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Kings Fans Bid Adieu to Luc Robitaille
AP - Luc Robitaille couldn't believe his eyes when he walked into Staples Center for the final time as an NHL player. Everywhere he looked in the empty arena, there was evidence of what he has meant to the Los Angeles Kings and their fans.
Morneau Heroic in Latest Twins' Comeback
AP - With the game on the line and hard-throwing Mariano Rivera pitching, Justin Morneau knew he needed to make an adjustment. So he ditched his bat for teammate Joe Mauer's shorter, lighter stick, and promptly delivered the Minnesota Twins' latest comeback victory.
Atlanta's Smoltz Gets 16th Career Shutout
AP - John Smoltz gave the Braves pitching staff a much-needed lift. Smoltz served as the Braves' stopper with a four-hit shutout to lift Atlanta past Jake Peavy and the San Diego Padres 2-0 Saturday night.
Morrison Gives Canucks OT Win Over Avs
AP - Anson Carter tied it with 42.4 seconds left in regulation and Brendan Morrison scored with 36.6 seconds left in overtime in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-3, season-ending victory over Colorado on Saturday night.
Bucks Make Playoffs Despite Loss to Hawks
AP - Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks had no way of stopping the Bucks from making the playoffs, but they may have made Milwaukee's postseason road a little tougher.
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.
Bucks and Pacers stumble into playoffs
Reuters - Milwaukee lost 120-114 to the Atlanta
Hawks on Saturday, but Bucks fans still had cause to celebrate
after other results guaranteed their team a spot in the
Perez Gives Dodgers 3-1 Win Over Giants
AP - Odalis Perez pitched seven strong innings and held Barry Bonds in check, Kenny Lofton hit an RBI triple for his first hit with Los Angeles, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Saturday night.
Own Goal Helps Rapids Tie FC Dallas
AP - Clarence Goodson knocked the ball into his own goal 3 minutes into first half stoppage time to help the Colorado Rapids salvage a 2-2 tie with FC Dallas on Saturday night.
Thrashers' Rally Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
AP - The Atlanta Thrashers keep on winning. Still, they're at the brink of elimination from the NHL playoffs.
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 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.
Race in Pat Tillman's honor raises $350K (AP)
Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer was one of more than 8,000 people who participated in the 4.2-mile "Pat's Run" Saturday, raising $350,000 for the foundation established to honor Pat Tillman's memory. The race finished at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium, where Tillman wore No. 42 as a Sun Devils linebacker.
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.
King James' next conquest
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Already performing at an MVP level, LeBron James eagerly awaits his next challenge: the NBA playoffs.
LeBron expected to return Sunday (AP)
LeBron James expects to play Sunday against the Washington Wizards, saying he "feels good" after testing his sprained left ankle. James practiced Saturday, four days after rolling his ankle late in the third quarter of a 23-point loss in Detroit. "I feel good right now," James said. "It feels about 85 percent now and that's good enough to play without hurting the team." James missed a 91-87 home win...
Howard's big night keeps Magic alive (AP)
The Orlando Magic are trying not to think too much about the postseason, even though they are suddenly playing like a playoff team. Dwight Howard scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds to lift Orlando over Philadelphia 102-97 Saturday night, keeping the Magic's postseason hopes alive and further damaging the 76ers'.
Pacers lose, still clinch playoff berth (AP)
The Indiana Pacers qualified for the playoffs despite a loss to one of the NBA's worst teams. Primoz Brezec scored 18 points, including the basket that forced overtime, and Alan Anderson hit a free throw with 59 seconds left in the extra period to give the Charlotte Bobcats a 92-91 win over the Pacers on Saturday night.
Larry Brown to miss Knicks' next game (AP)
Larry Brown did not travel to Detroit on Saturday and will not coach the Knicks on Sunday when they play the Pistons. Brown was hospitalized Thursday night in Cleveland with a stomach ailment after becoming ill during the Knicks' 91-87 loss to the Cavaliers. He returned home Friday, but assistant coach Herb Williams ran the team in a 97-80 loss to Milwaukee.
Bucks lose to Hawks, back into playoffs (AP)
Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks had no way of stopping the Bucks from making the playoffs, but they may have made Milwaukee's postseason road a little tougher. Smith scored a career-high 28 points and Marvin Williams added 19 Saturday night in the Hawks' 120-114 victory over the Bucks. Atlanta snapped an 11-game road losing streak and four in a row overall by getting 16 points from Zaza Pachulia,...
Kings move closer to playoff berth (AP)
Give Ron Artest two thumbs up. Artest's injured right thumb felt just fine after he left Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets bruised and battered Saturday night and put the Sacramento Kings on the verge of their eighth straight trip to the playoffs. Behind Artest's defensive play and Mike Bibby's 23 points, the Kings routed the Nuggets 100-82 and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Utah for the eighth...
Terry Porter trying to buy Trail Blazers (AP)
Former Trail Blazers guard Terry Porter said he is rounding up potential investors interested in buying the team and the Rose Garden. Owner Paul Allen told The Oregonian newspaper in Los Angeles on Friday night that he has come to terms with selling the troubled team, which has the worst record in the NBA this season and which, he says, has been costing him millions of dollars to keep afloat.
Grizzlies complete sweep of Rockets (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies are growing more confident with each victory in a late regular-season surge. Now, they even think they can finally win a playoff series. Mike Miller scored 25 points, Shane Battier hit his first eight shots and added 19, and the Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 93-81 on Saturday night.
Short-handed Warriors hold off Blazers (AP)
With Golden State missing many of its top players, Ike Diogu sees an opportunity. Diogu had another strong game with 15 points and eight rebounds in the short-handed Warriors' 86-81 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Golden State only had nine players available. Troy Murphy and Baron Davis have ankle injuries, Jason Richardson sat out with a sore knee and Mickael Pietrus has a...
Just two playoff spots remain, then the question becomes: Can anyone beat Detroit?
Flyers close within one point of Rangers (AP)
New York played like it had a division title clinched already. The Flyers came out fired up like they had one to win. Now the Atlantic Division will be settled in the final games with Philadelphia in control. Jeff Carter set up two Flyers goals with cross-ice passes, Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves and the Flyers closed within a point of New York for the Atlantic Division lead in a 4-1 win over the...
Cheechoo, Thornton lead Sharks by Ducks (AP)
When Jonathan Cheechoo scored his third goal all the way from San Jose's end of the ice in the closing seconds, the resulting avalanche of hats put a fitting cap on two incredible weeks for the Sharks. They're headed to the playoffs with the Western Conference's No. 5 seed after eight consecutive victories -- and there's a good chance they'll take two scoring trophies along with them.
Lightning keep playoff hopes alive (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't counting on outside help to make the NHL playoffs. "We have to do it ourselves," coach John Tortorella said Saturday night, "and there's nothing wrong with doing it that way." The defending Stanley Cup champions got a goal from Martin St. Louis with 10.7 seconds remaining in overtime to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 and move a step closer to clinching one of the...
Predators G Mason gets goal in win (AP)
Nashville Predators goalie Chris Mason was caught a little off-guard when he was credited with a goal. Mason was credited with the goal -- the ninth by a goalie in NHL regular-season play -- and made 23 saves for his fifth consecutive victory in the Predators' 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
Kings win in Robitaille's home finale (AP)
Luc Robitaille couldn't believe his eyes when he walked into Staples Center for the final time as an NHL player. Everywhere he looked in the empty arena, there was evidence of what he has meant to the Los Angeles Kings and their fans. Stretched around both ends of the rink, there were banners proclaiming "Luuuuuc!" His familiar No.
Sabres slow Canadiens' playoff drive (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens missed a chance to play their final game without playoff pressure. Chris Drury and J.P. Dumont scored early in the third period and Ryan Miller made 43 saves to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over Montreal on Saturday night, denying the Canadiens a chance to wrap up a playoff spot.
Maple Leafs win, fail to make playoffs (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs huddled around a television and watched as they were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time in eight years. Mats Sundin scored and had an assist and the Maple Leafs did their part to keep their slim playoff hopes alive for at least a few minutes with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Wings top Blues to extend win streaks (AP)
Henrik Zetterberg got the bounce he needed. Zetterberg scored with 9 seconds to play to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Zetterberg one-timed a pass from Brendan Shanahan past Jason Bacashihua to give the Red Wings their seventh straight win and their 12th consecutive road victory.
Thrashers still in playoff chase (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers keep on winning. Still, they're at the brink of elimination from the NHL playoffs. Defenseman Andy Sutton scored two goals, including the game winner with 10:51 remaining, to give the Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. For a few hours, Atlanta was within one point of Tampa Bay for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
NASCAR Tip Sheet
Some key teams are struggling early this season, and Bob takes a look at their prognosis.
Harvick pads series lead with victory in Pepsi 300 (AP)
Nextel Cup driver Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year Saturday, taking the lead with 52 laps to go and holding off teammate Clint Bowyer after a late caution in the Pepsi 300.
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.