week, the Bears said. He is expected to be out for four to six months, missing most of training camp.

Is Kwame coming around?
LOS ANGELES – Kwame Brown's productive play has Lakers fans wondering if he's the real deal.

Pistons clinch best record in East (AP)
Chauncey Billups wants it all: NBA title No. 2, and an MVP trophy. Billups helped the Detroit Pistons earn home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs and might have rekindled his MVP candidacy in the process. He scored 35 points against reigning MVP Steve Nash and his 3-pointer with 3:40 left put the Pistons ahead in a 109-102 win over Phoenix on Sunday.

Carter, Nets roll to 12th straight win (AP)
Vince Carter has been the catalyst behind the New Jersey Nets 12-game winning streak. Carter, who has averaged 26 points during the streak, scored 33 of his 43 points in the second half to help the Nets overcome Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat 90-78 on Sunday night. "He's one of the best, and when you're one of the best, you get up for games like this," said Jason Kidd, who added nine points, nine...

LeBron leads Cavs to eighth straight win (AP)
LeBron James is counting the days to his first playoff appearance. James scored 35 points, including five free throws down the stretch, to help the Cavaliers hold off the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Sunday for their eighth straight win. James, who was 13-for-24 from the field, added 12 rebounds and eight assists despite playing the final 6 minutes with five fouls.

Kings win 12th straight over Clippers (AP)
Six head coaches have failed to coax even one victory out of the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento over the last nine seasons. And Mike Dunleavy's own streak of futility is three years old and counting after the Clippers' 106-96 loss to the Kings on Sunday night. Not even the coach who finally turned these perennial losers into playoff contenders can solve the mystery of Arco Arena, where the...

Allen helps Sonics rout Blazers 122-83 (AP)
Portland and Seattle are the bottom two teams in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers looked nowhere near the SuperSonics' class Sunday night. Ray Allen scored 24 points to lead six Seattle players in double figures and the Sonics handed Portland its 11th straight defeat, 122-83. The 39-point difference was Seattle's largest margin of victory since a 38-point win over San Antonio on April 18,...

Dumars, Auriemma elected to Hall of Fame (AP)
Joe Dumars, a steady presence on two NBA championship teams during a 14-year career with the Detroit Pistons, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, a basketball official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The official, who had knowledge of the decision, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement was scheduled for Monday.

Bryant's 43 lift Lakers over Rockets (AP)
Another high-scoring game by Kobe Bryant, another Lakers' milestone. Bryant scored 43 points Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles' 104-88 victory over Houston. It was his 23rd game of 40 or more points tying a Lakers single-season record set by Elgin Baylor in 1962-63. "I never in my wildest dreams dreamed of being in such great company like Elgin and the other greats that have been here," Bryant said.

Paul leads Hornets past Raptors in 2OT (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets needed every point, assist and rebound of Chris Paul's first career triple double to get past the Toronto Raptors. Paul had 24 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds and the Hornets beat the Raptors 120-113 in double overtime Sunday night. Paul grabbed his 10th rebound in the fourth quarter to complete the triple-double.

Nowitzki helps Mavs end three-game slide (AP)
Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was a little happier with his team's defensive effort. Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the Mavericks snap a season-long three-game losing streak with a 103-79 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Jason Terry scored 21 points and Josh Howard added 20 for the Mavericks, who had lost five of their previous seven and experienced the first...

Power rankings
In the spirit of March Madness, the Power Rankings projects the NHL's Final Four.

Red Wings' special teams dominant in win (AP)
After a dominating performance against the league's best penalty kill, the Detroit Red Wings look primed and ready for a deep postseason run. The Red Wings' top-ranked power play vastly outplayed Minnesota's No. 1 penalty-killing unit in a 3-2 victory on Sunday. "We've got a good power play and we want to have it good going into the playoffs," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Esche, Flyers down Islanders 4-1 (AP)
With a win over one New York team, the Philadelphia Flyers got some momentum heading into a key matchup with another. Robert Esche stopped 31 shots and four Philadelphia players scored in the Flyers' 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Sunday. Mike Knuble, R.J. Umberger, Jeff Carter and Sami Kapanen all scored for the Flyers, who are now two points behind the first-place New York Rangers in the...

Gionta's OT tally lifts Devils to win (AP)
In a matter of minutes, the New Jersey Devils went from leaving with no points to earning two. Brian Gionta scored the game-winner with 2:36 to play in overtime after Patrik Elias had tied the game with 20 seconds left in regulation to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Sunday afternoon. "I'm sure a lot of people were counting us out with 2 minutes left," defenseman Colin White said.

Ducks win 7th in a row, rout Canucks (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are already in postseason form. Teemu Selanne and Samuel Pahlsson scored two goals apiece, leading Anaheim to a 6-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, who entered the game just one point behind the Ducks in the Western Conference standings. Rookies Ryan Getzlaf and Francois Beauchemin each added a goal and an assist for the Ducks, winners of seven straight at home and...

Blues recall G Beckford-Tseu (AP)
The St. Louis Blues recalled goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu from Peoria of the AHL on Sunday to replace Patrick Lalime, who sustained a season-ending knee injury a day earlier in a loss at Nashville. Lalime left a 3-2 loss to the Predators with 9 minutes to go after a collision with Scott Hartnell. The Blues said he had a torn ligament in his left knee.

Habs' Huet blanks Bruins for third time (AP)
Cristobal Huet is likely assured of starting the Montreal Canadiens' next game. Huet shut out Boston for the third time in a row and Garth Murray had his first career two-goal game to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Bruins on Saturday night. Montreal, which went 10-5-1 in March for its best month in 13 years, has a season-high six-game winning streak.

Maple Leafs pound sinking Sabres 7-0 (AP)
Jay McKee called it embarrassing and said the Buffalo Sabres have lost their chemistry -- just weeks before the playoffs begin. Nik Antropov scored twice in a five-goal first period and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the Sabres 7-0 Saturday night. "That's the worst loss I've ever been a part of," McKee said.

Flames top Oilers, stretch division lead (AP)
Kristian Huselius gave the Calgary Flames some much-needed breathing room heading into the final stretch of the season. Huselius scored twice in the second period to lead the Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. "We were ready from the start," said Huselius, who had his first two-goal game since being acquired from Florida on Dec.

Johnson has 46 saves, Caps top Sens 1-0 (AP)
Brent Johnson has made up for his lack of playing time this season by facing at least 40 shots in each of his last four starts. Johnson made 46 saves, including 16 in the third period, and Dainius Zubrus scored the only goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators 1-0 Saturday night. Over his last four games, Johnson has stopped 167 of 176 shots -- including a career-high 49 saves...

Martinsville Observations
Stew finally broke through on Sunday, while 'Laugh-in' apparently is making a comeback.

Stewart holds off Hendrick cars at Martinsville (AP)
Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson weren't involved in the beating and banging at Bristol that left several NASCAR drivers nearly enraged.

Stewart wins NASCAR Nextel DirecTV 500 (SportsTicker)

Martin incurs Hamlin's ire at Martinsville (AP)
Mark Martin has a reputation for being one of the cleanest drivers in NASCAR, the kind of guy who never resorts to cheapshots to get something he couldn't otherwise earn and who is a mentor for up-and-coming talent.

David Starr wins NCTS Kroger 250 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)

Starr wins truck race at Martinsville (AP)
David Starr held the lead through eight restarts over the final 121 laps Saturday to win for the fourth time in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Johnson wins pole at Martinsville (AP)
Jimmie Johnson showed that Hendrick Motorsports is ready to keep its domination at Martinsville Speedway going with a pole-winning run Friday.

Interest in Darlington growing (AP)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fewer than 8,000 seats remain for the Dodge Charger 500 and the strong sales have...

NASCAR to keep racing in Daytona through 2054 (AP)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR officials have signed a new lease that will keep racing here through the year...

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