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NEWS FROM 2006-04-14
Reports: Grand Jury Investigating Bonds
AP - A federal grand jury is investigating whether Barry Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, a person with knowledge of the probe told The Associated Press on Thursday night.
Utley Goes Deep Twice to Pace Phillies
AP - Gavin Floyd tried to be more aggressive. Chase Utley needed to relax. Both plans worked Thursday night as Floyd gave up three runs in six innings and Utley hit his first two homers of the season, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Lilly Dominates Red Sox As Blue Jays Win
AP - Ted Lilly's recent success against the Boston Red Sox gives him a little extra confidence when he pitches against them. A six-run second inning can be a bit of a boost, too.
Gretzky Undecided About Returning to Coach
AP - On a day the Phoenix Coyotes announced an ownership change, head coach Wayne Gretzky Thursday remained noncommittal about returning for a second season behind the bench.
Magic Beat Spurs for 7th Straight Win
AP - With Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, the Orlando Magic are built for the future and making a playoff push right now.
Raiders Sign Former Vikings DE Johnstone
AP - Defensive end Lance Johnstone rejoined the Raiders on Thursday, leaving the Minnesota Vikings after five seasons for a free-agent contract with Oakland.
Knicks Coach Larry Brown Hospitalized
AP - New York Knicks coach Larry Brown was to be hospitalized overnight after becoming ill in the third quarter of Thursday night's game against the Cavaliers.
Alou homers to split doubleheader
Reuters - Moises Alou belted a milestone
homer while Barry Bonds was held to an RBI single as the San
Francisco Giants edged the Houston Astros 5-3 in the first game
of a National League doubleheader on Thursday.
FIFA Says It Can't Stop Prostitution
AP - Soccer's governing body insists it has no power to stop forced prostitution in Germany, which is expected to increase during the World Cup.
Kings Forward Left Home From Road Trip
AP - Sean Avery did not accompany the Los Angeles Kings for their game Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes and the team said the volatile forward will sit out the rest of the season.
Just like old times
Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Vince Young are back where they started – at the top of our mock draft.
Patriots sign Seymour to four-year deal (AP)
Last season, Richard Seymour missed part of training camp because he was unhappy with his contract. The All-Pro defensive lineman isn't dissatisfied any more. A day after signing a new four-year contract estimated between $7 million and $8 million a year, he said Thursday: "I want to retire as a Patriot." The 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive end, who is 26, is the cornerstone of the team's young...
Raiders sign ex-Vikings DE Johnston (AP)
Defensive end Lance Johnstone rejoined the Raiders on Thursday, leaving the Minnesota Vikings after five seasons for a free-agent contract with Oakland. Johnstone has 70 sacks in his 10 NFL seasons -- the first five with the Raiders, who selected him in the second round out of Temple in 1996. He had a career-high 11 sacks with Oakland in 1998 and again with Minnesota in 2004.
Matt Leinart fires agent Leigh Steinberg (AP)
Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart fired agent Leigh Steinberg less than three weeks before the NFL draft, where he is expected to be among the top three choices. Steinberg, who has represented some of the top quarterbacks during the last 25 years, said Wednesday he did not know the reason for the decision.
Chargers send Davis to 49ers for Woods (AP)
The Chargers and San Francisco 49ers swapped disappointing former first-round draft picks on Wednesday, with San Diego getting wide receiver Rashaun Woods in exchange for cornerback Sammy Davis. Woods was a huge disappointment for the 49ers, who chose him with the 31st pick in the 2004 draft. He set records at Oklahoma State, but never earned even a minor spot in San Francisco's receiving corps,...
Lead prosecutor in Taylor case quits (AP)
The lead prosecutor in the assault case against Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor stepped aside Wednesday after defense lawyers charged that he was using his prominence in the case to promote his moonlighting work as a nightclub disc jockey. Michael Grieco, the assistant state attorney handling the Taylor case, asked to be replaced because "he sees himself becoming the courtroom focus, rather...
Lions re-sign S Terrence Holt (AP)
The Detroit Lions re-signed safety Terrence Holt to a one-year contract Thursday. Holt has played with the Lions for the last three years and began last season as Detroit's starting free safety. He started 10 games before he was placed on injured reserve Dec. 7 with an elbow injury. Holt finished the 2005 season with a career-high 44 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Colts re-sign LB Morris (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed veteran linebacker Rob Morris. Morris has started 60 games since the Colts selected him in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft but spent last season backing up Gary Brackett. In six seasons, all with the Colts, Morris has recorded 483 tackles, seven sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered one and had one interception.
The Trail Blazers' downward spiral could lead them out of Portland now that Paul Allen might sell the once-proud franchise.
LeBron sits out, but Cavs beat Knicks (AP)
LeBron James leaned back and yawned. The Cavaliers didn't wake up until it was almost too late. James, resting a sprained left ankle for the NBA playoffs, missed his first game this season on Thursday night and could only cheer as his teammates rallied for a 91-87 win over the injury-thinned New York Knicks.
Knicks coach Larry Brown hospitalized (AP)
New York Knicks coach Larry Brown was to be hospitalized overnight after becoming ill in the third quarter of Thursday night's game against the Cavaliers. The 65-year-old Brown, whose had health issues in recent years, was taken from Quicken Loans Arena on a stretcher following New York's 91-87 loss.
Stern: Seattle 'not interested' in team (AP)
David Stern gave another warning that the SuperSonics could eventually leave Seattle, saying Thursday that the city is, "not interested in having the NBA there." The NBA commissioner also touched on the situations regarding the Trail Blazers and Hornets during a conference call, but his strongest words were saved for the Sonics' future in Seattle.
Iverson's 40 lift 76ers over Nets 116-96 (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers got their groove back, and not a moment too soon. Allen Iverson had 40 points and 10 assists and Chris Webber returned from a back injury to score 18 as Philadelphia remained tied for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 116-96 win over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.
Walker turning up the Heat for Miami (AP)
Change of plans for Antoine Walker. Dwyane Wade is returning to the Miami Heat on Friday night, following a one-game absence with a flulike virus. That means Walker probably won't be called on to take a season-high 26 shots. And no need for him to score a season-high 32 points and play 44 minutes, his most since Nov.
Redd lifts Bucks over Wizards 100-97 (AP)
Michael Redd asked for a little help. His Milwaukee Bucks teammates gave him just what he needed. Redd scored 21 second-half points and hit the winning basket with 19 seconds to play, T.J. Ford made a key steal in the final seconds, and the Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 100-97 on Wednesday night. "I just wanted the ball in my hands at the end of the game and wanted to make a play -- either to...
Pacers end Celtics' playoff hopes (AP)
The Indiana Pacers went from trying to get Jermaine O'Neal a triple-double during a blowout to trying to hang onto their lead in the closing minutes against the Boston Celtics. The Pacers nearly blew a 15-point advantage before beating the Celtics 117-112 on Wednesday night. Indiana remained tied for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race and eliminated the Celtics.
Injury-plagued Bulls rally past Hawks (AP)
The Chicago Bulls can control their playoff hopes, though no one knows how many healthy players they will have left if they make it to the postseason. The Bulls, missing two injured starters, overcame an ugly first half to beat Atlanta 96-90 Wednesday night and maintain their eighth-place tie in the playoff standings.
Not much changes atop the Power Rankings as the most important races are for the remaining playoff spots.
Gretzky undecided on coaching in '06-07 (AP)
On a day the Phoenix Coyotes announced an ownership change, head coach Wayne Gretzky Thursday remained noncommittal about returning for a second season behind the bench. After the Coyotes' season ends Sunday, Gretzky plans to play in a charity golf tournament in South Carolina and then attend the International Azalea Festival April 24-30 in Norfolk, Va., where his daughter, Paulina, will be the...
Caps' Ovechkin gets 50 goals, 100 points (AP)
Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin became only the second rookie in NHL history with 50 goals and 100 points when he scored against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night. Ovechkin scored his 50th goal at 13:01 of the first period with a shot from the top of the left circle. Atlanta goalie Mike Dunham appeared to be screened in front by defenseman Garnet Exelby.
Sens clinch Northeast title with OT loss (AP)
Even an overtime loss could not dampen the Senators' jubilation over winning the Northeast Division title. Daniel Alfredsson scored with 2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 4 and send the game to OT, earning the Senators the point that clinched the division title. The Senators ended up losing 5-4 to the Florida Panthers.
Devils top Flyers for ninth straight win (AP)
The New Jersey Devils continue to move up the Eastern Conference playoff charts at a fast clip. Zach Parise scored two goals and Brian Gionta had three assists to help the Devils beat Philadelphia 4-1 Thursday night for their ninth straight win and pull even with the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
Flames beat Avs, wrap up Northwest title (AP)
Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his second straight shutout to help the Calgary Flames clinch the Northwest Division title with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. The Flames last won a division title in 1994-95 when they finished atop the Pacific Division before losing in the first round of the playoffs to San Jose.
Crosby has four points, Pens top Rangers (AP)
No player this young has had an NHL season this good. Sidney Crosby looks determined to make his rookie year even better, as the New York Rangers found out. Crosby had a goal and three assists to close within three points of becoming the youngest player to have a 100-point season in the NHL, and the Pittsburgh Penguins further stalled the Rangers' bid to win their first division title since 1994...
Predators wrap up fourth seed in West (AP)
The Nashville Predators may not have their top goaltender for the postseason, but they will start the playoffs at home. Mike Sillinger scored two goals, and the Predators clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs on their first try with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night with their fourth straight victory.
Kovalev, Habs get closer to playoff spot (AP)
As the surging Montreal Canadiens moved a step closer to making the playoffs, Jan Bulis couldn't help but keep an eye on the scoreboard. Alex Kovalev had two goals and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night. Currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, Montreal leads ninth-place Atlanta by six points with two games remaining.
Hemsky's late goal gives Oilers key win (AP)
Ales Hemsky scored with 33.3 seconds left in the third period to give the Edmonton Oilers a key 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Thursday night. Edmonton began the night in eighth place in the NHL's Western Conference one point ahead of Vancouver. With the victory, the Oilers moved within a point of seventh place Colorado, which lost to Calgary 2-0.The Canucks were playing later in San...
Trading Paint: Not beating around the Busch
Readers had plenty to say about the one-man wrecking crew known as Kurt Busch.
Roush shakes up Edwards and McMurray's struggling teams (AP)
Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray got new crew chiefs Thursday in a Roush Racing shakeup designed to jump-start their struggling teams.
Roush ``Gong Show'' winner preparing to take over for Martin (AP)
Todd Kluever finally got on NASCAR's fast track by winning the ``Gong Show.''
NASCAR to reprimand Biffle's girlfriend (AP)
Greg Biffle's girlfriend faces a reprimand from NASCAR about her pit-road confrontation with Kurt Busch's fiance after the two drivers wrecked at Texas Motor Speedway.
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)