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Jeter Helps Yanks Rally in Home Opener (AP)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter hits an eighth-inning three-run home run to help the Yankees to a 9-7 win over the Kansas City Royals in the Yankees home opening baseball game, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - Derek Jeter stepped to the plate with the Yankees trailing in the eighth inning, having just watched Johnny Damon strike out on three pitches.


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Indians Top Mariners for 6th Straight (AP)
Cleveland Indians' Travis Hafner hits a solo home run off Seattle Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn in the fifth inning of their baseball game Tuesday, April 11, 2006, in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)AP - Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" was playing in the Indians' clubhouse following most of the team's 43 home wins last season. It was soft, melodic, unthreatening.


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Twins Offense Wakes Up in Home Opener (AP)
Minnesota Twins' Tony Batista, right, is greeted at the plate by Torii Hunter, left, and Rondell White after his third inning, three-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Danny Haren Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in Minneapolis (AP Photo/Jim Mone)AP - The Minnesota Twins must have left their good bats at home. Tony Batista woke up the offense with a three-run homer, and the Twins started the season's second week in better fashion than the first by beating the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Tuesday night in their home opener.


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D.A. Says Duke Lacrosse Probe to Continue (AP)
Joseph B. Cheshire V, lawyer for one of the accused Duke lacrosse players speaks to the media outside the Durham County Judicial Building in Durham, N.C., Monday, April 10, 2006. Citing DNA test results delivered by the state crime lab to police and prosecutors a few hours earlier, the attorneys said the test results prove their clients did not sexually assault and beat a stripper hired to perform at a March 13 team party. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - Standing before a mostly black audience, the district attorney in charge of the Duke University rape investigation said Tuesday he does not need DNA to bring charges and vowed, "This case is not going away."


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Army Coach Maggie Dixon Mourned by 1,200 (AP)
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Army Women's Basketball coach Maggie Dixon into the St. Charles Borromeo Church in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Dixon died in New York on April 6 from an irregular heartbeat.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)AP - Maggie Dixon was a person who saw the good in everyone and a coach who made "once-intangible dreams" come true for her players.


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Cincinnati Signs TE Tony Stewart (AP)
AP - The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed tight end Tony Stewart to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Short-Handed Bulls Defeat Nets (AP)
Chicago Bulls' Ben Gordon (7) goes up for a shot as New Jersey Nets' Clifford Robinson defends during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Tuesday, April 11, 2006. The Bulls won 104-101. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)AP - Ben Gordon scored 21 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, leading the short-handed Chicago Bulls over the New Jersey Nets 104-101 and into a tie with Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.


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Bonds Motions That His Knee Is Fine (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds runs toward home to score on Lance Niekro's single against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, April 9, 2006. The Giants won 6-5. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Barry Bonds provided a silent update on his troublesome right knee. The rain and wind could practically be heard from his corner in the clubhouse.


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U.S., Jamaica Play to Tie in Exhibition (AP)
Jamaica's Jason Campbell-Ryce (8) moves the ball against Team USA's Chris Albright (4) during the first half Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in Cary, N.C. (AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker)AP - Tony Meola got his 100th cap. Now he and the rest of the U.S. hopefuls can only wait for coach Bruce Arena to choose the World Cup roster.


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Flyers Hold Off Penguins for 4-3 Win (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers' Brian Savage, right, stands over Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Sebastien Caron after scoring a second-period goal during an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 11, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)AP - Though they play better on the road, the Philadelphia Flyers are desperately trying to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.


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In for a big surprise
Tall and talented Antonio Cromartie could be a first-round pick despite missing last season due to a severe knee injury.

No timetable set for Williams decision (AP)
The NFL has no timetable to rule on an appeal by Ricky Williams of a positive drug test that could result in the Miami running back's suspension for the 2006 season, the player's lawyer said Tuesday. Lawyer David Cornwell and Williams met Monday with NFL counsel Jeff Pash in an attempt to have the league overturn the test.

Union files grievance on McNair's behalf (AP)
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Titans on behalf of Steve McNair, accusing the team of breaching the quarterback's contract when it barred him from working out at its facility. McNair was told last Monday that he couldn't work out at the Titans' training property until his contract is reworked.

WR Peerless Price returns to Bills (AP)
Peerless Price signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Monday, rejoining the team with which he's enjoyed the most success. A seven-year NFL veteran, the wide receiver returns to the Bills after failed stints with Atlanta and Dallas -- moves that came after he forced a trade from Buffalo to the Falcons three years ago.

Seahawks re-sign veteran P Rouen (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks re-signed punter Tom Rouen on Tuesday, one day after they brought back kicker Josh Brown. Rouen, a 13-year veteran, signed with the Seahawks in Week 5 last season to replace Leo Araguz. He punted 61 times over the final 12 regular season games with an average of 41.6 yards. He had 20 of punts downed inside opponents' 20-yard line.

Culpepper hopeful to play Week 1 (AP)
Daunte Culpepper walked down the auditorium stairs with his cap slightly askew, and what looked like a playbook under one arm. Most importantly to the Miami Dolphins, their new quarterback was smiling -- not limping. Not even a month has passed since the Minnesota Vikings traded him away, but Culpepper already seems comfortable in his new surroundings.

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.

Bengals WR Henry to face gun charges (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is scheduled to stand trial May 30 on charges of carrying a concealed firearm. Henry was arrested in January after a police officer allegedly saw him pull a pistol on a group of revelers. Officers found a Luger on the back seat of a limousine and a loaded magazine in a gutter where Henry was standing, according to police reports.

Race to the finished
The struggling teams that qualify for the East's final playoff spots won't remain in the postseason for long.

Shaq's triple-double lifts Heat to win (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal called it "simple basketball," and he certainly made it look that way. O'Neal had his second career triple-double -- a 15-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort in 28 minutes -- and Antoine Walker busted out of his slump with a season-high 32 points as the Miami Heat overcame Dwyane Wade's absence to beat Toronto 106-97 on Tuesday night and send the Raptors to their ninth straight...

Yao to have surgery on broken foot (AP)
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will have surgery this weekend on his broken left foot and the injury could take four to six months to heal, general manager Carroll Dawson said Tuesday. The 7-foot-6 Yao was hurt in the first quarter of an 85-83 loss to Utah on Monday. An MRI performed in Houston on Tuesday showed a crack in the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot, Dawson said.

Spurs increase West lead, reach 60 wins (AP)
Tony Parker had 27 points and nine assists, and the San Antonio Spurs increased their lead in the Western Conference to one game by beating the Seattle SuperSonics 104-95 Tuesday night. San Antonio (60-18) recorded a 60-win season for the third time in franchise history, the last coming when the Spurs won the NBA title in the 2002-03 season.

Deng, Duhon sit out for Bulls (AP)
The Chicago Bulls were without forward Luol Deng and guard Chris Duhon on Tuesday night for their game against the New Jersey Nets. Deng missed his second straight game because of a concussion, while Duhon was sidelined with lower back pain. The Bulls' third-leading scorer at 13.9 points per game and second-leading rebounder at 6.5, Deng was injured in a collision with Eric Piatkowski during...

Nuggets clinch Northwest Division (AP)
The Denver Nuggets were in a celebratory mood after clinching their first division title in 18 years. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 28 points, and Ruben Patterson had 21 in a 110-98 win Monday night over his old team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Patterson was dealt to Denver as part of a four-team midseason trade after growing unhappy with his playing time and Portland's mounting losses.

Grizzlies beat injury-depleted Wolves (AP)
With Kevin Garnett and Ricky Davis out of action, what was left of the Minnesota Timberwolves wasn't enough to even put a scare into the playoff-bound Memphis Grizzlies. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Chucky Atkins added 17 points, and the Grizzlies beat the injury-depleted Timberwolves 92-76 on Tuesday night.

Amare's mom must stay under house arrest (AP)
The mother of Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire was ordered Tuesday to remain under house arrest while awaiting trial on felony aggravated DUI charges. Carrie Mae Stoudemire, 50, could face up to 4 1/2 years in jail if convicted for two counts of aggravated DUI during a trial that could begin June 26 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

NBA expands playoff rosters to 13 (AP)
NBA postseason rosters will expand to 13 this season, with teams deactivating one player before each game. This will be the first time teams will be allowed to make changes during the playoffs. In the past, they had to stick with the same 12-man roster throughout the postseason. The new rule was approved by the board of governors and announced Tuesday.

Adidas signs 11-year deal with NBA (AP)
Adidas signed an 11-year deal with the NBA on Tuesday, making the German athletic shoe company the official uniform and apparel provider for the league. The company said the deal includes providing uniforms and other products for the WNBA and the NBA's development league starting with the 2006-07 season.

Power rankings
Not much changes atop the Power Rankings as the most important races are for the remaining playoff spots.

Devs with 8th straight, clinch playoffs (AP)
The New Jersey Devils had to work as hard to reach the playoffs this season as they've ever had to before. So it was no surprise that the Devils had to go to overtime to finally wrap up a ninth straight postseason berth. Brian Gionta scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime to give the Devils a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Tuesday night.

Kings LW Robitaille to retire (AP)
Luc Robitaille managed to keep his emotions in check while thanking the Los Angeles Kings and their championship-starved fans at his retirement announcement Tuesday. He began ticking off his favorite moments during 14 seasons spent with the Kings -- his first game in 1986, the team's improbable run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals and becoming the club's career goal scorer earlier this season.

Red Wings clinch Presidents' Trophy (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings slowly skated to Manny Legace, tapping his pads with their sticks as if it was an ordinary victory -- not the one clinching the best record in the NHL. Legace made 29 saves and Kris Draper and Donald MacLean scored to help Detroit beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Tuesday night. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Red Wings, with 118 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout...

Chara puts Senators back atop East (AP)
Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden returned to the Ottawa lineup to help the Senators regain the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Chara scored twice, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime, and the Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Chara, who missed 11 games with a bruised hand, swept behind the net and put a backhand shot over goalie Tim Thomas to end Ottawa's losing streak...

Satan's two goals lift Isles by Rangers (AP)
The New York Rangers took a double shot in the mouth from their Long Island rivals. If they don't win the Atlantic Division, they might feel the sting well into the playoffs. Miroslav Satan scored two goals, and Rick DiPietro made 22 saves in a frantic third period as the New York Islanders showed their pride and knocked off the playoff-bound Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Six points for Sundin in Leafs' OT win (AP)
Mats Sundin is doing all he can to keep the Toronto Maple Leafs from missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Sundin had four goals and two assists and Tomas Kaberle scored with 11 seconds left in overtime to lead Toronto to a 6-5 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. "We needed that to keep our season alive," Sundin said.

Stars set mark for wins in season (AP)
Jason Arnott had an early power-play goal and Janne Niinimaa and Jaroslav Svoboda added rare goals, then the Dallas Stars had to scramble in the final minutes to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The victory was the Stars' franchise-record 52nd of the season. Stars goalie Marty Turco was 2:27 from a shutout when a long shot from Duvie Westcott went under him.

Flyers win, move closer to division lead (AP)
Though they play better on the road, the Philadelphia Flyers are desperately trying to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. With four games remaining, it's simple for Philadelphia: Win out and secure the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Jeff Carter's power-play goal with 6:32 left in the third period lifted the Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on...

Thrashers keep playoff hopes alive (AP)
Atlanta is desperate and confident, a combination the Thrashers hope will carry them into the NHL playoffs. "Every guy in the room right now believes that we can do it," defenseman Andy Sutton said Tuesday night after Atlanta's 6-2 victory over Tampa Bay tightened the race for the last two positions in the Eastern Conference.

WWD: Samsung/RadioShack 500
Kasey Kahne came up big in Texas, while Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth continue to roll.

Kenseth's Busch Series crew chief suspended (AP)
Chad Norris, crew chief for Matt Kenseth's Busch Series car, was fined $10,000 and suspended for three races on Tuesday because Kenseth's car failed its postrace inspection at Texas Motor Speedway.

Season-opening slide continues for frustrated Biffle (AP)
Exactly one year ago, Greg Biffle was NASCAR's hottest driver. He had two wins, solid footing in the points standings and was well on his way to becoming a championship contender.

Kahne cruises to victory at Texas (AP)
Kasey Kahne had no chance of repeating the runner-up finish he had at Texas during his rookie season.

Busch, Biffle square off at Texas Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Ticker) - Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle may have been teammates at Roush Racing, but they weren't exactly friends.

Kahne wins NASCAR Nextel Samsung/RadioShack 500 (SportsTicker)


Biffle, last year's winner, makes early exit (AP)
Greg Biffle's racing day came to an early and frustrating end Sunday when he was nudged from behind by Kurt Busch and spun out control.

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)


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