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NEWS FROM 2006-04-23
Heat Hold Off Pesky Bulls in Game 1
AP - Pat Riley called this one perfectly. Asked 90 minutes before the game about Dwyane Wade's season-long struggles against the Chicago Bulls, Riley expressed nothing but confidence in the Miami Heat's superstar guard.
Spurs Hand Kings Worst Playoff Loss Ever
AP - No matter how far the San Antonio Spurs go in search of another NBA title, Tony Parker thinks they might never match their practically perfect first half in their first playoff game of the spring.
James Excels in 1st Playoff Start for Cavs
AP - LeBron James had an NBA playoff debut that was simply Magical. Showcasing his spectacular skills as a pro in the postseason for the first time, James recorded a triple-double and brought the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the playoffs in style with a 97-86 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Sabres Nip Flyers in Double Overtime
AP - Daniel Briere and the young Buffalo Sabres feel like postseason veterans now. Briere tipped in Jochen Hecht's centering pass 7:31 into the second overtime for a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Saturday night.
Bonds Hits 1st Homer of Year as Giants Win
AP - Barry Bonds found his power and his long-lost sense of humor, too. Bonds homered for the first time this season, hitting No. 709 of his career to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Saturday night.
Jets RB Houston Involved in Car Accident
AP - New York Jets running back Cedric Houston was injured in a one-car accident late Friday night.
LeBron impresses in NBA playoff debut, Heat hold off Bulls
AFP - LeBron James made a spectacular National Basketball Association playoff debut, becoming just the third player to post a triple-double in his first postseason game.
Rookie Buchholz keeps Astros buzzing
Reuters - Rookie Taylor Buchholz allowed just
two hits in 8 2/3 innings in his second career start to keep
the Houston Astros' good run going with a 3-0 win over the
Pittsburgh Pirates in National League play on Saturday.
Dynamo Get Late Goal, Beat Real 2-1
AP - Dwayne De Rosario took a short pass from Brad Davis up the middle and kicked the ball through goalkeeper Scott Garlick's arms in the 84th minute to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
Flyers Rookie Hurt After Heavy Hit
AP - Rookie R.J. Umberger was up and walking around in the Philadelphia dressing room after being knocked woozy by a tremendous hit in the Flyers' 3-2 double-overtime playoff loss to Buffalo on Saturday night.
No offensive tackle in the draft – not even D'Brickashaw Ferguson – can match the skills of Winston Justice.
Giants sign LB Arrington to $49M deal (AP)
LaVar Arrington signed with the New York Giants on Saturday, giving him a chance to play twice a year against his former team and helping fill a huge gap at linebacker for the NFC East champions. Arrington agreed to a $49 million, seven-year deal late Friday, according to Kevin Poston, one of his agents.
Bears ink CB Manning to offer sheet (AP)
The Chicago Bears signed restricted free-agent defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. to an offer sheet Friday, with his agent saying the deal is worth up to $21 million over five years. The deal includes about $7.5 million in guaranteed money in the first year of the contract, agent Jim Ivler said. Manning spent his first three seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who eliminated the Bears from the...
Tylski, wife charged with child abuse (AP)
Former NFL offensive guard Rich Tylski and his wife were accused of hitting their adopted daughter with a belt, slamming her head on a table and other abuse that left the girl with broken bones in her hands and leg. The 35-year-old Tylski and wife Jane, 36, were free on $20,000 bond each on the child abuse and neglect charges.
Mayor: no money for new Chargers stadium (AP)
Cash-strapped San Diego doesn't have the money to help the Chargers build a new stadium, Mayor Jerry Sanders said Friday, opening the door for Southern California's only NFL team to leave the city it has called home for 45 years. Sanders said he plans to ask the City Council to amend the Chargers' lease to allow the team to begin looking at sites elsewhere in San Diego County before the end of the...
NFL hires firm to help find new commish (AP)
NFL owners hired a Los Angeles-based firm to assist with the search to replace retiring commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The eight-owner committee chose Korn/Ferry International to help find a new commissioner. Tagliabue hopes to retire in July. The firm will begin the process by interviewing all 32 owners, then make regular reports, including one at the league meetings in Denver on May 23-24.
Chargers LB Steve Foley arrested (AP)
Linebacker Steve Foley of the San Diego Chargers was arrested on charges of resisting arrest on Friday after police said he scuffled with officers. Foley also was booked on charges of battery on a police officer and public drunkenness. One of three officers involved in the struggle with the 6-foot-4, 265 pound linebacker suffered minor injuries, said police spokesman Gary Hassen.
Charges dropped against Chiefs' Dalton (AP)
A misdemeanor charge of domestic battery against Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Lional Dalton was dismissed. Dalton was scheduled to go on trial Friday, but the case was dismissed because the alleged victim, Dalton's wife, Kimberly, failed to appear for the trial. It was the second time she had not shown up, said Assistant District Attorney Jacqie Spradling.
Motown's big mo
The Pistons strut into the postseason acting like they're the team to beat. That's because they are.
LeBron dominates in NBA playoff debut (AP)
LeBron James had an NBA playoff debut that was simply Magical. Showcasing his spectacular skills as a pro in the postseason for the first time, James recorded a triple-double and brought the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the playoffs in style with a 97-86 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday. James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, becoming the first player since Magic...
Spurs open title defense with a rout (AP)
No matter how far the San Antonio Spurs go in search of another NBA title, Tony Parker thinks they might never match their practically perfect first half in their first playoff game of the spring. The Sacramento Kings? They were already thinking about Game 2 at halftime of this humiliating defeat. Parker scored 25 points and Nick Van Exel added 11 in the decisive second quarter as the Spurs got...
Clips escape with win in playoff opener (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers' first playoff game in nine years was a success, but their lack of playoff experience nearly cost them down the stretch. Elton Brand had 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the first postseason game of his career, veteran Sam Cassell added 19 points and seven assists, and the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 89-87 Saturday night.
Wade helps Heat hold off Bulls (AP)
Pat Riley called this one perfectly. Asked 90 minutes before the game about Dwyane Wade's season-long struggles against the Chicago Bulls, Riley expressed nothing but confidence in the Miami Heat's superstar guard. "Great players will find a way to get around any defense when you raise the stakes," Riley said.
Riley: Mother's death not a distraction (AP)
Despite dealing with personal anguish, Miami Heat coach Pat Riley reiterated Saturday that he'll be able to concentrate on what his team needs for the postseason. Riley ran the Heat's shootaround on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after learning that his 96-year-old mother, Mary, had died in his native upstate New York.
Heat's Haslem ejected from opener (AP)
Miami forward Udonis Haslem was ejected late in the first half of the Heat's game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night after throwing his mouthpiece in the direction of referee Joey Crawford. Haslem was in between three Bulls, battling for a rebound during Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series, and apparently thought he was fouled.
Pistons begin bid for NBA title (AP)
The wait is over for the Detroit Pistons They can finally get started toward their goal of a second NBA title in three years Sunday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. That's exactly 10 months after losing Game 7 of the Finals at San Antonio. Detroit had a big lead in the third quarter of that game, but came away devastated after missing an opportunity to win back-to-back championships.
Kobe, Suns ready for high-scoring series (AP)
The NBA's highest-scoring player goes against its highest-scoring team. Expect little defense and a lot of entertainment when the first-round playoff series between Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers and the high-octane Suns begins on Sunday. Lakers coach Phil Jackson has never lost an opening-round series, but this is the first time he's had a team without anyone named Shaq or Michael.
Nets set to play any style versus Pacers (AP)
If the Indiana Pacers want to play a slowdown, half-court game in the opening round of the playoffs, that's just fine with the New Jersey Nets. The Nets know there is a misconception about them heading into Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with the Pacers on Sunday. Some people, including Pacers players, still see the Nets as an up-tempo team with point guard Jason Kidd running the...
The thrill is back
Hockey fans rejoice. The best part of the NHL season is finally here – the playoffs.
Devils' power play overwhelms Rangers (AP)
The New Jersey Devils knew what to expect in the playoff opener. The inexperienced New York Rangers certainly did not. The result was a rout. Patrik Elias scored two of New Jersey's playoff-record five power-play goals and the Devils earned their 12th straight victory by beating the Rangers 6-1 Saturday in the opener of the Eastern Conference series.
Briere gets Sabres by Flyers in 2OT (AP)
Daniel Briere and the young Buffalo Sabres feel like postseason veterans now. Briere tipped in Jochen Hecht's centering pass 7:31 into the second overtime for a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Saturday night. Although the Sabres did squander a 2-0 lead, giving up Simon Gagne's tying goal in the final two minutes of regulation, it was a...
Huet helps Canadiens shock Hurricanes (AP)
Cristobal Huet's first NHL playoff start in net didn't begin so well. Less than a minute in, he and the Montreal Canadiens already trailed. "I just tried to focus on my game," he said. "There was a long way to go." Considering how far he already had come, staying patient wasn't a problem. Huet made 43 saves, 12 players recorded points and the Canadiens made up for four lopsided losses to the Carolina...
Rangers' Jagr injured in loss to Devils (AP)
Jaromir Jagr's attempted swipe at Scott Gomez left the New York Rangers' star forward with an injury that could sideline him in the playoffs. With the Rangers trailing by four goals and virtually no chance of coming back late in the third period Saturday, Jagr was sent out by coach Tom Renney to get what he called "practice" in penalty killing.
Avalanche bury Stars in playoff opener (AP)
Their lowest playoff seed in nearly 20 years. Ten losses in their last 16 regular-season games. A two-goal deficit on the road. None of that bothered the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff against favored Dallas. Rob Blake and John-Michael Liles scored power-play goals only 2:04 apart in the second period and seventh-seeded Colorado beat the Stars 5-2 on Saturday.
Flyers' Umberger woozy after heavy hit (AP)
Rookie R.J. Umberger was up and walking around in the Philadelphia dressing room after being knocked woozy by a tremendous hit in the Flyers' 3-2 double-overtime playoff loss to Buffalo on Saturday night. Although Umberger wasn't made available to reporters, coach Ken Hitchcock said the forward is fine and "good to go." Umberger was hurt 12 minutes into the first overtime of the playoff...
Legace wants to stay in Detroit (AP)
Hockeytown exhaled when the Detroit Red Wings beat Edmonton in double overtime in Game 1 of their first-round series. Manny Legace was probably more relieved than anybody. The goaltender for the Stanley Cup favorites gave up goals on two of the first seven shots he faced, and finished with just 23 saves in the Red Wings' 3-2 victory Friday night.
Preds G Mason strong in playoff debut (AP)
Chris Mason's stick was gone, and the San Jose Sharks had pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, trying to tie it in the final minute. So much for postseason inexperience. Mason grabbed a stick from Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis, then turned away the last of the 16 shots he faced in the goal, sealing the Predators' 4-3 victory over the Sharks in the opener of their Western Conference...
Sens have edge with special teams, depth (AP)
It's just one game, but the Ottawa Senators seem to have two advantages over the Tampa Bay Lightning that might make their first-round NHL playoff series a short one. The Senators use all four forward lines, keeping their legs fresh, while the Lightning essentially play only three lines and Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards seem to get even more ice time.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brent Sherman perhaps could have used more seasoning, but a Cup ride was too much to pass up.
Harvick grabs lead late, wins NASCAR Subway Fresh 500 (SportsTicker)
Harvick perfect in Phoenix (AP)
If Kevin Harvick had any doubts about the direction his race team was headed, they were eased with a dominating performance in the desert that ended a 38-race winless drought.
Stewart sent to the back of the field after tire mishap (AP)
A rare mistake by Tony Stewart's championship race team cost him a prime starting spot Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway.
NASCAR Nextel Notebook for Friday, April 21 (SportsTicker)
AVONDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - Kevin Harvick is in a position to cash in.
Harvick wins NASCAR Busch Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (SportsTicker)
Harvick makes it two straight in Busch Series with PIR victory (AP)
Kevin Harvick won his second consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, holding on through several late cautions and an overtime finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kyle Busch wins Phoenix pole (AP)
Kyle Busch picked up where he left off at Phoenix International Raceway, winning the pole Thursday to put himself in prime position to win a second straight race in the desert.
FanView, new Sprint Nextel device, takes fans deeper into the action (AP)
CHARLOTTE – From his seat high in the grandstands, Lance Ramsey could see every bit of action on the race...