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NEWS FROM 2006-04-09
Campbell Up 1 As Masters Suspends Play
AP - A wedge from Tiger Woods spun toward the cup, stopping inches away. Phil Mickelson hit out of a fairway bunker to a flag he couldn't see, knowing it was good only after a roar — a sound seldom heard the first two days of the Masters.
Shelton Stays White Hot As Tigers Cruise
AP - Chris Shelton's legs and Justin Verlander's right arm kept the Detroit Tigers perfect Saturday night. Shelton tripled twice and drove in three runs, Verlander pitched seven innings for his first career win, and the Tigers remained the American League's only unbeaten team with a 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Brewers Nab 5th Straight Comeback Win
AP - The Milwaukee Brewers are more confident than they've been in a while and having more early success than they've had in almost 20 years.
Redick, Augustus Win Wooden Awards
AP - J.J. Redick took a West Coast vacation this week, spending some time with Adam Morrison and beating out his buddy for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's male player of the year.
Nuggets' Hodge Shot, Expected to Recover
AP - Denver Nuggets rookie guard Julius Hodge was shot and wounded early Saturday while driving on a highway after visiting a nightclub but is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.
Column: Favre Needs to Make His Choice
AP - Decision-making used to be Brett Favre's strong suit. A strong arm and a stout heart are prerequisites for any NFL quarterback with big plans, but the reason Favre saw most of his fulfilled was the certainty he couldn't be stopped. Double-coverage was a dare, a ticking game clock the drum roll to yet another magical moment.
Nuggets Clinch at Least Division Tie
AP - The will to win a game, to clinch a division title, just wasn't as strong as it was the day before for the Denver Nuggets after the sobering news that teammate Julius Hodge had been shot.
Kennedy's Triple Lifts Angels Past Yankees
AP - Ervin Santana allowed one run over 5 2-3 innings, Adam Kennedy hit a tiebreaking two-run triple and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Saturday night to hand Randy Johnson his first loss of the season.
Fire Tie Galaxy With Late Goal by Curtin
AP - Jim Curtin scored a late goal to give the Chicago Fire a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
Jovanovski Helps Canucks Beat Flames 3-2
AP - Ed Jovanovski returned from a two and a half month absence to score the winning goal with 2:33 left in overtime, lifting the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday 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.
Favre still undecided on future (AP)
There's only one sport Brett Favre definitively can say he's still playing: golf. Football? Well, that's the big question the Green Bay Packers quarterback still can't answer. Not when he isn't sure if he wants to risk another losing season, and he wonders whether his team improved enough this offseason to justify coming back for one more year.
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.
Saints hold minicamp in New Orleans (AP)
Lounging in a black fold-out chair decorated with a gold fleur-de-lis, Richard Pleming wore a Saints jersey and watched Joe Horn sprint by on a pass route. This was what he loved about New Orleans, and what he feared would be relegated to memory after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to large parts of the metro area last August, sending the Saints to a temporary home in Texas.
Vikings' Brad Johnson remains confident (AP)
Brad Johnson has experienced plenty in his 14 NFL seasons, so if Minnesota brings in another quarterback yet this spring he vows to handle it the same way he has everything else. With a shrug and a smile. "I've been around too many different situations. I just love to play," Johnson said Friday, after the Vikings finished the first day of a veteran minicamp.
Young still thinks he could be a Texan (AP)
Vince Young isn't daunted by recent speculation that the Houston Texans will use the No. 1 pick in the draft on Reggie Bush. The former Texas quarterback said Friday he still thinks his hometown team is open to drafting him. "That's why I believe that I came here today," Young said. "You never know what is going on.
Bills CB Clements a no-show at minicamp (AP)
Nate Clements was a no-show when the Buffalo Bills opened a voluntary minicamp Friday because he failed to accept a one-year contract as the team's franchise player. New coach Dick Jauron said it was important for the star cornerback to attend camp to learn the new defensive system Jauron and coordinator Perry Fewell are implementing.
Bengals G Bobbie Williams gets extension (AP)
Guard Bobbie Williams got a three-year contract extension Friday from the Cincinnati Bengals, the first step in securing the core of an offensive line that is under contract only through this year. The Bengals reworked the 2006 and final year on Williams' contract, and extended it through 2009. The seventh-year veteran joined the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent from Philadelphia before the...
Nuggets' split personality
DENVER – The Nuggets can perform like a playoff team and look like a lottery loser all in the same game.
Nuggets' Hodge shot, expected to recover (AP)
Denver Nuggets rookie guard Julius Hodge was shot and wounded early Saturday while driving on a highway after visiting a nightclub but is expected to make a full recovery, officials said. Sheriff's deputies said the 22-year-old player was struck in his lower body. The team said he was in fair condition.
LeBron helps Cavs end Nets' 14-game run (AP)
The New Jersey Nets didn't have an answer for LeBron James in the fourth quarter, and now they won't have to answer any more questions about their NBA-best winning streak. James scored 18 of his 37 points in the final 12 minutes Saturday to lead Cleveland to a 108-102 victory, ending New Jersey's 14-game winning streak and leaving the Nets one win shy of a franchise record.
Mavs draw closer to top seed in West (AP)
In one week, the Dallas Mavericks have gone from thinking they had to settle for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference to making a strong bid for the top spot. With Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard again leading the way, Dallas followed a race-changing victory in San Antonio with a thorough 101-77 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.
Nuggets clinch tie for division title (AP)
The will to win a game, to clinch a division title, just wasn't as strong as it was the day before for the Denver Nuggets after the sobering news that teammate Julius Hodge had been shot. "They were hit by it," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "We're all human beings. Just because we play in the NBA or coach in the NBA, we're still a human being.
76ers top Bulls to move into tie for 8th (AP)
As if the parade of losses wasn't enough, the star forward withdrew minutes before tipoff with a bad back. But against that dreary backdrop, the Philadelphia 76ers perhaps saved their season. Allen Iverson scored 39 points and the slumping 76ers beat Chicago 89-75 on Saturday night to tie the Bulls for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Heat top Wizards for 16th straight time (AP)
Add Derek Anderson to the list of the Miami Heat players who have made life miserable for the Washington Wizards. Even with Dwyane Wade fighting both foul trouble and the flu, the Heat made it 16 in a row over the Wizards on Saturday night. Anderson scored 20 points in his best game since joining Miami in February, and Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a 99-86 victory.
Kirilenko helps Jazz rout Blazers 110-93 (AP)
Andrei Kirilenko scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-93 on Saturday night and keep their playoff hopes alive. Kirilenko also had nine rebounds, five assists and seven blocked shots, marking a league-leading 27th game with four or more blocks.
Kobe has 51, but Lakers lose to Suns (AP)
Kobe Bryant can score all the points he wants as far as the Phoenix Suns are concerned, as long as they come away with the victory. Bryant's 51 points weren't enough to keep the Suns from beating the Los Angeles Lakers for the seventh time in a row, 107-96, on Friday night in a matchup of potential first-round playoff opponents.
Magic top short-handed Pistons 89-87 (AP)
Chauncey Billups outplayed Orlando's backcourt for almost all of the fourth quarter -- until the very end. Jameer Nelson hit two last-minute shots, the second a fadeaway jumper with 6.5 seconds left, and Hedo Turkoglu had 26 points and seven rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 89-87 Friday night.
Not much changes atop the Power Rankings as the most important races are for the remaining playoff spots.
Jagr sets team record in Rangers' OT win (AP)
Playing on the same line with Jaromir Jagr has gotten Michael Nylander to play like the superstar. Nylander scored his second goal of the game 40 seconds into overtime and Jagr set a club record with his 53rd goal of the season, lifting the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Predators clinch playoff berth (AP)
The Nashville Predators finally know what it feels like to clinch a playoff berth by themselves. Paul Kariya scored in the second round of a shootout, and the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Saturday night to cinch the franchise's second straight playoff berth. This one, they did themselves after last clinching when Vancouver beat Edmonton at the end of last season.
Devils win sixth straight, top Habs 3-2 (AP)
The New Jersey Devils solidified their playoff positioning with a familiar formula as Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez provided opportunistic offense and Martin Brodeur took care of the rest. Gionta extended his points streak to 10 games with his 43rd goal and Gomez scored twice -- his 29th and 30th -- and New Jersey took sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over the...
Sabres hand Senators third straight loss (AP)
The Ottawa Senators picked a poor time to suddenly look ordinary with the playoffs coming up. Tim Connolly scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. The win allowed Buffalo to get within six points of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.
Avs extend Blues' losing streak to 13 (AP)
Joe Sakic had a historic goal, a flukey assist and a spectacular save in Colorado's 4-2 victory over St. Louis on Saturday that extended the Blues' winless streak to 13 games. Sakic moved into a 17th-place tie on the career goals list and got the assist on Milan Hedjuk's empty-netter off a clearing pass in the closing seconds, two plays that helped the Avs avoid a third loss in four games, which...
Ducks move closer to playoff spot (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks didn't have to travel very far to find success on a crucial five-game road trip. Chris Kunitz scored two goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves for his 28th victory of the season as the Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday. Rob Niedermayer and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Anaheim, which maintained fifth-place in the Western Conference.
Lightning win eighth straight at home (AP)
Sean Burke might have established himself as the Tampa Bay Lightning's No. 1 goalie. Burke made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Saturday night. "It's always a good feeling," Burke said. "You want to contribute, you want to be a guy your team has confidence in.
Maple Leafs score five PP goals in win (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers are more concerned about their disastrous special teams than playoff positioning. Jeff O'Neill had two goals, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night. The Flyers fell five points behind the Atlantic-Division leading New York Rangers with five games remaining for each, including one meeting between the teams.
Canucks D Jovanovski back in lineup (AP)
Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski returned to the Canucks' lineup against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night after missing 2 1/2 months following abdominal surgery. The three-time All Star hadn't played since Jan. 24 after originally being diagnosed with a groin injury. Further examination revealed an abdominal tear and he had surgery Feb.
Getting easier being Green
FORT WORTH, Texas. – Jeff Green has made a little bit of noise this year, and he might just be getting started.
Pruett, Diaz win in Ganassi car (AP)
Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz co-drove Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 01 Lexus Riley to victory Saturday in the inaugural Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Long Beach. After starting from the pole position in the 90-minute timed event, Diaz surrendered the lead to Patrick Long in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Porsche Crawford on the sixth of 52 laps.
Earnhardt, Gordon each look for first win of season (SportsTicker)
Cup champion Busch wins in his Busch Series debut (AP)
Add a Busch Series victory to Kurt Busch's already impressive championship resume.
Kurt Busch wins NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly 300 (SportsTicker)
Earnhardt looks poised for title run (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. appears relaxed and confident these days after top-five finishes in two of his last three races.
No longer frustrated, Kahne on Texas pole and fourth in standings (AP)
Kasey Kahne spent most of last year frustrated, trying to figure out why things weren't going as well as they did during his rookie season.
Stewart wins IROC at Texas Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Stewart wins IROC race, Kinser flips again (AP)
Tony Stewart climbed the fence, grabbed the checkered flag and then had to walk to Victory Lane after the second round of the International Race of Champions. When Stewart crossed the finish line Friday night and spun out the tires to celebrate winning his third career IROC race -- and his first victory of any kind at Texas Motor Speedway -- something broke on the car.