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Kings Crown Spurs 102-84, Tie Series 2-2 (AP)
Sacramento Kings guard Bonzi Wells dunks over San Antonio Spurs defenders during the second half  NBA Western Conference basketball playoff action in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, April 28, 2006. The Kings won 94-93. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)AP - The champs had better be careful. The Sacramento Kings are playing with the flair and fire of 12 Ron Artests — and they've evened up their playoff series with the mighty Spurs.


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Wizards Tie Series With Win Over Cavs (AP)
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas (0) drives to the basket past Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center left, and Cavaliers guard Eric Snow (20) during the first quarter of an first-round NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP - Hold on, LeBron. Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards aren't quite ready to pack it in.


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Kobe's Buzzer Beater in OT Lifts Lakers (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant shoots the winning shot as time expires during overtime of a basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Los Angeles. The Lakers  won, 99-98. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)AP - The Los Angeles Lakers may no longer be a one-man team, but they know where to go with the ball when the game is on the line.


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Edmonds Drives in 3 As Cards Rout Nats 9-2 (AP)
St. Louis Cardinals' John Gall beats the throw to Washington Nationals' Nick Johnson for an infield single in the fifth inning of their baseball game Wednesday, April 30, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)AP - Hitting behind Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds knows he's in a good spot. The Washington Nationals walked Pujols four times, and Edmonds made them pay by driving in three runs in a 9-2 victory Sunday that completed the St. Louis Cardinals' record-setting April.


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Avalanche Knock Out Stars in Overtime (AP)
Colorado Avalanche left wing Andrew Brunette, left, scores the winning goal in overtime against Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco in Game 5 of the teams' NHL hockey Western Conference first-round playoff series in Dallas on Sunday, April 30, 2006. The Avalanche won 3-2 to win the series.  (AP Photo/ Donna McWilliam)AP - Andrew Brunette scooped a rebound shot over sprawling goaltender Marty Turco 13:55 into overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday, wrapping up the first-round series in five games for the seventh-seeded Avalanche.


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Bush Mania Enveloping New Orleans (AP)
New Orleans Saints newest player Reggie Bush, right, gets help with a jersey from Saints general manager Mickey Loomis at a news conference at their headquarters in Metairie, La., on Saturday, April 29, 2006. The Saints had the second pick overall  and they took  runningback Bush.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP - For a moment, Reggie Bush wasn't sure what to make of the rock-star ovation he got when he walked through the restaurant door.


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Bulls, Wizards even their NBA series (AFP)
Kirk Hinrich (L) of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot over Gary Payton (C) and Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2006 NBA playoffs at the United Center in Chicago. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-87 to tie the series 2-2(AFP/Getty Images/Jonathan Daniel)AFP - The Chicago Bulls grabbed a key National Basketball Association playoff victory over the Miami Heat here, but may have also suffered a serious loss with an injury to centre Tyson Chandler.


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Rangers Use 6-Run 7th to Down Indians (AP)
Texas Rangers' Kevin Mench hits the ball and breaks a bat against Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Graves in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Cleveland. Mench was tagged out by Graves. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)AP - Jason Davis missed his spot with a few pitches, and the Texas Rangers took advantage.


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Valencia Delays Barcelona's Celebration (AP)
Valencias's Carlos Marchena from Spain, left, duels for the ball with Alaves Mauricio Astudillo from Argentina, right, during their Spanish league soccer match at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday April 30, 2006. Valencia won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante)AP - Valencia beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday to delay Barcelona's Spanish league title celebrations a little longer.


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Sharks Advance With Win Over Predators (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) and Jonathan Cheechoo (14) try to gain control of the puck in front of Nashville Predators goalie Chris Mason (30) and defenseman Danny Markov (55) in the first period of an first-round NHL hockey playoff game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, April 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)AP - San Jose coach Ron Wilson can rest easy now for a few days along with his Sharks.


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Draft's win-loss record
NEW YORK – Matt Leinart and the QB-needy teams that passed on him were among the NFL draft's big losers.

Agent: McNair could be released, traded (AP)
Steve McNair's tenure with the Tennessee Titans could be over within the next 24 hours, according to his agent. Team officials don't agree, even though they gave permission for McNair's agent to talk with the Baltimore Ravens. Agent Bus Cook said Sunday the team was considering releasing McNair or trading him to the Ravens, with something possibly worked out by Monday.

Second day of draft is for converted QBs (AP)
The second day of the NFL draft was "slash" day. As in Michael Robinson, qb/rb; Brad Smith, qb/wr; Marques Hagans, qb/wr/kick returner; Reggie McNeal, qb/wr, AND ... Jeremy Bloom, skier/kick returner/wr. Such is the way on most Sundays at the draft when teams look for bargains in skill players who are either too small, too slow, or deemed not fit for the NFL at the position at which they starred in...

Reggie Bush mania enveloping New Orleans (AP)
For a moment, Reggie Bush wasn't sure what to make of the rock-star ovation he got when he walked through the restaurant door. "As soon as I got in there, there was a bunch of fans screaming and yelling. I thought it was staged," Bush said Sunday during a television interview at the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic, recalling his visit a night earlier to one of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's restaurants.

QB Young happy to be a Titan (AP)
Vince Young has no hard feelings toward his hometown Houston Texans and is happy the Tennessee Titans took him with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft. Young arrived back in Texas on Sunday on the private jet owned by Titans owner Bud Adams, who owned the Houston Oilers for many years before moving them to Nashville.

Leinart pleased to be a Cardinal (AP)
Though the temperature was pushing 90 degrees and he was wearing a dark wool suit, Matt Leinart managed to look cool as he stood on the edge of the Arizona Cardinals' practice fields. Those fields will soon be Leinart's workplace. But Sunday morning, they provided a backdrop as the Cardinals' first-round draft choice -- and the eventual successor to starting quarterback Kurt Warner -- was...

Cutler: I'm as good as any QB in draft (AP)
Jay Cutler insists that Matt Leinart and Vince Young have nothing on him -- other than the fatter paychecks they have forthcoming. Cutler was the last of the "Big Three" quarterbacks chosen in the first round of the NFL draft, going to Denver at No. 11, one slot after Southern Cal's Leinart went to Arizona.

Browns ask Lions about QB Harrington (AP)
Busy working the phones during the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns made a couple interesting long-distance calls to Detroit to see what the Lions wanted for quarterback Joey Harrington. General manager Phil Savage said Sunday that he spoke with Lions GM Matt Millen about Harrington, a former No. 3 overall pick in 2002 who wants out of Detroit and has reached a preliminary two-year deal with the...

Nothing but Nets' D
New Jersey's defense was back to normal, holding down Indiana to even their series at 2-2.

Bryant's OT winner gives Lakers 3-1 lead (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers needed two last-gasp shots from Kobe Bryant to beat the Phoenix Suns. And two uncharacteristic mistakes from Phoenix star Steve Nash. Bryant made a looping runner with seven-tenths of a second left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and a 17-footer as time expired to lift the Lakers to an improbable 99-98 victory over the Suns and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western...

Wells helps Kings even series with Spurs (AP)
The champs had better be careful. The Sacramento Kings are playing with the flair and fire of 12 Ron Artests -- and they've evened up their playoff series with the mighty Spurs. Bonzi Wells had 25 points and 17 rebounds, Brad Miller added 19 points and the eighth-seeded Kings rolled through the second half of their second straight home victory, 102-84 over San Antonio on Sunday night.

Arenas, Wizards square series with Cavs (AP)
Hold on, LeBron. Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards aren't quite ready to pack it in. With LeBron James suddenly, stunningly, quiet after a tremendous first half Sunday night, Arenas recovered from an awful start to lead Washington's comeback for a 106-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, tying the first-round series at 2-2.

Bulls even first-round series with Heat (AP)
The Miami Heat bickered among themselves. Shaquille O'Neal had another rough outing. And the Chicago Bulls took advantage. Kirk Hinrich scored 21 points and hit a key 3-pointer with 1:09 left, and the Bulls evened the first-round series at 2-2 with a 93-87 victory on Sunday. "The team believes it can win this series, and that's it," forward Andres Nocioni said.

Bulls' Chandler hurt late in Game 4 (AP)
Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler had to be carried off the floor after spraining his right ankle with 26.3 seconds left in Sunday's Game 4 of the opening-round playoff series against the Miami Heat. A team spokesman said Chandler had a mild to moderate sprain, was to have X-rays and will be re-evaluted Monday.

Bucks G Ford tries to stay aggressive (AP)
T.J. Ford studied Sunday how he was finally able to break down the Detroit Pistons' formidable guards. The Bucks trail Detroit 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series with Game 4 on Monday night. Ford's career-high 15 assists in Milwaukee's 124-104 victory on Saturday night was just off the franchise's playoff best of 16 set by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and twice tied by all-time Bucks assist...

Grizzlies still looking for playoff win (AP)
Chucky Atkins had the perfect chance to get the Memphis Grizzlies' first postseason victory. However, all he could do was watch his potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation bounce away. "There was no doubt in my mind that shot was going in. It didn't," Atkins said Sunday as the Grizzlies prepared to try to avoid getting swept in a playoff series for the third straight year.

Krstic helps lead Nets in playoffs (AP)
The New Jersey Nets might not have just the "Big Three" anymore. The trio of Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson is well known, but second-year center Nenad Krstic has been a key factor in the Eastern Conference first-round series against the Indiana Pacers. He scored 21 points in New Jersey's 97-88 win Saturday that tied the series at 2-all.

Clippers nearing rare playoff series win (AP)
For many NBA teams, winning a playoff series isn't a big deal. For the Los Angeles Clippers, it would be a significant achievement. One more victory and the Clippers will have accomplished the feat for the second time in franchise history. The Clippers moved within one win of advancing to the second round by beating the Denver Nuggets 100-86 Saturday night for their first postseason road victory in...

Tuning out
The NHL already had its share of marketing problems before New York bowed out of the playoffs Saturday.

Avs oust Stars on Brunette's OT goal (AP)
Jose Theodore played only five games for Colorado in the regular season. Now, after five postseason games he's already won over his new teammates. Theodore stopped 11 shots in overtime before Andrew Brunette scooped a rebound over sprawling goaltender Marty Turco to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars -- and wrap up the first-round series in five games for the seventh-seeded...

Marleau, Sharks oust Predators 2-1 (AP)
San Jose coach Ron Wilson can rest easy now for a few days along with his Sharks. Patrick Marleau and Steve Bernier each scored power-play goals, and the Sharks made quick work of the Nashville Predators, eliminating them with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 on Sunday night to reach the Western Conference semifinals for a second straight season.

G Ward again helps 'Canes by Canadiens (AP)
Cam Ward single-handedly tilted the ice in favor of the Carolina Hurricanes with his play between the pipes. He won't take the credit, of course, but that's not a problem. His teammates gladly sent it his way. "Whenever we lapsed a little, he was there," center Kevyn Adams said. "You need those big saves, and we got them.

Sabres top Flyers, regain edge in series (AP)
Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller finally got the bounces, allowing the Sabres to rebound in their first-round playoff series. The rookie stopped 24 shots to record his first playoff shutout in a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, giving the Sabres a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup.

Oilers confident heading into Game 5 (AP)
Ethan Moreau points to one big reason why the upstart Oilers have the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings on the brink of playoff elimination: Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson. Detroit, which had an NHL-best 124 points in the regular season, has outshot Edmonton 202-126 and won more faceoffs (193-149) in the first-round Western Conference playoff series, but it's the eighth-seeded Oilers who lead 3-2 in...

Flames' veterans try to finish off Ducks (AP)
Darren McCarty is banking on experience to carry the Calgary Flames through their tight first-round series against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. "I'm a firm believer that the way you learn how to win is to go through difficult losing and finding out how to get over that," McCarty said Sunday before the Flames' flight to California for Game 6 of its Western Conference matchup.

Rangers' playoff return a short one (AP)
It's hard to measure the success of a team that got swept in the first round of the NHL playoffs, when preseason prognostications suggested the club wouldn't get close to the postseason at all. Yet, in the case of the New York Rangers, first place became the operative term -- how they surprisingly held the lead for much of the season and then saw it slip away with a just-as-stunning collapse at...

Lightning face questions in offseason (AP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning's reign as Stanley Cup champions ended in the first round of the playoffs, and the team is already searching for answers to what it will take to climb back among the NHL's elite. "I think sometimes as an organization if you sneak by a round and maybe you win a couple of rounds you may think your team is OK," coach John Tortorella said.

DJ's next stop
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Could the big brown truck be coming to a Toyota dealership near you?

Spies pushes AMA Superbike winning steak to four (AP)
Ben Spies raced to his fourth straight AMA Superbike victory Sunday, beating teammate Mat Mladin by 4.488 seconds at California Speedway. Spies, from Longview, Texas, leads Mladin by 19 points in the season standings. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider drafted past Mladin on the front straightaway on lap 17 of the 28-lap final and cruised to the checkered flag.

NASCAR Aaron's 499 postponed until Monday (SportsTicker)


Will Ferrell stays busy at Aaron's 499 (AP)
Comedian Will Ferrell mugged for photos, signed autographs and even gave the order, ``Gentlemen, start your engines.''

Rain, not wrecks, mars Talladega race (AP)
This time, the mess at Talladega Superspeedway couldn't be pinned on the scary crashes typical of restrictor-plate racing.

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.

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.

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