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NEWS FROM 2006-04-26
NFL Suspends Ricky Williams for 2006
AP - Ricky Williams will sit out another season. The NFL suspended the troubled Miami Dolphins running back for one year Tuesday after he violated the league's substance abuse policy for the fourth time.
Spurs Toy With Kings, Prevail in Overtime
AP - Maybe the Sacramento Kings would've preferred being blown out again over what the San Antonio Spurs did to them Tuesday night.
Poof! Wizards Beat Cavs, James 89-84
AP - The Washington Wizards got mad, then got even. Angry at allowing LeBron James to dominate them with a triple-double in Game 1, the Wizards roughed up Cleveland's superstar and downed the Cavaliers 89-84 Tuesday night to tie their Eastern Conference series at a game apiece.
Carter's 33 Helps Nets Tie Pacers' Series
AP - The Indiana Pacers know what to expect from Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets. They don't quite get the officials.
Marleau, Sharks Beat Predators 4-1
AP - Although the Nashville Predators have muzzled Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks still have plenty of grit and goal-scoring talent.
Report: Favre Will Return to Packers
AP - Brett Favre has told the Green Bay Packers he will return to play this year, ESPN.com reported Tuesday night.
Nuggets Suspend Martin Indefinitely
AP - Kenyon Martin was unhappy about his limited playing time in Denver's playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Now he won't be suiting up for the Nuggets at all.
Wilson's Sac Fly Wins It for Astros in 14
AP - Preston Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to score Willy Taveras in the 14th and give the Houston Astros a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night in the longest regular-season game in Minute Maid Park history.
Scurry Rejoins U.S. Women's Team
AP - Goalkeeper Briana Scurry was picked Tuesday for a two-game trip to Japan by the U.S women's team, her first appearance on a game roster since 2004.
Flames Beat Ducks, Take 2-1 Series Lead
AP - Darren McCarty and Robyn Regehr scored 34 seconds apart in the third period to break open a tight game and lift the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 playoff victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.
'Absolutely nothing wrong'
Reggie Bush and his attorney gave a simple answer to the question swirling over the Heisman winner's family home.
Report: Favre will return to Packers (AP)
Brett Favre has told the Green Bay Packers he will return to play this year, ESPN.com reported Tuesday night. ESPN.com, citing anonymous team and league sources, said Favre informed Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy of his decision in a telephone conversation Tuesday morning.
Ricky Williams suspended for 2006 season (AP)
Ricky Williams will sit out another season. The NFL suspended the troubled Miami Dolphins running back for one year Tuesday after he violated the league's substance abuse policy for the fourth time. Williams met April 10 with NFL counsel Jeff Pash in an attempt to have the league overturn the test. He had been participating in the offseason training program at the Dolphins' complex, and he was there...
L.A. unveils plan to upgrade Coliseum (AP)
City officials next week will pitch their plans to the NFL for an $800 million upgrade of the aging Los Angeles Coliseum in hopes of luring a professional football team back to town. The 67,000-seat reconstruction would include 15,000 club seats, 500 luxury boxes and state-of-the-art amenities. It would be constructed within the shell of the existing Coliseum, which hosted the 1932 and 1984...
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.
Teams added to revenue-sharing committee (AP)
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue added five teams to a committee that will help determine how a new revenue-sharing plan -- important to small-market franchises' economic stability -- will work under the league's new labor deal. Tagliabue appointed Houston, Green Bay, Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis to the committee in a memo issued around the NFL on Monday, league spokesman Greg Aiello said...
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.
MIAMI – Shaquille O'Neal again dominated the Bulls in powering the Heat to a 2-0 series lead.
Wizards bottle up James to even series (AP)
The Washington Wizards got mad, then got even. Angry at allowing LeBron James to dominate them with a triple-double in Game 1, the Wizards roughed up Cleveland's superstar and downed the Cavaliers 89-84 Tuesday night to tie their Eastern Conference series at a game apiece. Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points, Antawn Jamison added 21 and Caron Butler was the primary defender on James, who wasn't the...
Spurs need OT to beat Artest-less Kings (AP)
Maybe the Sacramento Kings would've preferred being blown out again over what the San Antonio Spurs did to them Tuesday night. Dominant early and resilient late, the Kings were forced into overtime by a 3-pointer from Brent Barry that hit the rim twice, went high and fell through with 4 seconds left in regulation.
Carter has 33, Nets get even with Pacers (AP)
The Indiana Pacers know what to expect from Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets. They don't quite get the officials. Carter rebounded from a dismal shooting performance to score 33 points Tuesday night and lead the New Jersey Nets to a 90-75 victory over the foul-plagued and undermanned Pacers, evening their first-round series at a game apiece.
Nuggets suspend Martin indefinitely (AP)
Kenyon Martin was unhappy about his limited playing time in Denver's playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Now he won't be suiting up for the Nuggets at all. The Nuggets suspended their forward indefinitely on Tuesday night for what they called detrimental conduct. "This is an internal matter that we will deal with in-house," coach George Karl said in a statement.
Grizzlies need Gasol to get rolling (AP)
Pau Gasol came out shooting, hitting a 14-foot jumper on Memphis' first possession. He nailed a 15-footer soon after, then had a dunk, all of it coming before the Grizzlies went on an 11-2 scoring run. Problem was, this was the third quarter, not the first. And Gasol had gone the entire first two quarters without a basket.
Bulls know 2-0 leads aren't safe (AP)
Luol Deng drove the baseline for a vicious two-handed reverse dunk. Then, Andres Nocioni threw down a one-hander. Practice was over, no one was guarding them. And a 7-foot-1, 319-pound obstacle named Shaquille O'Neal was nowhere in sight Tuesday, which might have explained the smiles. Down 2-0 to Miami, the Bulls appeared loose as this first-round playoff series shifts to the Chicago for Games 3 and...
Which Kobe will show in Game 2 vs. Suns? (AP)
Kobe Bryant insists he won't be firing up one shot after another when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of their playoff series Wednesday night. "Nah, I think we just stick to the game plan," Bryant said after the Lakers' practice on Tuesday, "and the shots that I got in Game 1 were very makable shots for me.
Bucks complain Pistons are holding Redd (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks don't have much of a chance against the Detroit Pistons if Michael Redd is held to 11 points again. The question now is: How can they free him up in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series? "It's hard, as much as Rip was holding and grabbing," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday.
Clippers acclimate to altitude of Denver (AP)
After leaving the Nuggets dizzy in Los Angeles, the Clippers arrived in Denver on Tuesday to acclimate themselves to the mile-high altitude. "I guess it's true," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of the effect of the thin air on visiting teams. "But (as a player) I never felt it. I was in great shape. I never thought about it." He's not taking any chances, however, as the Clippers seek their first...
Without Jaromir Jagr, the Rangers looked like a shadow of the team that contended for the Atlantic Division title.
Sens rout Lightning, regain series lead (AP)
Finesse and offensive skill will only carry you so far in the NHL playoffs. If the Ottawa Senators are going to shake their reputation as playoff failures, they know they have to be aggressive on defense, too. Two nights after a third-period collapse at home revived talk about past postseason disappointment, the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference regained control of its first-round series...
Marleau scores twice as Sharks top Preds (AP)
Although the Nashville Predators have muzzled Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks still have plenty of grit and goal-scoring talent. Captain Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Vesa Toskala stopped 16 shots in the Sharks' 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 3 on Tuesday night, putting San Jose up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Flames top Ducks 5-2 to take series lead (AP)
Darren McCarty and Robyn Regehr scored 34 seconds apart in the third period to break open a tight game and lift the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 playoff victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night. Calgary took a 2-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference series. Game 4 of the best-of-seven matchup is Thursday night in Anaheim.
Canucks fire coach Marc Crawford (AP)
Marc Crawford paid the price for failing to meet the high expectations he helped set with the Vancouver Canucks. Touted as Stanley Cup contenders in September, the Canucks fired Crawford as coach on Tuesday after missing the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. "We need some new energy, some new juice," general manager Dave Nonis said.
Jagr likely to miss Game 3 for Rangers (AP)
Jaromir Jagr cradled a coffee cup in his right hand. Doing much of anything with his left arm just hurts too much. He moved his injured arm here and there, but nothing to suggest he's close to returning to help his struggling New York Rangers for their biggest games in nine years. "It would have to be a miracle," Jagr said Tuesday.
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.
Flyers regroup after embarrassing loss (AP)
The verbal spat between Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff calmed down. Now the Philadelphia Flyers have to find a way to cool off the Buffalo Sabres. Back home after a humiliating 8-2 loss in Buffalo on Monday night put them in an 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven, first-round series, the frustrated Flyers regained their composure and worked on slowing the Sabres.
Habs expect enthusiastic welcome home (AP)
The Hurricanes face a most daunting situation, one that seemed highly unlikely when the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed started the playoffs. Down 0-2 to the Canadiens in the first round, Carolina now must try to get back in the series at Montreal's raucous, soldout arena. "You know it's going to be a great atmosphere, the fans are going to be really crazy, there's no doubt about that," Canadiens...
Avs, Stars ignore series being 2-0 (AP)
Everybody's fooling themselves in the Dallas-Colorado playoff series. As the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals shifted to the Rocky Mountains, neither team seemed to want to face the fact that the seventh-seeded Avalanche had built a surprising 2-0 lead over the second-seeded Stars. The Avs didn't want to get caught up in their startling success and the seasoned Stars didn't want to...
WWD: Subway Fresh 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kevin Harvick had plenty of gas left to charge to a dramatic win at Phoenix.
Earnhardt to honor father with replica car (AP)
One object in any NASCAR driver's rearview mirror that may have appeared closer than it actually was: Dale Earnhardt's black No. 3 Chevrolet.
Two fans electrocuted outside Talladega track (AP)
Two NASCAR fans were electrocuted in a campground outside Talladega Superspeedway when a flagpole they were erecting touched power lines. Donny Lynn Wright, 42, of Remlap and Keith Alan Stell, 39, of Birmingham died Monday, said track spokeswoman Kristi King. Talladega County Coroner Jerry Castleberry pronounced them dead at the scene.
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.