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NEWS FROM 2006-05-02
Clippers Win First Series in 30 Years
AP - The Clippers were a happy bunch after putting an end to a 30-year drought.
Ortiz Ruins Damon's Fenway Return 7-3
AP - Johnny Damon stepped to the plate to lead off the game and was booed for 30 seconds by the crowd at Fenway Park. Somewhere in there, though, were just enough cheers to make him raise his new Yankees helmet.
Edmonton Eliminates NHL-Best Detroit in 6
AP - Ales Hemsky led the Edmonton Oilers to a place they haven't visited in eight years — and sent the Detroit Red Wings to an all-too-familiar position on the sidelines.
Mavs Sweep Grizzlies After 102-76 Rout
AP - Now Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have a long layover before the semifinals begin. Considering that their first-round opponent was the Memphis Grizzlies, they should've expected as much.
Ducks Defeat Flames 2-1, Force Game 7
AP - Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer scored the go-ahead goal on a brilliant play after Ilya Bryzgalov had kept the Mighty Ducks in the game.
Chargers Given OK to Seek New Home
AP - The City Council unanimously agreed Monday allow the Chargers to look for a new stadium site within the county by amending the team's lease.
Inspired Nowitzki steers Mavericks into semis
Reuters - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and
Josh Howard chipped in with 24 as the Dallas Mavericks crushed
the Memphis Grizzlies 102-76 on Monday, to complete a four-game
sweep of their Western Conference quarter-final.
Impressive Zito guides Athletics to Angels shutout
Reuters - Barry Zito was back to his dominating
best and combined with two relievers on a six- hit shutout as
the Oakland Athletics held on to edge the Anaheim Angels 1-0 in
American League action at Angel Stadium on Monday.
Costa Rica Sets Preliminary Soccer Roster
AP - Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes' preliminary 24-man roster released Monday includes hobbled defenders Harold Wallace and Michael Rodriguez, who will have two weeks to prove they are fit enough for the upcoming World Cup.
Steve Yzerman Suits Up for Red Wings
AP - Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman returned to the lineup for Monday night's playoff loss against the Edmonton Oilers that eliminated his team.
NFC draft report card
NEW YORK – Three teams that won a combined 15 games in 2005 ended up being the NFC's big winners.
Packers sign CB Charles Woodson (AP)
Free agent cornerback Charles Woodson signed a multiyear contract with the Green Bay Packers on Monday. The Packers didn't release any financial details in announcing the signing Monday. But Woodson's agent, Kevin Poston, said last Wednesday that the Packers agreed to a seven-year deal for $52.7 million, including $10.5 million in the first year.
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.
Jason Taylor case a hate crime? (AP)
The man charged with assaulting Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor faces hate crime charges, police said Monday. Redmond Charles Burns, 24, allegedly used racial epithets and yelled obscenities at Taylor, who is black, during an alleged highway confrontation Sunday night. Taylor told police that Burns grabbed his shirt, ripping it in several places, and suffered a "minor laceration" on a...
Denzel Washington's son signs with Rams (AP)
Signing the son of actor Denzel Washington on Monday ensured the St. Louis Rams of making a splash the day after the NFL draft ended. John David Washington, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back was among 10 undrafted players signed by the Rams. He played for Division II Morehouse College last year. "This is all a good story," Rams coach Scott Linehan said.
Holmes forced to miss Steelers workouts (AP)
Santonio Holmes was convinced that playing at Ohio State would accelerate his entry into the NFL, not delay it. Turns out it did a little of both. Holmes' three productive seasons as a wide receiver at one of college football's signature schools allowed him to skip his senior season and become the Steelers' first-round draft pick.
Council lets Chargers seek stadium site (AP)
The City Council unanimously agreed Monday allow the Chargers to look for a new stadium site within the county by amending the team's lease. The action came less than two weeks after Mayor Jerry Sanders said the cash-strapped city doesn't have the money to help Southern California's only NFL team build a new stadium.
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.
Little General's orders
The Mavericks took heed to Avery Johnson's words and didn't ease up in sweeping Memphis out of the playoffs.
Clips win first playoff series since '76 (AP)
The Clippers were a happy bunch after putting an end to a 30-year drought. But there was a limit to their joy, since they believe there's a lot more they can accomplish. Cuttino Mobley and Corey Maggette each scored 23 points, Elton Brand added 21 points and 13 rebounds, and the Clippers took command in the third quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 101-83 Monday night and win the first-round...
Mavericks complete sweep of Grizzlies (AP)
Now Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have a long layover before the semifinals begin. Considering that their first-round opponent was the Memphis Grizzlies, they should've expected as much. "We didn't want to drag the series out and let the momentum change and then the next thing you know you're 3-3, so we wanted to get this out of the way," Nowitzki said after the Dallas Mavericks' 102-76...
Billups leads Pistons to 3-1 series lead (AP)
Chauncey Billups got sick of chasing T.J. Ford around the court. So he decided to make Ford do the chasing. Billups scored 13 fourth-quarter points -- including a critical 3-pointer and six straight free throws down the stretch -- as the Detroit Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-99 to take a 3-1 lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs Monday night.
Kobe, Shaq have babies 6 minutes apart (AP)
Just like old times, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal are celebrating. The former Lakers teammates became fathers again Monday when their wives gave birth to girls six minutes apart. Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born at 2:03 a.m. PDT in Orange County, Calif. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are already parents to 3-year-old Natalia.
Suns' Diaw wins NBA's most improved (AP)
Boris Diaw went from being a throw-in as part of the Joe Johnson trade to winner of the NBA's most improved player award. The Phoenix Suns' versatile Frenchman was a landslide choice with 80 first-place votes in balloting by 124 sports writers and sportscasters. He received 489 overall points, compared with 22 first-place votes and 283 points for runner-up David West of New Orleans.
Stunned Suns look to regroup, stay alive (AP)
Stunned by what Steve Nash called "as tough a loss as you could face," the Phoenix Suns returned home and tried to shake off the pain in time for Game 5 on Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers need one more victory to finish off the Suns and become only the fifth No. 7 seed to knock off a No. 2 since the NBA's 16-team playoff format began in 1984.
NBA fines Pistons' Hamilton $15,000 (AP)
Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for a foul against the Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Redd in the fourth quarter of Saturday's playoff game. Hamilton was called for a flagrant foul penalty one during the game, but the league upgraded it to the more severe level two on Monday.
Pacers' Stojakovic likely to miss Game 5 (AP)
Indiana forward Peja Stojakovic will likely miss Game 5 of the Pacers' series against New Jersey on Tuesday with a right knee injury. "Probably I won't be available," Stojakovic said after Monday's practice. "My knee is still hurting. Hopefully we can get it better." The timing couldn't be worse for the Pacers, as Jermaine O'Neal also missed most of Monday's workout after becoming ill.
Palace brawl instigator gets 30 days (AP)
The man accused of throwing the cup that sparked a 2004 brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons fans was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail on an assault and battery charge. John Green also was sentenced to two years' probation. The 41-year-old Green was convicted in March of one count of assault and battery for punching former Pacers player Ron Artest during the brawl at The Palace...
Wild, wild West
Being favored has been the kiss of death in the upside-down world of the Western Conference playoffs.
Oilers eliminate top-seeded Red Wings (AP)
Ales Hemsky led the Edmonton Oilers to a place they haven't visited in eight years -- and sent the Detroit Red Wings to an all-too-familiar position on the sidelines. Hemsky scored twice, including the winning goal with 1:06 remaining, to help the Oilers beat the Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 Monday night and advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time since 1998.
Ducks edge Flames 2-1, force Game 7 (AP)
Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer scored the go-ahead goal on a brilliant play after Ilya Bryzgalov had kept the Mighty Ducks in the game. Niedermayer's power-play goal with 5:37 remaining lifted Anaheim to a 2-1 victory Monday night over the Calgary Flames and forced Game 7 in their Western Conference playoffs.
Jagr might need surgery on left shoulder (AP)
Jaromir Jagr tugged his shirt and rubbed his dislocated left shoulder as he spoke of what it might take to fix it. About 48 hours after the New York Rangers were swept out of the NHL playoffs, Jagr and his teammates cleaned out their lockers, had exit interviews and underwent physicals Monday. Jagr had an added activity, taking an MRI of the shoulder that basically limited him to two of the four...
Avs get a little rest after so much OT (AP)
After putting in all that OT, the Colorado Avalanche got some comp time from coach Joel Quenneville on Monday. He gave them 48 hours off to savor their elimination of the Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs. They report back to work on Wednesday. "That's great," captain Joe Sakic said. "I think everybody is looking forward to the rest and to start watching the other series.
Playoff exit overshadows Stars' season (AP)
The Dallas Stars came back from the lockout stronger than ever. Until the playoffs, that is. Setting a franchise record for regular-season victories was a measly consolation prize when Dallas' chase of the Stanley Cup ended after only five games with a 3-2 overtime loss Sunday to the Colorado Avalanche.
Captains for Habs, Hurricanes crucial (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour's value to the Carolina Hurricanes is even clearer to see against the backdrop of how much the Montreal Canadiens miss Saku Koivu. Brind'Amour, Carolina's captain, has led the way as the Hurricanes recovered from a pair of opening home losses to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
Sharks' surge extends into playoffs (AP)
The San Jose Sharks are taking a couple of days off to contemplate just how far they've traveled in the last few weeks -- and just how far they can go in the next few. With a 2-1 victory in Nashville on Sunday night, the Sharks finished their first-round series with the Predators in just five games. They won two of their three road games in the NHL's toughest arena for visitors this season, and...
Winning on road tough for Flyers, Sabres (AP)
Win one on the road. That's all the Buffalo Sabres need to do Tuesday night to put away the Philadelphia Flyers and win their first-round playoff series. For a team that won an Eastern Conference-best 25 times on the road, the Sabres seem capable of pulling out a win in frenzied Philly. Problem is, neither team has lost at home, making it easier said than won.
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...
Looking out for No. 1
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Having teammates at Talladega only took Brian Vickers so far.
Johnson makes it 2-for-2 in plate races with win at Talladega (AP)
After too many Talladega mistakes to keep track of, Jimmie Johnson figured out the best strategy for restrictor-plate racing: Don't try to lead all the laps when the last is all that really counts.
Dale Jr. can't finish off tribute with victory (AP)
It wasn't quite the tribute Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hoped to give his late father.
Johnson wins postponed NASCAR Aaron's 499 Monday (SportsTicker)
Drivers forget patience at Talladega (AP)
Patience is a virtue at Talladega Superspeedway, but it's one often forgotten.
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.
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.