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NEWS FROM 2006-04-06
Duke Coach Resigns; Season Canceled
AP - Duke University's lacrosse coach resigned Wednesday and the school canceled the rest of the season amid a burgeoning scandal involving allegations that three players on the team raped a stripper at an off-campus party.
Pujols Goes Deep As Cards Nip Phillies
AP - While Jimmy Rollins stretched his hitting streak to 38 games, the Philadelphia Phillies remained winless.
Bulls Down 76ers, Climb Into Playoff Race
AP - Now it's Philadelphia's turn to chase Chicago. Andres Nocioni scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Ben Gordon had 21 points to lead the Bulls past the 76ers 99-92 on Wednesday night and into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Athletics Overcome 4-0 Deficit, Rout Yanks
AP - Milton Bradley had three RBIs and scored the go-ahead run on Robinson Cano's eighth-inning error, leading the Oakland Athletics from a four-run deficit to a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
Clippers Keep Faint Title Hopes Alive
AP - The Los Angeles Clippers never looked more like a bona fide playoff team than they did Wednesday night in a 119-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Former NFL Great Marshall Goldberg Dies
AP - Marshall Goldberg, an All-America running back at the University of Pittsburgh and key contributor to the Chicago Cardinals' 1947 NFL championship, has died. He was 88.
Trail Blazers Snap 11-Game Losing Streak
AP - Sebastian Telfair, a high school phenom who made the jump right to the pros, has struggled this season. On Wednesday night, he starred.
Morris Wins Debut As Giants Top Padres
AP - As Barry Bonds slouched in a chair in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse and spoke with reporters, 10 policemen and numerous security guards mustered outside to make sure the slugger had a safe exit from Petco Park.
Rapids Sign Cannon to Multiyear Deal
AP - The Colorado Rapids signed two-time MLS goalkeeper of the year Joe Cannon to a multiyear contract Wednesday.
Flames Top Coyotes, Extend Northwest Lead
AP - Dion Phaneuf, Stephane Yelle and Kristian Huselius each had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Read and React: Go take a Lambeau Leap, Brett
Because Brett Favre only wants to play for a winner, readers want the Packers' quarterback to get lost.
NFL names commissioner search committee (AP)
Owners Dan Rooney of Pittsburgh and Jerry Richardson of Carolina were appointed Wednesday to head the eight-member committee that will search for the successor to commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The group was put together by Tagliabue to ensure that it includes diverse views among the owners. Rooney and Richardson are two of the owners Tagliabue trusts most.
Texans acquire WR Moulds from Bills (AP)
Eric Moulds agreed to a contract with Houston on Tuesday and said the Texans have worked out a trade to acquire him from the Buffalo Bills. "Yeah, it's done," said Greg Johnson, Moulds' personal adviser. "I'm ecstatic. I'm relieved, happy and thankful that all parties came to an agreement." Moulds, who had the Bills' permission to seek a trade, agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract that...
NFL great Marshall Goldberg dies at 88 (AP)
Marshall Goldberg, an All-America running back at the University of Pittsburgh and key contributor to the Chicago Cardinals' 1947 NFL championship, has died. He was 88. Goldberg died Monday at a Chicago nursing home after spending several years battling the effects of brain injuries caused by numerous concussions during his playing days, his wife, Rita Goldberg, said Wednesday.
Charges against Culpepper dismissed (AP)
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper was cleared Tuesday of misdemeanor charges stemming from a boat-party sex scandal. A judge ruled there wasn't probable cause to determine a crime was committed by Culpepper, one of four Minnesota Vikings accused of misdemeanor lewd conduct during the cruise last fall on a suburban lake.
Titans tell McNair to go home (AP)
The Tennessee Titans told Steve McNair they don't want him working out in their building until his contract is reworked, the quarterback's agent said Tuesday. McNair was told to go home Monday when he showed up at the team's headquarters for the start of the third week in the Titans' offseason conditioning program.
NFL unveils TV plan for Sunday night (AP)
The NFL has its plan for eliminating those not-ready-for-prime-time matchups that too often sneaked onto national television. The league plans to hold off scheduling Sunday night games in seven of the final eight weeks -- just as playoff races start heating up -- to ensure the best games are played on NBC.
McNabb, Trotter guilty in parking case (AP)
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and linebacker Jeremiah Trotter were found guilty Wednesday of parking their trucks in zones for the handicapped, although both players said they were not behind the wheel at the time. McNabb was ordered to pay a $256 fine and $33 in court fees. Trotter, who had parked illegally twice, was ordered to pay $512 and $66 in fees.
Sir Charles, Dominique and Joe D. were no-brainers for the Hall of Fame. But so were two other NBA greats.
Suns' Amare Stoudemire out for season (AP)
All-Star Suns forward Amare Stoudemire had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday and won't play again this season. The operation followed a comeback that lasted three games. He missed the first 66 games of the season after surgery on his left knee. In the latest operation, debris caused by wear and tear of the kneecap was removed, the team said.
Knicks' skid, Cavs' win streak end at 9 (AP)
Another coach Brown is questioning his team's effort. Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 6.4 seconds left, and the New York Knicks withstood a huge fourth quarter from LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-94 on Wednesday night. Hours after Knicks coach Larry Brown repeated that some of his players have stopped trying, the Knicks snapped...
Bulls jump past 76ers in playoff picture (AP)
Now it's Philadelphia's turn to chase Chicago. Andres Nocioni scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Ben Gordon had 21 points to lead the Bulls past the 76ers 99-92 on Wednesday night and into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. "We're the hunted and they're going to be coming after us," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said.
Paul has triple-double as Hornets win (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets needed another overtime and another triple-double from Chris Paul to keep pace in the playoff race. Paul had 17 points, 11 rebounds and set up Kirk Snyder's go-ahead, alley-oop dunk in overtime with one of his career-high 16 assists as the Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors 114-109 Wednesday night.
Brown: Some Knicks, maybe him, must go (AP)
Larry Brown knows the Knicks need new players, even wondering Wednesday if he should be the one coaching them. Before the Knicks hosted Cleveland, the Hall of Fame coach acknowledged that some players are no longer listening to him as they wind down his dismal first season in New York. "I think there are some that probably are tuning us out and I think some that are making progress," Brown said.
Brand's big game lifts Clippers by Suns (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers never looked more like a bona fide playoff team than they did Wednesday night in a 119-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Elton Brand had 34 points and 15 rebounds, and the Clippers climbed 14 games above .500 for the first time since the 1974-75 season, when the franchise was in Buffalo.
Nuggets' Anthony fined $15,000 by NBA (AP)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for throwing a basketball into stands during a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Anthony took out his frustrations with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's 111-109 loss at Los Angeles. After getting fouled hard by the Clippers' Quinton Ross on a layup, Anthony punched the basketball about 25 rows up...
Pacers end five-game skid, top Raptors (AP)
Even in a victory, the Indiana Pacers are struggling to hold big leads. Peja Stojakovic and Stephen Jackson scored 25 points each as Indiana snapped a five-game losing streak with a 111-103 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. "It does feel good to win, but we showed some signs of giving this one up," he said of the Pacers, who led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter but saw...
Arenas' 38 lift Wizards past Celtics (AP)
Five years later, Gilbert Arenas still holds a grudge against the Boston Celtics for not selecting him in the first round of the 2001 draft. And for the third time this season, Arenas used that as motivation in the fourth quarter to lead the Washington Wizards to a key win over the Celtics. Arenas scored 38 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, in Washington's 108-91 victory Wednesday night.
In the spirit of March Madness, the Power Rankings projects the NHL's Final Four.
Briere rallies Sabres past Sens in OT (AP)
Lindy Ruff came out of his office wearing a bowling shirt, a gift from the Buffalo Sabres in honor of his 300th career coaching victory. Ruff, however, knew there was a number more special: 100 points. That's how many the Sabres have produced after Daniel Briere scored the tying and winning goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Elias nets hat trick, Devils win 40th (AP)
Patrik Elias returned from the Olympics with bruised ribs and a scoring slump. He broke out Wednesday night with three goals and two assists to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Elias had only three goals and six assists in the previous 13 games. "You obviously want to do well," he said.
Sharks top Avs 2-1 to help playoff hopes (AP)
Marcel Goc had a playoff flashback and saw the future all at once. Goc broke a third-period tie with a rebound goal past rookie Peter Budaj, and the San Jose Sharks bolstered their playoff hopes with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. "He scores the winner in here all the time," Sharks coach Ron Wilson marveled.
Cullen, 'Canes down Capitals in SO (AP)
The closest thing the last-place Washington Capitals will come to a playoff series this season is a scheduling quirk that has them playing the first-place Carolina Hurricanes over and over and over again. The results have been surprisingly competitive. The Hurricanes defeated the Capitals 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night, two days after beating their Southeast Division rivals 6-5 in overtime in...
Mellanby, Hossa lift Thrashers to win (AP)
Scott Mellanby is doing the best he can to extend the Atlanta Thrashers season. Mellanby, a 20-year veteran who is nearing the end of his career, scored a power-play goal at 6:27 of the third period to snap a tie and help the Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Wednesday night. "To be able to have the kind of night I had and have a big goal like that is special for me," said Mellanby, who is...
Ponikarovsky's late goal lifts Leafs (AP)
The Maple Leafs still have a shot to make the Eastern Conference playoffs. The New York Islanders do not. Darcy Tucker ended a 16-game scoring drought with two goals, and Alexei Ponikarovsky snapped a tie with 2:02 remaining to give Toronto a 3-2 victory over the Islanders and move the Maple Leafs within six points of Tampa Bay for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Flames build five-point division lead (AP)
Dion Phaneuf has really hit the big time. Even Wayne Gretzky is impressed with Calgary's rookie defenseman. Phaneuf scored his 19th goal of the season and added an assist in the Flames' 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night. Then drew praise from The Great One. "I thought he was really solid for them," the Coyotes coach said.
Bourque, Blackhawks down Predators 4-3 (AP)
The Chicago Blackhawks used simple fundamentals to beat the Nashville Predators. Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks scored four times in the first period of a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. The Predators lost for the sixth time in seven games. Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Mark Bell also scored for the Blackhawks, who won for just the third time in 10 games.
Rangers end nine-year playoff drought (AP)
Jaromir Jagr was right. The New York Rangers are a playoff team. The odds-on choice to be the NHL MVP shook off the doubters and said so at the start of training camp in September. Then he went out and made it happen. His record-setting season is going to stretch longer into April as the Rangers march into the postseason for the first time since 1997.
Trading Paint: Fox hunt
The mailbag became a complaint box for angry fans still steaming about Fox's coverage (or lack of it) at Martinsville.
NASCAR calls TV magazine 'outrageous' for tactics (AP)
CHARLOTTE – American stock car racing's governing body called a network television news magazine...
''Lady In Black'' opens new grandstand (AP)
Harold Brasington Jr. would drive by the track his late father helped create the last couple of years, see the gradual demolition of the grandstand named for his dad and think to himself, "Well, that's it, it's over." On Wednesday, Darlington Raceway made sure founder Harold Brasington remained in NASCAR, naming its new, 6,300-seat grandstand after the man who built the sport's first...
Crew member from Bowyer's team suspended (AP)
Clint Almquist, a mechanic on rookie Clint Bowyer's team, was suspended by NASCAR on Wednesday for a rules violation at Martinsville Speedway.
Labonte eager to see what winning in No. 43 car is like (AP)
There was a time in Bobby Labonte's career when a fifth-place finish wouldn't have caused a ripple of interest in the media or in the garage.
NASCAR's primary sponsor staying put (AP)
The head of marketing for Sprint-Nextel says the company's commitment to its 10-year, $70 million sponsorship in NASCAR remains strong despite some upcoming high-level personnel changes.
Stewart puts his racing greyhounds up for adoption (AP)
RICHMOND, Ind. – Three members of Tony Stewart's racing team have retired to Richmond.
Earnhardt Jr. showing plenty of grit (AP)
Everything was set up for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to fail. He was in two separate accidents that heavily damaged his car and ruined his chances of winning at Martinsville Speedway.
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.