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Tigers Ring Up Dickey 6 Times in Rout (AP)
Texas Rangers pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts after giving up a solo home run to Detroit Tigers' Chris Shelton in the second inning of their Major League Baseball game Thursday night, April 6, 2006, in Arlington, Texas.  Dickey allowed six home runs to Detroit on Thursday night, tying the post-1900 major league record. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)AP - Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed six home runs to Detroit on Thursday night, tying the post-1900 major league record in the Texas Rangers' 10-6 loss to the Tigers.


Vijay Singh Storms to Masters Lead (AP)
Vijay Singh from Fiji watches his birdie attempt on the fifth hole during the first round of play at the 2006 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, April 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)AP - For all the dread that Augusta National went over the top with its latest round of changes, the Masters sure looked familiar on Thursday.


Pistons Survive Frantic Heat Rally (AP)
Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups, front, drives the ball past  Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade in the first period of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)AP - This time, the Detroit Pistons survived another frantic, late rally by the Miami Heat — and moved a big step closer to securing home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.


Mets Double Up Nationals in Wild One (AP)
Washington Nationals' Jose Guillen (6) approaches the New York Mets' Pedro Martinez while being held back by New York Mets' catcher Paul Lo Duca (16) and home plate umpire Ted Barrett after being hit my a pitch in the fifth inning Thursday April 6, 2006 at New York's Shea Stadium. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AP - Carlos Beltran homered and drove in four runs, and Carlos Delgado also connected to help Pedro Martinez win his first start of the season as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 10-5 Thursday night in a game interrupted by a near fight.


Eric Gagne to Have Surgery Friday (AP)
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Lance Carter throws out Atlanta Braves' Edgar Renteria at first during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday night, April 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. The Braves won 9-8. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will have surgery Friday to remove a nerve from his pitching elbow — his second arm operation in less than a year — leaving his season in doubt.


Parker Gets New 5-Year Deal From Chargers (AP)
AP - Wide receiver Eric Parker agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.

Nets Extend Win Streak to 14, Beat Bobcats (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats' Brevin Knight (22) attempts to steal the ball from New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd  during first quarter NBA basketball Thursday night, April 6, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)AP - Richard Jefferson noted that he is now on "one of the best regular-season teams that the Nets have had."


Batista Dominates As D-Backs Power Up (AP)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Miguel Batista throws to first against the Colorado Rockies during the second inning of a baseball game at Coors Field in Denver, Thursday, April 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)AP - Miguel Batista matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in seven strong innings to win his first start in almost two seasons, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 12-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.


Steaua Bucharest, Sevilla, Schalke Advance (AP)
Sevilla's David Castedo, front, fights for the ball with Zenit's Alexander Kerzhakov during the UEFA Cup soccer match between Sevilla, Spain and Zenit, Russia at the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday April 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)AP - Steaua Bucharest, Sevilla and Schalke advanced to the semifinals of the UEFA Cup with ties on Thursday and joined Middlesbrough, which beat Basel 4-1 to overcome a deficit from the first leg.


Lightning Beat Thrashers in Shootout (AP)
Atlanta Thrashers' Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, celebrates his game-tying goal to force the game into overtime during the final seconds of the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Tampa Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)AP - The Tampa Bay Lightning are counting on Sean Burke to take them into the playoffs. The 17-year veteran essentially has taken over as the No. 1 goalie for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who got shootout goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards to beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Thursday 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.

T.O. returns to Philadelphia on Oct. 8 (AP)
Philadelphia fans will get their chance to boo Terrell Owens a month into the 2006 NFL season. Owens, suspended and then benched by the Eagles last season, will return on Oct. 8 with the Dallas Cowboys in one of the highlight games of the NFL schedule, released Thursday. Owens was let go by Philadelphia and signed by Dallas a month ago.

Patriots sign K Martin Gramatica (AP)
Kicker Martin Gramatica, who was out of football all of last season, was signed by New England Thursday as a potential replacement for the departed Adam Vinatieri. The Patriots also signed safety Tebucky Jones, who was one of their two first-round draft picks in 1998 but was traded away four years ago.

Reggie Bush visits Texans in Houston (AP)
Reggie Bush hasn't asked the Houston Texans whether they will use the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to choose him, but he's 99.9 percent certain he'll go first. The double-talk was dizzying during the Heisman Trophy-winning running back's first visit to Houston on Thursday to meet with coaches and players.

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.

Chargers WR Parker gets new 5-year deal (AP)
Wide receiver Eric Parker agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. Parker had been under contract through this season, but that deal was torn up as part of the new pact that runs through 2010. Parker was the team's third-leading receiver last season with 57 catches for 725 yards and three touchdowns.

Saints trade Gandy to Falcons for Scott (AP)
The New Orleans Saints traded veteran tackle Wayne Gandy to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday in exchange for safety Bryan Scott. The Falcons also agreed to give the Saints a future conditional draft choice in exchange for Gandy. Scott, who is entering his fourth NFL season, has started 35 of 47 career games at both safety and cornerback for Atlanta.

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.

Bad passes
Sir Charles, Dominique and Joe D. were no-brainers for the Hall of Fame. But so were two other NBA greats.

Pistons beat Heat 95-82 in East showdown (AP)
Richard Hamilton says the Detroit Pistons go into hostile environments with a "me against the world attitude." And when the Pistons come calling, the world -- or whoever they're playing that night -- usually loses. Rasheed Wallace returned from his one-game suspension to score 20 points, Tayshaun Prince added 20 and Hamilton scored 19 as the Pistons saw most of a 12-point fourth-quarter lead...

Jefferson has 40, Nets win 14th straight (AP)
Richard Jefferson noted that he is now on "one of the best regular-season teams that the Nets have had." He wasn't nearly as impressed by that as the Charlotte Bobcats were by him. Jefferson scored a season-high 40 points, Jason Kidd had his 74th triple-double, and New Jersey extended the longest winning streak in the NBA this season to 14 by beating the Bobcats 113-102 Thursday night.

Minus Amare, slumping Suns turn to speed (AP)
With no Amare Stoudemire coming to the rescue, the slumping Phoenix Suns know that their speed and scoring are the keys to survival in the postseason. That might not be enough to succeed when the going gets rough, as it always does, in the playoffs. Across the NBA, the Suns are being written off as a title contender.

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.

NBA suspends Sonics F Lewis for one game (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for reckless driving. Lewis, who will miss the Sonics' game Friday night at Portland, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was given a one-year suspended sentence Monday, five months after he failed sobriety and breath tests during a stop on Interstate 90.

Ellis adjusting from preps to NBA pros (AP)
Monta Ellis learns something every time his shot gets blocked, which happens fairly often these days. Golden State's rookie guard gets smarter every time the veteran Warriors correct his footwork, discuss defensive shifts or order him to carry their bags. And though his NBA emergence could be years in the making, Ellis believes he already made the smartest move of his life when he escaped the...

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.

NBA Development League adds CBA teams (AP)
The NBA Development League added four expansion teams Thursday from the Continental Basketball Association. The teams are in Bismarck, N.D.; Boise, Idaho; Broomfield, Colo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. The four, along with the previously announced expansion Bakersfield Jam, join the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Arkansas RimRockers, Austin Toros, Fayetteville Patriots, Florida Flame, Fort Worth Flyers,...

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

Habs beat Senators for 8th straight win (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens knew they caught the short-handed Ottawa Senators at just the right time. Chris Higgins scored the go-ahead goal and David Aebischer made 44 saves to help the Canadiens match their longest winning streak in more than 13 years with a 5-3 victory over Ottawa on Thursday night. Mike Ribeiro had three points, including his 15th goal, and Alex Kovalev had three assists.

Jagr doesn't get record, but Rangers win (AP)
Jaromir Jagr had no choice but to be honest. He could already see the screaming headlines if he accepted a record-setting goal he knew wasn't his. "Cheater," Jagr portrayed the headlines. For a few minutes it appeared that Jagr broke Adam Graves' team record for goals in a season, but in reality he never touched the puck.

Burke, Tampa tighten grip on No. 8 spot (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are counting on Sean Burke to take them into the playoffs. The 17-year veteran essentially has taken over as the No. 1 goalie for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who got shootout goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards to beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Thursday night.

Bruins beat Leafs on Boyes' SO goal (AP)
Brad Boyes has been one of the few bright spots in a season filled with disappointment for the Boston Bruins. Boyes came through again for the Bruins on Thursday night, scoring the only goal of the shootout to lift Boston to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. "He has made huge strides in a tremendous rookie season," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Rolston has SO winner, Wild top Oilers (AP)
Brian Rolston didn't have much success against Dwayne Roloson at Minnesota Wild practice this season. Apparently Rolston only needed his nemesis to change uniforms. Rolston scored against Roloson with a stick-side wrist shot in the third round of a shootout to give the Wild a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Preds hand Blues 12th loss in a row, 3-0 (AP)
Paul Kariya likes when the St. Louis Blues show up on the schedule for Nashville. "For whatever reason, you have success against them one year and we'll take the victories we've had against them this year," Kariya said. Kariya scored his 28th goal and rookie Shea Weber got his first in the Predators seventh victory over the Blues this season, a 3-0 win Thursday night.

Elias hat trick lifts Devils to 40th win (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, boost 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.

Hurricanes G Gerber shines as starter (AP)
Martin Gerber waited patiently for his opportunity to be a starting goalie in the NHL. First, there were the two years he spent as the backup to Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Anaheim. An offseason trade to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004 appeared to solve the problem, but the lockout followed three months later.

Worth watching
FORT WORTH, Texas – The IROC opener at Daytona was wild. The 12-car field is back for more at Texas.

Denny Hamlin on pole for O'Reilly 300 (SportsTicker)

Hamlin earns Busch pole at Texas as Cup regulars dominate qualifying (AP)
Denny Hamlin earned his first career NASCAR Busch pole Thursday night with a lap of 187.905 mph at Texas Motor Speedway, where qualifying was dominated by Nextel Cup regulars.

Aikman-Staubach NASCAR team making Texas debut (AP)
Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are back on ``home'' turf -- in an entirely different venue.

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.

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