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Suns Beat Lakers, Extend Playoff Series (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom, left, and Luke Walton, right, block Phoenix Suns' Boris Diaw's route to the basket in the first half during their NBA first-round playoff basketball game Sunday, April 30, 2006,at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 99-98 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - The NBA's most improved player kept the Phoenix Suns alive in the playoffs, and Kobe Bryant wasn't even around to see the finish.


Wade's Heroics Help Heat Beat Bulls 92-78 (AP)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) attempts a shot at the basket as Chicago Bull's Andres Nocioni (5) and Tyson Chandler (5) defend during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game Tuesday May 2, 2006, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)AP - Dwyane Wade raised three fingers skyward, the number of wins the Miami Heat now have in this series. Moments later, he raised just one — indicating how many more the Heat need to advance.


Sabres Rout Flyers to Win Series in 6 (AP)
Buffalo Sabres' Ales Kotalik, right rear, of the Czech Republic, celebrates his goal as Philadelphia Flyers' Jeff Carter (17) watches in the first period of their NHL playoff hockey game Tuesday, May 2, 2006, in Philadelphia. At left is Sabres' Jason Pominville.(AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)AP - Buffalo sure has a knack for blowing out the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6s. The Sabres can only hope to keep this kind of play going throughout the postseason.


Spurs Overcome Dynamic Duo to Beat Kings (AP)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound over Sacramento Kings guard Bonzi Wells (42) during the first quarter of their Western Conference NBA basketball playoff game in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 2,  2006. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP - The San Antonio Spurs refused to be pushed around by Bonzi Wells and Ron Artest — no matter how many points the Sacramento pair scored. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker helped the Spurs overcome a combined 62 points from Wells and Artest, going into the lane for five straight baskets down the stretch to pull out a 109-98 victory Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.


Stillman's OT Goal Eliminates Canadiens (AP)
Carolina Hurricanes Cory Stillman is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first overtime period of Game six NHL quarter-final hockey action in Montreal Tuesday, May 2, 2006. Carolina won the game 2-1 to eliminate the Canadiens. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, CP)AP - The Carolina Hurricanes' slumping start suddenly became a surging finish.


Schwarzenegger Wants 2 NFL Teams in L.A. (AP)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger responds to a question during a press conference following a meeting with several NFL owners at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, Tuesday, May 2, 2006.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez))AP - Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't want one NFL team in Los Angeles. He wants two.


Bryant loses cool as Lakers are sunk by Suns (Reuters)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant reacts to Phoenix Suns fans after being fouled in fourth quarter action in game five of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Phoenix, Arizona May 2, 2006. (Ross D. Franklin/Reuters)Reuters - Kobe Bryant lost his cool and the Los Angeles Lakers lost the game falling 114-97 to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in Game Five of their fiery Western conference quarter-final.


Bench-clearing brawl overshadows Athletics win (Reuters)
Oakland Athletic pitcher Barry Zito stands on the pitcher's mound during a game in Arlington, Texas, April 25, 2006. 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. (Jeff Mitchell/Reuters)Reuters - Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby belted three-run homers at either end of a fractious contest to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 10-3 road victory over the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday.


Ching, Conrad Make U.S. World Cup Roster (AP)
Graphic shows the roster for the U.S. team to the World Cup;  two sizes:  (AP Graphic)AP - Forward Brian Ching and defender Jimmy Conrad were the biggest surprises among 11 players selected Tuesday for their first appearances on a U.S. World Cup roster.


Flames to Host Mighty Ducks in Game 7 (AP)
Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Mighty Ducks Monday, May 1, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. The Mighty Ducks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Niklas Larsson)AP - The Calgary Flames have been on a pattern of win one, lose one since the Stanley Cup playoffs began.


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.

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...

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.

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.

Reheat and serve
MIAMI – Despite suffering a hip pointer, Dwyane Wade returned to the game to rescue the Heat against Chicago.

Bryant, Bell ejected as Suns stay alive (AP)
Boris Diaw got his most-improved trophy, then showed he deserved it. Kobe Bryant got tossed to the floor by Raja Bell, then got thrown out of the game. The small Phoenix Suns turned physical, of all things, and rolled past the Los Angeles Lakers 114-97 Tuesday night to stay alive in their first-round playoff series.

Injured Wade helps Heat take 3-2 lead (AP)
Dwyane Wade raised three fingers skyward, the number of wins the Miami Heat now have in this series. Moments later, he raised just one -- indicating how many more the Heat need to advance. With his hip smarting and bruised from a frightening first-half tumble, and his team trailing by five in the season's biggest game, Wade returned to save the Heat's day -- and perhaps their season -- in a 92-78...

Nets top Pacers 92-86, lead series 3-2 (AP)
The Nets got great performances from all three stars, including a spectacular last-minute, left-handed dunk by Vince Carter with the game on the line. All that, and New Jersey still barely managed to beat Indiana on Tuesday night, pushing the Pacers to the brink of playoff elimination. Carter had 34 points, 15 rebounds and a game-clinching, high-flying slam with 28 seconds to play as the Nets beat...

Spurs overcome Wells, Artest, beat Kings (AP)
Manu Ginobili was still blaming himself for a terrible mistake in Game 3 when Ron Artest shut him down in Game 4. Ginobili didn't let anything stop him with Game 5 -- and perhaps an entire first-round series -- on the line. Buffered by the support of his teammates and a home crowd, Ginobili scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Sacramento Kings...

Lakers' Kwame Brown under investigation (AP)
Kwame Brown denied any wrongdoing before he took the floor for the Lakers against the Phoenix Suns, hours after he was accused of sexual assault. The alleged assault occurred early Saturday, hours after Los Angeles beat Phoenix in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series, said Jason Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Pistons tough when they can advance (AP)
The Detroit Pistons do not drag things out when they have a chance to eliminate opponents. That's not good news for the Milwaukee Bucks. Detroit hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series with a 3-1 lead. When the Pistons have had a chance to end a series since the 2003 playoffs, they have won nine of their last 10 games -- with the only loss coming last year at San...

James not getting help from teammates (AP)
Dressed down in black, LeBron James left practice on Tuesday sporting a baseball cap stitched with a jeweled royal crown and wearing one of those popular "Witness" T-shirts. Maybe he should hand a few out to his teammates. Because the Cavaliers have been onlookers for much of the past two weeks. In his first NBA playoffs, James has carried Cleveland's scoring load -- alone.

Stern: NBA refs miss 5 percent of calls (AP)
While saying he was happy with the way the officials are handling the playoffs, commissioner David Stern acknowledged on Tuesday that NBA referees are missing about 5 percent of the calls. "Is the question do I think the officials miss a play? Absolutely!" Stern said during an impromptu news conference before the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers met in Game 5 of their first-round series.

Clippers come a long way in short time (AP)
Here's a ridiculous concept: the Los Angeles Clippers as NBA championship contenders, now or in the near future. Considering their past, it may seem absurd. But not after what the Clippers just accomplished -- and the way they did it. Los Angeles ended a 30-year drought Monday night, routing the Denver Nuggets 101-83 to win the first-round series 4-1.

Wild, wild West
Being favored has been the kiss of death in the upside-down world of the Western Conference playoffs.

Hurricanes eliminate Canadiens in OT (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes' slumping start suddenly became a surging finish. Cory Stillman scored 1:19 into overtime and the Hurricanes eliminated the Montreal Canadiens with a 2-1 win Tuesday night. After dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven series at home, Carolina roared back to win four straight -- three in Montreal.

Sabres rout Flyers 7-1, advance to semis (AP)
Buffalo sure has a knack for blowing out the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6s. The Sabres can only hope to keep this kind of play going throughout the postseason. The Sabres dominated from the first faceoff, flexing their scoring muscle in a 7-1 win on Tuesday night that put them in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in five years and extended the Flyers' Stanley Cup drought to 30...

Flames, Ducks look to advance (AP)
The Calgary Flames have been on a pattern of win one, lose one since the Stanley Cup playoffs began. After being beaten 2-1 by the Mighty Ducks on Monday at Anaheim, the Flames return home with another chance to move on to the second round. If the trend continues, there will be a celebration in Calgary on Tuesday night.

Red Wings end season with playoff flop (AP)
The Red Wings have been one of the best NHL teams during the regular season in recent years, and among the worst when the games really matter. Since winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 1997-98, Detroit has lost in the first or second round in six of seven postseasons. The Red Wings' latest flop in the playoffs was completed Monday night when eighth-seeded Edmonton scored four goals in the...

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.

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...

Devils' Elias boosts free agency appeal (AP)
The cost of negotiating with Patrik Elias skyrocketed in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Elias single-handedly outscored the Rangers 5-4 and matched a Devils' single-round playoff record with 11 points in leading New Jersey to an opening-round sweep over their archrivals. Not only did the performance boost Elias' image and asking price heading into free agency in the offseason, but it proved...

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.

WWD: Aaron's 499
Talladega was its usual wild self on Monday, and Jimmie Johnson came out on top.

Plate racing has veterans steaming (AP)
Mark Martin doesn't like racing at Talladega Superspeedway, and he's pretty sure most of his rivals feel the same way.

With Dodge Charger 500 sellout, what's next for Darlington? (AP)
When Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning started planning for the track's first Mother's Day weekend event last year, he knew the track's future was up for grabs. "We thought it was either going to be a home run or a flop," he said. "Luckily and thankfully, it was a home run." And now Darlington might have another winner on its hands.

Kahne rests Tuesday after hit at Talladega (AP)
Kasey Kahne skipped NASCAR's open test session Tuesday as a precautionary measure following his accident at Talladega Superspeedway.

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.

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