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NEWS FROM 2006-04-15
Mets Beat Brewers, Best Start Since 1985
AP - In and out. Up and down. Tom Glavine hit his spots all night Friday. Glavine took advantage of the lowest-scoring team in the major leagues, striking out 11 Milwaukee batters over six innings as the New York Mets defeated the Brewers 4-3.
Bryant Breaks Baylor's Mark in Lakers' Win
AP - Kobe Bryant has great respect for the man whose franchise records he keeps breaking. Bryant broke Elgin Baylor's single-season scoring record with a flourish, getting 50 points Friday night in a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. But he won't sit by his cell phone waiting for any congratulatory response from the Clippers' general manager, who set the mark during the 1962-63 season.
Convicting Bonds of Perjury May Be Hard
AP - Even if Giants slugger Barry Bonds is charged with lying to a grand jury, it will be hard to convict him, former federal prosecutors and other lawyers said.
Carolina Ties Ottawa Atop East Standings
AP - Matt Cullen learned his shootout lessons well, be it from a year spent in Italy during the lockout or all the times this season he watched other players around the NHL score in the new tiebreaker.
Utley Homers Twice Again as Phillies Win
AP - Chase Utley started a little late this season. Utley hit his third career grand slam and homered twice for the second straight day, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the Colorado Rockies 10-8 Friday night.
Favre Gets More Time to Make Up Mind
AP - The due date for Brett Favre's $3 million roster bonus — originally scheduled last month — has been moved to July 27, giving the three-time MVP more time to make a decision on retirement.
Elton Brand's 30 Helps Clippers Rally
AP - The Los Angeles Clippers are making a habit of rallying from large deficits. For the second time in the last two weeks the Clippers put together a significant comeback — this time 18 points — to beat the Seattle SuperSonics 101-97 on Friday night.
Millwood Outduels Zito As Rangers Win
AP - Kevin Millwood assigned himself additional work between starts to work out a kink or two in his mechanics. The result was his first win for the Texas Rangers. Millwood struck out seven in a 6-3 victory over Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
AC Milan Beats Inter 1-0; Cardinal Upset
AP - AC Milan beat crosstown rival Internazionale 1-0 in a Good Friday Italian League game, the timing of which upset Cardinal Ersilio Tonini.
Atlanta Poised to Get NHL All-Star Game
AP - The NHL was expected to announce Saturday that it has awarded the 2008 All-Star game to Atlanta.
From touted to doubted
Once projected to be a top-10 pick, Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway is battling to regain the NFL's respect.
Packers, Favre again delay roster bonus (AP)
The due date for Brett Favre's $3 million roster bonus -- originally scheduled last month -- has been moved to July 27, giving the three-time MVP more time to make a decision on retirement. A person with knowledge of the decision, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made, confirmed the change.
Agent: McNair not welcome for workouts (AP)
Nearly two weeks ago, Tennessee asked Steve McNair not to work out on the team's property for fear an injury would give the Titans a devastating salary cap hit. Now his agent says the Titans have told McNair to continue to stay away. "They've instructed him to work out somewhere else other than their facility," agent Bus Cook said Friday.
Bengals' Jeremi Johnson gets 6-year deal (AP)
Fullback Jeremi Johnson got a six-year contract Friday from the Cincinnati Bengals, who value his blocking and versatility. Johnson, a three-year starter, was a restricted free agent before he signed a one-year, $712,000 deal on Thursday. He wanted to stay in Cincinnati long-term, and had agent Peter Schaffer continue negotiations.
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...
Bengals' Mike Brown defends Bills owner (AP)
Bengals owner Mike Brown went out of his way Friday to defend Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who contends that the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement hurts small-market clubs. Brown set up a meeting with reporters and said he was upset with the personal attacks on Wilson, who is a close friend.
Steelers sign LB Harrison to $5.5M deal (AP)
Backup linebacker James Harrison signed a $5.5 million, four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, even though he wouldn't have become a free agent until 2008. Harrison received a $1.375 million signing bonus. Normally, NFL teams do not offer such terms to backup players who can cannot become free agents for several more seasons.
Panthers sign LB Keith Adams (AP)
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent linebacker Keith Adams on Thursday to add depth at a position that has been decimated this offseason. Carolina lost two starters this winter -- Will Witherspoon signed a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Rams and Brandon Short was released in a salary-cap move.
King James' next conquest
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Already performing at an MVP level, LeBron James eagerly awaits his next challenge: the NBA playoffs.
Larry Brown may miss rest of the season (AP)
Larry Brown did not coach Friday night in the Knicks' 97-80 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks because of a stomach ailment, and it wasn't known if he would be back on the bench at all this season. Brown was hospitalized in Cleveland on Thursday night after becoming ill during the Knicks' 91-87 loss to the Cavaliers.
Gordon lifts Bulls into 8th in East (AP)
Ben Gordon figured he had missed at least one 3-pointer. It was one of the few times he misfired on Friday night. Gordon made nine 3-pointers without a miss to tie the NBA record and scored 32 points to help the Chicago Bulls take sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-101 victory over the Washington Wizards.
James powers Raptors by Pistons (AP)
Mike James thought Rasheed Wallace tried to mock the Toronto Raptors when he attempted a left-handed 3-pointer. So James bit -- yes, bit -- his former Detroit teammate and had a career night. James scored 20 of his career-high 39 points in the fourth quarter to help the Raptors end a 10-game losing streak with a 108-103 victory over the Pistons on Friday night.
Heat rout Sixers, clinch No. 2 seed (AP)
The phrase is one Pat Riley has repeated often of late, and it was written again in the Miami Heat locker room. "Finish the task." His team did just that Friday night. Dwyane Wade had 25 points and eight assists and Udonis Haslem added a career-high 24 points as the Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-85 to secure the Eastern Conference's No.
Kobe breaks Lakers scoring record (AP)
Kobe Bryant has great respect for the man whose franchise records he keeps breaking. Bryant broke Elgin Baylor's single-season scoring record with a flourish, getting 50 points Friday night in a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. But he won't sit by his cell phone waiting for any congratulatory response from the Clippers' general manager, who set the mark during the...
Jazz top Hornets, aid playoff hopes (AP)
Deron Williams put Utah ahead then did his best to keep a fellow rookie from handing the Jazz a critical late-season loss. It worked. Williams hit two free throws with 18 seconds left and New Orleans' Chris Paul missed two potential game-winners as the Jazz pulled closer in the race for the final playoff spot in the West with a 105-104 win Friday night.
Warriors defeat resting Suns 110-102 (AP)
Jason Richardson won't allow the Golden State Warriors to relax near the end of their 12th straight losing season. That's exactly what the Phoenix Suns intend to do in the final days before another playoff run. Richardson scored 27 points, Derek Fisher added 19 and the Warriors knocked off another playoff team on their way to an early summer, beating the Suns 110-102 Friday night.
Artest has MRI exam on right thumb (AP)
Kings forward Ron Artest is expected to play with extra padding on his injured right thumb for the rest of the season. Artest hurt his thumb in the third quarter of Sacramento's 123-110 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday night, but kept playing. He underwent an MRI exam on the thumb Thursday before the club departed for a game in Denver on Saturday.
Brand helps Clippers rally past Sonice (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers are making a habit of rallying from large deficits. For the second time in the last two weeks the Clippers put together a significant comeback -- this time 18 points -- to beat the Seattle SuperSonics 101-97 on Friday night. On April 4, the Clippers rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Denver 111-109 at home.
Just two playoff spots remain, then the question becomes: Can anyone beat Detroit?
Hurricanes move into tie atop East (AP)
Matt Cullen learned his shootout lessons well, be it from a year spent in Italy during the lockout or all the times this season he watched other players around the NHL score in the new tiebreaker. "In Italy, we worked on breakaways for probably 20 minutes in practice every day," the Carolina center said.
Forsberg expects to play vs. Rangers (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers should have their best player back for their most important game. Peter Forsberg, who has missed the last four games with a groin injury, expects to play Saturday when the Flyers host the New York Rangers in a matchup that could determine first place in the jumbled Atlantic Division.
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...
NHL to give Atlanta 2008 All-Star game (AP)
The NHL was expected to announce Saturday that it has awarded the 2008 All-Star game to Atlanta. Atlanta Thrashers spokesman Tom Hughes said Friday a news conference has been scheduled for Saturday before the Thrashers' final home game against Boston. Hughes would neither confirm nor deny Atlanta has been awarded the All-Star game.
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.
Flames beat Avs, wrap up Northwest title (AP)
Miikka Kiprusoff has been a huge reason that the Flames won their first division title in 11 years. Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his second straight shutout to help Calgary 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...
Thornton's Sharks streak into playoffs (AP)
When Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks began the final period of their fourth game in five days, they easily could have taken the rest of the night off. Their own playoff spot already was secure after a phenomenal surge over the last 10 days, and they trailed a desperate Vancouver club needing a win to stay in the postseason race.
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.
'Tomorrow' can wait
NASCAR may want to put the brakes on its Car of Tomorrow until the U.S. auto industry gains stability.
NASCAR's Kyle Busch pulled over for reckless driving (AP)
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch said Friday that he was ticketed for reckless driving after he "chirped" his tires while pulling out of a gas station and into a fast-food restaurant next door. Busch received the ticket Wednesday night in a Richmond suburb. The misdemeanor charge carries up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine and a driver's license suspension, said Sgt.
Edwards calls shakeup way to spark McMurray's team (AP)
Carl Edwards sees Jack Roush's decision to shift crew chief Bob Osborne to Jamie McMurray's car as a move to spark McMurray's season, not his own.
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.
Notes: Softer bumpers coming at Talladega (AP)
NASCAR is hoping that a new, less-rigid bumper configuration on its Nextel Cup cars will cut down on the bump...
Stewart worries about catching leaders, unplugging toilets (AP)
FORT WORTH, Texas – Tony Stewart climbs fences. He also helps design them. The two-time and reigning Nextel...
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.