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NEWS FROM 2006-04-30
Draft Surprise: Bush, Leinart, White Fall
AP - Southern California teammates Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart dropped on draft day. Both should rise quickly after it.
Texans Choose Williams With No. 1 Pick
AP - Mario Williams discouraged his mother from playing the newly launched North Carolina lottery when she brought it up a couple of weeks ago. On Friday night, he gave her an overwhelming reason not to try her luck. "I'm going to be your lottery," Mary Williams said her son told her. It was his clever way of telling her that he'd signed with the Houston Texans to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
Titans Stop Draft Slide for USC's White
AP - LenDale White of Southern California fell from a potential first-round draft pick to the middle of the second round when the Tennessee Titans, and his former offensive coordinator Norm Chow, finally stopped his slide.
Senators Polish Off Lightning in 5 Games
AP - The addition of Martin Havlat to Ottawa's already dominant lineup was too much for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and it might prove to be the difference in the Senators' bid to claim their first title.
Flames Take 3-2 Lead in Conference Series
AP - Jarome Iginla came up big once again for the Calgary Flames. Iginla scored two goals and the Flames held off the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.
Denver Trades for Disgruntled Packers WR
AP - Javon Walker got what he wanted Saturday — a ticket out of Green Bay and the groundwork for a new contract.
Clippers End 13-Year Road Playoff Drought
AP - Forget their lousy playoff history. These Los Angeles Clippers push back — and win. The Clippers ended a 13-year road playoff drought and moved within one victory of the franchise's first series win in 30 years by beating the Denver Nuggets 100-86 Saturday night.
Contreras, Thome Help ChiSox Beat Angels
AP - The sellout crowd at Angel Stadium roared its approval after A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a Kelvim Escobar pitch. Apparently, the hard feelings from last year's AL Championship Series haven't cooled. The incident in the second inning of Chicago's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels stood out in another splendid performance by White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras, who recorded his 12th straight regular-season victory.
Red Bulls, Chivas USA Game Ends in 0-0 Tie
AP - Tony Meola made seven saves for the New York Red Bulls and Brad Guzan had five for Chivas USA in the teams' scoreless tie Saturday night.
Elias, Devils Top Rangers 4-2 for Sweep
AP - Without Patrik Elias, the New Jersey Devils were questionable to even make the playoffs.
Day 1's winners and losers
NEW YORK – The Texans found a way to qualify for both lists by drafting Mario Williams No. 1 overall.
Williams No. 1 to Texans, Leinart drops (AP)
Southern California teammates Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart dropped on draft day. Both should rise quickly after it. The Heisman Trophy winners may turn out to be saviors for their new franchises -- in different ways. Bush, all but guaranteed the top spot for months, instead went No. 2 to New Orleans after Houston decided that North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams would be a better...
Texans tab DE Williams with No. 1 pick (AP)
Mario Williams discouraged his mother from playing the newly launched North Carolina lottery when she brought it up a couple of weeks ago. On Friday night, he gave her an overwhelming reason not to try her luck. "I'm going to be your lottery," Mary Williams said her son told her. It was his clever way of telling her that he'd signed with the Houston Texans to be the No.
Saints take Reggie Bush at No. 2 (AP)
Welcome to Emeril's. Today's special: Reggie Bush. Bon appetit, New Orleans. Saints coach Sean Payton got the surprise news in a phone call during dinner at one of celebrity chef Emeril Legasse's New Orleans restaurants on the eve of Saturday's NFL draft. The Houston Texans had committed to North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, essentially serving up Bush on a platter to the Saints, who...
No. 3 pick Young has friend in McNair (AP)
Thanks to Steve McNair, the Tennessee Titans have been watching Vince Young since he first attended their quarterback's football camp in Mississippi. "Steve said, `Hey, I've got the next quarterback at some point in time,"' general manager Floyd Reese recalled Saturday night. "The chances of that working out are virtually zero." On Saturday, McNair's prediction became reality.
Packers trade WR Javon Walker to Broncos (AP)
Javon Walker got what he wanted Saturday -- a ticket out of Green Bay and the groundwork for a new contract. The Packers traded Walker, who had threatened to retire rather than play for the team in 2006, to the Denver Broncos for a second-round pick. The Broncos and Walker agreed to parameters for a six-year contract extension, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.
Selection a dream come true for TE Davis (AP)
NEW YORK (AP)-- When NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue called Vernon Davis' name at the NFL draft Saturday, the Maryland tight end cried tears of joy. "I didn't expect to be that emotional but it hit me, this is a lifelong dream," he said. "Hearing my name called on ESPN, being the sixth pick. It feels great to be up there." Davis' glee at joining the San Francisco 49ers was uncomplicated by high...
Jets take T D'Brickashaw Ferguson fourth (AP)
Even with a potential franchise quarterback dangling in front of them, the Jets' notoriously finicky fans approved of their team's decision to anchor the offensive line instead. New York selected Virginia left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft Saturday, bypassing Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart -- drawing mostly cheers from fans in green and...
Nothing but Nets' D
New Jersey's defense was back to normal, holding down Indiana to even their series at 2-2.
Redd's 40 help Bucks rout Pistons (AP)
Michael Redd is teaching the Milwaukee Bucks how to win in the playoffs, and it's a formula the Detroit Pistons know well -- poise, persistence and prolific shooting. Redd scored 40 points and T.J. Ford had a career-high 15 assists to lead the Bucks to their first home playoff victory over the Pistons in 30 years, 124-104 on Saturday night.
Nowitzki, Mavs push Grizzlies to brink (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies played harder and they looked better. However, the result was the same -- they lost, and dropped to 0-11 in the postseason. Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks were just too strong, beating Memphis 94-89 in overtime Saturday for a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Nowitzki led Dallas with 36 points, including six in overtime, and it was his 3-pointer that sent the...
Nets ties series with Pacers at 2-2 (AP)
Jason Kidd returned to being dominant, and helped the New Jersey Nets even their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers. Kidd, who acknowledged he had been outplayed by Indiana's Anthony Johnson the first three games of the Eastern Conference series, had a strong all-around game with 10 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Nets to a 97-88 victory in Game 4 on...
Clippers end 13-year road playoff skid (AP)
Forget their lousy playoff history. These Los Angeles Clippers push back -- and win. The Clippers ended a 13-year road playoff drought and moved within one victory of the franchise's first series win in 30 years by beating the Denver Nuggets 100-86 Saturday night. Corey Maggette finished with 19 points and Elton Brand had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Los Angeles, which flustered Denver into...
Shaq fined $25K for criticizing refs (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 of the Chicago Bulls' playoff series. O'Neal had eight points, four rebounds and five fouls in Miami's 109-90 loss to the Bulls on Thursday at the United Center. The Bulls cut the Heat's lead to 2-1 in this first-round series, and have a chance to tie it Sunday afternoon.
F Martin again out for Nuggets (AP)
Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin missed his second straight playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night after being suspended indefinitely for insubordination. Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe declined to comment on how long Martin would be suspended. The team had said he would miss at least two games.
Posey unapologetic despite suspension (AP)
James Posey didn't offer any apologies Saturday. And he has no plans to say "sorry" to Kirk Hinrich, either. "Do you apologize after all your fouls?" asked Posey, who will serve a one-game suspension when the Miami Heat meet the Chicago Bulls Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Posey knocked down Hinrich in the open court late in Thursday's 109-90 loss, resulting in a flagrant foul...
Wizards think James is being protected (AP)
As far as the Washington Wizards are concerned, LeBron James' first NBA playoff game-winning shot came with an assist -- from the officials. And, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said Saturday, what he thinks should have been a traveling call is part of a pattern of James getting protection from referees. He said that's the type of help Washington's own All-Star, Gilbert Arenas, isn't receiving in the...
Lakers proving to be more than just Kobe (AP)
When Kobe Bryant was scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors three months ago, his teammates mostly stood around and watched. They're not just watching now. All five starters scored in double figures for the second time in three playoff games Friday night, and the Lakers beat the Pacific Division champion Phoenix Suns 99-92 for a 2-1 lead in their first-round, best-of-seven playoff series.
ANAHEIM – The Ducks have some fight left, thanks to a grizzled veteran and a guy who knows something about scoring.
Sens eliminate 2004 champion Lightning (AP)
The addition of Martin Havlat to Ottawa's already dominant lineup was too much for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and it might prove to be the difference in the Senators' bid to claim their first title. Havlat helped Ottawa finish off Tampa Bay in five games Saturday night, scoring a power-play goal in the second period and adding an assist in the Senators' 3-2 victory over the Lightning.
Devils sweep Rangers, win 15th straight (AP)
Without Patrik Elias, the New Jersey Devils were questionable to even make the playoffs. Now that the Czech Republic star is on top of his game, the only question being asked is will anyone stop the three-time champions from hoisting the Stanley Cup again. Elias scored two goals and assisted on Scott Gomez's power-play goal early in the second period that wiped out the Rangers' only lead of the...
Oilers take 3-2 lead over Red Wings (AP)
The high-flying Detroit Red Wings are in danger of being grounded early for the third straight postseason. Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves, Edmonton scored three goals in the second period and the Oilers held off Detroit 3-2 on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. If the Red Wings don't win Game 6 Monday night in Edmonton and Game 7 on Wednesday night at home, the NHL's top team...
Flames top Ducks, take 3-2 series lead (AP)
Jarome Iginla came up big once again for the Calgary Flames. Iginla scored two goals and the Flames held off the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series. "Everybody in our room, me included, was pumped for this game and knew the importance," said Iginla, who also scored twice in the overtime loss in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Predators hope to stave off elimination (AP)
The Nashville Predators' favorite slogan this season has been "It's Go Time." Now they must win or it's go home time. The San Jose Sharks come into Game 5 on Sunday night with a 3-1 lead, needing only a fourth straight victory to end the opening Western Conference series. That would put the fifth-seeded Sharks into the conference semifinals for a second straight season.
Forsberg again delivering in playoffs (AP)
He's the "Magic Boy" in Sweden and "Peter the Great" in Colorado. Soon they might start calling Peter Forsberg the "Savior" in Philadelphia. Forsberg almost single-handedly saved the Flyers' season in a three-day span, helping Philadelphia even its first-round series against the Sabres. Game 5 is Sunday in Buffalo.
Ward has Hurricanes back in series (AP)
Every goalie knows what it's like to be the center of attention. Right or wrong, the spotlight always seems to find the player between the pipes. Cam Ward wouldn't have it any other way. "If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't be playing the position," he said Saturday. "It's something as a little kid, you enjoy the pressure of the big games.
Despite Game 4 win, Stars still in hole (AP)
The Dallas Stars finally put it all together -- their stars played like stars, their defensemen limited shots and their goalie stopped nearly all the ones that did come his way. Rather than wonder where that combination was the first three games of their series against the Colorado Avalanche, the Stars just hope they can sustain it for Game 5 on Sunday.
Sabres' Numminen expected back Sunday (AP)
Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen will return to the lineup Sunday against Philadelphia after missing one game and part of another because of a racing heart and pulse. He returned to Buffalo on Friday for tests and received medication. The 37-year-old player has a history of heart difficulties. "I feel good and normal," he said after practicing Saturday.
DJ's next stop
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Could the big brown truck be coming to a Toyota dealership near you?
NASCAR hopes soft bumpers will soften hard racing at Talladega (SportsTicker)
Truex Jr. wins Busch Aaron's 312 at Talladega (SportsTicker)
Bodine wins NCST Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 (SportsTicker)
Bodine wins Craftsman Truck Series race (AP)
Todd Bodine raced to his fifth victory in the last eight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events, leading a group of five Toyotas across the finish line Saturday night in the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway.
Spies extends AMA Superbike lead (AP)
Ben Spies raced to his third straight AMA Superbike victory Saturday, beating Australia's Mat Mladin in the first leg of the Suzuki Superbike Challenge doubleheader at California Speedway. Spies, from Longview, Texas, rallied after running wide and dropping from first to fourth on the first lap. He passed Suzuki teammate Mladin on lap 15 of the 28-lap race and pulled away to a 6.972-second victory.
Truex makes it three-straight at Talladega, winning for DEI on special day (AP)
Martin Truex Jr. picked the perfect race to make his first Busch Series start of the season.
Stewart flips in Busch race (AP)
Tony Stewart walked away unscathed from a frightening accident Saturday when his car flipped onto its roof during the Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Johnson tries to change his luck at Talladega (AP)
When the dust cleared at two Talladega Superspeedway races last season, competitors blamed Jimmie Johnson for wrecking 39 cars.