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Lawyer: 2 Duke Lacrosse Players Indicted (AP)
Bob Ekstrand, center, a defense attorney representing dozens of Duke lacrosse players, walks to the office of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong at the Durham County Judicial Building in Durham, N.C., Monday, April 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)AP - A grand jury issued sealed indictments Monday against two members of the Duke University lacrosse team in connection with allegations that a stripper was raped last month at a team party, a defense attorney said.


Martinez Earns 200th Win, Mets Edge Braves (AP)
New York Mets Pedro Martinez reacts as he leaves the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game, Monday, April 17, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)AP - Pedro Martinez's 200th win meant a lot to the New York Mets for another reason: It came against Atlanta.


Kenyan Man and Woman Win Boston Marathon (AP)
Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya breaks the tape to win the 110th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday April 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - The Kenyan national anthem got its annual airplay in the Back Bay on Monday after another Boston Marathon sweep. It was the Americans, though, who were boasting of a breakthrough.


Crosby Youngest Ever to Hit 100-Point Mark (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby , right, celebrates  his 100th point after an assist on a goal by teammate Ryan Malone with teamate John LeClair, left in the second period against the  New York Islanders in the hockey game in Pittsburgh on Monday April 17, 2006. Crosby became the youngest NHL player to score 100 points in a season. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - To put Sidney Crosby's rookie season into perspective, consider this: Only Wayne Gretzky had a season this good at so young an age, and he wasn't playing in the NHL.


Oilers Win to Clinch Last Playoff Spot (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Fernando Pisani, left, congratulates teamate Rem Murray for his goal on Colorado Avalanche Jose Theodore during the first period of NHL play at Edmonton's Rexall Place, on Monday April 17, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)AP - Rem Murray wondered if he would ever make it back to the NHL. Now the 33-year-old is healthy and back in the playoffs with the Edmonton Oilers.


Safety Lott Signs With Chargers (AP)
AP - Safety Andre Lott signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Monday.

Randolph Fined, Suspended by Trail Blazers (AP)
AP - Zach Randolph was suspended one game and fined Monday by the Portland Trail Blazers for leaving the arena during a game against Golden State.

Giants Edge D-Backs in Topsy-Turvy Affair (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Ray Durham, left, is congratulated by teammate Omar Vizquel after scoring the game winning run off a sacrifice fly by Steve Finley against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning Monday, April 17, 2006 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Giants won 10-9. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)AP - It started out as a San Francisco rout. Then it looked like the biggest comeback victory in Arizona history. But Mark Sweeney hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth and Steve Finley hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to lift the Giants over the Diamondbacks 10-9 Monday night.


Chelsea Closes in on Premier League Title (AP)
Chelsea's Didier Drogba avoids a dive by Everton's goalkeeper Richard Wright during an English Premiership soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Monday, April 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)AP - Chelsea moved within a point of winning its second straight English Premier League title by beating Everton 3-0 on Monday, hours after second-place Manchester United edged Tottenham 2-1.


Kings' Robitaille Ends Illustrious Career (AP)
Los Angeles Kings left wing Luc Robitaille waves to fans after playing his last career NHL hockey game, against the San Jose Sharks, Monday, April 17, 2006, in San Jose, Calif. The Kings won 4-0.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - Luc Robitaille hugged his kids and kissed his wife, lingering in the crowded hallway until everyone had a memory. Then he headed for the Los Angeles Kings' locker room for the final time — and with eyes rimmed in tears, he hesitated at the door.


Survival of the fittest
Shedding blocks in the Big Ten pales in comparison to the obstacles Tamba Hali faced while fleeing his native Liberia.

Union: Titans deny banning McNair (AP)
The Tennessee Titans deny they breached their contract with Steve McNair by not allowing the quarterback to work out on their property, a union spokesman said Monday. The Titans defended themselves in a response to a grievance filed on McNair's behalf by the NFL Players Association on April 7. The team counsel had declined to discuss the Titans' answer for why they told McNair on April 3 that they...

Chargers sign safety Andre Lott (AP)
Safety Andre Lott signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Monday. "Andre has four years of valuable experience on the NFL level," general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement. "He's healthy now and looking for a second chance. I'm excited to see what he can do." Lott cracked the Washington Redskins' starting lineup for three games in 2004 before suffering a season-ending pectoral...

Niners hire former Browns VP Heneghan (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers finally added an experienced football man to their front office Monday, hiring former NFL and Cleveland Browns executive Lal Heneghan as their executive vice president of football operations. Owner John York has been under public pressure to hire a veteran executive ever since he turned over his franchise last year to coach Mike Nolan, a longtime NFL assistant who had never...

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.

Race in Tillman's honor raises $350,000 (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...

The final analysis
For teams at the bottom of the rankings, it's time to reflect on what went wrong, particularly in Philadelphia and Minnesota.

Bulls win 5th straight, beat Magic in OT (AP)
The Chicago Bulls still don't know where they'll figure in the standings when the playoffs start. If they keep playing this well, it might not matter. Kirk Hinrich had 26 points and 10 assists and Andres Nocioni scored 24 to help the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 116-112 in overtime on Monday night. Chicago has won five straight and with a little bit of help can move up to the fifth seed in the...

Cavs beat Celtics without LeBron (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to approach 50 wins even with LeBron James sidelined. Larry Hughes had 21 points, six assists and five steals to help the Cleveland Cavaliers overcome the absence of James and beat the Boston Celtics 93-88 on Monday night. Tony Allen scored a career-high 23 points, but was 3-of-11 from the free-throw line for Boston, which lost its fifth straight game.

Mullin: Montgomery to return to Warriors (AP)
Mike Montgomery will return to coach the Golden State Warriors next season, top executive Chris Mullin said Monday night before the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-79 in their home finale in their 12th consecutive losing season. Montgomery enters the final game against Utah with a 68-95 record in two seasons with the Warriors, who hired him away from Stanford after 18 seasons as a top...

Report: Larry Brown's contract insured (AP)
The New York Knicks took out an insurance policy on Larry Brown's contract that would free the team from paying the remainder of the coach's contract if he's forced to resign due to health issues, the New York Daily News reported Monday. The newspaper, citing an anonymous league source, reported that the Knicks made the move when Brown signed his record five-year, $50 million contract.

Bob Hill to coach Sonics next season (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics have determined that missing the playoffs wasn't Bob Hill's fault. The Sonics exercised Hill's contract option for the 2006-07 season Monday, 3 1/2 months after they promoted him to replace the fired Bob Weiss. Seattle is 21-29 since Hill took over after a few months as Weiss' assistant.

Bucks win as Pistons rest Rip, Rasheed (AP)
Finally, the Milwaukee Bucks didn't bobble a big opportunity. Locked in a three-way struggle for playoff positioning, Milwaukee took advantage of a Detroit Pistons team resting two of its top three scorers with a 113-93 victory Monday night. It was a game the Bucks should have won -- but they haven't always won games they're supposed to this year.

Pacers end 9-game road skid, top Raptors (AP)
The Indiana Pacers didn't want to go into the playoffs with a road losing streak . Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and the Pacers ended a nine-game road skid with a 120-95 rout over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Stojakovic was one of four Indiana players to have at least 20 points before the start of the fourth quarter.

Suns set season high with 20 3s in rout (AP)
The playoff-bound Suns are almost impossible to beat when they are shooting the ball well. Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points and Phoenix made a season-high 20 3-pointers to beat New Orleans 115-78 on Monday night. The Suns' total was only one short of the NBA record set by the Toronto Raptors against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 13, 2005.

Knicks tie team record with 59th loss (AP)
They are the worst team in the Eastern Conference, and still could be the worst Knicks one of all-time. New York tied a franchise record with its 59th loss, as Raymond Felton had 16 points and a season-high 14 assists Monday night to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 98-91 victory. "After this season, there should be a lot of regret," said Knicks assistant Herb Williams, who again ran the team in the...

Power rankings
Just two playoff spots remain, then the question becomes: Can anyone beat Detroit?

Crosby nets 100th point in home finale (AP)
To put Sidney Crosby's rookie season into perspective, consider this: Only Wayne Gretzky had a season this good at so young an age, and he wasn't playing in the NHL. Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season, setting up three goals Monday night in a 6-1 Pittsburgh victory over the New York Islanders that may prevent the Penguins from finishing as the league's...

Ovechkin, Caps eliminate Thrashers (AP)
Atlanta goalie Mike Dunham dropped his head and skated slowly to the sideline, yanked after allowing two goals 23 seconds apart. Then his replacement got hurt, forcing Dunham back onto the ice. Atlanta gave away a third-period lead and lost 6-4 to the Washington Capitals on Monday night, eliminating any chance the Thrashers had of reaching the playoffs for the first time.

Oilers top Avs to clinch eighth in West (AP)
Rem Murray wondered if he would ever make it back to the NHL. Now the 33-year-old is healthy and back in the playoffs with the Edmonton Oilers. "I wasn't sure I'd ever play a game again," said Murray, who scored his first NHL goal in more than two years Monday night as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.

Red Wings score three in 3rd, edge Stars (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings are simply unbeatable these days. Tomas Holmstrom's power-play goal with 44.3 seconds remaining capped Detroit's three-goal third period, rallying the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Johan Franzen and Andreas Lilja also scored and Henrik Zetterberg added two assists for Detroit, which trailed 2-0 before stretching its winning streak to eight...

Datsyuk hopes to be ready for playoffs (AP)
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk hopes to be on the ice when the playoffs start this weekend, despite not playing since injuring his left thigh two weeks ago. "With fingers, I hope," Datsyuk said Monday, crossing the index and middle fingers on his right hand as he spoke following a morning skate before the Red Wings' scheduled night game against Dallas.

Kings top Sharks in Robitaille's finale (AP)
Luc Robitaille hugged his kids and kissed his wife, lingering in the crowded hallway until everyone had a memory. Then he headed for the Los Angeles Kings' locker room for the final time -- and with eyes rimmed in tears, he hesitated at the door. But the indecision was fleeting. One of the greatest goal-scorers in NHL history is ready for retirement after 19 seasons, and his grateful teammates sent...

Goalie Esche gets nod in Flyers' finale (AP)
Robert Esche will be the starting goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers with first place at stake on Tuesday night. Does that mean Esche will start Game 1 of the playoffs later this week? "I'll let you know after tomorrow," coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday. So much for defusing a goaltender controversy.

Sabres C Adam Mair out for season (AP)
Buffalo Sabres center Adam Mair will miss the rest of the season because of post-concussion symptoms. Mair sustained concussion Jan. 12 during a collision with Phoenix forward Tyson Nash and missed 31 games before returning to play earlier this month. He played two games before having more symptoms. "He just doesn't feel right," coach Lindy Ruff said Monday.

Maple Leafs re-sign F Chad Kilger (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed forward Chad Kilger to a $2.7 million, three-year contract Monday. The 29-year-old was to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had a career-high 17 goals while adding 11 assists and 63 penalty minutes in 78 games this season. Kilger will earn $1.2 million next season, $800,000 in 2007-08 and $700,000 in 2008-09.

Nashville Observations
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – The Busch Series is every bit as exciting as Nextel Cup, but you couldn't tell by the attendance.

Roush trio, Penske drivers among top names needing to get on the gas -- quickly (AP)
Matt Kenseth proved last year that a driver can have a horrible start to the season and still recover in time to make the Chase for the championship. Stuck near the bottom of the standings, he used a frantic summer push to put himself back into contention.

Smith, first lady of racing, dies at 89 (AP)
Louise Smith, the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999, has died. She was 89. Smith, remembered as "the first lady of racing," was on the NASCAR circuit from 1945-56. Known for her fearless style, she won 38 modified events. "It was hard on me," she told The Associated Press in an interview in 1998.

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...

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