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NEWS FROM 2006-04-25
Mobley, Brand Lead Clippers Past Nuggets
AP - The Los Angeles Clippers played about as well as possible in the first quarter Monday night. The Denver Nuggets never recovered.
Wade Clutch As Heat Go Up 2-0 on Bulls
AP - Dwyane Wade arrived at the arena Monday night with a freshly shaved head, a first for the dapper superstar. "It's the playoffs," Wade said of his new 'do. "I don't want to be worried about how I look." Whatever the reason, Wade looked wonderful again for the Miami Heat.
Sakic Sets NHL Overtime Record in Avs' Win
AP - Just like two years ago, the Colorado Avalanche have won the first two games in their first-round Western Conference playoffs series against Dallas. This time, the Avalanche haven't even been home yet.
Ruff Calls Flyers 'Idiots' After Rout
AP - Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff took one last big shot at the Philadelphia Flyers, saying they played like "idiots" when the score got out of hand.
Ryder's Goal in 2nd OT Lifts Canadiens
AP - A couple of fluke goals, with plenty of hard skating and swagger in between. The Carolina Hurricanes finally looked like the team that raced to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Bush No. 1 No Matter What 'Experts' Say
AP - A week ago, there were rumors out of Houston that had the Texans leaning away from taking Reggie Bush with the No. 1 pick and toward Mario Williams, the North Carolina State defensive end who is supposed to be a cross between Julius Peppers and Lawrence Taylor.
Heat thwart Bulls comeback to take 2-0 series lead
Reuters - Led by a 22-point display from Shaquille
O'Neal and double figure efforts from six players, the Miami
Heat fought off a furious comeback by the Chicago Bulls to
claim a 115-108 victory on Monday and a 2-0 lead in their
Western Conference quarter-final.
Column: Imagine That, a Woman in Dugout
AP - My first thought upon hearing Keith Hernandez was in trouble was that he was doing drugs again.
MISL Coach Suspended for Two Years
AP - Baltimore Blast coach Tim Wittman has been suspended for the next two seasons by the Major Indoor Soccer League for putting a game official in a chokehold.
Madden's Hat Trick Leads Devils Over NYR
AP - John Madden was on his feet in the penalty box, anxiously waiting to spring back onto the ice. The New Jersey Devils were still short-handed, and that is Madden's favorite time to strike.
'Absolutely nothing wrong'
Reggie Bush and his attorney gave a simple answer to the question swirling over the Heisman winner's family home.
Panthers let CB Manning Jr. go to Bears (AP)
Ricky Manning Jr. joined the Chicago Bears on Monday, a day after the cornerback was arrested on suspicion of assault following a fight at a restaurant in Los Angeles. "Unfortunately, I can't talk about any legal business," Manning said during a conference call after the Carolina Panthers declined to match the Bears' offer sheet.
Union wants quick McNair hearing (AP)
The NFL Players Association wants a quick hearing on Steve McNair's grievance against the Tennessee Titans. The union had the option to request an expedited hearing to be held within 10 days after the Titans answered the grievance, in which McNair claims Tennessee breached his contract when it barred him from working out on team property.
Colts re-sign Pro Bowl LB Cato June (AP)
Colts Pro Bowl linebacker Cato June signed a one-year, $1.57 million contract Monday. His agent said June still wants a long-term deal with the Colts. "The guy's a young, ascending Pro Bowl player, and it would be in the team's best interest to get a deal done as soon as possible," Brian Mackler said.
Buccaneers owner Glazer out of hospital (AP)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer was released from a hospital Monday, eight days after the reclusive Palm Beach businessman suffered a stroke. Glazer, 77, has impaired speech and mobility in his right arm and leg, one of his sons said in a statement released by the Bucs.
Settlement reached in Michael Vick case (AP)
A woman who charged in a lawsuit that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease has agreed to an undisclosed resolution of the case, his attorney said Monday. "The case has been resolved," attorney Lawrence Woodward said. When asked if the details of the agreement between Vick and the woman, Sonya Elliott, would be disclosed, Woodward said: "The only...
Favre's status unrelated to draft plan (AP)
Brett Favre's uncertain football future isn't going to govern the Green Bay Packers' plans for the draft, general manager Ted Thompson said Monday. Thompson said Favre is an "outstanding" player, and the team wants him to return. But sooner or later, he'll be gone, and the Packers will have to plan for life without him.
LB Lavar Arrington signs with Giants (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.
MIAMI – Shaquille O'Neal again dominated the Bulls in powering the Heat to a 2-0 series lead.
Wade's clutch play helps Heat go up 2-0 (AP)
Dwyane Wade arrived at the arena Monday night with a freshly shaved head, a first for the dapper superstar. "It's the playoffs," Wade said of his new 'do. "I don't want to be worried about how I look." Whatever the reason, Wade looked wonderful again for the Miami Heat. Playing with a sore calf, Wade hit a spinning jumper with 1:04 left to halt a frantic Chicago rally, then blocked Ben Gordon's...
Clippers grab 2-0 lead on Nuggets (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers played about as well as possible in the first quarter Monday night. The Denver Nuggets never recovered. Cuttino Mobley scored 21 points, Elton Brand had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the Nuggets 98-87 for a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers took command in the opening period, shooting 13-of-20 and committing one turnover in taking a...
Kings F Artest suspended one game (AP)
Ron Artest of the Sacramento Kings was suspended one game without pay for hitting Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs in the head with his forearm. The suspension was announced Monday by the league. Artest will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference series on Tuesday. He didn't play in the postseason last year after an early season suspension for a brawl in Detroit while playing for Indiana.
Wizards searching for ways to stop James (AP)
Chances are, jotted down on some yellow legal pad or locker room board in Washington's Verizon Center are the following words: 1. Stop LeBron James. 2. Stop LeBron James. 3. Stop LeBron James. The Wizards know exactly what they must do to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
Frank wants Carter to keep shooting (AP)
A day after New Jersey lost Game 1 of its first-round series with the Indiana Pacers, Nets coach Lawrence Frank was miffed. His ire had nothing to do with the last-second foul call that put New Jersey in an early hole in the best-of-seven series. Rather, it centered on the way Nets guard Vince Carter was treated Monday after a dismal 12-for-33 shooting effort in the 90-88 loss.
Pistons' Hamilton should play in Game 2 (AP)
Behind the closed blinds of the Detroit Pistons' training room, Richard Hamilton's left ankle was under the care of two of the best in the business Monday. Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander and athletic trainer Mike Abdenour were doing everything they could to get Hamilton ready for Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tim Thomas whacks Kobe in big Game 1 (AP)
Tim Thomas admits he got away with whacking Kobe Bryant in the head at a critical point in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. It was that kind of day for Thomas, whose season has gone from banishment from Chicago to a starting spot with the Pacific Division champion Suns.
Dallas' depth a concern for Memphis (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks were at their best this season when coach Avery Johnson could look down his bench and have trouble deciding who to put in. Need scoring? Then go with Jerry Stackhouse, who averages more than 20 points per game for his career. Want to up the tempo? Signal for Devin Harris, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft and the team's point guard of the future.
Heat F Haslem suspended for Game 2 (AP)
Udonis Haslem's pleas of innocence fell on deaf ears. The Miami forward was suspended for Monday's Game 2 of the Heat's first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, a penalty the NBA levied after Haslem threw his mouthpiece toward referee Joey Crawford in the series opener. Haslem -- who called NBA vice president Stu Jackson after being ejected Saturday to insist that he did not attempt to...
In the slightly mixed up world of the 2006 NHL playoffs, all four road teams won to even their series Sunday.
Madden lifts Devils by Jagr-less Rangers (AP)
John Madden was on his feet in the penalty box, anxiously waiting to spring back onto the ice. The New Jersey Devils were still short-handed, and that is Madden's favorite time to strike. Madden tied an NHL playoff record with two man-down goals as part of his first postseason hat trick and led New Jersey to a 4-1 victory Monday night over the New York Rangers, who played without leading scorer...
Habs take 2-0 lead on Ryder's 2OT goal (AP)
A couple of fluke goals, with plenty of hard skating and swagger in between. The Carolina Hurricanes finally looked like the team that raced to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. It still wasn't enough to beat Montreal. "We stuck with the same plan, we kept believing," Canadiens center Mike Ribeiro said.
Avalanche beat Stars on Sakic's OT goal (AP)
Just like two years ago, the Colorado Avalanche have won the first two games in their first-round Western Conference playoffs series against Dallas. This time, the Avalanche haven't even been home yet. Joe Sakic scored his NHL playoff-record seventh overtime goal Monday night, tipping in John-Michael Liles' slap shot from the point past goalie Marty Turco at 4:36 of the extra period to give...
Sabres win 8-2, Ruff upset with Flyers (AP)
Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff took one last big shot at the Philadelphia Flyers, saying they played like "idiots" when the score got out of hand. Two nights after Philadelphia's R.J. Umberger was knocked woozy by Brian Campbell's heavy but legal hit in Buffalo's Game 1 victory, the Sabres flattened the rest of the Flyers in an 8-2 blowout win Monday night.
Tampa not taking home-ice for granted (AP)
Now that Tampa Bay has beaten Ottawa for the first time in more than three years to even their NHL playoff series at one game apiece, the Lightning have to find a way to win again, again and again to eliminate the top seed in the Eastern Conference. That doesn't figure to be easy, even with the next two games at home Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Sharks back home after power-play binge (AP)
Ron Wilson's playoff predictions have been correct so far. The San Jose Sharks coach said the officials wouldn't swallow their whistles, as they've done in previous playoff seasons. Wilson also guessed his club's first-round series with the Nashville Predators would be decided on the power play. That's been the case through the first two penalty-filled contests in the best-of-seven series, which...
Oilers riding wave of confidence (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers are taking a defense-first approach to shutting down the powerful Detroit Red Wings. But they're careful not to call it the trap. "It's a smart style of hockey against a very explosive team," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said Monday after the Oilers practiced and talked about shutting down the neutral zone during a brief skate.
Isles co-owner pleads guilty to fraud (AP)
Sanjay Kumar, the co-owner of the New York Islanders and former CEO of Computer Associates International Inc., pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges in a massive accounting scandal at the Long Island-based software company. According to a 2004 indictment, Kumar was so involved with adding false revenue to a financial quarter even after it closed that he flew...
Former Leafs chairman Stavro dies at 78 (AP)
Steve Stavro, the Canadian grocery store magnate whose sports holdings once included the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died. He was 78. Toronto Sun corporate sports editor George Gross, a close friend, said Monday that Stavro died overnight of a heart attack. Despite his high-profile role in the sports and business world, Stavro stayed out of the spotlight.
WWD: Subway Fresh 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kevin Harvick had plenty of gas left to charge to a dramatic win at Phoenix.
Drama in the Desert: Stewart, Biffle and Busch all have up-and-down day in Phoenix (AP)
Tony Stewart is in championship form, Greg Biffle has the worst luck imaginable and Kyle Busch is eerily similar to his big brother.
Desert sweep has Harvick happy again (AP)
His nickname is ``Happy Harvick,'' a moniker earned early in his career when things rarely went wrong.
Busch brothers run into trouble again in Arizona (SportsTicker)
AVONDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - When it comes to the Busch Brothers latest weekend in Phoenix, Kevin Harvick said it best after he won Saturday night's NASCAR Nextel Cup Subway Fresh 500.
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)